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6 Dec 2010

Incoming GOP freshmen rapidly embracing big-money fundraisers

After Francisco "Quico" Canseco beat Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-Tex.) as part of the Republican wave on Nov. 2, the tea party favorite declared: "It's going to be a new day in Washington." Two weeks later, Canseco was in the heart of Washington for a $1,000-a-head fundraiser at the Capitol Hill Club. The event--hosted by Reps. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) and Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.)--was aimed at paying off more than $1.1 million in campaign debts racked up by Canseco, much of it from his own pocket
After Francisco "Quico" Canseco beat Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-Tex.) as part of the Republican wave on Nov. 2, the tea...

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5 Dec 2010

Sarah Palin is wrong about John F. Kennedy, religion and politics

Palin writes that when she was growing up, she was taught that Kennedy's speech had "succeeded in the best possible way: It reconciled public service and religion without compromising either." Now, however, she says she has revisited the speech and changed her mind. She finds it "defensive . . . in tone and content" and is upset that Kennedy, rather than presenting a reconciliation of his private faith and his public role, had instead offered an "unequivocal divorce of the two."
Palin writes that when she was growing up, she was taught that Kennedy's speech had "succeeded in the best possible way:...

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14 Nov 2010

Tea party groups have wide range of goals for new champions in Congress

South Carolina tea party activist Sunny O'Donovan plans to travel to Washington in January to personally witness the swearing-in of her new congressman, Jeff Duncan, who was elected with the backing of several tea party groups. On that day, O'Donovan will shift from being an enthusiastic supporter to an eager constituent with a long wish list.
South Carolina tea party activist Sunny O'Donovan plans to travel to Washington in January to personally witness the...

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6 Nov 2010

Republicans map out their agenda of less

Republicans are mapping an agenda for the new Congress that calls for a radical reduction in government spending, a hard-line stance against new taxes and a "sustained" battle against federal regulators - all aimed at easing the concerns of voters desperate for jobs and anxious about the soaring national debt.
Republicans are mapping an agenda for the new Congress that calls for a radical reduction in government spending, a...

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23 Sep 2010

House Republicans make a conservative ‘Pledge to America’

House Republicans on Thursday announced an expansive agenda called "A Pledge to America" that proposes to shrink the size of government and reform Congress, offering a conservative plan of action they will pursue if they win a majority in the midterm elections.
House Republicans on Thursday announced an expansive agenda called "A Pledge to America" that proposes to shrink the...

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23 Sep 2010

The GOP breaks its “Pledge to America”

It took the Republicans just three minutes to violate their Pledge to America. This StoryIn a lumber yard near Dulles International Airport Thursday morning, House Republicans handed out copies of their pledge, which, among other things, promises to rein in an "arrogant and out-of-touch government of self-appointed elites. Yet moments after taking the stage to face the cameras, Republican leaders appointed themselves arrogant elites. They compared themselves to the founding fathers and likened their actions at Tart Lumber Co. to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia
It took the Republicans just three minutes to violate their Pledge to America. This StoryIn a lumber yard near Dulles...

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28 Aug 2010

The battles inside the GOP

This was a week in which the party's strengths and weaknesses competed for attention. Turnout in Tuesday's primaries showed Republicans energized and enthusiastic, far more so than the Democrats. If anything, Democrats are more pessimistic today about their prospects in November than they were two months ago. But the elections last week in Florida and Alaska also pointed to ideological differences and personal enmities that have played out in Republican primary battles all year and that threaten to leave scars and fissures within the party that will have to be dealt with later. Republicans have seen more turmoil in their ranks this year than Democrats, a sign of both robustness within the coalition and unresolved debates about the party's direction.
This was a week in which the party's strengths and weaknesses competed for attention. Turnout in Tuesday's primaries...
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19 May 2010

Scandals in the House Republican Class of 1994

When was it, exactly, that the Republican revolution merged with the sexual revolution? With each passing year, the class notes for the famous House Republicans Class of '94 get more lurid. The latest entry was submitted Tuesday morning by Rep. Mark Souder (Ind.). "I sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff," he announced in a resignation statement.
When was it, exactly, that the Republican revolution merged with the sexual revolution? With each passing year, the...
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