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Bad Sarah, bad Sarah, whatcha you gonna do?

Sarah Palin just can’t make up her mind. She wants attention. She craves attention. She took a bus tour to Iowa with the sole purpose of getting attention. Yet she says she still hasn’t decided if she will run for President in 2012. That’s because her actions have little to do with actually running for the nation’s top job. It’s all about publicity. Palin craves the public eye. Without it, she’s nothing and with her political star fading faster than the tea party that once embraced her shallow but attention-getting star power, she’s left with little else to do but
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The real Rick Perry: Playing the veteran card

Rick Perry came out swinging after announcing his expected run for the GOP nomination for President.  He kicked off by suggesting veterans don’t respect President Barack Obama as commander in chief. Speaking in Iowa on Sunday night, Perry said “one of the reasons, one of the powerful reasons, that I’m running for the presidency of the United States is to make sure that every young man and woman who puts on the uniform of this country respects highly the president of the United States.” Perry, a veteran, thinks he can play that card against non-veteran Obama. Might work. Might not.
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Obama is a failure but what do Republicans offer?

Gallup’s latest tracking poll shows President Barack Obama‘s public approval rating at 39 percent — the first time he has dropped below 40 percent during his presidency. His negative approval rating? It’s 54 percent, a clear indication that the Obama presidency is in trouble. Poll numbers increasingly show Americans have had it with the former purveyor of hope who has failed to deliver. His numbers are worse than ratings for former President George W. Bush at the same point in the first term. Democrats find it more and more difficult to spin the Obama record for any more that what
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Bachmann’s Iowa win: The tea party’s last gasp?

The tea party’s celebration of Michelle Bachmann‘s victory in the Iowa straw poll Saturday just may be the fading political movement’s last sip of victory. A new poll shows the faux grassroots movement continues to fall out of favor with mainstream America. According to the latest CNN/Opinion Research poll, only 31 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the tea party — a drop of six percent from the previous poll — and 51 percent say they view the group unfavorably. The poll — taken Aug. 5-7 — matches other public opinion surveys that show voters are increasingly fed
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Straw poll broke Pawlenty’s campaign

The Iowa straw poll claimed its first victim Sunday when former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty pulled the plug on his failing campaign for the GOP Presidential nomination. “Obviously the pathway forward for me doesn’t really exist so we are going to end the campaign,” Pawlenty told ABC’s “This Week” Sunday news talk show. “I with it had been different.” Pawlenty based the future of his campaign on a strong showing in Iowa but he came in a disappointing third behind tea party centerfold Michelle Bachmann and perennial Presidential candidate and loser Ron Paul. “I thought I would have made a
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Deficit-cutting mania: ‘Doomsday’ to defense budget?

For the dozen lawmakers given the task of producing a deficit-cutting plan, the threatened “doomsday” defense cuts hit close to home. The six Republicans and six Democrats represent states where the biggest military contractors — Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics Corp., Raytheon Co. and Boeing Co. — build missiles, aircraft, jet fighters and tanks while employing tens of thousands of workers. The potential for $500 billion more in defense cuts could force the Pentagon to cancel or scale back multibillion-dollar weapons programs. That could translate into significant layoffs in a fragile economy, generate millions less in tax revenues for local governments
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Bachmann wins Iowa straw poll, but does it mean anything?

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann won a test vote of Iowans on Saturday, a show of popularity and organizational strength for the tea party favorite five months before the state’s caucuses kick off the GOP presidential nominating season. The result is the first indication of what Iowans think of the field of Republicans competing for the chance to challenge President Barack Obama next fall. But it’s hardly predictive of who will win the winter Iowa contest, much less the party nod or the White House. Rather, Saturday’s outcome suggests that Bachmann has a certain level of support and, perhaps even more
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Appeals court strikes down individual mandate in health care law

A federal appeals panel’s ruling striking down the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul moves the question of whether Americans can be required to buy health insurance a step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. A divided three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that Congress overstepped its authority when lawmakers passed the so-called individual mandate, the first such decision by a federal appeals court. It’s a stinging blow to Obama’s signature legislative achievement, as many experts agree the requirement that Americans carry health insurance — or face tax penalties — is the foundation
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Can the deficit-cutting panel actually work?

Having said no to taxes for months, Republicans now are saying maybe, in the face of public disgust over a deadlock in the Congress, a near government default and a worsening global economic crisis. Prompting some hope for a return to fiscal order are the statements and reputations of some of the six Republicans named this week to join with six Democrats on a special committee to end the standoff over the U.S. deficit. In one of his first interviews after being named to the “Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction,” Representative Dave Camp told Reuters, “I don’t want to
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Iowa straw poll provides first test for 2012 wannabes

After months of laying the groundwork, the first test of the Republican presidential candidates‘ viability is finally here. Saturday’s Iowa Straw Poll marks the first time Republican voters weigh in on the GOP presidential field with ballots and comes just as Gov. Rick Perry of Texas was to enter the campaign during a visit to another early nominating state. The nonbinding results in Ames, Iowa, were likely to foreshadow the coming months here in the leadoff state. “The Iowa Straw Poll is the first measurable proving ground for our Republican candidates for president,” Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn
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