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Newt’s failed campaign racked up $4.78 million in debts

Newt Gingrich‘s failed campaign for President was mired in $4.78 million in debt when the former Speaker of the House threw in the towel, reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show. Gingrich owes more than a million to a private jet company — bills he and his trophy wife ran up while jetting around the country in style on corporate-style jets owned by a leasing company called “Moby Dick Airways. Interesting concept. A failing campaign runs up $1.03 million in debt using a plane named after the great white whale that brought down a obsessed sea captain. Besides the
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Both sides stubbornly refuse to budge on debt limit negotiations

Republicans and Democrats are refusing to budge when it comes to their already hardened positions on spending cuts versus tax increases to deal with the nation’s debt. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., both said Sunday that when Congress is asked to raise the nation’s borrowing cap after the election, they’ll insist on spending cuts to offset the increase. Democratic leaders countered that the GOP stance was irresponsible, given that the partisan showdown over the debt ceiling last year caused a downgrading of the U.S. government’s credit rating. “If the president is going to
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Right-wing fatcats slow to write checks for Romney

Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney and his party raised a sizable $40 million last month from donors who want him to replace President Barack Obama. But even as Romney solidifies his position as the eventual GOP nominee, many supporters who backed his primary election challengers have not yet come to his aid. An Associated Press review of campaign finance data found that only a few hundred donors who contributed to candidates like Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum have changed course and gave to Romney’s campaign or the Republican Party in April. That’s as GOP stalwarts and some former rivals have called
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Anti-war protestors target Obama campaign headquarters

A small group of anti-war demonstrators staged a peaceful “die in” on Thursday at President Barack Obama’s election campaign headquarters in Chicago to demand an end to the war in Afghanistan and unmanned drone aircraft attacks overseas. Despite calling ahead, some of the roughly 50 protesters said they were unable to deliver a letter to the Obama campaign calling for the United States to leave NATO and its “violent mission of protecting the 1 percent in the global economy who represent 99 percent of corporate wealth in the world.” The 99 percent slogan has been the signature of the anti-Wall
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Romney denounces proposal to use Obama’s former pastor as campaign attack

Mitt Romney swiftly and firmly distanced himself Thursday from a group exploring plans to target President Barack Obama’s relationship with a controversial former pastor. But the revival of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright as a campaign issue momentarily placed race at the center of the presidential contest and showcased the independent groups playing a new role this year with big-money TV ads. Republican Romney pushed back against a proposal being weighed by a conservative super PAC, Ending Spending Action Fund, to run a $10 million ad campaign drawing attention to racially provocative sermons Wright delivered at a church Obama attended in
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Campaign 2012: Nothing, apparently, is off limits when it comes to political mud

The early border skirmishes of Campaign 2012 are reviving questions about one candidate’s former pastor and shining a spotlight on the other’s high school hijinks. Can a fresh round of questions about President Barack Obama’s birth certificate be far behind? In a campaign year when voters have declared the economy their top concern, Obama and Mitt Romney are on notice that there’s no statute of limitations on the issues or conduct that might be used against them. And there’s sure to be somebody with money or other means to insert even low-threshold matters into the political dialogue. “It’s open season,”
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Former Nevada Republican ‘family values’ state senator shows off hot bod for Maxim

A former Nevada state Senator who ran on a Christian family values platform has posed in a bikini as a write-in candidate for the men’s magazine Maxim’s “Hot 100” contest. The magazine will announce results of the annual contest next week, but a photo ofc posed in a black bikini against a desert mountain backdrop has featured on the magazine’s website as one of the most popular ‘Hot 100’ write-ins of the year. “The former state senator of Nevada clearly knows a thing or two about campaigning: The votes for Halseth keep on coming,” a caption under her write-in candidacy
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Billionaire Koch brothers fund technology-driven GOP political ploys

In the 2008 presidential race, Barack Obama was famously effective in using new technologies to raise money, mobilize voters and target his message of change. In this year’s campaign, his opponents are determined to turn the tables. Republican political operatives, some with deep financial backing from the billionaire Koch brothers and others, are unleashing about a half dozen major projects that take advantage of advanced database technologies to manage campaigns and target voters with personalized messages. Few doubt that political parties and factions that can gain an edge in the data wars will be in a good position on election
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Obama, Congressional Republicans play political games on debt limit

If Republican and Democratic leaders want to avoid a reprise of last year’s nasty showdown over raising the federal debt limit, they are not off to a good start. After meeting with President Barack Obama and senior Democratic lawmakers over lunch at the White House on Wednesday, top Republicans came away thinking the Democratic president does not want new spending cuts to accompany any legislation to increase the debt limit. Democrats disputed the accuracy of that impression, but such a stance by Obama would put Democrats on a fiscal collision course with Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, who,
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Will rise of insurgents help or hinder Republicans in 2012 elections?

For Senate Republicans, 2012 is starting a lot like 2010. They have a shot at taking control away from Democrats as long as insurgent conservatives who are defeating the party’s more establishment candidates in primaries don’t frighten too many independent voters like they did two years ago. Deb Fischer, a little-known state senator, became the latest unexpected Senate GOP nominee Tuesday, rallying late to upset the favored — and better funded — choices of both the party’s mainstream and tea party establishments: Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning and state Treasurer Don Stenberg. Her victory occurred just a week after tea
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