CNN cancels Atlanta GOP debate

CNN cancels Atlanta GOP debate

A planned March 1 debate of Republican presidential candidates in Atlanta was canceled on Thursday after Mitt Romney and Ron Paul dropped out of it and the campaign for Rick Santorum expressed doubt he would attend. The CNN-sponsored debate was scheduled to take place in Newt Gingrich‘s home state of Georgia. Of the four remaining […]

Dems blast male-dominated hearing on contraception

Dems blast male-dominated hearing on contraception

Religious leaders told a House panel Thursday the Obama administration was violating basic rights to religious freedom with its policies for requiring that employees of religion-affiliated institutions have access to birth control coverage. The unity of the religious leaders contrasted with the partisan divide among lawmakers on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, with Democrats […]

Santorum: Aspirin? We don’t need no stinkin’ aspirin

Santorum: Aspirin? We don’t need no stinkin’ aspirin

Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum is distancing himself from a high-profile supporter’s comments about contraception. The main donor behind Santorum’s “super PAC,” Foster Friess (freeze), said on MSNBC on Thursday that aspirin used to be an acceptable method for contraception. Friess said that “gals,” in his words, “put it between their knees, and it wasn’t […]

Congress set to vote on payroll tax cut extension

Congress set to vote on payroll tax cut extension

Congress is getting ready to vote on extending a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and jobless benefits for people out of work the longest, a showdown that many legislators hope will finally end a standoff that has dominated Washington since the fall. Lawmakers were expecting the House and Senate to vote Friday on […]

Can Romney survive a loss in Michigan?

Can Romney survive a loss in Michigan?

On paper, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shouldn’t need to break a sweat to win the Feb. 28 Michigan primary. He won the state easily in 2008. He’s the native son of a legendary governor and part of a famous automotive power. But polls show Romney trailing a surging Rick Santorum by as much as […]

Is Rick Santorum a real alternative to Mitt Romney?

Is Rick Santorum a real alternative to Mitt Romney?

For months, right-wing Republicans have searched for a lasting”alternative” to frontrunner Mitt Romney. Flash-in-the-pan pretenders came and went: Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, et. al.  For a while it looked like former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich would seize the mantle but that prospect scared the hell out of most Republicans and he […]

Obama budget sets up political battle on Capitol Hill

Obama budget sets up political battle on Capitol Hill

President Barack Obama called on Monday for new spending to boost growth and higher taxes on the rich, laying out an election-year vision for America in a budget that drew heavy fire from Republicans for failing to curb huge deficits. Obama’s 2013 spending proposal is expected to go nowhere in a divided Congress and is […]