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As 2016 race begins, GOP faces its Palin problem

washingtonexaminer.com — DES MOINES -- As a chance to evaluate possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates, the Freedom Summit here in Des Moines was a solid success. Several potential candidates -- Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and a few others -- left the 10-hour political marathon with their prospects undeniably enhanced.
Jan 25, 2015

RT @ByronYork: After Iowa appearance is widely panned, what now for Sarah Palin in the GOP? ow.ly/HV22V

Jan 25, 2015

After Iowa appearance is widely panned, what now for Sarah Palin in the GOP? ow.ly/HV22V

Jan 25, 2015

RT @mollyesque: Ouch: "Sarah Palin made a guy like Trump look like a serious presidential candidate." m.washingtonexaminer.com/as-2016-race-b…

Jan 25, 2015

RT @ObsoleteDogma: I’m old enough to remember when liberals were mean elitists for pointing out that Sarah Palin was an incoherent dope m.washingtonexaminer.com/as-2016-race-b…

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New faces grab spotlight in 2016 GOP race

washingtonexaminer.com — DES MOINES -- The 2016 Republican race has an unprecedented number of candidates who have run for president before. In the 2008 field of a dozen candidates, just two -- the ultimate nominee, John McCain, plus Ron Paul, who ran as a libertarian in 1988 -- had run before.
Jan 25, 2015

RT @RiG8r: Not known for electrifying audiences,@ScottWalker actually did electrify the audience in the 2nd half of his speech ─►washingtonexaminer.com/new-faces-grab…

Jan 25, 2015

At big Iowa conservative gathering: 'The buzz coming out of this event is new faces.' ow.ly/HU4FC

Jan 25, 2015

RT @GlennThrush: ---> MT @ByronYork: What was striking about Saturday's Iowa Freedom Summit was how little the old faces mattered… http://t…

Jan 25, 2015

RT @ByronYork: 2016 GOP race has unprecedented number of candidates who have run before: Huckabee, Santorum, Perry, Romney… ow.ly/HTGFl

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Rubio moves closer to White House bid

washingtonexaminer.com — Sen. Marco Rubio told a private gathering of supporters this weekend that he has what it takes to win the White House and will spend the next months preparing for a presidential campaign. The Florida Republican was in Miami Friday and Saturday to host his political operation's fourth annual "Team Marco" donor retreat.
Jan 25, 2015

RT @DavidMDrucker: .@marcorubio moves closer to White House bid during weekend donor retreat. My readout: washex.am/1yYWdE9

Jan 25, 2015

RT @DavidMDrucker: During wknd donor retreat, @marcorubio tells supporters he has what it takes to win WH: washex.am/1yYWdE9 (+ whose helping MR raise $$)

Jan 25, 2015

During wknd donor retreat, @marcorubio tells supporters he has what it takes to win WH: washex.am/1yYWdE9 (+ whose helping MR raise $$)

Pentagon bureaucracy grows as troops are cut

washingtonexaminer.com — In the last several years, the Pentagon has brought more than 165,000 soldiers home from combat. It has shaved the end strength of each service, and it has put needed maintenance and modernization of its warships and aircraft on hold to scrape up the savings to meet sequester cuts.

Obama closes off much of Alaska refuge to drilling

washingtonexaminer.com — President Obama has proposed setting aside more than 12 million acres of the Alaska coast as wilderness in a move that will pit him against Republicans from the state. Obama's plans to impose strict federal protections over an expanded portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would keep Alaskans from accessing the wealth of petroleum reserves that lay below the "fragile" habitat there.
Jan 25, 2015

RT @SecretsBedard: Alaska senator: 'Obama declares war on Alaska.' Obama closes off much of Alaska refuge to drilling washingtonexaminer.com/obama-closes-o… via @DCExaminer

Jan 25, 2015

Alaska senator: 'Obama declares war on Alaska.' Obama closes off much of Alaska refuge to drilling washingtonexaminer.com/obama-closes-o… via @DCExaminer

Jan 25, 2015

ANWR closed for business. Obama closes off much of Alaska refuge to drilling washingtonexaminer.com/obama-closes-o… via @DCExaminer

Jan 25, 2015

Obama wants to ban drilling rights from 12 million acres of Alaska, and congressional Republicans are furious washex.am/1D6LYi4

12 keys to the GOP presidential race right now

washingtonexaminer.com — DES MOINES -- As the Freedom Summit marks the unofficial start of the 2016 Republican presidential campaign here in Iowa, the race is already too sprawling, with too many characters and too many crosscurrents, to have a single theme. But here are a dozen keys to understand what is happening now: 1.
Jan 25, 2015

Agree with maybe half of these but a good read: 12 keys to the GOP presidential race right now washingtonexaminer.com/12-keys-to-the…

Jan 24, 2015

RT @JoeNBC: 2 Words--> Wide. Open. RT Byron York From Des Moines: 12 keys to understanding the GOP presidential race right now: http://t.co…

Jan 24, 2015

2 Words--> Wide. Open. RT Byron York From Des Moines: 12 keys to understanding the GOP presidential race right now: ow.ly/HS0RR

Jan 24, 2015

RT @ByronYork: From Des Moines: 12 keys to understanding the GOP presidential race right now: ow.ly/HS0RR

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Iran foreign minister called before parliament for being seen with Kerry

washingtonexaminer.com — An Iranian foreign minister was summoned to appear before parliament after photographs of him walking next to Secretary of State John Kerry sparked outrage among conservatives in his home country. Mohammad Javad Zarif was engaging in nuclear talks in Geneva with his counterparts from the U.S., Britain, Germany, France, China, and Russia earlier this month when reporters snapped pictures of him and Kerry walking together along a sidewalk, Reuters reports.
Jan 25, 2015

Iran's foreign minister must appear before his government because he was seen walking next to John Kerry washex.am/1uNr1JY

House bill would save $35 billion by cutting federal workforce

washingtonexaminer.com — If the federal government hired one employee for every three that retired or quit, it could trim $35 billion from the budget over the next half-decade without firing a single worker. That's the idea behind a House bill introduced by Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., and Rep.
Jan 25, 2015

If you only hired one government worker for every three that retired, you could save $35 billion washex.am/1yZB6BQ

Jan 25, 2015

How many $10K scholarships for inner city kids to go to great charter schools would $35 billion buy? #media #news bit.ly/1uLW88x

Obama offers condolences to Japan after Islamic State execution

washingtonexaminer.com — President Obama offered his condolences to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a phone call Sunday after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria released a video announcing the execution of a Japanese citizen. Obama spoke with Abe from New Delhi, India, where the president and first lady are conducting a diplomatic mission before heading to Saudi Arabia for the funeral of the late King Abdullah.
Jan 25, 2015

Obama called Japanese prime minister from India to offer his sympathies for slain IS hostage washex.am/15AOfXy

Obama 'not surprised' at Yemen collapse

washingtonexaminer.com — President Obama was "not surprised" the Yemeni government fell into the hands of rebels backed by Iran, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said Sunday. The senior Obama aide said the president has had concerns about the Middle Eastern country since the early days of his administration.
Jan 25, 2015

Obama is "not surprised" that the government in Yemen collapsed washex.am/1utN8PD

Jindal says immigrants should assimilate, gay marriage is a no-go

washingtonexaminer.com — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal doubled down on his Christian conservative message Sunday while suggesting that people immigrating to America should "assimilate." The Southern Republican insisted on ABC's This Week that he would not change his views on gay marriage, among other issues, based on popular opinion.
Jan 25, 2015

Bobby Jindal thinks all immigrants should assimilate to America washex.am/1uN1YGT

Kasich hints at 2016 campaign

washingtonexaminer.com — Ohio Gov. John Kasich said the "options are still on the table" for a presidential bid while suggesting his accomplishments in the state office could translate to success for the rest of the country. "Ohio is a microcosm of America," the Republican governor told host Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, later adding that he still has "plenty of time" to decide whether he will run.

Santorum blames struggling economy on immigration

washingtonexaminer.com — Immigration - both legal and illegal - is causing many of the country's economic woes, former Sen. Rick Santorum said Sunday. "The reason you're seeing wages dropping is because we have surging immigration," Santorum told CNN's State of the Union. "The overwhelming majority of immigrants are folks who are lower-skilled or unskilled," the Pennsylvania Republican said.
Jan 25, 2015

Rick Santorum thinks it's reporters' fault that he isn't a 2016 frontrunner washex.am/1CTR5BD

Obama will not 'trim his sails' despite GOP gains, aide says

washingtonexaminer.com — President Obama will not scale back his agenda despite the Republican gains in the midterm elections, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said. The president will not trim his sails on that, Chris. He will not, McDonough said at the end of a spirited back-and-forth with Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday.
Jan 25, 2015

Um, no, says Obama. McDonough: Will not 'trim his sails' despite GOP gains, aide says washingtonexaminer.com/obama-will-not… via @DCExaminer

Cruz to GOP: Find a nominee who can 'reignite the extraordinary miracle of America'

washingtonexaminer.com — Sen. Ted Cruz delivered an impassioned speech Saturday before conservatives at the Iowa Freedom Summit that called on lawmakers to pass bold reforms like abolishing the Internal Revenue Service and stripping the Environmental Protection Agency of much of its authority.

Editorial cartoon: Who let Belichick onboard?

Carly Fiorina: Unlike Hillary Clinton, I've actually accomplished something

washingtonexaminer.com — Potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina took a major swipe Saturday at Hillary Clinton during a speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit. Like Hillary Clinton, I too have travelled hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe. But unlike her, I have actually accomplished something, Fiorina said, according to her prepared remarks.

Boehner, McConnell: Obama tax hikes 'dead' on arrival

washingtonexaminer.com — Some of the economic ideas President Obama proposed in his State of the Union address will be dead if they reach Capitol Hill, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in their first-ever joint TV interview.
Jan 24, 2015

Boehner and McConnell say most of Obama's economic ideas will be "dead" on arrival in Congress washex.am/1wv26ou

'My name is Mike Lee, I'm from Utah, and I'm not running for president'

washingtonexaminer.com — Sen. Mike Lee outlined the type of Republican candidate he hopes to see run for president next year when he addressed the Iowa Freedom Summit Saturday, becoming one of few lawmakers who made the case for someone other than himself. It's not going to be an easy choice.
Jan 24, 2015

RT @JGreenDC: 'My name is Mike Lee, I'm from Utah, and I'm not running for president' washex.am/15sSwfr