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Republican modernizers desert Romney as GOP looks to the future

A succession of top Republicans have begun distancing themselves fromMitt Romney after the former presidential hopeful made a series of blunt comments about minority groups as he sought to explain why he lost the race for the White House. Romney, who less than two weeks ago was still a real contender to be…

Pawlenty: Voters picked Obama for ‘leadership,’ not ‘gifts’

Speaking to C-SPAN on Friday, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) contradicted failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s assessment of why he lost to President Barack Obama, saying that voters picked Obama for “leadership considerations,” not for the “gifts” he’d supposedly given them. “I think President Obama, first of all,…

Nate Silver: It’s the numbers, stupid

Nate Silver is a new kind of political superstar. One who actually knows what he’s talking about. In America, punditry has traditionally been about having the right kind of hair or teeth or foaming rightwing views. Silver has none of these. He just has numbers. Lots of them. And, on the…

Arpaio: ‘Illegal aliens’ escaping so all deputies will get ‘automatic weapons’

Newly re-elected Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Thursday pledged to put an automatic weapon in the hands of every Maricopa Country deputy because “[m]ore and more illegal aliens are attempting to escape.” An official press release distributed by the Maricopa Country Sheriff’s Office on Thursday told the story of several groups…

Franklin Graham: Obama won because ‘we’ve turned our back on God’

Franklin Graham, the son of Rev. Billy Graham, says that President Barack Obama’s re-election is just further evidence that “we’ve turned our back on God.” In an interview that aired Friday on the ABC Family Channel, CBN’s David Brody asked Franklin Graham where the country is going now that a…

Alabama secessionist blames government for closing topless car wash

An Alabama man who started a petition calling for the White House to allow his state to peacefully secede from the Union says he’s angry that the government forced him to close his topless car wash. Disaffected Americans have created hundreds of “We the People” petitions on the White House…

Court records: Anti-abortion rep. pushed for wife’s abortions, slept with patients and coworkers

A tea party-backed, “pro-life values” Republican congressman from Tennessee in 2001 testified that he encouraged his ex-wife to have two abortions and had affairs with patients, co-workers and others. Last month, The Huffington Post reported that Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) had an affair with a patient that resulted in the…

Florida man threatens to ‘hunt down’ and kill President Obama

Police in Melbourne, Fla., are holding a man over threats he made on Facebook to kill President Barack Obama, reported Florida Today. On Nov. 1, Christopher Castillo wrote on the social network that if Obama were re-elected, he would “hunt down” the president and “watch the life disappear from his…

Fox News captions illegal border crossings with ‘The Hispanic Vote’

A Fox News segment on Thursday that stereotyped immigrants crossing the border as “The Hispanic Vote” will probable not do much to help reverse the trend that allowed President Barack Obama to win re-election with large percentages of minority voters. During a discussion about what Republicans could do to be…

How did Voter ID laws affect the 2012 election?

By Suevon Lee, ProPublica Elaine Schmottlach has been a ballot clerk in the small southeastern New Hampshire town of Nottingham u2013 population, 4,785 u2013 for the last 25 years. Yet when it came time for her to vote on Nov. 6, she had to show valid photo identification as required…

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