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Scott Brown looks back over first year in Senate

Scott Brown ran for the Senate vowing to rein in government spending and cut the federal budget deficit. A year later, he is open to increasing the national debt limit so the government can both spend and borrow more. The clash between his campaign rhetoric and voting record underscores the theme of the Republican’s first year replacing a liberal icon, the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. To the frequent surprise of Democrats, and often the chagrin of conservatives and tea party activists, Brown has largely kept his pledge to be a bipartisan legislator. He has voted bills up or down
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Cantor: Americans hate health bill

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says the new health care law is getting in the way of job-creation and vows Republicans are committed to repealing it. Cantor tells CBS‘s “The Early Show” the GOP isn’t retreating from its commitment to get rid of the law overhauling the health care system, even though Senate Democrats have made clear they would block a repeal there. Cantor isn’t accepting a Congressional Budget Office analysis saying the new health care is likely to reduce the federal deficit by $143 billion this year. The Virginia Republican does say, instead, that the bill cost over a
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Census will show growth slowing, GOP gaining

Republican-leaning states will gain at least a half dozen House seats thanks to the 2010 census, which found the nation’s population growing more slowly than in past decades but still shifting to the South and West. The Census Bureau announced Tuesday that the nation’s population on April 1 was 308,745,538, up from 281.4 million a decade ago. The growth rate for the past decade was 9.7 percent, the lowest since the Great Depression. The nation’s population grew by 13.2 percent from 1990 to 2000. Michigan was the only state to lose population during the past decade. Nevada, with a 35
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GOP hopefuls already finding roadblocks

This month’s early, under-the-radar campaigning by potential Republican challengers to President Barack Obama is a reminder of something too easily forgotten: Running for president is harder than it looks, and Obama ultimately will stand against a flesh-and-blood nominee certain to make mistakes along the way. Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty and other possible GOP candidates stumbled over health care, taxes and other issues in December, even as Obama coped with the harsh political reality stemming from his party’s “shellacking” in last month’s elections. No serious contender has officially launched a 2012 campaign. But with the Iowa caucuses less than 13 months
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Dump Steele effort gains momentum

A group of conservatives on the Republican National Committee’s governing board has launched an “Anybody but Steele” campaign and are gathering pledges from other committee members not to back the beleaguered RNC chairman, POLITICO has learned. Members of the Republican National Conservative Caucus held a conference call and sent e-mails last week in an attempt to build support for what they’re calling a “Resolution of Commitment.” The same group is also working on a similar, but far more targeted, campaign to persuade the five Republicans challenging Steele not to strike an agreement with him that might improve his prospects —
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Barbour lives large on Mississippi-state jet

Haley Barbour, the Mississippi governor who thinks the Ku Klux Klan is just a misunderstood community civic group, has a  new problem. Seems the guv is running around the country on the state’s 12-passenger Cessna Citation jet, treating the 12-passenger plane as his own personal limousine and running up more than a half-million bucks in taxpayer-paid bills over the last three years. Much of the travel, the web site Politico has discovered, is for Republican campaign jaunts. Read the full story on Politico Related articles Haley Barbour: Racist to the core (capitolhillblue.com) Haley Barbour Responds to Racial-Tension Criticism, Calls Segregation
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Clinton set to campaign for Rahm

Former President Bill Clinton is going to campaign for former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in his race for Mayor of Chicago. Clinton’s involvement was confirmed Sunday by Ben LaBolt, spokesman for the Emanuel campaign.  Clinton will be in the Windy City on undetermined dates during January. Emanuel, whose residency and edibility to run was challenged, was cleared by election officials over the weekend although the challenge may well go to the courts.
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Emanuel cleared to run for Chicago mayor

Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel cleared an important hurdle in his bid to be Chicago mayor early Thursday when a hearing officer recommended his name appear on the February ballot, even though Emanuel spent much of the last two years living in Washington working for President Barack Obama. The ruling, which still needs final approval from the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, is a political win for Emanuel because it could help him silence critics who have persistently argued he isn’t a Chicago resident. The board is scheduled to meet later Thursday and will likely make a
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Repeal of ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell:’ A civil rights milestone?

Allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military is a step toward equality, advocates say, but a fight for other social changes such as gay marriage still lies ahead. The Senate voted Saturday to end the 17-year ban on openly gay troops, overturning the Clinton-era policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.” “It’s one step in a very long process of becoming an equal rights citizen,” said Warren Arbury of Savannah, Ga., who served in the Army for seven years, including three combat tours, before being kicked out two years ago under the policy. He said he
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Partisanship or cooperation? Damn good question

For an early idea of how the Democratic White House and emboldened House Republicans will get along next year, keep an eye on Vice President Joe Biden and California congressman Darrell Issa. Biden, the administration’s point man touting the economic stimulus, and Issa, the GOP‘s top House investigator who called White House claims of the program’s success a fake, have made peace for now. But will the cooperative spirit last? Both men have been known for bombastic rhetoric, and there was little reason for them to cooperate while Democrats controlled the House. But just as the House Republican victory in
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