Chairman's spending decisions on insiders helped lead to GOP debt Tony Sutton, a Republican leader with 25 years of hard-earned respect from the party that prides itself on fiscal discipline, awarded contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to consultants, lawmakers, candidates and party insiders over the course of nearly 30 months as state party chairman, contributing to the financial wreckage the party is trying to fix today.7:20 a.m.
At Debate, Gingrich Denies He Sought Open Marriage
Newt Gingrich's swift rise has been fueled by one thing above all — his forceful performances in the debates. And Thursday night, Gingrich was dominant from the start when he got the first question. It was about an explosive television interview with his ex-wife Marianne.
ABC Airs Interview With Gingrich's Ex-Wife Marianne
Newt Gingrich's second wife, Marianne, sat down for an ABC News interview in which she described her messy marriage and divorce from the former House speaker. The interview aired Thursday night on Nightline, two days before South Carolina holds its primary.
As 'Citizens United' Turns 2, SuperPACs Draw Protests
Saturday is the second anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, a key element in establishing the big-dollar superPACs now influencing the presidential campaign. It's also primary day in South Carolina, where a superPAC backing Newt Gingrich has been blasting away at Mitt Romney.
Dissolvable Tobacco Products Draw FDA Scrutiny
Supporters of the product say they help quit smoking. Opponents maintain it's a gateway to cigarettes. Both groups are making their case to the Food and Drug Administration, which is studying the flavored melt-in-your-mouth products.
8 Precinct Vote Totals Missing From Iowa Caucuses
The Iowa Republican Party has certified the results of its caucuses earlier this month. Rick Santorum is 34 votes ahead, but the party will not declare a winner because there are missing results in eight precincts. Before the certification process, Mitt Romney had been declared the winner.
Swedish Furniture Maker IKEA Posts Record Profits
The largest furniture maker in the world is ending the week with a bang. Sweden's IKEA posted a record profit for its 2010, 2011 fiscal year. Net profit was up more than 10 percent to $3.8 billion. The company saw its biggest gains in China, Russia and Poland.
Consumer Protection Bureau Takes On Payday Loans
The recently created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau went on the road to hold its first public hearing. The bureau traveled to Birmingham, Ala., to talk about payday lenders. In Alabama, there are four times as many store-front payday businesses than there are McDonalds.
How Property Taxes Climb, Even If Home Value Drops
Millions of homeowners are finding out that their property taxes are either holding steady or rising. Their houses, however, may be worth much less, and there may not be much they can do about it. The economic downturn, state laws and property appraisals have created some surprises.