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12 Things Texans Know About Gov. Rick Perry That You Should, Too

Since 2006, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been boosting his conservative credentials, and now we know why -- he wants to be president. During this year's legislative session alone, Perry has taken on immigration, sanctuary cities, voter ID, women's reproductive issues, airport security, and, of course, the Obama administration, all national issues he can talk about in a national campaign.

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Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 7:40pm

Media Matters Instantly Declares War on Ed Henry

That was fast. Hours after Ed Henry announced his move from CNN to Fox News as chief White House correspondent, the liberal media watchdog Media Matters has begun painting him as a right-wing nut job. The treatment is par for the course in the world of partisan watchdog groups (we'd expect the same from its conservative archival Newsbusters if a CNN anchor moved to MSNBC).

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 7:40pm

Obama Will Announce Afghanistan Troop Decision on Wednesday

President Obama on Wednesday will reveal how quickly he plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, an administration official said tonight. The White House had no further details.

Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, would endorse a presidential announcement that the 30,000 troops committed as part of a 2009 surge to the country would be back home by end of 2012, military and administration officials told National Journal earlier on Monday.

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 7:40pm

White House: Don't Expect a Troop Withdrawal Announcement at Drum

President Obama will visit Fort Drum, N.Y., on Thursday, raising speculation that he might make an announcement about the pace and scope of the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan that is slated to begin in July.

But the White House tried to downplay expectations about a decision. Spokesman Jay Carney told reporters he would “steer [them] away” from expecting an announcement, because the president hasn’t made up his mind about what to do.

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 6:40pm

9/11 Memorial Street Sign Upsets Local Atheists

Players: Red Hook, Brooklyn; local atheists.

Players: Red Hook, Brooklyn; local atheists.

 
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Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 5:40pm

Advice for Women Candidates

(Updated at 4:46 p.m.)

Women seeking election in 2012 enjoy more gender-driven political benefits than ever before, a new study by the Barbara Lee Family Foundation shows; unfortunately for them, voter awareness of that advantage is causing it to backfire.

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 5:40pm

Anthony Weiner Has Delivered His Resignation Letter

The Anthony Weiner era has just a few hours remaining.

The scandal-plagued congressman has formally submitted (PDF) his resignation from the U.S. House of Representatives to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Secretary of State Cesar Perales. Politico White House reporter Glenn Thrush tweets that the resignation is "effective...midnight, June 21" (tonight) and that copies were "CC'd to [Minority Leader Nancy] Pelosi, [Speaker of the House John] Boehner."

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 4:40pm

Today's e-Reads: Your President Tweets; Sega Gets Hacked

President Obama plans to tweet, personally, @BarackObama, signing his actual missives "-BO."

The latest hack: Japanese video-game developer Sega says information belonging to 1.3 million customers has been stolen from its database.

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 4:40pm

LightSquared Agrees To Change to Spare GPS

LightSquared said on Monday it will move to a different spot on the spectrum to avoid interfering with sensitive GPS systems.

The Virginia-based broadband company says it can move to a spot that it had reserved for later expansion.

“At the same time, this plan offers a clear path for LightSquared to move forward with the launch of a nationwide wireless network that will introduce world-class broadband service to rural and underserved areas, which still find themselves on the wrong side of the digital divide,’’ Ahuja added.

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 3:40pm

Obama Impersonator Says He Wasn't Pulled Early Over Race Jokes

Organizers at the Republican Leadership Conference reportedly cut short a performance by Barack Obama impersonator Reggie Brown on Saturday following a series of "racially-tinged" jokes about the president. (Example: "My favorite month is February, Back History Month. See Michele, she celebrates the whole month. I only celebrate half").

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 3:40pm