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Bill Clinton to the Rescue

While Obama flew home to take command of the federal response to Hurricane Sandy, the campaign marched on Monday, with 66-year-old Bill Clinton trying to catalyze the youth vote in Florida.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE



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When Democrats Demand War

Journalist Michael Tracey was disheartened on the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., where an arena full of liberals joined Vice President Joe Biden in cheering the extralegal killing of Osama bin Laden. Tracey sought the counsel of New York Times columnist David Brooks, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Reps. Dennis Kucinich and Barney Frank.

Posted on Sep 22, 2012 READ MORE


Two Conventions: Profiles in Decadent Cowardliness

Did you know that taxpayers helped fund these conventions at a level of $100 million for logistics and police sequestrations of demonstrators in Tampa and Charlotte and an additional $18.2 million each for general convention expenses?

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center:’ The Democrats Have Their Say

The Obama campaign detoured his original convention acceptance speech planned for the outdoors after hearing thunderstorms in the forecast. Might it also have heard August employment numbers? Then there was that thunder-stealing speech Bill Clinton gave Wednesday during prime time, not to mention the one by first lady Michelle Obama the night before. The “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss these matters and more on this week’s program.

Posted on Sep 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Watch: Gabby Giffords Leads Pledge of Allegiance at DNC

One of the standout moments of the entire Democratic National Convention was the former Arizona congresswoman leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Dick Morris Makes Bizarre Claim About Clinton and Obama Administration

The Fox News contributor’s convoluted conspiracy theory claims the Obama administration is holding Hillary Clinton hostage and that she will pay the ultimate price if the president loses his re-election bid.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Conservatives Rip Fluke’s Speech, Reiterate Limbaugh ‘Slut’ Comments

Conservatives are once again leveling the false claim that Fluke, the women’s rights activist who was thrust into the national spotlight after Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut,” wants the government to pay for her to have sex.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Dumb and Dumber

President Obama’s version of “smart power” has been anything but smart. It has maintained imperial overstretch at self-destructive expense, infuriated strategic competitors like China, hardened the position of adversaries like Iran and North Korea, and tried the patience of even longtime allies in Europe and Asia.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S. Puts Drones in Yemen in Overdrive

Ten civilians were slain in Yemen over the weekend by the Obama administration’s unmanned drones, weapons that have killed 29 people in a little over a week and nearly 200 this year. But you won’t hear about them or the government’s unofficial war in Yemen at the Democratic National Convention this week.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Dems Cheer Obama’s Whistle-Blower Persecutions

Glenn Greenwald sees through the carnival of establishmentarian pieties on display at the Democratic National Convention this week: “Excuse me if I don’t join in Democrats’ sycophantic cheerleading for an Obama presidency that has shredded laws and liberties,” he writes at The Guardian.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE


The Democrats’ Government Tutorial

Bill Clinton is typically described as the empathetic, feel-your-pain guy. But his greatest political skill may be as a formulator of arguments—the explainer in chief.

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Recap: Democratic National Convention Day 2

Highlights of the second day of the Democratic National Convention included speeches by Bill Clinton and Elizabeth Warren, plus a last-minute change for President Obama’s address Thursday night.

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 READ MORE


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Watch: Democrats Reinsert ‘God,’ ‘Jerusalem’ Into Party Platform

The official Democratic Party Platform should have been approved easily during a vote, but it wasn’t. Instead, it became a moment of opportunity for the Republicans after a commotion erupted among Democrats on the convention floor over removal of the words “God” and “Jerusalem” from the platform.

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Fox News Hates on Michelle Obama’s Speech

Fox News was not impressed with Michelle Obama’s highly praised prime-time address at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night, criticizing the first lady for, of all things, using the speech to focus on government.

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Recap: Democratic National Convention Day 1

Highlights of the first day of the Democratic National Convention, including speeches by first lady Michelle Obama and keynote speaker Julian Castro, plus a video tribute to Ted Kennedy that included a not-so-subtle swipe at Mitt Romney.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE



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What the Democrats’ Platform Leaves Out: God and Jerusalem

Here’s something that won’t play well in the states that the Democrats most likely would have lost anyway in the upcoming presidential election: They have removed the word “God” from their platform. What’s more, they’ve also left out a clause from the party’s 2008 platform stating Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE


Watch: Democratic National Convention Live

President Obama accepts his party’s nomination, former GOP Florida Gov. Charlie Crist switches sides and Michelle Obama will not be talking to an empty chair.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Democratic Convention Day 1: Keynote Speaker Julian Castro’s Address (Excerpts)

Sections of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro’s speech have been released a few hours before he’s scheduled to address the Democratic National Convention as its keynote speaker.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE


California Democrat Apologizes for GOP Nazi Comparison

State party Chairman John Burton, who said Republicans are embracing Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels by “telling the big lie,” also called VP nominee Paul Ryan a “horse’s ass.”

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 READ MORE



Conservatives Celebrate Empty Chair Day, Moore Calls Eastwood ‘Crazy,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a top GOP lawmaker’s Labor Day gaffe and a warning from “Walker, Texas Ranger” star Chuck Norris.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Betty White to Introduce Obama at Democratic National Convention?

The social media driven effort to get the 90-years-young actress began after Clint Eastwood’s awkward, rambling and nonsensical introduction of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention that involved, among other things, the actor and filmmaker speaking to an empty chair.

Posted on Sep 2, 2012 READ MORE



Another Republican Makes an Abortion Gaffe, Krugman Takes On Christie, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including first day highlights of the Republican National Convention and Mark Sanford makes wedding plans.

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 READ MORE



A Ridiculous Obama Rumor, Romney’s Tax Increases, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including another GOP lawmaker goes birther and Jon Stewart mocks the Romney campaign’s latest international gaffe.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 READ MORE



Romney’s Gaffe Diplomacy, Democrats’ Gay Marriage Platform, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Democratic National Convention speaker announcement and Newsweek calling Mitt a wimp.

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 READ MORE



Romney Tax Theories, Boehner Slams Bachmann, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a DNC apology to Ann Romney and a new political attack ad that focuses on a bar called The Horny Toad and a stripper.

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 READ MORE


Mitt Romney and the Luckiest People in the World

On Thursday former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told the crowd at the Iowa State Fair that “corporations are people, my friend.” The Democratic National Committee took those words and turned them into advertising gold.

Posted on Aug 13, 2011 READ MORE



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DNC Taps Wasserman Schultz as Chair

The Democratic National Committee has picked Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as its new chair—a choice that Politico frames as one to rally the party base rather than court voters on the fence as the DNC gears up for campaign 2012.

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Let Steele Speak

The Republican National Committee chairman is a wonderful distraction, a constant source of gaffes, laughs, clarifications and denials. But it’s the Democrats reciting Dick Cheney talking points who should be embarrassed.

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Barry From D.C.’  Gives Virginia Gov. a Shout-Out

Since President Barack Obama has reportedly decided to linger in Washington for a few more days to make sure Congress passes a health care bill before Christmas Day, he has a little time to play with, or so it would seem ... (continued)

Posted on Dec 22, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama, Facing Old Messes, Tells GOP to ‘Grab a Mop’

Certain members of the Republican Party need to stop knocking the current administration’s attempts to clean up the messes caused by the previous one and “grab a mop,” President Barack Obama said during a Democratic National Party fundraiser in New York on Tuesday night.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 READ MORE


For Howard Dean, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

The outgoing chairman of the Democratic National Committee fought to expand his party’s reach to the red states that Barack Obama won. His pioneering Internet fundraisers became Obama’s pioneering Internet fundraisers. He refused to budge on Florida and Michigan. So why is Howard Dean out in the cold?

Posted on Dec 22, 2008 READ MORE



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The High Cost of Hope

Was it his charisma? His rhetorical gifts? His policy ideas? There’s a more cynical and perhaps realistic explanation for Barack Obama’s historic electoral victory over John McCain: When all was said and done, the Democrat had about $400 million more to spend than his rival.

Posted on Dec 4, 2008 READ MORE



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Dean Is Done at DNC

When his term as chairman of the Democratic National Committee is up, Howard Dean will step aside to make room for a guy or gal of President-elect Barack Obama’s choosing. Dean has received both praise and scorn for his performance as chairman.

Posted on Nov 10, 2008 READ MORE



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Dems Tap Credit for Congressional Campaigns

Not everyone is feeling the credit crunch: The DNC is borrowing $10 million to spend on Senate and House races. Encouraged by polls, the party wants to win as many seats as possible before the public stops hating on the GOP.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Fannie and Freddie’s Double Whammy

With a stunningly vicious pair of blows, the faltering world economy—the Godzilla of this year’s presidential race—has made the candidates look small. Why hasn’t this looming crisis been part of the presidential debate?

Posted on Sep 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Clooney Raises $900K for Obama in Switzerland

He might have steered clear of last week’s Democratic National Convention, claiming that politicians were the proper stars of that show, but George Clooney didn’t miss his chance to charm some $900K out of American supporters of Barack Obama at a fundraiser in Switzerland on Tuesday.

Posted on Sep 4, 2008 READ MORE


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Who Invited God to the DNC?

So what was with all of the invocations of the deity at last week’s Democratic National Convention? Stephen Colbert talks about the Dems’ public displays of piety with Lori Lippman Brown, director of the Secular Coalition for America, producing another kind of sacred text to take the Bible’s place as he swears Brown in for her “Colbert Report” testimonial.

Posted on Sep 1, 2008 READ MORE


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Mosaic: The DNC as Seen From the Arab World

Barack Obama’s choice of Joe Biden as his running mate sent a clear and unpleasant message to the Arab world, as did the absence of former President Jimmy Carter from the lineup of speakers at the Denver convention last week.

Posted on Aug 30, 2008 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’ Looks at Dems in Denver, McCain’s Surprise

In this week’s edition of “Left, Right and Center,” co-hosts Tony Blankley, Robert Scheer and Matt Miller weigh in about the Democratic convention in Denver, Barack Obama’s historic nomination acceptance speech, and whether John McCain made a sound decision in choosing wild-card Sarah Palin as his VP.

Posted on Aug 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Cindy McCain Irked by Obama’s Acceptance Speech

Considering that she is the source of much of the McCain family fortune, it’s not surprising that Cindy McCain says she was offended by Barack Obama’s assessment that John McCain is out of touch with the middle class, as well as by the Obama campaign’s ads about the McCains’ multiple homes.

Posted on Aug 30, 2008 READ MORE


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AP Writer Razzed, Praised for Obama Speech Analysis

Was he tone-deaf or spot-on? Or, worse, did AP writer Charles Babington prepare his reaction to Barack Obama’s nomination acceptance speech not by listening to the address but by reading the transcript before Obama actually delivered it? And just who is this Charles Babington anyway?

Posted on Aug 29, 2008 READ MORE


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Yes We Can Can

New Orleans has figured into this election season as a reminder of the Bush administration’s bungled, uncaring response to Katrina. Yet amid so much talk of hope and change, on this anniversary of disaster, many in New Orleans hope for a change of policy—the kind of federal assistance that can make a dent in crises of housing, public safety, education, health care and levee protection. It makes sense for musicians to kick-start that conversation.

Posted on Aug 29, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama: Ratings Gold

If you’re going to be accused of being a celebrity, you might as well enjoy some of the perks, too, as Democratic nominee Barack Obama did on Thursday night, when some 40 milion Americans tuned in to watch his momentous acceptance speech at Invesco Field.

Posted on Aug 29, 2008 READ MORE


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‘We Cannot Turn Back’

In what was perhaps the most highly anticipated (and no doubt the most highly scrutinized) moment of his political career thus far, newly nominated Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was saddled with a huge task Thursday night, but by the end, Obama had both thrown down the gauntlet and risen to the occasion—at least in the eyes of thousands of supporters who came to see his history-making acceptance speech at Denver’s Invesco Field.

Posted on Aug 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Barkley Shooting for Governor’s Post in Alabama

He wasn’t always known for his coolheaded leadership skills during his 16-year NBA career, but now, after almost 10 years off the court, Charles Barkley is apparently gearing up to compete in the political arena, telling the New York Daily News that he aims to run for governor of Alabama in a few years.

Posted on Aug 28, 2008 READ MORE


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The End of an Institution

I suppose I should be sad to watch the decline of the once mighty political media, an institution that trained and nurtured me. But that’s not how I feel. For this was the institution that cheered when President Bush took us to war. This is also the institution that is getting this Democratic National Convention wrong, obsessed with a phony feud between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, wasting time interviewing that small but vengeful cult, the die-hard Hillaryites.

Posted on Aug 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Report: Bill Clinton Won’t Hear Obama Speak

According to a one-line report on CNN, a “source close to former President Bill Clinton” has tipped off the news network that, unlike Hillary, Bill Clinton will be conspicuously absent from the crowd watching soon-to-be-official Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama’s acceptance speech on Thursday.

Posted on Aug 26, 2008 READ MORE


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‘A Proud Supporter of Barack Obama’

Hillary Clinton brought down the Pepsi Center Tuesday night with a ringing endorsement of Barack Obama. If her supporters were waiting for her blessing to back the nominee, they got a mandate instead. Update: Olbermann and Dowd differ.

Posted on Aug 26, 2008 READ MORE


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Faith, Abortion and the Election

Although the Democratic National Convention officially started Monday, a more significant event occurred 24 hours before at a religious service held several blocks away from the main convention hall.

Posted on Aug 25, 2008 READ MORE


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