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April looks good for Romney, could rain on Santorum’s parade

On paper, April’s primary schedule looks tailor-made for Republican Presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney and he could head into May’s less-friendly string of Southern contests with a virtual lock on the nomination. The odds don’t favor former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. “Santorum is screwed,” an aide told Capitol Hill Blue Thursday. “Without a Romney meltdown we don’t see a winning scenario.” With former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich out of money and scaling back his campaign and Texas Congressman Ron Paul disappearing into the haze of the fringe, Romney appears back on track to be the “inevitable nominee.” Romney continues
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Arkansas high court legalizes teacher sex with students

In Arkansas, teachers can now have sex with students: As long as the students have reached the age of consent. The Arkansas Supreme Court Thursday stuck down the state’s law banning teachers from screwing students under age 21 — overturning a sexual assault conviction against a high school teacher who engaged in a five-month affair with an 18-year-old student at the school. David Paschal was a teacher in the Elkins School District when he began a sexual relationship in 2009 with a senior who had been a student of his in the eighth and 10th grades as well as a
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Obama, flush with cash, outspending Republican rivals

With Republicans locked in a contentious and expensive primary, President Barack Obama has spent a small fortune in recent months to build and maintain a campaign operation that is larger, more diverse and more focused on November’s general election than any of his opponents’ organizations. Republican contenders like Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have surely been watching their expenses during their primary elections: millions here for ad spending, millions there for travel, rallies and consulting fees. What’s left keeps the lights on, the phones ringing and the staff paid. But Obama, who faces no serious challenger for the Democratic nomination,
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Increasingly confident Romney enters mop-up phase

After a three-month struggle, Mitt Romney edged into the mop-up phase of the race for the Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday, buoyed by Newt Gingrich‘s decision to scale back his campaign to the vanishing point and Rick Santorum‘s statement that he would take the No. 2 spot on the party ticket in the fall. Romney campaigned by phone for support in next week’s Wisconsin primary while he shuttled from California to Texas on a fundraising trip, praising Gov. Scott Walker, for “trying to rein in the excesses that have permeated the public services union.” The governor faces a recall election
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Americans unhappy with Obama over gas prices but blame others

In an interesting anomaly, two-thirds of Americans are pissed at President Barack Obama over high gas prices yet most say they don’t blame him for their pain at the pump. A new Reuters/Ipsos online polls shows 68 percent of those who responded disapproving of Obama’s handling of the gas price issue with both Democrats and Republicans saying the President isn’t doing a good job of dealing with the situation but while they feel he should do more they blame oil company greed and other factors.  Thirty-six percent blamed the oil companies and another 26 percent cited “other factors” as responsible
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Gingrich fires third of campaign staff, cuts back on schedule

With his struggling campaign strapped for cash and his failed message failing to resonate with even the GOP fringe, Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich is firing a third of his staff — including his campaign manager — and cutting back on his schedule. Campaign manager Michael Krull is gone, replaced by longtime advisor Vince Haley.  Sources tell Capitol Hill Blue Haley is working for expenses only. “The campaign is broke,” one campaign aide said. “We’re out of money and out of steam.” Gingrich dropped a hint early Tuesday that changes were coming, saying “money is very tight obviously.”  A few
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Supremes zero in Obamacare’s insurance mandate

The heart of the Obama administration‘s health care overhaul hanging in the balance, the Supreme Court is turning to whether the rest of the law can survive if the crucial individual insurance requirement is struck down. The justices also will spend part of Wednesday, the last of three days of arguments over the health law, considering a challenge by 26 states to the expansion of the Medicaid program for low-income Americans, an important feature toward the overall goal of extending health insurance to an additional 30 million people. The first two days of fast-paced and extended arguments have shown that
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Democrats politicize death of Florida teen

Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday blasted police handling of a racially charged case in which a neighborhood watch volunteer shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Florida, accusing local law enforcement officials of botching the investigation. The lawmakers, speaking at a congressional forum attended by the parents of the slain teenager, called for the immediate arrest of 28-year-old George Zimmerman, the white Hispanic who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26 in what Zimmerman said was self-defense. Florida law enforcement officials have faced intense criticism in recent weeks from civil rights activists and others for not arresting Zimmerman, who remains at
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Record number of Americans oppose Afghan war

With soldiers burning Qurans and a deranged Army staff sergeant charged with blowing away 17 Afghan civilians the failing U.S. military effort in Afghanistan has turned into the most unpop0ular American war since Vietnam. A new CBS/New York Times poll shows 69 percent of those surveyed opposed to the war — a record number.  Just 23 percent believe America is “doing the right thing” in the conflict. “Afghanistan is Barack Obama‘s Vietnam,” a disgruntled Democratic consultant told Capitol Hill Blue Monday. “He’s in a no-win situation.” Obama inherited the Afghan war from previous President George W. Bush but chose to
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Supremes plunge into the health care debate

As demonstrations swirled outside, Supreme Court justices signaled on Monday they are ready to confront without delay the keep-or-kill questions at the heart of challenges to President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul. Virtually every American will be affected by the outcome, due this summer in the heat of the election campaign. On the first of three days of arguments — the longest in decades — none of the justices appeared to embrace the contention that it was too soon for a decision. Outside the packed courtroom, marching and singing demonstrators on both sides — including doctors in white coats,
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