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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

What an Army Withdrawal Looks Like—PICTURES

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Posted: Sunday, December 25, 2011 - 8:40am

Iraq War Has Ended, But Logistical Battle Still Under Way

Earlier this month, the U.S. Army ceremoniously rolled and sheathed its flags in Iraq, sending a very clear signal: The war is over. But in the sandy environs of Kuwait, the Army is waging another campaign.

The war might have ended, but the logistical battle to move roughly 4 million pieces of equipment—from armored vehicles to computers stripped of their hard drives—won’t be over by Christmas, as the war was for the troops.

Posted: Sunday, December 25, 2011 - 8:40am

What We Learned: I (Don't) Love the '90s

What we at The Hotline learned this week:

-- We're reminded that the 1990s were not that long ago. Mitt Romney's Senate run against the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and Newt Gingrich's time as speaker have come under scrutiny this campaign season. Now, Rep. Ron Paul's, R-Texas, newsletters have reappeared again and on CNN, he went as far as to prematurely end an interview with Gloria Borger over the matter.

Posted: Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 4:40pm