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Gingrich unofficially concedes GOP nomination to Romney

April 25, 2012 CRAMERTON, N.C. – Newt Gingrich on Wednesday unofficially conceded the Republican presidential race to Mitt Romney, calling on conservatives to unite behind the presumptive nominee. Following Romney’s clean sweep of all five primaries on Tuesday – including Delaware, where Gingrich had staked the remainder of his tattered campaign – the...

Ron Paul calls rival GOP candidates 'chicken hawks'

March 15, 2012 CHAMPAIGN, Ill.—Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul says that recent shifts by some of his rivals on the Afghanistan war are a sign that he’s “winning the fight” with his signature hands-off foreign policy. Paul won standing ovations from some 4,600 people on Wednesday night at a University of Illinois rally--his...

Postal service plans to slash 120,000 jobs, withdraw from federal benefits

August 12, 2011 It's the 41st anniversary of the U.S. Postal Service as an independent agency, but its employees won't be celebrating anytime soon. The Postal Service is on the verge of cutting 120,000 jobs -- 20 percent of its workforce -- and pulling out of the federal health care and retirement programs,...

GOP lawmaker supports 'grand bargain' to reduce deficit

August 11, 2011 Amid speculation that conservatives would reject any "balanced" debt plan put forth by the bipartisan super committee, at least one Republican says he favors a "grand bargain" to reduce the deficit - but doesn't expect one anytime soon. In an appearance Thursday on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.,...

GOP lawmakers tout Constitutional amendment to require balanced budget

July 13, 2011 Perhaps as an antidote to his decision not to sign the "Cut, Cap, and Balance" pledge circulating among Republicans in both chambers, House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., teamed with the congressman leading the charge in a USA Today op-ed to advocate support of the balanced budget amendment, which...

Senator suggests new member for ‘Gang of Six’ budget negotiators

May 20, 2011 With Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., out of the bipartisan "Gang of Six" senators working toward a budget cut proposal that would simultaneously raise the debt ceiling, Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., has a nominee to take his place. "I'll make a little news today," Kirk offered Friday on "Morning Joe" when...

‘Let the debate begin,’ senator says in op-ed on budget talks

May 19, 2011 Days after stepping out of the Senate's bipartisan "Gang of Six" budget negotiations, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said in a Washington Post op-ed Thursday that all is not lost. Defending his decision to leave the group's talks -- regarded by many in Congress as the last hope of striking a...

Wisconsin Senate limits collective-bargaining rights of public unions

March 10, 2011 In a surprise move, Wisconsin Senate Republicans passed a long-stalled bill stripping public-employee union members of most collective-bargaining rights without Democratic senators present on Wednesday. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Senate sent GOP Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair bill to a conference committee that stripped all of the spending...

Walker calls Dems' 'border meeting' request 'ridiculous'

March 8, 2011 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has dismissed as "ridiculous" a letter from Democratic state senators requesting a meeting near the Wisconsin-Illinois border to hammer out a compromise that would end the state's ongoing budget battle. "People talk about negotiating? We've been doing it for days," Walker said during a press conference...

AWOL over? Wisconsin Dems reportedly ask to meet with Gov. Walker

March 7, 2011 The 14 Democratic state senators who fled Wisconsin to prevent a vote on Gov. Scott Walker's controversial budget-repair bill are requesting to meet with the governor, MSNBC reports. The shift in strategy comes amid conflicting accounts of the Democrats' plans. Sen. Chris Larson released a statement Monday morning denying a...

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