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GOP Presidential Candidate Debate Timeline

Even though the Republican primaries and caucuses aren't scheduled for another few months and the Republican National Convention won't be held for almost a year, the GOP presidential candidates have been busy.

Between fundraising and campaigning in early primary and caucus states, the GOP candidates have held several televised debates, and have several more planned. Below is a timeline of all of the planned GOP presidential debates this election season. To navigate, click on the timeline dates or the arrows.

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

Cruz Sees Path To Victory Despite Dewhurst's Huge Spending Potential

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's Senate campaign released some eye-popping fundraising numbers on Tuesday for his first quarter in the race: Dewhurst took in $2.64 million over the last three months, and made a $2 million personal contribution to his campaign, leaving him with more than $4 million cash on hand.

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

Long Slog Begins on Education Rewrite

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, on Tuesday unveiled a long-awaited draft rewrite of the 2001 No Child Left Behind law. The bill marks a significant departure in that it would not penalize schools that don’t reach set benchmarks by 2014. The proposal focuses federal attention on the lowest-performing schools and those with large achievement gaps.

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

Israel, Hamas Say Deal Reached to Free Gilad Shalit

After years of failed negotiations, Israel and Hamas officials said they've reached a deal to free a captured Israeli soldier held in the Gaza Strip in exchange for about 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, the Associated Press reported.

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

Privacy Groups Hoping Study Prompts Action

Many websites reveal even more personal information about consumers -- such as their user names and e-mail addresses -- than they previously admitted to, according to a study released on Tuesday. Privacy advocates quickly said the report supports their complaints and that they plan to use it to pressure Congress to pass do-not-track legislation.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 4:40pm

Cantor: Keep Religion Out of Presidential Race

Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., weighed in on the discussion sparked by comments by a Texas minister about the role of religious faith in picking a presidential candidate.

Cantor, the highest-ranking Republican in Congress who is Jewish, said on Tuesday that a candidate’s faith should not determine fitness for office.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 3:40pm

Obama: Senate Vote on Jobs Bill a 'Moment of Truth'

In his latest stump speech for his American Jobs Act, President Obama called the Senate’s vote on the bill on Tuesday a “moment of truth.”

In his latest stump speech for his American Jobs Act, President Obama called the Senate’s vote on the bill on Tuesday a “moment of truth.”

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 3:40pm

Trade Group Adds Splash Of GOP To Tech Industry

The tech industry's giving tends to lean Democratic, but with the GOP controlling the House, a top trade group is recalibrating with a Republican hire and GOP fundraising.

TechNet, a network of tech company CEOs, has hired Gideon Lett, a former APCO Worldwide consultant and aide to ex-Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) as its new vice president for political and government affairs. Lett will lead political and fundraising efforts for TechNet, a network of technology company CEOs.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 3:40pm

Case Still Arguing Lingle Could Beat Hirono

Less than a week before former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle entered the Senate race in Hawaii, former Democratic Rep. Ed Case warned that the former Republican governor could win if Hawaii Democrats nominate his primary opponent.

Case, who is also running for the Senate, doubled down on his electability pitch in an interview with Hotline On Call last Thursday, arguing that Hawaii voters want change and there is a real risk they will choose a Republican if not offered a Democrat who can chart a new course.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 3:40pm

Christie's 'Super Endorsement' Helps Romney Try to Close the Deal

LEBANON, N.H. -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the race for the GOP nomination, a coup for Romney that could help him solidify his front-runner status and build an aura of inevitability around his campaign.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 3:40pm