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Perry: Terrorist's Killing Shows Keeping Guantánamo Open Is Useful

Texas Gov. Rick Perry praised President Obama on Friday for the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born radical cleric suspected as a terrorist. But Perry also said the incident highlights the need to keep open Cuba's Guantánamo Bay terrorist detainee facility, which many Democrats want to close.

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 - 7:40pm

Is Romney's Immigration Stance 'Old News' or a Potential Vulnerability?

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney—whose attacks on rival Rick Perry for backing college tuition breaks for children of illegal immigrants have hit a nerve with conservatives—has tripped over the immigration issue himself.

While consistently decrying "amnesty,'' Romney made statements before his 2008 campaign in which he seemed favorably inclined toward legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to eventually earn citizenship.

Why hasn't Perry fired back?

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 - 6:40pm

Bill Miller: Political Hack to International Consultant

Bill Miller is leaving his post as one of Washington's most powerful political operators for a job with more international flavor. As the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's senior vice president of political affairs, Miller oversaw a $50 million war chest last election cycle, showering allies and burying opponents in campaign cash. 

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 - 6:40pm

Verizon Files Lawsuit Against FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

Verizon officially relaunched its legal bid to overturn federal Internet competition rules on Friday, forcing the Federal Communications Commission to defend the regulations from detractors on all sides of the argument.

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 - 6:40pm

Listeria Outbreak Death Toll Reaches 15

Fifteen people have died and 84 have been sickened in the outbreak of listeria food poisoning traced to contaminated cantaloupes, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.

All the cases are linked to cantaloupes from Jensen Farms in Colorado, the CDC says. “This is the first listeriosis outbreak associated with melon,” the agency said in a statement on Friday.

Listeria is especially dangerous for the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women.

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 - 6:40pm

Today's e-Reads Updated: Gawker Questions House Cell Phone Bill

Gawker has doubts about a House bill aimed at allowing companies to call customers' cell phones, questioning whether it will really benefit consumers.

Ireland is probing how Facebook treats private data, the Financial Times reports.

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 - 6:40pm

From The Hotline Media Monitor Time Machine: Jay Carney

Back in July of 2001, Hotline's Media Monitor featured then Time Magazine White House correspondent Jay Carney. Now that he's White House Press Secretary and we thought we'd provide a look back at his interview.

Where's your hometown? What was it like growing up there?

What was the last book you read?

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Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 - 6:40pm

Longing for a Knight: Isn’t Someone Going to Ride To The Rescue?

It took a proud Jersey girl in the audience -- now living in California and quoting her Italian mother -- to declare what some Republicans across the country are saying to Chris Christie. “She told me to tell you. You gotta run for president,” the woman said at Christie's appearance at the Reagan Library this week. Many reporters wanted to know how he’d respond to that as well.

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 - 6:40pm

Walgreens Hires Top Dem Lobbyist

Walgreens continues to build its Washington office poaching AHIP vice president of federal affairs Alethia Jackson to be its senior Democratic lobbyist. The new hire comes less than six months after the pharmacy giant nabbed Humana's Ed Kaleta to run its Washington office. 
Walgreens is aggressively trying to position itself as a leader in cost-effective health care solutions and plans to continue expanding its Washington presence. 

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 - 6:40pm

Huckabee Reportedly Asked to Consider Presidential Bid, But He Demurs

Republicans and conservatives unhappy with the GOP presidential field have asked Mike Huckabee to consider jumping into the race, Reuters reported on Friday. But Huckabee threw cold water on the idea.

"It's news to me that I'm sitting down and plotting my comeback," Huckabee told Fox News.

Disillusionment with Texas Gov. Rick Perry has led conservatives to turn to Huckabee, who has strong evangelical and conservative credentials, a source told Reuters.

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 - 6:40pm