A few members voted Thursday in five minutes and two seconds to keep the government funded for four days — or until their colleagues return next week. Astonishing, considering it took the entire months of June and July for Congress to decide to continue paying bills it had already incurred.
The Texas governor rocketed to the top of the field after he entered the race for the GOP presidential nomination last month. But his wobbly debate performances have reversed his momentum and led many Republicans to say he needs to make some big changes — and fast.
The Massachusetts governor may be back on track to the Republican presidential nomination. His rival from Texas has lost much of his initial luster because of dubious debate performances and controversial stances on at least three issues.
"African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open minded, not even considering a conservative point of view," the Republican presidential contender tells CNN. He believes he could win a third of the black vote, though.
The Affordable Care Act always promised to be a hot button issue in the 2012 presidential campaign. But it promises to loom even larger, now that the Obama administration has asked the Supreme Court to take the case, making very likely a high-court decision in June just months before the general election.
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