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Edwards Thinks He Can Win Over One More Jury

Former trial lawyer John Edwards is betting he can win over a jury if the Justice Department decides to prosecute him over money his supporters gave to take care of his mistress Rielle Hunter and their daughter during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 10:40am

Lagarde to Tour Emerging Countries in I.M.F. Bid

French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde said she is preparing a global tour to rally support for her bid to head the International Monetary Fund, as a group of emerging countries complained of being underrepresented in the institution.

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 10:40am

Cain: Palestine Question ‘Caught Me Off Guard’

Herman Cain admits a question he faced on Fox News Sunday about the Palestinian right of return “caught me off guard,” but he said he isn’t worried about the miscue's staying power.

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 10:40am

President Obama on Medicare and Turning 50

Give him this: President Obama is a cool operator. When we met with him in April, he was secretly planning what would become a defining moment of his presidency: the deadly assault on Osama bin Laden. On this day, however, our conversation focused on domestic battles — including the war over entitlements for seniors — and, yes, how he deals with stress.

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 10:40am

Why Jeb Bush Won't Run for President in 2012

One thing all those pushing Jeb Bush to run for president this cycle can agree upon is that he's smart--smart about education, smart about cutting taxes, smart about hurricanes. Smart about everything, so it seems, except political history, particularly his own.

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 10:40am

In Dempsey, Obama Sees an Independent But Loyal Soldier

Gen. Martin Dempsey had just settled in as the new chief of staff of the Army. He fits the bill for the joint chiefs post as an independent advocate for the armed forces who's copacetic with Obama’s policy goals.

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 10:40am

NJ POLL: Will Palin Run?

A movie coming out and a new house in Arizona rumored to be purchased by the Palins is fueling speculation that the former governor is increasingly likely to run for president.

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 10:40am

Congressional Insiders Split on Debt Ceiling

Republican and Democratic Members of Congress have very different expectations for how much of a revenue increase will be contained in any agreement to raise the debt ceiling, according to the latest National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll. The vast majority of GOP Members don't foresee any revenue hikes, while Democrats are divided.

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 10:40am

From the Yearbook to the White House: The 2012 Republicans in High School

One of these former teens will probably win the GOP's White House nomination in 2012. Since the press will inevitably rifle through their histories with astonishing thirst and thoroughness, we may as well take this early campaign moment to glimpse them at their most innocent, ungainly, ambitious, preppy, or long-haired, before the serious digging begins (or, for the better-known candidates, before it begins anew).

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 10:40am

Congressional Insiders Eye Federal Employee Pensions

Under pressure to cut the deficit, a huge majority of Republican Members of Congress and a fair share of Democrats are prepared to ask federal employees to increase their contributions to their own pensions, according to the latest National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll.

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 9:40am