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May 2011


Senators Propose Closing State Offices to Save on Budget

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There may be no better example of how bloated the government is than the number of offices each senator has. First, there’s a senator’s official Washington office in one of three massive buildings on Capitol Hill, especially busy during the 153 days the Senate is scheduled to be in session this ...

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Congress
Democratic Party
deficit and national debt
Nelson, Ben
Feinstein, Dianne
Rubio, Marco
Gillibrand, Kirsten

New DNC Boss Calls GOP 'Anti-Women'

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In an emotional assault on the Republicans, new Democratic Party Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz today called the GOP agenda "anti-women" and "a war on women" that will backfire on Republicans in the 2012 election and provide a cushion for President Obama's re-election bid.

"It's just so ...

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deficit and national debt
unemployment
DNC
RNC
Wasserman Schultz, Debbie
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Congress

Royals, Obamas Sip $1,000 Vino

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Finally, after two straight presidents who didn't appreciate the taste of a fine French burgundy, Buckingham Palace tonight had a chance to put on the Ritz for a first family who enjoy a long dinner and luscious wine.

Most notable from the wine cellars of the famous palace: A Echezeaux Grand Cru ...

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Obama, Barack
Obama, Michelle

Pentagon, Obama Bomb House Bid To Revive Jet Engine

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President Bush said no. President Obama and Secretary of Defense Bob Gates said no. The House earlier this year said no. And now, after the House Armed Services Committee ignored everybody and threw a lifeline in its budget to a second costly engine program for the F-35 joint strike fighter, the ...

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Portman, Rob
Democratic Party
deficit and national debt
Gates, Robert
national security terrorism and the military

Giuliani Aiming to Take Down Romney in New Hampshire

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani isn't just thinking about running for president next year: It's his obsession and he's already mapping out a strategy to knock off GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney in New Hampshire.

According to a long-time supporter, New York Rep. Peter King, running and winning ...

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Congress
King, Pete
national security terrorism and the military
Giuliani, Rudolph
Palin, Sarah
Romney, Mitt
2012 presidential election

Gingrich Presses House to Ban Planned Parenthood Funding

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, seeking to restart his fumbling campaign, today issued an agenda checklist of 24 moves, such as repealing Obamacare, that he'd institute as president. Then, adding a little red meat to his two-page resume and agenda, he slammed Planned Parenthood and ...

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abortion
Planned Parenthood
Gingrich, Newt
2012 presidential election
unemployment
health care reform
national security terrorism and the military
Republican Party

Gingrich Will Star In Democrats' Anti-Ryan Medicare Attacks

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By the time they're done with him, GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will look like a leading Democratic spokesman as the party moves quickly to harness his attacks on Republican plans to change Medicare. According to party sources, they plan to use Gingrich's assault on House Budget ...

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Ryan, Paul
Congress
Democratic Party
Republican Party
health care reform
Gingrich, Newt
2012 presidential election

Poll: Romney Surges As Public Seeks New Prez

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Mitt Romney's stock has soared among Republicans, now that Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump have pulled out of the 2012 GOP presidential race. In a new Suffolk University poll provided to Whispers, 20 percent of Republican primary voters back the former Massachusetts governor. Even better for Romney:

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2012 presidential election
Romney, Mitt
Huckabee, Mike
Trump, Donald
Obama, Barack
Daniels, Mitch
Clinton, Hillary
Paul, Ron
Palin, Sarah
Gingrich, Newt
Pawlenty, Tim
Boehner, John
Biden, Joe
Reid, Harry
Bachmann, Michele

Pawlenty Gets Another Look As GOP Field Shrinks

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Proving that "Minnesota nice" can be an acquired taste, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty is getting a new and apparently approving look by GOP establishment and conservative leaders now that others in his lane like Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Mike Huckabee have rejected running and Newt Gingrich has ...

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Romney, Mitt
Huckabee, Mike
Barbour, Haley
Gingrich, Newt
Pawlenty, Tim
2012 presidential election
Democratic Party
Republican Party

Newt Gingrich’s 2012 Campaign Asset Could Be Wife, Callista

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Now that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is in the 2012 presidential race, longtime allies are pressing him on two key issues: fixing his often-unfocused style of speaking and making his wife, Callista, a main campaign feature. Famous for being the GOP’s “big thinker,” Gingrich too often detours ...

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Gingrich, Newt
2012 presidential election
Congress
Democratic Party
Republican Party

Zogby: Obama Needs SEALs To Help With Gas Prices

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Pollster John Zogby updates our weekly Obama Report Card with a grade on the president's performance. Zogby uses his polling, expert analysis and interaction with major players to come up with a grade and some comments that capture how he sees the president's week ending.

John Zogby on Week: 121

"If ...

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2012 presidential election
immigration reform
Republican Party
deficit and national debt
bin Laden, Osama
White House
Zogby, John

11 Reasons Newt Gingrich Will be the 2012 GOP Nominee for President

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As he readies his 2012 GOP presidential bid, long-time allies, aides, and associates of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are predicting that he can win the nomination and maybe be at President Obama if he does two things: finally become a disciplined speaker who focuses on just a few key points,

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2012 presidential election
politics
unemployment
deficit and national debt
Republican Party
Gingrich, Newt

Missing Reagan Speech Note Cards Found

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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library today revealed that it has found the "Rosetta Stone" of the Gipper's political life: His neatly written and organized collection of speech and joke note cards.

"It rivals the Reagan diaries themselves," says John Heubusch, executive director ...

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Reagan, Ronald

Killed by Tea Party GOP, Second F-35 Engine Revived

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So much for the influence of the new fiscally-assertive Tea Party GOP in the House. Two months after they snubbed the GOP leadership, including Speaker John Boehner, and voted 233-198 to kill a costly, duplicate F-35 jet engine the Pentagon doesn't want, a House panel is planning to revive it.

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tea party
Republican Party
Boehner, John
McKeon, Buck
Congress
Obama, Barack
Bush, George W.
Pentagon
national security terrorism and the military

RNC Chief: Wait for Surprise Candidates in 2012 White House Race

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The pool of GOP White House hopefuls could be getting bigger. Last week, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour jumped out and Rep. Ron Paul dipped his toes in, but Republican National Committee chief Reince Priebus says some surprise candidates are waiting to jump in. “The very idea of America is at stake ...

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2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Barbour, Haley
Huckabee, Mike
Paul, Ron

Pentagon Kills Billion Dollar Jet Engine Program

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The Defense Department surprised no one last week when it formally killed the multibillion-dollar General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136 alternate jet fighter engine program. The program was an effort to develop a second engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter with the goal of keeping maintenance costs ...

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national security terrorism and the military
Gates, Robert
McKeon, Buck
Congress
Panetta, Leon

Senate GOP Unveils Jobs Plan, Tax Cuts

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Senate Republicans today will unveil their highly-anticipated new jobs program the relies heavily on corporate tax cuts, energy exploration, spending cuts, and a simpler version to the president's healthcare program, which the GOP wants to kill.

"It has been more than two years since ...

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Congress
Portman, Rob
unemployment
energy policy and climate change
Republican Party
health care reform
deficit and national debt