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Are Candidates Selling Their Ideas Or Their Books?

If a candidate has written a book — like Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann — the campaign trail presents many opportunities to promote it. These candidate books are a time-honored tradition: The all-time sales champ is Barack Obama's The Audacity of Hope.

Where's Mitt Romney? 'Running Out The Clock'

As his opponents seem to stumble day after day, the former Massachusetts governor avoids mishap in part by doing just a few public events a week. Behind the scenes, he's wooing endorsements and raising a good bit of cash.

Gingrich's History On Health Care Gets An Exam

Some of the positions Gingrich took while at the helm of a health care think tank are getting another look. Ideas such as an insurance mandate and incentives to spur the use of computerized medical records are planks of the Democrats' health overhaul law.

Week In Politics: Gingrich, Debt Panel

Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times.

Panetta On Other End Of Budget Cuts As Role Changes

The defense secretary, who warned Congress earlier this month of the dangers of budget cuts in his agency, once had to help implement cuts as director of the Office of Management and Budget.
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WaPo McCartney: Occupy Movement Reaches Two-Month Anniversary, Issa Proposes Bill To Give D.C. More Autonomy Over Budget

Occupy D.C. takes its protest to the Key Bridge, and a proposed bill that aims to give D.C. more autonomy over its budget has been dismissed by local leaders.


From Wall Street To Big Food, Occupiers Are Hungry For Change

Occupy Big Food says it wants "to take our food back and out of the hands of just a few large corporations." A food politics expert says the group should focus on learning about the farm bill.

Balanced Budget Amendment Falls Short In House

Republicans said it's time for the federal government to follow the lead of 49 states. Democrats said the amendment would tie future lawmakers' hands. To move forward, the amendment needed a two-thirds majority — 290 votes. The vote was 261-165.