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Hassan to Make New Hampshire Gubernatorial bid Official on Tuesday

Former New Hampshire Democratic Senate Majority Leader Maggie Hassan will make her gubernatorial bid official on Tuesday, a Democratic source familiar with her thinking tells Hotline On Call.

Hassan had previously filed to create an exploratory committee, so her official entrance into the race is not a surprise. She served in the Senate from 2004-2010 and is expected to be a serious contender for the Democratic nomination.

Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 5:40pm

Will New ACO Regulation Bring In Doctors and Hospitals?

Last week the federal government did its best to reignite enthusiasm around the so-called accountable care organizations, making significant changes that are meant to coax doctors and hospitals to come on board.

Accountable care organizations, or ACOs, are a centerpiece of the 2010 health reform law that aim to get doctors and hospitals to work together to keep patients healthier. The interim rule released in March was panned by doctors and hospitals expected to volunteer for the program.

Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 5:40pm

Perry Launches Ads in Iowa, Hires GOP Top Guns

Stagnant in the polls 10 weeks before the first votes of the GOP presidential campaign will be cast in Iowa, Rick Perry is launching an ad blitz in the crucial first-caucus state and adding some big-name Republican strategists to his team.

Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 5:40pm

A Batch of Pricey Drugs Goes Generic

Some of the most popular and expensive brand-name drugs are about to go generic, Kaiser Health News reports. 

In November, the cholesterol drug Lipitor drug comes off-patent, and by next June, there are likely to be multiple generic versions.

Patients often pay more for name-brand drugs, even when they're covered by insurance. Sometimes they have no choice because, unlike Lipitor, many drugs don't yet have generic competition. 

Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 4:40pm

Perry Launches Iowa TV Campaign

The first ads of Rick Perry's presidential campaign will air on both broadcast and cable TV across Iowa, an ad purchase worth $174,000, according to a Republican source who tracks ad buys. The ads, first reported Monday by Politico, will air on broadcast TV in the Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Sioux City markets, according to the source. The total broadcast buy is $105,000.

Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 4:40pm

Small Companies 'Low-Hanging Fruit' for Cyberattacks

Small businesses are nowhere near to being ready to defend against cyberattacks even though nearly half of all targeted cyberattacks are aimed at companies with fewer than 500 employees, a national cybersecurity group said on Monday.

Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 3:40pm

Perry Launches Iowa TV Campaign

The first ads of Rick Perry's presidential campaign will air on both broadcast and cable TV across Iowa, an ad purchase worth $174,000, according to a Republican source who tracks ad buys. The ads, first reported Monday by Politico, will air on broadcast TV in the Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Sioux City markets, according to the source. The total broadcast buy is $105,000.

Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 3:40pm

Romney Largely Consistent on Flat Tax Issue

While presidential candidates Herman Cain and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have allied themselves with flat tax proposals, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has walked fine line on the issue, warning against proposals that could hurt middle class taxpayers, but stopping short of an all-out assault on the idea of a flat tax.

Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 2:40pm

Obama Says Housing Help 'Can't Wait' for Congress

When President Obama on Monday offers more assistance to homeowners who are under water on their mortgages, he will cloak it in a shot at the Republican House, declaring “we can’t wait” for Congress to address the nation’s housing crisis. That is the mantra being unveiled by the White House for a planned series of announcements to demonstrate that the president is ready to use executive actions wherever he can to make up for congressional inaction.

Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 2:40pm

Five Ways the White House Is Changing Federally Backed Mortgages

President Obama’s message to spur the economy has changed from “pass this bill” to “we can’t wait.” And mortgage rates are the impatient administration’s first target. Rather than waiting for congressional action to improve the outlook for homeowners, the White House is making it easier to refinance loans backed by the Home Affordable Refinance Program.

Though the executive branch can’t legally reach into the practices of private lenders, here is a look at a list of changes (and nudges) the administration plans to implement beginning on Nov. 15:

Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 2:40pm