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GOP superdelegates: It’s over and Romney is the nominee

It’s over, and Mitt Romney is going to be the GOP nominee for president. That’s the growing consensus among Republican National Committee members who will automatically attend the party’s national convention this summer and can support any candidate they choose. Even some RNC members who support other candidates begrudgingly say the math doesn’t add up for anyone but the former Massachusetts governor. “I would be surprised if Romney doesn’t get the number he needs,” said Jeff Johnson, an RNC member from Minnesota who supports former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Bob Bennett, an RNC member from Ohio, was more blunt. “Look,
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GOP leaders to Santorum: Get out now if you want a future in party

Top Republican leaders are telling fading GOP Presidential contender Rick Santorum to get out of the race if he wants any future in the party. Capitol Hill Blue has learned that Speaker of the House John Boehner, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell top a list of GOP luminaries who have contacted Santorum and told him he needs to get out of the race now. “The message is clear,” an aide to Boehner says.  “Withdraw gracefully and there might be a place for the Senator in the GOP future.  Stay in the race and he is dead politically.” Santorum has vowed to
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Gingrich’s old think tank files for bankruptcy

The Center for Health Transformation (CHT), a health-care think tank founded by former Speaker of the House and current but failing GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, is going out of business. CHT filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and liquidation this week, listing debt up to $10 million and assets of less than $100,000. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reported the bankruptcy was filed in Atlanta.  CHT has offices in Washington, Atlanta and St. Louis. Gingrich sold his share of the company along with his consulting firm, The Gingrich Group, to CHT on May 10, 2011. “CHT went into debt to buy
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Social Darwinism as a political issue

Social Darwinism, a popular topic in the 19th and early 20th centuries, is making its way into modern American politics. President Barack Obama invoked the theory this week to criticize his likely Republican presidential challenger, Mitt Romney, for embracing a new House GOP budget-slashing plan. Obama argued that the plan was “thinly veiled social Darwinism.” But what exactly does the president mean? And will the theory’s negative historical background be lost on most people? For language expert Kathleen Hall Jamieson, social Darwinism seems like a risky term to use for political ammunition. She says most people are familiar with Charles
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Obama criticizing Marine tests limits of free speech

A Marine facing dismissal for running a Facebook page criticizing the Obama administration is now backed by a team of lawyers and federal congressmen as he fights to stay in the military and test its age-old policy of limiting the free speech of service members. Sgt. Gary Stein will appear before a military board at Camp Pendleton on Thursday to argue his case. The 26-year-old Marine has been rallying for support since he was notified last month that the military was moving to discharge him after determining he was in violation of the Pentagon policy barring service members from engaging
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For Romney, the full focus is now on Obama and November

For all practical purposes, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney captured the Republican nomination for President Tuesday, sweeping primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia and passing the halfway point in securing the delegates needed for nomination. Having dispatched a multitude of on-again, off-again pretenders to the GOP throne, Romney can now turn his attention from opponents of his own party and focus on the increasingly difficult challenge of trying to dispatch an incumbent President who will have more money, better organization and broader appeal than any of the Republicans he vanquished. “Barack Obama will be a tougher opponent
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Santorum’s show playing to mostly empty rooms

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum’s rural road show is running out of gas. The candidate once considered the last remaining serious contender to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the GOP Presidential nomination is playing to nearly empty houses. Campaigning in Wisconsin, where he hopes the rural redneck vote will pull help him upset frontrunner Romney, Santorum speaks to rooms with more empty chairs than potential voters.  A rally Monday in Oshkosh drew less than 100.  He did slightly better in Shawano with just over a hundred and doubled that to about 200 in Menasha. “Santorum’s empty rhetoric is translating
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Romney faces new challenges in battle with Obama

As Mitt Romney looked for a sweep in Tuesday’s three Republican primaries to tighten his grip on the party’s nomination, President Barack Obama criticized the GOP front-runner by name in a campaign ad for the first time, signaling that he too thinks the nomination race is all but over. Regardless of the outcome in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C., Romney was rapidly shifting toward the general election — and the challenges of Obama’s better-financed and better-organized opposition. The president flexed that campaign muscle Monday, suggesting that he’s ready for Romney even if the former Massachusetts governor isn’t quite ready for
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Obama calls Republican tax-cut plans ‘a Trojan horse’

President Barack Obama, seizing on Republican plans to slash deficits that the White House sees as a potent vote winner for Democrats in this year’s election, slammed his opponents on Tuesday to reinforce his claim that they favor the rich. In a week in which Republican Mitt Romney is expected to extend his lead in the race for his party’s nomination to confront Obama in the November 6 election, the president took aim at their recent budget plans to cut spending and taxes. “This congressional Republican budget … it’s a Trojan horse. Disguised as deficit reduction plan, it’s really an
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Santorum: There ‘seems to be a panic’ in GOP establishment

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum says the Republican establishment is in a panic and that’s why they are flocking to support former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the GOP Presidential nomination. Romney has picked up a rash of endorsements in Wisconsin over the past few days, including Rep. Paul Ryan and tea party darling Sen. Ron Johnson.  In addition, another tea-party hotshot — South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint — jumped on the Romney bandwagon. Santorum’s reaction: I think from what you see, there seems to be a panic among the Republican establishment of everybody sort of coming out of the
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