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The GOP Redistricting Advantage

When it comes to redistricting, it’s been a good month for Democrats.

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 9:40pm

Mitt Romney Stiffs Grover Norquist

(Updated at 8:28 p.m.)

Grover Norquist has had a tough week. First, his call for the Senate to reject a repeal of ethanol tax credits was ignored by a majority of Republican senators. Then, the influential GOP strategist found himself dropped from Mitt Romney's dance card.

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 7:40pm

Internet Providers Likely Critical Under White House Cyber Policy

Internet service providers, banks, and hospitals could face federal regulation under the White House’s cybersecurity proposals, top administration officials told the Senate on Tuesday.

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 7:40pm

Jon Huntsman: 10 Things You Can Call Him

With the Statue of Liberty in sight and flags waving in the background, Jon Huntsman officially joined the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday. Leading up to his announcement, Huntsman has striven to carve out an image as an unconventional candidate and has shied away from calling himself a conservative. Here are 10 things you can call him, however.

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 6:40pm

Compromise Lets House Start Patent-Bill Debate

A compromise over sweeping patent-reform legislation has cleared the way for floor debate in the House on Wednesday, but the White House  expressed skepticism on Tuesday about how well the fix would work.

The bill, called the America Invents Act, has been held up because of a dispute over so-called fee diversion, in which Congress takes fees collected by the Patent and Trademark Office and allocates the money for unrelated programs.

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 6:40pm

Senate Unanimously Endorses Panetta for Defense Secretary

The Senate has unanimously confirmed outgoing C.I.A. chief Leon Panetta to replace Robert Gates as secretary of defense on July 1, according to Reuters. Given that the vote was 100-0, you can imagine that this was a bit of a love fest. CNN notes that "senators from both sides of the aisle offered effusive praise" for Panetta, who received bipartisan backing during his confirmation hearing earlier in June.

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 5:40pm

U.S. Troop Levels and Fatalities in Afghanistan


Total U.S. troops in Afghanistan, October 2001 to June 2011

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Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 5:40pm

Mark Kelly, Giffords's Astronaut Husband, to Retire

Capt. Mark Kelly, the astronaut husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., said on Tuesday that he will retire from the Navy and from NASA to spend more time with his wife.

Kelly, a veteran of four space shuttle missions, announced his decision on his Facebook page; NASA later confirmed it.

"We know that Mark will continue to do great things for his country no matter what he chooses to do next. He has helped us build a space program poised to take advantage of the many opportunities in our bright future."

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 5:40pm

White House Swaps Applause for Laughter at Obama's Job Boast

Attention conservative blogosphere: the White House would like to set the record straight about a little parenthetical in a recent transcript. Late yesterday, you see, the White House posted Obama's recent remarks to the Democratic National Committee, which included this line: "Over the last 15 months we've created over 2.1 million private sector jobs. (Laughter.)."

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 5:40pm

Biden Group Breaks from First Session in Week-Long Press

Assistant House Minority Leader James Clyburn, D-S.C., one of six lawmakers led by Vice President Joe Biden working on a plan to raise the debt ceiling, said on Tuesday he doesn’t favor a short-term increase in the debt limit that would require Congress to revisit the issue before the 2012 election.

“I would hope we... won’t piecemeal it,” Clyburn said upon emerging from a meeting of the group, the first session of an intensive week-long press to get a deal. They are set to meet Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, and tentatively scheduled to meet Friday morning.

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 5:40pm