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Romney’s former opponents rewrite history in real time

Remember Newt Gingrich calling Mitt Romney a liar? Michele Bachmann saying Romney’s unelectable? Rick Santorum calling Romney “the worst Republican in the country” to run against Obama? They’re hoping you don’t. And acting like it never happened (even though most of their words are just clicks away online.) One by one — with the exception of holdout Ron Paul — the GOP also-rans have coughed up endorsements of their onetime rival. And as they do, they’re pulling rhetorical backflips to distance themselves from their former harsh assessments of Romney. Don’t try this at home, folks. It takes a professional politician
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Republicans target popular deductions in tax overhaul plan

It has been nearly 20 years since President George H.W. Bush lost his bid for re-election after making a “no new taxes” pledge, and then agreeing to raise taxes. Since then, Republicans have not touched hundreds of tax breaks in tax laws, fearing that doing so could be called a tax hike. That could be changing. They’re not advertising it, but Republicans in Congress, along with a few Democrats, are exploring the idea of limiting or ending some of Americans’ most sacred tax breaks. They include deductions on contributions to 401(k) retirement accounts and possibly those on home mortgage interest,
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GOP leaning super PAC hopes to lure young voters away from Obama

President Barack Obama counted on the support of younger voters four years ago. Now, a new Republican-leaning “super” political committee wants to bring them to the GOP‘s side. Crossroads Generation, a new super PAC formed with the help of a handful of established GOP groups, is tapping into the economic frustrations of under-30 voters facing dim job prospects, crippling student loans or the prospect of having to move back home with their parents. Starting Monday, the PAC is launching a $50,000 social media ad campaign targeting younger voters in eight swing states, including Ohio and Virginia. Their ultimate goal: woo
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Congress uses legislative sleight-of-hand to hurt opponents, not help nation

Congress is producing little this election year that will become law, yet both parties are churning out bills designed to make the other side look bad. Take a look at separate measures that would protect women from violence, keep student loan rates low and build roads and bridges. Each is a widely shared goal and seemingly easy to enact. But the proposals are caught in pitched battles, each party adding language that infuriates the other. As a result, the Democratic-led Senate and Republican-run House are writing legislation that dies right away or is assured of going nowhere in the other
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Using music and images to make a political statement

Political protest and statement can come in many forms and activists have long used music to spread a message, be it “Give Peace a Chance” by John Lennon, “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie, “Draft Dodger Rag” by Phil Ochs or “We Shall Overcome,” the anthem of civil rights. Here at Capitol Hill Blue, we constantly look for new ways to spread news and information. Publisher Doug Thompson and his wife added documentary film making to their arsenal of communication tools several years ago and have produced a number of award-winning short films on topics ranging from bluegrass
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Mixing bluegrass music and politics

When politicians come to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia they had better know how to shake a leg on the dance floor as well as pick and grin. A mandatory stop for all candidates seeking office is the Friday Night Jamboree, a weekly bluegrass music gathering in the small, one-stoplight town of Floyd. Mark Warner visited the Jamboree frequently and also held town meetings at the Floyd Country Store while serving as governor of Virginia.  His first statewide tour when he ran for the U.S. Senate included a stop at the Friday night Jamboree and he brought former
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Frustrated voter: ‘I’ll bust your nose’

Meet Elmer Underwood. He’s a farmer in Indian Valley, a rural mountain community in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia. Speaking at a public hearing on proposed wind turbines in Floyd County, Virginia, Underwood let the board of supervisors know just how he felt about the government coming onto his land to impose its will. It’s not the first time Underwood has told off county officials.  At a hearing on a proposed tax increase two years ago Underwood told supervisors that “I have truck outside with five rails, tar and feathers and I think I know how to put
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Saving America: Here’s a solution, with strings attached

Wanna save America? Forget about abolishing the Fed. Forget about dismantling the Department of Education and all those other pesky government agencies that want to control our hearts and minds. That’s not the solution. Capitol Hill Blue found the solution on a recent Saturday night in the tiny Blue Ridge Mountain hamlet of Floyd, Virginia.  The truth was out there, just waiting to be issued from the stage of a country store that hosts a weekly music event called The Friday Night Jamboree and a once-a-month Internet radio show that is sort of the Prairie Home Companion meets Hee Haw.
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Government spying on Americans increased under Obama’s watch

During his campaign for President in 2008, President Barack Obama promised to put an end to government spying on Americans and other abuses of freedom that grew into a national epidemic after the terrorist attacks on September 2011. Instead, government surveillance of Americans has increased dramatically under Obama’s watch while freedom and individual rights have been stripped away under a barrage of increased scrutiny. An investigation by Capitol Hill Blue into erosion of freedom and individual rights in America has found: –The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s use of “National Security Letters” to peek into the private lives of Americans has increased dramatically
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Obama’s gay marriage endorsement could help Romney

President Barack Obama’s sweeping endorsement of gay marriage is already sending shockwaves through America with both sides lining up to take advantage of an issue that will redefine the Presidential campaign. Obama’s backing of  legal marriages between adults of the same sex moves social issues to the forefront and creates a clear difference between the incumbent President and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney. “This campaign may well become a referendum on where Americans stand on the issue of gay marriage,” campaign strategist Pat Rawlings told Capitol Hill Blue Wednesday.  “It’s a gutsy move by a President who normally tries to
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