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ASSOCIATED PRESS Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour told Republican officials they must depend on themselves to raise enough money to carry their states for the GOP in 2012. "The days of you and your state being able to rely on the Republican National Committee for money to get out the vote are over," Mr. Barbour said.

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, is among GOP leaders insisting on binding changes in the short term to discretionary spending and in the long term to entitlement spending. The federal government hit its debt limit on May 16. (AP Photo)

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Illustration: GOP education by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

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ASSOCIATED PRESS "This kind of interference is inappropriate," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about GOP pressure on the NLRB regarding Boeing's plan for a South Carolina plant.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus defends real estate mogul Donald Trump as a possible GOP presidential candidate who should be allowed to speak his mind about any issue, even the “birther” one.

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Real estate mogul Donald Trump could make inroads among the religious right in the Republican Party presidential nominating race for 2012 if he picked up the endorsement of the scion of one of the 20th century's foremost evangelists. (Associated Press)

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GOP leadership led by Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) offers remarks during a break as they caucus at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Friday, April 8, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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GOP leadership led by Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) offers remarks during a break as they caucus at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Friday, April 8, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, seen here addressing Ohio Republicans in Cleveland on March 30, took another step in his GOP presidential bid, leasing office space in a Minneapolis high-rise. (Associated Press)

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U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann arrives with her husband, Marcus, at a state GOP fundraiser on March 12 in Nashua, N.H. Mrs. Bachmann recently has visited two other early nominating states. She is expected to announce by summer whether she will run for president in 2012. (Associated Press)

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Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour sounded like a 2012 GOP presidential candidate in a speech before the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce on Monday. (Associated Press)

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Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour sounded like a 2012 GOP presidential candidate in a speech before the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce on Monday. (Associated Press)

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Illustration: GOP path by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

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Illustration: GOP cuts by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

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Former Godfather's Pizza Chief Executive Herman Cain is among those cultivating the GOP grass roots in Iowa this week. (Herman Cain Presidential Exploratory Committee)

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Former Godfather's Pizza executive Herman Cain is among those cultivating the GOP grass roots in Iowa. (Herman Cain Presidential Exploratory Committee)

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**FILE** House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, puts up a chart on Feb. 14 while delivering the GOP response to President Obama's budget submission for fiscal 2012 on Capitol Hill. The nation faces a possible government shutdown if Democrats and Republicans have not agreed by March 4 on an extension for funding the federal government. (Associated Press)

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"In the last two years, under President Obama, the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs," House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said Tuesday as the GOP outlined proposed budget cuts. "If some of those jobs are lost, so be it. We're broke." (Associated Press)

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CRITICAL: Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin (left) and fellow Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, presenting the GOP's response to Mr. Obama's budget, criticized its taxing and spending levels. (Associated Press)