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With one day left, Iowa contest is wide open

With a day to go before the Iowa caucuses, the only thing that anyone can say for sure that will happen is that anything can happen. Mitt Romney, never considered strong in Iowa, is leading the latest polls by a slight margin over  Ron Paul but Rick Santorum is surging and threatening to capture at least second if not an upset win. Paul, under constant attack for his foreign policy views and unanswered questions about his role in the racist-tinged newsletters that bore his name in the 1980s and 1990s, appears to be fading in the stretch. “The increased media scrutiny
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Ron Paul changes his newsletter story again

Texas Congressman and perennial Presidential contender Ron Paul changed his story again on his involvement with the controversial newsletters bearing his name published in the 1980s and 90s, telling a radio caller Thursday that, yes, he did write a “certain portion” of the material. After claiming he “didn’t write them” and “didn’t see them” before walking off a CNN interview a week ago, Paul took another turn in his history of changing stories and told a caller on WHO-AM radio in Iowa: Well, the newsletters were written, you know, a long time ago. And I wrote a certain portion of
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For Ron Paul, everything old is new again

Ron Paul got a free pass from the media as long as he was a backbencher with a fringe following but when he surged in the Iowa polls, the press woke up and took a closer look at the history of the Texas Congressman. And the Fourth Estate didn’t like what it found. The problem, Howard Kurtz at The Daily Beast reports, is that the story was there all along.  All it took was somebody to take more than a cursory look at Paul’s background. Writes Kurtz: The explosive material that is fueling the negative coverage of Ron Paul, from
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Romney takes slim lead over Paul in new Iowa poll; Santorum surges

A new CNN/Time poll for Iowa is good news for Mitt Romney, great news for Rick Santorum, fair news for Ron Paul and a disaster for the plummeting Newt Gingrich. Romney has moved into a three point lead over Paul — 25 to 22 percent — which is a statistical tie when the margin of error is factored.  Santorum jumps to third with 16 percent and Gingrich continues his free-fall to 14 percent. An early December poll showed Gingrich leading Romney 33 to 20 percent, Paul in third at 17 percent and Santorum well off the political radar at 5
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Obama to sneak debt limit hike through while Congress is gone

Using a loophole in the budget agreement reached back in August, President Barack Obama hopes to sneak an increase in the debt ceiling through while Congress is out on recess and can’t vote to stop it. The deal reached back in August to avert a government shutdown allows the President to automatically raise the debt limit cap unless Congress votes to to block it within 15 days of the hike. White House sources tell Capitol Hill Blue that Obama will set a hike by the end of the week and with Congress not due back from the holiday recess until
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The Republican primaries: Much ado about nobodies

The “official” Republican presidential primary season begins in a week with the Iowa caucuses.  Then we get down to real voting in New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida and so on. And for what?  To determine which loser running under the Republican banner wins the dubious right to go up against another loser — current President Barack Obama — in November 2012. When we at Capitol Hill Blue look over the crop of candidates vying for the title we gotta wonder: “Where did they find these folks?” Looking at the list of dismal choices, the mind boggles.  This is the best
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As a Congressman, Ron Paul’s record is lackluster at best

Ron Paul sponsored 620 bills as a Congressman from Texas. One became law — H.R. 2121, which authorized sale of the old U.S. Customs House in Galveston, Tex. Most of his bills never go anywhere. Many never even get a co-sponsor. Only four ever made it to the House floor for a vote. Only one passed — the courthouse sale. As a Congressman, he failed to move legislation. According to The Washington Post, 47 bills Paul introduced in the current Congress went nowhere.  One would have forced the U.S. to withdraw from the United Nations.  Another sought to repeal the
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The hypocrisy of Ron Paul and his supporters

The rabid supporters of twice unsuccessful Presidential candidate Ron Paul claim their candidate is different from the others but when he comes under attack for using his foundations to further his political career, they chime in with a defense that claims other candidates do the same thing. In the end, the partisan supporters of the Texas Congressman who is sometimes a Libertarian, sometimes a Republican and always a conspiracy-touting extremist are no different than the die-hard backers of former presidents George W. Bush or Bill Clinton. “It is kind of funny that the standard defense of Ron Paul using his
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Ron Paul’s doomsday scenarios could doom America’s future

Ron Paul disavows newsletters and direct mail solicitations from the 1990s that spout doomsday scenarios but his speeches on the campaign stump with a week to go before the Iowa caucuses promote the same doom and gloom about the nation he wants to lead. Even worse, non-partisan experts as well as members of his own party increasingly raise concerns about the extreme positions he espouses and the drastic changes he advocates. “Paul appeals to people whose knowledge of major issues is superficial (and) he sees conspiracies where there are none,” Greg Valliere, chief political strategist at Potomac Research Group, tell
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Gingrich compares Virginia ballot flub to Pearl Harbor

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich‘s campaign director is comparing the candidate’s failure to get his name on Virginia’s Republican primary ballot for 2012 to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. That’s right. Gingrich’s inability to take the necessary steps to qualify for a ballot is, in his campaign’s view, similar to an surprise attack that killed thousands of Americans and triggered the nation’s entry into World War II. Gingrich campaign director Michael Krull posted on Facebook: Newt and I agreed that the analogy is December 1941. We have experienced an unexpected setback, but we will
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