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Santorum talks tough on Iranian threat

GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum said Wednesday that the United States government must do whatever it takes to ensure that Iranian leaders do not develop the capacity to develop a nuclear weapon.

Obama's Pearl Harbor statement echoes political pitch

President Obama on Wednesday marked the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor with a rhetorical nod to his own recent language about the importance of the middle class and the need to press for higher taxes on wealthy Americans.

Romney to vow to go first to Israel

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney plans to tell the the Republican Jewish Coalition on Wednesday that his first foreign trip will be to Israel and vow to prevent Iranian leaders from acquiring the capability to produce a nuclear weapon.

Romney says no to Trump

Following the lead of rivals Ron Paul and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, GOP hopeful Mitt Romney said Tuesday he will not take part in billionaire Donald Trump's Dec. 27 debate.

Congressman talks porn on House floor

The House can be an unsavory place, but Tuesday's session may have exceeded the norm when Rep. Hank Johnson, a Georgia Democrat, began talking about pornography rental habits, including the iconically infamous "Debbie Does Dallas," and even dragged Judge Robert Bork into the conversation.

Poll: Gingrich lengthening lead in Iowa

A new poll out Tuesday shows that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is extending his lead in the GOP presidential race in Iowa, thanks in large part to his political experience and the conservative craving for an alternative to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

White House: Our countdown clock is cool

In the not-so-distant past, White House spokesman Jay Carney gave media organizations a hard time for using debt-ceiling countdown clocks to illustrate the urgency involved in this summer's high stakes budget negotiations.

White House stands by Gutman

The White House reaffirmed its commitment to Israel after its ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, kicked up criticism over the weekend by offering his thoughts about the motivation behind some Muslim anti-Semitism.