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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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Republican mainstreamers turn up the heat on Ron Paul

In his two previous campaigns for President, Texas Congressman Ron Paul was considered such a fringe candidate that most of his contemporaries ignored his many failings, extreme positions and questionable actions from his checkered past. No more.  Leading Republicans are starting to tell American voters what they think of Paul and a lot of it isn’t good. “Ron Paul is not going to be elected President,” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, winner of the Iowa causues in 2008, said on Fox News Sunday. “His views on foreign policy are so much an anathema to the Republicans, much less the Democrats
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Ron Paul uses non-profit groups to evade campaign finance disclosure laws

Two of Ron Paul‘s foundations are skirting the edge of, and perhaps crossing, the line between issue advocacy and political campaigning and may be breaking federal tax and campaign finance laws. The non-profits, all part of millionaire Paul’s political empire, pays his campaign aides, organizes political volunteers and promotes his often unorthodox ideas, the Associated Press is reporting. An AP “enterprise” story by Ryan J. Foley, published Saturday coincides with Capitol Hill Blue findings that raise serious questions about how Paul uses money donated to both his campaigns and his various causes. By diverting funds into his foundations, Paul is
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Ron Paul’s con: Using hatred of America to get rich

Hypocrisy is the constant bedfellow of most — if not all — politicians and even afflicts Ron Paul, the so-called “savior of America” on the GOP primary ticket. Yet the grandfatherly doctor so revered by his followers is a flagrant hypocrite who evades the truth and preaches one game while practicing another. If one is to believe the self-righteous proclamations of Ron Paul and his fanatical followers, the long-time Texas Congressman is so clueless that he had “no idea” that newsletters bearing his name spewed out racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic bile during the 1980s and 90s. Yeah, right.  And there
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Congress passes two-month tax deal; Obama signs it into law

In the end, the long-debated, often-delayed, more often gridlocked budget deal came down to a couple of voice votes in the near-empty chambers of the House and Senate, approving a $33 billion spending measure that keeps the payroll tax rate at 4.2 percent through the end of February. But the debate is far from over. It will resume when Congress returns early next year and the partisan sniping began before President Barack Obama even had a chance to sign the budget deal. Right-wing GOP representative Tom Price blamed what he called a “two month punt” on Senate Majority Leader Harry
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