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U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., addresses the crowd during a welcome home event in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa Sunday, June 26, 2011. Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann said Sunday her bid to unseat President Barack Obama shouldn't be viewed as ...

Top Talker: Michele Bachmann will launch Presidential Bid today

06/27/11 10:02AM

 Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will formally kick off her campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination today. Speaking in her birthplace of Waterloo, Iowa, Representative Bachmann is expected to emphasize her "hometown roots." Bachmann's Iowa announcement comes as a new Des Moines Register poll has her at the top of the list of GOP presidential contenders. The Congresswoman received support from 22% of likely Iowa caucus voters, just behind Mitt Romney's 23%. read more

Ron Paul and Barney Frank's totally excellent legislation

Ron Paul and Barney Frank's totally excellent legislation

06/24/11 04:54PM

Rep. Ron Paul (an M.D.) and Rep. Barney Frank (not an M.D.) – who are as far apart politically as Justin Beiber and Kurt Vile are musically – have teamed up for that little thing that unites everyone from soccer moms to your friends on the Haight: marijuana.The two have united to introduce the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, which would allow states to create their own marijuana laws and would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.Rep. Frank spoke to msnbc’s Chris Jansing earlier today, saying:"I think the general public is more enlightened on this issue than my colleagues. read more

Steele on Kyl, Cantor: Right now, it's like a chess game

06/24/11 12:37PM

"Right now it’s like a chess game. You're jockeying for the best position on the board going into what will be the last two weeks of what will be a heated debate. I think maybe having someone like Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Va., back at the table in a real way will make a big difference on the Republican side because the senator has played a pivotal role in bringing the conversation around to taxes and the potential of revenue enhancement while acknowledging the necessity for cuts in entitlements." read more

Must Read Op-Eds for June 24, 2011

06/24/11 09:33AM

Here are today's must read opinion and editorial columns.THE ENIGMA OF JON HUNTSMAN  BY PEGGY NOONANWALL STREET JOURNALHis support for gay civil unions is supposedly controversial, but is it? It is a compromise position, and the tea party won't be made unhappy by it: Social issues are not their focus. Mitch Daniels was knocked for calling for a social issues truce some months ago, but only because he put a name on what is happening anyway. read more

Morning headlines: Friday, June 24

06/24/11 05:56AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Say it ain't so, JoeThe president stopped short of backing gay marriage last night in N.Y.New Jersey approves benefits rollback for public workersCell phone offers clues to bin Laden's Pakistan tiesMullen, Petraeus support the president's Afghanistan planAccording to a new Bloomberg poll, Paul Ryan is the 3rd most disliked GOPerEarthquake triggers tsunami alert in Alaskan islandsEuropean shares bounce back on Greek deal read more