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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

DHS Accused of Hiding Fingerprinting Data

Plaintiffs in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit contend the Homeland Security Department is attempting to hide information on a controversial immigrant fingerprinting program by refusing to release court-ordered email trails.

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 6:40pm

Coburn Quits Gang of Six Budget Talks

The Gang of Six negotiating how to reduce the deficit is now a gang of five, as Sen. Tom Coburn has quit the talks over a disagreement on overhauling Social Security. "We can’t bridge the gulf of where we need to go on mandatory spending," the Oklahoma Republican said Tuesday, according to The Hill's Alexander Bolton, so there's no point in going on. "There’s no reason to sit and talk about the same things over and over and not get any movement," Coburn said.

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 6:40pm

Obama Gets Backing From Boston Basketball Legends

President Obama will get backing from two NBA legends when he visits Boston on Wednesday for a pair of fundraisers.

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 6:40pm

FCC, FTC To Look Into Cellphone Tracking

The Federal Communications Commission waded into the controversy over cellphone tracking Tuesday, announcing that it will partner with the Federal Trade Commission in reviewing the risks of location-based services.

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 5:40pm