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Herman Cain: Just another puppet for Charles and David Koch?

Pizza magnate Herman Cain and GOP presidential flavor of the month is not the outsider he claims to be when it comes to politics. Cain, spurred by recent straw poll wins and a surge in the polls,  is backed by the billioniare Koch brothers and their right-wing political funding operations, Americans for Prosperity. How tight is Cain with the Kochs? “He’s in their pocket, pure and simple,” says a GOP consultant who asked not to be identified. “He may claim to be an outsider but he’s not. The Kochs own him.” Cain’s campaign manager, Mark Block, and several members of
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Tea party struggles to regain lost glory

Displaying the kind of political hypocrisy that drives political hyperbole, the tea party is trying to discredit the growing and widespread anti-corporate protest movement as a sham grassroots operation driven by unions and other special interest groups. In a case of the pot calling the kettle black, the tea party — itself bankrolled by the energy Koch Industries energy conglomerate — is sending in infiltrators to try and identify paid union activists. Videos claiming “debauchery” and “terrorism” now appear on tea-party affiliated web sites.  One video claims to show a anti-wall street protestor defecating on a police car but sources
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Who’s the GOP frontrunner? That depends

Depending on which poll you read, either former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney or former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012. Reuters/Ipsos has Romney leading Cain 23 to 20 percent while NBC/Wall Street Journal has Cain in front of Romney. Both polls show significant gains for Cain in recent weeks while Romney’s support remains relatively static.  Reuters/Ipsos shows Texas Congressman Ron Paul a distant third and former frontrunner Rick Perry continuing his rapid slide and fading to fourth.  NBC/WSJ has Perry third and Paul fourth. While Romney maintains
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Americans overwhelmingly support Obama’s jobs plan

Republican filibusterers in the Democratic-controlled Senate doen’t care much for President Barack Obama‘s jobs bill. They proved that by blocking floor debate on the bill Tuesday. A new poll, however, shows Republicans are ignoring the will of the people, who approve of the President’s job plans by nearly a 2-1 margin. The latest survey by NBC/Wall Street Journal shows 63 percent of those polled approved of Obama’s “Americans Jobs Act,” while 32 percent oppose it. The American public apparently also likes Obama’s plan to repeal tax loopholes for the rich — something ardently opposed by Republicans who depend on the
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Romney cruises to another debate win as Perry’s fade continues

The overhyped GOP debate Tuesday night reinforced the momentum of frontrunner Mitt Romney and continued the slide into political oblivion for former flash-in-the-pan contenders Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann. Romney, riding high going into the debate with a high-profile endorsement by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, cruised through the evening by looking far more Presidential than any of the other pretenders to the throne while avoiding any major gaffes or wounds from his challengers. While others tried to land punches on Romney, the former Massachusetts governor avoided any direct hits and deflected attacks with ease. The Bloomberg/Washington Post debate was
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Christie endorses Romney

Saying former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is “the man we need to lead America,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie jumped into the 2012 Presidential race Tuesday not as a candidate but as an endorser. A week after he decided — once again — not to seek the nomination himself, Christie turned power broker and gave Romney an important boost in his bid to lead the GOP charge to unseat President Barack Obama in 2012. Romney, Chrisie told a Tuesday afternoon press conference in Hanover, New Hampshire, before that evening’s GOP debate, is “the best person to be able to articulate
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Even Palin’s few remaining supporters didn’t want her in the race

Sarah Palin thinks her supporters are sad she decided not to run for President. She’s wrong. Sarah’s faithful didn’t want her to run anyway. Which begs the question: Why follow her in the first place? Appearing on Fox News Thursday, Palin — who announced a day eariier that she would not seek the GOP Presidential nomination — apoligized for her cult-like following for stringing them along for months with candidate-style actions before saying “nada” to a run. “I apologize to those whom are disappointed in this decision,” Palin told Greta Van Susteren.” “I’ve been hearing from them in the last
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Cain: It’s all the fault of the poor and unemployed

GOP presidential wannabe Herman Cain says Wall Street isn’t to blamefor the millions of Americans out of work. It’s not the Republicans. Nah, the blame for unemployment lies with thoese who don’t have jobs. That’s right. If you’re out of work, look in the mirror. It’s all your fault. Want to reduce unemployment? Simple. Get a job. That simplistic answer may explain why Cain is the latest frontrunner contender in a GOP Presidential field where frontrunner ebb and flow like the tide. “Don’t blame Wall Street,” Cain told The Wall Street Journal this week. ”Don’t blame the big banks, if
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Perry used state jobs fund to reward donors

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who touts jobs creation as the backbone of his flagging presidential campaign, used that program to reward donors to his campaign, opponent Michele Bachmann charges. Bachmann says Perry doled out $35 million in state funds to Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, a new company created by backers of Perry’s campaign for governor. State records showed Lexicon received the money from the Texas Enterprise Fund, a state operation established by the jobs creation legislation that Perry championed as governor.  The company never created any jobs with the money. Lexicon was part of Lexicon Genetics, which received $35 million in 2005. 
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Palin pulls plug on Presidential plans

Sarah Palin ended her “will she or won’t she” game of Presidential politics Wednesday by announcing she will not seek the 2012 Republican nomination for President. In an email to supporters, Palin said: After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States. As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order. My decision is based upon
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