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The primaries in pictures

Mitt Romney grasping a confused looking baby. Rick Perry cradling a tommy gun. A giant toy elephant and Newt Gingrich. This — and more — is the 2012 Republican primaries in pictures.

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Compared to these guys, Obama is Howard Zinn on bad acid

With five primaries and caucuses done, with party favourite Mitt Romney leading, and with the next four contests before Super Tuesday favouring him, the 2012 race for the Republican nomination is beginning to slip quietly away from the top of the news agenda.

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Rundle12: up close and personal with Rick Perry

Why is Texas Governor Rick Perry still in the Republican race? A campaign stop in South Carolina demonstrated why even the man himself doesn’t seem to think he can win.

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Pinch of piss in Sth Carolina as Santorum sells lunch pail nostalgia

There is something about Rick Santorum that gets under my skin, and it has nothing to do with his positions on sexuality.

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Rundle12: ‘never has a victor (Romney) looked so utterly defeated’

Mitt Romney “won” the New Hampshire primary yesterday. But his now almost inevitable run to the Republican nomination has never looked less convincing, writes Guy Rundle from Columbia, South Carolina.

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Romney fails to impress in New Hampshire

Republican Mitt Romney tried to be casual, relaxed and engaging in New Hampshire. It didn’t work. Crikey’s Guy Rundle begins his US roadshow in the bellwether state to report on this week’s crucial primary.

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The race to the White House is go

Somehow Republicans have to pick from this motley crew to challenge Barack Obama for the White House in November. With domestic politics still on its Summer slumber, the GOP race, if not the candidates, is captivating.

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Race for the White House: what to watch for in Iowa

The Republican presidential campaign has already provided plenty of drama and entertainment, but things are about to get even more interesting.

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Rick Perry’s meat products

If Rick Perry didn’t woo you with his recent anti-gay campaign ad there’s always this video from an earlier campaign, when Perry became an advocate for homoerotic meat products.

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Rundle: Cain dissed as a Newt, aka the ultimate black swan, emerges

Well it has been a helluva ride for the Republican Party, as its right-wing base searches for anyone but the passionless and, by American standards, centrist mainstream candidate Mitt Romney.

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Rick Perry’s embarrassing memory loss

As someone now at the age where senior’s moments are not unknown I winced when watching those video clips of Texas Governor Rick Perry forgetting the name of the third government department he was promising to abolish if and when he became President of the United States.

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Was Rick Perry three sheets to the wind?

GOP presidential nominee candidate Rick Perry shocked a New Hampshire audience last weekend when he gave an unusually, err, animated speech, prompting the question: was he sloshed? Judge for yourself.

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Blood on the Mexican border squeezed by opportunistic GOP

Rick Perry has a knack for making comments that cause large swathes of the electorate to wince.

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A job well done

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Treasurer Wayne Swan have done a good job in turning this week’s Canberra tax forum into a political non-event.

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Rick Perry: US could deploy troops to kill Mexican drug cartels

During a campaign speech in New Hampshire Republican presidential nominee Rick Perry raised the possibility of a bold new strategy to combat Mexican drug cartels: US military intervention, reports BBC News.

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Abbott’s climate change Tea Party stirs in Canberra

It’s been fascinating to watch climate change emerge again as a political issue in the US, writes Giles Parkinson, of Climate Spectator.

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Richardson: the party that changed America

For many people, the most revealing moment in last week’s debate among Republican presidential candidates came when Rick Perry was asked about his record on capital punishment in Texas.

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Tensions flare and fingers point at GOP debate

The spat between Republican front runners Mitt Romney and Rick Perry during the latest GOP debate consumed most of the headlines but pales in comparison to an off air confrontation between Perry and Ron Paul, writes Stephen Dinan.

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Monkey business: what the GOP front runners think about evolution

Where do the top Republican presidential hopefuls stand on evolution? Huff Po reveals the opinions of Rick Perry, Ron Paul and the rest of the gang.

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Rick Perry and a world where stimulus is partisan treason

With any luck, the question of another stimulus package will never arise. But if it does, it’ll be the ideological equivalent of lifting up a rock to find out what crawls beneath.

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Qantas has some work to do yet …

Crikey readers have their say.

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Rick Perry: can the south rise again?

Now, for perhaps the first time since George Wallace in 1968, a true son of the Confederacy is in the running for the presidency.

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Welcome to the US election that never ends

Even as recently as 2004, Ames barely rated a mention. Now, bizarrely, the American political cycle has become so permanent that this state-fair schlockfest has become a vital part in the decision as to who will control the world’s largest economy and nuclear arsenal.

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Who are the Republican front-runners for election ’12?

In the wake of the first major GOP presidential campaign causality (Tim Pawlenty) Reuters lists the front-running GOP hopefuls to take on Obama in 2012, including Mitt Romney, Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry.

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Obama, Perry and the battle for the south

Barack Obama’s Puerto Rico visit is widely seen as a bid for votes on the mainlandand for Hispanic votes more generally. That poses a particular problem for the Republican Party.

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