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Frank Fires Back at Gingrich

Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., never one to hold his tongue when criticized, blasted Newt Gingrich on Wednesday in response to the GOP presidential candidate's assertion that Frank should be imprisoned for his associations with Fannie Mae lobbyists.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 3:40pm

Axelrod Levels Flip-Flopping Charges Against Romney

Tuesday night's debate solidified Mitt Romney's status as the front-runner in the Republican presidential primary -- a development apparently not lost on President Obama, whose senior adviser, David Axelrod, launched a sweeping offensive against the former Massachusetts governor Wednesday.

In a telephone call with reporters, Axelrod hammered the line of attack that largely torpedoed Romney's 2008 campaign, accusing him of being a serial flip-flopper.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 2:40pm

Drug Legalization Group Gets In SupComm Game

About 15 law enforcement officers and other volunteers were on the Hill this morning passing out information about the ineffectiveness and costs of the war on drugs. The effort, part of an ongoing campaign by the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition to legalize and regulate drugs, targeted lawmakers on the Super Committee and House and Senate Judiciary Committees.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 2:40pm

Unclear Fate for Bill to Retaliate Against China on Currency

The Senate briefly set aside partisan conflict on Tuesday evening to overwhelmingly approve legislation retaliating against China’s undervalued currency. But the bill is now likely headed to indefinite purgatory without consideration in the House.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 2:40pm

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Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 2:40pm

Tea Party Favorite Perry Gets Revolution Date Wrong

Texas Gov. Rick Perry would like to avoid being compared to his gaffe-prone predecessor, former President George W. Bush, but he didn’t help himself late on Tuesday when he suggested that the American Revolution took place in the 16th century.

Following a Republican presidential candidate debate at Dartmouth College, Perry made a stop at the school’s Beta Theta Pi fraternity house a few blocks away, where he spoke briefly with students and answered a few questions. One participant pressed the governor on the issue of states’ rights.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 1:40pm

House Democrats Diversifying Recruiting Class

My column today looked at the challenges national Democrats are facing in landing a marquee Hispanic candidate for statewide office this election cycle. I argued that President Obama's effort to personally recruit former Bush Surgeon General Richard Carmona into the Arizona Senate race is a telltale sign of how important it is for Democrats to have a diverse crop of Senate candidates.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 1:40pm

Want to Bring Down Health Care Costs? Ask the Groundhog

When it comes to bringing down the rising cost of health care, Tom Scully, former chief of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, says there aren’t any new ideas.

“The issues really haven’t changed a whole hell of a lot. Sometimes it feels like the movie Groundhog Day,” Scully told an audience at a National Journal event on health care costs on Wednesday.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 1:40pm

West Posts Nearly $2 Million Third Quarter Haul

Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., raised over $1.9 million dollars during the third quarter, a total that is easily the highest of any House member so far this cycle, and even even tops the quarterly haul of several sitting senators.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 1:40pm

Deficit Committee Should Consider Cutting Nuclear Arms, Lawmaker Says

The congressional select committee assigned to identify avenues for reducing the nation's deficit by $1.2 trillion should consider cutting tens of billions of dollars intended to maintain and modernize the country's nuclear-weapons complex, a senior House lawmaker said on Tuesday.

“America needs a new nuclear weapon as much as Lady Gaga needs another new outfit,” Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., said at a Capitol Hill news conference.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 12:40pm