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The Story Behind Ron Paul's Racist Newsletters

So as Ron Paul is on track to win the Iowa caucuses, he is getting a new dose of press scrutiny.

And the press is focusing on the newsletters that went out under his name in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They were called Ron Paul's Political Report, Ron Paul's Freedom Report, the Ron Paul Survival Report and the Ron Paul Investment Letter.

Some choice quotes:

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Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 12:40pm

QUICK TAKE: Campaigns, Super PACs Spend $10M in Iowa—Report

Republican presidential candidates and super PACS have spent more than $10 million in television and radio advertising in Iowa this month, outpacing other years, the Des Moines Register reported on Tuesday. 

Rick Perry has spent the most, $2.86 million in December alone, the paper said. Closely behind is a super PAC that supports Romney, with $2.85 million. 

Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 12:40pm

Hacker Group Anonymous Hits Security Firm

The hacker’s group "Anonymous" has admitted that it raided the computers of U.S.-based security think tank Stratfor and stole thousands of credit-card numbers and other personal information from its clients, AP reports.

Clients confirmed the attack, saying they had already noticed unauthorized transactions on their credit cards, including to charities.

Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 10:40am

Does Ron Paul's View on the Defense Authorization Bill Mean Panetta Is Stalin?

Ron Paul used his Monday letter to supporters to denounce the $670 billion National Defense Authorization Act, saying it assures the nation’s “descent into totalitarianism.”

At issue are legal protections for detainees suspected of engaging in terrorism.

 

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Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 10:40am

Hotline Sort: All Iowa, All the Time

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. It's Iowa, Iowa, Iowa all week, with just a week left to go until the Jan. 3 Caucuses, and Romney is making a late push in the state where many had written off his chances months ago. Meanwhile, a new congressional map in the Garden State will reportedly pit two Democrats against each other, while the Wisconsin recall effort against GOP Gov. Scott Walker edges its way into the Senate race. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 10:40am

Pink Slips and Drug Tests: Where Congress Left Off

Congress is mercifully on recess until mid-January, but the debate over extending the payroll-tax cut and unemployment benefits is not out of mind.

Although Congress passed and the president signed a two-month extension last week, House and Senate negotiators are already squabbling.

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Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 10:40am

Ex-Aide: Ron Paul Foreign Policy is 'Sheer Lunacy'

Ron Paul is not having the best holiday season.  First the media discovered racist, anti-Semitic newsletters that went out under Paul’s name in the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Then the New York Times did a story about the support Paul draws from white supremacists and anti-Semites.  

Posted: Monday, December 26, 2011 - 4:40pm

Romney, Gingrich Iowa Bus Tours: Too Late or Just in Time?

In the end, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich decided that resistance was futile and maybe even counter-productive. A week before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, the two are finally about to launch bus tours of the state.

 

Romney has been tending to his firewall in New Hampshire and trying to seem like he's not working too hard in Iowa lest he be embarrassed on caucus night. Gingrich has played the VIP celeb, counting mainly on debates to make him a contender.

Posted: Monday, December 26, 2011 - 2:40pm

Perry Racks Up Security Bills for Texas Taxpayers

Besides President Obama, Rick Perry has the largest security detail in the 2012 race, the New York Times reports. And Texas taxpayers are paying as much as $400,000 a month to foot the bill.

Posted: Monday, December 26, 2011 - 12:40am

Poll: Romney Well Ahead in N.H.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is maintaining his commanding position atop the field of Republican candidates for president in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire, according to a new poll published in Christmas Day editions of the Boston Globe.

Posted: Sunday, December 25, 2011 - 12:40pm