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Tea Party Activists Reportedly BEGGED Sharron Angle Not To Campaign With John McCain

Sharron Angle’s campaign staff nearly axed a high-profile, last-minute fundraising event featuring Arizona Senator John McCain while he was already in flight to Nevada. Uncovered in a new Politico report that lifts the veil on the true dysfunction of Sharron Angle’s unsuccessful campaign to topple Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, one of Angle’s head campaign advisers apparently mounted the mission to cancel the McCain appearance, despite the crucial timing of the function. From Politico: While McCain was en route to the event, held five days before Election Day, Angle was bombarded with calls from teary tea party activists who begged
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Monday Deadline Day For Chicago’s Mayoral Hopefuls

Monday is the final day for candidates seeking city offices in Chicago to turn in their petitions–and the already long list of mayoral candidates is expected to grow. According to the Chicago Board of Elections, candidates have until 5 p.m. to file their nominating paperwork at 69 W. Washington St. Those looking to replace retiring Mayor Richard Daley need 12,500 signatures to qualify. As of Sunday afternoon, the following candidates have turned in their paperwork: former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, former school board chief Gery Chico, U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, minister
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George Ryan Case: Judge To Decide If Parts Of Ex-Gov’s 2006 Conviction Should Be Tossed

CHICAGO — A federal judge in Chicago is set to hear oral arguments on whether a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that curtailed the use of an anti-fraud law affects imprisoned former Illinois Gov. George Ryan. Defense lawyers contend the ruling applies and parts of his 2006 conviction should be thrown out. A hearing is scheduled for Monday morning. Prosecutors have argued Ryan’s convictions should stand because they involved received bribes and kickbacks. The Supreme Court ruled that such crimes can be prosecuted under the so-called honest service provisions. Ryan was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy, tax fraud and making false
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Nancy Pelosi: John Boehner Is ‘Known To Cry’

If House Minority Leader John Boehner is concerned he’s developing a reputation as a crybaby, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whom he will soon succeed in the next legislative session, isn’t doing him any favors. In a recent interview with the New York Times, Pelosi spoke about Boehner’s tendency to get emotional from time to time when it comes to tackling matters of policy. “He is known to cry,” explained the California Democrat, who was recently elected to lead her party once again when Congress returns in January. “He cries sometimes when we’re having a debate on bills.” Pelosi went on
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Charlie Rangel Supporters Urge ‘No’ Vote On Censure

NEW YORK — Supporters of Rep. Charles Rangel said Sunday that the Democratic lawmaker has been punished enough by the House ethics committee’s two-year investigation and should not by censured by the full Congress. “Charlie Rangel is a giant,” said former Mayor David Dinkins. “He’s a man who has served not only the 15th Congressional District but this city. He’s served this nation. …. There’s nothing to be gained by seeking to further humiliate this great man.” The House ethics committee voted 9-1 on Thursday to recommend censure for Rangel after the same panel convicted him of 11 violations, including
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Meet Chris Christie, The Latest Conservative Infatuation

These are strange days for Republicans. After their historic midterm victories, they are seemingly ascendant, with George Will hailing 2010 as “conservatism’s best year in 30 years–since the election of Ronald Reagan.” And yet there is no Reagan-like figure to lead them. In Congress, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are Establishmentarians ill-suited to the fervor of the times. The Republicans who are currently angling to run for the White House in 2012–Mitch Daniels, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, John Thune, to name a few–inspire little enthusiasm. Sarah Palin, the one potential presidential candidate who does get Republican pulses racing, is such
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