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Topic - Dick Armey
In the fine art of strategic prattle, House Democrats are "outhustling" Republicans, grinding out more press releases than their GOP rivals.
"If we control the debate, we change politics. And if we change politics, we change the country," declares Glenn Beck, in a new public pitch to bring The Blaze, his independent libertarian broadcast network, to cable TV.
The former leader of a tea party group says the Republican Party and stupid statements by some candidates are to blame for GOP losses in last month's congressional elections.
Eased out with an $8 million payout provided by an influential Republican fundraiser, former GOP House Majority Leader Dick Armey says he has left the conservative tea party group FreedomWorks because of an internal split over the group's direction.
Eased out with an $8 million payout provided by an influential GOP fundraiser, former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey says he has left a conservative Tea Party group, FreedomWorks, because of an internal split over the group's future direction.
A U.S. defense official says international intelligence sources have detected movement of chemical weapons components in recent days in Syria.
I think what's generally expected of a seventh-generation Texan, not to mention a Rick Perry voter, reviewing a New York writer's put-down of his homeland is some high-class fuming and frothing. I close Gail Collins' cantankerous book in unaccountably good temper.
The organization that ignited the tea party as a national mass movement gave Mitt Romney perhaps his biggest victory yet, deciding to drop its opposition to his candidacy, a top executive in the group told The Washington Times.
The Amazing Kreskin, a longtime mentalist, contends that the women who recently accused Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain of sexual harassment should consider taking a polygraph test, as Mr. Cain has offered to do.
Rick Perry is taking a beating in the latest presidential primary polls. Rasmussen Reports on Thursday released a survey placing businessman Herman Cain at the head of the pack and the Lone Star State governor in sixth place. If there was ever a time for Mr. Perry to make a bold policy proposal, it's now. He's about to do just that.
In 24 hours, Republicans descend on Florida en masse for a grand old party for the Grand Old Party. On Thursday, the mighty eight presidential hopefuls meet once again for another debate, this one hosted by Fox News and the Florida Republican Party, staged in Orlando. That's just the opening act, though.
"A strong public interest exists in knowing whether the executive in charge of the nations most-watched cable newschannel is acting as a political consultant to a prospective Republican presidential candidate. As journalists, plaintiffs may properly assert that public interest as a basis for obtaining these records."
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' decision to forgo a presidential bid has some Republicans openly pining for a choice other than Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty or Newt Gingrich.
If teachers unions are more interested in the rights of their members than in the learning of students, as Dick Armey maintains, then states where unions are strong should produce weak test scores, and vice versa. But that is not the case ("State-union battles revive school-choice hope," Commentary, Tuesday).
Otherwise free people suffer "direct, tangible harm" when forced into a government medical system. That's the argument in a Feb. 11 brief in a court case with direct ramifications for Obamacare. The plaintiffs protest that citizens must enroll in Medicare to collect Social Security benefits for which they paid a lifetime of taxes. The tangible harm is caused because Medicare hampers their ability to secure - with their own resources - the best health care available.
Mr. Armey said one reason vote-trading happens is party leaders in Congress often come from the ranks of the Appropriations Committee, where trading is a way of life.
"I was always appalled by it when I saw it going on or knew it was going on," he said, adding there were times when other members "were so dense about it, they would brag about it in the cloakroom."