Republicans

Nate Silver: GOP Establishment vs. Tea Party — Could Karl Rove’s New Strategy Backfire?

February 11, 2013

“The strategist Karl Rove and his allies last week announced the formation of Conservative Victory Project, a new “super PAC” designed to lend support to what they see as more electable candidates in Republican Senate primaries.”

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Former Florida Republican Chairman Jim Greer Pleads Guilty to Theft and Money Laundering

February 11, 2013

“He could be sentenced to a minimum of 3 ½ years and a maximum of 35 years in prison at his March 27 sentencing.”

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Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Will Oppose the Nominations of John Brennan and Chuck Hagel

February 11, 2013

“Until there are answers regarding the terrorist attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham plans to block two of President Obama’s top national security nominees.”

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Peter Baker: President Obama Cast as Present-Day President Bush

February 11, 2013

“But in broad terms, the conversation generated by the confirmation hearing of John O. Brennan, his nominee for C.I.A. director, underscored the degree to which Mr. Obama has embraced some of Mr. Bush’s approach to counterterrorism.”

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White House Issues Dire Warning About Sequestration Spending Cuts

February 8, 2013

“The White House said on Friday that government spending cuts due to take effect March 1 would have harsh consequences for ordinary Americans and the U.S. economy, seeking to turn up pressure on Congress to come up with a plan to avoid what Washington calls “sequestration.”"

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North Dakota Senate Passes Anti-Abortion Constitutional Amendment to Appear on the State Ballot

February 8, 2013

“The North Dakota Senate on Thursday approved placing on the state ballot a constitutional amendment that declares that life begins at conception.”

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) Vetoes Internet Gambling Bill

February 7, 2013

“Nevada and Delaware have passed laws legalizing Internet betting, which also is going on offshore, untaxed and unregulated.”

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Nebraska Republican Senator Deb Fischer Won’t Vote to Confirm Defense Secretary Nominee Chuck Hagel

February 7, 2013

“The Republican reluctance to filibuster Hagel is why he is likely to be confirmed in the end, although GOP senators continue to seek additional materials from him.”

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Donald Trump: Karl Rove is a “Total Loser”

February 7, 2013

“Trump, with his bombastic tendencies, love of stunts and embrace of birtherism, could be considered the the type of Republican that Rove and company are trying to drive from the party.”

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Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) Accuses Defense Secretary Panetta and the Obama Administration of a Cover-Up on Benghazi

February 7, 2013

“The ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday accused the Obama administration of covering up the true nature of last year’s fatal attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.”

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Republican Speaker of the Virginia House Kills Redistricting Plan

February 7, 2013

“Speaker Bill Howell announced Wednesday that the Senate-approved amendment redrawing state Senate district lines was not germane, or relevant, to a bill making technical changes to state House districts.”

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Senate Armed Services Committee Postpones Confirmation Vote on Defense Secretary Nominee Chuck Hagel

February 7, 2013

“Republicans said they still wanted more information on issues including the former Republican senator’s business dealings and past speeches, and would try to prevent a quick confirmation if they did not get it.”

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Senator Marco Rubio (FL) Selected to Deliver Republican Response to the State of the Union Address

February 7, 2013

“The more intriguing narrative that unspools from the choice of Rubio is how Tuesday night’s speech likely kicks off a period in which the GOP puts the Florida senator forward as its de facto foil to President Obama.”

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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) Considers Banning State and Local Police From Using Drones

February 7, 2013

“McDonnell, a Republican, told Washington-based radio station WTOP in May that he supported local police agencies using military-style drones for law enforcement.”

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House Ethics Committee Won’t Form Special Investigative Panel Into Allegations of Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) Soliciting Republican Congresspersons for Super PAC Donations

February 7, 2013

“An Office of Congressional Ethics report from August called for a full-scale investigation into the case. In addition, OCE found that there was “substantial reason to believe” that Schock violated federal law in seeking the contributions.”

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