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If Americans really want change, why don’t they vote for it?

For the sake of argument, let’s suppose that American voters really do want something different in their candidates. We hear the rationales all the time: Politics is too packaged, too plastic, too driven by polls and consultants and focus groups.  What we need is a politicians who says what he (or she) means, means what they say and stands up for his or her beliefs. From time to time, we get one of those: A Ross Perot or Ron Paul or whatever.  They generate a lot of buzz but then — in the end — the same pre-packaged, consultant-driven and
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Ron Paul to tornado victims: Get insurance, not federal aid

Libertarian Texas Congressman and Presidential candidate Ron Paul Sunday said victims of tornadoes that spread death and destruction across the  South and Midwest don’t deserve federal aid. Said Paul on CNN’s State of the Union: There is no such thing as federal money.  Federal money is just what they seal from the state sand steal from you and me.  The people who live in tornado alley, just as I live in hurricane alley, they should have insurance. Paul said he does see a role for the National Guard to provide assistance but he also believes the Federal Emergency Management Agency
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More hypocrisy from Rick Santorum

As he presses for the conservative votes he needs to overtake GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum is hammering away at the role state and federal governments play in running schools. Santorum plays up how he and his wife have home-schooled their seven children and says parents should be the ones responsible for educating their kids. Yet back when Santorum was a senator from Pennsylvania, he got a Pittsburgh-area school district to help pay tens of thousands of dollars in tuition for his children to receive online schooling. It’s a bit of history that’s unknown to many voters outside
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Federal judge in hot water over racist joke

A federal judge in Montana who used official court email to circulate a racist joke about President Barack Obama has acknowledged the indiscretion and initiated a misconduct complaint against himself, court officials said on Thursday. The scandal prompted government ethics watchdog group Common Cause and the Montana Human Rights Network to call on Thursday for the resignation of the Billings-based judge, Richard Cebull, the chief judge for the U.S. judicial district in Montana. The email in question came to public light when it was published on Wednesday by the Great Falls Tribune, which received a copy forwarded to the newspaper
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Arizona sheriff claims ‘proof’ Obama faked birth certificate

A tough-talking Arizona sheriff, already embroiled in a Justice Department bias investigation, waded deeper into controversy on Thursday with an assertion that a probe by his office found President Barack Obama’s birth certificate was a forgery. Most Republican critics of Obama have given up pursuing such widely discredited “birther” allegations. But the investigation by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, carried out by what he described as five-member volunteer “posse,” was prompted by a request last August from a group of conservative Tea Party activists in the Phoenix area. The White House has denied repeated claims that Obama was not born
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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 had tax reform.  We should have had regulatory reform.  Americans have a right to expect and demand an end to the partisan gridlock and they are understandably shocked by the Senate not being able to come together.” The 65-year-old Snowe, despite threats of a challenge
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Ron Paul’s delegate strategy not paying off yet

Texas Congressman Ron Paul, the only GOP Presidential contender without at least one victory in a primary, admitted Tuesday that his quest to “win delegates, not primaries” isn’t going as well as he had hoped. Paul failed to pick up any delegates in the Michigan or Arizona primaries Tuesday and told CNN he “wished” he could have done better. “Paul hoped to win some of Michigan’s delegates but it didn’t work out that way,” GOP activist Larry Wilson told Capitol Hill Blue. In front of cheering crowd of supporters in Springfield, VA, Paul sounded more upbeat. “Everyone keeps asking me
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Oklahoma Congressman suggests shooting Senators, then apologizes

An Oklahoma congressman apologized on Friday for suggesting that “killing a couple” of U.S. senators may be the only way to get a budget passed through Congress. U.S. Rep. John Sullivan made the comments Wednesday during a town hall meeting in Bixby. When asked about federal spending, the Tulsa Republican expressed his frustration with the Senate for its failure to approve a budget. “I’d love to get them to vote for it,” Sullivan said at the event. “Boy, I’d love that, you know. But other than me going over there with a gun and pointing it to their head and
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Obama says failed GOP policies drive up gas prices

President Barack Obama on Thursday assailed Republicans for what he described as a flawed and dishonest strategy for reducing gas prices, predicting his rivals would offer nothing but more drilling and political promises of $2-a-gallon gas. Said the president: “The American people aren’t stupid.” “That’s not a plan, especially since we’re already drilling. That’s a bumper sticker,” Obama said in a stop at the University of Miami. “It’s not a strategy to solve our energy challenge. That’s a strategy to get politicians through an election. You know there are no quick fixes to this problem.” Obama spoke as gas has
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Obama pushes online privacy protections

The White House proposed on Thursday a “privacy bill of rights” that would give consumers more control over their data but relies heavily for now on voluntary commitments by Internet companies like Google Inc and Facebook. The plan comes amid growing consumer concern about their lack of control over the collection and trade in vast amounts of detailed information about their online activities and real-life identities. As part of the announcement, a coalition of online advertisers said its members would honor “Do not track” requests through tools in Google, Microsoft Corp and Firefox browsers, something the Federal Trade Commission has
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