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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.
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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

Coburn Links Occupy Wall Street, Tea Party to Lack of Washington Leadership

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said on Wednesday that he sees a “big difference” between the Tea Party movement and the Occupy Wall Street protests, but that both groups share a common anxiety: lack of leadership in Washington. 

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

Polls: Cain, Romney Ahead in Early Southern States

Herman Cain narrowly leads the first-in-the-South Republican presidential primary in South Carolina, and he and Mitt Romney run neck-and-neck in the crucial state of Florida, which will also hold its primary in January, according to new NBC News/Marist polls released early Wednesday.

Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 7:40am

Viva Las Vegas: Five Takeaways from the GOP Presidential Debate

LAS VEGAS—Fittingly enough for a debate held in one of this gambling mecca's glitzy hotels, seven GOP contenders rolled the dice much more aggressively Tuesday night than in their other recent encounters. Here are five key takeaways from the latest GOP debate:

Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 11:40pm