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Jon Huntsman Will Drink for Peace

Jon Huntsman faces a good amount of anti-Mormon bias as he tries to capture the Republican nomination for president--22 percent say they wouldn't vote for a candidate of that faith.

Posted: Friday, June 24, 2011 - 2:40pm

House Rejects Measure to Cut Off Funds for Libya Strikes

Underscoring a rift within Congress over U.S. operations in Libya, the House on Friday rejected two provisions on the military campaign—one that would have authorized the operations and another that would have cut off funds for Predator drone strikes and other U.S. combat missions.

House GOP leaders strongly endorsed the latter measure, in the hope of rebuking the White House for failing to seek congressional authorization for an operation that began more than three months ago.

Posted: Friday, June 24, 2011 - 2:40pm

Blackwell Not Running for Ohio Senate

Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell won't run in the Republican Senate primary for the nomination to challenge Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, he told the Daily Caller Friday.

Posted: Friday, June 24, 2011 - 2:40pm

Obama Heckled by Gay Rights Advocates

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Posted: Friday, June 24, 2011 - 1:40pm

House Rejects Resolution Authorizing U.S. Libya Mission

Update: The House of Representatives has rejected a Republican-led effort to cut off funds for the conflict in Libya in what The Los Angeles Times's Kathleen Hennessey calls a "surprising victory for the White House in its power struggle with Congress." That followed another House vote involving congressional authorization of the Libya conflict, which is detailed below.

Posted: Friday, June 24, 2011 - 1:40pm

Google Confirms FTC Probe

Google confirmed on Friday that the Federal Trade Commission is investigating it but says it's not sure why.

On Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported that FTC had subpoenaed the Internet-search giant as the start of an antitrust probe.

"We respect the FTC’s process and will be working with them (as we have with other agencies) over the coming months to answer questions about Google and our services," the post said.

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Posted: Friday, June 24, 2011 - 1:40pm

House Rejects Authorization of Libya Intervention

The House on Friday voted against authorizing continued U.S. military operations in Libya for one year. Proponents had urged passage of the measure, which would have allowed aid but prohibited the deployment of ground troops.

Only eight House Republicans supported the authorization, despite public support from Senate Armed Services ranking member John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., both considered respected voices on national security within their party.

The resolution failed on a 123-295 vote.

Posted: Friday, June 24, 2011 - 12:40pm

GOP Candidates Are Ready for a National Conversation on Race

In March of 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama gave a widely-praised speech calling for a national conversation on race. A little more than two years later, that conversation had only gotten "dumber," Politico's Ben Smith wrote, with Fox News constantly airing images of "new Black Panthers" and MSNBC hunting for racists in the Tea Party. But now it seems the Republican presidential field is ready to renew that dialogue.

Posted: Friday, June 24, 2011 - 12:40pm

Obama and Biden to Meet with Reid and McConnell for Debt Talks

President Obama and Vice President Biden will meet separately with Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, respectively, on Monday to begin to resolve negotiations on the debt ceiling measure, CNN relayed from a White House statement. The statement explains that they will "discuss the status of the negotiations to find common ground on a balanced approach to deficit reduction."

Posted: Friday, June 24, 2011 - 12:40pm

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Posted: Friday, June 24, 2011 - 12:40pm