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[ 15 Mar 2013 | No Comment ]

Friends of the failed candidate say he has come to an annual gathering of conservatives not in pursuit of celebrity, but to make amends. “I don't know if anyone ever gets over losing a race for the presidency.”

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — When Mitt Romney takes the stage at this annual gathering of conservative activists Friday afternoon, it won’t be to audition for a Fox New gig, to set himself up for another campaign, or to launch
Mitt Romney doesn't want to be a conservative superstar. He …

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[ 15 Mar 2013 | No Comment ]

The Donald is fawned over by partisan bloggers and headline-hungry reporters at CPAC. The actual attendees were not as excited.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Donald Trump appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference to a half-full ballroom that politely clapped and laughed along for his speech. But the ur-birther and Celebrity Apprentice host, whose invitation to speak at CPAC is viewed by some as a strange move in a year when a rising Republican star like Chris Christie (“A very good friend of mine,” Trump said) didn’t make the cut, got …

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[ 15 Mar 2013 | No Comment ]

“Log Cabin Republicans welcomes Senator Portman's support, and encourages his GOP colleagues in the Senate to join him on the right side of history,” the group's head says. Portman is the first Republican senator to announce support for marriage equality while serving in Congress.

Ohio Senator Rob Portman speaks with reporters in December 2012.
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WASHINGTON — “I’m announcing today a change of heart,” Ohio Sen. Rob Portman said Thursday in announcing his support for the right of same-sex couples to marry — a change he said came …

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[ 15 Mar 2013 | No Comment ]

“My number one issue is: How do we support them and rally behind the gay community to make sure it's safe for them, just, to live?” he said of international dangers. Uncertain on DOMA.

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The mega-donor Foster Friess is best known as the moneyman behind Rick Santorum’s socially conservative presidential campaign, the self-described born-again Christian takes a far more moderate position than his candidate on gay issues — because, he said, of a personal connection, his gay brother-in-law.
“When you talk about …

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[ 15 Mar 2013 | No Comment ]

Bread has been broken. But what about gridlock?

Image by Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP
WASHINGTON — The week-long presidential “charm offensive” is over. Did it work? On Capitol Hill and in the White House there are plenty of kind words being said about President Barack Obama’s meetings with members of Congress on their home turf — but there's little early evidence that his outreach has loosened the gridlock that has turned the public off.
On both sides of Pennsylvania Ave., participants in the meetings told BuzzFeed they're just going to have to wait and …

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[ 15 Mar 2013 | No Comment ]

Bread has been broken. But what about gridlock?

Image by Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP
WASHINGTON — The week-long presidential “charm offensive” is over. Did it work? On Capitol Hill and in the White House there are plenty of kind words being said about President Barack Obama’s meetings with members of Congress on their home turf — but there's little early evidence that his outreach has loosened the gridlock that has turned the public off.
On both sides of Pennsylvania Ave., participants in the meetings told BuzzFeed they're just going to have to wait and …

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[ 15 Mar 2013 | No Comment ]

Back to Benghazi? Or: “Too many American wars?

Image by Kevin Lamarque / Reuters
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The irreconcilable tension between new and old schools of Republican foreign policy thought was on display merely in the selection of panels on the first day of the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday.
A panel about “Iran and the Islamist Threat” featuring Sen. Lindsey Graham came on the heels of one called “Too Many American Wars?” in which speakers argued that America had become overextended after nearly a century of nonstop warfare. A speech by …

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[ 15 Mar 2013 | No Comment ]

Back to Benghazi? Or: “Too many American wars?

Image by Kevin Lamarque / Reuters
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The irreconcilable tension between new and old schools of Republican foreign policy thought was on display merely in the selection of panels on the first day of the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday.
A panel about “Iran and the Islamist Threat” featuring Sen. Lindsey Graham came on the heels of one called “Too Many American Wars?” in which speakers argued that America had become overextended after nearly a century of nonstop warfare. A speech by …

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[ 14 Mar 2013 | No Comment ]

Some want more restrictions, some want fewer — but almost no one is satisfied. “It is a nonsensical policy,” Rep. Markey says.

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WASHINGTON — Bipartisanship may be a dead art most days on Capitol Hill, but there’s at least one thing everyone agrees on — Transportation Security Administration's recent decision to allow some small knives on airplanes is a terrible decision.
Their reasons for hating the decision vary — some think it's not far enough, others think TSA has gone too far — but everyone is united in …

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[ 14 Mar 2013 | No Comment ]

He's not a lot of things, take his word for it.
Charlie Brown

The President said “I'm not Charlie Brown with a football,” while on Capitol Hill today meeting with Democrats and Republicans according to Politico.
Image by J. Scott Applewhite / AP
Dick Cheney

Obama reportedly told Senate Democrats concerned with the drone program that he wasn't Dick Cheney — at least according to a Politico titled “President Obama: I'm no Dick Cheney on drones.”
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A dictator

During a sequester press conference, Obama said, “I am not a dictator. I’m the President. So, ultimately, …