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March 21, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
Mitt Romney's big win in the Illinois primary didn't end the fight for the Republican presidential nomination. But it may all but guarantee that after repeated slips and stumbles, including a fresh one hours after his victory, the former Massachusetts governor will lead the GOP into the fall contest against President Obama. Rick Santorum, Romney's chief antagonist, is not going away any time soon. He is almost certain to notch a few more victories, perhaps as early as Saturday in Louisiana, the kind of heavily rural, religious and deeply conservative state that has repeatedly backed the former Pennsylvania senator.
March 6, 2012 | By Michael Kinsley
The people who want to drive Rush Limbaugh off the air were not assuaged or persuaded by his apology over the weekend. They say he was not sincere: He only apologized for calling a Georgetown University law student a "slut" and a "prostitute" because of pressure from advertisers. Well of course he wasn't sincere. And of course he was only apologizing to pacify advertisers, which were getting pressure to pressure Limbaugh by these very critics. Oh, there might have been a political calculation too - that he'd gone too far for the good of his ratings or his celebrityhood.
November 30, 2011
When Herman Cain told his staff Tuesday that he was doing a "reassessment" of his campaign after new accusations of adulterous behavior, many pundits saw it as the beginning of the end for the onetime GOP presidential front-runner. Maybe, or maybe not. But if his alleged affair with an Atlanta woman does prove the straw that broke the Cain campaign's back, it will say something troubling about the conservative donors and voters who until now have supported him: They're less bothered by his woeful lack of knowledge about foreign affairs than his apparent inability to keep his trousers zipped.
November 17, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Herman Cain may have picked a powerful enemy in New Hampshire on Thursday, skipping a scheduled interview with the Union Leader newspaper during a brief visit to the state. The cancellation came just days after Cain struggled mightily with a question about Libya during a videotaped interview with reporters and editors from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Many Republicans in the first-in-the-nation primary state, who expect multiple face-to-face interactions with the presidential candidates, were already unhappy that Cain has been spending considerable time in other states without early primaries.
November 16, 2011 | By James Oliphant
All the while during the drip-drip-drip of the sexual harassment scandal that has dogged Herman Cain for more than two weeks, it's entirely possible that the insurgent candidate has seen his support drain away in the polls not because of the allegations, but because of a steady stream of gaffes, non-answers and missteps that have exposed his lack of experience on the national stage. The latest row involves an answer that Cain gave during a now-infamous meeting with the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
November 13, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
"Saturday Night Live" had the last word on Rick Perry's struggles this weekend, stretching his 54-second memory lapse into a nearly six-minute opening sketch. SNL's take actually started by weighing in on the Herman Cain harassment allegations. "The important thing is, for every woman who has come forward, there are two who have not," Keenan Thompson says in his portrayal of the former pizza chain executive. A confident Perry, played by Bill Hader, then predicts he's going to "nail it" in the latest debate.
November 12, 2011 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
Saturday night's Republican debate was designed as a serious-minded discussion of foreign policy and national security, issues largely overlooked in the 2012 presidential campaign. Throughout a forum held in one of the most conservative areas of the country, the GOP contenders struck a hawkish tone. They condemned President Obama's leadership across a wide range of areas, including the Middle East, Afghanistan and relations with China. The candidates also differed sharply at times, over foreign aid, how to handle Pakistan and whether the interrogation technique known as waterboarding is torture.
November 10, 2011 | By Maeve Reston
Embracing his Michigan roots during an afternoon rally Thursday, Mitt Romney steered clear of passing judgment on his arch rival Rick Perry's embarrassing memory lapse during Thursday night's debate and sought to turn the conversation back to his economic plans. "You know I have to worry enough about my own moments," Romney said during a brief exchange about Perry with a reporter after his speech at the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy. "I do my best and don't worry about the other guys," he said, hurrying from one side of the room to the other to greet supporters.
November 10, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli and Mark Z. Barabak
It was a night to forget -- literally. But Rick Perry did his best Thursday to try to pick up the pieces after a debate flop for the ages, saying in a battery of morning show interviews that he will press forward with his presidential campaign. But notably, he would not commit to any further televised debates beyond one scheduled for this weekend in South Carolina. The Texas governor admitted he "stepped in it" in Wednesday night's Michigan debate, stammering as he tried to remember the third of three federal agencies he would do away with as president.
August 20, 2011 | James Rainey
Michele Bachmann botched Elvis' birth date (oops, she singled out the day the King died) this week, after previously confusing the birthplace of a movie icon (John Wayne) with that of a serial killer (John Wayne Gacy). And the news played big, on the Web and cable TV. Significantly less play went to a few other morsels that turned up: The Minnesota congresswoman has lauded an evangelical thinker who speculated the U.S. might control citizens with psychotropic drugs. And she once gave a "Must Read" rating to a historical biography that said slaves and masters in the Old South lived in a state of "mutual esteem," "unity and companionship.
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