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PICTURES: Who Wore the Flag in the Debate?

The idea of presidential candidates wearing flag pins on their lapels came into vogue only after the surge of patriotic sentiment that followed September 11. The gesture may seem trite in the overall strategy of a campaign, but it became an issue that was used against Barack Obama in the 2008 campaign when he initially avoided wearing the pin. When the Republican Party's major presidential hopefuls met on the eve of Flag Day Monday night, the stage was split between flagged and blank lapels.

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 1:40pm

Gingrich's Charity Paid Money to Gingrich's Business

A charity founded by Newt Gingrich paid Gingrich's for-profit company $220,000 over two years, ABC News reports. The non-profit, Renewing American Leadership, was meant to spur conversation about restoring Christian principles in Washington, and mostly did that through letters seeking donations.

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 1:40pm

Rick Perry: The Latest Next Republican Savior

This week, GOP debate non-withstanding, is Rick Perry week in the Republican party. Tonight, the Texas governor will deliver the keynote address at the Lincoln Day dinner in Manhattan--yet another move indicating that, yes, he might just throw his cowboy hat into the ring. And if he does run, it couldn't come soon enough for unenthused conservatives.

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 1:40pm

Huntsman Plans To Launch White House Bid In New Jersey Next Week

Former Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman plans to launch his presidential campaign on June 21 at Liberty State Park in New Jersey, a source close to the campaign has confirmed to National Journal.

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 12:40pm

McConnell Urges Obama to Play the 'Crazy Republicans' Card on Taxes

The Senate Republican leader says that if both sides take significant risks in debt talks, neither side may suffer politically.

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 12:40pm

The Obamas Start Stumping for the 2012 Campaign

The Obamas delivered 2012 stump speeches at Democratic National Committee fundraisers in Miami and and Los Angeles Monday, reminding supporters that "We are not done," as the first lady said. President Obama is working to win back the Democratic donors who've soured on him since 2008, reminding them that "Big changes don't happen overnight.... The reason we're here today is because our work is not done."

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 11:40am

New Mexico's GOP Sleeper Senate Candidate

Three may be a crowd, but that's not stopping underdog candidate Greg Sowards from trying to leave an imprint on the GOP Senate race in New Mexico.

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 11:40am

The Race Not to Create Jobs

Tony Auth comments on election-year politics.

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 11:40am

Hack of IMF Data Raises Global Worries

As world leaders grapple with the news that unidentified hackers have infiltrated the International Monetary Fund and obtained a large quantity of data, some computer security and financial services experts speculated that such an attack on U.S. financial regulatory agencies would not likely originate in China.

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 10:40am

Agencies Asked to Cut Performance Awards

Federal agencies must scale back bonuses paid to Senior Executive Service members and other senior-level employees for the next two years, according to Obama administration officials.

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 10:40am