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Welcome back to Hotline Sort. President Obama heads to Michigan, Telemundo will host its first ever presidential debate, Mourdock raises just over $300,000 and Brian Schweitzer says "blah blah blah blah blah" to rumors that he may run for Senate in 2014. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 8:40am

Obama's Performance Rating Slips Again

Like an early-autumn frost, a blast of pessimism about the country’s direction has snapped a slow but steady warming trend toward President Obama in the latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor survey.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 8:40am

PK Allies Roast Sohn At Fundraiser

Telecom reform group Public Knowledge made nice with industry long enough to take some of its cash Thursday night at a fundraising dinner celebrating the group's tenth anniversary.

The group honored three people for promoting PK's goals: Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who PK commended for fighting what he sees as overly-strict intellectual property rules on the Internet; Beth Noveck, the former federal deputy chief technology officer, for open government initiatives; and Peter Jaszi, a professor at American University's Washington College of Law, for his IP work.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 7:40am

Obama's Performance Rating Slips Again

Like an early-autumn frost, a blast of pessimism about the country’s direction has snapped a slow but steady warming trend toward President Obama in the latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor survey.

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

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

Perry Will Pledge to Create 1.2 Million Jobs with Energy Plan

PITTSBURGH -- Rick Perry will pledge Friday to create 1.2 million jobs and reduce dependence on foreign oil by rolling back environmental regulations and expanding oil and gas exploration.

“The choice this election is between two very different visions for our country,” Perry will say Friday, according to excerpts of his remarks provided by the campaign. “When it comes to energy, the President would kill domestic jobs through aggressive regulations while I would unleash 1.2 million American jobs through safe and aggressive energy exploration at home.”

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 3:40am

Bachmann Claims 92,000 Donors But Won't Reveal Bottom Line

SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- Without revealing how much money she raised in the third quarter, Michele Bachmann hinted Thursday that her numbers may be lagging her past performance slightly – and some of her competitors significantly.

Speaking to reporters here, Bachmann emphasized the number of her contributors over the bottom line, saying that 92,000 people gave to her campaign. The average donation, she said, was $42.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 12:40am

Herman Cain Draws Packed Crowd to Christian school in Ohio

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio – Some 1,500 people squeezed into the basketball arena of this semi-rural community’s Ohio Christian University campus Thursday night to hear Herman Cain talk about his presidential campaign and his evangelical faith.

“I don’t know if I’m the leader that this nation needs at this particular point in our history but I believe God almighty knows,” Cain told the enthusiastic crowd. “And if I am, it is in the hands of God almighty. Not a party. Not the media.”

Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 10:40pm

Mitt Romney Won’t Join Boycott of Nevada Caucuses

(Updated: 9 p.m. ET)

In a move that could complicate his prospects in a critical early primary, Mitt Romney has decided not to join an effort by some of his fellow Republican presidential candidates to keep voting in the 2012 presidential election cycle from starting in 2011.

Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 9:40pm

Obama Makes Nice, Boehner Makes Hay

House Speaker John Boehner’s office says he seized the opportunity Thursday afternoon to directly challenge President Obama on his assertion that the GOP has no plan for creating jobs. The exchange occurred when Obama called the Ohio Republican to congratulate him for Wednesday's passage of trade compacts with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.

“I want to make sure you have all the facts,” Boehner told the president about House Republican jobs-creation efforts, according to Boehner's office.

Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 8:40pm