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Santorum Responds to McCain on Earmarks

DUBLIN, N.H. —  GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum hit back on Friday against Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on the issue of earmarks.

Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 6:40pm

Conservatives Have No Buyer's Remorse on Super PACs

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Despite the political carnage suffered by Republican presidential candidates at the hands of super PACs in Iowa, conservatives show no signs of buyers' remorse after supporting the Supreme Court decision that opened the floodgates for the unlimited campaign money that fueled them.

Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 6:40pm

Conservatives Have No Buyer's Remorse on Super PACs

My story
Despite the political carnage suffered by Republican presidential candidates at the hands of super PACs in Iowa, conservatives show no signs of buyers' remorse after supporting the Supreme Court decision that opened the floodgates for the unlimited campaign money that fueled them.

Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 6:40pm

Study: Companies Got 22,000 Percent Return on Lobbying Investment

It's hard to quantify exactly what a company gets for its lobbying dollar, which helps explain why Washington offices are so often put on the expense, rather than the revenue, side of the ledger. 

Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 6:40pm

Why You Avoid Senate-speak in Campaigns

Ron Fournier was quick to observe that Rick Santorum's campaign appearances often are "marred by loquaciousness" because "Santorum doesn't know when to stop talking." No surprise there. Santorum was a senator. For two terms. Twelve years of "Senate-speak." More than a decade of filibusters.

Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 6:40pm

Who Do Republican Candidates Follow on Twitter?

Republican front-runner Mitt Romney doesn’t follow many accounts on Twitter — 235, to be exact — and at first glance, it looks as if the extreme message discipline his campaign is known for extends to whom he follows. It’s an array of conservative and mainstream media outlets, journalists, Republican politicians, and even some rivals, like Newt Gingrich.

But why does Mitt Romney follow the fast-food restaurant chain Carl’s Jr.?

Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 6:40pm

When Congressional Candidates Harass

Candidates have been rising and fading ever more quickly in the Republican presidential race. But this afternoon, a (now-former) congressional candidate seems to have demonstrated the maximum speed of a political free-fall.

Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 6:40pm

Romney: Jobless Rate Over 8 Percent Too High

Friday’s report that the U.S. economy added 200,000 jobs in December was good news for President Obama and for everyone really – except if you’re a Republican running for Obama's job.

GOP presidential primary front-runner Mitt Romney said, “Of course it is good news fewer Americans are out of work, but thirty-five consecutive months of unemployment above 8 percent is no cause for celebration.”

Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 6:40pm

More Top Women-Owned Influence Shops

Last week, we compiled a list of some of the top women-owned influence shops in town and asked you, our loyal readers, for additional suggestions.

Well, after what at times felt like a write-in campaign for some of these firms, we decided to add three more. Here they are, and their reported lobbying incomes in 2011, according to the Center for Responsive Politics:

Urban Swirski & Associates ($770,000): Anne Urban and Sandra Swirski

Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 6:40pm

U.S. Makes Its Case for Health Care Law

The Obama administration kicked off the Supreme Court case on health care reform by submitting a 130-page brief on Friday defending the 2010 law's most controversial feature -- its requirement that individuals buy health insurance.

Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 6:40pm