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Herman Cain: Obama 'Was Raised in Kenya'

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain says President Obama "was raised in Kenya" and that's why "he's out of the mainstream," in an interview with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg for Bloomberg View.

Posted: Monday, June 13, 2011 - 9:40am

NYT: State Attorneys Probe Mortgage Securities Paperwork

Two state attorneys general are investigating Bank of New York Mellon and Deutsche Bank, two of the largest banks charged with checking paperwork related to the securitization of mortgages, a practice which contributed to the financial crisis, the New York Times reports.

Posted: Monday, June 13, 2011 - 9:40am

Gallup: Romney Widens Lead Ahead of Debate

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has widened his lead among the GOP field heading into the first Republican debate in New Hampshire Monday evening, according to a new Gallup poll. He has the support of 24 percent of Republicans surveyed from June 8 to 11, a jump from a support level of 17 percent just two weeks ago from May 20 to 24.

Posted: Monday, June 13, 2011 - 9:40am

Hotline Sort: Obama The Llama

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. On the eve of a big debate, Pawlenty zings Romney, Saul Anuzis passes on a Senate bid, and Anthony Weiner passes on resigning from Congress -- even in the face of public pressure from party leadership. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Monday, June 13, 2011 - 8:40am

GOP Hopefuls Debate in New Hampshire

New Hampshire, proud host of the nation’s first presidential primary, will bring together most of the 2012 Republican contenders for the first time Monday in a live, nationally televised debate.

Posted: Monday, June 13, 2011 - 8:40am

Summers: Cut Payroll Taxes to Avoid a 'Lost Decade'

Larry Summers, Former economic advisor to President Barack Obama, says that in order to avert a “lost decade” the United States should increase its payroll tax in order to stimulate economic growth.

Posted: Monday, June 13, 2011 - 8:40am

More Emphasis on Vocational Training?

Last week, the White House announced a new partnership with the National Association of Manufacturers to provide 500,000 community college students with "industry-recognized credentials." Some of those credentials could be earned quickly, in months rather than years, and place people in good-paying jobs that manufacturers for years have been struggling to fill.

Posted: Monday, June 13, 2011 - 8:40am

Has Time Come for Merit-Based Funding?

This week, the Bipartisan Policy Center will release recommendations to fund transportation programs based on performance measures, with the idea that money can be spent more efficiently if a cost-benefit analysis is a central component of the decision-making process. If it's a familiar refrain, that's because the Department of Transportation also is honing some of its grant programs to fund the projects that offer the biggest bang for the buck.

Posted: Monday, June 13, 2011 - 8:40am

Video: Rep. Weiner gets Saved By The Bell; More Bad Luck for Newt Gingrich

Bill Maher, on Newt Gingrich's campaign staff quitting en masse, "His staff got mad at him because he spent the last two weeks campaigning in the wrong country ... He's been on a yacht touring the Greek isles. Stopping only at Tiffany's on his mission to warn America that Obama is an elitist."

Posted: Monday, June 13, 2011 - 8:40am

Will Gates's Comments Convince NATO Members to Reverse Defense Cuts?

Defense Secretary Robert Gates used his final European trip to issue a blunt warning: NATO, the military alliance which the U.S. founded and has largely underwritten for the past 60 years, faces a "dim, if not dismal" future because of ongoing European defense cutbacks.

Posted: Monday, June 13, 2011 - 6:40am