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GOP Presidential Contender Rick Perry Looks to Reboot His Campaign

After a series of stumbles, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is looking to reboot his presidential campaign with a $17 million fundraising haul, an appearance before a like-minded audience of Christian conservatives, and a steadier performance in next week’s Republican primary debate.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 6:40am

Obama To Issue Executive Order On Classified Info, After WikiLeaks

By executive order, President Obama will instruct federal agencies today to better safeguard their classified secrets, to set up internal audit systems, and to make sure that reluctance to share critical intelligence in the aftermath of the WikiLeaks exposure does not hamper collaboration across agencies.

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

Panetta: NATO Flights Over Libya to Continue for Now

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in Brussels on Thursday that NATO warplanes will continue to fly over Libya while combat continues between provisional government forces and the forces loyal to Muammer el-Qaddafi, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Despite pressure from some NATO countries to end the flights, both the U.S. and France have argued for keeping up the alliance flights, at least until the provisional government forces can take Qaddafi’s hometown, Surt.

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

In Citadel Speech, Romney Attacks Obama Military, Foreign Policy

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Mitt Romney on Friday will call for a buildup of America’s naval forces and missile defense system and accuse President Obama of undermining the nation’s global leadership status in what his campaign is billing as a major foreign policy address here.

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 10:40pm

Romney Confronted by Masked Anti-Mitts, Ducks Into Fundraiser

CHARLESTON, S. C. -- About a dozen protesters wearing Mitt Romney masks gathered outside the posh hotel where the GOP presidential candidate was holding a private fundraiser on Thursday.

The mini-protest outside the historic Mills House Hotel may be a form of good news for Romney—tacit acknowledgement that he’s once again the strongman of the Republican field.

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 8:40pm

Controlling the Stage: A Politician’s Primer

Politics is not an ego-free business. And why should it be?

I got a taste of that this week as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took themselves out of presidential consideration. I saw the other piece of that formula when I interviewed Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt at the Washington Ideas Forum.

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 7:40pm

Occupy Wall Street: The Democrats' Tea Party?

As President Obama held forth at a White House press conference on Thursday, demonstrators were gathered a few blocks away under the same flag of exasperation with the nation’s economy he purports to wave. Even so, he didn’t seem especially eager to become the standard bearer of the anti-Wall Street protests now entering their third week.

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 7:40pm

The Democrats' Tea Party?

As President Obama held forth at a White House press conference Thursday, demonstrators were gathered a few blocks away under the same flag of exasperation with the nation’s economy he purports to wave. Even so, he didn’t seem especially eager to become the standard bearer of the anti-Wall Street protests now entering their third week.

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 6:40pm

Romney: Don’t Cut Pentagon Budget

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – Mitt Romney expressed opposition to cuts in the military budget and proposed beefing up the Navy at a Thursday stop in this naval community.

“I want to make sure we do not shrink the military budget,” the GOP presidential contender told a crowd of about 70 military veterans and campaign supporters gathered in a naval museum in this suburb of Charleston.

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 6:40pm

Essential Health Benefits Should Rely on Budget, Institute Says

The only way to build a set of insurance requirements that are comprehensive and affordable is to start with a budget target, an advisory panel told the Department of Health and Human Services in a highly anticipated report on what benefits should be considered “essential” for new health insurance plans.

Instead of laying out a detailed list of benefits, the Institute of Medicine panel gave the government a framework for developing its own list. The panel suggested a process for public comment and review and recommended a deadline: May 2012.

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 6:40pm