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Gingrich and his ‘nice’ strategy are under fire from attack ads in Iowa

Dec 23rd, 2011 | By

Video Newt Gingrich continued to knock negative campaigning by Republican opponents on a campaign stop in Knoxville, Iowa, Tuesday. (Dec. 21)



George H.W. Bush backs Romney, criticizes Gingrich

Dec 23rd, 2011 | By

Former president George H.W. Bush has offered his support to Mitt Romney in the latter’s quest for the GOP presidential nomination, according to a Romney aide. Romney spoke with the former president on the phone Thursday afternoon to thank him for his backing, the aide said. Mitt Romney visits with former President George H.W. Bush, his wife Barbara and their dogs Mimi and Bibi, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at their home in Houston. (Pat Sullivan – AP) “I think Romney is the best choice for us,” former President Bush told thethe Houston Chronicle. Thursday. But Bush, the 41st president and
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Rick Perry back in Iowa, with less roar and more whisper

Dec 23rd, 2011 | By

“Listen,” he said recently at a coffee shop here in front of several dozen voters. “I may not be the most polished candidate out there. .?.?. I may not even be the best debater. .?.?. I’m that outsider that’s going to go in and deconstruct that mentality in Washington that they know best.” Less than two weeks before the Iowa caucuses, the Texas governor is trying to reclaim some of the cachet he has lost since his initial burst of success. He continues to languish in the single digits in polls, with attention focused on a battle between former Massachusetts
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Journalists complain the White House press office has become overly combative

Dec 23rd, 2011 | By

“They shoot first and ask questions later,” said Julie Mason, who has reported on the George W. Bush and Obama White Houses for the Houston Chronicle, the Washington Examiner and Politico. In one of the e-mails that reporters have dubbed “nastygrams,” White House press secretary Jay Carney branded one of Mason’s stories “partisan, inflammatory and tendentious.” National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor, reacting to comments Mason made in a TV discussion, sent her an e-mail that included an animated picture of a crying mime — a visual suggestion that she was whining. “They don’t seem to realize or care that
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John Boehner’s leadership style had a price in rebellion over tax cut

Dec 23rd, 2011 | By

This style has won Boehner strong reviews from many GOP freshmen, as well as senior lawmakers who chafed under the strong-arm tactics of the previous leadership teams. Yet his kid-gloves approach has also led to perilous moments in which Boehner appeared to have no control over the House. The past week brought the latest example of this dynamic when Boehner yielded to an uprising against the bipartisan Senate deal to extend by two months a popular payroll tax holiday and an extension of unemployment benefits. His rank-and-file Republicans demanded a full-year plan, risking the tax benefit expiring in January as
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Mitt Romney’s private-equity past puts ‘creative destruction’ in spotlight

Dec 22nd, 2011 | By

Romney’s rivals sometimes cast him as just another Wall Street banker. But the former Massachusetts governor comes from a highly specialized brand of work that — unlike many jobs on Wall Street — frequently gets into the guts of how a business operates and then obsessively asks a question posed by chief executives everywhere in corporate America: How do we maximize profits? The results have been good for investors and, some experts argue, good for the broader economy as companies have grown more efficient. But for those who lost their jobs as private equity firms churned out profits, the sting
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Obama makes statement on Twitter and at White House for #40dollars campaign on payroll tax cut

Dec 22nd, 2011 | By

President Obama says a bipartisan compromise reached by the Senate is the ‘only viable way’ to prevent a tax increase on Jan. 1. (Associated Press) The White House’s social media campaign to increase public pressure on House Republicans to approve a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut had drawn more than 25,000 responses by Wednesday night. And on Thursday, President Obama will make a statement at the White House at 12:15 p.m. aimed at amplifying his message that extending the tax holiday past Jan. 1 would mean the average worker would keep an additional $40 in each twice-monthly paycheck.
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In Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback puts tea party tenets into action with sharp cuts

Dec 22nd, 2011 | By

A new “Office of the Repealer” has been created to reduce the number of laws and regulations, and the Repealer is canvassing the state for more cut suggestions. In the upcoming legislative session, Gov. Sam Brownback (R) plans to roll out proposals to change the way schools are funded, taxes are levied and state pensions are administered. A year after voters vaulted hundreds of tea party candidates to power in Washington and in state capitals, the movement’s goals are being pursued aggressively in states such as Wisconsin, Ohio and Texas. But in Kansas, as nowhere else in the country, tea
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The biggest Pinocchios of 2011

Dec 22nd, 2011 | By

Fact checkers are under assault!  Before we present our list of the biggest Pinocchios of the year, we would like to address the torrent of criticism addressed at fact checkers (primarily PolitiFact, Factcheck.org and The Fact Checker) in recent weeks. The Weekly Standard last week had a cover story denouncing fact checkers as a liberal plot to control the political discourse. This week, PolitiFact’s decision to award its “Lie of the Year” trophy to Democratic claims that the GOP “killed” Medicare has earned it and its fact checking brethren additional scorn from the left. As a writer at Gawker put
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Romney super PAC ad hits Gingrich, Perry, but ignores Paul

Dec 22nd, 2011 | By

The Fix is taking a little break over the next five days. As we go on our merry way, though, here are some fixbits and must-reads to tide you over. Fixbits: A new ad from the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC hits Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry, but spares new Iowa frontrunner Ron Paul. Two Chris Christie drafters in Iowa have moved on to support Gingrich. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) isn’t endorsing Gingrich at their joint appearance today. And Gingrich said his campaign is still scrambling to make the Virginia ballot. Paul defends himself on charges that he published a
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