Senate passes resolution to keep government funded

By Ramsey Cox – 09/22/12 01:04 AM ET

The Senate approved the six-month spending resolution to keep the government funded early Saturday morning.

The vote was 62-30, with 10 Republicans voting with the Democratic majority and only one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin (W.V.), voting against. The vote took place after the upper chamber came to an agreement on other votes, including Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) bill to end foreign aid to Egypt, Libya, Pakistan and Yemen unless they met certain conditions.

The continuing resoluion will now go to the White House where the president is expected to sign it into law. The fundng of the government must be authorized before the new fiscal year begins on October 1.

Paul had been filibustering the Senate for days, delaying action by requiring the maximum amount of time be spent on each vote until he got a vote on his own bill, which failed, 10-81. Continue reading “Senate passes resolution to keep government funded”

The GOP lawmakers who won’t endorse Romney include Reps. Paul, Jones

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The GOP lawmakers who won’t endorse Romney include Reps. Paul, Jones

By Sterling C. Beard 
and Mario Trujillo – 09/20/12 06:00 AM ET

A handful of Republican lawmakers are declining to endorse Mitt Romney for president.

The main holdouts are Reps. Ron Paul (Texas), Walter Jones (N.C.) and Justin Amash (Mich.). Both Jones and Amash endorsed Paul’s 2012 bid for the White House.

All three legislators have clear differences with Romney’s policy on the war in Afghanistan, wanting troops to come home now, as opposed to 2014.

One other GOP congressman, Rep. Morgan Griffith (Va.), supports Romney, but has stopped short of endorsing him.

Griffith’s campaign manager said the lawmaker doesn’t endorse as a matter of principle and instead lets the voters decide. Continue reading “The GOP lawmakers who won’t endorse Romney include Reps. Paul, Jones”

Romney’s missteps could cost party the Senate, strategists say

By Alexander Bolton and Cameron Joseph – 09/19/12 06:00 AM ET

Republicans believe Mitt Romney’s mistakes could prevent them from winning back the Senate.

Romney’s failure to close the gap with President Obama less than 50 days before the election, as well as a variety of high-profile gaffes, have raised concerns that the GOP nominee will strand candidates in close swing-states races.

Polls show Obama leading Romney in Ohio and Virginia, two states where strategists think the top of the ticket will most affect the Senate contests. Continue reading “Romney’s missteps could cost party the Senate, strategists say”

The Romney conundrum: Winning independents but losing overall

By Christian Heinze – 09/19/12 12:00 AM ET

There are two competing factors at work for Mitt Romney among independents.

One is that he’s winning their vote, but the other is that they’re less enthused about voting, and that malaise is damaging Romney’s overall performance in polls.

Romney edges out President Obama among independents by 1.2 percentage points in Talking Points Memo’s aggregation of national polls, even though the president leads the GOP nominee, overall, by 3.9. That’s because independents tend to be less enthusiastic about voting than supporters of either party, and so they’re having a smaller effect on overall preference.

The phenomenon of Romney winning independents but losing overall is one that’s persisted since early in the cycle. When the general election effectively began in April, Romney led among independents in 12 of the first 14 surveys, even though he trailed in most of those polls among all voters.

That phenomenon continues to play out, even after both parties have completed their conventions. Since September began, Romney has led among independents in five major national polls, while Obama has led in just two. Continue reading “The Romney conundrum: Winning independents but losing overall”

Romney Apologizes To Nation’s 150 Million ‘Starving, Filthy Beggars’

Romney Apologizes To Nation’s 150 Million ‘Starving, Filthy Beggars’

September 18, 2012 | ISSUE 48•38 | More News

 

SALT LAKE CITY—Seeking to limit the fallout from a videotaped speech in which he asserts 47 percent of Americans “pay no taxes” and do not take “personal responsibility and care for their lives,” Mitt Romney hastily called a press conference today to apologize personally to the “150 million starving, filthy beggars [he] might have offended.”

Saying that he deeply regretted his choice of words at a private $50,000-a-plate fundraising function in May—during which he argued “[his] job is not to worry” about the lower-earning half of the nation’s populace—Romney personally appealed to the country’s “dirt-caked garbage pickers and toothless street urchins” for forgiveness.

“First and foremost, I would like to offer a heartfelt apology to all the whores, junkies, bums, and grime-covered derelicts out there who make up nearly half our nation,” a visibly contrite and solemn Romney said outside a campaign stop at a local high school. “Let me assure you that I in no way meant to offend any of the putrid-smelling, barefoot masses out there. My campaign is not about dividing this nation, but about bringing all sides together—the rich, elegant members of the upper class, as well as the 47 percent who are covered in flies and eat directly from back-alley dumpsters.”

“I am fully committed to building a better future for every American,” Romney continued, “and that means ensuring all 150 million grease-and-urine-soaked members of our society get a fair shake.” Continue reading “Romney Apologizes To Nation’s 150 Million ‘Starving, Filthy Beggars’”

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