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AP / Jim Cole

Bachmann Out

The contest for the Republican presidential nomination just got a little less kooky with the subtraction of Michele Bachmann from the mix. On Wednesday, after the previous night’s Iowa caucus results found Mitt Romney in the top spot, the Minnesota congresswoman and staunch anti-socialist announced she was bowing out of the race.

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Gingrich Gets Ready to Rumble With Romney

Although there’s already been some infighting among the ranks of this election cycle’s Republican presidential hopefuls, it’s going to get only crazier from here on out. And with candidates’ fates shifting as quickly as they have this time around (Herman who?), you can bet that rival GOP camps are going to do their darndest to stir up the drama.

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 READ MORE


Iowa and USA Voters

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All Eyes on Iowa

As of Monday morning, just a tad over 24 hours before Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses, the balance of power among the top GOP presidential candidates had once again shifted. Most surprising was the reemergence of Rick Santorum—remember him?—as an actual contender.

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama and Gay Rights: 2012 Edition

To the consternation of many, President Obama has managed to avoid taking a strong position on potentially polarizing issues like same-sex marriage without completely losing the support of the GLBTQ constituency. But will his strategically noncommittal stance work in the next election cycle?

Posted on Dec 30, 2011 READ MORE



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Kim Jong Un Takes Charge

As his father Kim Jong Il lies in state, North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong Un is taking over the family business, assuming a position of power vis-à-vis his country’s military, his people and even a couple of visiting dignitaries in from the not-so-friendly neighboring nation of South Korea to pay their respects.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 READ MORE


Romney Tackles Crucial Late-Night Jokefest Test

Sure, he’s tall and suave (for a Republican), and fine, his politics resonate on at least an acceptable level in GOP circles, except for that whole health care thing, but Monday, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney faced one of the biggest litmus tests for today’s politician: cracking wise on late-night TV.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Obama Drops Veto Threat, House Passes Defense Bill

The House passed the controversial National Defense Authorization Act on Wednesday night, scarcely hours after President Obama caved to pressure from various factions in Congress and withdrew his veto threat. Let’s consider some of the scary tactics that would be permitted if the measure is signed into law.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Obama, Maliki Make It Official

While he had visiting Iraqi President Nouri al-Maliki close at hand, U.S. President Barack Obama took the opportunity Monday to make congratulatory noises from the podium about the end of the Iraq War and the imminent withdrawal of American troops from Maliki’s homeland.

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Russian Billionaire Throws In to Challenge Putin

He’s a high-rolling billionaire bachelor who owns the New Jersey Nets, and now Mikhail Prokhorov says he’s aiming to take down the biggest player in Russian politics by running against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for the presidency next March.

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Why Newt Now?

Although it’s still early in the presidential campaign season, this go-round has already brought some surprises, especially from the GOP. We’ve seen Rick Perry’s debate debacle and the end of the Cain Train, but Newt Gingrich’s unlikely rise also befuddles many politicos.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE


Bad Lip Reading Makes Ron Paul Much More Appealing

Um, how did we miss this? Maybe you meme-savvy readers out there already caught this hilarious “Bad Lip Reading” spoof video of Ron Paul doing his best to win voters over by declaring, “I helped a fuzzy dude cut a piece of fruit,” among other absurdities, but it’s a must-see for sure.

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr.

More Protests Lead to Mass Arrests in Moscow

So much for United Russia. That’s the optimistic name of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s party, which drew accusations of voting fraud and incited protests after Sunday’s parliamentary election. The demonstrations continued Tuesday in Moscow and two other Russian cities, leading to hundreds of arrests and two counter-protests.

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: An Epilogue for the Cain Campaign

How much can change in a few short days during campaign season. It wasn’t long ago that an erstwhile pizza man came within range of the GOP nomination despite his alleged proclivity for exploring the family values of women other than his wife.

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Building the Ideal GOP Candidate, 2012 Edition

This person would have populist appeal, would have bought and be willing to sell the notion that Obama is a socialist and would probably not have a clue, according to The New York Times’ clued-in columnist Paul Krugman. Yes, we’re talking about the prototype for the GOP presidential hopeful of tomorrow—as in 2012.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Al Behrman

Reassessing the Cainwreck

Surprisingly, Herman Cain has one thing right. If nothing else, his campaign has shown that race is as much a way of thinking as it is anything else. Because that’s the case, he is taking advantage of the fact that some audiences think about race differently from others.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE



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When Soundtracks Do the Talking: Michele Bachmann Edition

To set the stage for the latest media-made kerfuffle of Campaign 2012, what happened was that GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann paid a visit Tuesday to “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” for which she was no doubt prepped to come off all hip and stuff, but her performance was undermined ... (more)

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Yemen’s President Signs Off

After enduring a couple of unsuccessful attempts to get him to sign his power away, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh finally put pen to paper Wednesday, effectively ending his 33-year tenure after months of unrest and bloodshed in his home country. In exchange, he’ll reportedly be granted ... (more)

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Turkish PM: Step Down, Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s list of international supporters is dwindling, and he can strike another off the list now that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has joined the chorus calling for Assad’s resignation. In a strongly worded statement, Erdogan invoked some striking figures from ... (more)

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Team Romney Spins Obama’s Words in First Ad

For its first official foray into the Campaign 2012 TV ad space, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s publicity team decided to take a phrase Barack Obama once used as a quotation clearly sourced to someone else and attribute it to Obama himself. But relax everyone, it was on purpose!

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Chelsea Clinton’s Coming to a TV Near You

Because this is just what the gravely endangered journalistic profession needs, NBC has elected to pluck former first daughter Chelsea Clinton from her hardscrabble life and groom her to become a special correspondent for “NBC Nightly News.”

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE



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John McCain: Down With Waterboarding

Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain, you’re on notice. John McCain took to Twitter on Monday, being a cyber-savvy senator and all, to disapprove of the two GOP candidates’ pro-waterboarding stance, as stated at Saturday’s Republican presidential debate.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’: Crackdown on Syria

Monday’s broadcast of “Democracy Now!” included this segment on the status of the crisis in Syria, two days after the Arab League suspended Syria’s membership and eight months into the battle between opposition members and President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Perry’s Brain Freeze, Presidential Wannabes

Can Texas Gov. Rick Perry come back from the brink of PR disaster after Wednesday night’s debate gaffe? It sure helped the embattled but tenacious Herman Cain, as the “Left, Right & Center” brain trust discusses on this week’s show.

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 READ MORE



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Nixon’s Watergate Testimony Finally Goes Public

After nearly 35 years, the American public finally gets to hear Richard Nixon’s claims about some of his administration’s shadier practices, Watergate figuring most notoriously among them, after the National Archives’ release Thursday of transcripts of his grand jury testimony. ... (more)

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Perry: ‘This Ain’t a Day for Quitting Nothing’

So he “stepped in it” during Wednesday night’s GOP presidential debate. Others might say he choked or even ate it. But despite Rick Perry’s Texas-sized blunder, he’s not giving up his White House dreams.  (more)

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Sarkozy to Obama: Netanyahu Is a ‘Liar’

In a hot mic moment now heard around the world, French President Nicolas Sarkozy was reportedly caught gossiping to President Barack Obama about Israeli Prime Minister Benajmin Netanyahu at last week’s G-20 summit in Cannes, proving that not even heads of state ... (more)

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Fourth Cain Accuser Goes Public

Let’s see Herman Cain get out of this one. On Monday, one Sharon Bialek came forward to put a public face on the group of women, now holding at four, who have accused the GOP presidential hopeful of sexual harassment. And you know Gloria Allred was there. Updated with video

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 READ MORE


Team Cain Counters With ‘High-Tech Lynching’ Ad

You know what liberals do? They hit below the belt. That’s the explanation given for the race-based treatment that the mainstream media are giving “beautiful man” Herman Cain, according to this exercise in crisis management produced by Cain’s camp. (more)

Posted on Nov 4, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Khalil Hamra

So Much for Progress in Syria

Just a day after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appeared to concede to an Arab League-brokered plan to decrease violence between government forces and protesters, it was clear that the opposition was right in maintaining a skeptical stance. (more)

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Kostas Tsironis

Syria Strikes Compromise With Help From Arab League

Remember the conflict in Syria? You know, the one involving President Bashar al-Assad and the protesters in his country clamoring for regime change? It’s still happening. Some 3,000 Syrians have lost their lives in the struggle, and ... (more)

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Cain ’Splains

Herman Cain might reframe the sexual harassment problem haunting him from his past as not so much a witch hunt as proof that he’s a real contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. After all, as Stephen Colbert observes in this “Colbert Report” clip from Tuesday’s show, nobody’s even bothering to ... (more)

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Cain Calls Sexual Harassment Claims ‘Totally False’

Moving swiftly to defend his name as ghosts of sexual harassment claims past revisited him, GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain made the bold move Monday to go on Fox News for a little PR exorcism aided by the Murdochian news network. Cain was unequivocal in denying that he engaged in “sexually suggestive behavior” ... (more)

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 READ MORE


The Language of Flowers: Herman Cain Campaign Edition

Is there anything worse than Republican attempts at ironic humor? Well, yes, but they’re still pretty bad. Take this Western-themed ad from Herman Cain’s overreaching campaign team, “He Carried Yellow Flowers,” featuring the Ironic Celebrity Endorsement of actor Nick Searcy, some card-carrying liberals and ... (more)

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 READ MORE



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How the Rich Subverted the Legal System

As intense protests spawned by Occupy Wall Street continue to grow, it is worth asking: Why now? The answer is not obvious.

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Getting Romney’s Religion

A candidate’s faith does in fact matter, especially when the religious institution to which he or she belongs is involved in explicit political campaigns that affect millions of lives. Such issues as civil rights for women, immigrants and the LGBT community come immediately to mind.

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Phil Sandlin

Paging Dr. Paul: The Sickness Is in the System

Taking personal responsibility for one’s own health is an artful dodge that suggests the government has no responsibility to provide health care to its population. It is an ideological mantra that health insurance company PR spinmeisters relentlessly front-load to the public via the stenographic mainstream media.

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Hillary Clinton Shoots Down 2016 Rumors

It all comes down to Chelsea now. Hillary Clinton may have made an impressive run on the White House in the 2008 campaign, but she’s not harboring hopes of redoubling her efforts when her rival-turned-boss Barack Obama is out of the picture in 2016. In fact, Clinton isn’t planning to ... (more)

Posted on Oct 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Media’s Been Hardest on Candidate Obama, Study Shows

Of all the presidential hopefuls who’ve thus far made their designs on the White House known to the masses, one in particular has been subjected to harsh coverage by the American media, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism—but this special treatment might have something to do with the fact that Barack Obama also happens to be the incumbent.

Posted on Oct 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Obama Sending U.S. Troops to Uganda

President Obama announced Friday that he has ordered a “small number” of combat-ready U.S. soldiers—somewhere around 100, the BBC says—to help local forces in Uganda fight the Lord’s Resistance Army and its internationally wanted leader, Joseph Kony. (more)

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Psychoanalyzing the President

He did it before with the Freudian treasure trove that is George W. Bush, and now author and professor Justin Frank has unleashed another exercise in armchair analysis upon our sitting president with his new book, “Obama on the Couch.” Frank has observed our nation’s leader from his academic perch ... (more)

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Yemen’s President Vows to Give Up Power

After 33 years in power, Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh said he will step down in the coming days. Earlier, after returning from Saudi Arabia where he received medical treatment for injuries sustained in a June assassination attempt, Saleh called for early elections, a move that set off violent protests.

Posted on Oct 9, 2011 READ MORE



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Secret U.S. Panel May Put Americans on ‘Kill List’

Alleged al-Qaida leader Anwar al-Awlaki, killed last month in an American drone attack in Yemen, was placed on a kill and capture list managed by a secretive panel of senior U.S. government officials. What the president knows of the panel’s operations and his role in its decision-making process are being kept hidden. (more)

Posted on Oct 7, 2011 READ MORE


Chris Christie Addresses Calls to Run for President and Fat Jokes

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced for the final time Tuesday that he would not be seeking the Republican nomination for president despite what he said were widespread calls for him to do so over the last several weeks.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Investor Anxiety, Syrian Instability, Perry Scrutinized

The stock market continued its best imitation of a roller coaster this week, reports of Syrian protesters’ deaths came in after assurances that military operations against the opposition had ceased, and American liberals cringed at the thought of another former Texas governor in the White House. (more)

Posted on Aug 19, 2011 READ MORE


Obamacare Pain

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Gov. Perry Makes It Official (Video)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry officially announced his candidacy for president on Saturday, drawing attention away from the straw poll in Ames, Iowa, set to take place just hours later. (more)

Posted on Aug 13, 2011 READ MORE



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The Long Arc of Obama’s Presidency

There are plenty of reasons to shout about Barack Obama’s performance as president, and sharp, strident indictments of his White House failures are in abundant supply. But for those whose ears are ringing, Emory University psychology professor Drew Westen’s gentle dismantling ... (more)

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Obama Going Gray

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