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The Department of Justice is planning to hire an external lawyer to help in its antitrust case against AT&T Inc’s proposed $39 billion bid for T-Mobile USA, according to media reports.

Despite soaring profits, Apple stock sank on the eve of the company’s tribute to its late CEO, Steve Jobs, Reuters reports.

Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain has taken a lot of dings lately about his lack of foreign policy understanding. However, slips he made just before and just after Tuesday night's GOP debate may turn out to be narrative-defining for his recently surging campaign.

The mess started on CNN's Situation Room, when host Wolf Blitzer asked him about Israel's recent deal to exchange one lone soldier - Gilad Shalit - for many Palestinian prisoners. Blitzer quickly moved to ask whether Cain would act similarly to Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu and free the prisoners in Guantanamo Bay for a single American soldier.

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Tonight's red-hot Republican debate has so far delivered several soundbites per candidate (Jon Huntsman and Gary Johnson notwithstanding), mostly swiped at each other. But one candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann, took a direct hit at President Obama- or rather, his family- in a personal and profoundly unnecessary hit for having family members with immigration status issues.

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The GOP's latest debate was their best yet... or certainly the most entertaining.

The gloves were well and truly off, and the crowd moved on from booing only hypotethical sick people, or real gay soldiers, to booing basically everyone on stage.

Watch:

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The opening round of the Republican presidential nomination contest effectively came to an end Tuesday when the candidates met in Las Vegas for their fifth debate in six weeks. The next one won't come for about a month, so Tuesday's often testy debate was a last chance for candidates to plant their flags on the national stage before heading off into a month of campaigning. With a little more than 70 days before the Iowa caucuses on January 3rd, the end is starting to come into sight.



So what happened? The candidates tried to get real. There were moments of snapping at one another and a lot of jumping in by moderator Anderson Cooper. Herman Cain, who was expected to be the main target heading into the night, mostly fell out of the spotlight after a long argument about his now famous 9-9-9 tax plan.

The debate set the stage for the next round of campaigning. If you missed it, here it is shrunk down to a convenient 5-point lesson plan.

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The 53% were well represented at Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas.

Moderator Anderson Cooper asked the candidates to weigh in on the growing Occupy Wall Street movement, which has spread across the country -- and the globe -- as frustration with the status quo has taken hold.

There were not many of those frustrated people in the Las Vegas crowd Tuesday night.

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Anderson Cooper asked the candidates about the recent controversy involving minister Robert Jeffress, who at the Values Voters event endorsed Rick Perry and attacked Mitt Romney's Mormon religion as a "cult."

The audience began booing, at the mention of someone calling Mormonism a cult.

Perry did not disown Jeffress's endorsement, but said that he did not agree with the attack on Romney's religion.

Mitt Romney said that in regards to the attack on his religion, "I've heard worse." He then invoked the words of the Constitution, and its forbidding of religious tests, to declare that the Founders did not want Americans to pick or reject a candidate based on their religion. And he again said that Perry should condemn Jeffress's remarks.

Mitt Romney and Rick Perry got into a heated exchange during Tuesday's Republican debate in Las Vegas over the issue of immigration, with Perry accusing Romney of hiring illegal immigrants.



"Mitt, you lose all of your standing from my perspective because you hired illegals in your home and you knew about it for a year," Perry said. "And the idea that you stand here before us and talk about that you're strong on immigration is on its face the height of hypocrisy."

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Clinton Postpones Trip To Charlotte

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