Newt Gingrich

READER’S EDITORIAL: THE REPUBLICAN POLITICAL AGENDA 2012 ASSAULTS WOMEN'S RIGHTS

 

By Bonnie Burns Price; research assistance by Olive Ball

“Are Republicans engaged in a war on women, with women’s rights, needs, and hopes just the collateral damage of their war?” -- Bonnie Burns Price

February 23, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--The 2012 Republican presidential contest is one of the most intriguing events on the national political stage.  Many debates have allowed the nation to consider candidate positions on subjects as diverse as the Great Recession, the war in Afghanistan, a nuclear Iran, sustainability of Social Security and Medicare, tax fairness, contraception and abortion.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS


January 26, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:  

 
 
U.S.
 
 General news
  
  • State of the Union: Obama calls for tax fairness (BBC)
  • Starbucks pro-gun policy prompts gun victims’ advocate group to announce nationwide boycott on Valentine’s Day
  • Army says suicides down, but violent crimes up (MSNBC)
  • Senate Dems make Mitt Romney the poster boy for tax reform (The Hill)
  • Wisconsin recall petition of Gov. Walker gets 1 million signatures (Washington Post)
Presidential election
 
  • South Carolina primary: Newt Gingrich defeats Mitt Romney (ABC)
  • Obama launches swing state tour (CNN)
  • Santorum hails delayed Iowa win as huge upset (CNN)
  • Bain Capital owns Clear Channel:
  • Romney parks millions in Cayman Islands offshore tax haven (ABC News)
  • Ex-wife claims Gingrich sought open marriage, Gingrich says allegation false (Fox News)
  • Perry drops out, endorses Gingrich (CNN)
 
WORLD
  • Navy Seal raid frees Somali hostages (BBC)
  • Israel rattled as hackers hit bourse, banks, El Al (Reuters)
  • The secret document that transformed China (NPR)
  • Recent attacks by radical Islamist sect in Nigeria (San Diego U-T)
  • Afghan asylum bids hit 10-year high (San Diego U-T)
 Health
  • Blind can see again: First patients seen to improve with stem cell tissues (Reuters)
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories.
 

ROMNEY WINS IOWA CAUCUS BY 8 VOTES; FOCUS NOW SHIFTS TO NEW HAMPSHIRE IN GOP PRIMARY

Bachmann drops out, Santorum and Paul make strong showings

January 4, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won the Iowa Caucus in the Republican Presidential race by a slim eight-vote margin last night, taking 24.6% of the vote.  

GUIDE TO THE GOP CANDIDATES ON THE EVE OF THE IOWA CAUCUS

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

 

 

January 2, 2011 (San Diego's East County) – On the eve of Tuesday's Iowa Caucus, polls show the race could be close—with a number of candidates striving to win the Republican Presidential Primary election or prove viability with a strong showing.

All Republican contenders are conservatives who believe in smaller government, lower taxes, less regulation of businesses and corporations, rolling back environmental regulations, and outlawing or restricting abortions.  Each has spoken out against President Obama’s healthcare reforms and all but one has indicated support for either privatizing or eliminating Social Security.  (For detailed, nonpartisan comparisons of candidates’ stances on many issues, visit www.ontheissues.org.)

But there are key differences.  Scroll down for the key qualifications and biographical highlights for each major contender in Iowa, as well as Jon Huntsman, a viable contender in the upcoming New Hampshire primary. Also included are standout statements which differentiate their stances from most competitors and key controversies.

POLITICAL WRANGLING: INCONVENIENT TRUTHS ABOUT THE GOP PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDERS

 

By Buck Shott

Past presidential fibs have led to impeachment and resignation. Shouldn’t honesty be a key qualification for any presidential candidate?

December 28, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Voters, and the candidates they support, often have drastically different views on the various issues.  But honesty and integrity are two traits we should all agree upon as minimal “qualifications” for anyone seeking the presidency.

Granted, in the heat of a campaign any candidate may have a slip of the lip, forgetting a statistic or misstating an name. But when presidential contenders knowingly tell brazen lies, air campaign ads with outright falsehoods, and then shamelessly defend such fibbing, we should all think twice about the character of those seeking our nation’s highest office.