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Daily Kos, Research 2000 Reach Settlement In Lawsuit

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 - 12:40pm

Math Says You Should Take Herman Cain Seriously

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain once led a pizza empire but has never held office, making him the subject of a lot of snack food jokes but no serious coverage. But The New York Times' Nate Silver argues that poll numbers suggest Cain could be a legitimate candidate: he got 8 percent of GOP voters' support in Gallup's latest poll, putting him in fifth place behind Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Ron Paul, and New Gingrich.

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 - 12:40pm

How a Bill Becomes a Law with an Autopen

Last night, with President Obama faraway in France and provisions of the Patriot Act set to expire at midnight, the commander-in-chief awakened at 5:45 a.m. and called on his "autopen" to immediately sign the bill into law. The device replicated Obama's signature and, as a result, the government's post-9/11 roving wiretap privileges were secured.

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 - 12:40pm

Al-Qaida Faces 'Internal Power Struggle,' Expert Says

The terrorist network al-Qaida is faced with an "internal power struggle" weeks after the death of founder and longtime leader Osama bin Laden, a counterterrorism expert testified before the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday.

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 - 12:40pm

Gates, Shinseki Detail Joint Health Record Management and Development Plans

The top officials at the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments approved a management structure for development of a joint electronic health record, and confirmed plans to use commercial software for the project "wherever possible and cost effective."

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 - 11:40am

MAP: Gas Prices Rise Over $4

Though gas prices have declined over the past four days, seven states are selling a regular tank of gas for over $4 on average, according to AAA reports. With the national average now $3.96, more states could soon join the list.  Still it is still well below the record $4.11 national average from June in 2008.

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 - 11:40am

Paul Ryan's Finest Hour?

Paul Ryan is ready to show his stiff upper lip. The House Budget Committee chairman finds himself at the center of a national debate over Medicare and is using British metaphors to explain his desire for a top-to-bottom debate over his budget blueprint and the massive restructuring of Medicare it envisions for every American 55 and younger.

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 - 11:40am

Romney, Bachmann to Formally Announce in June

Mitt Romney will formally announce he's running for president June 2 at a barbecue in Stratham, New Hampshire, the Union-Leader's John DiStaso reports. Romney is the first Republican candidate to make it official in New Hampshire, significant because unlike in 2008, Romney is considering running a scaled-back campaign in Iowa, where social conservatives are a bigger segment of the electorate.

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 - 10:40am

Word for Word: Best Quotes of the Week, In Pictures

This week, President Obama went on a European pub crawl (at least in the words of Tim Pawlenty), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said that Obama hasn't hurt the feelings of Jewish Americans, and Paul Ryan's Medicare plan was the subject of more controversy. Here's the week that was, in quotes and pictures.

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 - 10:40am

Poll: Romney and Palin Lead GOP for 2012, Differ on Issue Appeal

Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin lead the pack of potential GOP presidential candidates, with 17 percent preferring Romney and 15 percent choosing Palin, according to a new Gallup poll.

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 - 9:40am