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Out: Pol Who Said Women on Welfare Should Be Sterilized

Former Ariz. Sen. Russell Pearce resigns after controversial radio statements

(Newser) - The man described as "the John Wayne of the airwaves" on radio station KKNT will have a more limited platform for his tough talk about women on public assistance and their right to give birth. Russell Pearce, a former Arizona senator who has been outspoken on the subject of... More »

Missouri Now Home to One of the Strictest Abortion Laws

GOP kills Dem filibuster to push through bill last night

(Newser) - Missouri is now one of two states requiring a 72-hour waiting period before having an abortion, with no exception for rape or incest, the AP reports. Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of the bill—which he called "extreme and disrespectful" toward women—was overridden by the legislature by the... More »

Jeb Bush Might Defy Mom for 2016 Run

Former Fla. governor sending mixed signals

(Newser) - Jeb Bush could be fundraising, taking part in debates, and traveling around the country just for the heck of it—or the former Florida governor could actually be planning a 2016 presidential run. There have been increasing whispers about that long-anticipated 2016 Bush-Hillary Clinton battle as Jeb's advisers are... More »

Boehner to WH: Stop Saying I Want Impeachment

Lawsuit filed by House speaker will motivate GOP to go after prez, says Obama aide

(Newser) - There’s nothing to suggest that John Boehner has changed his mind since the last time he said he doesn’t want to impeach the president—but that didn’t stop a senior White House aide this morning from saying he thinks the door for Republicans to make that happen... More »

Don't Write Tea Party's Obituary Just Yet

Guardian columnist: Movement is losing the battles but winning the war

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell clobbered his Tea Party opponent last night, as did GOP candidates in lower-profile races elsewhere. Not only have Tea Party candidates been unable to unseat any incumbents this year, "its candidates really haven't come close," observes Jaime Fuller at the Washington Post . So is the... More »

GOP's 'Grass Roots' Are Anything But

EJ Dionne: Republicans have two establishments now, not just one

(Newser) - Those who align themselves with the Tea Party fancy the phrase "grass roots" to describe their fight with the GOP "establishment." Sorry, writes EJ Dionne in the Washington Post , but it's hard to think "grass roots" when billionaire donors are involved. No, what the GOP... More »

Republicans Get Smarter About Poverty

Doyle McManus: Income equality is not a partisan issue

(Newser) - Republicans seem to have shifted thinking about income inequality and the plight of poor people, writes Doyle McManus in the Los Angeles Times . Conservative stalwarts Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio are among those pitching proposals to help low-income Americans make ends meet, perhaps learning a lesson from Mitt Romney's... More »

GOP Blocks 2 Obama Picks, Sets Up Senate Fight

Democrats threaten to change rules requiring 60 votes

(Newser) - Senate Republicans today blocked President Obama's picks for a powerful federal court and a housing regulatory agency, prompting Democrats to threaten curtailing the GOP's ability to derail nominations. "Something has to change, and I hope we can make the changes necessary through cooperation," Harry Reid said... More »

Best Thing for GOP Is if Tea Party Splits With It

David Frum thinks 'extremism' is killing the party's political prospects

(Newser) - Former Bush I speechwriter David Frum has a few words for Tea Party politicians who might be considering a split from the GOP to form a third party: Good riddance. Such a split might be the only hope for the party's long-term chances, writes Frum at CNN . Tea Party... More »

Hey, GOP: You Don't Want Cruz, You Want Rubio

Rubio's the real threat, but he's being eclipsed: Peter Beinart

(Newser) - Marco Rubio is the person the Republicans should want on their presidential ticket come 2016: Upon reading both Rubio's memoir and a biography of the Florida senator, Peter Beinart was left "with the queasy feeling many Republicans must have had when they began reading Obama books in 2007... More »

Why Attacks on Hillary's Age Will Never Work

No matter how old she is, she's the candidate for youth: Michael Tomasky

(Newser) - The GOP's new plan of attack against Hillary Clinton, assuming she runs for president in 2016: Go after her age. A New York Times article revealed the strategy yesterday, with Karl Rove explaining the basic idea: "We're at the end of [Clinton's] generation and ... it's... More »

Dear Republicans: No One Cares About These Scandals

Charlie Cook: Polls indicate actual voters don't care about Benghazi or the IRS

(Newser) - So-called "scandals" like Benghazi, the IRS, and AP phone record seizures have dominated political discourse in recent weeks. And yet, polls find Obama's approval rating hasn't wavered. Maybe these issues will eventually gain traction with voters, says Charlie Cook in the National Journal —but maybe regular... More »

Christie Snub Proves GOP Loves Crazy, Unelectable Candidates

Republicans embrace losing as sign of 'purity:' Roger Simon

(Newser) - The GOP seems determined to embrace "crazy" candidates while eschewing moderates who could actually win national elections, writes Roger Simon on Politico . Take the recent snub of Chris Christie, who was not invited to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Who was invited? Such "winners" as Sarah... More »

Republicans, It's Time for a 'Second GOP'

David Brooks thinks the current party mindset is too far gone to fix

(Newser) - Republicans these days are talking a good game about the need to reform—witness Bobby Jindal's plea to stop being the "stupid party." But David Brooks in the New York Times says so far it's been more about sloganeering than actual reform. In fact, he thinks... More »

Well Played, John Boehner: GOP Beats a Wise Retreat

Doyle McManus: House Republicans' move was 'unexpectedly impressive'

(Newser) - Democrats might be gloating about the decision by John Boehner and House Republicans to back off from the debt-ceiling fight, but Doyle McManus thinks they should be a little worried, too. Boehner, after all, engineered an "unexpectedly impressive" retreat: His lieutenants fell in line and the Tea Party contingent... More »

The GOP Needs a Voice

Mitch McConnell and John Boehner won't cut it, Daniel Henniger argues

(Newser) - President Obama's press conference this week drew front-page coverage from all the major papers, but Mitch McConnell and John Boehner's responses were buried. "Media bias? No, media reality," writes Daniel Henninger in the Wall Street Journal . "It isn't that no one is listening to... More »

Republicans Need Colin Powell

Joe Scarborough: Embrace Powell, or party may not survive

(Newser) - Colin Powell's criticism of the GOP Sunday did not go over well with many members of his party—but Joe Scarborough thinks moderate, electable Powell is exactly what Republicans need. As the late William F. Buckley put it, conservatives need to take reality into account. Or as Scarborough puts... More »

112th Congress Punts on Sandy Aid Bill

Boehner sparks outrage by tabling vote on $60.4B in FEMA aid

(Newser) - The 112th Congress may have squeaked through a deal on the fiscal cliff , but shortly afterward John Boehner announced that it won't be voting on a $60.4 billion FEMA aid package for victims of Hurricane Sandy, reports USA Today . Though the Senate passed the bill and the House... More »

Jim DeMint Was Never a Legislator

He'll have just as much influence out of the Senate, two writers say

(Newser) - Jim DeMint has figured out something important, writes Steve Kornacki on Salon : In today's GOP, you don't need to hold an office in order to have power. When he leaves the Senate and starts running the conservative Heritage Foundation, his "power won't wane at all—and,... More »

Half of Republicans Say ACORN Stole the Election

Interesting, considering ACORN shut down: Public Policy Polling

(Newser) - A post-election poll by Public Policy Polling finds that 49% of Republican voters think now-defunct community organization group ACORN stole the election, causing an Obama win. That's down from 52% who believed the same in 2008. "This is a modest decline, but perhaps smaller than might have been... More »

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