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For Romney, the full focus is now on Obama and November

For all practical purposes, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney captured the Republican nomination for President Tuesday, sweeping primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia and passing the halfway point in securing the delegates needed for nomination. Having dispatched a multitude of on-again, off-again pretenders to the GOP throne, Romney can now turn his attention from opponents of his own party and focus on the increasingly difficult challenge of trying to dispatch an incumbent President who will have more money, better organization and broader appeal than any of the Republicans he vanquished. “Barack Obama will be a tougher opponent
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Santorum’s show playing to mostly empty rooms

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum’s rural road show is running out of gas. The candidate once considered the last remaining serious contender to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the GOP Presidential nomination is playing to nearly empty houses. Campaigning in Wisconsin, where he hopes the rural redneck vote will pull help him upset frontrunner Romney, Santorum speaks to rooms with more empty chairs than potential voters.  A rally Monday in Oshkosh drew less than 100.  He did slightly better in Shawano with just over a hundred and doubled that to about 200 in Menasha. “Santorum’s empty rhetoric is translating
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Romney faces new challenges in battle with Obama

As Mitt Romney looked for a sweep in Tuesday’s three Republican primaries to tighten his grip on the party’s nomination, President Barack Obama criticized the GOP front-runner by name in a campaign ad for the first time, signaling that he too thinks the nomination race is all but over. Regardless of the outcome in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C., Romney was rapidly shifting toward the general election — and the challenges of Obama’s better-financed and better-organized opposition. The president flexed that campaign muscle Monday, suggesting that he’s ready for Romney even if the former Massachusetts governor isn’t quite ready for
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Obama calls Republican tax-cut plans ‘a Trojan horse’

President Barack Obama, seizing on Republican plans to slash deficits that the White House sees as a potent vote winner for Democrats in this year’s election, slammed his opponents on Tuesday to reinforce his claim that they favor the rich. In a week in which Republican Mitt Romney is expected to extend his lead in the race for his party’s nomination to confront Obama in the November 6 election, the president took aim at their recent budget plans to cut spending and taxes. “This congressional Republican budget … it’s a Trojan horse. Disguised as deficit reduction plan, it’s really an
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Santorum: There ‘seems to be a panic’ in GOP establishment

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum says the Republican establishment is in a panic and that’s why they are flocking to support former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the GOP Presidential nomination. Romney has picked up a rash of endorsements in Wisconsin over the past few days, including Rep. Paul Ryan and tea party darling Sen. Ron Johnson.  In addition, another tea-party hotshot — South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint — jumped on the Romney bandwagon. Santorum’s reaction: I think from what you see, there seems to be a panic among the Republican establishment of everybody sort of coming out of the
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Confident Romney appears ready to cruise to nomination

Appearing ever-more confident in Wisconsin’s primary, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney focused entirely on Democratic President Barack Obama during a campaign trip through this upper Midwestern battleground and predicted a victory that could effectively seal the nomination for him Tuesday. “We’re looking like we’re going to win this thing on Tuesday,” Romney told supporters, suggesting he could also claim wins in Maryland and the District of Columbia that day. “If I can get that boost also from Wisconsin I think we’ll be on a path that’ll get me the nomination well before the convention.” At the same time, fading rival
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Current TV gives Keith Olbermann the boot

Bombastic left-wing talk show host Keith Olbermann — who seldom held a job he couldn’t be fired from — found himself out of work once again Friday when Current TV announced just before his scheduled broadcast that he was gone. Current TV bosses Al Gore and Joel Hyatt said in a statement that their network was “founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers.  Unfortunately these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Mr. Olbermann and we have ended it.” Olbermann countered online with: It goes almost without saying that the claims against
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Romney confirms secret meeting with Gingrich

Republican Presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney met privately with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich before last week’s Louisiana primary but claims no secret deal was struck. Gingrich fired a third of his staff and reduced his campaign after a disappointing showing in that primary but a campaign aide claims the meeting with Romney had nothing to do with the decision. “Newt does speak to Santorum and Romney on a regular basis,” Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond told ABC news. On Sean Hannity‘s radio show Thursday, Romney said: We’re pretty much in regular communication between the different campaigns and I said
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April looks good for Romney, could rain on Santorum’s parade

On paper, April’s primary schedule looks tailor-made for Republican Presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney and he could head into May’s less-friendly string of Southern contests with a virtual lock on the nomination. The odds don’t favor former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. “Santorum is screwed,” an aide told Capitol Hill Blue Thursday. “Without a Romney meltdown we don’t see a winning scenario.” With former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich out of money and scaling back his campaign and Texas Congressman Ron Paul disappearing into the haze of the fringe, Romney appears back on track to be the “inevitable nominee.” Romney continues
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Arkansas high court legalizes teacher sex with students

In Arkansas, teachers can now have sex with students: As long as the students have reached the age of consent. The Arkansas Supreme Court Thursday stuck down the state’s law banning teachers from screwing students under age 21 — overturning a sexual assault conviction against a high school teacher who engaged in a five-month affair with an 18-year-old student at the school. David Paschal was a teacher in the Elkins School District when he began a sexual relationship in 2009 with a senior who had been a student of his in the eighth and 10th grades as well as a
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