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Bitter Olympia Snowe leaving Senate

Bitter Olympia Snowe leaving Senate

Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, saying she is tired of “wasting precious time” in a bitter divided Congress, announced Tuesday she will not seek re-election in November. “We could have done so much,” Snowe told Capitol Hill Blue. “The Senate could have done some big things.  We should have had an energy policy.  We should have […]

Romney, Santorum already looking towards Ohio

Romney, Santorum already looking towards Ohio

Regardless of the outcome of Republican presidential primaries in Michigan and Arizona on Tuesday, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum appear headed for a showdown next week in Ohio. Both candidates plan to dash there later this week. The candidates and their allies already are spending heavily on advertising in the Buckeye State. It’s one of […]

Obama says failed GOP policies drive up gas prices

Obama says failed GOP policies drive up gas prices

President Barack Obama on Thursday assailed Republicans for what he described as a flawed and dishonest strategy for reducing gas prices, predicting his rivals would offer nothing but more drilling and political promises of $2-a-gallon gas. Said the president: “The American people aren’t stupid.” “That’s not a plan, especially since we’re already drilling. That’s a […]

Obama: Close tax loopholes for businesses with overseas operations

Obama: Close tax loopholes for businesses with overseas operations

President Barack Obama wants to cut the corporate tax rate by seven percentage points but the move doesn’t mean companies would pay less taxes. His plan also eliminates many loopholes and subsidies that corporations currently use to pay far less taxes and could result in a higher — not lower — final payments to Uncle […]

Romney closes gap in new poll of Michigan voters

Romney closes gap in new poll of Michigan voters

A barrage of television ads and closer scrutiny of a surging Rick Santorum have closed the gap in Michigan as a new poll shows Mitt Romney closing what once was a 15-point deficit to four percentage points. Still, with a week to go before a crucial primary that could make or break Romney’s once seemingly […]

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 […]

GOP fires early salvo on global warming

GOP fires early salvo on global warming

House Republicans wasted no time Thursday in trying to block the Obama administration from acting to stem global warming. On their second day in power, GOP lawmakers introduced several bills that would hamstring the Environmental Protection Agency from moving forward with regulations to reduce heat-trapping pollution from factories and other sources that they say contributes […]

Reading the Constitution: Education or futility?

Reading the Constitution: Education or futility?

Republicans and Democrats took turns politely in a historic recitation of the Constitution from the House floor Thursday, but the decorum hardly meant they were in agreement. In a nod to the tea partiers who put the Republicans in power, GOP lawmakers took time out from their campaign to change the way government works to […]

New Obama, new team, same old problems

New Obama, new team, same old problems

Retooling for a re-election run, President Barack Obama is shaking up his senior leadership team to deal with the new realities of his term: The era of big legislation is over, a massive campaign effort needs energy and people, and the White House is taking a toll on those who run it. Obama’s press secretary, […]

Senate passes food safety bill…again

Senate passes food safety bill…again

The Senate on Sunday passed a sweeping bill to make food safer, sending it to the House in the waning days of Congress. It was the second time the Senate passed the bill, which would give the government broad new powers to increase inspections of food processing facilities and force companies to recall tainted food. […]

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