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‘Super PAC man’ gobbles up regulators’ time, patience

by Kim Barker In the peculiar post-Citizens United world of political money, Josue Larose has assumed a new alter-ego: Super PAC man. Since the Supreme Court ruling paved the way for groups to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on behalf of candidates, 240 so-called Super PACs have registeredwith the Federal Election Commission.…

Bachmann: ‘Absurd’ to waterboard me to prove it’s not torture

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is pretty sure waterboarding isn’t torture — but she says it would be “absurd” to find out for herself. During a recent CBS/National Journal debate, the candidate enthusiastically said she supported the interrogation technique. “It was very effective,” she claimed. “It gained information for our…

Gingrich on the defensive over work for Freddie Mac

WASHINGTON — Newt Gingrich, the latest Republican to enjoy a turn atop US presidential polls, earned a reported $1.6 million as a consultant to Freddie Mac, the government-owned lender and despised target of conservative critics. Gingrich, a former speaker of the House of Representatives, has downplayed his ties to Freddie,…

Gingrich: ‘No such thing as 99%’

Newly minted frontrunner New Gingrich became the latest Republican to get “mic checked” by the Occupy movement at a campaign event in Jacksonville, Florida Thursday. One tea party supporter agreed with Gingrich that the current 99 Percent protests were “destructive” to America. “Do you have a directive — do you…

Beck calls Santorum ‘the next George Washington’

Conservative radio host Glenn Beck asked his listeners on Wednesday to consider Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum because he could be “the next George Washington.” “I don’t endorse candidates, I don’t get involved in politics,” the former Fox News host declared. “Rick Santorum is a friend of mine, but I…

Failing miserably in GOP debates, Perry challenges Pelosi instead

After a string of high profile failures the likes of which are rarely seen in presidential-level politics, Texas Gov. Rick Perry issued a rare debate challenge on Wednesday to a politician he’s not even running against: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Perry, notorious in his own state for avoiding…

Cain comes out for marijuana policy reform

Appearing briefly in Urbandale, Iowa yesterday, Republican presidential candidate and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain revealed a new caveat of his political platform: he favors removing federal penalties for medical marijuana, placing the decision to ban or regulate squarely in the states’ hands. “If states want to legalize medical…

Republican strategist wonders if gay anchor ‘disappointed a woman’

A Republican strategist who has spoken out against same sex marriage asked one of the few openly gay news anchors Wednesday if he had ever “disappointed a woman.” During a segment about female support for presidential candidates, Republican strategist Cheri Jacobus told MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts that President Barack Obama…

Reporters asked if they are U.S. citizens at Perry town hall

At a town hall event in New Hampshire Wednesday morning for Governor Rick Perry (R-TX), reporters have indicated that they were asked if they were U.S. citizens. According to CNN, member of the press were posed this by an employee for Granite State Manufacturing, a defense contractor hosting the town…

Report: Gingrich advised Freddie Mac on expanding home loans

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) claims he advised the government-sponsored Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, otherwise known as Freddie Mac, against home loan practices that led to the housing market’s collapse in 2008 — but sources within the company tell reporters at Bloomberg News a different story. In a…

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