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Ron Paul Says He Wouldn't Have Ordered Bin Laden Raid

Well here's a great way to kickoff your 2012 presidential campaign. Adding to the list of stances that make Ron Paul both iconoclastic and unelectable, the Texas congressman said he would not have authorized the raid on Osama bin Laden. The unpopular stance was voiced on the heels of his bid to run for the White House, which Politico reports will be announced tomorrow.

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 11:40am

Mitch Daniels's Wife to Give First Political Speech

Cheri Daniels will give her first big political speech Thursday night, offering the keynote address to the Indiana Republican Party's spring dinner. Her husband, Gov. Mitch Daniels, has cautioned reporters not to read too much into the event, but his wife is widely thought to be his biggest obstacle to getting into the 2012 presidential race.

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 11:40am

Mitt Romney's Modesty

Later this month, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's (R) holding a fundraising phone-a-thon with supporters in Las Vegas. Romney insiders told the Center for Public Integrity he hopes to raise between $2 million and $3 million.

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 11:40am

What Newt Has Going for Him: Loads of Cash and an Uncanny Ability to Anger the Left

Newt Gingrich is finally doing it. He's no longer talking about running for president -- he's actually becoming a candidate for the job. The former House speaker will make it official today on Facebook, Twitter, and through a 9 p.m. interview with Fox's Sean Hannity.

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 11:40am

The Elephant and the Angry Mob

Tony Auth makes the common observation that the Tea Party is a bit tough to control, and is unlikely to go with the Republican flow if compromises are made with Democrats on key issues.

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 11:40am

So What Actually Happened at the White House Poetry Night?

On Wednesday, the White House held an event in celebration of poetry. The guests included Rita Dove and Billy Collins, former U.S. poets laureate; Aimee Mann, wildly depressing singer-songwriter; Jill Scott, somewhat less depressing singer-songwriter; Steve Martin, actor, comedian, and jerk; and Common, noted anarchist who has personally killed over 4,000 cops.

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 11:40am

Is the Tea Party Winding Down?

Last week, the Tea Party's tide seemed to peak, and then begin to roll back.

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 10:40am

The Chart That Should Accompany Every Discussion of Deficits

Why does this chart matter? Because it makes clear two realities that are fundamental to sane discussion of public finance, but that most of the public doesn't realize and that the Republican leadership is actively working to obscure.

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 9:40am

Insiders Rate GOP Senate Prospects High

At this early stage in the election cycle, political operatives in both parties believe that the Republican chances for winning back the Senate are relatively high, according to the latest National Journal Political Insiders Poll.

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 9:40am

Insiders Skeptical Of Democrats Retaking House

Political operatives in both parties--but especially Republicans--are skeptical that Democrats will be able to regain control of the House of Representatives in the 2012 elections according to the latest National Journal Political Insiders Poll.

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 9:40am