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Funding deal reached to avoid government shutdown

Funding deal reached to avoid government shutdown

House and Senate negotiators reached a last-minute deal late Thursday to fund the U.S.government through September 30 of next year — staving off a government shutdown that would have started at midnight Friday. “Houston, we no longer have a problem,” a relieved House aide told Capitol Hill Blue.  “We can go home for Christmas.” Both […]

Gridlock brings another threat of government shutdown

Gridlock brings another threat of government shutdown

Capitol Hill gridlock once again threatens the day-to-day operations of government as Republicans and Democrats tangle over unemployment benefits, Social Security taxes and the use of earmarks to benefit campaign contributors. Both sides, while playing politics with the economic well-being of Americans, accuse the other of doing exactly that in a bitter struggle over a […]

Gingrich leads GOP contenders, but can’t beat Obama

Gingrich leads GOP contenders, but can’t beat Obama

Good news for Newt Gingrich: The former Speaker of the House holds a solid 10 point lead among candidates for the GOP Presidential nomination for President, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll. Bad news for Republicans: If Gingrich gets the nod, he’s not the Republican to beat President Barack Obama in 2012. The poll shows […]

Is a win in Iowa all that important?

Is a win in Iowa all that important?

With the Iowa caucuses set to officially open the primary election season just after the first of the year, a perennial debate rages inside Republican political circles:  Is Iowa all that important. The state’s convoluted caucus system, which allows a candidate with the best in-state organization to pack the results, produces a lot of hoopla […]

Gingrich survives verbal bullets in Iowa debate

Gingrich survives verbal bullets in Iowa debate

Republican presidential contenders went head-to-head Saturday night for the right to challenge Barack Obama‘s claim to a second term but the target for most in the latest debate but not Obama but current GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich. Gingrich’s rivals portrayed him as a philandering, adulterous husband, money-grubbing Washington insider and lifetime political opportunist. “We don’t […]

Rick Perry’s homophobic ad generates dissension, not support

Rick Perry’s homophobic ad generates dissension, not support

Texas Governor Rick Perry wants to jump start his stalled campaign for the GOP presidential nomination and is turning to outright homophobia and religious extremism in a last-ditch effort to do so. His latest television ad is a display of anti-gay sentiment and overt religious zealotry that Perry hoped would appeal to the core of […]

Presidential election trauma: Who do you dislike least?

Presidential election trauma: Who do you dislike least?

Voters heading in 2012 face a serious dilemma: Which Presidential contender among a long list of flawed candidates do you dislike the least? Poll after poll shows a lack of real passion by a majority of voters on both sides of the political divide.  Democrats accept the fact — many of the grudgingly — that […]

Obama: Pass Social Security tax cut or don’t go home for Christmas

Obama: Pass Social Security tax cut or don’t go home for Christmas

President Barack Obama, under fire for some of  his own vacations, threatened Thursday to delay the end of the year vacation for Congress is they don’t extend Social Security payroll tax cuts. Obama said he would keep Congress in session “for as long as it takes.” “The President feels Congress cannot go home with unfinished […]

Newt on Newt: ‘I’m going to be the nominee’

Newt on Newt: ‘I’m going to be the nominee’

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich continues to surge in polls and his rise is hurting presumed front-runner Mitt Romney. Gingrich’s entry to the top tier of the GOP Presidential field turns the up-and-down political road to the nomination into a two-man race with backbenchers Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman jockeying for  distant third […]

Gingrich’s always-massive ego is out of control

Gingrich’s always-massive ego is out of control

Talk to Republicans and Democrats alike about former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and one word emerges. Ego. In a field where ego reigns supreme, Newt Gingrich’s ego is considered supersized by those surveyed by Capitol Hill Blue. “He’s out of control,” says former Congressman and MSNBC talk show host Joe Scarborough. In recent […]