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Pawlenty, Bachmann tear into each other in GOP debate

Pawlenty, Bachmann tear into each other in GOP debate

Minnesota rivals Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann sparred bitterly Thursday night during an eight-candidate Republican debate, trying to break out of the GOP presidential pack ahead of an Iowa test vote with huge consequences. Each seeks to become the main challenger to Republican front-runner Mitt Romney. Their efforts were newly complicated by Texas Gov. Rick […]

As usual, facts get lost in fog of GOP debate

As usual, facts get lost in fog of GOP debate

Michele Bachmann cast her opinion as a settled fact when she told the Republican presidential debate Thursday that a key element of President Barack Obama‘s health care law is unconstitutional. And Mitt Romney danced around an attempt to learn why he stayed largely mum on the epic debt limit standoff between Obama and Congress. The […]

Partisan panel picks prompt pessimism

Partisan panel picks prompt pessimism

Republicans named a mix of partisans and pragmatists on Wednesday to the new congressional committee charged with striking a debt-cutting compromise. While members of both parties expressed urgency over controlling surging budget shortfalls, others were pessimistic that the bipartisan panel would overcome deep political divides. With nine of the committee’s 12 members selected, Washington began […]

Obama’s lament: ‘I inherited this mess’

Obama’s lament: ‘I inherited this mess’

President Barack Obama said on Monday he inherited many of the country’s problems with high debt and deficits when he entered the White House, sounding a theme likely to dominate his 2012 re-election campaign. Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser, where families paid $15,000 to get a picture with him, Obama defended his economic record and […]

S&P downgrade: Economics or politics?

S&P downgrade: Economics or politics?

The S&P downgrade was more of a statement on the toxic political landscape in Washington than a comment on the nation’s ability to pay its bills. But S&P has its own checkered history. Just a few years ago, the company gave its top triple-A rating to some of the mortgage-backed securities that helped cause the […]

House kills 180-year-old page program

House kills 180-year-old page program

Bringing the curtain down on a nearly 200-year-old tradition, leaders of the US House of Representatives announced Monday that they were doing away with the chamber’s “page” program. Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi cited the high cost of the program as well as advances in technology that have […]

New GOP campaign tactic: Pray for America

New GOP campaign tactic: Pray for America

Texas Governor Rick Perry, expected to enter the Republican race for the White House within weeks, offered a prayer for America on Saturday at a controversial religious rally that put the spotlight on his Christian faith. Perry, who has made his religious beliefs a big part of his public image, urged an enthusiastic crowd at […]