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(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday. Paul won with 25% of the vote and finished slightly ahead of Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. In third place was former senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.
Nearly 3,000 votes were cast by attendees at the three-day conference held at a hotel just outside of Washington. The straw poll is considered one way to gauge where the conservative base stands on potential Republican nominees. The ballot included 23 Republicans with a national political profile as well as spots for write-ins and “undecided.” FULL ARTICLE
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It was a session that was meant to help Republicans transcend their small-tent reputation. Then a white supremacist started talking segregation and everything went into a tailspin. The Daily Beast’s Caitlin Dickson reports. Plus, Michael Moynihan on the libertarian and conservative war at CPAC,Ben Jacobs interviews Rick Santorum, andmore dispatches from CPAC
“You are not going to believe this. Did you hear what Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell just said about one of the most respected women in American history leading the Democratic ticket in 2016?
He called it, and I quote: “A rerun of the Golden Girls.” Seriously?
Now, this is not some fringe element of the GOP talking. This is the top Republican in the U.S. Senate — who, I might add, is five years older than the woman he mocked. And we cannot let it stand.
Let’s send the message to Mitch McConnell and his allies: This is 2013, not 1913.
Let’s fight back against the GOP’s outrageous comments and policies by defeating them in this election.
Let’s do it today.” [Quote]
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MSNBC’s “The Ed Show,” hosted by Ed Schultz, will move to weekend evenings next month. The announcement was made by Ed Schultz on his broadcast this evening. “The Ed Show” will air live on MSNBC from 5-7 pm on Saturdays and Sundays beginning in April. More details of Ed’s new weekend program will be announced in the coming weeks.
Closing out his show on Wednesday, Ed Schultz said: “And in the big finish tonight, a big personal and professional announcement. MSNBC will be expanding its weekend programming and this opens a big opportunity for “The Ed Show” and my brand. I will be leaving this time slot at 8 pm ET and moving to Saturday and Sunday from 5 to 7 pm.
“I raised my hand for this assignment for a number of personal and professional reasons. My fight on “The Ed Show” has been for the workers and the middle class. This new time slot will give me the opportunity to produce and focus on stories that I care about and are important to American families and American workers. FULL ARTICLE
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The American people are grateful that Mitt Romney‘s secret feelings about “47 Percent” of us were exposed. Yesterday, I heard Mitt Romney say that the video of him speaking (about the middle and lower classes), does not contain his true feelings. No. Mitt, in the video you speak without pause or hesitation, but with sincere conviction. I believe you were telling rich, white people who the racist or elite feelings you were expressing made you one of them: People who believed the things that you were saying about themselves. Your plan was to identify with these rich donors and get them to write big checks for your doomed campaign.
If you missed seeing and hearing the “secret video” of Mitt Romney, here it is again, and thanks to Mother Jones Magazine:
Mitt Romney, the people believe you were speaking how you truly felt. You said yesterday, “I wish I’d used different words…” Mitt different words would still have presented how you really feel or they would be lies. “We, the People” voted accordingly last November. It is pathetic that your running partner, Paul Ryan, was so affected by losing that, months later, he continues to act like the election did not happen. Yesterday he present the Ryan Budget, Version 3.0, which is almost like his preceding budgets. In Paul’s mind they are new. Analysts do not share his delusion. Mitt, did your losing scar this poor boy for life? So, it is true: ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES! —GoodOleWoody
(CNN) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met over dinner in the Afghan capital on Sunday in an attempt to smooth over the latest dispute in the already strained relationship between the two allies.
Hagel told reporters he tried to reassure Karzai that the United States had no unilateral back-channel talks with the Taliban and said Washington is still on track to wind up its 11-year combat mission in Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
“The fact is, any prospect for peace or political settlements — that has to be led by the Afghans. That has to come from the Afghan side,” Hagel said. “Obviously, the United States will support efforts if they are led by the Afghans to come to some possible resolution.”
Hagel, a former senator who took the helm at the Pentagon last month, is making his first trip to Afghanistan as defense secretary. Karzai, meanwhile, has been increasingly critical of American forces in recent months.