National Journal Online

Economist Behind Cain's '9-9-9' Plan Says It's Time to Drop a Nine

One of the economists behind Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s "9-9-9" tax plan thinks it's time for Cain to drop one of those nines—the proposed 9 percent sales tax.

Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 2:40pm

Super Committee Meets Gang of Six

Members of the bipartisan “Gang of Six” met behind closed doors on Wednesday with the super committee to explain their plan from earlier this year to cut about $3.7 trillion from the nation’s deficit over 10 years.

Afterward, it remained unclear exactly how interested the 12 Republicans and Democrats on the new panel were in that earlier plan – or specific elements of it – as they continue to race against a Nov. 23 deadline to come up with their own strategy for at least $1.2 trillion in savings.

Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 2:40pm

Feingold's Liberal Picks To Click

Former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., made his second Senate endorsement of the cycle Wednesday, throwing his support behind Rep. Tammy Baldwin's candidacy.

Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 2:40pm

Obama and First Lady Announce New Jobs for Veterans

President Obama and the first lady, together for the last leg of his latest bus tour, announced on Wednesday a commitment by the American Logistics Association to hire 25,000 veterans and their spouses by the end of 2013.

The association represents 270 companies, including Coca Cola, Tyson Foods, and ConAgra, with the primary focus of placing veterans at those companies. The group was a logical first step for Michelle Obama and second lady Jill Biden’s “Joining Forces” initiative to hire 100,000 veterans in the private sector by the same deadline.

Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 2:40pm

Coalition Formed To Stop Proposed PBM Merger

Opponents of a proposed merger between two leading pharmacy benefit managers unveiled a new coalition today warning that the proposed union would limit consumer choice and access. The new group is urging Congress to put a stop to the merger. 

Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 2:40pm

Justice Department Consolidation Plan Could Mean De Facto Layoffs

A Justice Department plan to eliminate regional offices might lead “dozens of career antitrust lawyers” to quit their jobs, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 9:40am

Cain Plans to 'Go on the Attack' on Tax Plan Criticism

Herman Cain, fiercely criticized by his fellow GOP presidential candidates during Tuesday night's debate for his economic plan, said he plans to "throw it back" to his rivals in the next debate and ask for proof his 9-9-9 plan doesn't work.

Speaking on CNN’s American Morning on Wednesday, the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO dismissed the barrage of criticism from the debate, saying it was "quite an honor to be beat up on when you have a good idea" and that other candidates "spent more time talking about what’s wrong with my plan than they did talking about their plan."

Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 9:40am

Calif. Shop Opens D.C. Office

Forward Observer, the research and strategy firm that specializes in ballot initiatives, is expanding from its headquarters in Sacramento, Calif. and opening an office on 14th Street in D.C. Founder and CEO Joe Rodota, who was the director of policy and research for Arnold Schwarzenegger's 2003 gubernatorial campaign, worked in the Departments of Energy, Education and Housing and Urban Development during the Reagan administration.
Read More

Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 9:40am

Obama, in Interview: 2012 Will Be Close

President Obama expects a close election in 2012 on account of voter disappointment with the state of the economy, he said in an ABC News interview last night that touched on GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan, the Occupy Wall Street movement and a controversial federal program under which weapons fell into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 9:40am

Hotline Sort: Massachusetts Musical Chairs

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. It was presidential fight night in Vegas last night, as Herman Cain came under fire, while Romney got into Perry's personal space over an immigration exchange. Meanwhile, Debbie Wasserman Schultz is headed to Mississippi to help Johnny DuPree, McGovern and Olver could get lumped in the same district, and Raul Labrador gets some NFL-level competition. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 9:40am