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Des Moines Reigster: Iowa GOP Picks Jan. 3 For Caucuses

The Iowa Republican party has chosen Tuesday, Jan. 3 for its 2012 presidential caucuses, the Des Moines Register reported Friday.

The choice was made “under a tentative agreement that will be formally voted on around Oct. 16,” the Register reported. Party officials are negotiating the caucus schedule with their New Hampshire counterparts.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 1:40pm

Romney Talks Tough on Foreign Policy in Major Address

 Mitt Romney, the Republican front-runner often bemoaned by conservatives in his party as lacking fight, on Friday laid out his foreign policy vision in a tough-talking speech in which he declared, “America must lead the word, or someone else will.”

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 12:40pm

Justice Asks Court to Block Alabama Immigration Law, AP Reports

The Justice Department asked the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday to stop an Alabama immigration law that allows officials to question people suspected of being in the country illegally, the Associated Press reported. 

The government's complaint said the Alabama law "is highly likely to expose persons lawfully in the United States, including school children, to new difficulties in routine dealings," the AP reported.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 12:40pm

Today's e-Reads: Will the Merger Fight Doom T-Mobile?

T-Mobile could lose three times as many subscribers as last year as its merger with AT&T bogs down, Bloomberg reports.

Bloomberg also reports that law firms are trolling for patent attorneys.

Cybercriminals are using Steve Jobs's death to scam people, MSNBC reports.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 12:40pm

This Week in Political Trivia

How well do you know the facts and faces behind this week's political news? Find out with our weekly trivia quiz, powered by the Almanac of American Politics!

This Week in Political Trivia: Oct. 7 » quiz software
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Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 11:40am

Word for Word: Best Quotes of the Week, in Pictures

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Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 11:40am

Massie Ends Mass. Senate Campaign

As Elizabeth Warren continues to get national attention for her Senate campaign, the Democratic field in Massachusetts is shrinking.

Non-profit executive Bob Massie officially put an end to his Senate campaign Friday morning, just a week after another Democrat, Newton Mayor Setti Warren, ended his own bid.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 11:40am

Special Counsel Recommends Reforms to Law Covering Improper Political Activities

Federal employees would not automatically lose their jobs for violating a law prohibiting certain political activities, under recommendations from the Office of Special Counsel sent to Capitol Hill on Thursday.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 11:40am

Watch: A Meteor Breaks Up in Earth's Atmosphere -- VIDEO

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center recorded a meteor breaking up in Earth's atmosphere on Sept. 30 at 8:37 p.m. EDT. Watch below. 

Also, notice the star-like object moving slowly toward the upper middle of the screen. Orbiting 500 miles above Earth, it's the booster rocket that launched the Russian Cosmos 2219 intelligence satellite in 1992. The empty rocket body can get bright enough to be seen with the naked eye.

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Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 10:40am

Group to Recommend Against Routine PSA Test

In a decision reminiscent of its highly controversial recommendation on mammograms, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force plans to advise that most men need not routinely get a common blood test to check for prostate cancer.

The PSA test leads to anxiety, unneeded and uncomfortable biopsies, and expensive and unnecessary treatment in too many men, the group says. The task force has no binding authority but its decisions are considered well-informed.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 9:40am