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Ex-Florida GOP chairman arrested, charged with grand theft

‘Federal prosecutors are also examining party activities under the watch of Greer and Governor Crist’ Like BP and Jay Leno, Florida’s governor is having a tough year. The former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida was arrested Wednesday for allegedly running a scam bilking money from the party. The…

Mullen criticizes vote to repeal military gay ban

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff supports the repeal of the military’s ban on gays but he doesn’t think Congress should be in a rush to vote on it. Admiral Mike Mullen was critical Sunday of the House’s vote last week to dismantle the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t…

Steele ‘uncomfortable’ with Rand Paul’s views

The Chairman of the Republican National Committee isn’t comfortable with Rand Paul’s views but he won’t condemn them either. In an interview with NPR, Paul said that the 1964 Civil Rights Act is flawed and business shouldn’t be forced not to discriminate against minorities. “It’s a philosophical position held by…

Facing mounting scandals, RNC chairman says time to ‘move on’

Amid increasing pressure to step down as chairman of the National Republican Committee, Michael Steele told the audience at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference that it was time to "move on" after revelations of his mismanagement of party funds.…

Steele: ‘Slimmer margin’ of error for me because I’m black

Gibbs: RNC chair’s problem is the ‘credit card, not race card’ Under intense fire for the RNC’s lavish expenses at unseemly locations like bondage-themed strip clubs, chairman Michael Steele sought to grant himself some leeway by pointing out that he’s African-American. “The honest answer is, ‘yes,’” Steele said Monday on…

Key Obama adviser: Banks must fear the government

Failing US financial institutions must face the credible threat of government closure if reforms are to succeed, a key adviser to President Barack Obama said Tuesday. Paul Volcker, a former Federal Reserve chairman, said reforms being discussed by Congress hit on the “essential elements” of financial reform, but that a…

‘Amateur’ Steele deemed a ‘liability’ by most GOP insiders: survey

It’s distressingly lonely at the top for RNC chairman Michael Steele. Even his GOP colleagues agree he’s doing more harm than good to their cause, according to a National Journal survey released online Thursday. A whopping 71 percent of the 104 Republican insiders polled deem Steele a “liability” to the…

Veteran Democratic lawmaker Jack Murtha dies at 77

Democratic heavyweight Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) — who went by Jack — has died after complications following gallbladder surgery. A local news station said the congressman had died in the hospital with his family by his side at 1:18 PM ET Monday. Murtha was the chairman of the House Appropriations…

Maddow: McCain listened to military leaders until they disagreed with him

The leaders of America’s military have concluded that repealing the policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is “the right thing to do” — but Senator John McCain (R-AZ) isn’t prepared to go along with that advice, no matter what he might have said in the past about respecting their opinions.…

Poll: Americans pretty clueless about politics, world

Only one in four Americans know how many votes a Senate filibuster requires. One in three know the name of the chairman of the Republican Party. One in two know the Democratic leader of the US Senate. Health care? Fewer than one in three Americans even know that no Republicans…

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