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Santorum: There ‘seems to be a panic’ in GOP establishment

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum says the Republican establishment is in a panic and that’s why they are flocking to support former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the GOP Presidential nomination. Romney has picked up a rash of endorsements in Wisconsin over the past few days, including Rep. Paul Ryan and tea party darling Sen. Ron Johnson.  In addition, another tea-party hotshot — South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint — jumped on the Romney bandwagon. Santorum’s reaction: I think from what you see, there seems to be a panic among the Republican establishment of everybody sort of coming out of the
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Confident Romney appears ready to cruise to nomination

Appearing ever-more confident in Wisconsin’s primary, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney focused entirely on Democratic President Barack Obama during a campaign trip through this upper Midwestern battleground and predicted a victory that could effectively seal the nomination for him Tuesday. “We’re looking like we’re going to win this thing on Tuesday,” Romney told supporters, suggesting he could also claim wins in Maryland and the District of Columbia that day. “If I can get that boost also from Wisconsin I think we’ll be on a path that’ll get me the nomination well before the convention.” At the same time, fading rival
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Current TV gives Keith Olbermann the boot

Bombastic left-wing talk show host Keith Olbermann — who seldom held a job he couldn’t be fired from — found himself out of work once again Friday when Current TV announced just before his scheduled broadcast that he was gone. Current TV bosses Al Gore and Joel Hyatt said in a statement that their network was “founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers.  Unfortunately these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Mr. Olbermann and we have ended it.” Olbermann countered online with: It goes almost without saying that the claims against
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Romney confirms secret meeting with Gingrich

Republican Presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney met privately with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich before last week’s Louisiana primary but claims no secret deal was struck. Gingrich fired a third of his staff and reduced his campaign after a disappointing showing in that primary but a campaign aide claims the meeting with Romney had nothing to do with the decision. “Newt does speak to Santorum and Romney on a regular basis,” Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond told ABC news. On Sean Hannity‘s radio show Thursday, Romney said: We’re pretty much in regular communication between the different campaigns and I said
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April looks good for Romney, could rain on Santorum’s parade

On paper, April’s primary schedule looks tailor-made for Republican Presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney and he could head into May’s less-friendly string of Southern contests with a virtual lock on the nomination. The odds don’t favor former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. “Santorum is screwed,” an aide told Capitol Hill Blue Thursday. “Without a Romney meltdown we don’t see a winning scenario.” With former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich out of money and scaling back his campaign and Texas Congressman Ron Paul disappearing into the haze of the fringe, Romney appears back on track to be the “inevitable nominee.” Romney continues
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Arkansas high court legalizes teacher sex with students

In Arkansas, teachers can now have sex with students: As long as the students have reached the age of consent. The Arkansas Supreme Court Thursday stuck down the state’s law banning teachers from screwing students under age 21 — overturning a sexual assault conviction against a high school teacher who engaged in a five-month affair with an 18-year-old student at the school. David Paschal was a teacher in the Elkins School District when he began a sexual relationship in 2009 with a senior who had been a student of his in the eighth and 10th grades as well as a
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Obama, flush with cash, outspending Republican rivals

With Republicans locked in a contentious and expensive primary, President Barack Obama has spent a small fortune in recent months to build and maintain a campaign operation that is larger, more diverse and more focused on November’s general election than any of his opponents’ organizations. Republican contenders like Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have surely been watching their expenses during their primary elections: millions here for ad spending, millions there for travel, rallies and consulting fees. What’s left keeps the lights on, the phones ringing and the staff paid. But Obama, who faces no serious challenger for the Democratic nomination,
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Increasingly confident Romney enters mop-up phase

After a three-month struggle, Mitt Romney edged into the mop-up phase of the race for the Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday, buoyed by Newt Gingrich‘s decision to scale back his campaign to the vanishing point and Rick Santorum‘s statement that he would take the No. 2 spot on the party ticket in the fall. Romney campaigned by phone for support in next week’s Wisconsin primary while he shuttled from California to Texas on a fundraising trip, praising Gov. Scott Walker, for “trying to rein in the excesses that have permeated the public services union.” The governor faces a recall election
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Americans unhappy with Obama over gas prices but blame others

In an interesting anomaly, two-thirds of Americans are pissed at President Barack Obama over high gas prices yet most say they don’t blame him for their pain at the pump. A new Reuters/Ipsos online polls shows 68 percent of those who responded disapproving of Obama’s handling of the gas price issue with both Democrats and Republicans saying the President isn’t doing a good job of dealing with the situation but while they feel he should do more they blame oil company greed and other factors.  Thirty-six percent blamed the oil companies and another 26 percent cited “other factors” as responsible
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Gingrich fires third of campaign staff, cuts back on schedule

With his struggling campaign strapped for cash and his failed message failing to resonate with even the GOP fringe, Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich is firing a third of his staff — including his campaign manager — and cutting back on his schedule. Campaign manager Michael Krull is gone, replaced by longtime advisor Vince Haley.  Sources tell Capitol Hill Blue Haley is working for expenses only. “The campaign is broke,” one campaign aide said. “We’re out of money and out of steam.” Gingrich dropped a hint early Tuesday that changes were coming, saying “money is very tight obviously.”  A few
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