Mitt Romney Wins Illinois GOP Primary

Mitt Romney Wins Illinois GOP Primary: Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney has registered a convincing victory Tuesday in the Illinois primary, extending his lead in the race for the nomination of the party.Romney Illinois primary
American news agencies say Romney won about 55 percent of the vote to nearly 30 percent for his top rival, Rick Santorum. The other two Republican candidates, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich, finished far behind.
With the victory, Romney took a 54 more delegates and got great momentum heading into next nomination contests. A candidate needs 1,144 delegates to secure the Republican nomination and the right to take on President Barack Obama, a Democrat to earn, in the November elections.
In his victory speech, Romney said three years of President Obama, Americans have been “less jobs, shrinking paychecks, historic drops in income and historic highs in gas prices.” The former Massachusetts governor called for new leadership in the White House. “Tonight we have the people of Illinois for their voice and for this special victory,” said Romney. “Thank you.
Elections are about choices, and today hundreds of thousands of people in Illinois have joined millions of people across the country for our case be closed. And this movement began on a small farm in New Hampshire on a sunny June day, we were surrounded by a small group of our friends and a number of supporters and family. We shared the conviction that the America we loved was in trouble and adrift without strong leadership, and three years of Barack Obama have us fewer jobs and shrinking paychecks that many of us believed we were about to lose something more than the value of our homes and our 401ks, after years of too many excuses and too few jobs, historic drops in income and historic highs in gas prices.
A president who does not hesitate to use all means necessary to proceed to Obamacare on the American public, but leads from behind in the world. It’s time to say these words, this word is enough, we have had enough. “Head in the Illinois primary, the former Massachusetts governor had won more than 500 delegates, while Santorum was in the 200’s. Gingrich and Paul were far behind.

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CPAC Kicks Off With Marco Rubio

Thousands of conservative activists converged Thursday on Washington for CPAC. But aside from a packed hotel ballroom and a few memorable applause lines, the throngs were noticeably subdued as the yearly conservative confab kicked off.

That may change Friday, when Republican hopefuls Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are scheduled to speak. But for a crowd of self-identified conservative activists that numbered about 10,000, there was no palpable sense of excitement and few outward signs of support for most of the presidential contenders.

“It’s been tough. A lot of people are still undecided, and they keep saying they need more information. There’s not a lot of excitement here yet,” said Joseph Lipp, who was handing out stickers for Santorum.

In a primary season that has thumbed its nose at many of the typically predictive events on the campaign calendar — Michele Bachmann won the Ames Straw Poll but finished sixth in Iowa — campaigns may have made a conscious decision not to invest heavily in CPAC. Continue Reading…

Trisomy 18 Rick Santorum’s Daughter Bella Has Genetic Disorder

Trisomy 18 Rick Santorum’s Daughter Bella Has Genetic Disorder: This weekend, Rick Santorum left the campaign trail to be with his 3-year-old daughter, Isabella, who was hospitalized with pneumonia. Fortunately, Bella made what Santorum called “a miraculous turnaround,” and the former Pennsylvania senator resumed his campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination on Monday. However, Bella’s condition remains a constant point of worry for the Santorum family.

Bella has Trisomy 18, a genetic disorder that gives her an extra copy of the 18th chromosome. According to the Trisomy 18 Foundation, the extra chromosome can cause life-threatening abnormalities in the heart, brain, stomach and other internal organs.

There is a very high mortality rate for infants born with the disorder — about 50 percent of babies carried to term are stillborn, and less than 10 percent will reach their first birthday. Females are about five times more likely than males to be live-born. A small number of individuals (mostly women) with Trisomy 18 have reached their 20s and 30s. Continue Reading…

Parents Of Babies With Trisomy 18 Saying Goodbye To Support Group

Parents Of Babies With Trisomy 18 Saying Goodbye To Support Group: For almost two years, five Bryan-College Station families who probably would have remained strangers have met monthly at the Play Baby Play support group sponsored by Hospice Brazos Valley.

The group, which was formed to help the families who had children born with the rare chromosomal defect trisomy 18, will meet for the last time Feb. 15.

The families have experienced several changes in that time — some encouraging, others heartbreaking — but one constant remains: Two years later, there still are no definitive answers about what may have caused the confirmed cluster of birth defects in Brazos County. Continue Reading…

U.S. Ground Forces Would Shrink By 100,000

U.S. Ground Forces Would Shrink By 100,000: Pentagon leaders outlined a plan Thursday for absorbing $487 billion in defense cuts over the coming decade by shrinking U.S. ground forces, slowing the purchase of a next-generation stealth fighter and retiring older planes and ships.

In a bid to pre-empt election-year Republican criticism, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the plan shifts the Pentagon’s focus from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to future challenges in Asia, the Mideast and in cyberspace. More special operations forces like the Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden will be available around the world, he said.

“We believe this is a balanced and complete package,” Panetta told a news conference, with Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at his side.

Some lawmakers were quick to dispute him.

“Taking us back to a pre-9/11 military force structure places our country in grave danger,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee that will hold hearings on the Pentagon budget plan. Continue Reading…

Following South Carolina debate, Republican candidates choose their targets

Following South Carolina debate, Republican candidates choose their targets: Four days ahead of the South Carolina primary, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have a choice: Attack each other, or focus on taking down the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney.

In a feisty South Carolina debate Monday night, the other candidates largely went after Romney, but the former Massachusetts governor survived mostly unscathed. If Romney can hold onto his lead in the South Carolina polls and pull off a victory, he will have made history as the only Republican candidate to win Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina since the modern primary system was created more than three decades ago. Continue Reading…