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How Baseball Is Different From Politics

In politics, as in baseball, hot prospects from the minors can have trouble handling big-league pitching.

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 9:40am

More Than a Fifth of Americans Won't Vote for a Mormon, Poll Finds

Republican Mitt Romney’s religion may negatively affect his 2012 presidential bid, according to a new Gallup poll that found 22 percent of Americans would not vote for candidate who was a Mormon.

The telephone survey of more than 1,000 adults found that though a majority of citizens would support a Mormon candidate, 18 percent of Republican voters and 27 percent of Democrats would not vote for a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Indifference to voting for a Mormon has not changed much since 1967.

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 9:40am

The Regulation Threat: Pros and Cons

Education Secretary Arne Duncan dropped a bombshell on educators and Congress alike last week when he announced that the Education Department would pursue changes to the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act through regulations if Congress doesn't get its act together and reauthorize the law.

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 9:40am

Amtrak: Is It Really the Same Old Debate?

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., last week came up with a pretty cool way to unveil an idea that he has been tossing around for some time. His policy proposal, which comes as no surprise, is to separate Amtrak from the Northeast Corridor and open the heavily trafficked route up to private competition. The public rollout of the proposal was unique--part town hall, part press conference--a Webcast and teleconference operated out of the committee room in front of a live audience.

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 9:40am

Number of Regulators Embedded With Wall Street Firms on the Rise

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency will increase the number of in-house regulators at the banks and securities firms they oversee, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 9:40am

Hotline Sort: Battle In The Beehive State

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. As Huntsman gears up for to announce his presidential bid, Perry's advisers assess the biggest challenges to a possible late entry into the race. Meanwhile, Amodei takes to the airwaves in Nevada and a new Utah poll spells more trouble for Hatch. Here's today's rundown:

8) NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's mother Charlotte Bloomberg has died at the age of 102.

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 9:40am

Gallup: Many Americans Hestitant to Elect a Mormon

Republican Mitt Romney’s religion may negatively affect his 2012 presidential bid, according to a new Gallup poll that found 22 percent of Americans would not vote for candidate who was a Mormon.

The telephone survey of more than 1,000 adults found that though a majority of citizens would support a Mormon candidate, 18 percent of Republican voters and 27 percent of Democrats would not vote for a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Indifference to voting for a Mormon has not changed much since 1967.

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 8:40am

Should Congress Assert Itself Over Operation in Libya?

In an effort to pacify lawmakers, the White House sent information to Capitol Hill last week about ongoing military operations in Libya. In short, the Obama administration said that the United States' involvement in the NATO-led campaign does not constitute a war, and thus does not require congressional authorization. Lawmakers from both parties have balked at that assertion, and House Speaker John Boehner has suggested that Congress has legislative "options" at its disposal to address the issue.

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 8:40am

Gabrielle Giffords Returns to Tucson

CORRECTION: The original version of this report misspelled Gabe Zimmerman's name.

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 8:40am

Video: Romney's Foot-in-Mouth Moment?; Leno Bids a Fond Farewell to Rep. Weiner

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the definitive Republican front runner in the presidential race, but Bill Maher is worried that Romney might stick his foot in his mouth.

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 0:45 when Jay Leno reflects on, "the man and his junk."

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Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 8:40am