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    Palin’s Ghost

    NEW YORK – Once homeless, an unknown author has quietly conquered the bestseller lists. In this week’s Newsweek, Samuel P. Jacobs introduces Lynn Vincent, Sarah Palin’s ghostwriter. The hottest author working today has sold more than 5 million books in the past five years. She commands top-dollar advances, and one of her most popular works is being turned into a film starring Samuel L. Jackson....

    Braving the Atlas Shrugged Crowd

    NEW YORK – Allen Barra went to see the low-budget, poorly reviewed film adaptation of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, which has targeted a Tea Party audience. He found “Shruggies.” “The Shruggies are coming,” the assistant manager told me, motioning toward the patrons who milled around the lobby in clusters, waiting for admission to the first showing of Atlas Shrugged: Part I, released on Friday. Were...

    A Tax Reform Slam Dunk

    NEW YORK – Obama and Republicans agree: The tax code is broken. Let's start fixing it with a new top rate that applies to actual millionaires instead of middle-class working families. Tax Day is nobody's idea of a good time. But get ready for a year of heated tax debates ahead. In his deficit speech last week, President Obama made clear that he intends to continue his fight to raise the top rate back...

    Donald Trump Courts the Tea Party in Florida

    Donald Trump’s (or “Sideshow Don” if you follow the New York Daily News) continued with his showstopping potential presidential campaign by addressing a Tea Party rally in Florida. But just hours before, in what CNN called “a hastily arranged news conference moments before a posh, poolside party” at his Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago estate, he made the bizarre argument that George W. Bush’s...

    Huckabee is high in polls, but on the fence for 2012

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Mike Huckabee is riding high in the polls, but he could be running out of time to make up his mind on a run for his party’s 2012 presidential nomination. With the slow-starting race for the right to challenge President Barack Obama gaining candidates and picking up steam, a few of Huckabee’s former advisers have jumped ship to other contenders and some observers...

    Obstacles to Obama’s reelection, starting with low public opinion

    As he launches into a week of town hall meetings, freshly invigorated by his tougher talk on a political vision that includes more taxes for the wealthy and protection for progressive programs, President Obama faces a tough political reality. He's as low as he's ever been in the eyes of the public – particularly among the independent voters he’ll need to win reelection next year. In that sense, he's...

    Palin returns with feisty, anti-establishment speech

    MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Conservative Sarah Palin returned to the U.S. political arena on Saturday after several months absence with a feisty speech attacking both the establishment Republican Party and Democratic President Barack Obama and proclaiming “the 2012 elections begin here.” In a move apparently aimed at keeping her name in the running for the Republican nomination in next year’s...

    Obstacles to Obama’s reelection, starting with low public opinion

    As he launches into a week of town hall meetings, freshly invigorated by his tougher talk on a political vision that includes more taxes for the wealthy and protection for progressive programs, President Obama faces a tough political reality. He's as low as he's ever been in the eyes of the public – particularly among the independent voters he’ll need to win reelection next year. In that sense, he's...

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz to take over Democratic National Committee

    Updated 6:14 p.m. Eastern Time Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee, a Democratic aide has confirmed to CBS News. Wasserman Schultz will take over for Tim Kaine, who is stepping down to run for Senate in Virginia. Wasserman Schultz is known as a strong fundraiser and seen as skilled in making the Democratic argument to the public. She will...

    Tim Kaine announces Virginia Senate run

    Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine has released a video announcing he will seek the Virginia Senate seat now held by Sen. Jim Webb (D), who is retiring after one term. Kaine, a former Virginia governor, discusses his accomplishments in the state in the two minute video before saying he is running for Senate because “Virginia has answers to help strengthen our nation.” He spends much...

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