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U.S. military mission in Iraq declared over

U.S. military mission in Iraq declared over

Eight years after the President George W. Bush stood on an aircraft carrier deck, amid much hoopla and fanfare, under a banner declaring “Mission Accomplished” in the Iraq war, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta spoke to a much more subdued ceremony at the U.S. military mission in Baghdad and declared the American role finally at an […]

Ron Paul surges in Iowa: Is it now his time?

Ron Paul surges in Iowa: Is it now his time?

Texas Congressman Ron Paul is on the move in Iowa, passing former GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney for second in polls and even moving into a statistical tie with current leader Newt Gingrich in one. “Paul is surging right now, there’s no doubt about that,” one GOP strategist tells Capitol Hill Blue. “He could be the […]

Gingrich leads GOP contenders, but can’t beat Obama

Gingrich leads GOP contenders, but can’t beat Obama

Good news for Newt Gingrich: The former Speaker of the House holds a solid 10 point lead among candidates for the GOP Presidential nomination for President, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll. Bad news for Republicans: If Gingrich gets the nod, he’s not the Republican to beat President Barack Obama in 2012. The poll shows […]

Serial adulterer Newt Gingrich promises, again, to not cheat on his wife

Serial adulterer Newt Gingrich promises, again, to not cheat on his wife

Serial adulterer Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House who openly cheated on his first and second wives, has promised to be faithful to the his current wife, a former House committee staff member who slept with him while he was married and criticizing a sitting President for adultery. It’s not the first time […]

Is a win in Iowa all that important?

Is a win in Iowa all that important?

With the Iowa caucuses set to officially open the primary election season just after the first of the year, a perennial debate rages inside Republican political circles:  Is Iowa all that important. The state’s convoluted caucus system, which allows a candidate with the best in-state organization to pack the results, produces a lot of hoopla […]

Republicans pack spending bill with perks for donors

Republicans pack spending bill with perks for donors

Congressional Republicans — supposedly representing the party of less, leaner government — are stuffing the latest spending deal with right-wing leaning “policy riders” and earmarks to gain conservative support going into the 2012 elections. The volume of these riders stuns even the most jaded Congressional cynics as Republican lawmakers stack the bill with legislative initiatives […]

GOP contest now a two-man race between Newt, Mitt

GOP contest now a two-man race between Newt, Mitt

For the moment, the Republican race for the presidential nomination is a two-man race with Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney clearly distancing themselves from the rest of the pack. Gallup’s latest tracking poll has Gingrich with 33 percent at Romney 10 points behind at 23.  Ron Paul is a distant third with nine percent, followed […]

Gingrich survives verbal bullets in Iowa debate

Gingrich survives verbal bullets in Iowa debate

Republican presidential contenders went head-to-head Saturday night for the right to challenge Barack Obama‘s claim to a second term but the target for most in the latest debate but not Obama but current GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich. Gingrich’s rivals portrayed him as a philandering, adulterous husband, money-grubbing Washington insider and lifetime political opportunist. “We don’t […]

Ron Paul: God wants small government and no Fed

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 […]

Rick Perry’s homophobic ad generates dissension, not support

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 […]