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Published: 04/19/11

GOP Voters in Early States Embrace a Trump Presidential Bid

By  not in system - AOL News
GOP Voters in Early States Embrace a Trump Presidential Bid

WASHINGTON -- Out with Sarah. In with The Donald. President Barack Obama has launched his re-election bid in a low-key manner, but the Republican Party's search for a challenger seems stranger by the day. GOP celebrities like Sarah Palin aren't getting much buzz. Mainstream candidates like Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty aren't getting much traction. It's people once considered highly unlikely to compete seriously for the party's nomination who are creating big stirs in early voting states, a reflection of an unformed and uncertain GOP presidential field. Republican activists in Iowa, New H...

Published: 04/12/11

Budget Tricks Helped Obama Save Favorite Programs From Cuts

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Budget Tricks Helped Obama Save Favorite Programs From Cuts

WASHINGTON -- Details of last week's hard-won agreement to avoid a government shutdown and cut federal spending by $38 billion were released Tuesday morning. They reveal that the budget cuts, while historic, were significantly eased by pruning money left over from previous years, using accounting sleight of hand and going after programs President Barack Obama had targeted anyway. Such moves permitted Obama to save favorite programs - Pell grants for poor college students, health research and "Race to the Top" aid for public schools, among others - from Republican knives. And big holes in for...

Published: 03/31/11

Tea Party Rallies to Keep GOP Cutting Spending

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Tea Party Rallies to Keep GOP Cutting Spending

WASHINGTON -- The tea partyers who helped drive GOP gains in the last election rallied in the city they love to hate Thursday, urging Republican House leaders - Speaker John Boehner above all - to resist the drive toward compromise in the protracted fight over the federal budget. Even, they say, if that means Congress fails to do its most important job: pay for the government. "Cut it or shut it!" several hundred tea partyers chanted from their gathering place outside in the rain. But across Constitution Avenue and inside the Capitol's thick walls, the lawmakers themselves huddled over the f...

Published: 03/26/11

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Hammer Health Care

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GOP Presidential Hopefuls Hammer Health Care

DES MOINES, Iowa - A handful of high-profile Republicans who may be eyeing the White House told hundreds of conservative activists Saturday that most Americans agree with their values, and insisted that opposition to the president's health care overhaul could help the GOP make historic gains in 2012. Rep. Michele Bachmann, a tea party favorite, got the noisiest reception when she told about 500 people gathered in Des Moines that voters are ready to overturn the federal health care law and oust President Barack Obama during next year's election. Charlie Neibergall, AP Rep. Michele ...

Published: 03/15/11

Huckabee, Bachmann Score Highest in GOP 2012 Field on 'Positive Intensity' of Support

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Huckabee, Bachmann Score Highest in GOP 2012 Field on 'Positive Intensity' of Support

Mike Huckabee and Michele Bachmann score the best among the field of potential GOP presidential candidates when it comes to a "positive intensity score" calculated by Gallup, but neither they or anyone else in the Republican field generates a high level of intensely positive opinions. Gallup arrived at this measure by asking Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, in a poll conducted Feb. 28-March 13, whether they had a strongly favorable, favorable, unfavorable or strongly unfavorable opinion of each potential candidate that they recognized. The intensity score is arrived at by subt...

Published: 03/8/11

Sharp Partisan Divide Over Government Role in Fighting Obesity, Poll Finds

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Sharp Partisan Divide Over Government Role in Fighting Obesity, Poll Finds

The campaign against obesity launched just over a year ago by Michelle Obama has attracted its share of criticism and derision from conservatives such as Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Michele Bachmann. Bachmann accused the first lady last month of trying to create a "nanny state" because of her proposal to encourage breastfeeding as a way to reduce the childhood obesity problem. Palin told conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham last November, "What [Mrs. Obama] is telling us is she cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat...

Published: 03/8/11

Mitt Romney: How Long Can He Steer Clear of GOP Craziness?

By  David Corn - Politics Daily
Mitt Romney: How Long Can He Steer Clear of GOP Craziness?

Mitt Romney, the sort-of second-place finisher in the 2008 Republican presidential sweepstakes, is taking a different approach this year. Rather than trying to create an early splash, Romney is taking his time in declaring a presidential bid and, as The New York Times puts it, "is operating in a cautious, low-key fashion . . . with limited news coverage." The conventional view is that the former Massachusetts governor is doing so to avoid becoming the official front-runner -- a position that would place a large bull's eye on his back. But there may be another reason: He doesn't want to live in...

Published: 03/2/11

Most Americans Are Moderates -- and Thus Invisible

By  Mary C. Curtis - Politics Daily
Most Americans Are Moderates -- and Thus Invisible

Most Americans want a compromise on the budget standoff, the polls say. They want strict controls to halt illegal immigration, but they want lawmakers to keep their hands off the 14th Amendment, which grants automatic citizenship to anyone born on American soil, including those whose parents are on that soil illegally. Americans hurting the most are the ones who see hope ahead, not surprising since they have the most to lose when hope is gone. According to polls that measure such things, Americans want their politicians to work together and to listen to the voices and opinions of the people, ...

Published: 02/28/11

Rep. Michele Bachmann to Headline New Hampshire Fundraiser

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
Rep. Michele Bachmann to Headline New Hampshire Fundraiser

In an another trip to an early primary state, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) heads to New Hampshire next month to headline a fundraiser. The tea party favorite, who's a likely GOP presidential candidate next year, will appear at a big ticket brunch March 12 in Nashua for the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, The Wall Street Journal reported. "Michele is an outspoken defender of our constitution and as a small business owner and a mother who has raised five children and twenty-three foster children, she knows firsthand the struggles our families face and is leading the fight to bring...

Published: 02/23/11

Rush Limbaugh Defends His One-Sided Food Fight With Michelle Obama

By  Tom Diemer - Politics Daily
Rush Limbaugh Defends His One-Sided Food Fight With Michelle Obama

Rush Limbaugh thinks his criticism of Michelle Obama's eating habits -- and calling her a hypocrite -- was "highly civil" discourse and he's surprised by the "grief" he got over his comments. That's what he said on his radio program Tuesday. He started the week by asserting that Mrs. Obama doesn't follow her own healthy eating advice. As evidence, the conservative talk show host cited a high-fat dinner she enjoyed over the weekend in Vail, Colo. -- "feasting on ribs" is the way he put it -- when she could have been munching on roots and berries. Related Stories Rush L...

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