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Bachmann won’t get into ‘mud-wrestling fight’ with Palin

CHARLESTON, South Carolina — US Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said Wednesday she has no plans to stoop to a “mud-wrestling fight” between her and fellow arch-conservative Sarah Palin. Bachmann, on the campaign trail in the state of South Carolina two days after officially launching her 2012 White House run,…

Republican Pawlenty assails Obama on Middle East

Republican White House hopeful Tim Pawlenty charged Tuesday that President Barack Obama has mishandled the “Arab Spring” and that prospects for Middle East peace have dimmed on the Democrat’s watch. “Israeli-Palestinian peace is further away now than the day Barack Obama came to office,” the former Minnesota governor said in…

Romney asks London hedge funds, bankers for financial support

BOSTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney takes his fund-raising machine to London next month, holding a reception aimed at wealthy American expatriates working at banks and hedge funds. A handful of London fund-raisers were held during the 2008 presidential election cycle, but Romney’s event, scheduled for July 6,…

Poll surge boosts Bachmann to frontrunner status

WATERLOO, Iowa (AFP) – Michele Bachmann’s Republican presidential nomination bid received a boost with a poll showing her virtually tied with party frontrunner Mitt Romney in the key state of Iowa. The Iowa caucuses in early February are the first electoral event in the US presidential nomination process. They can,…

GOP candidate’s ad shows China taking over U.S. thanks to Obama

A campaign advertisement for a Republican congressional candidate from Nevada that depicts the Chinese army marching on the U.S. Capitol has upset an Asian-American group. In the ad, a fake Chinese news anchor explains that the Chinese empire was able to rise again thanks to President Barack Obama raising the…

Herman Cain: ‘I’m not anti-Muslim, I’m anti-terrorist’

Republican presidential hopeful and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain once again defended his anti-Muslim remarks to a group of bloggers over the weekend. Cain has said that he would sooner appoint openly gay cabinet members than one those of Muslim faith, because “they are not going to try and…

House Republicans contest Obama’s use of autopen

WASHINGTON — Twenty-one Republican House members wrote President Barack Obama on Friday, asking him to promise to never again use a long-distance “autopen” to sign a bill. Last month, Congress authorized an extension of the post-9/11 Patriot Act just 15 minutes before the expiration of key provisions allowing for controversial…

They’re all converts!

Before the gap between the tedious shit onscreen and my need to get actual work done before Netroots Nation, I noticed that a handful of candidates—especially Michele Bachmann—were playing the Youstabee card, i.e. I or others used to be Democrats, then we saw the light and changed sides.  To hear…

Republicans pound Obama in first big debate

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (AFP) – Republican presidential candidates led by frontrunner Mitt Romney used their first big televised debate to lash out at President Barack Obama — but not each other. The debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, late Monday did little to define differences between the seven candidates in the…

Herman Cain: Only the Muslims not ‘trying to kill us’ should be in government

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain clarified his stance on appointing Muslims to government positions during CNN’s New Hampshire GOP debate on Monday. The former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza had previously told ThinkProgress that he would not be comfortable appointing a Muslim to his White House cabinet or as a federal…

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