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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 […]

Super Tuesday: A super headache for the GOP?

Super Tuesday: A super headache for the GOP?

For Republicans, “Super Tuesday” will not be quite as super as it used to be. In recent presidential campaigns, the wave of state contests on the same day in February or March has been a defining moment, often settling the Republican race. That will not happen this Tuesday, when 10 states hold Super Tuesday contests […]

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 […]

Ohio: The perfect political microcosm for campaign 2012?

Ohio: The perfect political microcosm for campaign 2012?

Ohio’s Super Tuesday primary is proving to be the perfect microcosm of the nation’s unruly race for the Republican presidential nomination: Mitt Romney is spending lots of money, Rick Santorum is aggressively courting conservatives and Newt Gingrich is counting on big ideas to swing votes his way. Of the 10 states weighing in on Tuesday, […]

Campaign promises: No, you can’t have it all

Campaign promises: No, you can’t have it all

Is there any impulse greater in politics than to promise people the sun and the moon? Each in their own way, the Republican candidates heading into Super Tuesday primaries are telling Americans they can have “it all” — plentiful energy without pain at the pump, jobs without deeper debt, thriving factories like the days of […]

Santorum’s handlers struggle to keep him on message

Santorum’s handlers struggle to keep him on message

Rick Santorum‘s advisers outlined a new strategy for staying on message in the hours after he lost to Mitt Romney in Michigan’s Republican presidential primary. Just as quickly, the strategy fell by the wayside. It was a victim of the disorganization that’s marked the Santorum campaign and raised questions about his ability to compete against […]

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 […]