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Tea Party zeros in on GOP Senate primaries

Sarah Palin is mounting an aggressive campaign in Missouri — in television and radio ads, in automated telephone calls, even serving barbecued pork sandwiches at a rural political picnic. She’s urging residents to vote for Sarah — Sarah Steelman, one of three Republicans in a prickly U.S. Senate primary. Fresh off a resounding Republican runoff victory by Ted Cruz in Texas, Palin and the tea party movement now are trying to capitalize in primaries this month in Missouri, Wisconsin and Arizona. But they may pose a more difficult test than in Texas, where the charismatic Cruz waged an outsider’s campaign
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Obama looking for much-needed campaign cash from Hollywood liberals

Three days after Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood issued a high-profile endorsement of Republican Mitt Romney for President, incumbent President Barack Obama is gathering a set of Hollywood liberals in Connecticut for his own star-power fundraiser. A big-bucks fundraiser at the home of film mogul Harvey Weinstein, co-hosted by Ann Hathaway, Joanne Woodward and Aaron Sorkin, is expected to help Obama boost his campaign cash.  The President has lagged behind Romney in raising cash. Eastwood endorsed Romney last week. Related articles Go ahead, elect my Mitt: Clint Eastwood endorses Romney Clint Eastwood Backs Mitt Romney for President Clint Eastwood Makes Mitt
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Republicans on Harry Reid: ‘He’s a dirty liar’

Top Republicans on Sunday accused Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of lying by passing along an anonymous claim that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney hasn’t paid taxes for 10 years. Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus called Reid a “dirty liar.” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said, “I think he’s lying about his statement of knowing something about Romney” and he contended Reid was “making things up to divert the campaign away from the real issues.” Reid’s spokesman, Adam Jentleson, contended that Republicans were trying to cover up for Romney and the aide repeated the Nevada senator’s claims that the source about
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Go ahead, elect my Mitt: Clint Eastwood endorses Romney

Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood endorsed Gov. Mitt Romney for President Friday during a fundraiser in Sun Valley, Idaho. “Now more than ever do we need Gov. Romney,” Eastwood told supporters attending the function.  “I’m going to be voting for him.” “He must made my day,” Romney said, borrowing a line from one of Eastwood’s “Dirty Harry” movies.  “What a guy.” The 82-year-old Eastwood said Eastwood would restore a “decent tax system” to the nation “so that there’s a fairness and people are not pitted against one another as who’s paying taxes and who isn’t.” While Hollywood’s more liberal establishment usually
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Tennessee Democrats disavow gay-bashing Senate primary winner

The Tennessee Democratic Party says it wants nothing to do with a gay-bashing candidate who won the party’s nomination for Senate in Thursday’s primary. Mark Clayton beat out six other potential nominees for the right to face popular Republican Sen. Bob Corker.  His 48,000 vote total was more than double the second place finisher. But Clayton is vice president of Public Advocate of the United States, an active anti-gay hate group and that is enough for the Democratic party to disavow him in the general election. In a statement Friday, the party said it not allow Clayton to use any
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Democrats, Republicans dislike their own Presidential candidates

Many Democrats and Republicans have one thing in common this Presidential election year. Members of both parties wish they had someone else on the top of the ticket on Election Day. Democratic and Republican political strategists tell Capitol Hill Blue that dissatisfaction runs high on both sides fo the political fence.  Both the right and the left feel their candidate is too middle-of-the-road for their tastes. “On most any day, I hear a Demcorat wishing Hillary Clinton had knocked Obama off in the 2008 primaries,” says one Democratic pro, who asked not to be identified.  “Many Democrats feel the party
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America’s do-nothing Congress skips town with critical work unfinished

Congress packed up and left town Thursday, starting a five-week recess that comes after a year of few accomplishments and lots of partisan gridlock. Oops. Our mistake.  The inhabitants of Capitol Hill call the annual August break “district work periods,” a piece of spin designed to give the impression that lawmakers are back home taking care of business. The only real business on either Democratic or Republican agendas for this August is the job of attending the every-four-year excess called the party nomination conventions.  Both will be tightly-scripted public anointments of the candidates: incumbent President Barack Obama on the left
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Tea Party message to Romney: Get thee to the rabid right or else

The Tea Party is mouthing off again, re-energized by a victory in the Texas GOP Senate primary, and warning Mitt Romney to move to the right or else. Tea Party-backed candidate Ted Cruz knocked off the Republican establishment candidate in Texas Tuesday and the faux populist movement that is actually funded by rabid right-wing billionaires is predicting success in forcing America back into the dark ages of overreaching conservatism. Newly-elected Tea Party candidates “are doing to force Romney to the right,” crows Andrea Shell, a spokeswoman for the Freedom Work, the Koch brothers-backed organization that created the Tea Party and
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Cruz’s victory increases chances of no-compromise government gridlock

The easy victory of Houston lawyer Ted Cruz in the Republican U.S. Senate runoff in Texas shows the tea party movement remains a potent force in American politics. It also highlights an anti-establishment frustration among voters, especially grass-roots conservative activists, which could influence national elections in November. Cruz, a tea party favorite, defeated Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst by 13 points Tuesday, even though most of the Texas GOP establishment — including Gov. Rick Perry — backed Dewhurst. Cruz, 41, a former state solicitor general and son of a Cuban immigrant father, faces Democratic state Rep. Paul Sadler in November’s general
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Obama, Romney carpet bomb key states with economic propaganda

Pressing their economic arguments, President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney are campaigning in three of the most tightly contested states, looking to build enthusiasm with a public otherwise preoccupied with vacations, the Olympics and the sweltering August heat. Obama was traveling to Florida and Virginia on Thursday, continuing to draw attention to a Romney tax plan that the president says would force middle-income taxpayers to pay more while giving a tax cut to the wealthy. Romney was headed to Colorado, where he was to appear with 10 Republican governors, some mentioned as potential running mates, at an event near
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