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GOP Senator's Top Staffer Hit in Child Porn Inquiry

Lamar Alexander puts Ryan Loskarn on administrative leave

(Newser) - Lamar Alexander put his chief of staff on leave today, after police raided his Washington, DC, home in search of child porn. The GOP senator from Tennessee issued a brief statement saying he was "just informed" that police were searching Ryan Loskarn's residence. "I am stunned, surprised,... More »

Zynga Is Trying to Get a Gambling License

Company files paperwork in Nevada

(Newser) - Papa needs a new pair of … cows? Zynga yesterday filed the first salvo of paperwork necessary to obtain an online gambling license in Nevada, the Wall Street Journal reports. But don't expect to be betting on Farmville (or more likely titles like Zynga Poker) anytime soon. The document... More »

2 More Republicans Shrug Off Norquist's Tax Pledge

'The world has changed,' says Rep. Peter King

(Newser) - Following Sen. Saxby Chambliss' dismissal of Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge, two more Republicans followed suit today. While discusing fiscal cliff negotiations, Sen. Lindsey Graham said on This Week that he would "violate the pledge for the good of the country—only if Democrats will do entitlement reform."... More »

Wait, Isn't Mitt Romney Supposed to Be Boring?

Gail Collins thinks he's looking a little unhinged lately

(Newser) - Up until now, we'd all assumed that a President Romney would be a lot less rash than Candidate Romney. There was a deal: Anything goes in the campaign, "as long as he sent out signals that once he got in the White House he was not likely to... More »

Suddenly, It's a Campaign About Foreign Policy

Some in GOP see opportunity in storm around Romney attack

(Newser) - The violence at the US embassies in Libya and Egypt—and Mitt Romney's decision to try to make political hay of them—have thrust foreign policy to the forefront of a campaign that has until now been centered around the economy, the AP observes. Romney has been getting lambasted... More »

Super Committee Busy Pointing Fingers

Legislators play the blame game, say there's still time

(Newser) - With the super committee's deadline now a matter of mere hours away and reports of the committee's demise rampant , members of the panel took to the talk show airwaves today, with Democrats blaming Republicans, Republicans blaming Democrats, and some managing to sound hopeful for half a second, reports... More »

Debt Super Committee an Open Book—for Lobbyists

Influence peddlers get their due

(Newser) - The debt “super committee” tends to meet in secret, won’t disclose its donors or post its documents online, and has turned a deaf ear to calls for greater transparency from good government groups—but it’s an open book to the best connected lobbyists on K Street, Politico... More »

Did GOP Cross Line With Letter to Bernanke?

Some pundits think Republican leaders shouldn't play politics with Fed

(Newser) - The latest political firestorm comes courtesy of the top four Republicans in Congress (Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Jon Kyl, and Eric Cantor), who wrote a letter to Ben Bernanke urging restraint on the economy. "We have serious concerns that further intervention by the Federal Reserve could exacerbate current problems,... More »

GOP Makes Its Debt Super-Committee Picks

Here you go: Hensarling, Camp, Upton, Kyl, Toomey, Portman

(Newser) - We're three-quarters of the way there. The GOP today announced its picks to serve on the debt "super committee," bringing the total number of seats filled to nine. At the top of John Boehner's list is Texan Jeb Hensarling, who will co-chair the committee with Democratic... More »

No One Wants To Be on Debt 'Super Committee'

Lawmakers say 'not it' as lobbyists chomp at the bit to influence panel

(Newser) - Legislators aren't exactly jumping to volunteer for the 12-man "super committee" created by the debt ceiling deal, which promises to be a thankless and heavily lobbied job, the LA Times reports. “I'm not that much of a glutton for punishment,” says Jon Kyl. “This... More »

Schumer: Deal Isn't Quite Done, but 'Relief'

Guess what's on everybody's mind this morning?

(Newser) - The end of Congress' tortured debt ceiling machinations isn't here yet, but it's in sight, says top Democratic negotiator Chuck Schumer, while adding that "It's premature to talk about any specifics." Schumer emphasized to State of the Union that the deal will be politically difficult... More »

Mark Kelly's Next Career: Senator?

Gabrielle Giffords' husband might run for Jon Kyl's seat

(Newser) - Mark Kelly’s sudden retirement from NASA and the Navy has Washington a-tizzy with speculation that he’ll jump into the race for Jon Kyl’s Senate seat in Arizona. So far, Gabrielle Giffords is polling higher than any of the other potential Democratic candidates for the seat, but since... More »

Kyl Leaves Debt Talks, Too: No Republicans Left

He joins Eric Cantor in bailing on Joe Biden's negotiations

(Newser) - And then there were none: Arizona Senator Jon Kyl is joining Eric Cantor in his decision to skip Joe Biden's deficit-reduction talks, which means no Republicans are left on the panel, reports ABC News . The departures come as Mitch McConnell blasted President Obama on the Senate floor, notes Politico... More »

Jon Kyl Strikes Ridiculed Comment From Record

The one about Planned Parenthood that wasn't intended to be 'factual'

(Newser) - It's the perfect ending, really. Jon Kyl has officially removed from the Congressional Record his comment that 90% of Planned Parenthood's business is abortion, notes Ben Smith's blog at Politico. That, you'll recall, is the statement that drew scorn because it's so wildly inaccurate and... More »

Budget Talks Look Doomed by Unlikely Participants

Cantor, Kyl, and Pelosi crew not the most credible bunch

(Newser) - Are the White House’s budget talks already doomed? That’s the conclusion some are reaching based on who’s going, according to the Huffington Post . Both sides were invited to send up to eight appointees, but Republicans will only send two: Eric Cantor and Jon Kyl, both political pugilists... More »

Kyl's 'Not Intended to Be Factual' Statement? 'Bulls**t'

Mark McKinnon goes unbleeped on live TV

(Newser) - Oh, the joys of live television: While discussing Sen. Jon Kyl’s now-infamous “not intended to be factual” statement about Planned Parenthood, former Bush adviser Mark McKinnon let fly an unbleeped four-letter word on CNN’s Reliable Sources, Mediaite reports. “If you turn that around,” said McKinnon,... More »

Planned Parenthood Ruckus Is About Contraception

But foes twist facts and turn it into anti-abortion crusade: Gail Collins

(Newser) - Gail Collins thinks an important word is missing in the Planned Parenthood debate: Contraception. Jon Kyl and others prefer using a different word: Abortion. It makes for an easier target, even though, as Stephen Colbert comically made clear , abortions make up only a minuscule part of Planned Parenthood's work. What... More »

Stephen Colbert Skewering Jon Kyl Via Twitter

Hashtag ridicules 'not intended to be a factual statement' remark

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert had some fun at Sen. Jon Kyl's expense on his show last night , and he's keeping up the ridicule today via his Twitter feed. It all stems from Kyl's wildly exaggerated claim that abortions account for 90% of Planned Parenthood's business—and his office's followup explanation: "His... More »

Colbert to Fox: No, You Can't Get Pap Smear at Walgreens

No, you cannot get a breast exam at Walgreens

(Newser) - During the recent budget brawl, Republican Sen. Jon Kyl argued against government funding for Planned Parenthood—since, as he said, "well over 90% of what Planned Parenthood does" is abortions. "That is unbelievable!" said Stephen Colbert last night . "In that it is not true. Because only... More »

Fiery Sheriff Joe Arpaio Eyes Arizona Senate Run

'I think I could do that job,' says Arpaio

(Newser) - There could be a new sheriff on Capitol Hill: Joe Arpaio, the fiery Arizona lawman given to calling the feds "liars" with "Mickey Mouse policies," might just be looking to go to Washington, reports the Hill. With Jon Kyl retiring, the immigration hardliner says he's open to... More »

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