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Republicans Debate in New Hampshire: What a Difference 19 Days Make

Fewer than 10 minutes into tonight's GOP presidential debate, and Rick Perry and Mitt Romney were already at it again.

The Texas governor took a pot-shot at Romney’s status as a longstanding candidate. Perry said he hasn’t introduced a detailed economic plan yet because he hasn’t been running for president nearly as long.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 8:40pm

The NBA Lockout and the House Freshman

Some House Republicans are seizing on the unpopular labor stalemate between the “billionaire” National Basketball Association team owners and its “millionaire” players to boost their case for stripping the National Labor Relations Board of its judicial power.

The players’ efforts to use the NLRB to file unfair labor practices provides another “prime example” of why removing the board’s adjudicatory power is necessary, Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., the House Republican freshman class president, argued in a statement on Tuesday.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 7:40pm

Obama Jobs Bill Dies in Senate

President Obama’s jobs bill was defeated in the Senate on Tuesday. While the vote remained open, it failed to attract enough support to stay alive in the chamber. The vote may end the bill’s legislative life as a unified package while opening the door for efforts to pass pieces of it in coming months.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 7:40pm

Iran Containment Cast in Doubt

The de facto U.S. strategy of containing an Iran on the cusp of acquiring nuclear weapons may have just gotten a lot more dangerous. That strategy of isolating Tehran internationally, and building an anti-Iran alliance along its periphery protected by the U.S. nuclear umbrella, relied on the “rationale actor” theory of international relations. Under such circumstances, the strategy assumed that even an Iran with nuclear weapons could not unduly intimidate its neighbors. Crossing a clear U.S.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 7:40pm

Tammy Baldwin Supports Recall of Scott Walker

As Wisconsin Democrats mount another recall campaign in an attempt to oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker from office, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., said she's fully behind the recall effort.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 7:40pm

Senate Approves Bill to Retaliate Against China on Currency

The Senate briefly set aside partisan conflict on Tuesday to overwhelmingly approve legislation to retaliate against China’s undervalued currency.

The legislation to use punitive tariffs to offset damages caused by Chinese currency manipulation passed the Senate in a wide 63 to 35 vote. But the bill is now likely headed to indefinite purgatory without consideration in the House.

But House GOP leaders haven’t given any signs they are ready to reconsider their position that such aggressive legislation could spark a trade war.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 6:40pm

What Harm Can Vitamins Do? Studies Find a Few

Two studies published this week add to a growing body of evidence that some supplements sold to improve health may in fact be killers.

On Tuesday, researchers reported that men who took fairly moderate doses of vitamin E --  400 international units a day --  had more prostate cancers than men who took a placebo. And a Finnish study published on Monday found that older women who took dietary supplements, including multivitamins, folic acid, iron and copper, appeared to be more likely to die early than women who didn’t.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 6:40pm

Can the CLASS Program Be Saved?

The controversial long-term disability insurance program, known as the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program or CLASS, had a rough month in September. But the Obama administration hopes a report, expected out this week, might clear some of the bad air.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 6:40pm

Businesses, Republicans Aim For Cybersecurity Assistance, Not Regulation

Cyberattacks have business leaders concerned, but what may be equally worrisome to them is the potential for sweeping new government regulations designed to counter cyberthreats.

On Tuesday the Business Roundtable, which includes dozens of America’s largest corporations, released a report calling for industry-friendly, voluntary steps, rather than overt mandates, to reduce cyberattacks.

“Business Roundtable does not support legislative and policy solutions that prioritize simple ‘check-the-box’ activity over sophisticated management of shared cyber-risks,” the report said.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 5:40pm

Bachmann Unveils Jobs Plan

On the heels of a Washington Post-Bloomberg News poll showing that voters believe Rep. Michele Bachmann would do the most damage to the U.S.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 5:40pm