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Highlights From New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's Press Conference

In case you missed it, political reporter Rebecca Kaplan brings you the highlights of New Jersey Gov. Christie’s Tuesday press conference about his decision to stay out of the race for the Republican nomination for president in 2012.

On his decision not to run for president:

Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 4:40pm

Today's e-Reads Updated: Apple Disappoints, Cellphone Companies Dispute San Francisco Law

Apple's not-so-big announcement left many junkies underwhelmed, including this Forbes commentator.

More reaction here, from Reuters.

The world's largest astronomy project is up and running in the Chilean desert, according to AFP.

Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 4:40pm

Rogers: U.S. Must Confront 'Intolerable' Chinese Cyberespionage

The United States and its allies in Europe and Asia need to band together and confront China’s campaign of cyberespionage, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said on Tuesday.

Although governments have long spied on each other, China has gone beyond that by engaging in “brazen and wide-scale theft” of intellectual property from commercial competitors around the world, Rogers said.

Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 4:40pm

Supporters Show Obama 'Texas Hospitality' in Perry's State

Raking in thousands in Republican presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry's home state, President Obama was embraced today by what he called “Texas hospitality” at a pair of fundraisers in Dallas.

Obama told his supporters at the two lunches that the Democrats face a harder challenge in 2012 than in 2008 because instead of “running against something, in part … now, we’re running for something,” according to pool reports.

“Back then, I didn’t have any gray hair,” Obama said. “Now I’m dinged up … [but] my enthusiasm and my faith in America is unabated.”

Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 4:40pm

Saying Goodbye: Change in the 112th Congress

Not every representative and senator who is sworn in at the beginning of a Congress is around for the end of their terms. Some step down for other jobs or in the wake of scandal, and a few, sadly, prove all too mortal. Others may stay until the end of their terms, but don't plan on seeking reelection out of a desire to retire from politics or to seek other elective positions.

Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 4:40pm

Coalition Shifts Attention to House in Push to Fight Online Piracy

A broad coalition of industry and labor groups descended on the House on Tuesday to rally support for legislation that would give them new tools to crack down on foreign websites engaged in piracy and counterfeiting. 

About 40 representatives of the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy were set to meet on Tuesday with House leaders and key members of the House Judiciary Committee to lobby on behalf of the legislation.

Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 3:40pm

Christie: Critics of My Weight 'Among the Most Ignorant People' -- VIDEO

While putting an end to speculation that he would join the presidential race, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday spoke out about "serious commentators" who have judged his abilities as a leader based on his weight.

"I don't think undisciplined people get to achieve great positions in our society," Christie told reports. The critics "further stigmatize people in a way that is really irrelevant to people's ability to do a particular job."

As for comedians who have used his weight as fodder for jokes, Christie said: "As long as they're funny, what the hell do I care?"

Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 3:40pm

Apple Debuts New iPhone ... Make That Old iPhone

Apple’s new CEO, Tim Cook, took the stage on Tuesday to unveil the company’s long-awaited iPhone 5. Except he didn’t. Instead, Apple rolled out a painstaking list of upgrades to the current iPhone 4, which will be called the iPhone 4S, including a voice-command feature and a better camera.

Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 3:40pm

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Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 3:40pm

McConnell Seeks Vote On Obama Jobs Bill

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on Tuesday he will try to force a vote this week on President Obama’s $447 billion jobs proposal, in a surprise move intended to highlight Democratic divisions on the bill.

Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 3:40pm