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‘Daily Show’: Jon Stewart Mocks Scott Walker Recall Coverage

Leave it to Jon Stewart to point out the absurdity of the election coverage surrounding the attempt in Wisconsin to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker. “The Daily Show” host turned his acerbic wit on the cable news pundits for their assessment of what was at stake.

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Clinton Backs Bush Tax Cuts in the Short Term (Video)

While President Obama says he would like to extend tax cuts only for the middle class, former President Bill Clinton is advocating a full extension of cuts, including those benefiting the wealthy, for political and economic reasons.

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AP/Morry Gash

Wisconsin Election Results: Scott Walker Survives

Multiple news outlets have called the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election for Scott Walker. By winning the election Tuesday night, the Republican became the first U.S. governor to survive a recall attempt that reached the ballot.

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Recall Elections, Proposition 8 Moves Closer to Supreme Court and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Wisconsin recall election, the next step in the battle to legalize same-sex marriage in California and Bill O’Reilly’s election prediction.

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AP/Nam Y. Huh

Daddy’s Boy: Andrew Sullivan’s Presidential Crush

The wider political pathology here is authoritarianism, and not simply a garden variety of British royalism.

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AP/Mohammad Sajjad

Poking Holes in Pakistan

U.S. officials are awfully chuffed over the ability to reach out and bomb someone—most recently it’s maybe, possibly, al-Qaida’s No. 2 Abu Yahya al-Libi and at least four others. Pakistani complaints about a flurry of drone strikes in the last two weeks are falling on deaf ears.

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‘Sesame Street’ Songs Used to Torture Inmates

To make inmates in Guantanamo Bay divulge information, guards play “Sesame Street” songs; studies are attempting to show that people can suffer from a clinical addiction to Facebook; meanwhile, the Catholic Church is looking into the Girl Scouts for their ties to organizations that promote safe sex. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Will Wisconsin Governor Survive Recall Election?

Scott Walker is looking to do what no other U.S. governor has ever done: keep his office after a recall election. Walker is just the third governor to face a recall ballot in U.S. history.

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Stevens Sees Eventual Collapse of Citizens United Ruling

Will Citizens United stand the test of time? John Paul Stevens, the former Supreme Court justice who led the dissent in the court’s highly controversial decision that eased restrictions on corporate donations in political campaigns, thinks the answer is “no.”

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Gage Skidmore

Louisiana Moving to Privatize Education

After attempts to partially privatize Social Security under President George W. Bush proved fruitless, Republicans have taken aim at the next government-run industry they would like to see move from the public sector to the private: education.

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Impeach the Supreme Court?

Michael Dukakis, the three-time governor of Massachusetts and 1988 Democratic candidate for president, has the guts to say it.

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A Campaign Without Ideology: Profile of a Unicorn

What might a reasonable, constructive presidential campaign look like?

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Julian Assange Faces Justice

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John Edwards Verdict

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Gage Skidmore

Florida Harks Back to 2000 Election With Latest Voter Purge

Florida is no stranger to voting controversies. Remember Bush v. Gore in 2000? That’s why it is both puzzling and troublesome that the state would once again attempt to undermine the voting process—and in effect democracy itself—in a rather nefarious fashion.

Posted on Jun 1, 2012 READ MORE



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GOP Criticizes Obama After Weak Jobs Report Spurs Stock Market Sell-Off

Jittery investors now have even more to worry about after a disappointing May jobs report slammed Wall Street on Friday, wiping out the entire gains for the stock market this year. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 275 points, or 2.2 percent. The Nasdaq and S&P 500 were also down, dropping 2.8 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively.

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U.S. Defriends Bashar Assad

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Do-Nothing Congress

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Romney Plays His Trump Card

Donald Trump has said he would be “open” to accepting a Cabinet post if Mitt Romney becomes president. Don’t laugh.

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John Edwards Gets Off

Maybe justice really is blind. Despite one poll rating his favorability at 3 percent, a jury Thursday set two-time presidential candidate and scandal magnet John Edwards free.

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AP/Rafiq Maqbool

Hope Burning

So now we have Rambo Obama, a steely warrior who, according to a lengthy leaked insider account in The New York Times, hurls death-dealing drones at anyone who threatens the good old USA. Including children.

Posted on May 30, 2012 READ MORE


Why Cory Booker Got Bain Capital So Wrong

Cory Booker’s emotional televised plea to “stop attacking private equity” may have been the single greatest service he could perform for the Romney campaign.

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The Stakes in the Walker Recall

Gov. Scott Walker is not being challenged because he pursued conservative policies but because Wisconsin has become the most glaring example of a new and genuinely alarming approach to politics on the right.

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Trump’s Pie Hole

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Pants on Fire Romney

There are those who tell the truth. There are those who distort the truth. And then there’s Mitt Romney.

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What’s That Smell?

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The President’s Kill List

Barack Obama campaigned to become the 44th president with vows to close Guantanamo, stop torture and end the war in Iraq. But campaigning and governing are two entirely separate things, as Obama quickly found out when confronted with the sustained threat of terrorism against the U.S. and the realities of fighting two foreign wars.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE



The Case of the Missing Cuban Internet Cable

The promised $70 million project to quicken Cuba’s Internet connection speed was never delivered; German voters are on Angela Merkel’s side when it comes to the European economy; meanwhile, a vial with Ronald Reagan’s blood is being auctioned, along with one of Scarlett Johansson’s used tissues. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 28, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Give ’Em Hell Barry

Progressives have yearned for President Obama to follow Harry Truman’s strategy from the 1948 campaign by giving his Republican opponents hell. Now that Obama is doing just that, his critics say he’s not looking presidential.

Posted on May 27, 2012 READ MORE


Why Bain Questions Matter

Who are the dastardly enemies of free enterprise who decided to make an issue of Mitt Romney’s tenure at the private-equity firm Bain Capital? Er, those would be his fellow Republicans.

Posted on May 25, 2012 READ MORE



Talk Radio News Service

Schumer ‘Appalled’ by Conservative Reaction to Tax-Dodger Bill

Sen. Chuck Schumer is ripping conservatives for their response to legislation he co-sponsored that would punish those who renounce their citizenship to avoid paying taxes. The bill was introduced after Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin gave up his U.S. citizenship right before he was expected to earn billions from the company’s much anticipated IPO.

Posted on May 24, 2012 READ MORE



M.V. Jantzen

Poll: Same-Sex Marriage Likely to Be Upheld in Maryland

A new Public Policy Polling survey shows that a referendum to keep Maryland’s law allowing same-sex marriage, which is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, is likely to pass.

Posted on May 24, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Jae C. Hong

Do the Bain Hustle

President Obama is to be applauded for questioning Mitt Romney’s legacy, although his motives seem to be as opportunistic as those of Romney’s opponents in the Republican primaries who took the same tack.

Posted on May 23, 2012 READ MORE


Clinton’s Answer to a Romney Snark Attack

For Mitt Romney, the president’s greatest vulnerability seems to be that Barack Obama is no Bill Clinton—and he is seeking to exploit that perception in his public speeches attacking the incumbent.

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Top of the Pyramid

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A Catholic Spring?

There is a healthy struggle brewing among the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops.

Posted on May 23, 2012 READ MORE


Romney Backs Off 4 Percent Unemployment Claim

Mitt Romney has a new economic goal, one that ostensibly backtracks from the benchmark he set for himself earlier this month. The presumed GOP presidential nominee told Time magazine’s Mark Halperin on Wednesday that he would get the unemployment rate down to 6 percent in his first term.

Posted on May 23, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Fredrik Persson

Egyptians Flock to the Polls

Voters in Egypt turned out in droves on Wednesday to cast their ballots in the first free presidential election since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power during the Arab Spring uprising 15 months ago.

Posted on May 23, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Matt Rourke

Black Community Poised to Follow Obama’s Leadership on Gay Rights

Since the president’s affirmation of marriage equality, a series of African-American organizations, politicians, sports and entertainment figures have also announced their support.

Posted on May 23, 2012 READ MORE


Sherwin Williams for President

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Blame Both

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Below the Belt

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North Carolina Pastor Advocates Putting Gays and Lesbians in Electrified Pen

In a disturbing rant posted to YouTube, a North Carolina pastor is seen calling for gays and lesbians to be killed by fencing them off in an electrified pen. The pastor, identified as Charles L. Worley, is reported to have made the homophobic remarks May 13 after President Obama came out in support of legalizing same-sex marriage.

Posted on May 22, 2012 READ MORE


So Many Awards

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The NAACP’s Relevance Step

With its support for gay marriage, the NAACP has done more than strike a blow for fairness and equality.

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Analysis: Congress Talks Like a Bunch of Teens

The ongoing bickering between congressional Democrats and Republicans can be described as sophomoric, no surprise perhaps given a recent analysis that found the average elected representative in Washington, D.C., speaks at a 10th-grade level.

Posted on May 21, 2012 READ MORE



Dan Dzurisin

Notre Dame Sues Obama Administration Over Birth Control Mandate

The University of Notre Dame, along with other Catholic groups, filed lawsuits Monday against the Obama administration over a federal mandate that requires most employers to provide free contraceptives as part of their health insurance plans for workers.

Posted on May 21, 2012 READ MORE


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