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Gingrich attacks Obama on energy policies

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Republican former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich, mulling a run for the White House, on Wednesday derided President Barack Obama over energy policy and high gasoline prices. <br/> Rising gas prices threaten to derail the fragile U.S. economic recovery and are becoming a potent…

Grassley knocks GOP 2012 field: ‘Only two or three of them are qualified to be president’

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA) doesn’t seem to have much faith in his party’s 2012 field. Grassley, a 20-year senator and the top Republican on the powerful finance committee, told Radio Iowa that “only two or three of them are qualified to be president.” Raw Story asked Grassley’s…

Report: Jim DeMint not running for president in 2012

WASHINGTON – Tea party hero and Republican Sen. Jim DeMint (SC) has privately ruled out a presidential run in 2012, according to the Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza. Though he was never a top contender, DeMint carries significant weight with the tea party movement, which is expected to play an important…

Rep. Ron Paul wins another Republican presidential straw poll

Texas Congressman Ron Paul beat out top Republican presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich in a straw poll for the second time this year. Nearly 18 percent of Republicans voted for Rep. Paul in the straw poll conducted at a GOP Convention in Sacramento on Saturday. He was followed…

New Rumsfeld documents highlight Gingrich’s involvement with Iraq War

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) might have been persona non grata in certain Republican circles early in the aughts after he resigned the Speakership, divorced his wife and married a much-younger aide, but he was more than welcome in the Pentagon under then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Documents released…

Whoops: Gingrich praises NAFTA for shipping out American jobs

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich found himself in a bit of a log-jam with his inner-conservative Monday night. Appearing on a conservative talk radio program, Gingrich praised the Clinton-era North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), taking the decidedly internationalist view that it was positive because it created jobs in Mexico.…

Exclusive: Gov’t shutdown will help Obama politically, former Clinton aide says

WASHINGTON – A former aide in the Clinton White House tells Raw Story the politics of a government shutdown will be good for President Barack Obama, and warns that the nature of today’s Republican caucus will make negotiations more difficult. Progressive strategist Mike Lux served as Special Assistant to the…

Obama beats top GOP candidates in Fox News poll

President Barack Obama had a decent lead over his potential Republican challengers in 2012 in a Fox News poll conducted in early February. The poll, which was based on telephone interviews with 911 registered voters, found that Obama had a substantial lead over all of the GOP’s top candidates, most…

Americans divided on second term for Obama, poll shows

Two years into his presidency, Americans remained largely split on whether President Barack Obama deserved a second term in office, according to a poll published Tuesday morning. The survey, by CNN and the Opinion Research Corporation, found that 51 percent of Americans (PDF) believed Obama would not win a second…

Cantor: Obama shares blame if GOP shuts down government

In 1995, the federal government shut down because President Bill Clinton and the Republican Congress were not able to agree on a budget. With the Republicans set to take back over the House in 2011, history could be repeating itself. Eric Cantor, the number two Republican in the House, refused…

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