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Bill Clinton: Cheney up to political mischief

Former President Bill Clinton says he has high regard for Dick Cheney‘s political skills even if the former vice president tries to cause mischief for Democrats. Cheney recently praised Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as one of the Obama administration‘s “most competent” members and said it would be “interesting to speculate” how she might be as president. Cheney suggested, tongue in cheek, she might want to challenge Barack Obama in 2012, and said he wouldn’t discourage a primary fight. Bill Clinton tells CBS’ “Face the Nation” he’s “gratified whenever anyone says anything nice” about his wife, but one of
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Graham: Election is GOP’s to lose

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says the upcoming presidential election is the GOP‘s to lose. Graham says President Barack Obama has done “everything he knows how” to beat himself and that people have little confidence in Obama’s policies because they aren’t working. When it comes to who should lead the GOP in the 2012 campaign for the White House, the South Carolina Republican isn’t making any predictions or saying whether he would prefer one candidate over another. Graham appeared Sunday on CNN‘s “State of the Union.”
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Can Tommy Thompson pull off a political comeback?

For more than a decade, Tommy Thompson was the face of the Republican Party in Wisconsin. He was elected governor four times. Word that he was considering a political comeback seemed to offer the GOP the prospect of a high-profile contender for a Democratic-held Senate seat and a better shot at winning control of the chamber in 2012. But as Thompson weighs a possible bid, Republicans here find themselves with surprisingly mixed feelings about their most famous living politician and where he fits into the party these days. “He’s done a lot of good things,” said Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald,
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Cain tried to conceal gay advisor

Facing concerns from supporters in Iowa, Herman Cain’s presidential campaign tried to conceal the role of a top adviser who had been ousted as leader of a gay pride group in Wisconsin amid a financial scandal, a former staffer has alleged in legal testimony. Cain’s former Iowa straw poll coordinator, Kevin Hall, made the allegation in a letter applying for unemployment benefits and in testimony during a hearing last week. The Associated Press obtained the letter, supporting documents he submitted and audio of the hearing from Iowa Workforce Development. A Cain campaign lawyer did not dispute Hall’s allegations during the
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Voters humiliate Obama, Democrats in New York, Nevada

Voters in special elections Tuesday sent a loud, clear and harsh message to President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. The party of the jackass lost a normally safe seat in New York and suffered a humiliating blowout in Nevada. “The base stayed home or those who showed up voted the other way,” a disheartened Democratic strategist told Capitol Hill Blue.  He characterized the Democratic base as “betrayed, disappointed, furious and disgusted” with Obama and the party. Going into the special election Tuesday morning, even House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer admitted to reporters that blame for losses in the two
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Death without health insurance is a laughing matter at tea party debate

Dying because you lack health insurance is apparently a laughing matter to some — especially tea party members and supporters. Which may explain why so many in the audience laughed, cheered and shouted out “yeah” when Republican/Libertarian Presidential candidate Ron Paul was asked during Monday’s tea party Presidential debate that if a healthy, 30-year-old man without health insurance suddenly went into a coma and needed intensive and expensive treatment, should “society should just let him die?” To his credit, Paul disagreed with the bloodthirsty and insensitive crowd, saying that there are alternatives to government-funded health care and noting that when
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Poll shows deep divisions on gay marriage

Barbara Von Aspern loves her daughter, “thinks the world” of the person her daughter intends to marry and believes the pair should have the same legal rights as anyone else. It pains her, but Von Aspern is going to skip their wedding. Her daughter, Von Aspern explains, is marrying another woman. “We love them to death, and we love them without being judgmental,” the 62-year-old Chandler, Ariz., retiree said. “But the actual marriage I cannot agree with.” It’s complicated, this question of legitimizing gay marriage. Americans are grappling with it from their homes to the halls of government in the
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GOP foes attack Perry’s record

Rick Perry‘s bid for the Republican presidential nomination will rise or fall on his 10-year record as Texas governor. In Monday’s crackling GOP debate, his rivals attacked that record as never before, led by a newly energized Mitt Romney and hard-charging Michele Bachmann. Perry, holding his own but looking besieged at times, defended himself vigorously on most fronts. He acknowledged mishandling a schoolgirl vaccination program, however, and asked for understanding about Texas’ need to work with illegal immigrants who seek citizenship and college educations. As President Barack Obama might say: Welcome to the role of an incumbent with a complex
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Special elections test Obama’s strength

Democrat David Weprin faced an unusually tight race against Republican Bob Turner in a special election Tuesday in New York’s heavily Democratic 9th Congressional District, where voters unhappy with President Barack Obama could elect a Republican for the first time. The contest to replace disgraced Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner has become too close to call, with public opinion polling showing a slight edge for Turner, a retired media executive with no previous political experience. Panicked at the prospect of an embarrassing loss, Democrats have poured cash into the race and sent in their stars to try to save Weprin, a
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Dismal fundraising month for Democrats

The Democratic National Committee raised only about $5.5 million in August, its worst fundraising month of the year, down from $6.7 million in July, according to figures provided by Democratic officials on Saturday and Federal Election Commission filings. The low fundraising figure for August was confirmed by a senior Democratic official, who said it would not be officially disclosed until September 20. Both the DNC and President Barack Obama‘s re-election campaign were forced to curtail fundraising during the summer because of the protracted and acrimonious negotiations with Congressional Republicans over the national debt, which led Obama to cancel fundraisers around
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