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Wednesday Open Thread: Not Mitt Edition

With wins in MN and MO (Update: and CO!), Rick Santorum takes another turn at the “Not Mitt” candidate. Perhaps Willard will realize he has a real problem.

Caucus Open Thread

GOP voters in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri vote today. Colorado and Minnesota are caucuses. Missouri is a non-binding primary.

UPDATED: Santorum's Big Night: Wins Missouri, Minnesota, Colorado

Update: The Colorado GOP Chair has announced that Rick Santorum has won the caucus of the Centennial State. WASHINGTON (AP) – A resurgent Rick Santorum won Minnesota’s Republican presidential caucuses with ease Tuesday night and reached for victory in Colorado, raising fresh questions

Court: CA Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal appeals court on Tuesday declared California’s same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional, putting the bitterly contested, voter-approved law on track for likely consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court. A three-judge panel of the 9th

Tuesday Open Thread: EU Edition

Today, in 1992, the Maastricht Treaty was signed, creating the European Union. This year may well see the end of that utopian vision.

Romney Rolls to Easy Win in Nevada Caucus

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Republican front-runner Mitt Romney cruised to victory in the Nevada caucuses Saturday night, notching a second straight triumph over a field of presidential rivals suddenly struggling to keep pace. The former Massachusetts governor held a double-digit

How Does the Nevada Caucus Work?

From How does the Nevada Caucus work? As most caucuses work, you do not do a direct vote for a candidate like primaries. The caucus has 3 levels: The precinct, the county convention and finally the state convention. Overall

Saturday Open Thread: Yalta Edition

Today, in 1945, the Yalta Conference opened, featuring talks between Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. Roosevelt was ill and acquiesced to the Soviet domination of Eastern Europe.

Komen Continues Funding Planned Parenthood

The following statement has just been released by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation: DALLAS – February 3, 2012 – We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to

Friday Free-for-All: Income Tax Edition

Today, in 1913, the 16th Amendment, authorizing the income tax, is ratified. And, America’s long-term fiscal challenges were solved…

Senate Passes STOCK Act, Applies It to Executive Branch

The Senate voted 96 to 3 Thursday to prohibit members of Congress from using non-public information for personal financial gain but beat back a slew of amendments to further limit congressional perks. The Senate action puts pressure on House Republicans

Trump Endorsement: Did I Say Newt? I Meant Romney

LAS VEGAS (AP) – In a surprise twist, Donald Trump planned to endorse Mitt Romney–not Newt Gingrich–for the Republican presidential nomination Thursday, three Republican officials told The Associated Press. Gingrich’s camp had been so confident of winning the endorsement that

Chevy Volt Sales Plummet in January

Washington- General Motors extended-range electric Chevrolet Volt had its worst sales month since August, as negative publicity over fire risks hurt vehicles sales in January. GM sold just 603 Volts – above its sales in January 2011, but far below

Report: Trump Set to Endorse Gingrich

(Reuters) – Businessman and reality TV personality Donald Trump will endorse former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, U.S. media reported on Wednesday. Sources close to the Gingrich campaign confirmed Trump would endorse

Indiana on the Verge of Enacting Right to Work Law

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Lawmakers put Indiana on the verge of becoming the Rust Belt’s first right-to-work state, passing legislation Wednesday that prohibits labor contracts requiring workers to pay union representation fees. Hundreds of union members gathered at the Statehouse chanted

Wednesday Open Thread: Romney Edition

Romney won a very solid win in the Florida primary. Sure, it was expensive, but a win is a win. Now, to a relatively light February primary/caucus schedule.

Romney Romps in Florida

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Mitt Romney routed Newt Gingrich in the Florida primary Tuesday night, rebounding from the previous week’s defeat with a commanding victory and taking a major step toward the Republican presidential nomination. Despite the one-sided setback, Gingrich

Sources: Exit Poll Shows Sunshine State Blow-Out For Romney

Sources within one of the GOP candidates’ campaign tells Big Government that exit polling shows Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) nearing a majority in today’s Florida Primary. As of 6:00 PM ET the poll results are as follows: Romney 47% Gingrich

Unexpected: Home Prices Drop, Consumer Confidence Plunges

(Reuters) – Home prices fell more steeply than expected in November, and consumer confidence soured in January, highlighting the hurdles still facing the economic recovery. The S&P/Case-Shiller composite index of single-family home prices in 20 metropolitan areas declined 0.7 percent

Tuesday Open Thread: Slavery Edition

Today, in 1865, the U.S. Congress passed the 13th Amendment, outlawing slavery. It was sent to the states for ratification.

Rasmussen: Romney Opens Up 16 Point Lead in Florida

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has opened a double-digit lead in Florida as the perception grows among Republican primary voters that he is the strongest general election candidate against President Obama. The state’s GOP Primary is on Tuesday. The latest

Congress Tries to Police Itself on Insider Trading

WASHINGTON (AP) – Aware that most Americans would like to dump them all, members of Congress hope to regain some sense of trust by subjecting themselves to tougher penalties for insider trading and requiring they disclose stock transactions within 30

Sunday Open Thread: Hall-of-Fame Edition

Today, in 1936 the first inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame were announced. In in 1963, the first inductees to the Football Hall of Fame were announced. Fitting that today is the Pro-Bowl.

Friday-Free-for-All: Vietnam Edition

Today, in 1973, the Paris Peace Accords were signed, ending America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Of course, the war in Vietnam would continue condemning millions of people to decades of totalitarian rule.

GOP Debate Reactions: Romney on Points

Alex Marlow, Managing Editor, New, aggressive Mitt Romney, who debuted in the goofy Brian Williams quasi-debate last week, was out in full force tonight and he was very, very good. Romney needs to be ready for a fight if

GOP Debate Open Thread

Tonight, the 4 remaining GOP candidates meet for the final debate ahead of the Florida Primary on Tuesday. Expect fireworks between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. Also, expect great analysis and reactions from the Breitbart world after the debate. Get

Rick Moranis: Debate Time (Again) at the Buffet

From Bloomberg News: Welcome to the YouNews/Mama Belle’s Quality Country Inn All You Can Eat Buffet Republican Primary Debate. From the Belle Vue Room, Route 2, Plainfield, U.S.A. Your moderator is Sherm Willinson, YouNews Web designer and blogger and Mama

Congress Doesn't Want to Give Up Its Insider Trading Privileges

President Obama’s plea to ban Congressional insider trading may poll well and have bipartisan support, but it’s already facing stiff resistance from lawmakers the morning after his State of the Union address. On Tuesday night, the president spoke in no

CNN/Time Poll: Gingrich, Romney in Dead Heat in Florida

Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) – One day before the final GOP presidential debate in Florida, it’s all tied up between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, according to a new survey. A CNN/Time/ORC International Poll also indicates that while Gingrich surged following

State of the Union Open Thread

President Barack Obama makes another State of the Union address tonight. It is the opening speech of the 2012 campaign.