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A Debate Season for the History Books

Elections have consequences. The only poll that counts is the one on Election Day. It all comes down to turnout.

To this list of these election-year clichés, add this: Debates matter.

“Frankly, they saved some candidates … and totally destroyed others,’’ said Warren Tompkins, a Republican consultant in South Carolina who advised Mitt Romney in 2008. “The debates have driven the process. They have been the process.’’

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Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 2:40pm

Can Newt Inc. Serve High Tea?

I've got a piece in this week's National Journal magazine exploring how Gingrich made millions playing a Washington influence game detested by the Tea Party. 
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Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 2:40pm

Top 22 Political Quotes of 2011 -- PICTURES

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Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 2:40pm

Obama Got Us Out Of Iraq. Voters Say.. So What?

The leitmotif of Sen. Barack Obama's early presidential campaign was the inherent wrongness of the war in Iraq and how it represented to him the protuberant ineptitude of the Bush Administration and the Washington establishment that enabled it.  Obama liked to say that his speech against the Iraq war in Chicago, October 2002, was a brave stand at the time.  True, it ran contrary to the "strong" Democratic position held by party leadership.

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 2:40pm

QUICK TAKE: Votes on Omnibus Coming but Payroll Uncertain

Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said on Friday that the House would vote on the omnibus spending package Friday to fund the government in order to avert a shutdown and then go home until negotiations over the payroll-tax break are settled.

“The House will do its work today, the members will go home, and if there’s a need to come back to finish our work, we will do so,” Boehner said in a news conference following a closed-door Republican Caucus meeting.

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 2:40pm

Quick Take: Votes on Omnibus Coming But Payroll Uncertain

Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Friday that the House would vote on the omnibus spending package Friday to fund the government to avert a shutdown and and then go home until negotiations over the payroll tax break are settled.

“The House will do its work today, the members will go home, and if there’s a need to come back to finish our work, we will do so,” Boehner said in a news conference following a closed-door GOP caucus meeting.

 

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 12:40pm

This Week in Political Trivia

How well do you know the facts and faces behind this week's political news? Find out with our weekly trivia quiz, powered by the Almanac of American Politics!

This Week in Political Trivia: Dec. 16 » online quiz
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Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 12:40pm

Judiciary Postpones Final Action On Net Piracy Bill

After two days of acrimonious debate, the House Judiciary Committee postponed further action on Friday on a bipartisan bill that would authorize new tools for tackling the growing problem of online piracy and counterfeit goods on foreign websites.

Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said the panel will resume consideration of the bill when the House is back in session. House lawmakers could meet again next week depending on maneuvering over a payroll tax package.

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 12:40pm

While You Weren't Looking...

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Rules matter. Pay attention and take advantage, or face the consequences of being unprepared.

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 11:40am

Why Voters Are Turning to Ron Paul; PLUS: This Year in Unnecessary Censorship -- VIDEO

David Letterman last night joked about presidential candidate Ron Paul's recent surge in Iowa polls.

He said, "Remember when Mitt says, 'OK, my gloves are coming off'? And then Ron Paul said, 'Alright, well, my teeth are coming out.'?" Well, it's paid off. Letterman presented a segment, "Why Voters Are Turning to Ron Paul" explaining the surge.

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Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 11:40am