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A Brief History of Why Huckabee and Romney Don't Like Each Other

Now, everyone loves Mike Huckabee. After the Fox News host decided this weekend that a lucrative TV contract was more appealing than a slogging through a presidential bid, the rest of the GOP field issued fawning statements to lure an endorsement. Except for Mitt Romney. But he wasn't going to get a hearty slap on the back from Huck anyway.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 12:40pm

At NASA, Giiffords Staff Talks About Her Voice, Understanding Sarcasm

After the launch of NASA space shuttle Endeavour, the staff of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., briefed reporters on her condition, saying that her voice is unchanged after the shooting. Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly, is commanding the mission.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 12:40pm

GOP Struggling to Pitch Medicare Plan to the Public

The Republican plan to convert Medicare into a voucher program has hit some rough water. Presidential candidates are distancing themselves from the proposal, while a New York special election that should have been an easy victory has become competitive due to the Medicare issue.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 12:40pm

Dem State Rep. Looking At Possible Scott Brown Challenge

A Democratic state representative from Boston's western suburbs dialed potential supporters over the weekend, testing the ground for a possible bid against Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), National Journal has learned.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 12:40pm

Tomblin Win Is A Barometer For Manchin

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's (D) decisive victory in Saturday's Democratic gubernatorial primary in West Virginia could be a big boost for Sen. Joe Manchin's (D) re-election hopes.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 11:40am

Giffords' Husband Lifts Off in Endeavour Space Shuttle

NASA space shuttle Endeavour lifted off on Monday from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.., watched as the shuttle, which held her husband Mark Kelly, departed on the shuttle's final mission.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 11:40am

U.S. Seeks Nuclear Power Plant Plans for Handling Attack

Entities managing the 104 nuclear reactors in the United States are expected to inform the Nuclear Regulatory Commission by June 10 of what preparations, systems, and specialists they have ready to employ following a potential strike by extremists, NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko said last week.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 11:40am

ObamaMediCare: This Is Going to Get Messy

Lisa Benson compares combining ObamaCare and Medicare to forcing a square peg into a round hole--with extra imagery.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 11:40am

What, Exactly, Does College Do for Us?

One needs look no further than the White House to gauge the level of national interest in building a highly skilled workforce. President Obama has placed an intense focus on doubling college graduation rates and increasing science, math, and engineering majors. There is little argument among policymakers and employers alike that the health of the nation's economy depends on increasing the pool of skilled job candidates.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 11:40am

How to Set and Measure Transportation Goals

If a city bridge is still standing and the Main Street potholes are filled, does that justify the town's transportation budget? Probably not, at least not now. As states and cities are combing through their budgets in search of extraneous fat to cut, it will become the job of the transportation departments to outline in detail how they are spending the public's money.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 11:40am