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A New Conservative Test: Standing by Ryan's Defunct Medicare Plan?

Nikki Haley defended Paul Ryan and his Medicare overhaul plan today like a tough older sister sticking up for her little brother against big, bad Newt Gingrich. "Here you've got Representative Ryan trying to bring common sense to this world of insanity, and Newt absolutely cut him off at the knees," Haley told CNN's Peter Hamby.

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 1:40pm

Akin Announces Senate Campaign In Missouri

Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) announced Tuesday that he will challenge Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), joining former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman in a growing GOP field

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 1:40pm

Daniels 'Not Going To Take Much Longer' To Decide On WH Bid

Republicans eager to find out if Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) is running for president could get their answer soon -- Daniels told reporters Tuesday he's "not going to take much longer" to decide whether to launch a bid for the White House, according to the AP.

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 12:40pm

Today’s e-Reads: Apple Users Happily Hand Over Info; Tweeters Are Gaga For Gaga

Consumers may be waiting to buy new computers; spammers outsmart Facebook; and the Winklevoss twins get another setback, in today's e-Reads.

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 11:40am

U.S. Free Trade Agreements Are Stalled Over Worker Benefits

In the past few months, President Obama has talked about setting up free-trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea.

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 11:40am

Ohio Tea Partier on Boehner: 'I Am Sick of the Tears'

House Speaker John Boehner told Ohio Tea Partiers at a private meeting last month that it might take a really long time to right the nation's balance sheet--like 50 years. The Tea Partiers did not like what they heard, not one bit, Reuters' Nick Carey reports. "I am sick of the tears," Denise Roberts, of the Preble County Liberty Group, said of Boehner's famous emotional displays.

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 11:40am

Previewing The CA 36 Special Primary Election

Tuesday's special election in California's 36th District is a prequel to what will likely be the main event on July 12. If no candidate gets a majority of votes cast - highly unlikely in the crowded 16 person field - the top two vote-getters will advance to a runoff in the first test of the state's new "jungle primary" system.

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 11:40am

A Leap of Faith

Tom Toles observes that, with the debt ceiling caving in, the economy is forced take a leap of faith.

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 11:40am

Beyond the Headlines

This last week has seen a potpourri of interesting political developments on the presidential, senatorial, and congressional election front. 

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 10:40am

NJ POLL: House to Senate: Who's Next?

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., will not run for Senate. But which House member will be the next to announce they will?

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 9:40am