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The right wing finds new life

Suddenly, conservatives are back in style. A surge of young, enthusiastic conservative activists, united by opposition to President Barack Obama‘s increasingly unpopular agenda, have invirogated the right wing and they predict Republican wins in November’s congressional elections. Gathering at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the re-energized right wing promise a full court press on Obama and Democrats and trumpet a political turnaround for their causes, saying public dissastisfaction and failures by the left have fueled their agenda. With Obama’s approval ratings falling and his legislative agenda stalled amid public unhappiness with a faltering economy, soaring unemployemtn and record
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Cheney: Obama is a one-termer

George W. Bush’s Prince of Darkness is predicting the political demise of Barack Obama. Former Vice President Dick Cheney told right-wing political activists this week he thinks Barack Obama is a “one-term president.” Appearing, without advance notice, at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Cheney predicted 2010 will be a big year for Republicans, citing GOP victories in the Massachusetts Senate race last month and in New Jersey and Virginia governor’s races last year as signs that the party of the elephant is one the rebound. Cheney accompanied his daughter, Liz Cheney, to the conference as “arm candy,” he said, because
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Right-wingers parade their stuff at CPAC

Marco Rubio and J.D. Hayworth have different styles and different backgrounds and they’re from opposite sides of the country. But both are hoping to win Senate seats by tapping into the energy of conservatives to defeat big-name, establishment-backed Republicans. Rubio is well on his way in his effort against Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and easily made more out of his visit Thursday to the Conservative Political Action Conference. He was clearly the star, delivering the opening speech of the event to more than 3,000 people. Hayworth, who this month entered the Republican primary against Arizona Sen. John McCain, had a
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Can Zsa Zsa’s husband save California?

What the world already knows of Prince Frederic von Anhalt reads like a tabloid writer's dream: eighth husband of Zsa Zsa Gabor, lover (never confirmed) of Anna Nicole Smith, self-proclaimed member of European royalty.

The flamboyant socialite says he'll add a new title on Wednesday: California gubernatorial candidate.

Von Anhalt and his attorney said they will file his candidate papers in late morning at the secretary of state's office in Sacramento.

If he follows through, von Anhalt would be the only independent in a field that includes Republicans Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner and the presumed Democratic candidate, Attorney General Jerry Brown.


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Patrick Kennedy didn’t fit political mold

It was never a perfect fit — politics and Patrick Kennedy, the latest and perhaps the last in the long line of Kennedys at the heart of American political life.

The sometimes fragile son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy has spent all of his adult life in public office, but he has rarely seemed at ease in the spotlight. On Friday, five months after his father's death, he announced he'll retire from Congress, expressing a sense of relief. It will be the first time in six decades that Washington will be without a Kennedy in office.
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Former President Clinton undergoes heart procedure

Former President Bill Clinton had two stents inserted Thursday to prop open a clogged heart artery after being hospitalized with chest pains, an adviser said.

Clinton, 63, "is in good spirits and will continue to focus on the work of his foundation and Haiti's relief and long-term recovery efforts," said adviser Douglas Band.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton left Washington and headed to New York to be with her husband, who underwent the procedure at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Stents are tiny mesh scaffolds used to keep an artery open after it is unclogged in an angioplasty procedure. Doctors thread a tube through a blood vessel in the groin to a blocked artery, inflate a balloon to flatten the clog, and slide the stent into place.
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Sarah Palin to Tea Baggers: ‘It’s time for a revolution’

Sarah Palin, the mouth that roared, brought Tea Party activists to their feet in Nashville Saturday with a rousing speech that called for a "new American revolution."

Palin, of course, was preaching to the choir -- a conservative audience that provided the perfect venue for the former Alaska Governor and failed vice-presidential candidate.

Alternating between folksy humor and sharp jabs at President Barack Obama and Democrats, Palin asked "How's that hope-y, change-y stuff workin' out for you?"

She had high praise for the Tea Bag Party.

"This movement is about the people," Palin said. "Government is supposed to be working for the people."

Amid multiple standing ovations, the keynote speaker to the opening session of the Tea Party's first national convention played to the heart of the group's anti-establishment, grass-roots image.

Her audience waved flags and erupted in cheers during multiple standing ovations as Palin gave the keynote address at the first national convention of the "tea party" coalition. It's an anti-establishment, grass-roots network motivated by anger over the growth of government, budget-busting spending and Obama's policies.
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Sarah Palin: A tsunami of political contradictions

Sarah PalinFor a woman whose resume includes quitting her governor's job in mid-term and failing as a vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin is sitting pretty these days, raking in the bucks from book sales, pontificating on Facebook and becoming a one-woman media empire.

Indeed, the flake from Wasilla, Alaska, appears to have it made.

Which delights some conservative Republicans who actually still consider the controversial Palin Presidential material and scares the hell out of Democrats who realize that, in a political environment where a one-term Senator from Illinois can become President, anything can happen.
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