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Gingrich on dropping out: ‘Hell no, I won’t go’

Republican Newt Gingrich on Monday dismissed calls to drop out of the presidential contest in order to set up a direct contest between rivals Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. The former House speaker insisted that his ideas and a new determination to stay positive would help him once again resuscitate his flagging candidacy. “I think my ideas are much bolder than Santorum or Romney’s. I think my ideas are much clearer and more specific and I have to focus on communicating those ideas. Let’s see how it plays out,” Gingrich told reporters after addressing a Hispanic leadership event near Los
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Obama budget sets up political battle on Capitol Hill

President Barack Obama called on Monday for new spending to boost growth and higher taxes on the rich, laying out an election-year vision for America in a budget that drew heavy fire from Republicans for failing to curb huge deficits. Obama’s 2013 spending proposal is expected to go nowhere in a divided Congress and is widely seen as more of a campaign document that frames his economic pitch to voters and seeks to shift the focus from deficits to economic growth. It fleshed out a major theme of his re-election campaign: “economic fairness.” Obama wants wealthier Americans to bear more
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JFK nailed White House intern in Jackie’s bed

Marion “Mimi” Beardsley was a 19-year-old White House intern — and a virgin — in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy led her into his wife’s bedroom at the White House and seduced her. That began an affair that continued until the President was assassinated in November 1963. Today, Mimi Alford writes in a new memoir, “Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and its Aftermath,” said the President was insistent but did not rape or force her to have sex. She writes: Short of screaming I doubt I could have done anything to thwart his
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Whitney Houston’s death not worth all the media hoopla

Over the last three days, President Barack Obama tried to put out the political fire his administration started over forcing faith-based organizations to administer birth control. Mitt Romney scored a twofer with wins in the Maine caucus and the Conservative Political Action straw poll. We started getting a hint what the President’s budget will look like and what we see doesn’t look good. You may have missed all this because starting Saturday morning all news outlets — broadcast, print and Internet — carpet bombed our senses with nonstop coverage of a drug-addict celebrity who apparently took a combination of drugs
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The continuing hypocrisy of Ron Paul and his flock of sheep

As Texas Congressman and long-time libertarian Ron Paul comes under more and more scrutiny, more and more examples of his political hypocrisy come to the forefront. The Presidential candidate who preaches austerity buys full-fare airline tickets so he can bump up to first class on his many airline trips.  He talks about honesty in government but lends his name and Congressional cariier to newsletters that play on unproven paranoia to pad his own bank account.  He talks about leadership but his own leadership skills are so bad that — if you believe his own excuses — a series of racist
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Gingrich’s sugar daddy kills the campaign cash cow

Nevada casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, the largest single contributor to the Presidential hopes of former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich, closed his checkbook after Gingrich lost the Florida primary to GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney. As a result, Gingrich’s campaign is practically broke and is left scrambling for campaign cash. Adelson and his family donated $11 million to Gingirch through the Winning Our Future political action committee in the two months leading up to the Florida primary and the casino billionaire single-handedly funded the former speaker’s media blitz that led to his upset victory over Romney in South Carolina. But
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Romney edges Paul to win Maine caucus

Republican front-runner Mitt Romney bounced back from midweek losses in three states to win the Maine presidential caucuses, the state’s Republican Party announced on Saturday. With 95 percent of the vote counted, results of the non-binding straw poll showed the former Massachusetts governor with 39 percent, just ahead of libertarian Texas Congressman Ron Paul with 36 percent. The outcome was a comeback for Romney, who unexpectedly lost to former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado on Tuesday. Romney visited Maine on Friday and Saturday to meet voters and help energize the get-out-the-vote drive. Earlier on Saturday he
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Romney captures CPAC straw poll

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, long criticized by conservatives as a “RINO” (Republican In Name Over) won over enough right-wing activists at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to win the event’s straw poll Saturday, beating out challenger Rick Santorum. Romney carried the straw poll with 38 percent of the vote, compared to 31 percent for Santorum.  Former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich finished a distant third with 15 percent and Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who skipped the event, brought up the rear with 12 percent. While the straw poll win is not an official endorsement from the
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Santorum’s surge sends Romney campaign into reboot mode

Staggered by Rick Santorum‘s surge, Mitt Romney is trying to reset his presidential campaign by defining himself as a strict conservative. The former Massachusetts governor had focused on his business credentials and played down his ideology, four years after he failed in his attempt to win the GOP nomination by running as a social conservative. “I was a severely conservative Republican governor,” Romney told the Conservative Political Action Committee‘s annual gathering Friday. It was a speech that, advisers said, Romney viewed as an important chance to speak directly to the conservatives who rejected him in three contests last Tuesday. He
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Can Romney regain his momentum in Maine?

Maine’s Republican presidential caucuses look like a two-man race between Mitt Romney, the party’s current front-runner, and libertarian Ron Paul in a small-state contest that has taken on new importance for Romney after his losses in three states this week. Voting in dozens of local caucuses across Maine’s 16 counties has been going on since late January. Results of a non-binding straw poll will be released by the state Republican Party around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Among the Republican contenders seeking to take on Democratic President Barack Obama in the November general election, only Romney, the former governor of nearby
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