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CNN: Tuesday contests about bragging rights and momentum
Seventy delegates and a whole lot of momentum: That's what's at stake Tuesday when three states hold contests in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
CNN: Romney campaign targets optimistic Santorum ahead of Tuesday contests
Mitt Romney's front-running campaign on Monday took aim at trailing rival Rick Santorum, suggesting there is concern the conservative Santorum might be poised to do well in this week's Republican presidential contests.
CNN: Were politics buried inside Eastwood's 'Halftime' commercial?
Moments after the energetic Madonna entertained fans during the halftime show at Sunday's Super Bowl, millions of television viewers got an emotional jolt back into reality.
CNN: Bachmann says she was the ‘perfect candidate’
She may have dropped her bid for the presidential nomination, but Michele Bachmann is still adamantly pushing her conservative credentials.
CNN: Authorities: Powell spread gasoline, sent e-mails ahead of fatal fire
The Washington man who authorities believe killed his two sons and himself by setting fire to his house first gave toys and books to charity, sent multiple goodbye e-mails and doused the home with gasoline, they said.
CNN: DEA moves against two Florida pharmacies, distributor over pill sales'
Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration raided two CVS pharmacies in central Florida over the weekend, removing controlled substances and suspending the stores' ability to handle or distribute drugs such as painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone.
CNN: Citing 'progress,' judge extends treatment for Arizona shooting suspect
The man accused of killing six people in an Arizona shooting rampage can receive medical treatment for another four months, a federal judge ruled Monday after reviewing a report from a psychologist that found "measurable progress" in the suspect's condition.
CNN: Jury selection under way in college lacrosse player's murder trial
Jury selection in the trial of a University of Virginia lacrosse player who is accused of fatally beating his ex-girlfriend got off to a slow start Monday.
CNN: World seeks next step on Syria as deaths mount
Syrian artillery fire echoed throughout the embattled city of Homs on Monday, with a human rights group reporting nearly 100 more civilians killed around the country.
CNN: One dead, dozens injured in fifth day of Egypt clashes
Violent clashes near Egypt's Interior Ministry on Monday left at least one person dead and 72 injured, a health ministry official said.
CNN: Australian authorities urge residents of Queensland town to flee floods
Australian authorities on Monday pleaded with hundreds of people who had chosen to remain in a town in the path of rising flood waters to vacate their homes.
CNN: Italy cruise ship captain faces hearing over house arrest
The captain of the shipwrecked cruise liner Costa Concordia faced a closed-door hearing Monday over whether he should remain under house arrest.
CNN: House bill bans welfare spending at strip clubs
If welfare recipients want to dole out the dollar bills at a strip club, they'd better make sure it's not government money ... at least if a bill in Congress becomes law.
CNN: Stocks close lower amid Greece jitters
U.S. stocks hovered below the breakeven line throughout the trading day Monday, as investors anxiously awaited a Greek government decision on budget cuts that are key to securing a second bailout and avoiding default.
CNN: Foreclosure deal has 40 states, but others balk
More than 40 states have signed on to a draft deal settling claims of improper mortgage servicing that's aimed at relieving homeowners struggling with loans bigger than their home's value.
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The repubs trickle down policies of disaster and obstructionism have come full turn. I remembered Obama a year and a half ago begging the countries in the G10 not to use the cut every thing repubs austery policies so soon after the world economy disaster. Europe ignored this president and went with the repubs austerity policies that is crippling their whole continent right now, and running up even bigger deficits.
CNN: Were politics buried inside Eastwood's 'Halftime' commercial?
No. Because the commercial conveyed hope and optimism instead of gloom and doom, conservatives hate it.
LOL! this is too funny! Obama flip flopping.... Really and this is new?
This isn't a flip flop....he still wants to reform this....but you can't take a knife to a gun fight.
I don't see how Obama couldn't. You have to fight fire with fire. If both sides agreed to not go with PACs, then that would be great, but since the Republicans are rolling with it, Obama needs their backing.
It would be political malpractice not to fight fire with fire! GOP be careful what you wish for!!!
Maybe they can run some ads explaining why his administration has spent like drunken sailors, money we don't have and as a result doubled The United States of America's national debt from 8 trillion to 16 trillion? He ran on a platform of "gett'in our fiscal house in order" and "no more pork!" and he did the exact opposite. Is it any big surprise he's flipped on Super PAC's and all the corruption they allow into our political process? Big shocker there....President Obama looking to spend other peoples' money....mainly concerned with self and getting re-elected. Shocker!
It takes TWO to tangle
If you cannot BEAT THEM – JOIN THEM
TWO can play at this GAME
Show the Supreme Court the affects of what they created!!!
It certainly seems that Barack is off his $1 billion campaign goal, and is looking at SuperPACs to supplement his shortfall.
With the state of the economy after three years of doing what Bush did for the previous eight years, it's no surprise that Barack will join the short list of presidents who did not win re-election.
Even Bush Jr doesn't have that distinction.
First, the SCOTUS did not create a law, they interpreted a law Congress attempted to pass limiting free speech. What is potentially troubling about this announcement is the apparent collaboration between the Obama/Biden campaign and the SuperPac. During the republican primary it's been mentioned several times that the campaigns cannot be involved with the Super Pacs. If this is the case, it appears the POTUS and his team are clearly stating they won't abide by the law. Am I missing something?
Good for him, bad for "little us", this is not democracy this is a complete BS in its worse.
He has to do what he has to do, when everybody does just that.
Massah Soros has a tight leash on his boy.... and it's so blatantly obvious.
Is anyone surprised? Every one of Obarfa's statements and promises has an expiration date, just remember that.
President Obama has shown again that he stands for nothing. A true leader leads by example and Obama's example is that you do not base your decisions based on your commitments and promises, you change them depending on the direction that the wind is blowing. You will not get my vote, as I just can not believe anything you say anymore. You do not stand on principle ! Who are you really? Don't tell me, as your word means absolutely nothing.
Funny, he chewed out the Supreme Court for upholding this issue on national tv. I guess he will be apologizing to them and us for his duplicity.
Will your news agency broadcast this news conference and all the results?
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio told WND today his office has scheduled a news conference in Phoenix for March 1 to release findings of the Cold Case Posse that has been investigating Barack Obama’s birth certificate and eligibility to be president.
I guess the muslim brotherhood told him to do it. After all, he answers to them more than Americans you dope dems.
should I believe the GOP raises more money? Oh, and Unions don't count? Anyway,it'll be the dirtiest campaign ever because Obama cannot run on his record!
Wow how much of this money is being spent on the people posting here today? The two of you must be on the payroll using all those fake profiles must be tiring...
I don't know anyone who is going to vote for him this time....ya know the whole fool me once thing...?
all these superficial commentaries about the situation in america and no one seems to think or consider that israel controls history. we had best prepare for survival in the boonies if our sweet neighbor the mullah of iran sends a smoker over new york. America is not a safe haven anymore, look at korea and iran. they hate us and anyone defying their programs of world calamities. WE are overlooking the BIG things which mainly consist of personal survival. The eastern world is a rolling monster controlling the world with its powers developing and the oil energy. and we sweat over idiotic opinions here like they will rule tomorrow forever. The road ahead should be our objective. One nuke over here and all our elective, governmental processes will reverse....
Typical Obama...say one thing but do another... I guess the illegal funds he's receiving from the drug cartels in Mexico aren't enough for this greedy clown. He's a true politician...the only time he's telling a lie is when his mouth is moving. What a useless piece of garbage he's proven himself to be. Too bad, because of all of the underhanded, illegal activities the Democrats pull every election, he's guaranteed reelection. Wonder how many dead people and illegals, including ones they will buss across the border, will end up voting for him this election?
I'm donating to the super pack. I'm tired of democrats playing nice. We never get our message out to the people. We're always playing defense. It's time to strike back with the hard truthful ads of our own. It's time we hold the republicans responsible for their actions. They never have to defend their bogus statements, or their true economic positions. They have always taken advantage of the democrats sense of fair play. It's time to get dirty.
Falling far short of the 1 billion he claimed he would raise this election cycle, he has to rely on super PAC's.