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Texas's Rick Perry Is 'Gonna Think About' a 2012 Run

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says, "I'm gonna think about it," regarding a run for president in 2012, reports the Austin-American Statesman's Jason Embry. Perry has long denied he had any interest in a presidential campaign, but his circle has hinted at a run in recent days, following Mitch Daniels' decision to sit out the race.

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

Today's e-Reads: Google Wallet Causes a Stir

US Chamber of Commerce says White House cyber plan goes too far.

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

PHOTOS: Obama's European Tour

President Obama will visit four European countries in six days this week. The trip is meant to strengthen diplomatic relationships and foster confidence during a time of global economic unrest. We’ll chronicle the trip and symbols of the friendships that Obama makes along the way.

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

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