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It’s official: Newt’s campaign is doing drugs

OK. It’s official. The Gingrich campaign is doing drugs. Serious drugs. Nothing else can explain the hyperactive overreaction this week by Gingrich campaign press secretary Rick Tyler to a simple question about press coverage of the former speaker’s massive FUBAR on “Meet the Press” last Sunday. When Michael Calderone of The Huffington Post asked Tyler for a response, the press secretary for the Mouth that Roared fired back with this: The literati sent out their minions to do their bidding. Washington cannot tolerate threats from outsiders who might disrupt their comfortable world. The firefight started when the cowardly sensed weakness.
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Tight budget threatens defense programs

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday that all military programs were on the table — including nuclear arms and the joint strike fighter — as the Pentagon tries to meet the president’s goal of cutting $400 billion in spending over 12 years. “If the political leadership of this country decides that it must reduce the investment in defense by hundreds of billions of dollars, then I don’t think we can afford to have anything that’s off the table,” Gates told a Pentagon news conference. The defense secretary, who leaves office at the end of June, said he opposed across-the-board
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IMF boss resigns amid sexual assault charges

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the embattled managing director of International Monetary Fund, has resigned, saying he wanted to devote “all his energy” to battle the sexual assault charges he faces in New York. The IMF’s executive board released a letter from the French executive Wednesday in which he denied the allegations lodged against him but said that with “sadness” he felt he must resign. He said he was thinking of his family and he wanted to protect the IMF. “It is with infinite sadness that I feel compelled today to present to the executive board my resignation from my post of managing
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Obama mixes punishment, praise in Mideast policy speech

In his first comprehensive response to revolts across the Arab world, President Barack Obama is doling out punishment and praise, targeting Syrian President Bashar Assad for attacking his people but also promising fresh U.S. aid to nations that support democracy. Obama is also trying to erase any doubt that the U.S. supports the call for change. Obama was expected to use his Middle East speech Thursday to sharply defend new sanctions on Assad as the U.S. government toughens its message for the repressive leader: Embrace democracy or get out. In a primary thrust of his address, Obama also was announcing
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Romney has everything — except GOP enthusiasm

Mitt Romney has all the trappings of a GOP presidential frontrunner except for one important thing: enthusiasm from party activists. Romney raised a remarkable $10.25 million on Monday; Republican officials from across the nation meeting the next day in Dallas mostly shrugged. In nearly two dozen interviews at the Republican National Committee’s spring meeting, no one fully embraced Romney, and several said they’d like to see other candidates enter the race. “A lot of Republicans are hoping someone new pops up,” said Kirby Wilbur, GOP chairman in Washington state. “He keeps having to figure out who he is,” a reference
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Coburn drops out of ‘Gang of Six’

A top Republican senator in the bipartisan “Gang of Six” seeking agreement on a plan to cut the deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade dropped out of the group on Tuesday, saying that his colleagues weren’t willing to cut enough from benefit programs like Medicare. Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma said he doesn’t see how the group can reach agreement and that he would stop participating in its discussions. “It’s got to be balanced. And I didn’t perceive where we were was balanced,” Coburn said. “I’m not planning on participating at this time,” he added. “If things change,
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Screwing the maid screws up the Governator’s legacy

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s political legacy in California already was tenuous. He left the governor’s office after seven years without making good on his central campaign promise to fix the state’s budgeting system, then commuted the manslaughter sentence for the son of a political ally in one of his final official acts, drawing the condemnation of prosecutors and the family of a slain college student. Now he’s revealed to be the father of an out-of-wedlock child, a secret he kept during two gubernatorial terms. No matter his accomplishments in office, Schwarzenegger may be best remembered as yet another philandering politician who got
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Government reaches debt limit

The Treasury Department scrambled Monday to move money around as the US government hits its debt limit, preventing Uncle Sam from borrowing any more money to stay afloat while Congress remains in deadlock over a budget cuts and an extension of the limit.   Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner suspending payment to the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund, giving the government some spending relief until early August. Geithner has warned Congress for month that the day would come when the government’s ability to borrow would end and was ready when the time came Monday but if the deadlock continues the
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Republican discord increases over Medicare changes

A widening split within the GOP is splitting the party apart as it struggles to deal with increasing criticism of the proposed Medicare overhaul plan. Congressman Paul Ryan, architect of the plan that proposes deep cuts in the health care program for seniors, is on the defensive, trying to defend his plan while members of his own party distance themselves from it. Leading the charge against Ryan is Republican presidential hopeful and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who says Ryan’s plan is “radical” and “right-wing social engineering.” Ryan, in a speech to the Economic Club of Chicago, fired
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Trump to self: You’re fired

Reality show host and real estate developer Donald Trump fired himself from the 2012 Presidential sweepstakes but went out with typical bluster — claiming he could win if he ran.   “I will not be running for president as much as I’d like to,” Trump said to a meeting of advertising executives assembled to review NBC’s fall lineup which includes Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” reality show. “Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.” Trump’s flirtation with national politics showcased the desperation of the Republican party as they try to find a
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