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Santorum: Aspirin? We don’t need no stinkin’ aspirin

Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum is distancing himself from a high-profile supporter’s comments about contraception. The main donor behind Santorum’s “super PAC,” Foster Friess (freeze), said on MSNBC on Thursday that aspirin used to be an acceptable method for contraception. Friess said that “gals,” in his words, “put it between their knees, and it wasn’t that costly.” He followed the comment with laughter. Santorum, a devout Catholic, has said he opposes contraception. But he’s calling Friess’ comment a “stupid joke.” And he says he’s not responsible for everything his supporters say. Speaking to reporters after a speech in Michigan, Santorum
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Congress set to vote on payroll tax cut extension

Congress is getting ready to vote on extending a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and jobless benefits for people out of work the longest, a showdown that many legislators hope will finally end a standoff that has dominated Washington since the fall. Lawmakers were expecting the House and Senate to vote Friday on the $143 billion package, which also would forestall deep cuts in Medicare reimbursements to doctors. The tax cuts, jobless coverage and higher doctors’ payments would all run through 2012. Passage seemed virtually assured in the House and likely in the Senate, though questions about its
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Can Romney survive a loss in Michigan?

On paper, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shouldn’t need to break a sweat to win the Feb. 28 Michigan primary. He won the state easily in 2008. He’s the native son of a legendary governor and part of a famous automotive power. But polls show Romney trailing a surging Rick Santorum by as much as 15 percent.  Coming off a political trifecta last week, Santroum heads into Michigan as the news frontrunner not only in the state but nationally. So Romney is pulling out the stops, setting aside more than $1.2 million in broadcast air time and unleashing the same
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Is Rick Santorum a real alternative to Mitt Romney?

For months, right-wing Republicans have searched for a lasting”alternative” to frontrunner Mitt Romney. Flash-in-the-pan pretenders came and went: Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, et. al.  For a while it looked like former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich would seize the mantle but that prospect scared the hell out of most Republicans and he has faded, once again, into political obscurity. Now the part of the elephant appears to have a new — perhaps lasting — alternative: Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, an extreme right-winger that scares even some of the party’s most fervent conservatives. In most national polls,
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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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