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Published: 03/14/11

GOP Conservatives Balk at Stopgap Spending Bill

By  not in system - AOL News
GOP Conservatives Balk at Stopgap Spending Bill

WASHINGTON -- Conservative Republicans on Capitol Hill began Monday to come out against a measure to keep the government running for three more weeks while the White House and Republican lawmakers seek a longer-term agreement on spending cuts. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who chairs the Republican Study Committee, which makes up a sizable majority of House Republicans, said the measure should include a ban on federal funding for Planned Parenthood and that Congress needs to do better than cutting spending a few billion dollars at a time. Jordan's opposition reflects widespread unhappiness among ...

Published: 01/28/11

Mike Pence's Decision to Skip 2012 -- and the Stiff Competition He Might Face in 2016

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
Mike Pence's Decision to Skip 2012 -- and the Stiff Competition He Might Face in 2016

Rep. Mike Pence's decision to skip the 2012 presidential contest in favor of a likely run for Indiana governor is probably a smart move. We don't elect lowly members of Congress to the presidency in this country, but we do elect governors. As such, I can't help thinking Pence will be better positioned to run for president in the future because he has postponed a leap into the primaries next year. What is more, he might avoid the prospect of winning a hard-fought nomination, only to then face an incumbent president. But there is a good argument to be made for Pence seizing the opportunity no...

Published: 01/15/11

Everglades Boosters: Environmental Restoration Can Spur Economy, Bipartisanship

By  Amy Green - Politics Daily
Everglades Boosters: Environmental Restoration Can Spur Economy, Bipartisanship

WESTON, Fla. -- During the worst recession in a generation, we can't afford to engage in environmental restoration. Or can we? Tying environmental restoration to economic recovery is the emerging strategy for environmentalists as political turnover transforms government away from Democratic control, big spending and earmarks. That was the theme recently at the annual conference of the Everglades Coalition, an alliance of 53 national and local organizations involved in the largest environmental restoration effort in the history of the planet. The conference draws policy-makers from all leve...

Published: 01/15/11

Obama Lifts Some Cuba Travel Restrictions

By  Luisita Lopez Torregrosa - Politics Daily
Obama Lifts Some Cuba Travel Restrictions

NEW YORK – The Obama administration has ended some restrictions on Americans' travel to Cuba, but let the nearly 50-year-old embargo stand. The White House said Friday that the changes would allow travel to Cuba by academic, religious and cultural groups. But restrictions remain in place on tourist travel to the island. The president also expanded the number of airports that can serve the Cuban market. Most travel to Cuba from the United States originates in Miami and New York. The administration had been expected to make the changes months ago but did not want to announce them before the mid-...

Published: 01/6/11

Hispanics Are Likely to Play Larger Role in Next Elections

By  Luisita Lopez Torregrosa - Politics Daily
Hispanics Are Likely to Play Larger Role in Next Elections

With historic victories in the midterm elections, Hispanics flexed their growing political muscle, helping elect -- and defeat -- well-known top-tier candidates in places like California and Nevada, New Mexico and Florida. At the same time, a new political profile of Hispanic Republican leaders emerged, giving a clear and loud warning to the Democratic Party that the Latino vote is not a monolithic bloc that the party could continue to take for granted. Now, with the changes brought about by the 2010 congressional reapportionment, Hispanics are likely to play a larger role in national politics...

Published: 12/31/10

Facebook Users in Survey Say Republican Pols Handiest With Social Media

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
Facebook Users in Survey Say Republican Pols Handiest With Social Media

Republicans Sarah Palin, Scott Brown and freshman Sen. Marco Rubio get high marks from Facebook users for their social media skills in terms of staying in touch with supporters and constituents in 2010. Facebook, the wildly popular social networking site, asked its members this week to rank politicians and government agencies for their facility in using its pages. Palin, the former governor of Alaska, Sen. Brown (R-Mass.), Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) were rated highly for their regular but unobtrusive use of Facebook, the Washington Post said. More than 2.5 million have "liked...

Published: 12/31/10

Political Players to Watch in 2011: Marco Rubio, Newt Gingrich and More

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
Political Players to Watch in 2011: Marco Rubio, Newt Gingrich and More

With 2010 almost behind us, it's time to think about the New Year. Friday Morning, I was on MSNBC with Norah O'Donnell and Firedog Lake's Jane Hamsher to discuss some of the top political players to watch in 2011. (My list included Florida Sen.-elect Marco Rubio, outgoing Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.) You can watch a snippet of the video here: And here's our discussion about Speaker-elect John Boehner:...

Published: 12/16/10

Carlos Eire: Cuban-American Discusses 'Learning to Die in Miami'

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
Carlos Eire: Cuban-American Discusses 'Learning to Die in Miami'

Carlos Eire, a professor of history and religious studies at Yale University and author of the National Book Award-winning memoir "Waiting for Snow in Havana," is on our podcast today, discussing his new book, "Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy." The book recounts operation "Pedro Pan," a 1960-62 airlift that uprooted Cuban children (including 11-year-old Eire), allowing them to escape the Castro regime and come to the United States. Eire discussed his difficult journey, as well as his continued disdain for Castro (and for those in America who have canonized him). He ...

Published: 12/12/10

Mike Huckabee: Serious Competition for Sarah Palin in 2012

By  Suzi Parker - Politics Daily
Mike Huckabee: Serious Competition for Sarah Palin in 2012

Sarah Palin may have met her political match in Mike Huckabee. Both have been criss-crossing the country on book tours. Both hold degrees in communication. Both hunt and fish. Both use various media to hit their target audiences. But while Palin often generates anger, Huckabee takes the Will Rogers road. He has an aw-shucks demeanor, freely cracking jokes, shaking hands and chatting with the media while Palin shuns reporters. Already road-tested by a 2008 White House run, Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and Baptist minister, may just be the strongest GOP candidate to take on Palin in...

Published: 12/8/10

Three Things I Got Wrong in 2010 (So Far, Anyway . . .)

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
Three Things I Got Wrong in 2010 (So Far, Anyway . . .)

The Washington Examiner's Tim Carney has issued a challenge on Twitter: "I propose a new tradition for bloggers/online writers: an end-of-year post going over three things you got wrong in the past year." Well Mr. Carney -- challenge accepted. Here are three of my mistakes in 2010: 1. The "I'm You" ad: I think my biggest obvious mistake was in praising Christine O'Donnell's controversial TV ad. As I wrote, If you ask me, the ad is spot on. It accomplishes exactly what O'Donnell needs to do -- it helps put the gaffes behind her, and reassures voters that she passes the credibility test. Som...

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