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Obama Not Hands-On in Debt Talks? Carney Says 'That's Nuts'

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Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 4:40pm

Blagojevich Found Guilty On Nearly All Counts

Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted on 17 counts by jury in Chicago, including all 11 counts related to an attempt to sell Pres. Obama's former Senate seat.

The jury was unanimous on 18 of the 20 counts against the former governor after ten days of deliberation. They found Blagojevich not guilty on one charge of bribery and were unable to reach a decision the other two counts, both charges of attempted extortion.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 4:40pm

Five Things Michele Bachmann May Want to Un-Say

“There are a lot of things I wish I would have said differently,” said Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., in a Sunday appearance on Face the Nation,referring to her 2008 remarks suggesting that then-presidential candidate Barack Obama holds “anti-American” views.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 4:40pm

Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich Found Guilty on Nearly All Counts

Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) was convicted Monday of nearly all the corruption charges against him, including trying to peddle President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.

As he left his home earlier this afternoon, Blagojevich told reporters that he was nervous. “My hands are shaking, my knees are weak, I can barely stand on my own two feet,” Blagojevich said, according to NBC Chicago. “It’s in God’s hands now.”

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Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 3:40pm

Supreme Court Axes Arizona's Matching Funds Law

The Supreme Court voted 5-4 Monday to overturn an Arizona election law that provided matching public funds to candidates who are being outspent by opponents who self-fund or take private money.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 3:40pm

Bachmann Proud to Share Origins With John Wayne... Gacy, Serial Killer

Just after Michele Bachmman announced her presidential candidacy in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, Monday morning, she told Fox News, "Well what I want them to know is just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That's the kind of spirit that I have, too." But The Washington Times' Stephen Dinan reports that Bachmann got her John Waynes mixed up. The rugged manly-man movie star was born in Winterset, Iowa, three hours away.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 3:40pm

Scaring Kids: Our First Amendment Right

It's not often you get references to Dante, dime store novels and Snow White in a Supreme Court ruling. Justice Antonin Scalia did just that in telling California it can't regulate sales of even the grossest video games to kids. The Supremes also agreed to hear cases about indecency and police use of GPS tracking devices on their last Read more here.

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Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 3:40pm

Bachmann's Credibility Gap

A chastened Chris Wallace apologized for asking Rep. Michele Bachmann, “Are you a flake?’’ during a Fox News Sunday interview. But his question forced the Minnesota Republican to confront the single-largest obstacle in her path to the GOP nomination.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 3:40pm

Obama Raises the Stakes on Dinner

Seeking to boost small donations ahead of the second fundraising quarter's Thursday close, President Obama's campaign is upping the stakes on a fundraising gimmick it unveiled on June 15: Donate $5, enter a lottery to win a dinner with the president.

The campaign released a message Monday morning saying that it is setting another place at the table for Vice President Joe Biden.

The campaign will cover the cost of the flight and the meal for the contest winner.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 2:40pm

Momentum For Mandel In Ohio

It's been a good couple of days for Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel.

First, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell announced Friday that he wouldn't run for Sen. Sherrod Brown's, D-Ohio, seat. And today, he landed a huge endorsement: Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 2:40pm