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A Tale of Two Fields in Montana

For the majority of 2012's most competitive governor's races, high-profile recruiting coups mean the Democratic and Republican nominees are more or less etched in, even with Election Day more than a year away. We can already take general election matchups in Washington (Inslee/McKenna) and Indiana (Pence/Gregg), along with anticipated showdowns in North Carolina (McCrory/Perdue) and Missouri (Kinder/Nixon), to the bank.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 11:40am

The Most Provocative Political Ads of 2011--VIDEOS

With political campaigns becoming increasingly cutthroat, ads often gain more notoriety than the candidates' policies. We've assembled some of the campaign spots that have caused a stir so far in 2011. 

With political campaigns becoming increasingly cutthroat, ads often gain more notoriety than the candidates' policies. We've assembled some of the campaign spots that have caused a stir so far in 2011. 

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 11:40am

Bill Gardner's Bluffing

In a statement [pdf] on his website Wednesday, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner drew a clear line in the sand between his state's traditional first-in-the-nation primary and Nevada's newer first-in-the-West caucuses: Nevada must move off its planned January 14 date, Gardner said, or New Hampshire could hold their primary as early as December 6 or December 13.

The trouble is, he's bluffing.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 11:40am

Lieberman Defends Romney's Religious Freedom

Responding to a Rick Perry supporter's description of Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith as a “cult” last week, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I/D-Conn., published an op-ed piece in The Washington Post on Friday defending the rights of candidates from all faiths. Lieberman, Al Gore’s running mate in 2000, was the first Jewish American to be nominated for national office.  

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 9:40am

Today's e-Reads: Good Day for Google, Get Your iPhone4s

Google’s profits rose significantly this quarter thanks to record spending in online advertising, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued guidelines describing what information companies should disclose about cyberattacks, Reuters reports.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 9:40am

Transportation Secretary to Resign in 2013

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will resign when President Obama’s current term ends in 2013, the Associated Press reports.

LaHood announced his decision at a media luncheon, spokeswoman Jill Zuckman said on Thursday night, but gave no reason. He had not discussed his resignation with the president, she said.

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Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 9:40am

Cain Says '9-9-9' Plan Will Create Jobs

In an op-ed published Friday in USA Today, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said his “9-9-9” plan appeals to regular Americans who want common-sense solutions -- like his Uncle Leroy and Aunt Bessie.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 9:40am

Perry Prepares to Roll Out Jobs Plan

Standing in front of a steel plant in Pittsburgh, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will lay out his job-creation plan on Friday morning. Perry says his plan will create 1.2 million jobs and reduce dependence on foreign oil by removing environmental regulations and expanding domestic energy exploration.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 8:40am

Romney Promises to Get Tough on China

In an op-ed published Friday in The Washington Post, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney criticized President Obama's trade policies and accused China of cheating in the global market.

"Candidate Obama talked tough about China’s trade policies; President Obama has whispered about them," Romney wrote. "China smiles, diverts attention by criticizing the United States, and merrily continues to eat our economic lunch."

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 8:40am

Hotline Sort: Talking That Blah, Blah, Blah

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. President Obama heads to Michigan, Telemundo will host its first ever presidential debate, Mourdock raises just over $300,000 and Brian Schweitzer says "blah blah blah blah blah" to rumors that he may run for Senate in 2014. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 8:40am