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Today’s e-Reads: Mourning Tech Icon Steve Jobs; Will Microsoft Go After Yahoo?

The New York Times examines the challenges facing Apple’s executives following the death on Wednesday of company founder Steve Jobs as they try to follow his lessons without being trapped by his legacy. 

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

Daley: 2012 Will Be 'Very Tough and Close' Race

White House Chief of Staff William Daley predicted "a very tough and close election" in 2012, thanks to continuing "tough times for the American people" and a highly polarized electorate that has ricocheted between parties in elections since 2006.

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

What West Virginia '11 Says About West Virginia '12

Filling in for Reid Wilson, we write in this week's On The Trail column:

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

Format of Next GOP Debate a Change of Pace

There have been six Republican presidential debates so far but the seventh will be unlike any of the previous meetings.

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

Corps of Engineers Bribery Arrests Praised by Lawmakers

The Justice Department's indictment -- announced this week -- of four alleged conspirators charged with bribery and kickbacks under two contracts with the Army Corps of Engineers was praised by members of Congress, but the development could renew scrutiny of subcontractors and preferences for Alaska native corporations.

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

Cain: If You Don't Have a Job, 'Blame Yourself'--VIDEO

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain suggested that the Occupy Wall Street protests are staged and that joblessness is the fault of the unemployed.

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 9:40am

Jon Stewart: How Are the Wall Street Protesters Not Like the Tea Party? Plus: Does Herman Cain Believe ... in Science? -- VIDEO

Jon Stewart on Wednesday responded to pundits who have been attacking the Wall Street protesters for being disorganized, unfocused, lacking a clear cause ... sound familiar?

Stewart thinks they're awfully similar to the tea party. "These protesters, how are they not like the tea party?" He joked, "Alright some of them smoke and have pants made out of pot. So, call them the THC party!"

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Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 9:40am

Wasserman Schultz: Giffords Has a Long Way to Go Before Full Recovery

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona Democrat who was shot at close range earlier this year, is now able to initiate conversation but still has "a long way to go," said her friend, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

"You can have conversations with her," Wasserman Schultz said Thursday on CBS's Early Show.

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 9:40am

Officals: Secret Panel Decided on Awlaki Killing

A secretive panel of government officials places American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki on a kill or capture list before informing President Obama of such decisions, according to a Reuters report, which cites “several current and former officials.”

The panel, a subset of the White House's National Security Council, made the decision to target Awlaki, the U.S.-born radical cleric with alleged al-Qaida ties, who was killed by a CIA drone strike in Yemen last month.  

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 9:40am

Hotline Sort: Hips Don't Lie

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. The Nevada presidential caucuses will be on Jan. 14, Inouye likes Hirono in the Hawaii Senate race, Neumann raised $300,000 in September and President Obama names Shakira to an advisory commission. Here's today's rundown:
8) President Obama has appointed pop singer Shakira to serve on his Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 9:40am