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Rick Santorum continues his racist themes

Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum is resurrecting an old, racist theme on the campaign trail, trying to link food stamps with minorities and suggesting only black people receive welfare benefits in America. On Saturday, Santorum said: Talk to minority communities, not about giving them food stamps and government dependency but about creating jobs so that they can participate in the rise of this country. Sound familiar? It should. Santorum used the same theme in January but instead of saying “minorities,” he referred to “black people,” then backtracked and said he was “misheard.” “Santorum knows racially-tinged remarks play well with some
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Gingirch, stuck on sidelines, plots another comeback

Largely on the sidelines of the GOP race, Newt Gingrich is pinning his fleeting Republican presidential hopes on Georgia, where his political career began, and a cluster of states that vote the same day. He’s likely to sustain two more losses before Super Tuesday — in Michigan and Arizona, two states he’s ceded to rivals Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum — and could be riding a nine-state losing streak by the time the March 6 contests roll around. The former House speaker has no opportunities for break-out performances in debates, which he used twice before to pull his campaign back
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Romney poised for long fight is he loses Michigan

Losing the Michigan primary would strip the last of the varnish off the image that Mitt Romney is the inevitable GOP nominee for president and commit him to the long march he says he is prepared to wage. While a Rick Santorum victory next week would be bad for Romney — a public-relations nightmare for a native son of Michigan — it would mean little to the campaign that still has more money than any other and remains better organized to compete to the end. “There is no doubt that if he loses Michigan, perception-wise, the wheels come off the
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Republicans on Santorum: ‘Enough already’

After a week in which Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign often seemed focused on issues like pre-natal testing, abortion and religion, the message from the Republican Party’s establishment was becoming clear on Friday: We’ve had enough. Santorum, battling Mitt Romney in what polls say is a tight race in Tuesday’s crucial primary in Michigan, sought to tilt the narrative of his campaign toward jobs and the economy Friday evening with a speech in Lincoln Park, Michigan. Earlier, however, there were signs Santorum’s actions this week – his provocative statements against abortion and contraception, his claim that Satan is attacking America and
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Santorum still winging it

After a shaky performance in Wednesday’s Republican debate in Mesa, Arizona, Rick Santorum did something rare for presidential candidates in his situation: He walked into the “spin room,” the raucous space where campaign advisers ply reporters with reasons why their candidate won the debate. Other candidates typically leave such post-game cleanup to surrogates. Not Santorum. In a reflection of his free-wheeling and impulsive campaign, the former Pennsylvania senator dived in, complaining that rivals Mitt Romney and Ron Paul had ganged up on him during the debate. Santorum’s move invited ridicule from Romney’s campaign. “Whiny silliness,” Romney adviser Stuart Stevens called
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Oklahoma Congressman suggests shooting Senators, then apologizes

An Oklahoma congressman apologized on Friday for suggesting that “killing a couple” of U.S. senators may be the only way to get a budget passed through Congress. U.S. Rep. John Sullivan made the comments Wednesday during a town hall meeting in Bixby. When asked about federal spending, the Tulsa Republican expressed his frustration with the Senate for its failure to approve a budget. “I’d love to get them to vote for it,” Sullivan said at the event. “Boy, I’d love that, you know. But other than me going over there with a gun and pointing it to their head and
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Obama says failed GOP policies drive up gas prices

President Barack Obama on Thursday assailed Republicans for what he described as a flawed and dishonest strategy for reducing gas prices, predicting his rivals would offer nothing but more drilling and political promises of $2-a-gallon gas. Said the president: “The American people aren’t stupid.” “That’s not a plan, especially since we’re already drilling. That’s a bumper sticker,” Obama said in a stop at the University of Miami. “It’s not a strategy to solve our energy challenge. That’s a strategy to get politicians through an election. You know there are no quick fixes to this problem.” Obama spoke as gas has
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Obama pushes online privacy protections

The White House proposed on Thursday a “privacy bill of rights” that would give consumers more control over their data but relies heavily for now on voluntary commitments by Internet companies like Google Inc and Facebook. The plan comes amid growing consumer concern about their lack of control over the collection and trade in vast amounts of detailed information about their online activities and real-life identities. As part of the announcement, a coalition of online advertisers said its members would honor “Do not track” requests through tools in Google, Microsoft Corp and Firefox browsers, something the Federal Trade Commission has
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Romney closes back in on Santorum

Republican Mitt Romney assailed presidential rival Rick Santorum on Thursday for abandoning his conservative principles, pushing a line of attack that polls show is helping him close the gap on his rival in the battleground state of Michigan. Romney fired a new burst of criticism at the former Pennsylvania senator one day after he repeatedly put Santorum on the defensive in an Arizona debate for backing big spending bills in Congress. “One of the candidates last night described voting against his principles,” Romney told a Tea Party meeting in Milford. Politicians, he said, “go to Washington and vote for things
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Palin before she quit: ‘I can’t take it anymore’

In the final months before she resigned as Alaska’s governor, Sarah Palin displayed growing frustration over deteriorating relationships with state lawmakers and outrage over ethics complaints that she felt frivolously targeted her and prompted her to write: “I can’t take it anymore.” The details are included in more than 17,000 records released Thursday by state officials — nearly 3 1/2 years after citizens and news organizations, including The Associated Press, first requested Palin’s emails. The emails, most from Palin’s final 10 months in office, illustrate what Palin has said all along: The intense scrutiny of her family and work was
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