October 3, 2011 |
Those who think that the ongoing Occupy Wall Street movement is just a traffic annoyance with nowhere to go should remember that the same was said at one time about protest movements around the world throughout history, including the tea party movement in the United States. In the nation's capital, progressives on Monday kicked off their “Take Back the American Dream” conference at which the almost month-old Occupy Wall Street movement was one of the topics of discussion. Over the weekend, demonstrations of one sort or another were held in at least half a dozen cities, including New York, where 700 were arrested.
August 17, 2011 |
As he campaigned in New Hampshire's North Country on Tuesday - Mitt Romney got a taste of the difficult balancing act that he will face over the next six months in New Hampshire. Within the same hour, he found himself defending the '"tea party",' which a voter had described as the “right wing fringe,” just moments after promising that if elected he would work “with good Democrats and good Republicans to get America on track.” While Romney's two chief rivals, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann, have shown strong appeal to "tea party" groups over the past few years, many of the voters who flock to Romney's events here in New Hampshire are of the more moderate sort.
August 16, 2011 |
Ron Paul, the libertarian wolf dressed in Republican clothing, blasted his fellow GOP presidential aspirants on Monday in a video that calls them the same kind of politicians as President Obama. Paul, who finished second in the Ames straw poll just 152 votes away from winner Rep. Michele Bachmann, has an ardent following in the GOP's libertarian wing and on the Web, where he has been a money-raising powerhouse. Despite his popularity in conservative and libertarian circles, he has had problems moving into the higher digits on the national scene though he has placed well in some polls.
August 1, 2011 |
People may disagree about the value of the pending debt-ceiling compromise, but the one thing that seems to unite just about everyone, regardless of their political leanings, is that the recent negotiations were a low point in the political process, according to a poll released Monday by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press and the Washington Post. While the Washington political world seemed sharply divided in the partisan deadlock of democracy, the rest of the country found unity in seeing the misery.
July 25, 2011 |
Seeking to blunt White House efforts to shift blame for a default crisis on Republicans, House Speaker John A. Boehner said that President Obama has failed to lead on cutting government spending and that his party will press ahead with its own plan to raise the debt ceiling. In a televised response to the president's address, Boehner said the GOP-controlled House has already moved through legislation to address the nation's deficit challenge, most recently the so-called "cut, cap and balance" plan.
July 1, 2011 |
Americans are getting ready to celebrate Independence Day with the usual parades, barbecues and fireworks. But for the field of GOP presidential hopefuls it will be a chance to supply their own fireworks and bring their best pitches to, well, you guessed it, parades and barbecues. On July 4, New Hampshire, the first primary in the nation, will be thick with candidates, while some contestants will be in Iowa and even Philadelphia, where the second Continental Congress met and formally adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
June 27, 2011 |
Arguing that President Obama’s leadership is imperiling the nation, Michele Bachmann declared Monday that she would run for the GOP nomination to challenge him. “My name is Michele Bachmann. I stand here in the midst of many friends and many family members to announce formally my candidacy for president of the United States,” she said, standing in front of the historic Snowden House, a charming Victorian brick home in the town where she was born. “I do so because I am so profoundly grateful for the blessings that I have received both from God and from this great country and not because of the position of this office, but because I am determined that every American deserves these blessings and that together, once again, we can secure that promise of the future for America," she said.
June 14, 2011 |
Marco Rubio, the Florida senator and Republican rising star, delivered his inaugural speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, calling for a new "American century" in which innovation kick-starts a new era of economic prosperity. Rubio, elected last November, has been in office for more than six months, but Tuesday was the day set aside for the traditional "maiden" speech, his formal debut in the chamber. The Miami-born son of Cuban immigrants, Rubio, at just 40, is already viewed as a serious candidate for the 2012 vice presidential nomination.
May 13, 2011 |
Ron Paul believes more voters than ever are aligned with his conservative-libertarian worldview. Now he has to prove it. Four years ago, when the Texas congressman ran for president, the "tea party" movement didn’t exist—and Paul’s shrink-the-government message looked out of step with the giant global footprint left by the George W. Bush administration. But the Wall Street collapse of September 2008—when Paul was out of the race -- fundamentally changed the way many Americans view their relationship to large institutions, in both the private and public sectors, while stoking suspicions of U.S. fiscal policy.
May 5, 2011 |
Rep. Mike Pence announced Thursday that he will run for governor of Indiana, fulfilling Republican expectations that he would make the state race in 2012. Pence, a darling of his the conservative wing of his party of the "tea party" movement, will try to succeed Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is barred by state law from seeking a third consecutive term. Daniels is weighing whether to run for the GOP presidential nomination, a race that Pence decided to skip so he could run for governor.