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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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Gingrich falls to third as Paul takes poll lead in Iowa

Mirroring the fate of other frontrunners in the roller coaster ride to the GOP nomination, last week’s frontrunner is this week’s also ran as former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich falls from first to third in the latest Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey. Texas Congressman Ron Paul has a narrow lead over Mitt Romney — 23 to 20 percent — with 14 percent for Gingrich.  Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry tie for fourth with 10 percent while Jon Huntsman trails a distant fifth at 4 percent and Gary Johnson brings up the rear with 2 percent. When
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Romney captures key endorsements

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney gained a key endorsement Sunday from the Des Moines Register Sunday in a strong editorial headlined:  “He is the best to lead.” Romney has recaptured the frontrunner spot in the race for the GOP nomination in recent days as former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich fortunes decline. Writes the Register: Sobriety, wisdom and judgment. Those are qualities Mitt Romney said he looks for in a leader. Those are qualities Romney himself has demonstrated in his career in business, public service and government. Those qualities help the former Massachusetts governor stand out as the most
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Boehner says ‘nada’ to tax cut deal

Speaker John Boehner, facing a rebellion from Republicans over the two-month payroll tax cut  compromise, appeared ready Sunday to sink the deal when the measure reaches the House Monday. The Senate passed the deal with 89 votes Saturday but Boehner told “Meet the Press” Sunday that he isn’t happy with it and wants a yearlong extension. “Two months is just kicking the can down the road,” Boehner said on the news talk show program.  “What I’m suggesting is this: The House has passed its bill; the Senate has passed its bill. Under the Constitution, when we have these disagreements, there
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Democrats back down on pipeline, agree to tax cut deal

House and Senate negotiators took the easy way out Friday, cutting a deal that extends payroll tax cuts for only two months. Democrats, eager for a deal and wanting to go home for Christmas gave in to Republican demands on an oil pipeline project . While it extends the tax cuts and helps unemployed Americans in the short term, it falls far short of hopes for a one-year extension of the tax relief and long-term unemployed benefits to boost. The hasty compromise leaves many on Capitol Hill disappointed and won’t offset growing dissatisfaction among American voters who see the government
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Funding deal reached to avoid government shutdown

House and Senate negotiators reached a last-minute deal late Thursday to fund the U.S.government through September 30 of next year — staving off a government shutdown that would have started at midnight Friday. “Houston, we no longer have a problem,” a relieved House aide told Capitol Hill Blue.  “We can go home for Christmas.” Both the House and Senate are scheduled to vote on the funding deal Friday and send it to President Barack Obama for a quick signature. Still pending, however, is a deal on extension of a payroll tax cut and long-term unemployment benefits.  Negotiations continue on a
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Debate, polls leave Gingrich in trouble

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich came out of the last GOP debate before the Iowa caucuses bruised and battered but still standing. But the beating he took at the hands of Republican rivals Thursday night, coupled with signs of slippage in polls, suggests the current GOP frontrunner has peaked and now starts the downhill slide that has marked the rise and fall of others who held court at the top of the crowded pack of candidates. The first hour of the Fox News debate proved particularly tough for Gingrich as opponents battered him for fat cat contracts with
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U.S. military mission in Iraq declared over

Eight years after the President George W. Bush stood on an aircraft carrier deck, amid much hoopla and fanfare, under a banner declaring “Mission Accomplished” in the Iraq war, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta spoke to a much more subdued ceremony at the U.S. military mission in Baghdad and declared the American role finally at an end. The nine-year war cost more than 4,500 Americans and at least 100,000 Iraqis their lives and the U.S. flag is lowered over a country turn by internal strife, divided by religious differences and rocked by bombings and attacks. The quiet end to a war
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Ron Paul surges in Iowa: Is it now his time?

Texas Congressman Ron Paul is on the move in Iowa, passing former GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney for second in polls and even moving into a statistical tie with current leader Newt Gingrich in one. “Paul is surging right now, there’s no doubt about that,” one GOP strategist tells Capitol Hill Blue. “He could be the dark horse that shocks both Romney and Gingrich. New polls show support for Gingrich slipping slightly in Iowa with three weeks to go before the state caucuses that official open the Presidential primary season. And while the former Speaker of the House leads in surveys,
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