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Bush’s Regret

President Bush says he is now reconsidering the swaggering cowboy image that he adopted early on in his presidency. “I think that in retrospect I could have used a different tone, a different rhetoric,” he tells the U.K.‘s Times Online as his time in office ticks out.

Posted on Jun 10, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Jim Mone

Al Franken: From ‘SNL’ to U.S. Senate?

Al Franken’s career arc has taken an unconventional turn: The comedian has nailed down the Minnesota Democrats’ endorsement for the U.S. Senate, following in former Gov. Jesse Ventura’s footsteps as a performer-turned-politician in the Midwestern state. Starting out in comedy may serve Franken well in Congress, where knowing how to work a tough crowd just might come in handy.

Posted on Jun 9, 2008 READ MORE


John and Cindy McCain
AP photo / LM Otero

The Other Mrs. McCain

The Brits are in on the American election speculation game, judging by this Daily Mail article about John McCain’s first wife, Carol, which, despite reporter Sharon Churcher’s “tsk-tsk” tone about McCain’s possible philandering and his eventual wife-swap (enter Cindy, beer heiress, pictured), also allows that Carol McCain still cares about her ex-husband and supports him in his political ventures.

Posted on Jun 9, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton concession

Hillary Clinton Concedes, Throws Her Support to Obama

Hillary Clinton formally stepped off the long road to the White House on Saturday, at least in terms of seeking the presidency herself, by standing before a throng of supporters in Washington, D.C., and announcing she was suspending her campaign. She congratulated former rival Barack Obama and asked the gathered well-wishers “to join me in working as hard for Barack Obama as you have for me.”

Posted on Jun 7, 2008 READ MORE


McCain advertisement

John McCain: War = Bad

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee (still waiting for the handy acronym here, people) John McCain has a new advertisement that makes a play for the anti-war crowd with his bold pronouncement: “I hate war.” All right, but how does his latest incarnation explain the liberties he once took with a certain Beach Boys surf classic?

Posted on Jun 6, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
AP photo / Jose Luis Magana

Giving Hillary Clinton Her Due

Regardless of the end result of her efforts, Hillary Clinton has endured a grueling trial by fire in recent months in her historic bid for the presidency. The Nation’s Katha Pollitt points out the gains she believes Clinton made for women in and beyond the strictly political realm, arguing that ” ... Women and men of every party and candidate preference, and every ethnicity too, owe Hillary Clinton a standing ovation, even if they can’t stand her.”

Posted on Jun 6, 2008 READ MORE


Barr and Colbert

Libertarian Barr, Mustache Visit Colbert

Say what you will about Libertarian Bob Barr, but one thing’s for sure: We haven’t seen a mustachioed presidential contender like this since ... Teddy Roosevelt? During a “Colbert Report” appearance on Wednesday, Barr seemed pleased with Stephen Colbert’s assessment of his tea strainer, but gave his host the wary eye throughout the rest of his visit. A very serious man, that Bob Barr. No sudden moves, Stephen.

Posted on Jun 5, 2008 READ MORE


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Clinton Signals Defeat to Supporters

Inching closer to concession, Hillary Clinton shifted gears on Thursday, taking a different tone in an e-mail to her allies and readying them to back her rival for the top spot on the Democratic presidential ticket, Barack Obama. However, she will still wait until Saturday to make any kind of formal announcement about her status in the race.

Posted on Jun 5, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Jeff Chiu

What Makes McCain Tick?

Will the real John McCain stand up? Actually, I don’t expect him to, now that he is the Republican presidential candidate, pandering to the irrationalities that drive his party. Nor is it likely that the fawning mass media will pressure him to the point of clarity. But I remain genuinely confused as to what makes him tick.

Posted on Jun 3, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Clinton
AP photo / Charlie Niebergall

Clinton Considers VP Slot

Once again, the topic of the vice presidency has come up for Hillary Clinton and, this time, she’s apparently responded receptively to the idea—if it would help the Democrats win the White House in November. Clinton reportedly said she was “open” to the idea during a conference call Tuesday.

Posted on Jun 3, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Parts Ways With Church

Having endured at least three rounds of controversy stemming from his 20-year association with Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, Democratic candidate Barack Obama has decided to end his membership, telling reporters Saturday that he is sorry for the intense media attention his affiliation has attracted to the church and its members.

Posted on May 31, 2008 READ MORE


Sirota on Colbert

Sirota Takes On Colbert ... or Is It the Other Way Around?

Author and columnist David Sirota braves the Colbert treatment to talk about his (Sirota’s) latest book, “The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington,” and to brazenly assert that, “People are angry with the status quo—they think the establishment isn’t working for them, and frankly, it’s not.”

Posted on May 31, 2008 READ MORE


Not-So-Super Sunday in Puerto Rico?

After some seriously suspenseful primaries earlier in the year, the general feeling about Sunday’s Democratic presidential primary in Puerto Rico is far less ... energized, let’s say. In fact, local officials are predicting that a substantial percentage of Puerto Rican voters won’t even show up at the polls.

Posted on May 30, 2008 READ MORE


Stewart painting

Stewart Checks Out McCain’s ‘Unremarkable’ Buttocks

Those reporters who were given just three Internet-free hours to curl up with John McCain’s huge stack of medical records (right before Memorial Day!) were privy to some mighty intimate details about the presumptive Republican nominee—and pundits were subsequently saddled with the task of making talk of polyps, chin herpes (ew!) and freckled buttocks somehow sound like good news for the GOP.

Posted on May 29, 2008 READ MORE


Clintons on Memorial Day
AP photo / Brennan Linsley

Memorial Day: Campaign Trail Edition

Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama observed Memorial Day in Puerto Rico and New Mexico, respectively, paying tribute to U.S. military men and women from the past and the present and making their cases for becoming commander in chief.

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE


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Kerry: U.S., Iran Have Plenty to Talk About

Sen. John Kerry (remember him?) has penned an Op-Ed for The Washington Post, taking issue with President Bush’s—and by extension, John McCain’s—argument that engaging in talks with Iran would constitute a dangerous gesture of “appeasement.” The No. 1 reason Kerry thinks the GOP leaders’ stance is wrong? Well, “In short, not talking to Iran has failed. Miserably.” Above, Iranian President Ahmadinejad.

Posted on May 24, 2008 READ MORE


John McCain
AP photo / Rich Pedroncelli

McCain Campaign Hits Turbulence

Internal shake-ups among Sen. John McCain’s campaign aides, unusual structuring choices within his camp and the worry among some Republicans that their presumptive nominee isn’t capitalizing sufficiently on the Democrats’ current chaos are all spelling trouble for Team McCain.

Posted on May 24, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Pushes Hagee, Parsley Away

This wasn’t the best week for Sen. John McCain’s (former) religious advisers, the Revs. John Hagee and Rod Parsley—primarily because the Republican front-runner has effectively given them both the political heave-ho following the public re-airing of their takes on Israel and Islam, respectively.

Posted on May 23, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton in S.D.
AP photo / Elise Amendola

Clinton Brings Up Assassination

Addressing the issue of whether she should drop out of the presidential race—and, if so, when—Sen. Hillary Clinton pointed to the assassination of Robert Kennedy in June 1968 in defending her refusal to quit. Updated

Posted on May 23, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton
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CNN: Clinton Camp Approaching Team Obama About VP Post

It might be hard to imagine, given the tensions and free-flying barbs between them in recent months, but Sen. Hillary Clinton may be angling to become Barack Obama’s running mate should he clinch the Democratic presidential nomination this summer.

Posted on May 23, 2008 READ MORE


Obama buttons
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Obama Shopping for His VP?

Although this report characterizes Sen. Barack Obama’s search for a vice presidential running mate as “top-secret,” it can’t be all that hush-hush if it’s out on the news wires. That said, who might he be eyeing?

Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE


A Pretty Picture of Diversity That Faded

Is there anyone who still remembers the folksy winter tableau? Eight Democratic candidates against the picturesque backdrop of Iowa and New Hampshire. It was a feel-good photo op of diversity.

Posted on May 21, 2008 READ MORE


Huckabee

Huckabee’s Major Misfire

Good thing Mike Huckabee isn’t in the running for the presidency anymore—he’d be hard-pressed to spin his way out of the truly horrific crack he made Friday at an NRA event in Louisville, Ky. That’s hardly important, considering the troubling implications of his failed joke, which called up the image of Democratic candidate Barack Obama being targeted by a gun-wielding assailant.

Posted on May 16, 2008 READ MORE


Colbert

Somebody Get the Man a Jet Ski

Well, as you’ve probably noticed by now, John Edwards has publicly backed Barack Obama as his candidate of choice. There’s just one problem, as Stephen Colbert reminds us: Edwards previously said on Colbert’s show that he’d support the candidate who pledged to do the most for the nation’s poor—and the one who supplied him with a jet ski. But he hasn’t gotten that jet ski yet, has he now, Mr. Obama?

Posted on May 16, 2008 READ MORE


Daily Show

‘Daily Show’: Punditry and Douchery

Hey, Chris Matthews, what’s the French word for shower? Jon Stewart takes stock of the media coverage from last week’s West Virginia Democratic primary, wherein it was established that Barack Obama may not be the Mountain State’s “kind of guy,” and pits Matthews against Clinton campaign chair Terry McAuliffe in a good ol’ fashioned “Douche Off.”

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


Penn in Cannes
AP photo / Lionel Cironneau

Sean Penn Talks Politics at Cannes

Actor Sean Penn has already made waves at the Cannes Film Festival, where he’s leading this year’s jury, by weighing in about the presidential race back home—and by pointedly bucking the local smoking ban. Suffice it to say that Penn won’t be joining Oprah on one of her pep rallies for Barack Obama anytime soon.

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


Barr
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Libertarian Bob Barr Challenging McCain’s Presidential Bid

This isn’t the first time someone has accused Sen. John McCain of not being conservative enough, but now former Republican congressman-turned-Libertarian Bob Barr is upping the ante on his critique of McCain’s conservatism by running against him in this year’s presidential election.

Posted on May 12, 2008 READ MORE


Poehler as Clinton

Hillary Clinton Does Not Endorse This ‘SNL’ Sketch

You just can’t catch a break as a politician these days. Right when you think you look all “hip” and “endearingly self-deprecating” by allowing yourself to be skewered by certain late-night comedians (bonus points if you’re actually on the show while this gentle, aide-approved ribbing is happening), those same wise asses up and turn on you.

Posted on May 11, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton buttons
AP photo / Bob Bird

Clinton Supporters Press On in W.Va.

Despite the doomsday tones that some in the blogosphere and in more traditional media circles took in their assessment of Hillary Clinton’s chances of nabbing the Democratic nomination after last Tuesday’s primaries, supporters have flocked to West Virginia. They are working hard there to keep their favorite candidate in the running, even if it means dealing with heckling from some locals who don’t share their mission.

Posted on May 10, 2008 READ MORE


Mommy and Daddy Are Fighting

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Rev. Parsley

McCain’s ‘Spiritual Guide’ Has a Big Issue with Islam

Looks like Sen. John McCain is being endorsed by more than one controversial preacher—the apparent “must-have” of leading presidential hopefuls this election cycle. Meet the Rev. Rod Parsley, whose support McCain sought and won, according to Brave New Films and Mother Jones, which have launched a collaborative effort to expose Parsley’s alarming beliefs about Islam and America’s role on the world stage.

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton Indiana party
AP photo / Elise Amendola

Obama Takes N.C., Clinton Squeaks By in Ind.

Judging by exit polls, two groups made the difference for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton Tuesday night. A strong showing from African-American voters and gains elsewhere helped Obama to a big win in North Carolina. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, could thank older voters for what turned out to be a nail-biter of a victory in Indiana.

Posted on May 6, 2008 READ MORE


Larry the Loophole

Greed 101 With Larry the Loophole

Gee, it sure is hard sometimes to figure out exactly how the rich get richer in American society! Good thing there’s Larry the Loophole, who hails from a politician dad and a lobbyist mom, to show us how buyout industry executives like Henry Kravis make gajillions of dollars (well, not gajillions, but so far this year Kravis has made over $33,205,800, with ol’ Larry’s help. As funny as it is scary, this animated short from Brave New Films breaks it all down.

Posted on May 6, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton on ET

‘ET’ Hits Clinton with Today’s Toughest Questions

Leave it to “Entertainment Tonight” to really get Hillary Clinton talking about the key issues of the day, like teen star Miley Cyrus’ semi-nudie-pic shame and TV titan Barbara Walters’ stunning affair admission in her new memoir. Thank heavens someone finally dared to go there.

Posted on May 5, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton in NC
AP photo / Elise Amendola

Dems Spar as Primaries Loom Large

Monday found Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama working furiously to draw distinctions between their stances on key issues like rising gas prices and America’s strained relations with Iran—and, of course, to take shots at their opponent’s positions in the remaining hours before Tuesday’s Indiana and North Carolina primaries.

Posted on May 5, 2008 READ MORE


Moore and King

Michael Moore Sounds Off on Campaign ‘08

Director Michael Moore paid a visit to “Larry King Live” on Wednesday night, holding forth on a number of timely topics, including his decision to endorse Barack Obama, his newest documentary (about the ‘04 presidential election), Hillary Clinton’s interview the same day on “that other station” and the persistent controversy surrounding the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Posted on May 1, 2008 READ MORE


Ron Paul
flickr.com

Ron Paul, Best-Selling Author

Looks like there may be life after the campaign trail. Presidential hopeful Ron Paul, who has kept swinging long after media types started calling Sen. John McCain “the Republican presumptive nominee,” has a best-seller on his hands with his new book, “The Revolution: A Manifesto”—at least according to Amazon.com’s list of top titles.

Posted on May 1, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Mary Altaffer

No Country for Old Men

Would President John McCain forget who made that 3 a.m. call to the special White House phone? I suspect that his aides would not just let him nod off back to sleep, even if they were intimidated by the prospect of one of his alleged intemperate outbursts, but might our septuagenarian president be less than fully focused?

Posted on Apr 29, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
flickr.com

Hitchens Asks the $3-Trillion McCain Question

All right, people, it’s high time someone dealt squarely with this question: Does John McCain have anger-management issues? Monday brought word on this potential problem, the Republican Party’s sword of Damocles, from provocateur Christopher Hitchens, who dares to ask “whether [McCain’s] elevator goes all the way to the top.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2008 READ MORE


Obama Pulls Ahead in Senate Support Race

The competition between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to win their Senate colleagues’ endorsements is still very close, but Obama moved one notch ahead of Clinton Monday with the addition of Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico to his list of supporters, which has now grown to 14.

Posted on Apr 28, 2008 READ MORE


Daily Show

‘Daily Show’: Stephanopolous Sweet-Talks ‘Adorable’ McCain

Hey everyone, John McCain has his own controversial preacher on his team!  And look, he’s not wearing a flag pin on his lapel either!  These points weren’t driven home by media types like George Stephanopolous, whom Jon Stewart accuses of taking a ride on the “Sweet Talk Express” instead of giving McCain a proper grilling.

Posted on Apr 25, 2008 READ MORE


Obama rally
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Courting the ‘White Vote’

When looking at Sen. Barack Obama’s primary election results, I always check the white vote first. I imagine many Democratic National Convention superdelegates do, too. The reason is obvious: Obama is the first African-American with a strong chance of winning the presidency, and his prospects depend on whether whites will give him a vote.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


McCain in New Orleans
AP photo / Mary Altaffer

McCain on Katrina Scandal: ‘Never Again’

Sen. John McCain has a tough path and a lot to prove in his presidential campaign: that his age isn’t an issue, that he doesn’t have an anger problem and that he’s like Bush in ways some voters admire but unlike him in other ways. Thursday was a day for McCain to make himself appear very different indeed as he campaigned in New Orleans.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Clinton signs
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Road Burn Sets In for Obama and Clinton

After yet another big push—and facing more of the same—Democratic candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are, unsurprisingly, feeling the strain of the long campaign trail. Meanwhile, top Dems Harry Reid, Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi may make their own push—to urge superdelegates to make their presidential preferences known by July 1.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton in PA
AP photo / Elise Amendola

Clinton Wins Pennsylvania

Hillary Clinton has scored a big, if expected, victory in Pennsylvania, a win crucial to her big-state argument to superdelegates. According to exit data, Obama won over new voters while Clinton appealed to those who made up their minds in the aftermath of the ABC debate. Clinton needed a double-digit win and she nearly achieved that, beating Obama by 9.2 points. Updated.

Posted on Apr 22, 2008 READ MORE


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johnmurneysblog.blogspot.com

Moore Throws Hat Into Obama’s Ring

For presidential candidates, celebrity endorsements can be a mixed bag—especially when the star in question is a polarizing figure, as is the latest famous figure to give the nod to Barack Obama: audacious auteur Michael Moore.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


McCain interview

A ‘Preview’ of ABC’s McCain Interview

Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films crew has a little fun at ABC host George Stephanopoulos’ expense in this clip, imagining their own version of Stephanopolous’ interview with John McCain on Sunday. 

Posted on Apr 19, 2008 READ MORE


Philadelphia debate
AP photo / Jae C. Hong

Philly Debate Maligned by Pro-Obama Media?

Why were so many journalists so aggravated by the latest presidential debate? According to Politico scribes John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei, it wasn’t about George Stephanopoulos and Charlie Gibson’s less substantive questions—instead, the problem was that “this time there were more hard questions for Obama than for Clinton.”

Posted on Apr 18, 2008 READ MORE


Howard Dean

Dean to Superdelegates: Decide Now

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is putting pressure on superdelegates to let their presidential preferences be known well before this summer’s convention—partly for logistical reasons, and also to let the healing begin. 

Posted on Apr 18, 2008 READ MORE


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