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Social Conservatives' New Darling
A dual voter guide distributed by the National Organization for Marriage and the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List gave him relatively poor marks. He and Romney were the only two of seven candidates listed who refused to sign the Susan B. Anthony List’s pro-life pledge. According to the guide, Cain also refused to support fetal pain legislation. He and Paul were the only candidates listed who don’t back an anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment.
The GOP’s cynical embrace of Herman Cain
Primary Poll Shows Romney With Strong Lead
Bachmann has seen the steepest dive in her favorability ratings. When the percentage of those with an unfavorable opinion is subtracted from those with a favorable opinion of a candidate, Bachmann has fallen from a plus-29 percent favorability in July to a minus-18 percent in October.
Bachmann campaign denies it lacks cash
Alice Stewart, a Bachmann campaign spokeswoman, said the recent staff changes were anticipated. She said the congresswoman has enough resources to take her through the early nominating contests in New Hampshire and South Carolina.
"We're in good shape," Stewart said. "We got the funds we need to do what we've got planned in Iowa and the other early states."
Obama sticks with his staff despite slumping poll numbers
"Some executives fire people and replace them with new people, but that's not his style," said Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor and longtime Obama family friend. "His style is to pick the best people and then stick with them."
Ron Paul Wins Conference Straw Poll, to No One’s Surprise
“The field is still somewhat fluid,” said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, as he discussed the results. The lesson for Mr. Romney and Mr. Perry, he said, is that “the hearts and minds and passions of the values voters are still to be won.”
For Romney, Social Issues Pose New Test
Rick Perry backs further away from pastor’s comment on Mormonism
“I don’t think the Mormon Church is a cult,” Perry said. “People who endorse me or people who work for me, I respect their endorsement and their work, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that I endorse all of their statements.”
In Iowa, Rick Perry’s immigration problem grows
Democrats aim to tax the rich — but who are they?
Obama and his fellow Democrats for years have described the wealthy as couples making more than $250,000 and individuals making more than $200,000 — 3% of U.S. households. By shifting away from that number in hopes of benefiting from the sound-bite punch of a millionaires tax, the administration may find it difficult to return to casting the broader net.
German and French leaders to meet on eurozone crisis
Financial crisis and stimulus: Could this time be different?
“The thing that people who want to argue that the stimulus failed have to deal with,” Bernstein says, “is that if you look at the trajectory of job losses, you will find that right on the heels of the Recovery Act, the rate of job losses began to diminish and then the jobs numbers turned positive. The Recovery Act worked. The problem is we didn’t keep our foot on the accelerator.”
As movement spreads, NY mayor slams protesters for 'trying to destroy' jobs
this growing fervor has been met, in some cases, by vocal commentary. That includes New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who in a WOR radio appearance Friday said that city's labor unions - many of whom swelled demonstrator ranks earlier this week - depend on salaries that "come from the taxes paid by the people they're trying to vilify."
IN OTHER NEWS…
Iraq, siding with Iran, sends essential aid to Syria’s Assad
More than six months after the start of the Syrian uprising, Iraq is offering key moral and financial support to the country’s embattled president, undermining a central U.S. policy objective and raising fresh concerns that Iraq is drifting further into the orbit of an American arch rival — Iran.
Secret U.S. Memo Made Legal Case to Kill a Citizen
California Governor Signs Dream Act
California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday finished signing the California Dream Act, under which California students who are undocumented immigrants will qualify for state-funded financial aid for college.
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There are two issues that the right wing teavangelists have to deal with: One is making sure that all other religions but theirs is a cult, and second, like true republicans, they must eliminate regulations. As a result, teavangelicals will now only follow two of the ten commandments.
If Bachmann's campaign were to get short of cash, she could always apply for a federal grant for her many clinics and farms.
Good to see Ron Paul win something. For a while, I thought teavangelicals forgot he was in the race. This should help him win over those who want to eliminate pesky regulations, government agencies, consumer safety regulations, and the civil rights act.
In the teavangelical straw poll. where did the man of many Mittens come in?
When I worked for Southern Baptist Hospital for 6 years it had some of the most wonderful employees but was plagues by top religious bigots who charge the black for eyployee health insurance but whey could not be treated as the hospital at that time did not treat blacks. As HR Director I tried to stop the practice. The maids, janitors, dietary workers, etc could not be treated in the very hospital they worked because the color of their skin. Their salary was very low.
I requested we stop the practice...his reply was no ït keep our premium low since our claims are low. I said it was unchristian to do such. He said I will not change our policy. He was also on Blue Cross Board.
After 6 years I resign. I had enough of these people.
Manufacturing, call-center's jobs need to come back, or else, America is going to be in vulnerable position with revolts, protests, pellmell, etc, etc, Rich need to re-think, and re-think....
Register Your Vote, two months early, because, GOP is playing drama to deny your vote....o.k, wake up. Florida, needs to be closely watched in Election. Vote Direct Dem. Ticket....God bless....Obama2012....Yes, we needed these reforms that Obama signed...yes we did...need..
Just finished watching the "Angry Black Man" on Candy's show. He's on a book tour. He reminds me of Sarah Palin, who "milked" their supporters for Money and ran all the way to the bank, knowing full well, they would NEVER be President. Can I write a book and rake in as much money as these two.They really have Nothing to say.
I wish Ron Paul win the primary too but unfortunately our politics and media make difficult for them
U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn voted for the bill that raid Gibson’s facilities but Blackburn has criticized the Obama administration for raiding. And yesterday she join with tea party protest for raiding she gets media publicity
U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, the only other Middle Tennessee lawmaker in Congress at the time, voted against the farm bill both times. But he won’t credit or publicity because he is conservative democrat and he don’t play politics
if it wasnt for goverment cheque,s her family would have no income at all