• President’s election commission heads to four states

    A polling sign in Los Angeles, Nov. 6, 2012. (David McNew/Getty Images)

    A White House commission tasked with making voting improvements after lengthy wait times were reported in the 2012 election is hitting the road.

    The president's Commission on Election Administration, which met for the first time on Friday, announced it will hold upcoming hearings in four states: Florida, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Ohio.

    Co-chair Bob Bauer, President Barack Obama's former counsel, said they will hold "a public meetings process around the country that enables us to hear from election officials, from experts and from citizens in affected communities about the voting experience and their perspective on the issues they should be covering." Bauer and co-chair Ben Ginsberg, former counsel for Mitt Romney, invited election experts and members of the public to participate.

    "Please help us to ferret out the information we need," Bauer said.

    Hearing specifics are still slim. Known so far: They are scheduled for June 28 at the University of Miami, Aug. 8 in Denver, Sept. 4 in

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  • Former Rep. Anthony Weiner says he condemned a voter who used a slur against Christine Quinn. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    NEW YORK—Armed with a laser pointer and several PowerPoint slides, former Rep. Anthony Weiner sought to distinguish himself on Thursday as the only Democratic mayoral hopeful willing to embrace what he called the "big" and "bold" ideas with a speech calling for a dramatic transformation of the way New Yorkers receive their health care.

    But all it took was an apparent throw-away comment on a street corner several weeks ago to overshadow Weiner's latest attempt to turn the page from being the candidate who was forced out of Congress in a sexting scandal.

    Instead of talking about health care, Weiner was forced to respond to questions about a published report that suggested he failed to strongly condemn a voter who used a homophobic slur to describe his mayoral rival Christine Quinn.

    The Washington Post reported on Thursday that Weiner, at a recent campaign stop, spoke to an elderly voter who described Quinn, who is gay, as a “dyke.”

    Weiner, according to the paper, did not initially offer

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  • Obama to nominate James Comey on Friday as next FBI director

    James Comey (Evan Vucci/AP)

    President Barack Obama on Friday afternoon will formally announce his nomination of James Comey, President George W. Bush’s deputy attorney general, to serve as the next director of the FBI, according to a White House official.

    It had been known for weeks that Comey had been chosen to succeed outgoing Director Robert Mueller. But a formal announcement had yet to be made.

    The official nomination now comes as members of Congress—before whom Comey's nomination will appear—are dealing with controversy surrounding National Security Agency surveillance. Comey is best known for refusing to approve an electronic warrantless eavesdropping program in 2004 while serving as acting attorney general.

    Comey later testified before Congress that he witnessed White House counsel Alberto Gonzales and Bush's Chief of Staff Andrew Card trying to take advantage of a hospitalized Attorney General John Ashcroft to get the eavesdropping program reauthorized.

    While Comey enjoys bipartisan support partly for

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