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FTC Investigation: Is the Oil Industry Manipulating Gas Prices?

After months of more expensive gasoline driven by wildly fluctuating oil prices, the Federal Trade Commission has launched an investigation of oil and gas markets to determine whether or not they engaged in anti-competitive conduct and price manipulation, The Washington Post reports.

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

Huntsman: 'I'm a candidate for... President of the United States'

President Obama's former ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, is making known his ambitions to oust his ex-boss in just-released speech excerpts.

"I'm a candidate for the office of president of the United States of America," Huntsman will tell supporters in Jersey City, at a spot overlooking the Statue of Liberty, according to selections of the speech emailed to reporters by his campaign.

Huntsman, whose initial political moves indicate that he's aiming to build a centrist coalition, promises to campaign with civility.

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 8:40am

Hotline Sort: In The Huntsman

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Feinstein's numbers are close to the danger zone, Christie hits an all-time low in New Jersey, Obama courts the Jewish vote while Jon Huntsman kicks off his campaign and defends his work for the president. Here's today's rundown:

10. Former Ambassador and Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman will make it official at Liberty Park in New Jersey on Tuesday morning, formally announcing his campaign for president.

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 8:40am

Video: Obama and Boehner Bond on the Golf Course; Stewart Suggests the Unedited Version

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, bond during the "golf summit."

Jon Stewart suggests watching the unedited versions of his interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.

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Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 8:40am

As Afghanistan Drawdown Approaches, Obama Faces New Political Landscape

President Obama’s upcoming announcement about how many troops he'll begin withdrawing from Afghanistan next month will vividly underscore how much the war debate has shifted, inside and outside Washington, since Obama announced the Afghan surge in December 2009.

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 8:40am

The Selling of the Candidate 2012: Is Jon Huntsman the Un-Republican?

The transformation of Jon Huntsman from improbable presidential hopeful to a formidable contender for the Republican nomination in under eight weeks is something of a marketing miracle.

Before President Obama’s former ambassador to China returned to Washington on April 29, the prospect of the socially moderate Mormon parachuting into the race, stumping among Republican primary voters, and waging an aggressive campaign against his former boss seemed far-fetched.

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

Dot-Anything Goes?

ICANN, the California-based group that decides who gets a domain name, has approved a controversial plan to extend the dotcom universe. AP reports that Canon Inc., the camera and printer company, already plans to apply for ".canon." ICANN will start taking applications Jan. 12 so you have time to get yours ready. You can read our full story here.

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Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 12:40am

LightSquared Caves On GPS Issue

Rather than fight any more over whose fault it is that its signals interfere with GPS, LightSquared has just agreed to start out on a new part of the spectrum. Read more here.

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Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 12:40am

Fitch Will Put U.S. Credit Rating on "Watch Negative" if Debt Ceiling Not Raised in Time

A senior executive with ratings agency Fitch said the company would put the United States' credit rating on watch negative if the federal government does not raise the debt ceiling by August 2, Reuters is reporting.

"If we reach the second of August without a lifting of the debt ceiling, Fitch would assign a rating watch negative to the U.S. sovereign ratings," said Andrew Colquhoun, head of Asia-Pacific sovereign ratings with Fitch.

 

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 11:40pm

Opponents Call Wireless Merger Unnecessary, Illegal

The back-and-forth over AT&T’s proposed merger with T-Mobile continued Monday, as opponents filed yet another round of documents at the Federal Communications Commission, arguing that the deal is everything from unnecessary to illegal.

Monday was the final deadline for opponents to file comments with the FCC. Groups had until the end of May to file official petitions to deny with the FCC. AT&T and its supporters responded to those petitions on June 10.

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 11:40pm