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National Counterterrorism Center Head to Leave

The head of the National Counterterrorism Center is resigning after nearly four years on the job, administration officials confirmed today. Michael Leiter will step down in July after the White House releases the latest version of its national counter-terrorism strategy, which Leiter helped to write.

Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 10:40am

White House Considers Payroll Tax Break for Employers

The White House is discussing giving employers a break on the taxes they pay on wages as the economic recovery slows, Bloomberg's Mike Dorning and Hans Nichols report. "The idea, which is in preliminary stages of discussion," they report, "is among several being talked about at the White House as the economy holds center stage for the administration and Congress, the people said on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations."

Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 10:40am

Third Rating Company Threatens to Downgrade U.S. Credit

Another credit agency has threatened to downgrade the United States’ credit status if Congress fails to increase the borrowing limit by August.

Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 10:40am

Weekly Jobless Claims Rise Slightly, Despite Expectations of a Drop

In a sign the labor market is still struggling, the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose to 427,000 last week, according to data released by the Labor Department on Thursday morning.

Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 9:40am

Congressional Insiders: Bye-Bye Ryan Plan

Members of Congress in both parties don't believe the controversial Medicare reforms drafted by the House Republican Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan will be a part of an eventual agreement to raise the debt ceiling, according to the results of this week's National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll. Democratic Members were near unanimous in saying that the Ryan proposal wouldn't make the cut, but a solid majority of Republicans concurred.

Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 9:40am

Congressional Insiders Say Debt Ceiling Won't Include Balanced Budget Amendment

Democratic and Republican Members of Congress don't expect that an eventual deal on the increasing the debt ceiling will include a provision for a constitutional amendment to balance the budget, according to this week's National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll.

Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 9:40am

Poll: Americans Disagree on Raising Debt Limit

While a large majority of Americans agree that failing to raise the debt limit would have negative consequences on the economy, only slightly more than half support it, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. A record 20 percent have no faith that either party will address the nation’s other big problems.

Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 9:40am

Hotline Sort: California Hustle

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Palin releases a new video, but a new poll shows she does not have a lot of GOP support. Meanwhile, Pawlenty and Huntsman court congressional support and is Weiner getting a crisis manager? Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 8:40am

Goldman, Other Companies Under the Microscope for Libya Fund Dealings

The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into whether Goldman Sachs and several other financial companies violated bribery laws in their dealings with Libya's sovereign-wealth fund, according to a Wall Street Journal report that cites people familiar with the matter.

Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 8:40am

Obama Strong By Comparison

In a recent poll from Reuters/Ipsos, the president’s approval rating ticked up 1 percentage point from May, but his real strength is in his popularity-by-comparison numbers.

Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 8:40am