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GOP Needs to Get a Grip on Its ObamaCare Obsession

Even Karl Rove thinks Boehner's plan is bad politics

(Newser) - House Republicans announced yesterday that they'd only vote to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling if they could repeal or delay ObamaCare with the same votes. That's got pundits talking today, and pretty much none of those people think it's a good strategy. Here's... More »

Brawl Over Syria an 'Uphill Slog,' 'Amateur Hour'

White House tries to make its case as GOP roars

(Newser) - It was all Syria, all the time on the Sunday talk circuit today, with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough hitting all five networks in making the administration's case for action. "The question is very simple for Congress this week... Not a single (member of Congress) rebuts... More »

IRS Also Leaked Info About Conservative Groups

Targeting scandal widens

(Newser) - More trouble for the IRS: The same office that singled out conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status also leaked confidential information about conservative groups last year, ProPublica reports. How does ProPublica know? Well, because the nine pending applications were leaked to ProPublica in the first place. The investigative site had... More »

IRS Honchos Knew of Tea Party Targeting—Last Year

As reports conflict about how IRS handled big groups like Rove's Crossroads

(Newser) - Did the IRS lie to Congress about Tea Party groups being singled out for extra scrutiny ? The agency has admitted that acting Commissioner Steven Miller knew about the targeting by May last year, but senior Republican lawmakers say Miller didn't tell them about it, even when they contacted... More »

Bloomberg: Assault Weapons Ban Not DOA

As Wayne LaPierre calls mayor 'reckless,' 'insane'

(Newser) - Michael Bloomberg was today busily putting his mouth where his money will be tomorrow, Politico reports, when he kicks off a $12 million ad blitz targeting 13 senators considered vulnerable on gun control. Appearing on Meet the Press, the New York City mayor said "we are going to win"... More »

Rove, Palin Get Catty

Karl fires back after Palin's CPAC zinger

(Newser) - It's beginning to feel like 2008 all over again: Right down there with soda, Teleprompters, and the many things that Sarah Palin ripped during yesterday's CPAC speech was a self-proclaimed "balding, fat guy" who took exception to her statement that "the architects can head on back... More »

Tea Partiers Apologize to Rove Over Nazi Image

Fundraising email 'wrong,' says official

(Newser) - One of the bigger Tea Party groups apologized to Karl Rove today after a fundraising email went out depicting him as a Nazi, reports USA Today . The co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots called the image "inappropriate" and said it got sent without the approval of the group's... More »

Why Rove's Move Will Backfire

Nate Silver explains the flaw in his logic

(Newser) - Conservative activists and Nate Silver haven't always seen eye-to-eye, but they agree on one thing: Karl Rove's new super PAC backing establishment Republican candidates over Tea Party challengers is a bad idea. Of course, Silver's argument isn't ideological, it's mathematical. The problem, he points out... More »

GOP Super PAC Skewers Ashley Judd

Karl Rove group takes early shot as she ponders Senate run in Kentucky

(Newser) - Karl Rove has welcomed Ashley Judd into the world of high-stakes politics with an ad that concludes the actress is "an Obama-following radical, Hollywood liberal who is right at home here in Tennessee. I mean, Kentucky." Judd is considering a Senate run against Mitch McConnell in her native... More »

Rove Creates New PAC, Will Butt Heads With Tea Party

Predictably, many conservatives not happy

(Newser) - A big split in the Republican party? Karl Rove's new super PAC, the Conservative Victory Project, appears to be taking aim at Tea Partiers. The Victory Project, led by the same people who run American Crossroads, has the official aim of nominating "the most conservative candidate in the... More »

Fox Sidelines Karl Rove, Dick Morris

Post-election, Ailes wants fresh faces

(Newser) - The post-election shake-up at Fox News includes benching two of the pundits who called it wrong the most persistently, New York reports. Under orders from Roger Ailes, producers must get permission before booking Karl Rove or Dick Morris. "The election’s over," says a Fox spokesperson confirming the... More »

For Stumbling Fox, Megyn Kelly Is a Hero

She's smart, telegenic, and skips the GOP cheerleading: Noreen Malone

(Newser) - Fox News may still be licking its wounds after Karl Rove's " bizarre" moment on election night, but Megyn Kelly proved why she might just be the network's salvation, writes Noreen Malone at the New Republic . She was the shining star Tuesday night when she challenged Rove and... More »

Rove's New Claim: Obama 'Suppressed the Vote'

Argues on Fox News that Obama did so via negative ads

(Newser) - Karl Rove is not backing down: Though he seems to have accepted the fact that President Obama was, in fact, re-elected, Rove was back on Fox News yesterday to claim that Obama won by "suppressing the vote," the New York Daily News reports. How exactly did the president... More »

As Rove and Aides Argued Results, Romney Gave Up

Campaign advisers were urging both not to concede defeat

(Newser) - Karl Rove's on-air confrontation with Fox News' projection team, and Mitt Romney's failure to concede once all the networks had called the race, were two of the weirdest subplots on election night, but the reasons for both are coming into focus. Rove remains one of the best-connected men... More »

Stewart: Fox Had 'Avalanche on Bullsh** Mountain'

Kelly to Rove: Is that math, or Republican-friendly math?

(Newser) - Things went pretty smoothly for the networks on Election Night, Jon Stewart said on last night's Daily Show —with the screaming exception of the station he lovingly dubs "BMN: Bullshit Mountain News." Or as you know it, Fox News. Stewart runs down Fox pundits devoutly dismissing... More »

Rove Disputes Fox's Call, Triggers 'Bizarre' Moment

He warned network against 'intruding in process'

(Newser) - Fox News contributor Karl Rove caused a kerfuffle by disputing his own network's decision to call Ohio for President Obama. He called the decision "premature," saying "we have got to be careful about calling things when we have like 991 votes separating the two candidates and... More »

Rove: Romney's Going to Win a Squeaker

Poll numbers, early results all in Romney's favor, says Karl Rove

(Newser) - Political guru Karl Rove may be predicting a Mitt Romney win next week, but at least he's keeping his predictions more modest than Dick Morris' " landslide ." Instead, Rove notes in the Wall Street Journal that Romney has a thin lead in national polls—he's ahead in... More »

At Long Last, Dems Giving to Super PACs

But they've got a long way to go to match GOP

(Newser) - After the Supreme Court paved the way for super PACs, many Democrats were uncomfortable with the idea of limitless political spending—but as Republican-backing groups rake in the cash, it seems reluctant Democrats are coming around. As of the beginning of September, more than 40 donors had given at least... More »

Karl Rove Told Komen to Re-Fund Planned Parenthood

CEO Nancy Brinker said 'Karl' urged her to 'backtrack': ex-VP

(Newser) - Planned Parenthood, it seems, had an unlikely champion in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure controversy : Karl Rove. In a new book, former Komen VP Karen Handel , who stepped down amid the uproar, remembers a comment from CEO Nancy Brinker. "I’ve talked to a lot of people,... More »

GOP Defector: Republicans Are Reality- Challenged

Jeremiah Goulka explains why he had to leave party

(Newser) - Perhaps Karl Rove put it best when he described "creating our own reality": The GOP has a giant blind spot when it comes to the bigger picture, writes a former Republican and Justice department attorney in Salon . Jeremiah Goulka grew up Republican, and it wasn't until he turned... More »

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