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Things ain’t looking good for Marco Rubio

Now that Republicans have made him the U.S. Senate front-runner, Marco Rubio is trying to weather potentially damaging revelations about his credit card use, double billing for airfare and murky finances. A few months ago, the former Florida House speaker seemed an unlikely bet to beat Gov. Charlie Crist in the party’s Senate primary. And in those months, Rubio’s lavish spending has come under scrutiny of federal investigators. In that same stretch, his poll numbers have soared, carrying him well ahead of Crist and forcing the once seemingly unbeatable governor to consider running as an independent for Senate. Crist has
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Palin ventures into liberal territory

Sarah Palin praised Republicans at a fundraising dinner in a liberal-leaning Oregon town for having the boldness to invite her to speak. The former governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate was the headliner for the Lane County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day dinner in Eugene, Oregon. She spoke Friday evening as about 150 demonstrators gathered peacefully outside the fundraiser. Home to the University of Oregon, Eugene is a Democratic stronghold in a blue state, and Lane County registers nearly twice as many Democrats as Republicans. But local GOP officials invited Palin anyway to rally the GOP faithful. “You guys are
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Larry King: No longer relevant

During a presentation to advertisers last week in New York City, CNN trotted out many of its big names: Anderson Cooper, John King, Sanjay Gupta, Candy Crowley, Nancy Grace and Wolf Blitzer, among them. Larry King, host of what is still one of the network’s top-rated shows, appeared only in a film clip that flashed by for a second or two. These are troubled times for “Larry King Live” as it approaches its 25th anniversary in June. The show’s viewership for the first three months of the year dropped 44 percent from 2009, and it usually trails Fox News Channel’s
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Tea Party wraps up road show with Washington stop

The three-week long cross-country tour by the Tea Party, the fake “grassroots” organization that fronts for organized right-wing causes, ends on Tax Day today in Washington — the town the movement loves to hate. Missing from the staged events will be Tea Party darling Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor and failed Republican Vice Presidential candidate has headlined many events in the tour but will not among the featured speakers at the 11 a.m. rally in Washington, DC. The protesters opened their tour in Nevada three weeks ago. Radio host Neal Boortz is among the listed speakers for the finale
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Democrats rebound in Florida special election

Republican backlash over President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul had little effect in the nation’s first U.S. House race of 2010. Florida Democratic state Sen. Ted Deutch handily won Tuesday’s special election to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler after his underdog GOP opponent attempted to make the contest a referendum on the massive health care bill. “We’ve heard for months that tonight … is a referendum on health care, it’s a referendum on the (Obama) administration, it’s a referendum on what direction this country is going,” Deutch told supporters. “Let me tell you something, what we learned today
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Barbour defends Confederate History Month

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, one of the “good ole boys” of the Grand Old Party, dismisses the furor over Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell‘s controversy over resurrecting Confederate History Month in the Old Dominion. “It don’t amount to diddly,” Barbour told CNN’s “State of the Union” over the weekend. Barbour, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, claims those who criticize McDonnell for re-instituting the observance are “picking a nit.” McDonnell, a Republican, revived Confederate History Month after two-preceding Democratic Governors put it in mothballs but left out any reference to the shame of slavery. After coming under attack, McDonnell
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Florida GOP lives large at donor expense

Officials and staff members of the Florida Republican Party piled up nearly $1.3 million in questionable charges on an American Express card and donors to the GOP paid the bill. The charges went on the Amex card given to a 25-year-old staff members two-and-a-half years ago and various members of the state party used the card to charge a $40,000 London hotel bill, $20,000 in plane tickets for the wife and family of indicted Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom and thousands of dollars in jewelry, sporting goods and electronics. The Miami Herald and St. Petersburg Times got a look at
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Both parties bank on long-shots for mid-terms

Even Republicans were looking at New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, as a lock this fall to succeed retiring Gov. David Paterson and claim the seat long held by his famous father, Mario Cuomo. Once Republican Scott Brown showed that Democrats in Massachusetts couldn’t hold the late Edward M. Kennedy’s Senate seat, however, what seemed politically impossible in the 2010 elections has at least some plausibility. After courting Steve Levy, a county executive from populous Long Island, to switch his registration from Democrat to Republican and run for governor, the GOP’s new message to Cuomo is: Game on.
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Top RNC aide resigns but Steele survives for now

The controversy over Republican National Committee spending has led to the resignation of its chief of staff, but party Chairman Michael Steele remains insistent that he isn’t going anywhere. The resignation of RNC chief of staff Ken McKay on Monday made him the highest-profile official to depart the central committee after the revelation that the committee had picked up a nearly $2,000 tab at a sex-themed California night club. The incident proved embarrassing and a midlevel staffer was dismissed, a move that was not enough to assuage social conservatives urging a fundraising boycott. In an internal memo Monday, Steele said
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Right wing rewrites history in real time

The rabid right wants to rewrite history and in states like Texas they are already doing so. Conservatives in the Lone Star state want the state school board to rewrite teaching guidelines and force schools to downplay the role that Thomas Jefferson played in American history while praising right-wingers like Phyllis Schlafly and challenging the Constitutional concept that separates church in state. And that’s not all. Writes Steven Thomma of McClatchy Newspapers: In articles and speeches, on radio and TV, conservatives are working to redefine major turning points and influential figures in American history, often to slam liberals, promote Republicans
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