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Screwing the maid screws up the Governator’s legacy

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s political legacy in California already was tenuous. He left the governor’s office after seven years without making good on his central campaign promise to fix the state’s budgeting system, then commuted the manslaughter sentence for the son of a political ally in one of his final official acts, drawing the condemnation of prosecutors and the family of a slain college student. Now he’s revealed to be the father of an out-of-wedlock child, a secret he kept during two gubernatorial terms. No matter his accomplishments in office, Schwarzenegger may be best remembered as yet another philandering politician who got
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Government reaches debt limit

The Treasury Department scrambled Monday to move money around as the US government hits its debt limit, preventing Uncle Sam from borrowing any more money to stay afloat while Congress remains in deadlock over a budget cuts and an extension of the limit.   Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner suspending payment to the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund, giving the government some spending relief until early August. Geithner has warned Congress for month that the day would come when the government’s ability to borrow would end and was ready when the time came Monday but if the deadlock continues the
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Republican discord increases over Medicare changes

A widening split within the GOP is splitting the party apart as it struggles to deal with increasing criticism of the proposed Medicare overhaul plan. Congressman Paul Ryan, architect of the plan that proposes deep cuts in the health care program for seniors, is on the defensive, trying to defend his plan while members of his own party distance themselves from it. Leading the charge against Ryan is Republican presidential hopeful and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who says Ryan’s plan is “radical” and “right-wing social engineering.” Ryan, in a speech to the Economic Club of Chicago, fired
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Trump to self: You’re fired

Reality show host and real estate developer Donald Trump fired himself from the 2012 Presidential sweepstakes but went out with typical bluster — claiming he could win if he ran.   “I will not be running for president as much as I’d like to,” Trump said to a meeting of advertising executives assembled to review NBC’s fall lineup which includes Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” reality show. “Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.” Trump’s flirtation with national politics showcased the desperation of the Republican party as they try to find a
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Tea Party pot has gone cold with Americans

Poll after poll shows the American public fed up with the tea party and its phony claims as a grassroots movement. Support for the party sits at 30 percent or lower and those who see the party in an unfavorable light often top 60 percent. The polls offer little hope for the spate of Republican candidates who see the tea party as crucial to their election chances, including twice-failed Presidential candidate Ron Paul, the Texas Congressman who is often incorrectly cited as the “father of the tea party movement.” The polls suggest that anyone who is identified as close to
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FBI snooping into more citizen’s lives with national security letters

The Federal Bureau of Investigation last year expanded its intrusion into the personal lives of Americans, targeting more than 14,000 with rights-robbing “national security letters” to pry into phone records, financial information and other private data. The agency’s use of these letters, which can be issued without court order or any review, more than doubled in 2010. According to information provided to Congress, the FBI in 2010 issued 24,287 national security letter requests to invade the privacy of 14,212 American citizens. The year before, the agency issued 14,788 requests for letters to target 6,114 citizens. In 2007, the FBI inspector
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Widespread GOP hypocrisy revealed in Ensign affair

The sex and hush-money scandal that brought down former Nev. Senator John Ensign is spreading across the Republican party like a permanent stain, stripping bare the party’s hypocrisy on family values. Caught in the ever-widening scandal is former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, a presidential candidate and tea party favorite who touts family values but tried to bury the Ensign scandal by alerting the Nevada Senator that the husband of his mistress was going public. Santorum is just one of many Republicans named in a blunt and damaging Senate Ethics Committee report that reveals the GOP tried to cover up
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Dennis Kucinich may take his act on the road

Dennis Kucinich — the maverick liberal House Democrat who is an outcast even within his own party — is soon to be a man without a Congressional district. And the only ones shedding tears about this are Kucinich himself and his tiny band of vocal and vociferous followers. The bombastic Congressman, who began his 30-year-career as the “boy Mayor of Cleveland” and then drove the city into bankruptcy, is being redistricted out of of existence in Ohio and says he may move to Washington State to run for re-election. The redistricting slam is just the latest in a series of
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Ron Paul’s racism emerges once again

Twice-failed Presidential wannabe Ron Paul’s racism is never far from the surface and reappeared Friday when he admitted to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that he would not have voted for the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 if he had been in Congress at the time. But Paul has a long and sordid history of hatred towards African-Americans — from his racist rants in his newsletters to his comments that clearly suggest a white supremacist attitude. On June 4, 2004, while other members of Congress honored the 40th anniversary of the historic act, Paul stood on the floor of the House
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Mike Huckabee just says ‘no’ to Presidential run

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee decided to just say “no” to a Presidential run, leaving the right wing of the Republican Party with one less candidate and no clear voice among those remaining. “All the factors say go, but my heart says no,” Huckabee said on his Fox News Channel show Saturday night. Huckabee, a Baptist minister, decided to stick with a lucrative career in television and radio but insisted he could have won if he had decided to run. He joins Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, South Carolina Sen. John Thune and Indiana Congressman Mike Pence as potential candidates who
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