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Santorum tones down social rhetoric at Cedar Rapids

By | 04.27.11 | 1:56 pm | More from The Iowa Independent

CEDAR RAPIDS — For nearly an hour Tuesday evening, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum alternated between linebacker and cheerleader, doing his best to sack President Barack Obama while keeping the spectators fired up for the fourth quarter. While the speech was not completely free of some allusions to More…

Poverty in the Recession

By | 09.14.10 | 8:56 am

Sometime this week, the Census Bureau will release figures on poverty in the United States in 2009. The Associated Press asked some demographers to sketch out the probable results — and they are grim.

The demographers estimate the poverty rate will increase year-on-year from 13.2 percent to about More…

Gingrich Walks Back Civil Rights Comments

By | 03.22.10 | 12:37 pm

The Washington Post’s Dan Balz yesterday quoted Newt Gingrich, the former Republican House Speaker from Georgia, warning that Obama’s support for sweeping health care reform would plague Democrats for decades, much as Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 jostled the party and led to More…

Gingrich: Civil Rights Laws Weren’t Worth the Political Price

By | 03.21.10 | 12:21 pm

Of the many reasons to oppose health care reform, this is probably the worst. From today’s Washington Post:

Former Republican House speaker Newt Gingrich said Obama and the Democrats will regret their decision to push for comprehensive reform. Calling the bill “the most radical social experiment . . .


‘Democrats Are Smiling Through Their Tears’

By | 08.28.09 | 10:29 am

Wes Pruden of The Washington Times, a regular weekly contestant for the dual prizes of “most gleefully offensive conservative column” and “most likely to be linked by Drudge (non-Camille Paglia bracket),” pushes the “Wellstoning” meme, and pushes it hard.

Democrats are smiling through their tears, determined not to waste


One-Party Government Does Not Equal ‘Extreme’

By | 10.30.08 | 3:35 pm

Republicans have unveiled their closing argument. Desperate to prevent a huge Democratic landslide, Republicans warn that one-party government under Democrats would surely mean liberal extremism.

Raising the specter of an “Obama, Pelosi and Reid” government, Sen. John McCain refers to the combination of Sen. Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi More…

The Bailout’s Power Vacuum

By | 10.01.08 | 7:44 pm

As congressional leaders scramble to resuscitate the $700-billion financial bailout plan that died a stunning death in the House this week, many historians and political experts ascribe the bill’s failure to a lack of political leadership in Washington.

This power vacuum was revealed in a lame-duck president who More…

Why Ads Work

By | 09.19.08 | 6:41 pm

In the annals of campaign advertising, it stands as a legend: A young girl plucking flower petals, counting each as it falls, is interrupted by a sinister voice counting down 10 … nine … eight … until a nuclear blast fills the screen, a fire-ball replacing the black terror in More…