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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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Romney scores big in debate while challengers flounder

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney delivered another strong debate performance Wednesday night but it was overshadowed by the continued flubs and problems by his fading rivals. With Herman Cain increasingly on the defensive over past sexual harassment allegations and another “gotcha” moment by Rick Perry when he couldn’t remember one of his own campaign promises, Romney could have cruised. But he hammered home his points with confidence and style and left his challengers in their own fog of controversy and mistakes. Perry repeatedly stumbled over the name of a third agency of government that he promised to “do away with.” 
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Cain accuser filed discrimination complaint at next job

One of Herman Cain‘s victims of alleged sexual harassment also claimed “unfair treatment” at her next job after leaving the National Restaurant Association, the Associated Press is reporting. Karen Kraushaar did not claim sexual harassment while working as a spokesman for the Immigration and Naturalization Service but did file a complaint because she was not allowed to work at home after a car wreck.  The complaint included a claim that a INS manager circulated a sexual email. Kraushaar told the AP that she consider the complaint “minor” and later dropped it. The revelation, however, will bring more accusations form the
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Second victim goes public as Cain remains in denial

A second former employee of the National Restaurant Association went public today, confirming sexual harassment by GOP presidential contender Herman Cain when he served as head of the trade association in the 1990s. Karen Kraushaar, now a spokeswoman for the Treasury Department, worked in the communications department and said she was a victim of Cain’s sexual harassment. “When you are being sexually harassed in the workplace, your are extremely vulnerable,” Kraushaar said in an interview with The New York Times.  You do whatever you can to quickly get yourself into a job some place safe and that is what I
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Cain attempts to smear reputation of accuser

GOP Presidential contender Herman Cain, his campaign stalled by mounting allegations of sexual harassment, turned to an old political ploy Tuesday — attacking his accuser with smears and charges that she is a chronic lawsuit filer with a history of financial problems. “The fact is that Ms. Bialek has had a long and troubled history, from the courts to personal finances – which may help explain why she has come forward 14 years after an alleged incident with Mr. Cain, powered by celebrity attorney and long term Democrat donor Gloria Allred,” the Cain campaign said today in an email to
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Bachmann: Republicans are socialists too

GOP Presidential contender Michelle Bachmann, and the tea party that holds her so dear, have long maintained that President Barack Obama and the Democratic party are socialists. But Bachmann also thinks the socialist menace also runs in her own Republican party. Said Bachmann Monday at a speech to the Family Research Council in Washington: Unfortunately for too many Republicans, they also aspire to be frugal socialists. We cannot preserve liberty if the choice is between a frugal socialist and an out-of-control socialist. Her comments brought guffaws from some GOP political operatives. “It’s too late to say Bachmann has gone over
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