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Virginia state Senate election may be signal for Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Virginia’s state Senate elections next week are shaping up as an early signal for President Barack Obama ahead of national elections next year. Republicans have a strong shot at taking control of the state Senate from Democrats on Tuesday, political analysts said. A win would put state…

Maddow on Cain: ‘It’s performance art …America is being punk’d’

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow shared an “aha” moment on her broadcast Friday evening: Herman Cain is “performance art.” Ticking off a list of Cain’s numerous gaffes, unintentionally (or not!) bizarre statements and pop culture-derived policy ideas, Maddow said she’s convinced Cain isn’t seriously running for President. “It is one thing…

Maher: Republicans might as well nominate Tim Tebow

Maher ended Friday night’s episode of Real Time with a look at how Republican voters are more interested in a presidential candidate’s religious beliefs than their native intelligence –by comparing them to failing Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. “Since all Republican voters really want in a candidate is a devout…

Republican candidates court Iowa insiders

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Five Republican presidential hopefuls auditioned for Iowa’s party insiders at a fund-raising dinner on Friday, sparing each other from criticism but dishing up plenty of red-meat attacks on Washington and President Barack Obama. Two months before Iowa kicks off the battle for the Republican presidential…

Romney promises if elected he’ll voucherize Medicare

By Andrew Beatty WASHINGTON — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney laid out his vision for “simpler, smaller and smarter” government Friday, vowing to raise the retirement age and partly privatize US seniors’ healthcare. Unveiling his plan to trim the US deficit by $500 billion by 2016, Romney said he would…

Cain accuser stands by complaint: ‘Several instances’ of sexual harassment

The lawyer for the woman who in 1999 accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment said Friday that the then-CEO had not told the truth about his actions, but his client did not want to relive the “series of inappropriate behaviors” by coming forward. “In 1999, I was retained by a…

Cain: ‘I’m the Koch brothers’ brother from another mother’

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain expressed his fondness for Charles and David Koch on Friday while appearing at an event partially funded by the billionaires. “There was an article in The New York Times today that has attempt to attract some more attention [to me],” Cain told a crowd at…

Things Congress passed this week that had nothing to do with jobs

The House passed: House Concurrent Resolution 13 reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States; The Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011; The Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011; The Civilian Service Recognition Act of 2011; Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of…

Roger Simon: Cain can expect ‘rough discovery’ if he sues Politico

Politico co-founder Roger Simon on Thursday warned that Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain might be sorry if he sued the publication over recent reporting about sexual harassment allegations against the candidate. Appearing on Fox News earlier this week, conservative business mogul Donald Trump had suggested that Cain should bring lawsuits…

Rep. Joe Walsh gets pro-family award despite owing $117k in child support

The Family Research Council Action Committee has lauded freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) for his “unwavering support of the family,” despite the fact that Walsh’s ex-wife claims he owes her more than $100,000 in child support payments. The FRCA named Walsh a “True Blue” member of Congress, saying that his…

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