Palin re-emerges to lash GOP establishment and Obama alike

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin re-emerged into the national spotlight to level a blistering rebuke of both President Barack Obama and the Republican establishment, calling upon a friendly conservative audience to “stop preaching to the choir.”

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Romney to GOP: ‘Learn from my mistakes’

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In his first major speech since losing last year’s presidential election, Mitt Romney sought to pass the torch of leadership to a new generation of conservatives at CPAC.

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GOP’s Portman: I now support gay marriage

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Sen. Rob Portman, once considered as Mitt Romney’s running mate, says decision followed his son’s coming-out.

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NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll: GOP in need of makeover, as Obama gains edge

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As the nation’s political actors quarrel over sequester cuts, a new poll shows the president finds himself in a much stronger position than his Republican adversaries.

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“ More government isn’t going to help you get ahead. It’s going to hold you back. ”

“ America is exceptional because we believe that every life, at every stage, is precious. ”

Rubio to deliver GOP’s State of the Union response

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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will deliver Republicans’ response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, GOP leaders announced Wednesday.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., selected Rubio — an influential Latino conservative who was first elected in 2010 — to speak for Republicans in their official response to the president’s speech.

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GOP embraces cosmetic makeover, tweaking tone not principles

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After their electoral drubbing last November — their second straight in a presidential contest — Republicans have faced a choice. Do they change their policies or their tone?

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NYT: More suspicious voter forms found in Florida

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The number of Florida counties reporting suspicious voter registration forms connected to Strategic Allied Consulting, the firm hired by the state Republican Party to sign up new voters, has grown to 10, officials said, as local election supervisors continue to search their forms for questionable signatures, addresses or other identifiers.

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Paul Ryan accepts GOP vice presidential nomination

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TAMPA, Fla. – Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan formally accepted the Republican vice presidential nomination Wednesday as the party sought to refocus its campaign on big ideas during the second night of its national convention, deploying Ryan and other GOP heavyweights to make a broad appeal to independents.

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8PM EST: Remarks by Remarks by Senator John McCain (AZ), Remarks by Senator Rob Portman (OH)

9PM EST: Remarks by Governor Tim Pawlenty (MN), Remarks by Mike Huckabee

10PM EST: Remarks by Condoleezza Rice, Susana Martinez, Remarks by vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan

Accessorize! RNC attendees show off their buttons

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North Carolina delegate Ann Sullivan fashions buttons on her vest at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday.