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GOP Field Loses Vocal Opponent of Health Care Reform

The Republican presidential field has just lost one of its most vocal critics of health care reform. Rep. Michele Bachmann, a fiery conservative aligned with the tea party movement, didn’t just criticize health care reform legislation; she based her campaign on repealing it.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 2:40pm

Huntsman May Not Meet Third-Place Goal in New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Jon Huntsman aims to exceed what he calls "market expectations" next week in this state's Republican primary. But that goal, which he defines as third place or better, could be out of reach.

Huntsman has invested months of diligent retail campaigning in New Hampshire without sparking the type of surge every other candidate in the nomination race has enjoyed, however brief.  In an interview this week with National Journal, he suggested that the shallow focus and tone of the race are part of the reason. 

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 2:40pm

Santorum's Tax Policy Good for Families, Bad for the Poor

Forget America’s latest demographic studies showing that people increasingly are delaying marriage and putting off having children.

In Rick Santorum’s world, married couples with a gaggle of children will rule. It’s as if Santorum wants to turn back the clock 40 or so years by using economic policies to encourage Americans (heterosexual Americans, that is) to marry and produce children.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 2:40pm

Rick Santorum, Stealth New Hampshire Contender?

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Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 2:40pm

Bachmann Bows Out, Says GOP Must Rally Behind Nominee

Rep. Michele Bachmann became the first post-Iowa casualty on Wednesday when the Minnesota congresswoman ended her presidential campaign after a dismal sixth-place finish in the caucuses.

“The people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice, and so I have decided to stand aside,” Bachmann said at a news conference in Des Moines, Iowa.

She used her concession speech to take aim at President Obama’s policies, including his signature health care reform law. To defeat the president, she said, Republicans must rally behind the eventual GOP nominee.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 2:40pm

Luck Of The Romney

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Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 2:40pm

ICANN Chairman Sees Little Value in Delaying New Domain-Name Program

With a week to go before his group rolls out a program that could dramatically increase the number of Internet addresses available to the public, the chairman of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers says he sees no reason to delay despite growing calls to slow down the process. 

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 1:40pm

Liljenquist Will Challenge Hatch

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is getting his first official primary challenger, as state Sen. Dan Liljenquist has announced that he will run against the longtime senator.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is getting his first official primary challenger, as state Sen. Dan Liljenquist has announced that he will run against the longtime senator.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 1:40pm

Perry Not Quitting Race

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will stay in the race despite his weak showing in Iowa, according to a senior Republican official who spoke on condition of anonymity. The official said Perry will take a couple of days off in Texas and then head to New Hampshire for two weekend debates.

After New Hampshire, Perry plans to campaign in South Carolina, the next step in the Republican calendar. The decision means conservative voters in New Hampshire and South Carolina will continue to split their votes, a prosect likely to help establish Mitt Romney as the favorite.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 1:40pm

Iowa Republicans Voted on Ideology, Not Economics

The 2012 presidential election will be all about the economy. The Iowa caucuses weren’t.

Don’t expect the rest of the Republican primary campaign to be, either.

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 1:40pm