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Bad Day for Obama? Sure, But Not So Much

Another ugly jobs report. More lousy poll numbers. This must be a depressing day for President Obama and his reelection team.

Well, not if they're taking the long view.

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Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 10:40am

House Mulls Bill to Permit Cellphone Robocalls

Robocalls could soon be headed to a cell phone near you. The House is considering legislation that would loosen some restrictions on using automated systems to reach consumers, students, and others who only use mobile devices.

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 10:40am

Democratic Congressional Insiders Lukewarm on Leadership

The Democratic members of Congress surveyed for this week's National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll weren't exactly overflowing with praise for their leaders. Asked to grade the performances of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democratic Congressional Insiders gave them an average of a B- and a C+ respectively, not much higher than they graded the leaders from the Republican Party.

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 10:40am

Republicans See Glass Half-Full, Democrats All-Empty on Rise of Super PACs

Super PACS -- the independent groups that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on political advertisements -- are showing up on both sides of the partisan divide, but Republican and Democratic members of Congress are predicting their impact in starkly differing ways. In this week's National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll, the Democratic members surveyed unanimously agreed that super PACs will give candidates a smaller voice in their own campaigns, while Republicans took a more sanguine view.

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 10:40am

'I Think We Might Need a Horny President,' Kimmel Says -- VIDEO

Jimmy Kimmel came to the defense of Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain on Thursday, suggesting that our country could be better off with a "horny" president.

"Remember what it was like with Clinton in charge?" Kimmel joked. "We had jobs, the economy was booming. At the airport you didn't have to take off your shoes."

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Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 9:40am

WSJ: CIA Asked to Adjust Drone Strike Policy

The CIA has secretly adjusted its drone strike campaign in Pakistan, bowing to pressure from military and diplomatic officials, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

The CIA has secretly adjusted its drone strike campaign in Pakistan, bowing to pressure from military and diplomatic officials, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 9:40am

Unemployment Rate Ticks Down to 9.0 Percent in October

The unemployment rate unexpectedly ticked down to 9.0 percent. The U.S. gained just 80,000 new jobs in October, less than economists expected, but the number of jobs added in previous months were both revised up in October's jobs report released on Friday.

Another positive from the report was a slight boost in average hourly earnings by 0.2 percent, the Labor Department reported. The number of jobs added in August and September were up to 104,000 and 158,000, respectively.

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 9:40am

Perry Promises to 'Completely Overhaul' Washington

Like many who have challenged sitting presidents before him, Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he is ready to shake up the Washington establishment. But Perry’s aggressive tone takes that shake-up to the extreme. In an op-ed in The Washington Times, Perry promises to “completely overhaul” Washington if elected.

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 9:40am

Hotline Sort: Bad Day For Kucinich

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. The first live caller public survey taken since the Cain controversy erupted shows the former Godfather's Pizza CEO staying atop the field with Romney , Kucinich won't be happy about the latest GOP map proposal in Ohio and Johnny Dupree gets a hand from Bill Cosby. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 9:40am

New Cain Ad Calls Harassment Allegations 'High-Tech Lynching'

After battling allegations of sexual harassment this week, a super PAC supporting businessman Herman Cain’s presidential campaign launched a web ad blaming the media for a racially motivated to defeat his bid for presidency.

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 8:40am