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Ethics Watchdog Targets Congressional Sleepovers

Elyse Siegel | May 25, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON — A Washington ethics watchdog says it's time for Congress to crack down on lawmakers who sleep in their offices rather than pay for a place to live. Reacting to a surge in congressmen bunking down in their work spaces, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington wants the...

Egypt Protests: Obama Sharply Questions Mubarak Pledge To Stay In Power

Carly Schwartz | May 25, 2011 | World
WASHINGTON — Bristling with impatience, President Barack Obama on Thursday openly and sharply questioned whether Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's pledge to shift power to his vice president is an "immediate, meaningful or sufficient" sign of reform for a country in upheaval. (SCROLL DOWN FOR LATEST UPDATES) Without naming Mubarak,...

CPAC Poll: Results To Elevate One Conservative Ahead For 2012 (PHOTOS)

Alyson Krueger | May 25, 2011 | Politics
The Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll has become a widely-anticipated element of the event held each year. Fifteen big conservative names will appear on this year's ballot. Most of the candidates in the mix are believed to be mulling presidential campaigns for the next...

Dick Cheney Heckled: CPAC Speech Interrupted By Protesters Calling Former Vice President 'War Criminal'

Elyse Siegel | May 25, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Dick Cheney says Donald Rumsfeld may have more influence on President Barack Obama's national security policies than his current aides. Cheney surprised a gathering of conservatives on Thursday to present the former two-time defense secretary an award. The vice president joked that Rumsfeld twice served...

Freshman Republicans Revolt For More Spending Cuts

Elise Foley | May 25, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans announced on Thursday that they would seek to cut $100 billion from President Obama's proposed fiscal year 2011 budget in an upcoming bill to extend government funding-- a jump from the $74 billion figure originally announced by GOP leadership. The actual cuts will be closer...

Late Returns: Romney Rewrites Romney

Jason Linkins | May 25, 2011 | Politics
Putative 2012 GOP frontrunner has always had a devil of a time contending with critics who take him to task for constantly switching his positions on things, depending on the direction the wind is blowing. But if there's one person that Mitt Romney has been capable of dealing with, it's...

HUFFPOST HILL - GOP Calls Emergency Meeting

Eliot Nelson | May 25, 2011 | Politics
A crush of Republican lawmakers with presidential ambitions descended on the Marriott in Woodley Park today to espouse fringe views and praise Ronald Reagan...a rare sight only witnessed every day in the U.S. Capitol. Donald Trump, that guy with the TV show, bad hair and the bankruptcies, naturally thinks he...

Your Long-Shot Presidential Campaign: What's In It For You?

Jason Linkins | May 25, 2011 | Politics
Ever wonder why so many people with no real hope of winning the Presidential nomination go to all the trouble and kerfuffle to mount a presidential campaign anyway? Cash and status, baby.

Meg Whitman Campaign Spending: Meg Lost, But Payday Was Sweet For Many

Billy Silverman | May 25, 2011 | Los Angeles
This story comes courtesy of California Watch. By Lance Williams The candidate was poised, motivated and smart as a whip. She had an impressive resume, influential supporters and unlimited resources. In the end, none of it mattered. Meg Whitman's Republican campaign for governor stalled over such issues as...

The News About John Thune Is That There's No News About John Thune

Jason Linkins | May 25, 2011 | Politics
Last week, it was reported in Politico that Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) was leaning against running for president. On Thursday, Carl Cameron of Fox News reported that Thune is leaning against running for president. So, update your Facebook statuses: John Thune is probably not going to run for...

The Countdown: Dogs Against Luxury Taxes And Some Unfortunate Double-Booking

Jen Sabella | May 25, 2011 | Chicago
Schedules are getting tighter for the candidates as the election draws near. As we all start making our election night plans, (11 more days!) there is no shortage of political drama to keep us compelled. Today, we had dogs against the "Rahm Tax," another big endorsement for Rahm...

The Michele Bachmann Presidential Bubble

Jason Linkins | May 25, 2011 | Politics
Until you see the major players actually jump into the race for the 2012 GOP nomination, there's going to be space left for many minor players to draw a little bit of speculative attention to themselves by making "maybe I'll run for President noises" and doing things like "going to...

Chamber Of Commerce Lobbyists Ran Smear Campaign Against Opponents: Report

Mark Hanrahan | May 25, 2011 | Politics
ThinkProgress has learned that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the big business trade association representing ExxonMobil, AIG, and other major international corporations, is working with set of "private security" companies and lobbying firms to undermine their political opponents, including ThinkProgress, with a surreptitious sabotage campaign. According to e-mails obtained by...

CPAC 2011 Draws Appearances From Potential GOP Presidential Contenders

Elyse Siegel | May 25, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON — Just how wide open is the Republican presidential field? Vast enough that Donald Trump may want you to hire him. The billionaire real estate mogul and host of television's "The Apprentice" got a raucous reception Thursday when he dangled a potential candidacy before thousands of conservatives who descended...

CPAC Chief Is Partner In Law Firm Defending Foreclosure Mill, Served On Board Of Fannie Mae

Zach Carter | May 25, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- The new head of the American Conservative Union, the group which hosts the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, has ties to the ongoing controversy surrounding fraud in the foreclosure process. New ACU leader Al Cardenas is a partner in the law firm of Tew Cardenas LLP,...

Super Bowl Flyover Could Have Cost Taxpayers $450,000

Dean Praetorius | May 25, 2011 | Sports
How much does it cost to fly five F-18s over a domed Super Bowl stadium? Almost $450,000 according to WFAA Dallas/Fort Worth. The estimate comes from research done on operational costs of the aircraft, including what it costs to transport the planes from Virginia Beach, VA...

Donald Trump CPAC Speech Stirs Buzz

Elyse Siegel | May 25, 2011 | Politics
Donald Trump's surprise appearance at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference is stirring buzz that the billionaire real estate mogul and television personality could mount a run for the White House in 2012. The Trump camp reached out to organizers of the annual event regarding the possibility of the...

NRA At CPAC: Media Turned Jared Loughner Into A Celebrity

Sam Stein | May 25, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre on Thursday sharply condemned both the media and lawmakers for their response to the Tucson shootings, accusing them of glorifying the shooter and legislative overreach, respectively. The longtime NRA header, who helps command a four million member organization, said that the...

Arizona Immigration Law: Jan Brewer Countersues Federal Government Over SB 1070

Elyse Siegel | May 25, 2011 | Politics
PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer sued the federal government Thursday for failing to control Arizona's border with Mexico and enforce immigration laws, and for sticking the state with huge costs associated with jailing illegal immigrants who commit crimes. The lawsuit claims the federal government has failed to protect Arizona from...

Arnold Schwarzenegger Planning Movie Comeback

Jordan Zakarin | May 25, 2011 | Entertainment
He said he'll be back, and now he's keeping his promise: Arnold Schwarzenegger is plotting a movie return. Originally a body builder before making a transition to action movies, Schwarzenegger won the 2003 recall election to become Governor of California. Now, Schwarzenegger's time in office is over, and so he's...
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