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Cruz’s victory increases chances of no-compromise government gridlock

The easy victory of Houston lawyer Ted Cruz in the Republican U.S. Senate runoff in Texas shows the tea party movement remains a potent force in American politics. It also highlights an anti-establishment frustration among voters, especially grass-roots conservative activists, which could influence national elections in November. Cruz, a tea party favorite, defeated Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst by 13 points Tuesday, even though most of the Texas GOP establishment — including Gov. Rick Perry — backed Dewhurst. Cruz, 41, a former state solicitor general and son of a Cuban immigrant father, faces Democratic state Rep. Paul Sadler in November’s general
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Obama, Romney carpet bomb key states with economic propaganda

Pressing their economic arguments, President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney are campaigning in three of the most tightly contested states, looking to build enthusiasm with a public otherwise preoccupied with vacations, the Olympics and the sweltering August heat. Obama was traveling to Florida and Virginia on Thursday, continuing to draw attention to a Romney tax plan that the president says would force middle-income taxpayers to pay more while giving a tax cut to the wealthy. Romney was headed to Colorado, where he was to appear with 10 Republican governors, some mentioned as potential running mates, at an event near
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Illinois governor wants ban on assault-style weapons, high-capacity magazines

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Tuesday ventured into territory where most elected officials and politicians fear to tread:  An outright ban on assault style weapons and high capacity magazines for all guns. “There is no place in the state of Illinois for weapons designed to rapidly fire at human targets at close range,” Quinn said, reflecting on the July 20 assault on a movie theater crowd in Colorado where a single gunman with several weapons, including an assault style weapon, killed 12 and wounded more than 50. If Quinn’s proposal becomes law, Illinois would join California, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New
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A Democrat pitching tax cuts? Yep, that’s Obama’s message

Dueling with Republicans on taxes, President Barack Obama is urging the House to pass a tax cut for households earning less than $250,000 a year and drawing a bright line with rival Mitt Romney on a pocketbook issue for voters. Obama was making campaign stops in Republican-friendly Mansfield and the Democratic stronghold of Akron on Wednesday, rallying voters after a week of low-profile fundraisers and formal speeches in the aftermath of the deadly shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. The president looked to reprise the middle-class tax debate as Romney wrapped up a three-country foreign trip and the
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Third party candidates: Obama’s best friends?

Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party are on quixotic runs for the presidency. While they are long shots, they conceivably stand a chance at influencing the election. Until recently both were Republican officeholders — Johnson as a two-term governor of New Mexico and Goode as a congressman from Virginia. With their ability to draw at least a sliver of the electorate, President Barack Obama’s political team sees them as potentially unwilling allies who could steal votes from rival Mitt Romney and help the president to victory in a few tightly contested states. Goode
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Can Romney re-introduce himself to skeptical voters?

  Mitt Romney has been on the national political stage for nearly a decade — through two presidential bids, countless campaign events and millions spent on TV ads. But the likely Republican presidential nominee still isn’t well-known to most voters. So now he’s trying to fix that. With less than 100 days until the Nov. 6 election, Romney is starting to introduce himself to them in earnest — through a combination of carefully selected media appearances and biographical ads — before President Barack Obama’s efforts to define him in a negative light cripple his candidacy. “I got the chance to
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Romney aide tells reporters: ‘Kiss my ass’

Presumed GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s seemingly unending string of gaffes and political missteps are leaving aides frazzled, GOP loyalists confounded and reporters gleeful as the candidate stumbles from one verbal disaster to another. Emotions boiled over in Poland Tuesday when Romney’s traveling press secretary Rick Gorka lost his cool with reporters who shouted questions at the candidate as he walked away from Pillsudski Square. “Kiss my ass,” Rick Gorka told the press corps. “This is a holy site for the Polish people.  Show some respect.”  When the questions persisted, Gorka shouted back: “Shove it!” Gorka later apologized to some
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The check is not in the mail: Default looms for Postal Service

Mail industry companies are concerned about a looming default by the Postal Service on a $5.5 billion payment for future retiree health benefits, saying it adds to uncertainty about agency and helps speed the movement away from traditional mail. The Postal Service has said for months that it could not afford to make the massive payment, which was originally due in 2011 but was delayed by Congress until August 1. Congress has so far made no significant push to delay the health pre-payment again. Missing the payment, the first default in the agency’s history, would not cause interruptions in service
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Political candidates preach financial responsibility while stiffing creditors

GOP Presidential wannabes like Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich may preach financial responsibility on the campaign trail but they are deadbeats when it comes to paying their campaign bills. Gingrich, a former Speaker of the House, owes $4.85 million in unpaid campaign debts.  Santorum, a former Senator, has stilled creditors for $1.69 million to date, according to campaign reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Huntsman wrote a check for $1.5 million from his personal funds to cover some of his campaign debts after angry vendors hired lawyers and threatened to sue.  He stills owes more
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U.S. wastes $200 million on uneeded, unwanted Iraqi cop training

Baghdad said it didn’t need or want U.S. help in training a new police department but that didn’t stop the federal government from blowing through $200 million attempting to train cops who wanted nothing do with with America. The U.S. State Department saw the Iraq Police Development Program as a centerpiece of American efforts to rebuild Iraq.  The department planned a five year, multibillion dollar program that would train Iraqi security forces to replace departing American troops. But State forgot to ask the Iraqi government if it wanted U.S. help. A State Department source tells Capitol Hill Blue the Iraqis
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