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Is Ron Paul skimming from taxpayer, campaign funds?

  Republican White House candidate and champion for smaller government Ron Paul appears to have been reimbursed twice for travel between his congressional district and Washington with both taxpayer and campaign funds, the Roll Call newspaper said on Monday. The libertarian congressman from Texas has staked his presidential campaign on a vow to slash government spending, but allegations that he may have received thousands of dollars in excess payments could taint his image and hurt his campaign for the Republican Party’s nomination to face President Barack Obama in November. Paul’s office was not immediately available to comment. The congressman has
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Scrambling Gingrich tries return to the high road

Newt Gingrich, suddenly in danger of losing his perch as Mitt Romney’s strongest GOP challenger, is fine-tuning his presidential campaign to place more emphasis on raising money, guarding his home turf and trying to avoid nasty quarrels with the front-runner. Rick Santorum’s stunning success in this week’s elections in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri has fueled his claim that he, not Gingrich, is best qualified to rally conservatives who feel Romney is too moderate and unreliable. Gingrich, the former House speaker, again faces a dilemma that has dogged him for much of the election. Should he show his feistier, meaner side
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Gut-wrenching social issues return to forefront of Campaign 2012

This was supposed to be an election where America’s struggling economy takes center stage. Then social issues got in the way. Republican strategists know they can’t win on the economy. “We’re weak on economic issues,” a GOP strategist admitted to Capitol Hill Blue this week. “The modest rebounds we’re seeing right now will most likely increase in the coming months and those improvements will help Obama, not Republicans.” But the Obama administration handed the GOP a gift: A return to the gut-wrenching social issues of abortion, contraception and gay marriage.  The administration’s decision to force insurance for birth control on
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CPAC: Just another phony conservative sideshow

God help us. It’s time for CPAC — the Conservative Political Action Conference — the annual gathering of the rabid right wing in the National Capital Region. CPAC this year comes just as conservatives finally have something to celebrate — former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum‘s sweep of the Tuesday caucuses and — in their minds — a victory for those who see regression as a way of life. CPAC is the creation of David Keene, part of a long-line of political opportunists who see rallying the rabid right as a way to make a quick buck. Keene’s American Conservative Union
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Santorum sweep scrambles GOP primary sweepstakes

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum delivered a three-strike punch against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney‘s claim to the Republican Presidential nomination Tuesday, sweeping caucuses in Minnesota and Colorado and winning a non-binding primary in Missouri. Romney came in second in Colorado and Missouri and fell to third in Minnesota — his lowest finish yet in this fledgling primary season. In wins, Santorum — in one night — became the new GOP frontrunner, capturing four states to date while Romney trails in second with three, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich comes in fourth with one and Texas Congressman Ron
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Is Santorum surging again?

While former Minnesota Gov. Mitt Romney worked to neutralize former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, the other “former” in the race — one time Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum — may be poised to sneak up an grab a victory in at least one of two caucus states on Tuesday. “Santorum is surging again, at least in Minnesota and Colorado,” GOP strategist Sam Goldstein tells Capitol Hill Blue.  “He could pull off a surprise or two.” Indeed. Polls show a close race between Santorum and Paul in the two states while Gingrich and Texas Congressman Ron Paul fade into the
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Halftime in America

Clint Eastwood popped up in a Super Bowl ad at halftime Sunday night — not dispatching bad guys as Dirty Harry or snuffing outlaws in a spaghetti western. Nope, Clint was shilling for Chrysler Corp., talking about jobs, manufacturing and quality — traits some say are lost in this nation. But the ad also spotlighted some other things that are lost in today’s America: Hope, resiliency, belief in ourselves and an ability to bounce back from adversity. Said Clint: This country can’t be knocked out with one punch, we get right back up again and when we do the world
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Romney tops the other GOP losers in Nevada

  As expected, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the Nevada caucuses. As expected, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich finished a distant second but vowed to stay in the race until the bitter end. As expected, Texas Congressman Ron Paul finished an even-more-distant third but his small but ardent band of supporters treated it like a victory. And former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum finished dead last and, as usual, no one knows what to expect from him. Turnout in Nevada was dismal at best and some results are not yet reported but Romney leaves the state with the
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Romney appears headed for another victory in Nevada

GOP Presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney goes into the Nevada caucuses Saturday with as much as a 20 percentage point lead in the polls while former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich lags back in second, Texas Congressman Ron Paul is third and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum brings up the rear. Polls put Romney at 45 percent and Gingrich at 25.  The only question appeared to if Paul, who does well in caucus states, can challenge Gingrich for second. “Romney has three things going for him Nevada,” political scientist Charles Moran tells Capitol Hill Blue.  “He has the money, he
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Newt Gingrich’s latest — and most blatant — hypocrisy

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, the Republican bomb thrower who turned dissension into public policy, now says he is “sick and tired” of candidates who deploy divisive tactics. Now Gingrich says he is the candidate to “unite America.” Say what? “I want to be a President for all Americans,” Gingrich said Wednesday. This from the man who turned the U.S. Congress into a political divide larger than the Grand Canyon.  This from the man who — as Speaker — turned Congress into a backbiting snake pit where compromise became a dirty word and coalitions sank into a swamp
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