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GOP deficit plan: Limit deductions, tax health insurance

Republicans are looking at limiting deductions for mortgage interest, charitable donations and other traditional areas as well as taxing employer-provided health benefits as ways to raise taxes without calling it a tax increase. The plan, floated by Rep. Pat Toomey of the 12-member “super committee” is spurring considerable debate within both committee meetings and the GOP caucuses on Capitol Hill. Some Republicans feel the plan violates the party’s promise to hold the line on taxes but others say it is not a tax increase, per se, but simply a revamping of the current tax code. Still others call it smoke
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Bloomberg: Iowa is a four-man race

With the Iowa caucus just weeks away, the latest poll from Bloomberg News shows the race for the GOP nomination for President is a four-man race and a statistical dead heat. Bloomberg’s latest numbers: Herman Cain — 20 percent; Ron Paul — 19 percent; Mitt Romney — 18 percent; Newt Gingrich — 17 percent. Because the differences fall within the poll’s margin of error, the poll is considered an even split. However, support for all the candidates is shallow at best. Some 60 percent of those polls say their choice could change, given more information.  Ron Paul’s support is the
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Sadly, class is not a prerequisite for the presidency

A commenter on one of Capitol Hill Blue’s recent stories noted that GOP presidential contender Ron Paul has more “class” than another challenger — the constantly whiny Michelle Bachmann. That’s true — and if class had any bearing in presidential elections, Paul would be a frontrunner instead of a second tier contender who has no chance at winning the nomination, much less the presidency. Sadly, class has nothing to do in determining who becomes a party’s nominee or eventually president of this nation. Neither, unfortunately, does competence, honesty, ability or morality. If ability were a determining factor, we would not
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Bialek’s ex-boyfriend confirms her story on Cain’s sexual assault

Sharon Bialek’s former boyfriend stepped forward Monday to confirm her story of an upsetting encounter with GOP presidential encounter Herman Cain in 1997. Victor Zuckerman says Bailek told him then that Cain groped her and wanted sex in exchange for help in finding her a job during a trip to Washington. “Sharon indeed did meet and spend time with Mr. Cain. She said that something had happened and that Mr. Cain had touched her in an inappropriate manner.  I can confirm that when she returned, she was upset,” Zuckerman said in a press conference. Biaek went public after Cain denied
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Bachmann goes ballistic over perceived media slight

Michele Bachmann is apparently unaware that her 15 minutes of presidential contention fame were up long ago. She’s pissed at CBS News because the network — sponsors of Saturday night’s debate in Spartanburg, South Carolina — didn’t feel she was important enough to give extra air time. Alice Stewart, a staffer for Bachmann, who is hovering near the bottom of the polls, offered up her candidate for a post-debate interview.  When the offer reached CBS political director John Dickerson, he wasn’t all that interested. “Okay let’s keep it loose though since she’s not going to get many questions and she’s
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Romney, Gingrich shine in latest GOP debate

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich emerged as clear winners of the latest Republican presidential debate Saturday night while Herman Cain and Rick Perry failed to impress, GOP and Democratic insiders say. A poll of political operatives taken immediately after the debate by The National Journal gives the debate to Romney with Gingrich coming in a strong second. Among Republican political operatives, Romney was the clear winner with half the vote, Gingrich finished second with 30 percent and Perry was a distant third with 13 percent. Democratic political pros gave the debate to
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Romney solidifies lead while challengers falter

Mitt Romney is solidifying his support among Republican voters and is pulling ahead of challenger Herman Cain, according to a new poll. The survey of 461 registered voters by Reuters/Ipsos gives Romney an eight-point lead over Cain while former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has taken over third place from rapidly-falling Texas governor Rick Perry. Cain, dogged by accusations of sexual harassment, is losing support among Republicans and half of those surveyed said they expect Romney to be the nominee even if they don’t support him. “As other candidates falter, Romney’s image comes into relief,” says Ipsos pollster Cliff
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Newt rises from the political ashes

The topsy-turvy GOP presidential sweepstakes took another turn towards the bizarre Friday with a new CBS News poll that shows a three-way race between former Massachusetts Mitt Romney, former businessman Herman Cain…and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Newt Gingrich? That’s right. In a campaign season that has seen GOP frontrunners come and go like smoke rings, Gingrich is — for the first time — in double digits among potential Republican voters one of the three current frontrunners in a volatile race for the right to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012. Gingrich, rising from the ashes after a
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Bachmann likes government spending in her own district

Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann — a frequent critic of government waste and excessive spending — is less critical when that money comes into her Minnesota congressional district. Bachmann, for example, is a staunch supporter of a $690 million bridge project that would connect the 20,000 inhabitants of Stillwater, MN, to a small, unincorporated town in Wisconsin just across the St. Croix River. David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, calls Bachmann’s double-standard the “height of hypocrisy.” In an statement to The Daily Caller, Williams said: As a self-acclaimed fiscally conservative member of Congress you can’t pick and choose which
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Can Congress make a deal on debt-reduction? Maybe, maybe not

Is the Congressional “super committee” charged with crafting a debt-reduction compromise stalled in a partisan mess or are they making progress towards a deal? Depends on who you talk to. Congressional sources tell Capitol Hill Blue that both sides are closing in on a compromise that can find at least $1.2 trillion in budget savings over 10 years but caution that differences between Republicans and Democrats can still derail an agreement by the November 23 deadline. Publicly, both sides take hard stances, giving the impression that any real movement is mired in a mudpit of partisan bickering. After meeting for
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