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White House Republican hopefuls make last Iowa push

Republican presidential hopefuls crisscrossed Iowa Saturday as they made a final frenzied push for votes ahead of the heartland state’s first-in-the-nation contest to pick the party’s nominee. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, savoring his regained frontrunner status, ripped President Barack Obama’s annual vacation to his native state of Hawaii as…

Obama urges voters to keep pressing for change

US President Barack Obama on Saturday told Americans to keep reminding Congress of what is at stake in their lives, as he predicted change in 2012 — the year in which he will seek reelection. In his weekly radio and Internet address, the president also called on Congress to extend…

Bachmann, Santorum have no delegates on Tennessee primary ballot

The Knoxville News reported on Friday that four out of the nine Republican presidential candidates have no committed delegates on the March 6 primary ballot. The four are Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Gary Johnson, and Buddy Roemer, while Jon Huntsman has only three potential delegates pledged to him. Under Tennessee’s…

Gingrich begins crying while speaking to Iowa moms

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) broke down and cried during a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday after he was asked a question about his mother. Appearing at a forum in the state’s capital city, Gingrich took questions before an audience from Republican messaging strategist Frank Luntz,…

Study: Bad weather makes voters more liberal

Voters who have experienced severe weather events are more likely to be in favor of environmental legislation — even if it comes at a cost of restricting some individual freedoms, according to a soon-to-be-published study. In a 2009 Internet survey of about 2,500 Americans, four Hamilton College economists found that…

Gingrich dreams of Thatcher White House bid

Margaret Thatcher for US president? Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich mused Friday that the former British prime minister, a hero to US conservatives, might have been a dream candidate for the White House — in a radically different world. “If Margaret Thatcher were here today and 30 years younger, I…

Romney criticizes Obama over Hawaii vacation

Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney, bolstered by a new poll confirming his frontrunner status, ripped President Barack Obama on Friday over his year-end Hawaii vacation. Hunting for a win in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation January 3 nominating caucus, Romney used the embattled Democratic incumbent’s annual family trip to his native state…

Romney’s son jokes about Obama’s birth certificate

One of Mitt Romney’s sons did his best on Thursday to promote the rumor that the nation’s first black president may not be a U.S. citizen. Stumping for his dad in Concord, New Hampshire, Matt Romney told a group of senior citizens that the multimillionaire candidate might not release his…

Paul once criticized equal pay, AIDS patients, sexual harassment victims

In one of his earliest books, the libertarian-leaning Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) explained just how deep his ideology runs, with the Civil Rights Act, equal pay for women, laws protecting workers from sexual harassment and the sufferers of AIDS drawing portions of his ire. Related: Raw Story’s Mike Rogers: Paul…

Former GOP city chair busted for videotaping naked boys

A former New Jersey Republican city chair has been arrested on multiple charges of using a hidden camera to videotape naked boys using communal showers at a Catholic high school. Patrick Lott, the 54-year-old assistant principal at Bernardsville Middle School since 2009, is facing more than 50 counts including endangering…

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