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November 13th, 2011
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State of the Union Early Bird for November 13, 2011

(CNN)-It's early, and State of the Union is bringing you the best of the morning headlines to go with your cup of coffee.

On our radar this morning:  Foreign policy on the front burner at last night's debate.

Check out what we're reading, and watch State of the Union today at 9am/12pm ET.


Up for Debate: Foreign Policy and Obama

If one candidate seemed particularly on unfamiliar ground it was Mr. Cain, who was not his usual affable self, speaking more deliberately and tentatively in a debate that did not give him a single opportunity to promote his signature “9-9-9” tax plan.

Foreign aid to zero

Bachmann cries 'bias' after Saturday debate

Evangelicals’ votes remain up for grabs

Since televangelist Pat Robertson surged to second place in 1988, Iowa evangelicals have proved pivotal in deciding the coveted top three finishers in the Republican caucuses. In The Des Moines Register’s late October Iowa Poll, 37 percent of likely Republican caucusgoers identified themselves as born-again Christians. An even larger bloc in the poll, 45 percent, consider themselves very conservative on social issues such as abortion and gay marriage.

After a Romney Deal, Profits and Then Layoffs


Investors' Dread-Letter Day: 11/23


Obama says U.S. has been 'lazy' about attracting business

“But we’ve been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades,’’ the president said. “We’ve kind of taken for granted - well, people will want to come here and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new business into America."

Deportations Under New U.S. Policy Are Inconsistent

A new Obama administration policy to avoid deportations of illegal immigrants who are not criminals has been applied very unevenly across the country and has led to vast confusion both in immigrant communities and among agents charged with carrying it out.

Spotlight Fixed on Geithner, a Man Obama Fought to Keep

“I just don’t think they tried hard enough, and I’ve told the administration that,” said Alan S. Blinder, an economist at Princeton and former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve. “They haven’t done the really difficult things — like using a lot more public money. Yes, there are legal complexities, political difficulties and all that. But stemming this epidemic of foreclosures was — and still is — vitally important.”

The Eight-State Election

Obama will start 2012 with a base of 215 electoral votes, while his G.O.P. opponent will begin with a base of 162 electoral votes. That would leave thirteen potentially competitive states over which to fight. Obama won ten of these thirteen states in 2008.


U.S. Retail, Manufacturing Likely Rose in October

Retail sales probably rose in October and U.S. manufacturing accelerated, helping give the world’s biggest economy a boost entering the final months of 2011, economists said before reports this week.

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