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Racist anti-Obama bumper sticker sparks debate, disappears from web site selling it

A racist anti-Obama bumper sticker that triggered a contentious debate on Facebook has been pulled from the web site of the company that sold and promoted the item, Capitol Hill Blue learned Saturday. Stumpy’s Stickers, which redirects to another web site, removed the “Don’t Re-Nig” sticker from its web site late Friday and a web site connected with the sticker, Dontre-nig.com, was shut down by its web hosting provider for exceeding its bandwidth. The sticker shouts “Don’t Re-Nig in 2012” in large letters, followed by “Stop repeat offenders. Don’t reelect Obama” in smaller type in the next line. Obama’s campaign
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Santorum: Illinois can ‘shake up’ GOP race

Playing for another upset, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum urged conservatives Friday to further upend the nominating contest by putting Illinois in his column. Swamped in the state’s ad battle, Santorum told thousands in a Christian high school’s gymnasium that they can “shake up this race like no state can shake it up.” The former Pennsylvania senator appealed to social and tea party conservatives to take out their frustration in a place where the Republican Party has had a poor track record and tilts toward the moderate. “No one is expecting us to do well here in Illinois,” he said.
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Army identifies suspect in Afghan massacre

The U.S. Army identified the soldier implicated in the massacre of 16 villagers in Afghanistan this week as Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, and said he arrived on Friday at a Kansas base where he will be held in a solitary cell. Bales, a four-tour veteran, is suspected of walking off his base in southern Afghanistan on Sunday and gunning down the 16 civilians, including nine children and three women, in a massacre that sent American-Afghan relations into a tailspin. “The Army confirms that Staff Sergeant Robert Bales was transferred to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Bales is being held in pre-trial confinement,”
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Gingrich vows to ‘probably’ stay in the Presidential race.

When it comes to getting out the race for the GOP Presidential nomination, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has a simple message for all: Hell no, he won’t go. But now Gingrich appears to be hedging his bets, saying there is “probably” no circumstances that will cause him to withdraw from the race before the party’s convention in Tampa in August. “I’ll be with you in Tampa,” Gingrich said Friday in CBS’s “This Morning” show. “Gingrich is caught in a situation where he can’t, at the moment, withdraw gracefully and his ego won’t let him quit,’ a long-time
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Mangling the facts on the campaign trail

Rick Santorum says oil drillers in the Gulf of Mexico are being slammed by “worse and worse and worse” delays in getting federal approval even as gas prices go through the roof. Actually, the wait for permits is getting better and better. Newt Gingrich boasts that small donors are powering his Republican presidential campaign. In reality, one deep-pocketed financial angel and other big money people have been doing loads of heavy lifting, too. The claims of the Republican presidential rivals are not getting the exposure they once did, ever since the crackling series of debates drew to a close. But
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Newt Gingrich’s delusional view of himself and America

Fading Republican Presidential contender Newt Gingrich just can’t understand why the media, the voters and his GOP counterparts can’t “comprehend” his “big ideas” for America. With his fundraising drying up, virtually no endorsements from the GOP establishment he once represented as Speaker of the House and nothing left but his massive ego, Gingrich continues to compare himself to Ronald Reagan and clings to the claim he is in the race until the convention in Tampa this summer. Speaking at a Lincoln Day Dinner in Palatine, Illinois, Gingrich said: The thing I find most disheartening of this campaign is the difficulty
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From now on, it’s a Romney – Santorum fight for GOP nod

The plodding Republican presidential nomination fight is grinding forward toward Puerto Rico — and a two-man race, with Rick Santorum ascendant and Mitt Romney vanquished in the Deep South. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the former Georgia lawmaker whose Southern strategy stalled, was all but relegated to an asterisk in the contest even as he vowed to stay in it. “Now is the time to pull together,” Santorum declared to conservatives in Lafayette, La., after winning Tuesday’s primaries in Alabama and Mississippi, urging the party’s faithful to unite behind him to beat Romney. “We are campaigning everywhere there are delegates
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Southern sweep for Santorum

A resurgent Rick Santorum swept primaries in Alabama and Mississippi Tuesday night, upending the race for the Republican presidential nomination yet again and nudging Newt Gingrich toward the sidelines. Mitt Romney was running third in both states. “We did it again,” Santorum told cheering supporters in Lafayette, La. He added, “Now is the time for conservatives to pull together” in an effort to defeat Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who still is the faraway leader in the delegate competition to pick an opponent to President Barack Obama in the fall. In defeat, Romney issued a brief written statement congratulating the
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So much for Newt’s Southern strategy

Newt Gingrich saw his presidential hopes all but dashed Tuesday in the Deep South, where he was rejected by voters in the very region that launched his storied political career more than three decades ago. The former House speaker placed second behind rival Rick Santorum in primaries in Mississippi and Alabama after banking his candidacy an all-Southern strategy that never fully bore fruit. Santorum’s victories in states home to the Republican Party’s most conservative voters all but ensures a head-to-head contest between front-runner Mitt Romney and the former Pennsylvania senator in upcoming contests. Addressing supporters in a hotel ballroom in
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A three-way split for delegates from Tuesday’s primaries

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum picked up at least 29 delegates Tuesday after winning the Alabama and Mississippi Republican presidential primaries. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich added at least 24 delegates and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney got at least 22. Texas Rep. Ron Paul was being shut out. A total of 107 delegates were at stake Tuesday in Mississippi, Alabama, Hawaii and American Samoa, and 32 were still left to be allocated. The breakdown: ___ Mississippi Delegates at stake: 37 Romney: 12 Santorum: 13 Gingrich:12 Paul: 0 ___ Alabama Delegates at stake: 47 Romney: 10 Santorum: 16 Gingrich: 12
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