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RNC chair attacks Obama on health care

The chairman of the Republican party is accusing President Barack Obama of conducting "risky experimentation" with his health care proposals, saying they will hurt the economy and force millions to drop their current coverage.

Michael Steele, in remarks prepared for delivery at the National Press Club, also said the president, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and key congressional committee chairmen are part of a "cabal" that wants to implement government-run health care.

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Sarah Palin not planning to fade away

Outgoing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's unorthodox political journey may venture into party-crossing territory with the GOP loose cannon saying she might campaign for Democrats who share her beliefs, assuming there are such political animals.

"I will go around the country on behalf of candidates who believe in the right things, regardless of their party label or affiliation," she told the right-leaning Washington Times in an interview.

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GOP rivals say Palin’s ploy won’t work

One of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's potential presidential rivals said Sunday that her abrupt resignation won't help her dodge scrutiny. President George W. Bush's chief political adviser said her strategy is, at best, unclear.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Palin's announcement that she would not seek a second term — and leave office before finishing her first — simply doesn't make sense in a conventional political setting. Karl Rove, a longtime Bush counselor, said Palin has engaged in a "risky strategy."

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Is Palin perplexing? You betcha

Even for a nonconformist, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has defied political logic with her sudden, stunning announcement to leave office more than a year early.

Supporters and critics alike say the former GOP vice presidential candidate's resignation, announced Friday afternoon and effective July 26, is an inexplicable move for a high profile Republican widely seen as a contender for a White House run in 2012. A half-term governor campaigning for president?

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Palin soap opera ignites GOP war

The sordid soap opera that is Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, played out in a new Vanity Fair article, has ignited a war of words within the Republican Party with each sides calling each other liars.

On one side is fading right-wing star Bill Kristol, squaring off against Steve Schmidt, manager of Sen. John McCain's failed Presidential bid but others in the GOP are getting their blows in as well.

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Is Mitt Romney plotting another run for the gold?

While sex scandals and other problems bring down one 2012 Republican Presidential hopeful after another, Mitt Romney sits in the wings, waiting for his rivals to fall by the wayside.

Romney insists publicly he's not even thinking about another run for the gold but while he issues public denials, his Presidential campaign team from 2008 remains in place, raising money and putting together plans.

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Advice for philandering politicians

Really, there should be a template for politicians who hold press conferences to confess to sexual dalliances.

We've run the gamut from former President Clinton's defiant "I-did-not-have-sex-with-that-woman" mantra in the Roosevelt Room of the White House and belabored parsing of "it depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is" to South Carolina Republican Gov. Mark Sanford's weird "I-spent-the-last-five-days-of-my-life-crying-in-Argentina" confession in the Columbia state capitol.

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Mark Sanford’s real screwup

And another one bites the dust -- a promising Republican, that is. Except it turns out this one, the governor of South Carolina wasn't so promising after all. In fact, Mark Sanford, the strongly religious wayfaring social conservative, was more interested in knowing a woman in the biblical sense than he was in dealing with the affairs of his state.

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A plethora of philandering politicians

What is it with philandering politicians?

Why do men in power — the ones on pedestals — think they are above us and can get away with cheating on their spouses, particularly when media scrutiny is so intense and peccadilloes are arguably more politically damaging?

There's a long list of those who thought they could jet off to Argentina, or cruise on the Monkey Business, or check into a hotel under an assumed name or use an escort service and never get caught, never have to come clean.

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Setting the stage for a Republican comeback

As absurd as it sounds, Republicans could be poised for a comeback by the mid-term elections of 2010.

Helped by Democratic arrogance and signs that President Barack Obama's popularity may be slipping as Americans get a closer look at the real cost of his all-government, all-the-time ideas of chance, the GOP could become the lesser of two evils in the minds of voters by the time voters get another chance to voice their displeasure at how things are going in Washington.

Far-fetched? Yes. Impossible? Not really.

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