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Cheney calls CIA probe political

The self-anointed attack dog for the failed administration of former President George W. Bush, which turned the Justice Department into a political hack agency, Sunday accused the Obama administration of playing politics with the investigation of prisoner torture.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney turned to Fox News, the mouthpiece for Republicans, to launch his latest attacks.

"I just think it's an outrageous precedent to set, to have this kind of, I think, intensely partisan, politicized look back at the prior administration," Cheney said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

Cheney's broadsides are the latest in an orchestrated series of attacks from the former Vice President.


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South Carolina GOP pissed at Sanford

Republican legislators fumed Saturday over Gov. Mark Sanford's affair and questionable travel, though they stopped short of trying to force his resignation or impeachment before they return to the Statehouse in January.

Still, the House GOP Caucus that dominates the lower chamber with 73 of the body's 124 members made two things clear — they want Sanford gone and they want to act soon. However, lawmakers are waiting to make any decisions until the state ethics commission finishes its investigation. And starting impeachment proceedings now could require a costly and special session.


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Health care: Who can scream the loudest?

The health-care debate has turned raucous. Angry crowds are showing up at "town halls" to protest congressmen who support President Obama's proposals to reform and expand health-insurance coverage in America.

Democrats say Republicans are trying to drown out the debate by shouting down reform advocates; Republicans say Democrats are trying to stifle dissent. Either way, the debate about health reform has become a debate about the debate.

Is this any way to behave in a democracy? Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk, the RedBlueAmerica columnists, jump into the fray.
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Awaiting Sarah’s next act

America's most entertaining and polarizing politician is leaving electoral politics. Since Sarah Palin also seems to be one of our most impulsive politicians perhaps her departure is only momentary.

Palin stunned the world of conventional politics earlier this month by announcing that she was quitting the Alaska governor's office with 18 months remaining in her term. Mysteriously, she told Alaskans she was giving up the state's top job so "I will be able to fight even harder for you." She, also mysteriously, warned Alaskans to "be wary of accepting government largesse," an odd thing to say in a state that annually ranks number one in federal dollars received per capita.
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Hawaii confirms Obama’s birth…again

State officials in Hawaii on Monday said they have once again checked and confirmed that President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen, and therefore meets a key constitutional requirement for being president.

They hoped to stem a recent surge in the number of inquiries about Obama's birthplace.


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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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