Chris Christie Dishes Out Tough Love to the GOP

Aug 29, 2012, 2:39 pm EST

“I want to talk to you about love,” Anne Romney began her well-received talk at last night’s session of the Republican National Convention.

But if the wife of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave the audience a warm, wet kiss, keynote speaker New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie followed with a bucket of ice on the delegates’ heads, telling them things they undoubtedly didn’t want to hear.

“I believe we have become paralyzed by our desire to be loved,” he declared. Read 

Highlights From Chris Christie’s RNC Speech

Aug 29, 2012, 12:55 pm EST
Highlights From Chris Christie’s RNC Speech

On the first full day of the Republican National Convention, where Mitt Romney was formally chosen as the Republicans’ presidential nominee and Ann Romney gave a speech introducing her husband, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie was also thrust into the spotlight again. And he did not disappoint.

Given the prime keynote slot at the convention, Christie came out swinging on behalf of Mitt Romney and against the Democrats and President Barack Obama. His speech was full of the tough love and rhetorical bluster that had many pundits suggesting he might be a good fit for Romney’s VP choice, which eventually went to Rep. Paul Ryan.

Here are some highlights of Christie’s speech to the RNC. Read 

U.S. Fuel Efficiency Standards Set to Double

Aug 29, 2012, 11:28 am EST

The Obama administration is continuing its “green” push, announcing new regulations today that will require automakers to almost double the fuel efficiency of their vehicles by 2025.

By 2025, new cars and trucks will have to get an average of 54.5 miles per gallon. The current standard is 28.6 miles per gallon. Requirements will be gradually introduced, with fines for automakers that do not meet the standard.

The move is an attempt by the Obama administration to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption. Fully implemented, the new standard should cut emissions from vehicles in half by 2025. It will also save consumers $7,400 in fuel costs over the life of a vehicle. Read 

Things Are Quietly Looking Up for Romney

Aug 28, 2012, 5:44 pm EST
Things Are Quietly Looking Up for Romney

After a brutal July and early August, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has begun to gain on his opponent, President Barack Obama.

For the past couple of weeks, the president’s lead in the national polls has shrunk and the two now appear nearly even. But over the last seven days, the president’s lead over Romney has fallen by 2 percentage points in Real Clear Politics’ compendium of national polls; it’s now a mere 1.4 points. His approval rating also has slipped by 0.5 points during that time. The red and blue lines on Real Clear Politics’ polling chart appear to be converging.

And Intrade, the online prediction market, now gives the president a 55.8% chance of being reelected, a pretty sharp 2.3-point drop over the past week. Read 

Chris Matthews Blows Up at RNC Chairman

Aug 28, 2012, 10:30 am EST
Chris Matthews Blows Up at RNC Chairman

Chris Matthews is not happy, and he let Republicans know it yesterday, when he accused RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and the GOP of playing the race card at recent campaign events and with party policy.

Matthews and Priebus were appearing on yesterday’s “Morning Joe” show on MSNBC, in advance of the Republican National Convention’s kick-off. Matthews was not happy about a joke Romney made about birth certificates at a recent campaign event, which he thought played into the conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was not born in the United States. “It is an embarrassment to your party to play that card … you are playing that ethnic card there,” Matthews said.

When Priebus laughed the comment off, and as show co-host Joe Scarborough tried to speak up, Matthews continued. “[Y]ou can sit there and giggle about it, but the fact is your party is playing that card.” Matthews didn’t buy Priebus’ explanation that Romney was just trying to build his brand with the joke, saying that he thought it was funny that Romney’s “first joke” was about Obama’s birth certificate. Read 

5 Things to Know About the GOP ‘Return to Gold Standard’ Plan

Aug 27, 2012, 11:25 am EST
5 Things to Know About the GOP ‘Return to Gold Standard’ Plan

The Republican party is reaching into both the past and Ron Paul’s playbook, as party officials are considering calling for a commission to study returning to the gold standard in their platform.

The gold standard, which was last used in the United States in 1971, would set a fixed value for American dollars based on a set amount of gold. The issue of returning to the gold standard has become popular in recent years, as presidential candidate and Texas Rep. Ron Paul has supported going back to a gold standard, and with Utah passing a law last year that makes gold legal tender in the state.

Here are five things you should know about the GOP’s potential push to return to the gold standard. Read 

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