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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

What Robert Gates Is Saying on His Last International Trip as Defense Secretary

En route to Singapore for his last international trip as Defense secretary, Robert Gates was quite chatty. See his key comments.

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

Robert Gates on His Last International Trip as Defense Secretary

En route to Singapore for last international trip as Defense secretary, Robert Gates was quite chatty. See his key comments below.

Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 8:40am

Luetkemeyer: U.S. Could Go the Way of Greece

Irresponsible spending levels could land the United States in a Greek-style crisis, warns Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., a member of the House Financial Services Committee, in an op-ed in Roll Call.

Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 8:40am

Hotline Sort: The Road To The Whitehouse

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Mitt Romney launches his presidential campaign, as Sarah Palin arrives on his home turf. And the Club for Growth cheers on Jason Chaffetz, while a former Rhode Island governor rules out a Senate bid. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 8:40am

WHO: Deadly E. Coli Outbreak May Be Caused by New Strain

A new, deadly strain of E. coli bacteria that has killed 18 in Europe and sickened 1,500 is likely a mutant strain of two types of the bacteria with aggressive genes, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 8:40am

Minnesota Deficit Could Derail Pawlenty

Tim Pawlenty will have some explaining to do in light of the fact that Minnesota’s projected budget gap for fiscal 2012 as a percentage of the state’s total general fund is the fourth-highest in the nation, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 8:40am

Video: The 'Swelling Controversy' Surrounding Rep. Anthony Weiner

Stephen Colbert has the latest on the Twitter controversy casting a "lengthy shadow" over Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y.

Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 8:40am