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Check Out A Sample of the Feistiest GOP Debate Yet

Tuesday's Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas produced some of the feistiest exchanges yet, including this one, where candidates had a hard time letting each other complete a sentence. Transcript courtesty of CNN:

Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 9:40pm

Insiders: Energy Issues Will Be Significant for GOP Candidates in 2012

As the Republican presidential contest heats up, the candidates continue to focus on jobs, government spending, and taxes. Energy and environment issues have been a big part of that discussion, mostly in the form of criticism of President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency, questions about the administration’s loan-guarantee program that funded now-bankrupt Solyndra, and proposals to ramp up domestic drilling.

Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 9:40pm

Obama Administration Proposes $1 Billion in Red Tape Savings

Cutting unnecessary red tape such as fire regulations at dialysis centers and allowing ambulatory surgery centers to perform operations on the same day patients are admitted could save hospitals, clinics and other facilities more than $1 billion in the first year, Obama administration officials said on Tuesday.

Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 9:40pm

Latest Photos from the GOP Debate in Las Vegas

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Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 8:40pm

GOP Presidential Debate: Live Analysis

Seven GOP presidential candidates are in Las Vegas, Nev., for a CNN/Western Republican Leadership Conference debate. Throughout the evening, National Journal's editors will use this space to provide instant analysis of the debate's key moments.

Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 8:40pm

U.S. Health Care System Losing Ground, Advocacy Group Reports

The U.S. health care system still scores a not-quite-good-enough, failing to save lives that could easily have been saved and racking up enormous bills with little to show for it, according to a report released on Tuesday by an advocacy group.

There are some elements in the 2010 health care law that may eventually improve things, but overall, the United States is not getting better, the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System found.

Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 6:40pm

Phone Fund Overhaul Has Companies Scrambling For Money

Go into any home in the American countryside—not matter how remote—­and you are able to make a landline phone call at an affordable price. It’s easy to forget that wouldn’t be the case without the U.S. government.

An $8 billion subsidy fund helps make landline phone service more affordable for low-income and rural households. Congress created the so-called Universal Service Fund (USF) in the 1996 update to the Communications Act for this purpose.  Consumers pay into the fund through a line item on their landline telephone bills.

Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 6:40pm

Coalition Urges SupComm To Reform Medicare Spending, Not Cut

In yet another example of groups trying sway the Super Committee, a coalition of advocacy organizations has launched a website and been buying ads in political newspapers urging lawmakers to "fight fraud first" before it makes cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.

Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 6:40pm

Unlike in Israel, Missing U.S. Soldiers' Plight Not a National Struggle

In the years since their capture in Afghanistan and Iraq, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and Army Staff Sgt. Ahmed Altaie have been largely forgotten by both Washington and the American public. There have been no protests demanding the government make whatever concessions necessary to win their release. Most Americans don’t even know their names.

Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 6:40pm

Today's e-Reads Updated: Apple Sales Falter, And Groupon's Value Drops

Apple failed to set a new sales record and its financial results came in below expectations -- a rare miss for the company, the Washington Post reports.

Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 6:40pm