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Texas primaries show changes in GOP formula
Texas GOP State Representative David Simpson won re-election last week with a formula that reflects his resentment of big corporations.
June 4th, 2012
04:23 PM ET

Texas primaries show changes in GOP formula

By John Sepulvado, CNN

(CNN)About twenty years ago, GOP strategist Karl Rove came up with a winning political formula in Texas:

“Focus on ultra-conservative, Republican voters, who are very religious, and into issues like abortion, and against gay marriage, and to combine that with a corporate side of the party,” says David Mann, editor of the Texas Observer.

That formula has been good for the GOP, not just in elections, but also in fundraising. The Houston Chronicle recently reported that Texans give more money to SuperPACs than any other state. Texas only trails California in total political giving.

The overwhelming majority of the money from Texas goes to conservative causes. FULL POST

A different look at the Muslim Brotherhood
June 4th, 2012
02:38 PM ET

A different look at the Muslim Brotherhood

By Libby Lewis, CNN

(CNN) – Don’t try to tell Fatema Bayad that the Muslim Brotherhood’s against women. She grew up with a father who’s a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. She says her father backed her career ambitions all the way, from attending medical school, to demonstrating in Tahrir Square and traveling to New York alone to study. She’s now Egypt’s first neurosurgeon. She’s one thread of a fabric the Muslim Brotherhood, the original Islamist movement, is hoping to weave into the presidency. The choice is between the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate, who wants to bring Islamic Sharia law to Egypt, and a man who symbolizes the regime of deposed dictator Hosni Mubarak.