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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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In direct mail solicitation, Paul predicted ‘race war,’ touted newsletters

Texas Congressman and GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul claims he never read the racism-tinged newsletters that bore his name in the 1980s and 1990s, but a direct-mail newsletter solicitation sent out over his signature claimed authorship and warned potential contributors of what he called an approaching “race war in our big cities” and claimed a “federal-homosexual” conspiracy to conceal the dangers of AIDS. “Save yourself and your family,” Paul urged in the letter, sent out after he lost a re-election bid and before he returned to Congress. He added: While on Capitol Hill, I developed extraordinary sources in House and
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Ron Paul’s racist newsletters come back to haunt him

A common complaint from Texas Congressman and GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul’s supporters is that the media ignores their favorite candidate. As the old Mongolian proverb goes, “be careful what you wish for.”  Paul is getting media attention now and it’s not the kind of attention he or his enthusiastic band of followers wanted. A series of racist-themed newsletters that appeared under his name in the 1990s have resurfaced and questions about those newsletters and the money he made from them caused Paul to walk out on a CNN interview Wednesday. “I didn’t write them. I disavow them,” a testy
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Anti-gay group endorses Gingrich

As former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich struggles to resurrect his faltering Presidential campaign, he gets an endorsement from the homophobic American Family Association — an organization labeled as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center but one also funded by one of Gingrich’s funding groups. “Newt Gingrich recognizes the threat to our country posed by judges and lawyers imposing values upon the country inconsistent with our religious heritage, and has proposed constitutional steps to bring the courts back in balance under the constitution,” says Donald Wildmon, head of the AFA. Wildmon may be paying Gingrich back
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Congress gives Americans a tax hike for Christmas

Congress heads home for Christmas but the holiday gift it left for Americans is an almost-certain tax hike for the new year. As predicted by the tea party-controlled Speaker, House Republicans defeated a two-month extension of reduced payroll taxes on Social Security and extension of unemployment benefits. Then House member started packing for the trip home, joining the Senate, which left town after passing a funding compromise that provided the two-month extension. House Speaker John Boehner first backed the Senate bill but — under pressure from tea party backed Republicans — reversed his position and declared the measure dead in
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