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Former Nevada Republican ‘family values’ state senator shows off hot bod for Maxim

A former Nevada state Senator who ran on a Christian family values platform has posed in a bikini as a write-in candidate for the men’s magazine Maxim’s “Hot 100” contest. The magazine will announce results of the annual contest next week, but a photo ofc posed in a black bikini against a desert mountain backdrop has featured on the magazine’s website as one of the most popular ‘Hot 100’ write-ins of the year. “The former state senator of Nevada clearly knows a thing or two about campaigning: The votes for Halseth keep on coming,” a caption under her write-in candidacy
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Billionaire Koch brothers fund technology-driven GOP political ploys

In the 2008 presidential race, Barack Obama was famously effective in using new technologies to raise money, mobilize voters and target his message of change. In this year’s campaign, his opponents are determined to turn the tables. Republican political operatives, some with deep financial backing from the billionaire Koch brothers and others, are unleashing about a half dozen major projects that take advantage of advanced database technologies to manage campaigns and target voters with personalized messages. Few doubt that political parties and factions that can gain an edge in the data wars will be in a good position on election
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Obama, Congressional Republicans play political games on debt limit

If Republican and Democratic leaders want to avoid a reprise of last year’s nasty showdown over raising the federal debt limit, they are not off to a good start. After meeting with President Barack Obama and senior Democratic lawmakers over lunch at the White House on Wednesday, top Republicans came away thinking the Democratic president does not want new spending cuts to accompany any legislation to increase the debt limit. Democrats disputed the accuracy of that impression, but such a stance by Obama would put Democrats on a fiscal collision course with Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, who,
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Will rise of insurgents help or hinder Republicans in 2012 elections?

For Senate Republicans, 2012 is starting a lot like 2010. They have a shot at taking control away from Democrats as long as insurgent conservatives who are defeating the party’s more establishment candidates in primaries don’t frighten too many independent voters like they did two years ago. Deb Fischer, a little-known state senator, became the latest unexpected Senate GOP nominee Tuesday, rallying late to upset the favored — and better funded — choices of both the party’s mainstream and tea party establishments: Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning and state Treasurer Don Stenberg. Her victory occurred just a week after tea
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No role for George W. Bush in Mitt Romney’s campaign

After months of silence, George W. Bush finally weighed on the presidential race — with four short words. “I’m for Mitt Romney,” the former president said Tuesday in Washington as the doors of his elevator shut, perhaps his only public statement on the race before the Nov. 6 election. Romney’s campaign doesn’t foresee the 43rd president playing a substantive role in the race. Aides are carefully weighing how much the former president should be involved in the GOP convention — and for good reason. The Bush fatigue that was a drag on GOP nominee John McCain four years ago, and
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Romney cruises to easy primary wins in Nebraska, Oregon

Presumptive GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney continued his march towards capturing the necessary delegate totals Tuesday with solid victories in the Nebraska and Oregon primaries. In Nebraska, Romney took home 70.9 percent of the vote, followed by withdrawn candidate Rick Santorum at 14 percent, remaining contender Ron Paul at 9.9 percent and Newt Gingrich at 5.2.  Nebraska’s Republican Party will award 34 of the state’s 35 delegates will be awarded at a state convention in July.  One delegate, a designated party “super delegate” is already pledged to Romney. Oregon gave Romney 72.7 percent, Paul 12.5 percent, Santorum 9.2 percent and
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For some, foreclosure doesn’t mean an end to dream of home ownership

When Jennifer Anderson’s family could no longer afford their mortgage and lost their home, she expected many years to pass before they would again become property owners. But less than two years later, in March, they purchased a $297,000 house outside Phoenix, Arizona, after qualifying for a loan backed by the U.S. government. They joined a small but growing number of Americans who are making a surprisingly quick return to homeownership after defaulting on their loans or being forced into short sales that cost their banks money. “We didn’t really expect it,” said Anderson, 40. “We were resigned to the
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Law doesn’t prevent cozy relationships between campaigns, Super PACs

Looks like President Barack Obama’s allies got the hint. An independent group with deep ties to the president’s re-election campaign launched a television ad Tuesday hitting Mitt Romney‘s business practices at Bain Capital, just 24 hours after Obama’s team debuted its own ad attacking the Republican presidential candidate’s work at the private equity firm. By law, campaigns and the outside groups are forbidden from working with each other. But at times like this, the lines of separation seem blurred if not crossed. “The idea that these groups are independent is a fiction in reality terms and, we believe, a fiction
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Romney’s former opponents rewrite history in real time

Remember Newt Gingrich calling Mitt Romney a liar? Michele Bachmann saying Romney’s unelectable? Rick Santorum calling Romney “the worst Republican in the country” to run against Obama? They’re hoping you don’t. And acting like it never happened (even though most of their words are just clicks away online.) One by one — with the exception of holdout Ron Paul — the GOP also-rans have coughed up endorsements of their onetime rival. And as they do, they’re pulling rhetorical backflips to distance themselves from their former harsh assessments of Romney. Don’t try this at home, folks. It takes a professional politician
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Republicans target popular deductions in tax overhaul plan

It has been nearly 20 years since President George H.W. Bush lost his bid for re-election after making a “no new taxes” pledge, and then agreeing to raise taxes. Since then, Republicans have not touched hundreds of tax breaks in tax laws, fearing that doing so could be called a tax hike. That could be changing. They’re not advertising it, but Republicans in Congress, along with a few Democrats, are exploring the idea of limiting or ending some of Americans’ most sacred tax breaks. They include deductions on contributions to 401(k) retirement accounts and possibly those on home mortgage interest,
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