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Consensus on Addressing Gas Prices Eludes Congressional Insiders

There may be bipartisan agreement on Capitol Hill that the spike in gas prices could throttle the economy, but very little consensus appears to be forming on what to do about it, according to the latest National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll.

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 12:40pm

Gingrich To Announce Candidacy Wednesday Via Facebook, Twitter

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) on Wednesday will announce his candidacy for president of the United States the only way a 2012 candidate seemingly can - using social media.

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 12:40pm

Trumpdate: Still the Least Racist Person There Is

Politics is all about timing. Donald Trump very effectively built up a ton of buzz about his maybe-presidential campaign by taking the birther conspiracy theory from rightwing o to the Today show. But he says he can't formally announce a campaign until after the season finale of his reality show Celebrity Apprentice. With the birther issue now settled, Trump can only make news, it seems, by getting made fun of or sued. Which is happening quite often. This is Trumpdate.

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 12:40pm

Newt Gingrich's Fundraising Machine

It seems as if every recent profile of Newt Gingrich ends with a quote similar to this one in the Wall Street Journal by GOP strategist Mark McKinnon: "At a time when people are hungry for something different, new and refreshing, Newt just feels stale." So, count us surprised when the Journal trotted out this little statistic about the presumably uninspiring, gaffe-prone and polarizing Gingrich:

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 10:40am

Pundits Skeptical Obama's Bin Laden Bounce Will Last Until 2012

Heads up, President Obama: a dead Osama bin Laden won't fill up voters' gas tanks, the Washington press warns. Though Obama got a significant boost in his approval ratings from the killing of the world's most wanted terrorist, the 2012 campaign is going to focus on the economy and jobs.

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 10:40am

Markey: Speculators and Manipulators to Blame for High Energy Prices

After the House passed the first of three bills to speed up and expand offshore drilling on Thursday, Massachusetts Democrat Edward Markey says that the only way to combat high energy prices is to crack down on speculators, deploy the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and put a clean-energy policy in place.

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 10:40am

Martin Flips From Senate To House Race

Missouri Republican Ed Martin (R) is exiting the Missouri Senate race to run for Congress in Missouri's not-yet-vacant 2nd District, he announced Monday morning.

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 9:40am

States Loosening Insurance Regulations to Attract Business

States are loosening their insurance regulations to draw business from companies that typically look outside the U.S. to make complex transactions.

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 9:40am

What Will Be the Impact of bin Laden's Death?

The raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is a great symbolic victory for the United States and its allies. His death also raises a myriad of new questions. For this week's question, National Journal asks the experts to weigh in on any, or all, of the following topics:

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 9:40am

Is There a Case for Alternative Transportation?

Summer is approaching, vacations hover just beyond high school graduations, and the cost of fueling up your beach ride is out of control. The price of gas, climbing steadily toward $4 a gallon, is one of the most tangible indicators to voters that the world is on the right or wrong track. High gas prices give fodder to politicians to push any number of public policy fixes, be it oil drilling, tinier cars, or more bike paths.

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 9:40am