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Is Sarah Palin close to a decision on running for President?

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is close to making an announcement on her Presidential ambitions and her political action committee is hyping the pending decision in its latest fundraising letter. “It’s one of the most difficult and important decisions of her life,” says the Sept. 20 letter signed by Tim Crawford, treasurer of SarahPAC.  “And I want her to know that she has our support.” The letter sounds traditional Palin campaign themes:  President Barack Obama is a socialist who is driving America “to European Socialism” and his actions on the economy have plunged the nation into a crisis worse than
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House Republicans embarrass their leaders with funding rejection

Rebellious Republicans thumbed their noses at their leaders in the House of Representative Wednesday and defeated a GOP-sponsored bill that would have funded the federal government beyond Sept. 30. The defeat — a clear embarrassment for GOP leaders — could create further jitters in a nervous economy. The bill went down to a crushing defeat with 48 conservative Republicans joining with Democrats in a lopsided 230-195 vote. Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) took the loss hard. “This is a sausage factory,” Rogers told reporters after the vote. Defeat of the bill could revive the crisis atmosphere that ruled Congress
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Ron Paul: The GOP’s real hope for 2012?

Whispers inside the fractured Republican Party suggest that when the smoke clears from a brutal primary campaign war for the party’s Presidential nomination, the most desirable candidate might just be maverick Libertarian Ron Paul. “Dr. Paul’s ideas are becoming more and more mainstream,” a longtime GOP political strategist, who asked not to be identified, tells Capitol Hill Blue.  “In the end, he could be the party’s savior.” Paul, long dismissed by the GOP established and all-but-abandoned by the tea party movement he helped create, is reaching more and more like-minded voters who want smaller government and more adherence to the
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Obama’s sharp return to the liberal left

President Barack Obama tried being a moderate. That angered his liberal base. So now he’s trying to become a born-again liberal. That’s angering moderates. They say moving sharply to the left destroys what little hope Obama might have had to build the kind of coalitions that allow Presidents to actually get things done. Moderates argue that Obama’s new strategy of “soaking the rich” will backfire and set the Democratic party back 30 years to a time when it was considered a fringe party hovering on the margins. Conservative Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska says the President should stick to his
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Republicans oppose lowering interest rates

Congressional Republicans don’t like the idea of lowering interest rates. They claim that if the Federal Reserve takes steps to boost the economy by shifting money from short-term securities to long-term holdings — a move that would almost certainly lower rates on mortgages and consumer and business loans — it would increase the risk of inflation. So four high-ranking Republicans sent Fed Chairman a letter this week telling him to scrap the plan. But Bernanke, who doesn’t really answer to Congress, is expected to move ahead Wednesday with plans to unveil “Operation Twist,” a plan based on actions taken a
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Democrat Congressional committee beats GOP in fundraising

Republicans may claim to have the edge with voters for the 2012 race to control Congress but those numbers don’t add up in the fundraising coffers. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has raised more money in this off-year than the Republican campaign committee and the party of the elephant just finished their worst off-year August since 2007 — the year the party lost control of Congress. Thus far in 2011, the DCCC has raised $41.26 million in campaign cash — edging out the National Republican Congressional Committee‘s $40.38 million. In August, the NRCC raised $3 million — compared to $3.56
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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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