Capito Will Challenge Rockefeller

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) will announce tomorrow morning that she is running in 2014 for the seat now held by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), West Virginia Metro News reports. “The announcement sets up a potential race between two West Virginia political heavyweights… Rockefeller has indicated that he plans to run for re-election in 2014, […]

Akin May Write a Book

Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) returned to Congress after a U.S. Senate campaign “that left him vilified for his verbal missteps and blamed for his role in the Republican Party’s dismal showing in the elections,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Though he’ll be out of work when the new Congress takes over in January, Akin “is […]

The Slow March to Gridlock

The New York Times has a great piece on the U.S. Senate’s slide into gridlock, including how a procedure designed to speed things up called filling the tree led to even more filibusters. “The increased use of the tactic, which had previously been rare, is part of the procedural warfare that has reached a zenith […]

Thanksgiving Steals Sales from Black Friday

Thanksgiving shopping took a noticeable bite out of Black Friday’s start to the holiday season, as the latest survey found retail sales in stores fell slightly from last year. Saturday’s report from retail technology company ShopperTrak finds consumers spent $11.2 billion at stores across the U.S. That is down 1.8 percent from last year’s total. […]

McCain softens opposition to Rice, open to Benghazi explanation

WASHINGTON – The top Republican leading the fight against Susan Rice as the new secretary of State softened his opposition and said Sunday he was open to hearing her explain why she declared the burning of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was part of a protest rather than a terrorist attack. Read more from […]

Cyber Monday Likely to be Busiest Online Sales Day

(NEW YORK) — Black Friday is a distant memory. Small Business Saturday is long gone. Now, it’s Cyber Monday’s turn. Cyber Monday, coined in 2005 by a shopping trade group that noticed a spike in online sales on the Monday after Thanksgiving when people returned to their work computers, is the next in a line […]

Quote of the Day

“I will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country, only if Democrats will do entitlement reform.” — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), in an interview on ABC News, on his willingness to break his pledge not to raise taxes. Read more from the original source…

Stocks Soar on Black Friday; Tech Leads the Way

The stock market enjoyed some Black Friday cheer, rising sharply as shoppers braved the annual post-Thanksgiving rush. Major stock indexes closed one of their best weeks of the year. Traders were encouraged by positive economic news from Germany and China, two engines of global growth. Technology stocks soared after a few weeks of selling. And […]

Intel’s Two-Pronged Evolution

It’s hard to think of an IT vendor with a stronger leadership position than Intel, but the company is having trouble shaking off the perception that it is on the ropes or headed for disaster in some of its core markets. On one hand, Intel’s mission-critical Itanium platform suffered when Oracle and HP publicly butted […]

Windows 8 Is Too Much, Too Soon for Many Users

I have been taking a closer look at two of the brand-new technologies that are really shaking up the computer world. One is Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system with all those funky tiles. The other is the Lenovo Yoga 13 laptop. The changes are many. Some will think all this change is good, others will […]

Use Sound Bites to Make Your Presentation Stick

Clear and well-articulated presentations are a pleasure to listen to, but they won’t necessarily be remembered. On the other hand, great quotes get picked up and repeated — whether at the water cooler, in blog posts, or on social media. Embed these types of sound bites when you want to make a speech memorable: Rhythmic […]

Obama, GOP lawmaker deliver Thanksgiving messages

WASHINGTON — It may be a “day full of family and friends, food and football,” in the words of President Obama, but Thanksgiving is not exempt from political discourse, with the president and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) offering varied viewpoints on the importance of the holiday. Read more from the original source…

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