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    Republicans Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are in a head-to-head battle for conservative, evangelical voters in Tuesday's Mississippi and Alabama primaries, with Gingrich's political survival riding on the outcome.
    Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum Battle For Deep South Conservatives
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    [color=#333333]ask president barack obama about his religious affiliation, and he's a christian. ask mississippi or alabama voters, and you might find a different answer.
    [color=#333333]in the midst of tight gop primaries in both states, public policy polling (ppp) hasreleased information showing that a majority of likely gop primary voters in the deep south do not see obama as a christian. ppp's alabama survey of 600 likely gop primary voters found that only 14 percent consider obama a christian, while 45 percent said he is a muslim and 41 percent answered that they were not sure.
    obama's religion still a campaign issue: many alabama, mississippi voters believe president is muslim
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    In a topsy-turvy GOP primary, where the unexpected has been the norm, such a final plot twist may be altogether fitting: the Mormon Yankee who thinks cheese grits are a revelation effectively seals the nomination in Alabama and Mississippi.
    Mitt Romney has a shot to win both states - polls show him leading or effectively tied in each. But even if the former Massachusetts governor doesn’t take them outright, the apparent resurgence of Newt Gingrich in the Deep South has once again muddled the primary-within-a-primary so that Rick Santorum is going to be denied his wish to get a clean shot at the front-runner.
    Read more: Alabama and Mississippi primaries: Mitt Romney could seal deal in Dixie - Jonathan Martin - POLITICO.com
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    mitt romney has always pitched himself as a numbers guy. his business background and balance-sheet savvy are cited as evidence of candidate well steeped in economic matters. his time in the world of private equity is offered as evidence of budget-balance acumen.
    so it is fitting, in a way, that after two big losses in the latest republican primaries on tuesday night, the main pitch for romney's campaign is now, basically, mathematical probability. the former massachusetts governor finished third in mississippi, behind rick santorum and newt gingrich, with 30 percent of the vote. and he was headed for a third-place finish in alabama, with 29 percent of the vote.
    mitt romney primary results: after big defeats he's left only with math
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    The Washington Monthly - The Magazine - The Incomplete Greatness of Barack Obama

    I have been taking a well earned break from he political arena. I did want to drop this off. i get tired of the question of what has Obama done. This piece does, in fact, point out accomplishments and failures. Certainly it has one sided appeal but it also has some validity. Well worth reading.

    OK, back to my vacation.
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    Quote from aknottedyarn
    The Washington Monthly - The Magazine - The Incomplete Greatness of Barack Obama

    I have been taking a well earned break from he political arena. I did want to drop this off. i get tired of the question of what has Obama done. This piece does, in fact, point out accomplishments and failures. Certainly it has one sided appeal but it also has some validity. Well worth reading.

    OK, back to my vacation.
    Thanks for that. Of course those are failures to some people and not "accomplishments". Even if he looses in November, the positives effects of his administration are going to be felt for a long time and will be acknowledged in history. (I'll go ahead and to the obvious tit for tat: the negative effects of him ruining the country will be felt for a long time.)

    Along the same vein:

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    Finally, reality has set in for women voters, and they are ticked. The economy stinks, gas is almost $4 per gallon, unemployment remains extremely high, our nation has $15 trillion in debt, offensive ObamaCare mandates are rolling out weekly and, in response, Obama’s answer has been to avoid eye contact and blame others. And please don’t insult us with the proverbial box of dime store chocolate, otherwise known as “free” birth control.

    Face it ladies, he doesn’t deserve you, and it’s time to break up!
    Read more: Ladies, Don't Be Fooled By Obama's Overtures, You Have Got To Break Up With Him | Fox News
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    President Obama got a laugh out of a Maryland audience on Thursday when he mocked the Republican Party in a speech, comparing their skepticism of alternative energy to the “Flat Earth Society” in Christopher Columbus’ day and President Rutherford B. Hayes’ apparent dismissal of the telephone. But while Obama thinks the GOP is in need of a science lesson, he may need to bone up on history himself.
    In mocking the GOP, Obama cited an anecdote about Hayes in which, upon using the telephone for the first time, he said, “It’s a great invention, but who would ever want to use one?”
    “That’s why he’s not on Mount Rushmore,” Obama said. “He’s explaining why we can’t do something instead of why we can do something.”
    But Nan Card, curator of manuscripts at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Ohio, told TPM that the nation’s 19th president was being unfairly tagged as a Luddite.

    “He really was the opposite,” she said. “He had the first telephone in the White House. He also had the first typewriter in the White House. Thomas Edison came to the White House as well and displayed the phonograph. Photographing people who came to the White House and visited at dinners and receptions was also very important to him.”
    While often cited, Card said Obama’s cited quote had never been confirmed by contemporary sources and is likely apocryphal. A contemporary newspaper account of his first experience with telephone in 1877 from the Providence Journal records a smiling Hayes repeatedly responding to the voice on the other line with the phrase, “That is wonderful.” You can read the full story here.

    Obama Mangles U.S., World History In Energy Speech | TPM2012
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    Reagan Cited Same Rutherford Hayes Anecdote As Obama | TPM
    Republicans are having a fun time mocking President Obama today for using a story about President Rutherford Hayes expressing skepticism the telephone would catch on. According to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, the tale was a myth that's somehow caught on over the years without any sourcing behind it and Hayes was actually somewhat of a technophile.


    But The Atlantic spots an interesting potential source for the latest use of the Hayes story, or rather set of sources. President Ronald Reagan apparently used the same Hayes quote about the phone in a 1985 speech honoring Apple's Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. The episode was recounted in Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography of the late businessman, providing a pretty clear avenue for it to make itself back into the White House.

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