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Hellmann leaving ITI

Ralph Hellmann, the longtime lobbyist for the Information Technology Industry Council, is leaving at the end of the year after a decade with the organization, according to an email obtained by the Alley. In the note to member companies, Hellmann doesn't say where he's going, only that more details will be forthcoming next week. 

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

Obama: Most Important Task at G-20 Summit to Resolve Europe's Financial Crisis

President Obama met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the start of the Group of 20 summit of the world’s most powerful economies on Thursday.

The two European leaders are working to persuade Greece to accept the bailout package that the European Union proposed last week. And though America may still be “the most important economy in the world,” according to the White House, Obama’s tone on Thursday signaled that, as expected, he will not be taking charge in the negotiations.

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

Obama: Most Important Task at G-20 Summit to Resolve Europe's Financial Crisis

President Obama said on Thursday that the U.S. will be "a partner with the Europeans" to resolve the continent’s debt crisis, as “the most important” task at the Group of 20 summit is to flesh out details of a plan to stabilize financial markets and prevent the Greek crisis from sending ripples through the global economy.

Obama’s conversation with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Cannes, France, focused on strengthening the global economic recovery “so that we are creating jobs for our people,” he said.

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

Perry Adviser: Never Talked to Cain About Charges

Directly contradicting Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, an aide to Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign said Thursday morning on CNN that he never had a conversation with Cain about sexual harassment claims made against Cain when he ran the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.

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

Vote for Romney: He's All You Got -- VIDEO

Jimmy Kimmel told his audience Wednesday that the accusations against Herman Cain are helping presidential candidate Mitt Romney to be himself.

"The truth is, I'm a pro-choice moderate from Massachusetts," the faux-Romney said in a mock campaign ad. "And I know global warming is real. Don't like it? Too bad, because you're going to vote for me anyway."

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

Mitt Romney Returns to New Hampshire, Hoping to Beat Expectations

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- After the last 72 hours in the Republican presidential race, Mitt Romney’s strategy of avoiding the multiple rounds of morning-show interviews, Sunday-show skewerings, and evening-news sit-downs so popular with his rivals looks smart. But if the second-time-around GOP presidential candidate has kept a low profile nationally, it’s an entirely different story in the state where he’s returning on Thursday.

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

Ron Paul Feels Like A Canary In A Coal Mine

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas., said Thursday that there's a reason why his presidential campaign lacks media attention: he's speaking truth to power.

“I think I'm attacking the status quo like never before,” Paul said on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe.' “They're not going to give me a boost because I'm challenging the whole banking system, the military industrial complex, the welfare state, our foreign policy.”

“I think there's a lot more support out there for what I'm talking about than they realize,” Paul said.

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

Poll: Majority Back Obama's Decision to Withdraw Troops from Iraq

Three out of four Americans support President Obama's announcement to withdraw virtually all American troops from Iraq by the end of the year, according to a new Gallup poll.

Three out of four Americans support President Obama's announcement to withdraw virtually all American troops from Iraq by the end of the year, according to a new Gallup poll.

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

Report: U.S. Discussing Shift to Advisory Role in Afghanistan

The Obama administration is discussing an accelerated plan to shift the U.S. military into an advisory role in Afghanistan and begin to scale back U.S. combat duties as soon as next year, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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

Hotline Sort: Republicans Already Hitting Heitkamp

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Cain accuses a Perry consultant of leaking the story about sexual harassment allegations against him, North Dakota Republicans take a preemptive swipe at Heidi Heitkamp, voters are pessimistic about the supercommittee's ability to get things done and Jeff Greene -- yes, that Jeff Greene -- take to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to declare he's part of the 99%. Here's today's rundown:

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