Thomas Jefferson Street

January 2012


Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich Wrestle for Key Florida Latino Vote

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Former Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have been attacking each other on immigration, with each man eager to sew up the Latino vote that is so critical in Florida. But both men may find their primary tactics will give them trouble in the general election, a contest in which ...

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Florida
Obama, Barack
Romney, Mitt
Hispanic voters
2012 presidential election
Gingrich, Newt

Mitt Romney’s Debate Jujitsu Knocks Out Newt Gingrich

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The Romney campaign appears to have uploaded the indignation app to the Mitt-bot before last night’s debate, and to good effect. The former Massachusetts governor performed some clever political jujitsu on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, turning his biggest selling point against him.

Romney took ...

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Obama, Barack
Santorum, Rick
Romney, Mitt
Gingrich, Newt
politics
2012 presidential election

With Fairness, Obama Finds a Winning State of the Union Theme

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The first populist speech President Obama ever gave to Congress was not a pretty thing. At the annual look in the mirror at the State of the Union yesterday, Obama firmly held the gaze--and the daze--of a deeply discouraged nation and offered up a smorgasboard of solutions.

[See photos of the Obamas ...

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State of the Union
Obama, Barack
politics
Republican Party
2012 presidential election

State of the Union Trivia and History

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The identity of the first president to deliver a State of the Union address before Congress probably won’t surprise anyone—George Washington. But readers might be interested to learn that the first president to deliver a speech known as a “State of the Union address” was Franklin D. Roosevelt. Read ...

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2012 presidential election
Gore, Al
Biden, Joe
Clinton, Bill
Bush, George H.W.
Bush, George W.
Jefferson, Thomas
Washington, George
Wilson, Woodrow
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano
Obama, Barack
politics
State of the Union

Rick Perry's Wrong on Obama Administration's Handling of Marine Scandal

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Just when Texas Gov. Rick Perry started to hit a rhetorical groove ("vulture capitalism" was a brilliant criticism of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, though it's one Perry may regret if Romney continues on a path to the nomination), he stumbles. Again. And given the opportunity to fix it, he ...

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Perry, Rick
2012 presidential election
Clinton, Hillary
Panetta, Leon
Marine Corps
Taliban

Perry Trumps Gingrich, Santorum as Top Conservative Standing

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The news has been filled with prognostications about whether or not conservative voters in South Carolina will coalesce around an alternative to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. With Texas Rep. Ron Paul keeping a firm grasp on libertarian-leaning small government advocates, we are looking at ...

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Santorum, Rick
Perry, Rick
Gingrich, Newt
Romney, Mitt
Paul, Ron
Huntsman, Jon
economy
federal taxes
Ryan, Paul
deficit and national debt
2012 presidential election
politics

Where Mitt Romney and the GOP Field Go After New Hampshire

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After wintry weather in Iowa and New Hampshire, the GOP candidates move to the sunny South for the primaries in South Carolina and Florida. Here's where things stand for the remaining contenders.

[See political cartoons about the 2012 GOP field.]

Mitt Romney: Tea Party activists and Christian ...

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2012 presidential election
South Carolina
Florida
Romney, Mitt
Perry, Rick
Paul, Ron
Huntsman, Jon

The Problem With New Hampshire Polls

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According to polls, former Gov. Mitt Romney is supposed to run away with the New Hampshire primary with more than 40 percent of the vote. Wait, his numbers are down in a tracking poll. Except that, oops—they have crept up a bit, even after Romney made an unfortunate reference to enjoying firing ...

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Clinton, Hillary
Obama, Barack
Romney, Mitt
2012 presidential election
2008 presidential election
New Hampshire primaries

The Left Sees the Koch Brothers Everywhere

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The New Yorker's Jane Mayer seems to be obsessed with Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers whose Koch Industries is among the nation's largest privately-held corporations. Philanthropists both, the Koch's considerable charitable activities in support of free minds and free markets have ...

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journalism
politics

Remembering an Extraordinary 'Average' American

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A great American has passed away.

You're not likely to read about it in tomorrow's newspaper or see it mentioned on television or hear about it on the radio. By most any definition she was not famous. She was not a captain of industry nor was she a world leader or an elected official. She was,

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8 Political Predictions for 2012

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The presidential election should be about the economy but national security issues will rear their ugly heads this year. Social issues like immigration and gay marriage will have their run in the sun too.

1. Former Gov. Mitt Romney gets Nadered. President Barack Obama narrowly defeats Romney with ...

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Obama, Barack
2012 presidential election
Iran
economy
Romney, Mitt
Paul, Ron
immigration reform
health care
Bachmann, Michele
LGBT rights

Lessons From Iowa: Attack Politics Work, Straw Polls Don't

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The biggest surprise coming out of Tuesday's crucial Iowa caucuses is how close former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum came to beating former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. An asterisk for much of the race, Santorum mobilized a coalition of pro life, pro traditional marriage supporters to lift him ...

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Iowa caucus
Romney, Mitt
Santorum, Rick
Gingrich, Newt
Paul, Ron
2012 presidential election
Bachmann, Michele

Iowa Rewards Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul

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So this is what passes for fun on January 3, 2012 in Iowa: choosing the established pol Mitt Romney and the fast-surging Rick Santorum as the most eligible suitors of all those that came calling here, their eyes fixed on the dream of the White House. Iowa was a heartbreaker for the rest.

[Check out ...

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Santorum, Rick
Perry, Rick
Paul, Ron
Romney, Mitt
Bachmann, Michele
Gingrich, Newt
2012 presidential election
politics
Iowa caucus

Rick Santorum? Mitt Romney? Why the Iowa Caucuses Don't Matter

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As I write this, Rick Santorum has just taken the lead over Mitt Romney, slightly and only 45 percent of the votes are in in Iowa. Moments ago, with just over 30 percent of the votes in, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, and Mitt Romney were in a three way tie with 23 percent of the vote. By the time this ...

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Santorum, Rick
Romney, Mitt
Iowa caucus
politics
2012 presidential election
Republican Party

The Top 10 Political Stories of 2011

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It's traditional to release a list like this at the end of the year in question. But because the political climate is so volatile I didn't dare write this before the ball went down in Times Square. So without any further delay here is my top 10 list of the most important national political stories ...

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Obama administration
2012 presidential election
economy
Romney, Mitt
Iraq war (2003-2011)
Libya
Egypt
national security terrorism and the military
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