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In Iowa, Gary Johnson calls for cuts to Social Security, Medicare and national defense

By | 02.10.11 | 9:40 am | More from The Iowa Independent

Former New Mexico Republican Gov. Gary Johnson is sometimes referred to as a libertarian for his limited government positions, of which he says he’s seen a real embrace. And after decades of growing government spending, Johnson believes the country is finally serious about addressing the federal budget deficit. More…

Obama leads potential 2012 opponents in Iowa

By | 01.13.11 | 11:00 am

President Barack Obama currently leads all of his main 2012 Republican rivals in Iowa, according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling. The closest hypothetical campaign according to the poll would be a match-up between Obama and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, though Obama would still win that More…

In wake of Giffords shooting, Palin aide says ‘crosshairs’ really surveyor marks

By | 01.10.11 | 10:40 am | More from The Colorado Independent

An aide to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said on a conservative radio program Sunday that last year’s much-maligned ads by Palin’s PAC showing rifle crosshairs over 20 Democratic congressional districts – including Gabrielle Giffords’s CD8 in Arizona – were actually meant to represent surveyor’s symbols on a map.

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American Crossroads president says it operates like a hedge fund

By | 01.04.11 | 1:26 pm

The Los Angeles Times explores the prospects for campaign finance reform after Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) lost his re-election in November and now that more Republicans are in Congress. (At Monday’s Republican National Committee chair debate, when asked what the biggest mistakes of Republicans over the past ten More…

John McCain, Not So Mavericky Anymore

By | 05.06.10 | 12:06 pm

In a newly published paper, Ben Lauderdale, a Ph.D. student in Princeton’s Department of Politics, uses a statistical analysis to plot the relative mavericky-ness of various members of Congress. Mavericks, he explained to John Sides, are members who vote “less on the basis of the political dimension that More…

Outright Misreadings Fuel GOP Opposition to New START

By | 04.09.10 | 9:24 am

Quelle surprise. Eli Lake reports today that regardless of Sen. Richard Lugar’s (R-Ind.) support for the New START nuclear-arms reduction treaty with Russia, the Republican leadership is signaling its dissatisfaction with the treaty:

“Republicans have made clear for months what needs to be done in order to move this


Graham’s Closest Senate Allies Want Indefinite Detention of U.S. Citizens

By | 03.08.10 | 12:42 pm

Here’s another measure of how unlikely it is that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) can actually bring along GOP votes for closing Guantanamo Bay if only, only, the Obama administration caves on trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a civilian court. Last week, Graham’s two best Senate friends, John McCain (R-Ariz.) and More…

Romney Tries to Fill GOP National Security Void

By | 03.05.10 | 6:00 am

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) effectively clinched the 2008 Republican presidential nomination in the 10 days between the South Carolina and Florida primaries. Up against a wall, with polls showing Mitt Romney moving up as Rudy Giuliani faded, McCain unleashed a new attack. Romney, he said, had given up on the More…

‘Birther’ Conspiracy Roils GOP Campaigns

By | 03.01.10 | 6:00 am

In the wake of Sen. Scott Brown’s (R-Ma.) upset victory in Massachusetts, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee issued a memo to campaign managers suggesting a few ways to prevent their candidates from becoming the next Martha Coakley.

“Create sufficient pressure for your More…

Gates Defends the Administration on Abdulmutallab

By | 02.02.10 | 10:02 am

Carrying forward a conservative attack on the Obama administration’s handling of the interrogation and prosecution of would-be Christmas bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), at this morning’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, asked Defense Secretary Robert Gates whether Abdulmutallab should be tried in a military commission instead of More…