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Poll: Romney far ahead in New Hampshire

A new Rasmussen Reports poll shows that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney continues to lead his Republican presidential rivals by a wide margin in New Hampshire, home to the nation's first primary.

Cain moves out in front in Ohio poll

Businessman Herman Cain zoomed to the top of the latest Republican presidential poll in Ohio, quadrupling his support in the key state in the past month while Texas Gov. Rick Perry plummeted.

Perry takes to Fox to pitch flat tax

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, looking to jump-start his bid for the GOP's presidential nomination, made a rare live appearance Tuesday on a major cable news program, Fox New's "The O'Reilly Factor," to pitch his new flat-tax proposal.

Supercommittee to hold public hearing

The secretive congressional group charged with finding ways to slash the federal debt will hold a public hearing next Thursday, with Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf scheduled to testify.

Paul: Time to cut spending

Republican presidential contender Ron Paul said Wednesday that the federal government needs to cut spending now, starting with reducing the money spent overseas, eliminating five federal departments and reducing government salaries.

Supercommittee seeks advice from 'Gang of Six'

The bipartisan debt supercommittee on Wednesday was briefed by another congressional debt reduction panel, the so called "Gang of Six," though it's uncertain if the meeting helped the former group inch any closer to its goal of finding at least $1.2 trillion in cuts to federal spending by late November.