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Laboring Under a New World

When Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., announced his retirement Friday, some union backers cheered, believing the newly competitive Wisconsin Senate seat would give them an opportunity to prove that once and for all, Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker badly overreached with his campaign against them. Their dream scenario saw former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold return to champion them, signaling labor is back to its days of glory.

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 10:40pm

NY 26 Update: Corwin Puts In More Money; Crossroads Switches Gears

We're less than one week away from the May 24 special election in New York's 26th District. Here's a wrap of the latest developments in the race - Republican Jane Corwin puts in more of her own money, Democrat Kathy Hochul keeps hammering Medicare and Crossroads changes its plan of attack.

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 9:40pm

FCC Appoints Senior Counsel To Oversee Wireless Merger

The Federal Communications Commission named a former Department of Justice official on Tuesday to oversee the agency's review of AT&T's proposed merger with T-Mobile.

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 9:40pm

Geithner: Strauss-Kahn "Not in a Position" to Lead IMF


Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 8:40pm

Gingrich Apologizes To Ryan

Caught in a tumult of criticism after criticizing Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget proposal, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Tuesday afternoon called to apologize to the House Budget chairman, Ryan's office and a campaign spokesman confirm to National Journal.

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 8:40pm

Oil Tax Breaks Vote Fails in Senate

A motion to advance a measure aimed at cutting tax breaks for the five biggest oil companies failed on the Senate floor on Tuesday evening, as it was unable to garner the 60 votes necessary to proceed.

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 8:40pm

Newt and Callista Gingrich's Bling: $500K in Tiffany Debt

The Gingriches have expensive taste. Politico reports that Callista Gingrich declared on the public record—because she had to—that she owed as much as $500,000 to the shmancy jewelery store, Tiffany and Co.:

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 7:40pm

Geithner, Defending Obama Plan, Says GOP Owns Potential U.S. Default

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner updated the Obama administration’s deficit-reduction goals on Tuesday, laying out a strategy of multi-year spending cuts, entitlement reform, and tax increases designed to allow Congress to increase the federal debt limit by early August.

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 7:40pm

4 Keys to Immigration Reform: Be Realistic

Part three of a four-part video series looking at tactics the Obama administration should use to make progress with the public and a key group of the electorate, Hispanics, on the issue of immigration.

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 7:40pm

Johnson, Cornyn Lukewarm On Tommy Thompson

Wisconsin's current GOP senator and the head of Senate Republicans' campaign arm are not quite rolling out the red carpet for a likely run by former HHS Secretary and Wisconsin Gov. and Tommy Thompson for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) next year.

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 7:40pm