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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

For Incoming Defense Chief, No Easy Answers on Budget Cuts

The continued costs of U.S. operations in Afghanistan are influencing the administration’s deliberations about the pace of withdrawal from that conflict, scheduled to begin next month. However, whether President Obama and his new, budget-focused secretary of Defense choose to recall 5,000 troops or 30,000 will have little effect on the expense of the operation, meaning that broader defense cuts will come dearer than many anticipate.

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

Should Obama Revive Yucca Mountain?

Should President Obama restart the nuclear waste repository site at Yucca Mountain in Nevada?

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

More Weiner Photos, More Democratic Angst

There was more Democratic cringing Sunday when new photos of a partially clad Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y. – some reportedly taken from inside the House members’ gym and sent online to at least one woman – became public and added another raunchy twist to two week or revealations about the congressman's sexting misdeeds

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

US International Internet Efforts Read Like Spy Novel

The New York Times describes it as being like something right out of a spy movie: a group of young, techie ideologues in a generic Washington office, stuffing suitcases full of "internet-to-go" kits. Read more here, on our Tech page.

Posted: Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 11:40pm