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Perry ready to quit but Bachmann may prolong the misery

Texas Governor Rick Perry left Iowa after a disappointing fifth place finish in the GOP caucuses Tuesday night and headed not to the next primary contest in New Hampshire but home to Texas to “assess” his failing campaign for President. Perry told his dwindling cadre of followers that he needs to “determine whether there is a path forward.” “There is no path forward,” a disheartened strategist for Perry told Capitol Hill Blue. “It’s over.” With just 10 percent of the Iowa vote, the former frontrunner faces a dearth of contributions as donors look for winners. “With a little prayer and
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Truth is a stranger to Ron Paul, Rick Santorum

Both Ron Paul and Rick Santorum took a vacation from the truth during news talk shows over the weekend heading into the Iowa caucuses. FactCheck.Org, which looks at statements by political candidates and materials published on web sites, says both candidates strayed from the truth when talking about Iran. Said FactCheck:   On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Rep. Ron Paul falsely claimed the International Atomic Energy Agency “did not find any evidence” that Iran is “on the verge of a [nuclear] weapon.” However, the IAEA reported on Nov. 8 that Iran has carried out activities “relevant to the development
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With one day left, Iowa contest is wide open

With a day to go before the Iowa caucuses, the only thing that anyone can say for sure that will happen is that anything can happen. Mitt Romney, never considered strong in Iowa, is leading the latest polls by a slight margin over  Ron Paul but Rick Santorum is surging and threatening to capture at least second if not an upset win. Paul, under constant attack for his foreign policy views and unanswered questions about his role in the racist-tinged newsletters that bore his name in the 1980s and 1990s, appears to be fading in the stretch. “The increased media scrutiny
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Ron Paul changes his newsletter story again

Texas Congressman and perennial Presidential contender Ron Paul changed his story again on his involvement with the controversial newsletters bearing his name published in the 1980s and 90s, telling a radio caller Thursday that, yes, he did write a “certain portion” of the material. After claiming he “didn’t write them” and “didn’t see them” before walking off a CNN interview a week ago, Paul took another turn in his history of changing stories and told a caller on WHO-AM radio in Iowa: Well, the newsletters were written, you know, a long time ago. And I wrote a certain portion of
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For Ron Paul, everything old is new again

Ron Paul got a free pass from the media as long as he was a backbencher with a fringe following but when he surged in the Iowa polls, the press woke up and took a closer look at the history of the Texas Congressman. And the Fourth Estate didn’t like what it found. The problem, Howard Kurtz at The Daily Beast reports, is that the story was there all along.  All it took was somebody to take more than a cursory look at Paul’s background. Writes Kurtz: The explosive material that is fueling the negative coverage of Ron Paul, from
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Romney takes slim lead over Paul in new Iowa poll; Santorum surges

A new CNN/Time poll for Iowa is good news for Mitt Romney, great news for Rick Santorum, fair news for Ron Paul and a disaster for the plummeting Newt Gingrich. Romney has moved into a three point lead over Paul — 25 to 22 percent — which is a statistical tie when the margin of error is factored.  Santorum jumps to third with 16 percent and Gingrich continues his free-fall to 14 percent. An early December poll showed Gingrich leading Romney 33 to 20 percent, Paul in third at 17 percent and Santorum well off the political radar at 5
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Obama to sneak debt limit hike through while Congress is gone

Using a loophole in the budget agreement reached back in August, President Barack Obama hopes to sneak an increase in the debt ceiling through while Congress is out on recess and can’t vote to stop it. The deal reached back in August to avert a government shutdown allows the President to automatically raise the debt limit cap unless Congress votes to to block it within 15 days of the hike. White House sources tell Capitol Hill Blue that Obama will set a hike by the end of the week and with Congress not due back from the holiday recess until
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The Republican primaries: Much ado about nobodies

The “official” Republican presidential primary season begins in a week with the Iowa caucuses.  Then we get down to real voting in New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida and so on. And for what?  To determine which loser running under the Republican banner wins the dubious right to go up against another loser — current President Barack Obama — in November 2012. When we at Capitol Hill Blue look over the crop of candidates vying for the title we gotta wonder: “Where did they find these folks?” Looking at the list of dismal choices, the mind boggles.  This is the best
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As a Congressman, Ron Paul’s record is lackluster at best

Ron Paul sponsored 620 bills as a Congressman from Texas. One became law — H.R. 2121, which authorized sale of the old U.S. Customs House in Galveston, Tex. Most of his bills never go anywhere. Many never even get a co-sponsor. Only four ever made it to the House floor for a vote. Only one passed — the courthouse sale. As a Congressman, he failed to move legislation. According to The Washington Post, 47 bills Paul introduced in the current Congress went nowhere.  One would have forced the U.S. to withdraw from the United Nations.  Another sought to repeal the
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The hypocrisy of Ron Paul and his supporters

The rabid supporters of twice unsuccessful Presidential candidate Ron Paul claim their candidate is different from the others but when he comes under attack for using his foundations to further his political career, they chime in with a defense that claims other candidates do the same thing. In the end, the partisan supporters of the Texas Congressman who is sometimes a Libertarian, sometimes a Republican and always a conspiracy-touting extremist are no different than the die-hard backers of former presidents George W. Bush or Bill Clinton. “It is kind of funny that the standard defense of Ron Paul using his
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