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Republican presidential candidates, from left, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, businessman Herman Cain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Michele...

Top Talker: A Fiery Republican Presidential Debate...

10/19/11 09:31AM

Last night, the gloves came off as seven Republican presidential hopefuls squared off in the Las Vegas debate hosted by CNN. As a new frontrunner in the race, all eyes were on Herman Cain at the start of the night. His GOP rivals took turns slamming his “9-9-9” plan to reform the tax code. Rick Perry said, "You don't have to have a big analysis to figure this thing out. Go to New Hampshire, where they don't have a sales tax, and you're fixing to give them one." Despite the attacks, Herman Cain still holds a narrow lead in the latest NBC News/Marist polls. read more

Morning Headlines: Wednesday, Oct. 19th

10/19/11 05:54AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Romney, Perry showdown in VegasCain's '9-9-9' plan scrutinized at GOP debateThe GOP debate: 8 takeawaysApparent twister hits Broward as storms exit South FloridaRecession hitting older Americans the hardestUhh, what? Bears, wolves being shot after exotic animals escape from Ohio farmHerman Cain blames the unemployed, GOP debate audience cheersOccupy Wall Street protesters propose a national convention, release potential demands read more

Must Read Op-Eds for October 18, 2011

10/18/11 02:49PM

POLLING THE OCCUPY WALL STREET CROWD BY DOUGLAS SCHOENWALL STREET JOURNALPresident Obama and the Democratic leadership are making a critical error in embracing the Occupy Wall Street movement—and it may cost them the 2012 election. Last week, senior White House adviser David Plouffe said that "the protests you're seeing are the same conversations people are having in living rooms and kitchens all across America. . . . read more

Axelrod: Obama has made 'politically courageous' decisions

10/18/11 01:06PM

David Axelrod, advisor for the president's re-election campaign: “I had a high degree of confidence in his capacities, and those were ratified every day I was there in the White House. We walked into the worst economy and the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression; two wars; the stock market shortly after he got there was at 6500 percent; we were losing 750,000 jobs a day. read more

Top Talker: Primary Calendar Chaos

Top Talker: Primary Calendar Chaos

10/18/11 09:19AM

Tonight the Republican presidential field debates in Las Vegas.  It comes as the state is currently under fire for what many call "over crowding" in the January primary calendar.  Last night, Iowa Republican party officials voted January 3rd as the new date for their state caucuses, which was originally scheduled for February 6th.  The chaos all started in late September when Florida officials moved the date of their primary to January 31st.   South Carolina followed, moving its primary to January 21st and Nevada officials chose the early date of January 14th for their caucus.  New read more