National Journal Online

Iran Containment Cast in Doubt

The de facto U.S. strategy of containing an Iran on the cusp of acquiring nuclear weapons may have just gotten a lot more dangerous. That strategy of isolating Tehran internationally, and building an anti-Iran alliance along its periphery protected by the U.S. nuclear umbrella, relied on the “rationale actor” theory of international relations. Under such circumstances, the strategy assumed that even an Iran with nuclear weapons could not unduly intimidate its neighbors. Crossing a clear U.S.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 7:40pm

Tammy Baldwin Supports Recall of Scott Walker

As Wisconsin Democrats mount another recall campaign in an attempt to oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker from office, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., said she's fully behind the recall effort.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 7:40pm

Senate Approves Bill to Retaliate Against China on Currency

The Senate briefly set aside partisan conflict on Tuesday to overwhelmingly approve legislation to retaliate against China’s undervalued currency.

The legislation to use punitive tariffs to offset damages caused by Chinese currency manipulation passed the Senate in a wide 63 to 35 vote. But the bill is now likely headed to indefinite purgatory without consideration in the House.

But House GOP leaders haven’t given any signs they are ready to reconsider their position that such aggressive legislation could spark a trade war.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 6:40pm

What Harm Can Vitamins Do? Studies Find a Few

Two studies published this week add to a growing body of evidence that some supplements sold to improve health may in fact be killers.

On Tuesday, researchers reported that men who took fairly moderate doses of vitamin E --  400 international units a day --  had more prostate cancers than men who took a placebo. And a Finnish study published on Monday found that older women who took dietary supplements, including multivitamins, folic acid, iron and copper, appeared to be more likely to die early than women who didn’t.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 6:40pm

Can the CLASS Program Be Saved?

The controversial long-term disability insurance program, known as the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program or CLASS, had a rough month in September. But the Obama administration hopes a report, expected out this week, might clear some of the bad air.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 6:40pm

Businesses, Republicans Aim For Cybersecurity Assistance, Not Regulation

Cyberattacks have business leaders concerned, but what may be equally worrisome to them is the potential for sweeping new government regulations designed to counter cyberthreats.

On Tuesday the Business Roundtable, which includes dozens of America’s largest corporations, released a report calling for industry-friendly, voluntary steps, rather than overt mandates, to reduce cyberattacks.

“Business Roundtable does not support legislative and policy solutions that prioritize simple ‘check-the-box’ activity over sophisticated management of shared cyber-risks,” the report said.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 5:40pm

Bachmann Unveils Jobs Plan

On the heels of a Washington Post-Bloomberg News poll showing that voters believe Rep. Michele Bachmann would do the most damage to the U.S.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 5:40pm

GOP Presidential Candidate Debate Timeline

Even though the Republican primaries and caucuses aren't scheduled for another few months and the Republican National Convention won't be held for almost a year, the GOP presidential candidates have been busy.

Between fundraising and campaigning in early primary and caucus states, the GOP candidates have held several televised debates, and have several more planned. Below is a timeline of all of the planned GOP presidential debates this election season. To navigate, click on the timeline dates or the arrows.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 5:40pm

Cruz Sees Path To Victory Despite Dewhurst's Huge Spending Potential

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's Senate campaign released some eye-popping fundraising numbers on Tuesday for his first quarter in the race: Dewhurst took in $2.64 million over the last three months, and made a $2 million personal contribution to his campaign, leaving him with more than $4 million cash on hand.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 5:40pm

Long Slog Begins on Education Rewrite

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, on Tuesday unveiled a long-awaited draft rewrite of the 2001 No Child Left Behind law. The bill marks a significant departure in that it would not penalize schools that don’t reach set benchmarks by 2014. The proposal focuses federal attention on the lowest-performing schools and those with large achievement gaps.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 5:40pm