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Report: Gingrich Campaign Paying Down Massive Debt

Even as GOP presidential contender Newt Gingrich surges in national polls, his campaign is weighed down by a massive debt accumulated in the early weeks of his campaign, The Washington Post reports.

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 10:40am

Don't Play the Trump Card

A sliver of sanity has finally emerged from the raucous Republican presidential race.

The GOP contest, which already resembles a TV reality show, faces a test of relevancy now that celebrity businessman Donald Trump wants to host a debate in Iowa. What could be more demeaning to the process than a half-cocked ratings grabber posing as a political kingmaker?

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Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 9:40am

Battleground-State Voters Leaving the Democratic Party

President Obama and his re-election team have prided themselves on their well-oiled get-out-the-vote effort.  But a new study from the centrist think tank Third Way suggests Democrats are losing ground organizationally in nearly all of the key battleground states in the general election.

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 9:40am

Gingrich May Not Qualify For Ohio Ballot

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Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 9:40am

Anti-Obama SEIU Release is a Hoax

The Service Employees International Union was one of Barack Obama's most generous financial 2008 supporters.  It's the largest union in the U.S., and spends more money to elect Democrats than any other single entity.   On November 16, they endorsed Obama's re-election.

Wouldn't it be a huge news story if they'd had a change of heart? 

Some pranksters thought so.

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 2:40am

Too Many Republican Debates?

Said the 2008 Republican nominee John McCain on Sunday: "If I had, frankly, a criticism of the process, it is that I think maybe we're really getting a little too heavy on the debates.''

Said the 2008 Republican nominee John McCain on Sunday: "If I had, frankly, a criticism of the process, it is that I think maybe we're really getting a little too heavy on the debates.''

Posted: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 11:40pm

Newt by Proxy

In 1995, then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich banned proxy votes in committees. That meant no longer could powerful chairmen (for 40 years previous, all Democrats) cast votes for lawmakers who skipped out on the marking-up of legislation.

This is ironic because the reason Gingrich is the Republican presidential front-runner today is that several big-name Republicans essentially cast their proxy vote for him.

Posted: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 11:40pm

Public Wants Immigrants to Be Able to Stay

As the debate over immigration continues to roil the Republican presidential field, a substantial majority of Americans say they would prefer to allow some or all illegal immigrants to remain in the United States, the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll has found.

When asked what should be done with the roughly 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, just 25 percent of those polled said that they should all be deported “no matter how long they have been in the U.S.”

Posted: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 11:40pm

Solyndra Casts Shadow on Renewable-Energy Grants

The political firestorm that erupted when solar-panel maker Solyndra defaulted on its federal loan is sure to affect clean-energy tax credits that are set to expire at the end of the year, an overwhelming majority of National Journal’s Energy and Environment Insiders say.

Posted: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 11:40pm

The Newt Moment

I’ll admit that I’m as surprised as anyone at the rise of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to the top of the Republican presidential field.

Posted: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 11:40pm