RomneyFormer Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won a convincing victory in the Illinois Republican primary March 20, far ahead of former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. “Tonight we thank the people of Illinois for their vote and for this extraordinary victory,” Romney said in his victory speech that consisted primarily of vague criticisms of the Obama administration.

Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C., left) asked Tuesday when Congress might hear that it's time for Americans to come home from the war "Uncle Chang" is funding in Afghanistan.

"As we're spending $10 billion a month that we can't even pay for, the Chinese, Uncle Chang is lending us the money to pay that we're spending in Afghanistan," Jones observed during his questioning of Lieutenant General John Allen in a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee. "What is the metric?" Jones asked.  "When does the Congress have the testimony that someone will say, we have done all we can do? Bin Laden is dead. There are hundreds of tribes in Afghanistan and everyone has their own mission." Allen, the Marine who commands the International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan, had no ready answer.

After every Democrat and one Republican in the Wisconsin Senate voted to kill a regulatory reform bill that would have brought thousands of desperately needed mining jobs to the state, outraged conservative activists and unemployed citizens vowed to turn the heat up. Not only do they plan to keep pushing the legislation, they are targeting two key legislators who opposed the measure for recall elections. 

In new study by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) evaluating every state government in America, New Jersey was the rather surprising winner with the top grade of B+. No state received an A. The ratings were based on 14 areas: access to information, campaign finance, budgeting practices, executive accountability, legislative accountability, judicial accountability, civil service systems, procurement practices, pension management, auditing practices, lobbying restrictions, insurance commissions, state government ethics, and redistricting.

President Obama’s reelection campaign reported Monday that it raised more than $45 million in February, a significant boost from the $29.1 million raised in January but far behind what it collected in February of 2008. "In February, 348,000 people donated to raise over $45 million for this campaign," read a tweet posted by the campaign. "Thank you."

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