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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)

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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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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)

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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U.S. Congress

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



AP via Washington Post

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)

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AP / Charlie Neibergall

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



U.S. Department of State

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

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jim Cole

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



Wikimedia Commons/Jessica Rinaldi (CC-BY)

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


‘Colbert Report’: Lithgow Channels Gingrich

So, Newt Gingrich might’ve totally blown his Campaign 2012 wad this week by turning on his own kind. It was a disquieting and unacceptable development for large numbers of GOP backers of the former House speaker, many of whom subsequently withdrew their support. (more)

Posted on May 20, 2011 READ MORE


Not a Sparkling Day for Newt

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich started his week on the wrong foot with ill-advised TV tirades and a huge Tiffany tab, but the glitter on the cake came Tuesday when a gay rights advocate dumped a bag of the stuff on Gingrich and his wife Callista.

Posted on May 18, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Big Middle East Speech Will Avoid a Big Issue

While the White House is promising that President Barack Obama’s big Middle East speech on Thursday will make news, Obama will avoid the biggest story this week: the inflamed Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which claimed a few more lives Sunday.

Posted on May 17, 2011 READ MORE


Campaign 2012: Where’s the GOP?

According to this AP report on the still-slim Republican pickings for the 2012 election, there are some politico types out there who actually believe that Campaign 2008 got started too early. We thought it was like Christmas: creeping back on the calendar with every rotation.

Posted on May 11, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

What’s the GOP Without bin Laden?

Pity Bill O’Reilly and the rest of the Republican right wing led by the forlorn slate of candidates gearing up to challenge Barack Obama in the next presidential election.

Posted on May 10, 2011 READ MORE


Separate Entrance

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Gingrich Throws In for Campaign 2012

Perhaps hoping that Americans are either forgetful or forgiving (or both), former House Speaker and ’90s novelty throwback Newt Gingrich announced Monday, through de rigueur Twitter and Facebook channels, that he’ll be running for president in 2012.

Posted on May 9, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Pays Respects at Ground Zero

On Thursday, four days after the death of Osama bin Laden, President Obama visited Ground Zero in lower Manhattan for a somber ceremony in remembrance of the lives lost at the World Trade Center on 9/11. 

Posted on May 5, 2011 READ MORE


President Obama on the Death of Osama bin Laden

As he announced the death of Osama bin Laden on Sunday night, President Barack Obama gave a nod to nationalism, remarking that “today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.” Packaging aside, what apparently happened is that the elusive al-Qaida leader was killed by U.S. forces, who “took custody of his body,” according to Obama.

Posted on May 2, 2011 READ MORE


Red, White and Brew

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AP / Jim Cole

Trumped-Up Racism

The certificate and its release prove two things most people should already know: Obama is an American. And, as Tavis Smiley put it, the 2012 presidential race is shaping up to be “the ugliest, the nastiest, the most divisive, and the most racist in the history of this Republic.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jeffrey Phelps

Watch Out for Ryan, Not Trump

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the media fascination with the potential presidential campaign of the great American phony, Donald Trump, has been helpful to the Republican Party. 

Posted on Apr 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Nader Predicts Second Term for Obama

In a column for Bloomberg, Ralph Nader has outlined the reasons he believes President Obama will not be defeated in 2012

Posted on Apr 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Here Comes Ron Paul

He made a stir in 2008, and it looks like Texas wild-card Congressman Ron Paul is throwing his hat in the ring again for another try at the presidency in 2012. Paul will reportedly announce his intentions in Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday.

Posted on Apr 25, 2011 READ MORE


The Money Pit

When it comes to matters of money and politics, there is a big gulf between Democrats and Republicans—in theory.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 READ MORE


Cracking the 2012 Code

Handicapping an election 19 months away seems relevant only to political junkies except for this: Expectations, as shrewd investors know, affect actions.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Trump’s Our Man! If He Can’t Do It, Nobody Can

The American dream seems to have evolved into getting on the tube and making a fool of yourself, with help, say, from Jerry Springer or Maury Povich.

Posted on Apr 20, 2011 READ MORE


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