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Romney serves up Perry's blooper reel

In yet another sign that the Republican presidential race is getting nastier, the presidential campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney unveiled a new web ad Wednesday afternoon attacking rival Rick Perry that is, essentially, a collection of the Texas governor's worst moments from the GOP presidential debates he's participated in since joining the race in August.

Senator sets sights on Wells Fargo debit fees

Having already blasted Bank of America for its plan to enact debit-card fees, Sen. Richard J. Durbin now is going after Wells Fargo, saying the company is making a big-enough profit that it should be able to absorb the costs rather than pass them on to customers.

Gingrich: Won't attack fellow Republicans

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich warned that the GOP presidential field must move away from the intraparty attacks that could hurt the party's eventual nominee and vowed not to run any attack ads against his rivals in the nomination race.

Vegas: The GOP morning after

Warming up the crowd here at the Western Republican Leadership Conference, former Nevada Gov. Robert List said Wednesday they shouldn’t hang their heads if they had a tough go at the slot machines the previous night.

McCain: Obama bus trip abuses taxpayers' money

Republicans' 2008 presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, said Tuesday that President Obama has crossed the line with his current bus tour, arguing that it is a campaign event that should be funded by political donors, not federal taxpayers.

Obama suffers enthusiasm deficit

Republicans seem far more excited to vote in next year's presidential elections than Democrats are, suggesting the same sort of enthusiasm gap that pushed the GOP to big gains in the 2010 elections.

Obama OKs combat troops to Uganda

President Obama authorized the deployment of about 100 U.S. combat-equipped troops to Uganda two days ago to help local forces capture or kill Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony, Mr. Obama told congressional leaders Friday in a letter.

Club for Growth defends Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan

The influential anti-spending Club for Growth defended Republican presidential contender Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan against attacks from his GOP rivals, saying that those who warn the federal sales tax component would simply hand Congress another way to levy taxes on citizens "miss the mark."

Speculation about Biden annoys White House

The White House is getting irked about persistent speculation in the media that President Obama might dump Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. as his running mate in 2012 in favor of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.