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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.”

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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.

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‘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.

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‘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.

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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‘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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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‘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)

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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)

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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)

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Going Gray

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Obama Turns 50

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Herding Congress

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Barf

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Default Answer

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Peas Talks

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Ron Paul to Leave Congress, Stage Right

Texas Congressman Ron Paul is streamlining his professional plans. Yes, he’s still running for president, and it looks as though his supporters haven’t deserted him since the last election cycle, but he won’t be seeking to reclaim his House seat after 2012.

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE



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President Karzai’s Half Brother Killed in Afghanistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s half brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, was fatally shot at his home in Kandahar on Tuesday by a local police official, Sardar Mohammad, whom Karzai had included in his inner circle. The Taliban took credit for the assassination ... (more)

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Perry Still Pondering 2012 Run

We don’t have the full picture yet on the lineup of candidates revving up to race for the White House in 2012, even from the GOP camp, which has already kicked into high campaigning gear. A certain governor of a big state ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE



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The Way Away From a Second Term

In his first essay for New York Magazine since quitting The New York Times last spring, Frank Rich thoughtfully details Barack Obama’s failure to push back against the financial wheeler-dealers who drove the country to the brink of ruin ... (more)

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE



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Bachmann’s Campaign Off to an Awkward Start

Tea party favorite Michele Bachmann made her second official presidential campaign announcement in the place of her birth—Waterloo, Iowa—on Monday, having made what was supposed to be an all-American cinematic reference that went a little off the rails.

Posted on Jun 27, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Moves to Resolve Debt Deadlock

After Republicans bailed on Vice President Joe Biden’s deficit talks Thursday, the government once again hit an impasse in resolving the burgeoning debt crisis, but by Friday, President Obama signaled his readiness to enter the fray. Republicans, meanwhile, signaled their ongoing displeasure over talk of tax hikes.

Posted on Jun 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Huntsman Throws In for Campaign 2012

Here are some fun facts about Jon Huntsman Jr.: He’s the former governor of Utah; he’s a Mormon; he last worked as an envoy to China for President Obama; and he’s now challenging his former boss for the White House by running for president on the Republican ticket. Updated

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Seven Republican Dwarfs

Not one of the candidates for the GOP presidential nomination who debated Monday night rose to a point of seriousness in addressing the nation’s grievous problems. Instead, they ever so playfully thumbed their collective noses at any possible meaningful government reaction to the mess that we are in.

Posted on Jun 15, 2011 READ MORE


Romney Ad Strikes at Obama’s Sore Spot

The economy will be President Obama’s biggest bugaboo, no doubt, as he makes his play in 2012 to remain in the White House. Here we have one of his Republican rivals, Mitt Romney, pointing this out via a campaign ad.

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Yemen’s President Hit Hard by Rocket Attack

Friday’s attack on Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s palace in his country’s capital city of Sanaa took a bigger toll than previously reported, as the news emerged Tuesday that it wasn’t clear when he’d be able to return to office given the gravity of his injuries.

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Running on Empty

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Yemen Celebrates as Saleh Leaves for Medical Treatment

Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh, nursing wounds from a rocket attack Friday on the presidential mosque, arrived in Saudi Arabia on Sunday for medical treatment as street celebrations and renewed violence erupted back home in the capital of Sanaa. (more)

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 READ MORE



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Romney’s In for 2012

He’s tall, he’s telegenic and he’s back: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is throwing in to run for president again in 2012. He’ll have some work to do when it comes to helping Republicans forget his role in revamping his home state’s health care system ... (more)

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 READ MORE


The Answer

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Texas Gov. on Presidential Bid: Going to ‘Think About It’

Well, will you look at that: Another Texas governor might up and throw his Stetson into the ring and run for president. No, this is not the year 2000. This time, we’re talking about Gov. Rick Perry, Republican, who has never lost an election. And he has great hair!

Posted on May 27, 2011 READ MORE


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