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NJ POLL: Two-Way GOP Race?

Many are preparing for a two-way GOP nominating race between former Govs. Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty.

Posted: Monday, May 23, 2011 - 9:40am

Trusting the Government With Highways

The Congressional Budget Office offered lengthy, detailed (and dry) testimony last week that outlined the options for paying for highways. Limiting spending to the amount garnered from the current fuel tax would result in $13 billion less per year than the current amount, CBO said. Spending enough to maintain the current performance of the highway system would require about $14 billion more per year than current levels.

Posted: Monday, May 23, 2011 - 9:40am

Pawlenty: I'm Running To Get Spending Under Control

In a series of network television news interviews Monday morning, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he is running for president to tackle the nation's economic issues while acknowledging that he is not going to be the flashiest candidate in the field.

Posted: Monday, May 23, 2011 - 9:40am

The STEM (aka "Smarty Pants") Conundrum

It's no secret the United States is badly in need of more science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) college graduates to help fill the needs of the growing technology sector workforce. President Obama has launched several task forces and initiatives to increase students' interest in and ability to complete college programs that prepare them for science and engineering careers. But all efforts suffer from the same problem--it's hard to get excited about them. Even the acronym connotes something other than a geeky education goal about which there is near universal agreement.

Posted: Monday, May 23, 2011 - 9:40am

Hotline Sort: Mitch Me Yet?

9:06 a.m. CORRECTION: The previous version of this post incorrectly attributed a quote to Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass. The quote was from a TPM editor.

Posted: Monday, May 23, 2011 - 9:40am

Video: Pawlenty Picks the Right Time to Run; 'Really' Schwarzenegger

Jay Leno thinks former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is launching his presidential campaign at the right time, "He's very clever. On Monday, his campaign slogan will be 'Pawlenty: He got you through the Apocalypse.'"

Posted: Monday, May 23, 2011 - 8:40am

Should Obama Back Oil Pipeline?

Should President Obama green-light a controversial pipeline that would send a half-million barrels of Canadian oil to the United States?

Posted: Monday, May 23, 2011 - 7:40am

As Obama Visits Ireland, JFK's Shadow Looms

Barack Obama is the sixth U.S. president to visit Ireland. But when he hoists a pint Monday in a pub in tiny Moneygall or addresses cheering crowds at College Green in Dublin, he will very much be in the shadow of the president who made history with his visit 48 years ago.

Posted: Monday, May 23, 2011 - 6:40am

Can Pawlenty Seize the Opening?

With Tim Pawlenty making his presidential bid official, pressure is mounting on him to persuade Republicans that he’s a contender, not a consolation prize.

Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2011 - 10:40pm

Pawlenty: 'I Am Running For President'

One day before he was set to officially kick off his presidential campaign with a round of Monday morning network television interviews and an appearance in Iowa, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty posted a video on his website in which he announced his candidacy and sought to draw a clear contrast with President Obama.

Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2011 - 9:40pm