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Huntsman (who dropped out of high school to join a rock band) is really bringing the rock references tonight. Earlier, he made a mocking reference to how the title of Romney’s book reminded him of a Kurt Cobain line. Now, he’s just said America’s got a “heroin-like addiction” to foreign oil. Waiting for a Lou Reed reference now.

Huntsman on unemployment: “What we’re seeing play out in America is a human tragedy.”

He’s making a really technocratic pitch tonight, focusing on his experience as the governor of Utah, and the oodles of love his policies have received from the Wall Street Journal.

Wolf Blitzer asks former Sen. Santorum, “Are you with Gov. Romney or Gov. Perry?”

Santorum replies, “The question should be who’s with me?” He then goes on to say he was out there advocating raising the retirement age to fix Social Security yonks ago.

The gloves are really off now, with Romney and Perry laying into each other over Social Security. It’s like the Foreman v. Ali of policy discussions. They’re generating cheers, laughs and boos. Most of the boos appear to be directed at Romney by the tea party-leaning crowd, but Romney’s seeming rather more centrist and solid. Huntsman’s now critiquing them both for “scaring the American people.”

The candidates line up to debate in Tampa, Florida.



The candidates are all asked to introduce each other in short, 30-second introductions. It’s about as illuminating as you’d imagine.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney joined the GOP's latest anti-union salvo -- reining in the National Labor Relations Board -- at an event in South Carolina Monday.

Romney, and his latest high-profile supporter Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, toured Boeing's new manufacturing plant in North Charleston. The NLRB is suing Boeing for moving an operation to South Carolina, a right-to-work state, from Washington state after unions protested there.

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White House Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew on Monday outlined plans to pay for President Obama's new jobs bill largely by increasing taxes on the wealthiest Americans and closing tax loopholes for businesses.

Most of the new funds, Lew said, would be attained by limiting itemized deductions for individuals making more than $200,000 a year and families making more than $250,000, a plan President Obama has tried to push since his campaign days. Taking these steps would raise roughly $400 billion over 10 years, Lew said.

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Updated 4.06 p.m. E.S.T.

Black and Latino workers collectively account for roughly a quarter of the entire U.S. workforce, but fill only 12 percent of the country's science and technology jobs. Although Asian workers account for only five percent of the total U.S. workforce, they account for 14 percent of the science, technology, engineering and math workforce -- a disproportionally large figure that has actually increased in the last decade. Meanwhile, the share of blacks and Latinos participating in these fields has seen virtually no growth over the same period, according to a new report from the Department of Commerce.

The report, unveiled Monday at the Brookings Institution by Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca M. Blank, concludes that blacks and Latinos remain severely underrepresented in the STEM fields in the United States. Much of the deficit can be attributed to lagging education rates for some minority groups, Blank said.

The report is the third and final one on the current demographics of the U.S. STEM workforce from data gathered by the Economics and Statistic Administration. The first, released in July, profiles STEM workers, and their importance in furthering American competitiveness and innovation. The second, released in August, looks at trends in education and employment of women in the field of STEM.

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