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Why Sarah Palin Shouldn't Go Rogue

Even before donning biker leather and mounting a Harley-Davidson for a motorcycle rally in Washington last weekend, Sarah Palin had seized the political spotlight once again. A few days earlier, word had leaked of a gauzy biographical film soon to debut in Iowa. Then came news of a cross-country bus tour. Suddenly, the entire Republican presidential field was upended. Palin had gone rogue again, and the media were in a tizzy.

Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 10:40am

As NASA Prepares to Retire Its Final Shuttle, Agency Leaders Face an Uncertain Future

For NASA, reaching for the stars is imperative, even when government money is hard to come by, political debate is fierce, and sharp policy changes are frequent. And despite Washington's fits and starts, the agency has to plan years into the future--that's the nature of scientific research.

Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 10:40am

Three Things You Might Not Have Known About Anthony Weiner

With Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., in the news after a lewd photo was tweeted from his Twitter account, here are three things you may not have known about the congressman.

Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 10:40am

Price Tag of Official Time Spent on Union Activities Grows

The cost of official time used by federal employees participating in union activities increased nearly 7 percent between fiscal 2008 and fiscal 2009, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management.

Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 10:40am

Anthony Weiner's Unconvincing Night of Damage Control

Rep. Anthony Weiner continued his feverishly vague pushback campaign about the curious (or "lewd" to use Washington press corps' adjective-of-choice) photo of an underwear-clad man sent from his Twitter account last night.

Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 10:40am

Cantor on Weiner Controversy: Americans 'Sick Scandals Like This'

Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., on Thursday became the first member of House leadership to weigh in on Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Twitter controversy, calling for the New York Democrat to “come clean and clear it up.”

Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 10:40am

Democratic Insiders: Romney, Huntsman Biggest Threats to Obama

Democratic operatives and party strategists believe that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, followed closely by former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman would be the strongest candidates that the Republicans could nominate from their field to take on President Obama, according to the results of this week's National Journal Political Insiders Poll.

Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 9:40am

GOP Insiders Say It's Romney, but...

Republican operatives continue to believe that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the candidate most likely to capture the party's 2012 presidential nomination, but at the same time many either lack enthusiasm for his candidacy or doubt he can win the general election according the results of the this week's National Journal Political Insiders Poll.

Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 9:40am

Weekly Jobless Claim Roughly in Line With Forecast

In the week ending May 28, 422,000 seasonally adjusted initial jobless claims were filed, according to data released by the Labor Department Thursday morning.

Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 9:40am

Romney: Americans Made a Bad Bet on Obama

Mitt Romney will formally announce he's running for president Thursday at a chili barbecue at Bittersweet Farm in Stratham, New Hampshire, where he'll declare that three years ago Americans "gave someone new a chance to lead, someone we hadn't known for very long, who didn't have much of a record but promised to lead us to a better place," according to prepared remarks.

Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 9:40am