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Republicans need to rewind and rethink

Newt Gingrich, conservative Republicanism's last and also perhaps its next purveyor of bold ideas, reached back almost a half century to put into proper context President Obama's sweeping new budget and his own party's mission unaccomplished.


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The GOP and Rush Limbaugh

The Republican Party is embarrassing itself over Rush Limbaugh. It's great fun for the Democrats and amusing to political independents and Limbaugh himself seems to be having a great time.

Limbaugh made a huge splash in the national political debate when he said he hoped President Obama would fail. He later elaborated that he wanted Obama's policies, with which he vehemently disagreed, to fail but having just come off a president that did fail stuck a nerve with the public.


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Can pork serve the greater good?

President Obama, who campaigned against earmarks, is about to sign a $410 billion spending bill containing 8,570 of lawmakers' personal pork projects. The watchdog Taxpayers for Common Sense says the earmarks add up to $7.7 billion.


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Unions try to heal their differences

Nearly four years after a nasty breakup split organized labor, union leaders are again talking about reuniting under a single, more powerful federation, possibly this year.

Leaders from 12 of the nation's largest unions, along with rival federations AFL-CIO and Change to Win, have held three meetings since January aimed at setting aside differences and taking advantage of the most favorable political climate for unions in 15 years.


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A new direction for the GOP

The Republican Party's selection of former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele as party chief is almost as historic as the Democrats' nomination of Barack Obama as the party's presidential candidate (not his election, just his nomination.).

But unlike President Obama, who has served to draw many independents and even a smattering of Republicans into the fold and who broadened the Democrats' membership and popularity, my guess is Steele will do little or nothing of the same for the GOP.


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Is Sarah Palin ignoring Alaska?

Driving home at night from her Capitol office, the leader of Alaska's House Democrats often passes the governor's white-columned mansion and wonders why more lights aren't on.

Rep. Beth Kerttula assumes Gov. Sarah Palin is out of town, though Palin's staffers say so far their boss has been there for most of the legislative session that began Jan. 20.


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Palin: Kennedy getting a free ride from press

She messed up her first interviews, didn't show much of a grasp of the issues and, dontcha know, had a speech pattern that was widely mimicked. Sarah Palin? You betcha. But Caroline Kennedy also fits the bill. The difference is that while the conservative Republican Palin was ridiculed in the press and on "Saturday Night Live" in her quest to be vice president, the liberal Democratic Kennedy, after early criticism in the media, remains the perceived favorite in her bid for a Senate seat from New York.


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