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Palin: Political contender or pretender?

Palin: Political contender or pretender?

Sarah Palin, the telegenic Republican who exasperates and delights voters about equally, is dropping ever more hints of a presidential bid, including a visit Saturday to the key state of Iowa. The official purpose of her trip to suburban Des Moines is to promote her new book, “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and […]

Obama: He doesn’t think much about Sarah Palin

Obama: He doesn’t think much about Sarah Palin

President Barack Obama says he respects Sarah Palin‘s political skills but hasn’t thought about the possibility of facing her in the 2012 presidential election. Obama acknowledges that Palin “has a strong base of support in the Republican Party,” but he says he spends most of his time focused on being “the best possible president.” In […]

GOP wins another House seat as Democrat concedes

A sixth Democratic House seat in New York fell to Republicans on Tuesday when freshman incumbent Dan Maffei conceded he could not overcome his opponent’s narrow lead. The Republican, Ann Marie Buerkle, will be the first woman to represent central New York‘s 25th Congressional District. Maffei, who defeated Dale Sweetland to win the seat in […]

American voters don’t want a second term from Obama

American voters don’t want a second term from Obama

Memo to Barack Obama: You might want to start freshening up your resume because because a majority of American voters don’t think you deserve a second term in office. A new poll from Oquinnipiac University shows 49 percent of American voters don’t think Obama should have a second term with 43 percent saying he does. […]

Barbara Bush to Sarah Palin: Stay in Alaska

Barbara Bush to Sarah Palin: Stay in Alaska

Always outspoken former first lady Barbara Bush says Sarah Palin should stay in Alaska and stop trying to be something she’s not: A serious candidate for President. Appearing on CNN’s Lary King in an interview scheduled for Monday night airing, Mrs. Bush says Palin seems “very happy” in Alaska and says the former governor and […]

Gingrich: I ain’t debatin’ if Matthews or Olbermann is moderatin’

Gingrich: I ain’t debatin’ if Matthews or Olbermann is moderatin’

If former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich runs for President in 2012 — and many GOP insiders feel he will — one thing is for sure: He won’t appear for any debates moderated by MSNBC‘s Keith Olbermann or Chris Matthews. Gingrich considers both as shills for Democrats. MSNBC has come under fire not only […]

Judge sends Alaska Senate race to the courts

Judge sends Alaska Senate race to the courts

A federal judge has granted a temporary injunction halting the certification of Alaska’s hotly contested Senate election — an order that requires Republican candidate Joe Miller file a formal challenge of the vote count in state court. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline said Friday that Miller’s challenge to the counting of write-in […]

Pat-downs? We don’t need no stinkin’ pat-downs

Pat-downs? We don’t need no stinkin’ pat-downs

No airport pat-down for the incoming House speaker. On Friday, the GOP‘s John Boehner was guided past the metal detectors and hand inspections given to other passengers on his flight home to Ohio. Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel said his boss followed procedures set by Capitol Police and the Transportation Security Administration. Steel said the same […]

Smokescreen: Ban on pork is anything but

Smokescreen: Ban on pork is anything but

Despite their claims, the Republicans’ ban on earmarks won’t stop lawmakers from steering taxpayers’ dollars to pet projects. And it will have little if any effect on Washington’s far graver problem — the gigantic budget deficit. Saying Election Day victories gave them a mandate to curb spending, Republicans formally agreed last week to a two-year […]

Murkowski’s win dims Palin’s political star

Murkowski’s win dims Palin’s political star

Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s stunning write-in victory was a political poke in the eye to Alaska’s other favorite daughter, Sarah Palin. The former governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate backed scores of congressional and gubernatorial candidates this election, a sought-after endorsement that helped lift several Republicans to victory. But she and her husband, Todd, invested far […]