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Poll: Romney Leads Obama on Economy

A growing plurality of voters think Mitt Romney would do a better job on the economy than President Obama, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released early Thursday, as the nation's sagging economy continues to weigh down Obama and bolster the GOP's effort to defeat him next November.

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 6:40am

Cain Campaign: Selling a Candidate or Selling Books?

Businessman Herman Cain, the upstart newcomer in the 2012 Republican primary field, has a new title: serious candidate for president. Once viewed as an interesting if provocative also-ran, Cain has elbowed his way to front-of-the-pack status with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the result of several strong debate appearances, a commanding victory in the Florida GOP straw poll last month, and a stubborn reluctance by conservative voters to accept Romney.

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 6:40am

The Ten-Year Tragedy

Donald Rumsfeld made his first visit to Afghanistan in mid-December of 2001, shortly after the fall of the Taliban government.  It was, perhaps, the last moment of unalloyed triumph in the decade-long conflict that was to become known as the “war on terror.” Scarcely eight weeks had passed since 9/11. The U.S. bombing campaign had begun on Oct. 7, 2001—ten years ago this week – and now the United States was in total control of Afghan cities. Using almost no ground troops, the U.S.

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 6:40am

Nevada to Hold GOP Caucus on Jan. 14

Nevada Republicans said late Wednesday they have decided to hold their first-in-the-West GOP presidential caucus on Jan. 14, 2012.

The date of Nevada’s caucus became a hot issue when Arizona decided to move its to Feb. 28, followed by Florida’s decision last week to move to Jan. 31. The Republican National Committee had sought to discourage such moves. That led the four carve-out early states -- Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada -- to seek new dates to maintain the agreed-upon order.

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

Senate Panel Plans USF Hearing

Universal Service Reform is headed to Capitol Hill.

The Senate Commerce Committee is planning a hearing on the Federal Communications Commission's effort to overhaul an $8 billion phone fund, slated for Oct. 12, according Hill and industry sources.

Genachowski will release an outline of his proposal in a speech on Thursday. The commission will vote on the proposal on Oct. 27.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 10:40pm

No Comfort for Obama in W.Va.

By Sean Sullivan and Julie Sobel

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 10:40pm

Obama, Others Remember Steve Jobs

The White House issued the following statement on Wednesday evening:

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 10:40pm

Obama on Steve Jobs: 'The World Has Lost a Visionary'

The White House issued the following statement on Wednesday evening:

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 9:40pm

Senate Republicans to Block Chinese Currency Bill

In an unexpected move, Senate Republicans will vote against a bill to crack down on China’s manipulation of its currency, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., indicated Wednesday.

"The China currency bill is highly unlikely to pass" in a cloture vote set for Thursday, McConnell said in an appearance on CNBC Wednesday night. Senate Republicans voted overwhelmingly to take up the bill in a 79-19 vote on Monday.

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 9:40pm

Apple Cofounder Steve Jobs Dies

Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, who put together one of the world’s most successful companies with pals in a garage, has died, the company announced on Wednesday. He was 56.

(PICTURES: Jobs Through The Years)

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 9:40pm