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Sharron Angle to Hispanic students: ‘You look Asian to me’

Republican Sharron Angle, the off-the-wall candidate who wants to be the new Senator from Nevada, thinks some Hispanics look like Asians and she’s willing to say so publicly. Angle, running against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, shocked a group of Hispanic high school students last week when she said “some of you look a little more Asian to me.” Angle’s off-fhe-cuff remark is the latest “oh my God” comment from the tea party candidate. “You know, I don’t know that all of you are Latino,” Angle told the students. “Some of you look a little more Asian to me.” Her
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Endangered species: Democrats defending health care ‘reform’

It happens so rarely, it makes news: A few Democratic candidates have started to run television ads daring to defend President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Most Democrats are trying to avoid campaigning on what should have been the party’s signature issue, but the lonely bunch who’ve stuck their necks out may finally be hitting on a message. Some are using constituents to vouch for specific benefits that only recently took effect, changes whose poll-tested popularity isn’t in question. The argument won’t stop on Nov. 2. Democrats will have to keep defending the health care law in the next Congress
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Republicans brand Pelosi as ‘witch’ and ‘puppy killer’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has proved an irresistible target to Republicans, who have branded the powerful Democrat a “wicked witch” and a would-be puppy killer ahead of November 2 elections. The Republican National Committee (RNC) has staged a nationwide “Fire Nancy Pelosi” bus tour to energize core supporters for the fight to retake the US Congress and dump the San Francisco lawmaker from her lofty perch. Republicans have spoofed Pelosi as Disney’s would-be Dalmatian skinner “Cruella,” and portrayed her as “the wicked witch” of high taxes in a television commercial that sees her challenger melt her down to nothing with
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Democratic tale of woe continues with two weeks to go

With just two weeks to go before voters decide who runs Congress the Democrats keep looking for a life raft in a sea of bad news, disastrous polls, shrinking fundraising and growing anger from voters. The weekend wasn’t kind to the party of the jackass. Political prognosticators increasingly predict the Democrats will lose control of the House and a few are saying the party will get creamed on Nov. 2. Even Democrats privately predict the party will lose at least 50 seats on election day — a margin well above the 39 seats that Republicans need to recapture control of
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Obama still looking for ways to recapture his old magic

President Barack Obama sought to recapture the magic of his 2008 campaign, holding a large open-air rally in Ohio to help struggling Democratic candidates in the Midwestern state. Amid voter anger over the sluggish economy and 9.6 percent unemployment, Obama’s Democrats are fighting to avoid steep losses in the Congress and in state governors’ races in the November 2 elections. “Everybody said ‘No, you can’t’ and in 2008 you showed them, ‘Yes, we can,'” Obama told a cheering crowd of 35,000 people at Ohio State University in Columbus. In a hoarse voice, he accused Republicans of siding with “special interests”
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Kentucky Senate debate takes nasty turn

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul angrily accused Democratic rival Jack Conway of descending “into the gutter” with a TV ad questioning Paul’s faith and demanded an apology during a Sunday night debate that turned bitterly personal. Paul denounced the commercial during his opening statement and quoted Scripture to deflect the attack while calling himself a “pro-life Christian.” Conway offered no apology and even repeated the accusations in his ad, which started airing statewide Friday night. “Those who stoop to the level of attacking a man’s religious beliefs to gain higher office, I believe that they should remember that it
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Former Obama supporters abandon Democrats, head for GOP

The coalition that catapulted Barack Obama into office in 2008 is gone, fed up with broken promises and unfulfilled dreams. Voters now appear willing to give Republicans another try along with tea party newcomers. A new Associated Press-Knowledge networks poll shows at least 25 percent of those who voted for Obama have defected to the GOP and will vote against Democrats in November. Half or more of these disaffected voters say they will definitely vote on Nov. 2 and the candidate they vote for will be anyone but a Democrat. But while Republicans stand to benefit from those abandoning the
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Sister Sarah says there will be dancing in the streets

Sarah Palin says Republicans and the tea party faithful will be dancing in the streets come election day because voters will return government to the little people. Campaigning in California, the former Alaska Governor and failed Vice Presidential candidate drew an enthusiastic crowd of about 2,000 in Orange County, bolstering GOP efforts to make substantial gains in California this year. “Soon we’ll all be dancing,” Palin told the crowd but the darling of the tea party warned the faithful to keep working and not fall into the trap of overconfidence. “The momentum is with us but now is not the
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GOP-tea party marriage: For better or worse

Colorado Republicans are hosting a campaign tea party this fall, for better or worse. Or maybe for better and worse, in a jarring demonstration of the potential and peril generated by a political movement responsible for reshaping the 2010 election season. One statewide nominee, Ken Buck, won the primary with the support of tea party activists and is a modest favorite to defeat appointed Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet. He enjoys the full backing of the Republican Party, and the groups aligned with it are pouring millions into television ads to help him. The other, Dan Maes, went into a political
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Nevada Senate debate: Many disagreements, no common ground

Sixty minutes, two candidates and not a single moment of agreement. Instead, Republican Sharron Angle taunted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to “man up” Thursday night in their only debate of a close, caustic and costly race. Speaking more softly, Reid called her extreme, an ally of the special interests and advocate for jettisoning government agencies that millions of Nevadans rely on. “We can’t trust you with taxes,” the tea party-backed Angle said near the end of their 60 shared minutes on a debate stage, returning to an allegation made nearly an hour earlier that he had voted to raise
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