Newt Gingrich

Republicans Discover Poverty. Now What?

It's hard to help the little guy when you hate the safety net

Taking a lead from Pope Francis, Republicans are suddenly talking about poverty. This would be a good first step: Stop slashing the safety net.

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For weeks, CNN has been promising that the new "Crossfire" would be a different kind of cable news show. “Americans are tired of cheap debate, but they want deep debate,” host Van Jones said in an interview before the show aired. “We want everyone... to be part of a conversation, not just part of a shouting match,” host Newt Gingrich explained in another interview.

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Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, and the Politics of Google Glass

The optics of Orwellian optics aren't optimal.

Newt Gingrich is a man of futurist, science-fictional proclivities. Remember his campaign dreams of a moon colony, for instance?

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Even if the two favorites of social conservatives had teamed up, Mitt Romney probably would have beat them. 

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We're now being told that the Romney campaign was seriously hurt by a lack of funds. Should he have dipped into his own pocket?

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Romney wants voters to believe he's a moderate. It's a little late for that.

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Moderate Republicanism is not intellectually dead. So where is it?

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Republicans have been the first to assert, without shame, the parallels between their own “Swift-boating” of John Kerry in 2004 and the Obama campaign’s alleged “Swiss-boating” of Mitt Romney over Bain Capital’s business practices.

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During the Republican presidential primaries, the new landscape created by the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and other recent loosening of campaign finance regulations took on an almost comic quality -- we could all laugh over the way that Shel Adelson, the casino magnate, and Foster Friess, the aspirin-contraception-advocate, were keeping alive the candidacies of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, respectively. Some pundits even ventured the argument the SuperPACs allowed by Citizens United were good for democracy in that they were making the primaries more competitive than they other

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