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Jon Stewart: GOP field full of ‘zombies’ who ‘don’t know they’re dead’

It’s been a seemingly endless cycle of boom and bust for Republican presidential hopefuls over the last few months. First Michele Bachmann took a surprising lead, winning the Iowa straw poll and enjoying a couple of months at the head of the pack. Then a series of gaffes and misstatements…

Rep. Ron Paul praises whistle blowers like WikiLeaks

Presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) said Saturday that whistle blowers like Daniel Ellsberg and WikiLeaks were very important to the functioning of a free society. About a third of the way into his speech at the National Federation of Republican Assemblies’ (NFRA) Iowa Straw Poll, he said that while…

Bachmann: My ‘flat tax’ would have ‘not one but several rates’

Another day, another peculiar statement from Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). When asked by ABC’s This Week host Christiane Amanpour about what her tax plan would be, the congresswoman said that she would implement a flat tax. But while discussing her plan, Bachmann seemed to not understand what exactly a “flat…

After Ron Paul win, Values Voters organizer calls own poll ‘irrelevant’

According to the principal organizer of the Values Voters Summit, the group’s own straw poll should not be taken seriously. Following a victory by Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told CNN on Monday morning that the win was merely an “outlier,” suggesting…

Separating fact from fiction on U.S. economic myths

by Michael Grabell, ProPublica With the recent Iowa straw poll and President Obama’s bus tour, Americans are hearing a cacophony of arguments about the wobbly economy. The federal stimulus package passed in 2009 was either a deficit-busting failure full of wasteful projects or an unparalleled rescue that would have been…

Republicans Perry, Bachmann share stage in Iowa

WATERLOO, Iowa (Reuters) – Two of the leading Republican candidates for president avoided confrontation on Sunday as they attended the same Iowa fund-raiser to court the party’s social and religious conservatives. Texas Governor Rick Perry, already seen as a leader in the field despite just entering the 2012 race on…

Obama embarks on campaign-style Midwest bus tour

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama hits the road on Monday for a Midwestern bus tour that he hopes will leave doubts over his leadership behind in Washington. But the three-day trip throughIowa, Minnesota and Illinois – three states seen as vital to his 2012 re-election campaign — could put him in front of voters who,…

Michele Bachmann wins Ames straw poll

AMES, Iowa (Reuters) – Michele Bachmann narrowly won the Iowa straw poll of Republicans on Saturday in the first big test of the 2012 presidential campaign, as Texas Governor Rick Perry formally launched a White House bid that could reshape the race. Bachmann, a representative from Minnesota, edged out Ron…

Bachmann, Pawlenty clash in heated debate

AMES, Iowa (Reuters) – Republicans Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty clashed repeatedly over their records during a presidential debate on Thursday, two days before they vie for conservative support in a straw poll that could make or break their campaigns. The fierce exchanges between the two Minnesotans highlighted a nationally…

Romney won’t participate in Iowa test vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will not participate in a key test of strength in the early voting state of Iowa in August, his campaign said on Thursday. Romney is the front-runner in some polls for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. He made the strategic decision…

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