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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 […]

OK, we relaxed this tax act thingy. Now what?

OK, we relaxed this tax act thingy. Now what?

House Republicans redeemed a campaign promise to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, but now must march against the headwinds of a Democratic-controlled Senate and the specter of a White House veto. The GOP owes its newfound control of the House in part to its appeal last fall to voters outraged about the new […]

Health care claims long on hype, short on facts

Health care claims long on hype, short on facts

Republicans pushing to repeal President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul warn that 650,000 jobs will be lost if the law is allowed to stand. But the widely cited estimate by House GOP leaders is shaky. It’s the latest creative use of statistics in the health care debate, which has seen plenty of examples from both […]

House set to vote on health care law repeal

House set to vote on health care law repeal

The new Republican-led House is poised to deliver an emphatic thumbs-down to President Barack Obama‘s landmark health care overhaul, with no ready substitute of its own. The House vote Wednesday could turn out to be the high-water mark for repeal, a goal that energized conservative voters in the midterm elections and helped Republicans return to […]