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Mass exodus: Senior Gingrich campaign aides quit

The entire top echelon of New Gingrich’s presidential campaign resigned on Thursday, a stunning mass exodus that left his bid for the Republican nomination in tatters. Rick Tyler, the former U.S. House speaker’s spokesman, said that he, campaign manager Rob Johnson and senior strategists had all quit, along with aides in the early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Other officials said Gingrich was informed that his entire high command was quitting in a meeting at his campaign headquarters in Washington. They cited differences over the direction of the campaign. Scott Rials, a longtime aide
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Bikers to Palin: ‘Go home bitch”

Sarah Palin tried to bring her carnival sideshow to the annual Rolling Thunder Ride to the Wall Sunday but the bikers quickly put her in her place — “riding bitch” on the back of another woman’s Harley-Davidson. Palin tried to turn an uninvited visit to the gathering of biker veterans and supporters into a photo op to kick off another of her bus tours but event organizers told her that she was welcome to ride on a bike in the event but did not let her speak or become part of the official program. Many of the hundreds of thousands
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Palin’s presidential plans: Will she or won’t she?

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has authorized a feature-length film about her rise, added staff and recently said she has “that fire in the belly” for a presidential bid — all steps that fuel speculation she’s inching toward a White House run. Her supporters are putting together a campaign-in-waiting in Iowa, the lead-off nominating caucus, in the hopes the Republicans’ 2008 vice presidential nominee decides to join the race. There are even reports she bought a home in Arizona, not far from her daughter’s, which aides have suggested could be a campaign headquarters if she goes forward. Clearly Palin will
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Newt: 2012 election most important since 1860

Republican Newt Gingrich told a Georgia audience on Friday evening that the 2012 presidential election is the most consequential since the 1860 race that elected Abraham Lincoln to the White House and was soon followed by the Civil War. Addressing the Georgia Republican Party’s convention, Gingrich said the nation is at a crossroads and that the re-election of Democratic President Barack Obama would lead to four more years of “radical left-wing values” that would drive the nation to ruin. Gingrich also blasted Obama as “the most successful food stamp president in modern American history.” The former House speaker gave his
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Tea party goes after Olympia Snowe

Maine’s Olympia Snowe has long thrived as one of the Senate’s leading GOP moderates, but she has recently sided with tea partyers on high-profile votes involving Libya, the budget and the environment as she braces for a primary challenge from the right. Such votes could help Snowe fend off tea party foes who mock her as a “RINO” — Republican In Name Only — and hope to sink her bid for a fourth term next year. Snowe insisted she’s been true to her moderate roots. “I am who I am,” Snowe said. “I haven’t changed.” Another test for Snowe could
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Trump takes obscenity-laced road show to Vegas

Real estate developer and TV showman Donald Trump fueled speculation that he’ll enter the 2012 White House race, assuring a crowd of supporters at a Las Vegas casino that he is seriously weighing a presidential run in a speech laced with the F-word. The setting Thursday night was fitting for the casino mogul whose moniker is draped across the gold-tinged Trump International Hotel & Tower just off the Las Vegas Strip. An open bar greeted more than 1,000 people, waiters passed hors d’oeuvres, and a Trump impersonator entertained the crowd. At one point, a woman in the lavish reception at
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Firefighters just say no to contributions

The International Association of Fire Fighters union said on Tuesday it was turning off the tap on federal political contributions and putting its money into state and local campaigns. The union’s general president, Harold Schaitberger, said in a statement that “politicians from both parties have failed to address our issues in Washington, D.C.,” even as public worker unions were coming under attack at the state and local level. “They are attempting to take away basic American rights like collective bargaining and your right to negotiate for a good quality of life for your families,” Schaitberger said. With Wisconsin the most
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Barbour drops out of Presidential race

Mississippi Republican Gov. Haley Barbour — a long shot Presidential candidate at best — pulled the plug on his campaign for the White House Monday, saying he lacked the “absolute fire in the belly” to seek the office.   After making noises about a serious Presidential run, Barbour dropped his surprise announcement while at least one other long shot — twice failed Presidential wannabe Ron Paul — prepared to announce he was forming an “exploratory committee” for a third campaign. “I will not be a candidate for President next year,” Barbour said in a statement. “I’m just not ready to
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Former New Mexico governor running for President

Highlighting his background as both a governor and outdoor adventurer, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson announced his presidential campaign outside the New Hampshire Statehouse on Thursday before heading for a mountain known as the birthplace of extreme skiing. Johnson, a Republican, acknowledged that he is virtually unknown in New Hampshire and other key primary states but said he won’t be outworked when it comes to retail politics. “I have to do, and want to do, really well in New Hampshire,” he said. “So I’m going to spend a lot of time in New Hampshire, where you can go from
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Romney tops new poll of GOP Presidential wannabes

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney tops a new poll of potential GOP challengers for President, followed by Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas.   And Romney is in a statistical dead heat with President Barack Obama.  A McClatchy-Marist poll shows Obama at 46 percent and Romney at 45 percent.  Obama holds a five point lead over Huckabee. Romney led Huckabee by one percentage point in the poll of 1,274 adults nationwide, Donald Trump by five points and former New York Mayor Rudy Giulani by nine points. Sarah Palin came in last. Related articles President 2012 Poll Watch: Barack Obama 46%
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