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Christie's Advisers Exploring How Fast Campaign Could Start

Political advisers to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are exploring how fast it would take to setup a campaign should the governor decide to make a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 6:40pm

Tomblin Won't Commit to Voting for Obama

As Republicans continue to tie acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to President Obama in the closing days of the race, Tomblin is keeping his distance. When asked Saturday by Hotline On Call if he planned to vote for the president in 2012, Tomblin ran an end-run around the question and did not give provide a definitive answer.

"What I am going to concentrate on is the race on Tuesday," Tomblin said when asked directly by Hotline On Call if he was planning to vote for Obama next year.

Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 5:40pm

Tomblin Rallies the Base In Democratic Stronghold

LOGAN, W.Va. -- Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin focused his energy on rallying his base on Saturday, speaking to about 100 supporters in his home County of Logan before leading the crowd to City Hall to vote in the special gubernatorial election.

Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 5:40pm

Alleged Extortion Attempt on Tomblin a New Twist in West Virginia Race

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An out-of-the-blue alleged attempted extortion plot related to greyhound racing has thrown a wrench into the tightening gubernatorial contest here with just three days left until Election Day.

A Florida man was arrested Thursday in California by federal authorities for an alleged extortion plot with ties to the race. The man had threatened to release a video that portrayed dog racing negatively to the campaign of businessman Bill Maloney if he was not given $50,000, according to a complaint filed by federal authorities.

Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 5:40pm

State Department Issues Global Travel Warning After Death of Awlaki

The State Department is warning Americans citizens and interests about possible retaliatory attacks following the death of the key al-Qaida in the Arabian Penninsula figure Anwar al-Awlaki.

Awlaki, who was an American citizen, was killed by a drone strike in Yemen on Friday. The fact that he was American is what makes the situation unique, the State Department said in its advisory issued on Saturday.

Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 3:40pm

Bachmann: 'China Has Blinded U.S. Satellites with Their Lasers'

Michelle Bachmann said "China has blinded United States satellites with their lasers" on Laura Ingraham's radio show Friday. She "did not offer evidence" about the lasers, Politico's James Hohmann notes, but Bachmann did offer that she is a member of the House Intelligence Committee and therefore can see "the nation's classified secrets." Not to worry, though. The nation's secrets are safe with Bachmann.

Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 12:40pm

Republican Supporters of the Environment -- PICTURES

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Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 12:40pm

Retired Republicans Quietly Try to Shift GOP Climate-Change Focus

To hear GOP presidential front-runner Rick Perry and some tea party-backed lawmakers tell it, the Republican position on global warming is that it’s a problem that doesn’t even exist.

That wasn’t always the case. And if prominent Republican elder statesmen have their way, it won’t continue to be.

And they did so as leaders of their party: while running for president, chairing Senate committees, and working within the congressional leadership.

Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 12:40pm

Washington Week Round Table: Awlaki Killed

Airstrikes killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born al-Qaida leader in Yemen. At home, dissatisfied GOP voters want Gov. Chris Christie to join the presidential race. Also, President Obama feuds with his base. Plus, a stopgap bill temporarily prevents a government shutdown. Joining Gwen: John Dickerson, Slate/CBS News; Sam Youngman, The Hill; Major Garrett, National Journal; Pierre Thomas, ABC News.

Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 10:40am

Senior Haqqani Leader Captured in Afghanistan

NATO has captured a senior leader Haqqani terror network in Afghanistan, the Associated Press reported.

Haji Mali Khan was captured on Tuesday in the Jani Khel district of Paktia province. It was the most significant capture of a Haqqani leader, according to the AP.

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Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 9:40am