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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 […]

Presidential election trauma: Who do you dislike least?

Presidential election trauma: Who do you dislike least?

Voters heading in 2012 face a serious dilemma: Which Presidential contender among a long list of flawed candidates do you dislike the least? Poll after poll shows a lack of real passion by a majority of voters on both sides of the political divide.  Democrats accept the fact — many of the grudgingly — that […]

Obama: Pass Social Security tax cut or don’t go home for Christmas

Obama: Pass Social Security tax cut or don’t go home for Christmas

President Barack Obama, under fire for some of  his own vacations, threatened Thursday to delay the end of the year vacation for Congress is they don’t extend Social Security payroll tax cuts. Obama said he would keep Congress in session “for as long as it takes.” “The President feels Congress cannot go home with unfinished […]

When Trump is a player, politics has entered the Twilight Zone

When Trump is a player, politics has entered the Twilight Zone

Once again, publicity hound Donald Trump has turned the Republican presidential primary race into a freak show. And, for reasons that defy logic and political sense, some of the wannabes seeking the GOP nod, are going along with the Donald’s circus. Even after his publicity-driven flirt with a Presidential run came to a close, Trump […]

Occupy Wall Street comes to Capitol Hill

Occupy Wall Street comes to Capitol Hill

Occupy Wall Street activists brought their cause to Capitol Hill Tuesday, invading Senate and House offices and prompting the arrest of at least one protestor. Capitol Police arrested a protestor in the office of Tea Party Republican Vicky Martzler (R-MO) on a charge of illegal entry but police reported office sit-ins at other offices, saying […]

Gallup: Gingrich surges, Romney fades, Paul drops

Gallup: Gingrich surges, Romney fades, Paul drops

The latest Gallup daily track poll shows former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich surging further ahead of previous frontrunner Mitt Romney while Ron Paul fades to a distant third and into a virtual tie with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Gingrich has 37 percent in the nationwide poll and Romney […]