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Mar 5, 2012

Limbaugh tries to cap fallout from ‘slut’ comment

WASHINGTON, March 5 (Reuters) – U.S. conservative
broadcaster Rush Limbaugh said he had gone too far when he
branded a birth-control activist a “slut,” as he scrambled on
Monday to defuse a controversy that has driven advertisers from
his influential radio show.

In apologizing, the firebrand talk-show host couldn’t resist
taking a swipe at his opponents.

Mar 2, 2012

Is the long primary schedule hurting Republicans?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For Republicans, “Super Tuesday” will not be quite as super as it used to be.

In recent presidential campaigns, the wave of state contests on the same day in February or March has been a defining moment, often settling the Republican race. That will not happen this Tuesday, when 10 states hold Super Tuesday contests that could boost Mitt Romney as the clear front-runner but will not hand him the nomination.

Feb 27, 2012

Plans for US manufacturing may yield more votes than jobs

EASTLAKE, Ohio, Feb 27 (Reuters) – U.S. factories are
hiring again, and Democratic President Barack Obama and some of
his Republican rivals are pitching tax breaks to fuel a rebound
in manufacturing and help rebuild a battered middle class.

A focus on manufacturing may be good politics, as Rust Belt
states like Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania are likely to be
hotly contested in the Nov. 6 election.

Feb 21, 2012

Santorum gaining on Romney in Arizona: poll

By Andy Sullivan

(Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is essentially tied with rival Mitt Romney in Arizona, according to an opinion poll released on Tuesday that points to another possible surprise in the topsy-turvy nominating race.

The Time/CNN poll found Romney ahead of Santorum 36 percent to 32 percent, a lead that is within the 4.5 percentage point margin of error.

Feb 15, 2012

Romney calls for quick end to U.S. auto bailout

WASHINGTON, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Republican presidential
candidate Mitt Romney called on the U.S. government on Tuesday
to quickly sell its stake in General Motors, a move that
could lock in about $14 billion in losses for U.S. taxpayers.

In an opinion piece in The Detroit News, Romney criticized
Democratic President Barack Obama’s $81 billion auto bailout in
2009 as “crony capitalism” that rewarded unions and other
political allies of the president.

Feb 13, 2012

Obama’s budget vs. Republican candidates’ plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s budget proposal released on Monday stands little chance of becoming law but it lays out a stark contrast with the tax and spending proposals of Republican presidential candidates.

Following is a summary of Obama’s budget plan, as well as ideas put forward by the four Republicans remaining in the race for their party’s nomination to face Obama in the November 6 election:

Feb 13, 2012

Factbox: Obama’s budget vs. Republican candidates’ plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s budget proposal released on Monday stands little chance of becoming law but it lays out a stark contrast with the tax and spending proposals of Republican presidential candidates.

Following is a summary of Obama’s budget plan, as well as ideas put forward by the four Republicans remaining in the race for their party’s nomination to face Obama in the November 6 election:

Feb 10, 2012

In Michigan, will Romney regret opposing auto bailout?

By Andy Sullivan

(Reuters) – Four years ago, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stood at the gates of a Michigan factory and vowed to fight for the U.S. auto industry as it slid toward collapse.

Now, with Romney desperate for a win in Michigan’s primary on February 28, he will have to explain to voters why later in 2008, he called for the U.S. government to stand aside as auto companies at the brink of insolvency begged for help.

Feb 2, 2012

Texas magnate spreads the love among Republicans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Texas billionaire Harold Simmons has vowed to give away at least half of his fortune before he dies. That’s good news for the hospitals, youth centers and ballet companies that benefit from his largesse – not to mention the Republican Party.

The Dallas tycoon, 80, has been among the most aggressive donors to take advantage of new rules that place few limits on how much money wealthy individuals and corporations can contribute to political groups.

Feb 1, 2012

Lean weeks ahead for Gingrich in presidential race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For Newt Gingrich, February could be the longest month.

Despite Tuesday’s resounding defeat in Florida, the former speaker of the House of Representatives has vowed to battle front-runner Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential race until the party formally nominates a candidate in August.

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