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Romney Wins Iowa Straw Poll

Mitt Romney won the Republican straw poll in Iowa on Saturday by a wide margin, but his victory was tempered by the conspicuous absence of the other big names in the campaign: John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson. Mike Huckabee, meanwhile, turned heads with a surprising second-place finish. Tommy Thompson said previously he would drop out of the race if he didn’t get second or better. He placed sixth.

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Romney Steals the Spotlight

Watch out, Fred Thompson: By the time you get into the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney may have run away with your constituency.

Posted on Aug 7, 2007 READ MORE


Leaving No Republican Behind

In a state that likes the GOP, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, is succeeding by respecting those who disagree with him. Members of his party who are seeking the presidency should take note.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


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Key Republicans Push for Iraq Strategy Change

Adding to the mounting pressure on President Bush to revise his stubborn “stay the course” strategy in the Iraq war, top Republican Sens. John W. Warner (pictured) and Richard G. Lugar made a gesture of dissent by proposing a U.S. troop redeployment plan on Friday.

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Democrats Rake It In

The Democratic candidates have won the latest round of fundraising in what is expected to be the most expensive election ever. Here’s what the candidates took in, in millions: Obama - $32.5, Clinton - $27, Edwards - $9, Richardson - $7, Giuliani - $15, Romney - $14, and McCain - $11. Going by estimates, Obama had more individual donors than Giuliani, Romney and McCain combined.

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More Dirt on the GOP’s ‘Voter Fraud’ Campaign

Ousted U.S. Attorney David Iglesias says he believes he was fired, in part, for failing to meet the obsessive demands of a nonprofit organization with ties to the Republican Party that allegedly sought to limit the voting rights of minorities.  Is there a more heinous political practice than the disenfranchisement of minority voters after so long a struggle?

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Giuliani’s South Carolina Meltdown

Rudy Giuliani is no stranger to ill-advised staffing choices, but his latest picks to head up his South Carolina campaign have caused the candidate some real headaches. First, Thomas Ravenel had to resign, presumably from legal trouble related to cocaine. Now his father (and replacement) is in hot water over past racist comments, including a reference to the NAACP as the “National Association for Retarded People.”

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Has the Straight Talk Express Run out of Steam?

John McCain isn’t worried about his floundering presidential campaign—at least not publicly—but a number of polls show his support slipping into single digits. Mayor Knox White of Greenville, S.C., a McCain supporter, explains the downward trend this way: “[McCain] sometimes makes voters mad.”

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Giuliani Explains Iraq Study Group Absenteeism

Rudy Giuliani is in damage control mode, now that people have noticed that during his two-month tour as a member of the Iraq Study Group he missed two meetings in order to make paid appearances. The candidate called his participation in the group a mistake, both because he intended to run for office and because it “didn’t seem that I would really be able to keep the thing focused on a bipartisan, nonpolitical resolution.”

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Romney Debates Himself

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Odd Couple Still Pushing Immigration Reform

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Bush are determined to push through the ailing immigration reform bill, despite heavy opposition from both sides of the aisle.  Reid, who has partnered with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, said Democrats would work through the July 4 recess if necessary.

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GOP Identity Crisis

The great drama in American politics today revolves around the question: What is the Republican Party?

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No Debate on Gays in the Military

Whatever happened to that Republican spirit of individual liberty? During the recent GOP debate, none of the candidates came out against the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on homosexuals.  According to John McCain, “the policy is working,” despite frequent reports that the “Don’t ask” requirement is often ignored.

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The Ghost of Pardon Past

The argument among Republicans over whether President Bush should grant Scooter Libby a quick pardon amounts to a battle between the past and the future.

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Reaganite Rudy’s Faulty Memory

The only way for Rudolph Giuliani to protect his status as the Republican Party’s leading presidential aspirant is to distract his party’s primary voters from the long list of issues that divide them from him.

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Ron Paul on ‘The Daily Show’

The Republican Party’s only anti-war candidate (so far) tells Jon Stewart it’s the other candidates who have lost touch with conservative values. As Stewart points out, that could be a problem: “You appear to have consistent, principled integrity. Uh ... Americans don’t usually go for that.”

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Romney Collides With the Mormon Problem

Much has been made of Mitt Romney’s religion, but the Republican presidential candidate recently discovered just how negative some voters feel about his faith. In this clip, Romney’s glad-handing comes to an abrupt halt when an elderly man declares that he’ll never vote for a Mormon, then refuses to shake Romney’s hand.

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McCain’s Temper

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Shades of White

The satirist pokes fun at the Republican candidates who are competing for that often-neglected voting bloc—the white male.

Posted on May 19, 2007 READ MORE


The GOP Identity Crisis

In Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate in South Carolina, every leading candidate declared independence from some piece of dogma or another—even as all of them clung for dear life to the word conservative.  They sounded like religious doubters who compensate for their ebbing faith by shouting ever more fervently: “I believe!”

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Hagel Wants to ‘Shake Up’ the Election

Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel told “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he was “not happy with the Republican Party,” and hinted he might make an independent run for president, perhaps with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg by his side.

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Phased Withdrawal

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The GOP’s Reaganesque Tall Tales

Sensing their own smallness, contemporary politicians often seek to puff themselves up by appealing to myth and legend. For Republicans, there is no mythology more appealing than that of Ronald Wilson Reagan, as the party’s presidential candidates eagerly demonstrated during their May 3 debate in the library that bears his name.

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Republicans Give Bush a Timetable

A delegation of 11 moderate House Republicans visited the White House on Tuesday to warn the president that he risks losing more support from his party if conditions in Iraq do not improve by fall. The lawmakers lamented dwindling support for the war among their constituencies during the meeting, which was described as “no-holds-barred.”

Posted on May 9, 2007 READ MORE


A Bridge to the 19th Century

Compared to the Democrats’ groundbreaking lineup of candidates, the 10 white men who gathered for last week’s Republican debate showed a determination to cling to the bad old days.

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Ten Bodies, but Not Much of a Pulse

The announced Republican candidates for president did nothing in their first debate to discourage the unannounced Republican candidates—Fred Thompson, Newt Gingrich, maybe Chuck Hagel—from wading in. The water doesn’t look very deep.

Posted on May 8, 2007 READ MORE


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Fact-Checking the GOP Debate

MSNBC sets the record straight on some of the errors and misrepresentations from the first Republican debate: More than a few thousand soldiers have been injured in Iraq, you can’t flip-flop on abortion like Bush 41 if Bush 41 never flip-flopped, and Bill Clinton didn’t gut the Army—he modernized it with bipartisan support.

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They Wanna Be Like Ron

With President Bush slumping in the polls, it’s no wonder the Republican candidates chose to model Ronald Reagan at their first debate. The front-runners, especially, avoided mentioning Bush almost as urgently as the topic of abortion. Iran-Contra just pales in comparison to Niger-WMD-Katrina-U.S. Attorney-Missing E-mail-Secret Prison-Jeff Gannon-Domestic Spying-Halliburton-Abu Ghraib-Plame-Gate.

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Imagine a President Who Doesn’t Believe in Evolution

It could happen. The most alarming difference between the Democratic and Republican debates would have to be the response to this question: “Is there anyone on this stage ... that does not believe in evolution?” Three hands shot up.

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Raising the Bar

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At Bottom of the Polls, GOP Candidates Duke It Out

An odd thing happened Sunday: Mike Huckabee took a shot at Mitt Romney’s credibility. With only four percentage points of support for the two of them, according to the most recent Gallup poll, you’d think the former Arkansas governor would have bigger fish to fry. He may.

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Keep GOP Feet to the Fire

Democrats must force Republican members of Congress—again and again—to justify their refusal to get tough with Bush over Iraq.

Posted on Feb 19, 2007 READ MORE


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Snickers Pulls Anti-Gay Super Bowl Ads

UPDATE: Snickers parent company Mars has pulled the anti-homosexual ads it was hosting on its website—expressing regret and saying it will never air them again.

  • Earlier: Snickers aired an ad during the Super Bowl that featured two men reacting in violent disgust after accidentally kissing while eating a candy bar.

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    Even Republicans Resist Bush Appeal

    Despite his State of the Union plea to give the Iraq war another chance, the president is suffering defections from his own party, including a number of GOP senators who have emboldened Democrats in their fight against Bush’s planned escalation of the war.

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    Luckovich: Bush Gives In to Popular Demand

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    House GOP Runs Amok

    It’s every Republican for himself in the House these days. A quick check of vote counts during the opening salvo of the Democrats’ 100-hour legislative blitz reveals droves of GOP defections. In the words of one representative: “Times have changed. I don’t want to be someone who they say is too stubborn to change too.”

    Posted on Jan 14, 2007 READ MORE


    S.D. Senator ‘Recovering as Expected’

    According to one of his doctors, Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., is “recovering as expected from brain surgery and his brain pressures continue to be in the normal range,” though he remains in critical condition. Johnson’s sudden illness last week raised the possibility of a Republican takeover of the Senate.

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    E.J. Dionne Jr.: Putting Iraq on the Credit Card

    Believe it or not, winning the war in Iraq was never the Bush administration’s highest priority. Saving its tax cuts was more important. That was once spoken of as a moral problem. Now, it’s a practical barrier to a successful outcome.

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    Powell: The Elephant in the Room

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    Democrats’ Senate Majority Endangered

    Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) appears to have suffered a stroke and remains under evaluation at George Washington University Hospital.  Should Johnson have to resign because of illness, the governor of South Dakota, a Republican, could appoint a replacement from his own party, taking away the Democrats’ majority in the Senate and giving Vice President Dick Cheney the tie-breaking vote.

    Posted on Dec 13, 2006 READ MORE


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    Dems Grow Majority in Congress

    Democrats picked up another House seat on Tuesday when a victim of Texas redistricting ousted the incumbent in a Supreme Court-ordered runoff election. The upset victory brought the Dems’ total gain of House seats to 30.

    Posted on Dec 13, 2006 READ MORE


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    ‘Daily Show’ On 109’s Last Session

    Jon Stewart says farewell to the 109th Congress, which used its final session to “pass last-minute tax cuts, expand oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, clear GOP leadership of wrongdoing in the Mark Foley scandal, and pardon Hitler… .”

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    Mr. Fish: McCain Loses His Head

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    Powell: A Mammoth Undertaking

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    College GOP’ers to Offer Caucasian Scholarship

    From a Boston University paper: “Looking to draw attention to what they call the ‘worst form of bigotry confronting America today,’ ” the school’s “Republicans are circulating an application for a ‘Caucasian Achievement and Recognition Scholarship’ that requires applicants be at least 25 percent Caucasian.”

    Posted on Nov 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Jabari Asim: Same Old Party

    The Republicans’ choice of Trent Lott for minority whip exposes the party’s disingenuous lip service to black voters for what it is.

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