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Ron Paul: God wants small government and no Fed

In Ron Paul‘s view of the world, God wants limited government and elimination of the Federal Reserve. That’s right.  The twice-failed Presidential candidate — once as a Libertarian and later as a Republican — says he finds his anti-government beliefs rooted in scripture, not politics. While some might find it a stretch to see God as a strict Constitutionalist, Paul finds a way to link most of his beliefs to his Christian faith. “Ron Paul is, first and foremost, a right-wing religious zealot,” a long-time GOP political consultant tells Capitol Hill Blue.  “That is key to his hardcore, almost cult-like
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Rick Perry’s homophobic ad generates dissension, not support

Texas Governor Rick Perry wants to jump start his stalled campaign for the GOP presidential nomination and is turning to outright homophobia and religious extremism in a last-ditch effort to do so. His latest television ad is a display of anti-gay sentiment and overt religious zealotry that Perry hoped would appeal to the core of the GOP.  Instead it’s creating a backlash even among the extreme right wing. In the ad, Perry stands before the camera and says: I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian, but you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know
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Presidential election trauma: Who do you dislike least?

Voters heading in 2012 face a serious dilemma: Which Presidential contender among a long list of flawed candidates do you dislike the least? Poll after poll shows a lack of real passion by a majority of voters on both sides of the political divide.  Democrats accept the fact — many of the grudgingly — that President Barack Obama is their incumbent and must be supported but the passion and enthusiasm that propelled him into office in 2008 is gone, replaced by fatalism. “Sadly, we don’t have a candidate that can generate buzz or passion,” a longtime GOP political operative admitted
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Obama: Pass Social Security tax cut or don’t go home for Christmas

President Barack Obama, under fire for some of  his own vacations, threatened Thursday to delay the end of the year vacation for Congress is they don’t extend Social Security payroll tax cuts. Obama said he would keep Congress in session “for as long as it takes.” “The President feels Congress cannot go home with unfinished business,” a White House aide told Capitol Hill Blue Thursday. Ironically, both sides support extending the tax cut but Republicans want to pack the bill with unrelated issues and Obama is threatening to veto any bill that isn’t clean. The veto threat makes some Republicans
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When Trump is a player, politics has entered the Twilight Zone

Once again, publicity hound Donald Trump has turned the Republican presidential primary race into a freak show. And, for reasons that defy logic and political sense, some of the wannabes seeking the GOP nod, are going along with the Donald’s circus. Even after his publicity-driven flirt with a Presidential run came to a close, Trump continues to command the spotlight. Some GOP candidates disgraced themselves with high-profile meetings with the real estate magnate and reality show host, apparently suffering from some drug-induced illusion that a nod from Trump is somehow worth seeking. Now Trump is hosting a “debate” in Iowa,
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Occupy Wall Street comes to Capitol Hill

Occupy Wall Street activists brought their cause to Capitol Hill Tuesday, invading Senate and House offices and prompting the arrest of at least one protestor. Capitol Police arrested a protestor in the office of Tea Party Republican Vicky Martzler (R-MO) on a charge of illegal entry but police reported office sit-ins at other offices, saying “we’ve been monitoring activity all over the Hill. Other targets included Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). “We respect their right to voice their opinions,” a spokesman for Boehner told Capitol Hill Blue.  “The Speaker understand the American people
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Gallup: Gingrich surges, Romney fades, Paul drops

The latest Gallup daily track poll shows former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich surging further ahead of previous frontrunner Mitt Romney while Ron Paul fades to a distant third and into a virtual tie with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Gingrich has 37 percent in the nationwide poll and Romney 15 points behind at 22 percent.  Paul slips badly, down to eight percent while Perry has seven percent and Bachmann six. “At the moment, we’re looking at a two-man race,” a veteran GOP political operative told Capitol Hill Blue Tuesday. “That could change after Iowa
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Can Newt sink Romney’s political ship?

The Good Ship Romney’s once-smooth cruise towards the GOP Presidential nomination has sprung a leak, probably from a land mine named Newt Gingrich. With Gingrich continuing to surge in polls, Romney faces a dilemma — how to sink the attack sub Newt without alienating the GOP voters he needs to win the nomination. Gingrich has a solid lead in Iowa, is closing in New Hampshire, and could upset the Romney campaign in critical South Carolina. Meanwhile, the Obama White House sits back and watches the GOP political circus with glee, knowing Gingrich will be a lot easier to beat in
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Gingrich gains from Cain’s withdrawal

With Herman Cain out of the GOP Presidential sweepstakes, Newt Gingrich benefits most. Republican conservatives who saw Cain as a viable alternative to the more moderate Mitt Romney are likely to turn to Gingrich — at least for the time being and until something more palatable comes along. Still, Gingrich carries a lot of baggage that that causes heartburn for the “family values” right-wing of the GOP.  The thrice-married former Speaker of the House moved from wife to wife after adulterous affairs.  His lavish lifestyle doesn’t sit well with some and his habit of shifting positions worries others. “Newt Gingrich
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Cain throws in the towel

Like Richard Nixon in the final days of his doomed Presidency, Republican presidential challenger Herman Cain tried to ignore he obvious. Sources close to the Cain campaign tell Capitol Hill Blue that even those closest to the candidate didn’t know until the last minute Saturday if he would abandon his campaign or not. But, dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct and 13 years of cheating of his wife, Cain reluctantly accepted the truth:  His campaign for President was over. “As of today, with a lot of prayer and soul searching, I am suspended my presidential campaign,” Cain said in an
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