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The Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin is no fan of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, and last night she posted a two-year old video clip of him that she claimed was "devestating." What was so awful about it? At one point in the June 2009 speech to the Ripon Society, Daniels said, "The whole concept of a wedge issue should be foreign to us if we really want to come back.” Read More
Add the U.S. Secret Service to the long list of individuals and organizations that have been burned by Twitter.
Earlier today, CNN reports, an odd tweet went out from the agency's official account, @SecretService, which read: "Had to monitor Fox for a story. Can't. Deal. With. The. Blathering."
The agency removed the tweet and issued the following statement: Read More
A new batch of emails obtained by Judicial Watch suggest that Supreme Court Justice Elana Kagan was more involved in crafting the administration's defense of the national health care law while serving as President Obama's solicitor general than she previously indicated.
Judicial Watch details: Read More
In recent days, GOP presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Tim Pawlenty have distanced themselves from Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicare reform plan.
While Pawlenty has handled the matter much more delicately than Gingrich, to say the least, both candidates have come out for giving future seniors the option of staying in traditional Medicare. Though it may be seen as a way to thread the needle politically, it's problematic from a policy perspective. Read More
Slate's Dave Weigel spoke with a Clinton era chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, and described him as "mystified" by the decision by the current board's general counsel to sue Boeing for opening up a non-union factory in South Carolina.
The former chairman, Bill Gould, told Weigel: Read More
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., on Tuesday walked away from negotiations with the so-called "Gang of Six," a bipartisan group of Senators seeking a long-term budget deal.
Many conservatives have been urging Coburn to walk away from the talks, because Democrats are unlikely to endorse any final deal that does not include tax increases.
Coburn spokesman John Hart released the following statement moments ago:
Dr. Coburn made a number of comments today regarding how the Gang of Six has reached an impasse. Read More
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, speaking on a Tuesday conference call held to respond to his controversial comments about Rep. Paul Ryan's budget, said that he didn't go into his interview with NBC's David Gregory “hostile enough” and should have pushed back more forcefully against the “gotcha” questions the host asked.
But he argued that this controversy, which many have argued spells the end of his candidacy, will be fixed in a matter of days, and he likened his experiences to Ronald Reagan's. Read More
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' has been giving mixed signals about his presidential intentions for months. While we were led to believe that the decision would come shortly after the end of the state's legislative session last month, he's still been coy. Now, the Associated Press reports that he is closing in on a decision, but just won't tell us what it is: Read More
Gov. Nikki Haley, the popular governor of the key early primary state of South Carolina, has ripped Newt Gingrich for calling Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal "radical" and "right-wing social engineering."
"What he said was absolutely unfortunate," Haley told CNN in a phone interview. Read More
Mitt Romney's campaign today announced that he raised $10.25 million as part of his national call day in Las Vegas. This sort of thing, no doubt, is planned to generate headlines, and represents low-hanging fruit from core supporters that were waiting to be called on. He did something similar at the start of his 2008 campaign. Nonetheless, not every candidate could do the same and $10.25 million is still $10.25 million. Read More
Matt Lewis is on to something in exploring the damage Newt Gingrich has done to his brand, but I'd approach the issue slightly differently. To me, beyond the immediate political effects, Gingrich's comments on Rep. Paul Ryan's budget tarnish his image as a conservative who is advancing bold solutions to our nation's problems. Read More
BreitbartTV has some fun with an Obama administration official's unwillingness (during an oversight hearing) to disclose details about White House discussions on a possible executive order calling on government contractors to disclose political donations. You can check out the video here. Read More
House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is delivering a speech before the Chicago Economic Club defending his debt-reduction plan. Here is the text of his prepared remarks:
I’m here to talk about the economy today – about the need to get four quarters of strong, consistent performance.
That wasn’t another Jay Cutler joke, I swear. It could be, but it’s not. Read More
Donald Trump has just announced he won't seek the presidency in 2012, a vindication for those of us who assumed he would soak up the publicity of flirting with a run as long as he could before bailing. Unlike the decision of Mike Huckabee not to run, which did have actual ramifications for the broader race, Trump's exit won't likely have much of an impact one way or another. Read More