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Entries by Jon Ward from 05/2013

Stephanie Cutter Starts Consulting Firm With 2 Former Obama Aides

Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Three former top campaign aides to President Barack Obama are starting consulting firm, continuing an ongoing trend of former Obama staf...

Ted Cruz Tells South Carolina Republicans To Protect Constitution, Text Him Their Number

Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics

COLUMBIA, S.C. -– In the space of a few minutes here Friday night, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) went from talking about constitutional amendments to aski...

Elizabeth Colbert Busch, Mark Sanford Race Down To The Wire In South Carolina

Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics

BEAUFORT, S.C. -- It may have been a slip of the subconscious, or a phrase often used in small talk that sneaked out of the candidate's mind before sh...

Mark Sanford South Carolina Victory Takes Him From 'Free Fall' To Rebirth

Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- Americans, journalist David Halberstam once wrote, are "remarkably tolerant of error, particularly if it is self-confessed." Mark ...

Jason Richwine Dissertation On Low Hispanic IQ Puts Heritage On Defensive [FULL DOCUMENT]

Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON - A conservative researcher's 2009 dissertation, which argued that Hispanic immigrants to the U.S. have substantially lower IQs than whites...

Lindsey Graham Fending Off Primary Challenge In South Carolina

Posted 05.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In 2010, as the tea party was arriving on the political scene, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said the movement would "die out." "The p...

IRS Abandoned Tea Party Probes Due To 'Concerns' Over Media Attention

Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– At least one senior IRS official knew the agency was targeting tea party groups with what the agency later called "troubling question...

IRS Tea Party Scandal: White House Did Not Drive Investigation, Inspector General Says

Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The IRS Inspector General said Tuesday that incompetence, not malice, was behind the tax agency’s heavy scrutiny of conservative group...

Stuart Stevens, Romney Adviser, Says 2012 Was Not A Fair Fight

Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Stu Stevens' recounting of the 2012 campaign is a tale of woe. The former senior strategist for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign ...

Marco Rubio Takes On Obama's Transformative Narrative

Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics

One of President Obama's central promises as a candidate for the White House in 2008 was that he would transform the culture of Washington and the cou...

Lois Lerner, Key IRS Official In Tea Party Scandal, Hasn't Agreed To Testify Before Congress

Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics

While former IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, has agreed to testify before Congress next week, the s...

Top IRS Official Admits Question That Revealed Tea Party Targeting Was Planted

Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The origins of the IRS scandal over its targeting of tea party groups aroused curiosity and suspicion from the beginning. A senior I...

IRS Claim It Didn't Discriminate Against Tea Party Has 3 Problems

Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The head of the IRS on Friday insisted that tea party groups were not targeted for extra scrutiny, but were caught up in a clumsy drag...

IRS Commissioner Contradicts Earlier Testimony, Says Tea Party-Targeting Was Partisan

Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of the Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday, in his second day of sworn testimony before congressional committees, admitted unde...

Green Berets Overcome Loss Of Limbs And Look To Help Others Do The Same

Posted 05.26.2013 | Good News

WACO, Texas -- Some people see it as a mixed blessing that modern medicine has saved the lives of many soldiers, only to produce huge numbers of amput...

George W. Bush Bikes With Injured Vets, Reflects On White House Decisions, Life After The Presidency

Posted 05.30.2013 | Politics

CRAWFORD, Texas -- George W. Bush had been riding his mountain bike for almost four hours, and he was out of gas. I was 12 riders behind the forme...

George W. Bush: Fix 'Inhumane' Immigration System Because It's Right Thing To Do, Not For Politics

Posted 05.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When President George W. Bush made a push for immigration reform in 2007, he was fiercely opposed by many on the right, and his proposal...

George W. Bush 'Not Surprised' Obama Is 'Having A Difficult Go'

Posted 05.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former President George W. Bush has steered clear of criticizing President Obama, saying his time in the spotlight is over and he does n...