SOTU: “Tea Party State of the Union Response” is widely panned, mocked on SNL (HuffPo, 1/31).
Budget: Veterans groups blast Bachmann’s proposal to slash veterans benefits (UPI, 1/28).
Congress: Invites Religious Right notable and anti-Islam activist to teach class on Constitution (RWW, 1/26).
Civil Rights: Congressman says Barbour’s civil rights work in Mississippi more symbolic than substantive (Clarion Ledger, 1/30).
South Carolina: Privately meets with top South Carolina GOP activists (CNN, 1/25).
Foreign Affairs: In CNSNews interview, claims Obama “basically doesn’t care” about foreign and national security issues (1/31).
Budget: Tells neoconservative group that defense department shouldn’t face budget cuts (Philly Daily News, 1/28).
PAC: Leadership PAC “plagued by anemic fundraising” (Politico, 1/31).
Health Care: Lauds ruling on reform law, says “it’s nice to see the courts upholding the Constitution” (Sunshine State News, 1/31).
Foreign Affairs: Justifies Israeli settlements by saying they are building in “the place that God gave them.” (AP, 1/31).
Polls: Ahead of rivals in early GOP polls with strong support among conservatives (TPM, 1/27).
2012: Leaves post as Ambassador to China, advisers start New Horizons leadership PAC (Salt Lake Tribune, 1/31).
Religion: Will Huntsman’s Mormon faith hurt his presidential aspirations? (WaPo, 1/31).
PAC: Led other potential presidential candidates in final quarter fundraising (National Journal, 1/31).
Second Amendment: Defended gun rights and praised conservationism at Safari Club (AP, 1/31).
SOTU: Rants against Obama’s “WTF” moments, says he can’t be trusted (Facebook, 1/27).
Iowa: Courts Religious Right activists in next visit to Iowa (Iowa Independent, 1/31).
Foreign Affairs: Says Obama Administration’s response to crisis in Egypt was “inconsistent and bordering on incoherent” (Minnesota Post, 1/31).
PAC: Freedom First PAC has about $155,000 on hand after midterm election (WaPo, 1/28).
Religious Right: Meets with anti-choice radical Rob Schenck (RWW, 1/28).
Health Care: Obama aide says administration “got some good ideas” from Romney’s Massachusetts health law (CNN, 1/31).
PAC: Raised more than all other prospective candidates in 2010 (NYT, 1/31).
New Hampshire: Meets with New Hampshire businessmen (Union Leader, 1/31).
Religious Right: Set to address the far-right group Catholic Citizenship (AP, 1/29).
Iowa: Hires staffers with ties to corporate-backed group to lead Iowa campaign (RWW, 1/28).
SOTU: Pens New Hampshire op-ed criticizing Obama’s State of the Union (Union Leader, 1/27).