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Jobless claims up as weak economy continues

Jobless claims up as weak economy continues

The slowdown in the economy persisted early in the third quarter as factory activity in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region contracted in July for a third straight month and new claims for jobless aid surged last week. Other reports on Thursday showed home resales slumped to their lowest level in eight months in June and a […]

Will racial or religious bigotry determine the outcome of the 2012 Presidential election?

Will racial or religious bigotry determine the outcome of the 2012 Presidential election?

A question discussed privately by political strategists on both sides of political aisle focuses on the concern that bigotry — either religious or racial — could decide who wins the Presidency of the United States in November. Republican and Democratic strategists confide to Capitol Hill Blue that focus groups and some polling show resentment of […]

Did Ron Paul call on Romney to release his tax returns or not? That is the question

Did Ron Paul call on Romney to release his tax returns or not?  That is the question

Ron Paul, the last Republican challenger to presumptive nominee Mitt Romney appeared to have a message for the former Massachusetts governor:  Stop stalling and release your tax returns. Or did he? Romney has refused to release tax returns than 2010 and has come under fire from both the campaign of incumbent President Barack Obama and […]

Romney on the attack as tax return debate haunts his campaign

Romney on the attack as tax return debate haunts his campaign

Mitt Romney plans to stay on the attack in the race for the White House, but growing pressure from across the political spectrum to release his personal tax returns threatens to stunt the Republican presidential candidate’s momentum as he courts voters across key Midwestern battlegrounds. The former Massachusetts governor takes his fight against President Barack […]

States could face blowback if they reject Obamacare

States could face blowback if they reject Obamacare

For Gov. Rick Perry, saying “no” to the federal health care law could also mean turning away up to 1.3 million Texans, nearly half the uninsured people who could be newly eligible for coverage in his state. Gov. Chris Christie not only would be saying “no” to President Barack Obama, but to as many as […]

Palin, Paul & Trump: Three potential nightmares for the Republican convention

Palin, Paul & Trump:  Three potential nightmares for the Republican convention

Republicans have a problem Actually, they have three problems. Sarah Palin, Ron Paul and Donald Trump. Three personalities from the party’s fringe, three extremists with rabid followings, three potential troublemakers who could turn the Republican National Convention into a political nightmare. So far, convention’s controlling authority — the Republican National Committee — has not extended […]

Stalled budget talks could put two million more Americans out of work

Automatic cuts in federal spending will cost the economy more than 2 million jobs, from defense contracting to border security to education, if Congress fails to resolve the looming budget crisis, according to an analysis released Tuesday. The study, obtained by The Associated Press, was conducted for the Aerospace Industries Association, but it examined the […]

Romney’s promised education reforms never happened in Massachusetts

Romney’s promised education reforms never happened in Massachusetts

Mitt Romney took over as Massachusetts governor in 2003 with a sweeping plan to overhaul the state’s public college system to cut waste, reduce costs and boost efficiency. “This is my opportunity to be bold,” he said in announcing the plan. But when Romney left office four years later, not a lot had changed. His […]