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Obama’s State of the Disunion

President Barack Obama rewrote history in real time Tuesday night, telling the nation that most, if not all, the problems this country faces were inherited and everything would be OK if only the other side would always let him do things his way. Blaming a nation in chaos entirely on the Republican party, Obama’s State of the Union address was more political stump speech than a factual report on a nation divided by political strife, hobbled by weak leadership and stymied by a system that no longer works. Capitol Hill Blue asked a panel of speech watchers to pick the
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Romney’s tax bill: $6.2 million for two years

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a millionaire several times over, paid 13.9 percent of his income in taxes last year and expects to shell out 15.4 percent this year. That comes to a total of $6.2 million in taxes on a two-year income of $42.5 million. Tax records released by the Romney campaign today show most of his income comes from capital gains, which is taxed at a lower rate than a salary.  The top income rate for capital gains is 15 percent while average wage earners pay 35 percent. Romney reluctantly and belatedly released the tax information after losing
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Romney goes after Gingrich

Wounded GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney went on the attack in the latest Republican debate Friday night, calling former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich an influence peddler who resigned from Congress in disgrace after his peers censured him and forced him to pay a $300,000 fine for ethics violations. Gingrich, surprisingly muted while under attack, attempted to deflect the charges but appeared unusually ill at ease during the assault. “The Speaker was given the opportunity to be the leader of our party in 1994, and the end of our years, he had to resign in disgrace,” Romney told the
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Stopping Gingrich is job one

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney went on the attack against former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich Sunday, telling a Florida rally that the man who beat him in South Carolina was a failure as speaker and left Congress in disgrace. Said Romney: I don’t know if you actually knew that. He resigned after four years in disgrace. He was investigated under an ethics panel and had to make a payment associated with that and then his fellow Republicans, 88 percent of Republicans voted to reprimand Speaker Gingrich. He has not had a record of successful leadership. Romney continued: Over
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Giffords leaving Congress

Arizona Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, shot in the head in Tucson last year, is leaving Congress to concentrate full time on recovering from her injuries. “I have more work to do on my recovery, so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down this week,” Giffords posted simultaneously on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. She added: I’m getting better. Every day my spirit is high. I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country. Thank you very much. Giffords went down in a hail of bullets that left six dead and 12 wounded
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What now for Republicans?

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich‘s thumping of pre-determined frontrunner Mitt Romney in South Carolina’s GOP primary Saturday has party leaders expressing concerns in conference calls and huddling to figure out how to salvage what has become a disaster in the party’s efforts to find a credible candidate to challenge President Barack Obama. With three different winners in the season’s first three primaries, leaders of the party that can’t seem to agree on a candidate can agree that the last person they want at the top of the GOP ticket is a scandal-scarred, morally-challenged Gingrich. “This is a disaster,
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Gingrich wins South Carolina

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich came back from the political dead again Saturday, upsetting Mitt Romney to capture the South Carolina GOP Primary. After falling from frontrunner to the bottom of the polls in recent weeks, Gingrich surged in the last week, capitalizing on campaign gaffes from former frontrunner Mitt Romney. Networks declared Gingrich the winner as soon as polls closed. With 99.49 percent of the state’s precincts reporting, Gingrich leads with 40 percent (242,417 votes), followed by Romney with 28 percent (167,419 votes), Rick Santorum at 17 (101,914) and Ron Paul collecting 13 (77,943). Exit polls showed
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Romney’s rapid fall from the top

At the beginning of the week, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had two primary wins and appeared headed for an easy victory in conservative South Carolina. By week’s end, he was down to just one primary win and heads for Florida 1 and 2. What happened? On one hand, Newt Gingrich happened.  The bombastic former Speaker of the House turned adversity into advantage in two contentious South Carolina debates. In the first, he turned a question about racism from Fox News’ Juan Williams into an applause line that plays well in the heart of the Confederacy.  In the second, he
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Derailing the Romney Express

Are Republicans so determined to put a right-winger at the top of their Presidential ticket that they will nominate anyone — including a serial adulterer with serious ethics problems — rather than Mitt Romney? That seems to be the sentiment as South Carolina GOP voters head to the polls Saturday and appear ready to give Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich — who has risen from the ashes more often than Count Dracula — a come-from-behind victory over Romney. “What’s it going to take?  A stake through through the heart?  We can’t bury this guy,” a senior Romney aide
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Protest stalls anti-piracy bill

Internet companies gave Congress in lesson in real power this week when an unprecedented, web-based protest flooded House and Senate offices with emails and phone calls and brought two bills aimed at online piracy to a screeching halt. Both the House and Senate postponed action on bills. “I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy,” House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith said. “It is clear we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions
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