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October 4, 1990
That jarring sound you hear from Washington is the Republican Party splintering along its political fault lines: Reaganite supply-siders versus Hooverite budget-balancers; Lindbergh isolationists versus Vandenberg internationalists.The issues of the moment are the bipartisan budget compromise and the U.S. military intervention in the Persian Gulf, both of which have forced President Bush to prescribe bitter medicine that may bring an end to his happy ride high in the popular approval charts.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 21, 2013
I will leave it to the political reporters and analysts at The Sun to judge how Maryland Congressman Andy Harris did on CNN's "Crossfire" Monday night. For my money, he did just fine in his debate on Obamacare, showing what an act-like-you-know bluster mouth of misinformation and phony facts former Obama adviser and show host Stephanie Cutter is. Ostensibly, Harris was supposed to be debating Anne Filipic, a former Obama White House staffer who is now president of Enroll America, an organization signing people up for Obamacare.
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By Carl M. Cannon and Carl M. Cannon,Washington Bureau of The Sun Sun staff writer Karen Hosler contributed to this article | December 6, 1994
WASHINGTON -- On the day when his Republican colleagues anointed him speaker of the House, Rep. Newt Gingrich was blistered by President Clinton's top aide yesterday as a "smear and innuendo" artist whose attacks on the White House staff Sunday were "totally reckless.""The time has come when he has to understand that he has to stop behaving like an out-of-control radio talk-show host and begin behaving like the speaker of the House of Representatives," said Leon E. Panetta, the White House chief of staff.
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by Annie Linskey | May 24, 2012
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will spend part of his Memorial Day holiday at the NBC studio in Northwest Washington for an appearance on Meet the Press. O'Malley is billed as an "influential" member of the Democratic party, and he's set to debate former House Speaker (and former presidential candidate) Newt Gingrich. The two will talk national politics, attack ads,  and "where the race between President Obama and Romney stands now," according to the MTP website . The show airs Sunday -- and its just the latest in a long string of national talk show apperacnces for O'Malley, who is regularly mentioned as a potential Democratic presidential contender in 2016.
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By Jack W. Germond & Jules Witcover | January 8, 1997
WASHINGTON -- Newt Gingrich's re-election as speaker of the House of Representatives may be a hollow victory. In the long run it doesn't help a political leader to ask his supporters to follow him off a cliff.Mr. Gingrich may sail unscathed through further inquiries into his behavior and then conduct business as usual in his role as a leader of the Republican Party. But his colleagues in the House have good reason to say to themselves that they have gone the extra mile for their leader.These Republicans are well aware that even before the controversy over the ethics charges crystallized, Mr. Gingrich was a political burden in the November election.
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By Susan Baer and Susan Baer,Washington Bureau of The Sun | February 8, 1995
WASHINGTON -- An angry Newt Gingrich lashed out at questions about his wife's employment yesterday, saying his critics would see a conflict of interest "in everything that my wife or I do the rest of our lives.""I think my record of being investigated, scrutinized, smeared and attacked sort of rivals anybody in recent public life," the House speaker said at his regular news conference yesterday.The speaker's wife, Marianne Gingrich, was hired in September by a private company owned by American businessmen who are trying to create a free-trade zone in Israel.
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By New York Times News Service | January 15, 1995
WASHINGTON -- Communications executive Rupert Murdoch was accompanied by his Washington lobbyist when he met with Speaker-in-waiting Newt Gingrich in late November, and the three men discussed Mr. Murdoch's fight over federal regulations that could cost him billions of dollars, the media magnate's spokesman said yesterday.Within a week of the meeting, Mr. Murdoch's publishing company, HarperCollins, was discussing a $2 million book advance with Mr. Gingrich. The advance had ballooned to $4.5 million by the time it was announced in late December, although Mr. Gingrich subsequently relinquished it and has yet to actually sign a contract with HarperCollins.
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By Jay Bookman | November 10, 1998
IN ANCIENT Israel, Hebrew priests would place their hands on the head of a goat and pile all of the tribe's sins and transgressions on the animal. Then they would banish the scapegoat to the wilderness, carrying all of their problems with it.It's not going to be that easy for the Republicans. Last week they piled all of their problems on the head of Newt Gingrich, and on Friday they banished him to the political wilderness. But his exile does not lessen or diminish the the GOP's underlying predicament.
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By Susan Baer and Susan Baer,Washington Bureau of The Sun | December 10, 1994
WASHINGTON -- There is a certain symmetry to the ethics accusations against the next House speaker, Newt Gingrich.In 1987, it was a brash young Republican crusader who had the audacity to file ethics charges against the tough-talking speaker of the House, Jim Wright -- charges that led two years later to the mighty Democrat's fall from grace.Today, as that brash and brazen House member, Mr. Gingrich, prepares to realize his life's dream and step up to the speaker's seat himself, he finds himself dogged by an ethics complaint -- what Democrats call a "cloud hanging over his head" -- raised by a political nemesis of his own.Is the allegation against Mr. Gingrich a case of turnabout being fair play?
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By Jay Bookman | August 31, 1999
NEWT Gingrich's political future was cloudy at best after his resignation as House speaker and congressman. Now it seems all but over. News of his impending divorce -- his second -- and allegations of a lengthy affair with a 33-year-old congressional aide have rendered him unelectable to any post substantial enough to hold his interest.News of his affair has exposed Mr. Gingrich to charges of hypocrisy, not to mention a substantial bit of snickering. Some of that's deserved. The man who decried what he called "a multicultural, nihilistic hedonism that is inherently destructive of a healthy society," and who blamed liberals for Woody Allen's affair with his stepdaughter and for Susan Smith's murder of her two children, can't expect much sympathy when the chickens come to roost on his own bedpost.
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By Jules Witcover | May 4, 2012
The silence of the other shoe dropping pretty much describes the clamor that greeted the departure of Newt Gingrichfrom his overblown, self-centered fight for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. The man who vowed he would go all the way to the convention slinked away at a sparsely attended farewell news conference, with yet another offering of the ersatz erudition for which he is infamous, and with an ungracious quasi-endorsement of the man who whipped him, Mitt Romney. The coming election, Mr. Gingrich noted, "is not a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan.
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April 1, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will be campaigning in Western Maryland ahead of Tuesday's primary. Gingrich is scheduled to hold a rally at the Frederick Motor Company at 11 a.m. Monday and to speak at Hood College at 2 p.m. Hood spokesman Dave Diehl tells The Frederick News-Post that Gingrich's campaign called the college's director of student activities to schedule the visit. Gingrich will meet with student Republicans after his speech. Gingrich has conceded that Mitt Romney is the likely Republican nominee, and his campaign laid off one-third of its staff last week to save money.
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By Warren E. Miller | March 29, 2012
Our country and state face serious challenges. Too many people are unemployed. Gas prices are too high. And President Barack Obama is not helping to solve these problems - in fact, he's making them worse. We need only look at the records of our candidates to know who is the best person to replace President Obama. Newt Gingrich has forced big changes before by winning big debates. He's proved he can do it. As House speaker, Newt reformed welfare, lifting millions of Americans from poverty.
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By John Fritze and Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2012
For Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, campaigning in Maryland on Tuesday represented something of a political homecoming. It was nearly 20 years ago that Gingrich, then a Georgia congressman, hatched the outlines of the "Contract with America" during a GOP retreat in Salisbury — a campaign pledge that gave his party control of Congress in 1994 and made him a force in American politics. The former Speaker of the House came to Maryland looking for another political coup: a path to the Republican nomination that by the end of the day seemed increasingly out of reach.
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By John Fritze and Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is planning a trip to Annapolis on Tuesday, a state delegate who is leading the candidate's Maryland campaign said, and could possibly venture onto the floors of one of the most liberal state legislative bodies in the nation. Gingrich, who has lagged behind frontrunner Mitt Romney and conservative Rick Santorum since winning in his home state of Georgia earlier this month, would arrive Tuesday morning and walk along Main Street to talk with business owners, said state Del. Warren E. Miller, a Howard County Republican who is co-chairing Gingrich's campaign in the state.
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By Jules Witcover | March 16, 2012
Now that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has suffered a Southern double whammy of defeats in the Republican primaries in Alabama and Mississippi, isn't it time for him to fold his tent and get out of the presidential race? By the Gospel According to Newt, the simple answer is: No. There are several reasons, not the least of which is the man's colossal ego. It seems to render him unable to recognize that the party he professes to love could possibly do better without him as a candidate at the supreme celebration of American politics, the national party convention.
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By Sandy Grady | December 14, 1998
WASHINGTON -- Somebody put out an all-points-bulletin for Newt Gingrich, the missing House speaker and one-time noisiest symbol of his party's anti-Clinton vitriol.When last seen, Mr. Gingrich was posing for farewell photos for a long queue of Capitol fans. Then he vanished into Georgia. He's invisible and shyly silent, uncharacteristic traits.Mr. Gingrich's AWOL during the Republicans' headlong stampede toward an impeachment vote, a vacuum as bizarre as John Elway forgetting to show up for a Super Bowl.
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By Karen Hosler and Karen Hosler,Washington Bureau of The Sun | December 30, 1994
WASHINGTON -- Responding to growing bipartisan criticism, Speaker-to-be Newt Gingrich is expected to announce today that he will give up a substantial portion of the $4.5 million advance payment he was to receive as part of a book deal struck earlier this month."
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By Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | February 12, 2012
One of my favorite activities this primary season is to read the seemingly endless analyses of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. The profiles run the gamut from glowing to scathing; just about every Washington pundit has a strong opinion of "Mr. Speaker. " Yet, most of the talking heads have not worked with the man or known him very well. I have worked with Newt, consider him a friend, but also understand the eccentricities of this fascinating leader. (I am also Maryland chairman of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.)
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