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Gingrich: Federal Courts Undermining Nation's Religious Roots

Newt Gingrich on Friday delivered a blistering critique of a federal court system that he said has become “alien” to the country’s culture, an unusual topic for a major speech during the presidential election but one that underscores the ex-House speaker’s desire to distinguish himself from his GOP rivals.

Gingrich, whose presidential campaign has struggled to gain traction amid questions about its viability, told a mostly full room of social conservatives at the Values Voter Summit that the “lawyer class” and courts are undermining the country’s Judeo-Christian roots.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 8:40pm

Ted Cruz: Obama Is 'Most Radical President' Nation's Ever Had

Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz brought a packed crowd to its feet Friday afternoon at the Values Voters summit in Washington, serving up a heaping portion of red meat in a 15-minute speech focused on taking a stand against President Obama, whom he dubbed the nation's most radical president ever.

"Barack Obama is the most radical president this nation has ever had," Cruz said. "He is a true believer and what he believes in is government -- government control of the economy and our lives."

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 8:40pm

Banks Dig Committee's Told-You-So Video

The Electronic Payments Coalition, a bank lobbying group opposed to swipe fee regulation, picked up a new video by the House Financial Services Committee just hours after it was released on Friday. The video argues that banks' new monthly debit card fees are a result of financial reform.

The coalition forwarded the committee's press release about the video with the subject line, "DURBIN FEES?"

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 8:40pm

Mormonism Not a Cult, Says Perry Spokesman

(Updated at 8:10 p.m. ET)

Shortly after a pastor who introduced Rick Perry at the Values Voters Summit on Friday disparaged the religion of the GOP presidential candidate’s rival, Mitt Romney, a Perry spokesman distanced the Texas governor’s campaign from the remarks.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 8:40pm

Previewing the Sunday Shows

"Meet the Press" will be live in Chicago on Sunday with exclusive live interviews with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. In light of the debate over the American Jobs Act, Emanuel will address the local economy, as well as his transition into office and his former boss' reelection effort, while Ryan will discuss the economy and jobs at the national level.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 8:40pm

Addressing Audience of Social Conservatives, Perry Emphasizes Economic Record

Before a crowd that celebrates the socially conservative values and fundamentalist Christian faith that he shares with them, Rick Perry barely mentioned either in a speech on Friday to the Values Voters Summit in Washington.

The Republican presidential candidate, who has not been shy about discussing his evangelical religious beliefs before, instead made it clear he’s running on a message of economic recovery.

“The fabric of our society is not government or individual freedom. It is the family. And the demise of the family is the demise of any great society,” Perry said.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 8:40pm

Hey PR firms, Here's a Biz Opportunity

Cargill, the agribusiness giant and largest private company in the country, is looking for public relations counsel to help it navigate the global food security debate. And the company is so huge, it may be in the market to hire several firms, according to The Holmes Report

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 8:40pm

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Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 4:40pm

Super Committee Members Want Government Spectrum Freed

Four members of the super committee urged President Obama in a letter Friday to consider freeing up government spectrum for mobile broadband use.

They asked him to direct the Office of Management and Budget to “to make more efficient use of federal government spectrum and reallocate some of it for commercial broadband use.”

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 4:40pm

Council to Unveil Industry-Friendly Jobs Plan

A panel of business leaders will urge Congress and the White House next week to launch an industry-friendly effort to spur innovation and create new jobs, including reforming immigration policies, easing regulations governing initial public offerings, and cutting capital-gains and corporate income taxes.

The President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, which includes a range of CEOs and other industry leaders, will submit the recommendations to the White House on Tuesday.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 4:40pm