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Huntsman's Campaign in the Red

Jon Huntsman’s presidential campaign has a half-million dollars more debt than cash on hand, it reported Friday, another blow to the ex-Utah governor’s already struggling effort. 

In a report filed with the FEC, Huntsman said he had $327,000 available at the end of the third fundraising period, while holding $890,000 in debt. The startling discrepancy is reflective of fundraising that has fallen well short of expectations and a campaign operation that was too expensive to maintain.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 6:40pm

BRAC the Spectrum, Illinois Republicans Suggest

A process similar to the Base Realignment and Closure procedure should be considered help to decide which federally owned spectrum might be auctioned off for use by the private sector and help reduce the federal deficit, suggest Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 6:40pm

Where Is Congress With Appropriations?

Now that Congress has bought a little time to pass legislation to appropriate funds in fiscal 2012 after passing a continuing resolution to fund the government through Nov. 18, how close are lawmakers to doing so? They are making progress, but they still have a ways to go. So far, the House has passed only six of the bills and the Senate only one.

The first graphic below shows at what stage each bill has reached (subscribers can access a full version of this graphic here).

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 6:40pm

Cain: No Need to Name My Economic, Foreign Policy Advisers

BARTLETT, Tenn. – Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, who has been pressed by reporters to name his advisers on economic policy, told an admiring crowd on Friday that he felt no compulsion to do so because it would only leave his aides vulnerable to criticism.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 5:40pm

Previewing the Sunday Shows

"Meet the Press" host David Gregory announced at the end of last week's show that this Sunday's program would be devoted to a surrogate debate for the candidates who were then the top two GOP presidential contenders, with former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty representing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal representing Texas Gov. Rick Perry. But "Meet the Press" had to alter that schedule in order to accommodate businessman Herman Cain's surge in this week's NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 5:40pm

Calculating Job Growth from the Free-Trade Deals

President Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak toured a General Motors plant in Orion Township, Michigan, on Friday, with the promise of creating more jobs at the plant and others like it nationwide under the new free-trade agreement soon to be ratified between their nations. That promise—and quelling fears of anything to the contrary—are Obama’s focus when discussing the trade deal he signed on Wednesday.   

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 5:40pm

U.S. Drops Controversial Long-Term Care Program

With no money, no staff, and no way to make the program fiscally solvent, a controversial long-term disability insurance program established under the 2010 health reform law is officially over.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said there was way to fix the program, known as CLASS. 

"But despite our best analytical efforts, I do not see a viable path forward for CLASS implementation at this time."

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Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 5:40pm

Today's e-Reads Updated: Goodbye, Google Buzz

Remember Google Buzz? No need. Google is shutting down the social service, which was plagued by privacy issues, CNET reports.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 5:40pm

Lee: Detroit Won't Lose Jobs to Korea Because of Trade Deal

U.S. autoworkers worried that new free-trade agreements threaten their jobs got reassurance from an unlikely source on Friday – the president of South Korea, a noted champion of the Korean auto industry. President Lee Myung-bak, speaking at a General Motors plant in Orion Township, Mich., gave his personal pledge that the Korean-U.S. trade agreement that Congress just approved is good news for them.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 5:40pm

Sessions Not Concerned About Primary Challenges To Freshmen

There are primary challenges brewing against several of the House GOP's 87 freshmen next year - but National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions says he's not concerned about the intraparty sniping that could be coming.

"I think that it's a natural thing for a brand new member of Congress to be challenged his first time out," Sessions said in an interview on C-SPAN's "Newsmakers," which will air on Sunday at 10 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. ET.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 5:40pm