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Poll: Obama Faces Uphill Battle in 2012 Battlegrounds

President Obama faces a hostile environment in the dozen states likely to decide next November if he deserves a second term, according to the first USA Today/Gallup Swing States poll, released early Friday.

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 7:40am

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Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 6:40am

DCCC Launching Radio Ads in 25 GOP Districts

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching radio ads in 25 GOP-held districts on Monday, November 7, hoping to capitalize on what they say is buyer's remorse one year out from the 2012 House elections.

The ads are part of the DCCC's "Drive to 25" campaign in the Democrats' campaign to win back control of the House, and will also include phone banks, web advertising, and live and automated calls.

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 5:40am

Perry Coins a Slogan in Iowa

JOHNSTON, IOWA -- Texas Governor Rick Perry played up his agricultural roots and emphasized his anti-Washington rhetoric at a town hall that will probably best be remembered for the GOP presidential hopefuls closing line, one that seems destined to be repeated on the campaign trail for months to come.

“Are you better off today than you were $4 trillion ago?” Perry asked, a grin of satisfaction creasing his face, at a town hall at Pioneer Hi-Bred, a hybrid seed plant.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 10:40pm

Tech Firms Warn About Global Threat of Digital Protectionism

U.S. technology firms are urging the Obama administration to stop foreign countries from blocking global Internet commerce under the pretense of national security.

Google and Microsoft joined the nonprofit National Foreign Trade Council on Thursday to release policy recommendations aimed at thwarting "digital protectionism," presumably in countries such as China.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 10:40pm

Romney Lays Out Spending Policy in N.H.

EXETER, N.H. - At the Exeter Town Hall tonight, Mitt Romney addressed a packed house on spending policy, providing a detailed sneak preview of an elaborate plan he is planning to lay out tomorrow in Washington, D.C.

The Republican presidential candidate says he is hoping to reduce federal spending from 25 percent to 20 percent of the GDP To accomplish that goal, he says he’ll cut $500 billion from the current budget, cut the workforce by 10 percent and make money-saving changes in popular benefit programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 9:40pm

Cain Spinning His Way to Oblivion?

Herman Cain has tried desperately to move past the allegations of sexual harassment ever since the story erupted onto the political scene last weekend. But almost every move he’s made since has prolonged his turn in the harsh spotlight.

On Wednesday, Cain’s decision to directly blame GOP presidential rival Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave the story renewed life. The finger-pointing at a fellow Republican landed the story above the fold of Thursday’s New York Times and has spurred another 24 hours of nonstop cable chatter.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 9:40pm

Campaign Manager Says He Accepts Perry staffer’s denial; Cain, not so much

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain and one of his top aides appeared to be at odds on Thursday over whether they believe an aide to rival Rick Perry leaked a the story that has set off a public relations crisis for the Cain campaign.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 8:40pm

Perry Denies His Campaign Leaked Sex Harassment Report, Says He'd Fire Anyone Who Did

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said on Thursday he will fire any campaign staffer found to have leaked the story about sexual-harassment charges against his Republican presidential rival Herman Cain, though he continued to deny any involvement by his campaign.

“Out the door,” Perry said in an interview with CNN’s John King. “I would say, listen, if you're passing on rumors that are that heinous, that bad you don't need to be working with me. Gone.”

Cain has accused Perry aide Curt Anderson, an adviser to Cain’s failed 2004 Senate bid, of being the source of the story.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 7:40pm

Campaign Aide Says He Accepts Perry staffer’s denial; Cain, not so much

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain and one of his top aides appeared at odds Thursday over whether they believe an aide to rival Rick Perry leaked a the story that has set off a public relations crisis for the Cain campaign.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 7:40pm