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Emails detail White House role in Shirley Sherrod firing

Emails detail White House role in Shirley Sherrod firing

White House officials were in close contact with the Agriculture Department in the hours leading up to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack‘s decision to fire USDA employee Shirley Sherrod in 2010, according to nearly 2,000 pages of internal emails released by the administration. Emails obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act don’t […]

Ron Paul strikes out on Super Tuesday

Ron Paul strikes out on Super Tuesday

While there was no clear “big winner” in Super Tuesday‘s 10 primaries and caucuses there was one loser: Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who came away from the night with no wins and only a few delegates. GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney won six of the 10 contests, contender Rick Santorum won three and former Speaker of […]

What’s so ‘super’ about Super Tuesday?

What’s so ‘super’ about Super Tuesday?

Super? Maybe not this time. But it is a Tuesday, one with the biggest payout of the Republican presidential primaries. Super Tuesday, slimmed down to half its 2008 size but still doling out one-third of the delegates needed to win, probably won’t settle much. Sure, it could nudge Newt Gingrich out of the race, or […]

Limbaugh apologizes for calling student a slut

Limbaugh apologizes for calling student a slut

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh apologized Saturday to a Georgetown University law student he had branded a “slut” and “prostitute” after fellow Republicans as well as Democrats criticized him and several advertisers left his program. The student, Sandra Fluke, had testified to congressional Democrats in support of their national health care policy that would […]

Supreme Court not friendly to rights groups

Supreme Court not friendly to rights groups

Civil rights advocates took extraordinary steps over the last three months to persuade the city of St. Paul, Minn., to withdraw a fair-housing case the U.S. Supreme Court had already agreed to hear, reflecting their expressed fears about the court under Chief Justice John Roberts. Their successful effort, actively joined by the U.S. Justice Department […]

Battle-weary Republicans just want primary fight to end

Battle-weary Republicans just want primary fight to end

To hear some weary rank-and-file Republicans tell it, the increasingly bitter fight for the party’s presidential nomination can’t end quickly enough. “It’s going to get pretty nasty, the longer it goes, with the mudslinging,” says Marilyn Duley of Hamilton, Ohio. “I’ll just be glad when it’s over.” Other GOP loyalists argue that patience is virtue […]

Snowe’s exit creates political chaos in Maine

Snowe’s exit creates political chaos in Maine

Senator Olympia Snowe‘s decision to not seek re-election in November has roiled politics in Maine with both of the state’s U.S. House members and at least two former governors considering runs for her seat. Snowe, a popular pro-choice Republican in her 18th year in the Senate after 16 years in the House, was expected to […]

Bitter Olympia Snowe leaving Senate

Bitter Olympia Snowe leaving Senate

Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, saying she is tired of “wasting precious time” in a bitter divided Congress, announced Tuesday she will not seek re-election in November. “We could have done so much,” Snowe told Capitol Hill Blue. “The Senate could have done some big things.  We should have had an energy policy.  We should have […]