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Opinion: What if All the Candidates Were Toys?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Time was the GOP primary reminded us of a three-ring circus with a surfeit of clowns. Now, after a spectacular own-goal by senior Romney campaign aide Eric Fehrnstrom, it’s looking more like Toy Story 4.

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Opinion: Leave De Niro (and Limbaugh) (and Coulter) (and Maher) Alone!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Here’s something that people without a sense of humor don’t get: laughing at something disarms it. There’s no such thing as a topic “inappropriate” to joke about because joking about it makes it less formidable and easier to handle.  

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Romney Wins Illinois GOP Presidential Primary

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Front-runner Mitt Romney won the Illinois primary with ease Tuesday night, routing Rick Santorum in yet another industrial state showdown and padding his already-formidable delegate lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

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Bracket | Most Memorable GOP Debate Moments (Round 2, Day 1)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Round 2 begins with match-ups in the Audience Participation and Gaffe divisions, and the winners will go on to represent their categories in the Final Four.

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Bracket | Most Memorable GOP Debate Moments (Round 1, Day 4)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

On the last day of Round 1, Newt Gingrich goes toe-to-toe with himself in the Dust-Ups Division, then faces off with Rick Perry in a sound bite battle.

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Opinion: Why Santorum's 'English Only' Gaffe is Genius

Monday, March 19, 2012

GOP candidate Rick Santorum was quoted in saying that if the territory wanted U.S. statehood, they'd have to make English their only official language. Smart move.

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Bracket | Most Memorable GOP Debate Moments (Round 1, Day 3)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Halfway through the first round of our Memorable Debate Moments bracket, Mitt Romney's $10,000 bet squares off against Jon Huntsman's Chinese showboating, and it's a battle of the boos in the Audience Participation Division. 

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Bracket | Most Memorable GOP Debate Moments (Round 1, Day 2)

Friday, March 16, 2012

The madness marches on with Day 2 of first round match-ups in our GOP debate moments bracket.

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Bracket | Most Memorable GOP Debate Moments (Round 1, Day 1)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Which of these 16 moments from the Republican debates is the most memorable?

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The Takeaway

What's Next for Newt Gingrich?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Newt Gingrich had a lot riding on last night's primaries in Alabama and Mississippi. While he did manage to beat Mitt Romney in both contests, there are questions this morning if his two second-place finishes are enough to keep his campaign fighting on.

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Opinion: The GOP's Primary Calendar is to Blame for 'Southern Nightmare'

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Republican leaders are defending the primary calendar and the decision to have so many contests divide delegates proportionately. I’m not so sure. A quick early victory would have spared the contenders the endless scrutiny of their positions on issues and their frequent slips of tongue.

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The Takeaway

Republican Contenders Compete for Conservative South

Monday, March 12, 2012

Nearly three months after the Iowa Caucuses, the GOP race is still anyone’s game. Rick Santorum won the Kansas Caucuses on Saturday, while Romney picked up delegates in Wyoming, as well as Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Newt Gingrich continues to trail Romney and Santorum, but he has campaigned aggressively in the South, where primary voters will go to the polls in Alabama and Mississippi on Tuesday. How will Mitt Romney fare in the South, a conservative stronghold? Do Santorum’s wins in staunchly conservative states like Kansas and Oklahoma spell trouble for Romney? And how does Gingrich figure into the race going forward?

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Opinion: Gingrich and Santorum's Race for Second Place

Friday, March 09, 2012

Gingrich angered many in the Republican base by suggesting that Santorum end his quest for the presidency in order to allow one candidate to emerge as the alternative to Governor Romney. Gingrich was magnanimous enough to suggest that he was just the man for the job, naturally.

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The Takeaway

Candidates' Religious Rhetoric May Not Resonate with Non-Christian Voters

Thursday, March 08, 2012

In 2012, religion is on the ballot like never before. Three of the four remaining GOP candidates often invoke their faith on the campaign trail, and say it’s their belief in God and Christianity that inspire their policy choices. Rick Santorum has gone even further, saying he’s guided by his Catholic faith — and his decision-making in the White House would be too. But what if you’re a Republican not of the Christian faith? Is this rhetoric on the campaign trail isolating?

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The Takeaway

Romney Narrowly Clinches Ohio in Super Tuesday's Closest Contest

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The results are in. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney edged a narrow victory in Ohio, the most hotly contested state, and Massachusetts, Virginia, Vermont, Idaho and Alaska. Elsewhere, Rick Santorum won Oklahoma and Tennessee and Newt Gingrich won his home state of Georgia. But what do these results mean for the rest of the GOP campaign? And do they tell us anything about how the country will vote in November?

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Opinion: Delegate Math: What They Need to Win

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

It's a catastrophic disaster for the GOP that the results of Super Tuesday were so completely indecisive.

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Opinion: Super Tuesday Results Clear, but GOP Still Super Confusing

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The Republican party wants to squander the chance to win this election by keeping up their circular firing squad, and listening to advice from train wrecks like Sarah Palin.

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Watch | It's A Free Country Does Super Tuesday!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Voters across the country, from Alaska to Vermont, voted on Super Tuesday. Political reporter Anna Sale hosted our Super Tuesday event brought to you by It’s a Free Country.

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The Takeaway

Taking a Page from the Obama Playbook?

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

As voters from 10 states across the country head to the polls on Tuesday, Republican candidates will be hoping to secure as many of the 437 delegates as possible. To win the party nomination, a candidate must obtain more than half of the total 2,286 delegates at the Republican National Convention. That means that what happens today could change the entire course of the primary season. Mitt Romney may be leading the pack, but he’s still far from acquiring enough delegates to become the nominee. The last race that was this close was in 2008 between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

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Track: Super Tuesday Returns by Community Type

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Voters turned out Tuesday to vote in ten primaries across the country. Mitt Romney hoped the returns solidify his front-runner status, as his challengers tried to show the race for the GOP nomination is far from over. Track returns, broken down county by county, from Alaska to Vermont.

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