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Rand Paul’s endorsement of Romney sparks revolt from his father’s flock

In a move that angered many of his father’s legon of die-hard supporters, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul Thursday endorsed former Massaschussets Gov. Mitt Romney for President. “The time is right” to endorse Romney, Paul said on Sean Hannity‘s Fox News Show, adding that “my first choice has always been my father.” Rand Paul’s endorsement of the GOP establishment came one day after Ron Paul emailed supporters with an acknowledgment that he would not win the nomination, noting that — at best — he would arrive at the August convention in Tampa with 20 percent or less of the delegates needed.
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Show me the money: Romney beats Obama in May campaign fundraising

With the Republican presidential nomination assured, Mitt Romney is now focused on beating incumbent President Barack Obama at the polls and in campaign fundraising and the former Massachusetts Governor scored a big win in May by besting the President’s vaunted campaign cash machine. Romney and the GOP raised $76 million in May — $12 million more than Obama and the Democrats. The presumptive GOP nominee also reported more than $150 million cash on hand — a big campaign war chest this early in the primary season. With the bitter primary fight behind him, Romney has been focused on fundraising and
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Third party politics: Will a niche in time help Stein?

Looking for an alternative in this 2012 election season with its cookie-cutter, lackluster cast of Presidential wannabes? Well, there’s always Jill Stein, the presumptive nominee for the Green Party. Stein’s platform?  Legalizing marijuana, downsizing the military, taxing Wall Street transactions, a guaranteed college education and a vague, government-funded program that she says will eliminate unemployment and put 25 million Americans to work. Lofty promises from the Harvard grad, doctor and musician. Stein goes into the Green Party’s July convention with a sizable delegate lead over second-place Rosanne Barr.  With 66 percent of the delegate count, Stein is expected win the
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Oh, we almost forgot: Romney wins five more primaries and now has 1,398 delegates

Oh, by the way, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won five more state GOP primaries Tuesday, adding to his delegate count. While the Wisconsin recall election captured most of the attention, Romney quietly increased his delegate count to 1,398 — well over the 1,144 needed to capture the nomination on the first ballot at the GOP convention in Tampa later this summer. Romney effectively captured the nomination in May so each primary remaining is gravy. He won easily in California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota.  California’s 172 delegates offered up the biggest prize.
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A ‘Summertime Blues’ tour of Washington

Take a one-minute musical tour of the National Mall in Washington, DC, courtesy of Capitol Hill Blue, Doug Thompson Media and Brian Setzer, who offers his twist on the late Eddie Cochran‘s “Summertime Blues.” Summertime Blues.  Kinda describes the situation facing many voters in this lackluster election year.  
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Walker survives recall, scores win for Republicans, Tea Party

When the votes came in on the effort to recall controversial Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, it wasn’t even close. Republican Walker kept job, trouncing Milwaukee Republican Mayor Tom Barrett by 10 points — 55 to 45 percent. The divisive Walker, who rammed through legislation to strip Wisconsin’s public sector unions of collective bargaining power, now says he wants to be a “uniter” and says he will invite all members of the state legislature — Democrat and Republican for brats, burgers and beer. Said Walker: Tomorrow is the day after the election and tomorrow we are no longer opponents. Tomorrow we
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Obama, Clinton schmooze Wall Street fatcats and entertainment ‘elite’

So much for the “man of the people.” President Barack Obama, with former prez Bill Clinton in tow, flew into New York Monday to schmooze the rich and powerful and take in the big bucks from Wall Street fatcats and entertainment millionaires. Some might find the President’s action hypocritical at best and two-face at worst.  The incumbent President who bashes Wall Street and launches non-stop barrages at GOP challenger Mitt Romney‘s success heading a private equity firm turns the other cheek and seeks campaign cash from the same people he demonizes. And he does it with a former President who
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Duck and cover: The political mud is already flying

  Keep a towel handy.  The airwaves ad war between President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney is heating up and the mud is flying. The Obama campaign is out with new spots showing Repbublicans attacking Romney’s economic record in primary debates along with another that claims Romney had the “worst economic record in history” as governor of Massachusetts. Romney’s ad team is targeting the newest sluggish record on jobs and zeroing in on the President’s inexperience. Meanwhile, surrogates from both sides toured the weekend talk show circuit with attacks on their opponents. And, officially, the “real” campaign season
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Shades of Nixon? Obama uses “enemies list” to target, harass private citizens

The Obama White House is targeting Republicans with a Nixon-style “enemies list” by using a “truth squad” that releases inaccurate information about donors to presumptive GOP Presidential nominee. The practice has many prominent Democrats concerned that the Obama campaign — as it is doing with the attacks on Romney’s record while head of Bain Capital — is going too far in an all-out effort to win re-election in November. “The Obama campaign appears to have taken a page from Nixon’s reelection campaign playbook,” says prominent Democratic pollster Doug Schoen.  “They are now mounting attacks on private individuals.” Says FactCheck.Org about
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