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Perry’s Bernanke slam sparks Republican ire

Didn’t take long for Texas Gov. and GOP Presidential wannabe Rick Perry to get into trouble with even the right-wing of the Republican Party with his shoot-from-the-lip style of attack politics. Conservative leaders of the GOP aren’t happy with Perry’s claim that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is “treasonous.” “If this guy prints more money between now and the election,” Perry said in Iowa. “I dunno what y’all would do to him in Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous…err…treasonous
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GOP effort to recall Democrats fails in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Republicans failed Tuesday to oust two Democratic state senators, ending a series of recall efforts by both sides that left Democrats with a 2-0 edge in the political game of one-up-man-ship triggered by the tense battle over collective bargaining rights for public employees. Even with their two wins in an earlier recall effort seeking to oust enough Republicans to take control of the state senate, Democrats fell one seat short of achieving their goal. So both sides claimed victory following the last of the elections Tuesday. “This was a political Rorschach test in that anyone can read anything into
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Bachmann can’t even get Elvis Presley’s birthday right

Republican Presidential wannabe Michelle Bachmann wished Elvis Presley happy birthday yesterday. Only one problem. Tuesday wasn’t the birthday of The King.  It was the anniversary of his death. Every day she opens her mouth, Michelle Bachmann showcases her ignorance. In Spartanburg, South Carolina Tuesday morning Bachmann said “before we get started, let’s all say, ‘Happy Birthday to Elvis Presley’ today.  Happy Birthday!  You can’t do better than Elvis Presley and we thought we’d celebrate his birthday as we got started celebrating our ‘Take Our Country Back’ Tour.” Presley was born on January 8, 1935.  He died on August 16, 1977.
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Ron Paul just can’t get no respect

Is Ron Paul emerging from the fringe shadows of the GOP to become a serious candidate for President? Some people feel the libertarian firebrand’s time is now. Others say he will fade in the stretch. Paul started strong in 2008 with lots of enthusiasm and strong fundraising, along with strong finishes in some straw polls, but failed to translate that into votes in actual primaries and fell way short of the nomination. Supporters now point to his second place finish in Saturday’s Iowa straw poll as an indication that Paul is ready for prime time. A straw poll, however, is
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Bad Sarah, bad Sarah, whatcha you gonna do?

Sarah Palin just can’t make up her mind. She wants attention. She craves attention. She took a bus tour to Iowa with the sole purpose of getting attention. Yet she says she still hasn’t decided if she will run for President in 2012. That’s because her actions have little to do with actually running for the nation’s top job. It’s all about publicity. Palin craves the public eye. Without it, she’s nothing and with her political star fading faster than the tea party that once embraced her shallow but attention-getting star power, she’s left with little else to do but
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The real Rick Perry: Playing the veteran card

Rick Perry came out swinging after announcing his expected run for the GOP nomination for President.  He kicked off by suggesting veterans don’t respect President Barack Obama as commander in chief. Speaking in Iowa on Sunday night, Perry said “one of the reasons, one of the powerful reasons, that I’m running for the presidency of the United States is to make sure that every young man and woman who puts on the uniform of this country respects highly the president of the United States.” Perry, a veteran, thinks he can play that card against non-veteran Obama. Might work. Might not.
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Obama is a failure but what do Republicans offer?

Gallup’s latest tracking poll shows President Barack Obama‘s public approval rating at 39 percent — the first time he has dropped below 40 percent during his presidency. His negative approval rating? It’s 54 percent, a clear indication that the Obama presidency is in trouble. Poll numbers increasingly show Americans have had it with the former purveyor of hope who has failed to deliver. His numbers are worse than ratings for former President George W. Bush at the same point in the first term. Democrats find it more and more difficult to spin the Obama record for any more that what
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Bachmann’s Iowa win: The tea party’s last gasp?

The tea party’s celebration of Michelle Bachmann‘s victory in the Iowa straw poll Saturday just may be the fading political movement’s last sip of victory. A new poll shows the faux grassroots movement continues to fall out of favor with mainstream America. According to the latest CNN/Opinion Research poll, only 31 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the tea party — a drop of six percent from the previous poll — and 51 percent say they view the group unfavorably. The poll — taken Aug. 5-7 — matches other public opinion surveys that show voters are increasingly fed
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Straw poll broke Pawlenty’s campaign

The Iowa straw poll claimed its first victim Sunday when former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty pulled the plug on his failing campaign for the GOP Presidential nomination. “Obviously the pathway forward for me doesn’t really exist so we are going to end the campaign,” Pawlenty told ABC’s “This Week” Sunday news talk show. “I with it had been different.” Pawlenty based the future of his campaign on a strong showing in Iowa but he came in a disappointing third behind tea party centerfold Michelle Bachmann and perennial Presidential candidate and loser Ron Paul. “I thought I would have made a
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Deficit-cutting mania: ‘Doomsday’ to defense budget?

For the dozen lawmakers given the task of producing a deficit-cutting plan, the threatened “doomsday” defense cuts hit close to home. The six Republicans and six Democrats represent states where the biggest military contractors — Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics Corp., Raytheon Co. and Boeing Co. — build missiles, aircraft, jet fighters and tanks while employing tens of thousands of workers. The potential for $500 billion more in defense cuts could force the Pentagon to cancel or scale back multibillion-dollar weapons programs. That could translate into significant layoffs in a fragile economy, generate millions less in tax revenues for local governments
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