Politics

GOP wannabes pan Obama’s budget plan

GOP wannabes pan Obama’s budget plan

The Republicans vying to challenge President Barack Obama next year are universally panning his budget proposal as political gimmickry and another example of his inability to lead. The likely candidates lined up Wednesday against Obama’s budget proposal, which would cut the federal deficit by $4 trillion over 12 years by eliminating health care fraud, raising […]

The Trump Doctrine?

The Trump Doctrine?

Call it the Trump Doctrine. The next time America is called upon to act as global policeman, expect a bill from Uncle Sam. Property developer, reality TV star and would-be Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he’d apply his business acumen to geopolitics if he wins the White House. A cultural phenomenon known as “The […]

Pawlenty not running for President…yet

Pawlenty not running for President…yet

Former Minnesota Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty told a CNN interviewer on Tuesday he was “focusing on running for president” but was not ready to make a formal announcement. Asked whether, hypothetically, he would consider being vice president with someone like Donald Trump at the top of the ticket, Pawlenty replied: “I’m running for president. I’m […]

Romney officially in White House race

Romney officially in White House race

Republican heavyweight Mitt Romney entered the 2012 race for the White House on Monday, forming an exploratory committee to raise money for a challenge to President Barack Obama. Romney, an unsuccessful presidential contender in 2008, opens his campaign as a well-funded early front-runner to Obama, a Democrat. He scores high in opinion polls against other […]

Obama set to kick off 2012 fundraising

Obama set to kick off 2012 fundraising

President Barack Obama will kick off his 2012 campaign fundraising efforts later this week in his hometown of Chicago, which will also serve as the headquarters for his campaign. The president, who raised a whopping $750 million in 2008 and may raise as much as $1 billion this time around, formally announced his re-election last […]

Bachmann, Paul fault Republicans

Bachmann, Paul fault Republicans

Two possible Republican presidential candidates speaking in Iowa on Monday criticized their own party leaders for failing to cut enough from the federal budget. Texas Congressman Ron Paul criticized both President Barack Obama’s budget and a proposal by Wisconsin Republican Congressman Paul Ryan in a speech at an Iowa college. “Neither of those budgets will […]

Romney tries to learn from past

Romney tries to learn from past

In his first presidential run in 2008, Mitt Romney sought back-to-back victories in Iowa and New Hampshire to propel him to the GOP nomination. He won neither, the two-state sprint failed and so did his candidacy. This time his strategy is more of a multi-state marathon, with economically suffering Nevada an important round in what […]

Will feds indict John Edwards?

Will feds indict John Edwards?

Prosecutors deciding whether to indict John Edwards over payments made to keep his pregnant mistress in hiding are spending more time with their chief witness, Andrew Young, who posed as the father of Edwards’ out-of-wedlock baby during the 2008 presidential campaign. The Associated Press saw Young leaving his attorney’s Washington office after meeting with the […]

Supremes unimpressed with Arizona campaign finance law

Supremes unimpressed with Arizona campaign finance law

The Supreme Court appeared poised Monday to strike down a provision of a campaign financing system in Arizona that gives extra cash to publicly funded candidates who face privately funded rivals and independent groups. Such a decision would be another blow to public campaign financing, once thought of as an antidote to the corrupting influence […]

Scott Brown looks back over first year in Senate

Scott Brown looks back over first year in Senate

Scott Brown ran for the Senate vowing to rein in government spending and cut the federal budget deficit. A year later, he is open to increasing the national debt limit so the government can both spend and borrow more. The clash between his campaign rhetoric and voting record underscores the theme of the Republican’s first […]