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Asked whether he preferred Mitt Romney’s approach to healthcare mandates or Rick Perry’s, Newt Gingrich dodged the question, saying, “I’m frankly not interested in your effort to get Republicans to fight each other.”

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman’s voice sounds much better than it did when he dialed into MSNBC earlier today. He dinged Mitt Romney on his record of job growth (Massachusetts was only 47th out of 50 in terms of job creation during his governorship, while Utah was first). “47 just ain’t gonna cut it my friend,” he said to Romney. “Not when you can be first.”

No, I’M the best job creator, Jon Huntsman said to Mitt Romney and Rick Perry on the debate state this evening. Channeling the language he’s been using on the trail the past couple days, Huntsman called out Romney for being “47th in job creation” as governor of Mass. while Utah was “number one” with Huntsman at the helm. He also said he created jobs at a faster rate than Perry’s Texas.

Rick Perry may be the frontrunner but he took aim at Mitt Romney first in the debate tonight, smacking Romney over job creation in Massachusetts.

Everyone wanted to see how Rick Perry would perform in a debate, and the hosts of tonight’s Politico/MSNBC bout did not disappoint. The first question went to Perry as the debate kicked off.

Tonight’s debate is in the Ronald Reagan Library. Rather appropriate, given the hagiographic way the GOP currently treats The Gipper. Click on this post’s title for an earlier article outlining just how the candidates are expected to try to grab his mantle tonight.

After wrangling with the federal deficit, he's finally being put in charge of something more solvent.

Erskine Bowles, who co-chaired President Obama's bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Reform and who was White House Chief of Staff under President Clinton, has joined Facebook's board of directors, according to a press statement from the company on Wednesday.

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NASA isn't just about reliving old glories.

The agency has grand plans for future deep space exploration, and says it can even accelerate development of new, heavy-life spacecraft ahead of the early 2020s, but there's a catch: It needs $65 billion, a nearly 80 percent increase over the current price tag, according to The Wall Street Journal, which has obtained a NASA budget analysis prepared for The White House.

Unsurprisingly, given the current fiscal climate, the White House isn't especially keen about the idea.

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Now this is one call you really wish you could have listened in on. The White House has released a readout of a conversation between President Obama and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. The subject: the Texan wildfires… those very same Texan wildfires that Perry is taking a break from in order to participate in his first Republican Presidential debate tonight.

Here’s the transcript:



Readout of the President's Call to Texas Governor Rick Perry



Today the President called Texas Governor Rick Perry to express his concern for citizens of Texas impacted by the unprecedented fires. During the call the President extended his condolences for the lives that have been lost as a result of these events, and made clear that the federal government, through DHS/FEMA and the U.S. Forest Service, will continue to make federal assistance available to state and local officials as they fight the fires. The President also assured the Governor that requests for additional assistance, including as recovery begins, would be quickly assessed. Following the call, the President directed his national security staff to continue to work closely with FEMA, the Forest Service and the State of Texas to ensure we were making all resources available. Over the last several days, at the request of the Governor, the Administration has granted eight Fire Management Assistance Grants, making federal funds available to reimburse eligible costs associated with efforts to combat the fires. FEMA is actively working with state and local officials to conduct damage assessments and to identify areas where additional federal assistance may be warranted.

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Clinton Postpones Trip To Charlotte

In a statement released Friday evening, Hillary Clinton's campaign announced that the Democratic nominee…