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Sole GOPer who backed health bill retreats after fundraising dips

Freshman Rep. Ahn “Joseph” Cao (R-LA) incurred the wrath of the conservative base when he became the lone Republican out of 178 to vote for the Democratic health care overhaul in November. Now, after his fundraising has dipped considerably, he’s having some second thoughts. Cao said on Thursday he won’t…

‘The election is over,’ Obama reminds McCain

President Obama sparred with his 2008 presidential campaign adversary Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) at Thursday’s bipartisan health care summit, reminding him that the election is behind them. McCain, taking his turn to speak, zeroed his criticism on the “process we’ve gone through to reach” the bill that emerged from the…

Cheney: Obama is going to be a one-term president

As conservative supporters declared “Run, Dick, Run,” former Vice President Dick Cheney bounded on stage Thursday night in a surprise appearance with his daughter, Liz, at the annual conservative CPAC summit in Washington. “Knock it off,” Cheney replied. “A welcome like that’s almost enough to make me want to run…

Gallup poll: Obama nearly tied with GOP generic candidate for 2012 election race

President Barack Obama faces an uphill challenge for re-election in 2012, though his approval ratings roughly match former President George W. Bush at this point in his first term, according to the latest Gallup poll. In a hypothetical matchup between President Obama and a generic Republican candidate (who remains unspecified),…

Democrats hope to blunt court ruling on campaign funds

WASHINGTON — Two leading Democrats introduced legislation Thursday to blunt the impact of a US Supreme Court decision last month giving corporations free rein for unlimited campaign spending. The bill by Senator Charles Schumer and Representative Chris Van Hollen would restore some of the decades-old restrictions on corporate campaign spending…

Iran anniversary ‘punch’ will stun West: Khamenei

TEHRAN (AFP) – Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday that Iran is set to deliver a “punch” that will stun world powers during this week’s 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution. “The Iranian nation, with its unity and God’s grace, will punch the arrogance (Western powers) on the…

Tennessee Lt.-Gov.: ‘I don’t know’ if Obama is US citizen

The lieutenant-governor of Tennessee, a candidate in this year’s gubernatorial election, says he doesn’t know if President Obama is a citizen of the United States. In arguing against making President Obama’s citizenship a political issue, Ron Ramsey told a meeting of Nashville Republicans, “I don’t know whether President Obama is…

Harry Reid taunts McCain: ‘The election’s over, get over’ it

Capitalizing on conservative anger, McCain races ahead in primary battle WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) thinks Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is a sore loser, and needs to “get over” his crushing defeat against President Obama in November of 2008. “John is a great name-caller,” Reid said Monday…

Report: SarahPAC spent thousands buying copies of Palin’s ‘Going Rogue’

Is it money laundering to take donations from your political action committee and convert them into a royalties check through your publisher? Not if you are Alaska’s favorite half-term governor. Sarah Palin, the former politician turned Fox News contributor, spent $63,000 of SarahPAC’s money on copies of her book, “Going…

Accused of ignoring Haiti, Fox executive ‘attacks’ other networks

Fox News has recently encountered criticism for devoting relatively little coverage to the Haiti earthquake and even choosing not to air the benefit concert shown by most other networks. Fox’s decision to keep its focus on domestic politics, however, may be paying off in the ratings. For the week of…

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