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Plouffe Doesn't Expect Staff Changes; Netanyahu Takes Hard Line

12:30. Lindsey Graham Puts Pakistan 'On Notice'

In an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., accused Pakistan of maintaining a double standard by helping U.S. forces locate al-Qaida targets while at the same time supporting the Haqqani network in Afghanistan and providing “aid and comfort” to the Taliban.

Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 1:50pm

Half of Conservatives Would Compromise to Get Economy Moving

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. -- A significant proportion of conservative Republican activists say they would be willing to compromise and vote for a candidate who does not follow party orthodoxy on social issues in order to get the economy back on track, according to a straw poll conducted at the biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.

Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 1:50pm

Romney Wins Among Tea Party Voters, Cain Second

Updated 10:00 a.m.

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. -- Tea party support helped fuel Mitt Romney's resounding victory at a Republican straw poll in Michigan this weekend, countering conventional wisdom that his moderate reputation and establishment support don't mesh with the grassroots conservative movement.

Romney chief rival for the GOP nomination, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, received 15 percent of the tea party vote despite enjoying support from the conservative movement nationwide.

Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 1:50pm

Romney the Slow and Steady

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. -- In a presidential nominating contest dominated by shooting stars who burn bright but briefly, it may be the most consistent, if less thrilling, Mitt Romney who proves most resilient.

Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 1:50pm

Michigan Republicans Want Rubio for Veep

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. -- It has taken Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., just nine months to transform from a freshman member of the World's Most Deliberative Body to the Republican many party activists want to become their vice presidential nominee.

According to the National Journal Hotline/National Association of Home Builders Straw Poll, a survey conducted this weekend here at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, Rubio is the top choice to appear on the 2012 GOP ticket as the vice presidential nominee.

Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 1:50pm

Romney Trounces Perry in Michigan Straw Poll; Rubio the Pick for VP

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. - In a rout, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney trounced Rick Perry and the rest of the GOP field to win the National Journal Hotline/National Association of Home Builders Straw Poll of GOP activists attending a weekend conference in Michigan.

Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 1:50pm

GOP to Perry: Honeymoon Over

ORLANDO – After 43 days as a presidential candidate, Rick Perry’s honeymoon is officially over.

His lame second-place finish Saturday to the charismatic but little-known corporate executive Herman Cain in a straw poll of Florida Republicans, preceded by an equally lame appearance here in Thursday's GOP presidential candidates' debate, exposed the steep learning curve ahead for the brash Texas governor.

Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 1:50pm

Returning to Michigan, Romney Ignores Perry to Blast Obama

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. – Mitt Romney brushed aside criticism from his chief rival for the Republican presidential nomination Saturday night and accused President Obama of being too ignorant and naïve about the U.S. economy to lead it out of recession. “I just don’t think he’s equipped for what’s happening,” the former Massachusetts governor said.

Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 1:50pm

Romney's Home Court Advantage

Michigan Republicans are taking note of a major contrast between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry: Attention.

Perry arrived to the conference's luncheon on Saturday during the official program, grabbing a few quick handshakes as he swept into the room. The Texas governor left the island shortly after his speech.

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Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 1:50pm

What We Learned: Popular Opinion

What we at The Hotline learned this week:

-- Recent public polling has given President Obama's reelection team new cause for concern. Throughout much of his presidency, even as his job approval numbers declined, the president's personal favorability has held up. But new CBS/New York Times and ABC News/Washington Post polls show a drop even in his personal popularity -- yet another troubling sign for Obama's reelection prospects.

Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 1:50pm