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‘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


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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. 

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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


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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



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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


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Libya, Budget Battle, GOP Lineup

President Obama’s speech about Libya was perhaps striking for what he said as much as for what he didn’t say. Did he say enough to sway public opinion? Also in this week’s edition of “Left, Right & Center,” regulars Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley ...

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Showdown Takes Shape in Ivory Coast

The West African nation of Ivory Coast is under crisis as troops supporting the United Nations-recognized president, Alassane Ouattara, move for a final push to oust Laurent Gibagbo, the sitting president.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE



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More Than 100 Killed in Explosion at Yemen Factory

The country is already in turmoil, to say the least, so Monday’s explosion at an ammunition factory in Yemen, which killed more than 100 people, had political ramifications even if the blast itself was accidental, as local sources reported.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE


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Karzai Plans for Transfer of Control in 7 Regions

Come July, foreign forces will begin withdrawing from Afghanistan, coinciding with President Hamid Karzai’s plan to begin returning seven regions of his country back to local control.

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ramon Espinosa

Exiled Aristide Returns to Haiti

Arriving on a charter jet from South Africa, former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has returned to Port-au-Prince after seven years in exile.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Obama: No Education Cuts

Insisting that “the best jobs program out there is a good education” and lamenting the U.S.’ slip down the ranks in the global brain trust, President Barack Obama declared Monday that his budget plan won’t include high costs to the American educational system.

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Again With the Bachmann Presidential Rumors

With 2012 buzz building about Sarah Palin, it seems only fitting, not to mention inevitable, that Minnesota’s own tea party darling, the dependably batty Rep. Michele Bachmann, would also be the subject of speculation about a possible charge at the White House.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE


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Damon No Longer an Obama Fan

Matt Damon was apparently paying attention as he narrated “Inside Job,” Charles Ferguson’s Oscar-winning documentary about the architects of the ongoing global economic catastrophe, as he’s broken with the cohort of celebrities who ...

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 READ MORE


Chirac Trial on Hold?

It’s taken 15 years to get this far (which is to say not very far at all), so what’s the rush for former French President Jacques Chirac to stand trial for corruption charges stemming from his time as the mayor of Paris? Well, he’s 78 years old, for one ...

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

More 2012 Noises From Palin

While you’re adjusting to the notion of a possible Newt Gingrich campaign 2012 blitz, it might be time to start preparing for some Palin-for-president action as well. She hasn’t yet said she’ll make a break for the White House, but judging by this ...

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Samantha Appleton

Obama Exploring ‘Full Range of Options’ on Libya

President Obama took a moment Thursday, during a news conference at the White House with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, to discuss the crisis in Libya and to indicate somewhat vaguely that he’s exploring “every option that’s out there” in terms of the U.S.’ possible responses.

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 READ MORE



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Bring In the Newt

Just when we’d gotten used to life without presidential campaign nonsense, here it comes again. What better way to kick it off than with the news that none other than Newt Gingrich is expected to announce that he’s putting together an exploratory committee ...

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Egypt Freezes Mubarak Family Assets

Now that Hosni Mubarak has exited his post as Egypt’s president, his reportedly extensive wealth is no longer protected by his position, and authorities in his homeland have moved to freeze his assets, as well as those of his family members, in the midst of a fraud investigation.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Brings Budget Plan to Captive Audience of Middle Schoolers

President Obama may have picked one of the only places in the country where delivering a speech about his new budget plan would be met with enthusiasm by visiting the Parkville Middle School and Center for Technology in Baltimore ...

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Obama Plays It Down the Middle

Could President Obama’s newly unveiled budget—which includes, he claims, funding cuts to programs he supports—represent an attempt to win over some conservative constituents before Nov. 4, 2012?

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AP / Egypt TV

Mubarak Resigns

After 18 long days of protests and unrest, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has finally capitulated to the demands of massive anti-government crowds, stepping down late Friday. Making the announcement was Vice President Omar Suleiman, pictured.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE



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Donald Trump for President

America’s gaudiest billionaire told a crowd at the Conservative Political Action Committee that he is considering a run for the White House, which, if elected, he will surely paint gold.

Posted on Feb 10, 2011 READ MORE


Egyptian Crowds Await Mubarak News

Late on Thursday, thousands of Egyptian protesters converged in the epicenter of their revolt, Cairo’s Tahrir Square, to wait for expected news about President Hosni Mubarak, who may not be their president for long, according to the Associated Press.

Posted on Feb 10, 2011 READ MORE


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Bush Cancels Trip Over Fear of Arrest

Former President George W. Bush canceled a planned trip to Switzerland over fear of legal action there as pressure mounted on the Swiss government to arrest him and open a criminal probe into allegations of torture if he visits the country.

Posted on Feb 5, 2011 READ MORE


Yemeni President’s Departure Announcement Met With Skepticism

On Wednesday, yet another longtime leader of a Middle Eastern nation in turmoil addressed his nation, and Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh followed the Egyptian example by claiming that he too would perhaps step down sort of soon.

Posted on Feb 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Mubarak Plans His (Eventual) Exit

Claiming he “did not intend to seek re-election” this September, Egypt’s embattled President Hosni Mubarak made the vague announcement on state television Tuesday night that he planned to stay put “for the next few months” before leaving office.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE


Raw Video: Cairo, Tuesday Night

On Tuesday night in Cairo, it was clear that the protests calling for the end of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade rule had not lost momentum over the course of a week. This raw video clip from the Associated Press shows ...

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Backs Down From Gun Control Showdown

Eighteen years ago, the late Betty Friedan called her friend Ann Reiss Lane, a prominent Los Angeles civic activist. She was angry about the gun industry’s latest outrage—high-fashion ads marketing guns with grips made for a woman’s hand.

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 READ MORE



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Egyptian Leading Man: ‘We Are Very Disappointed With America’

Over the weekend, The Wrap’s Sharon Waxman checked in with one of Egypt’s top TV and movie actors, Khaled Nabawy, who was using his star power to draw attention to the ongoing clash between Egyptians and President Hosni Mubarak’s regime ...

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 READ MORE



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Obama’s New Role Model: Ronald Reagan?

What could Ronald Reagan possibly have in common with Barack Obama, except, say, a certain demonstrable allegiance to Wall Street? Time’s Michael Scherer and Michael Duffy tease out some ways in which The Gipper’s legacy has informed ...

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Hundreds Arrested as Egypt Protests Continue

Despite the Egyptian government’s forceful response—including mass arrests, a ban on protests and the use of batons and tear gas—to demonstrations around the country against President Hosni Mubarak’s administration, the clashes continued ...

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Office of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann

Bachmann Eyeing White House Run?

Here are two words that ought to strike fear into the hearts of many Americans: President Bachmann. Although it’s definitely a long shot, and she’d be up against none other than Sarah Palin, Rep. Michele Bachmann could have been positioning ...

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Egyptian Protesters Rail Against Mubarak’s Regime

The recent Tunisian uprising has apparently had an effect on nearby Egyptians, as thousands took to the Internet and then to the streets of Cairo and around Egypt on Tuesday to demonstrate against President Hosni Mubarak’s long-standing government.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jae C. Hong

Where Liberals Go to Feel Good

The liberal class’ solution to the bleak political landscape is the conference, where liberals go to feel good about themselves again. Forget about reclaiming and re-electing President Obama—worry about resisting him.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

How Obama Can Define Moderation

President Obama faces a choice in this week’s State of the Union message: Does he spend the next two years consolidating the gains he has made, or does he go into retreat?

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP via Los Angeles Times

Obama and Hu Play Up the Positive

This week’s challenge for President Obama: diplomacy in the face of possible adversity, on both the domestic and international fronts. As the House of Representatives was considering a repeal of his hard-won health care reform law on Wednesday ...

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Hedi Ben Salem

President Reportedly Flees Tunisia

The Tunisian government is in upheaval after weeks of violent protests over high unemployment and skyrocketing food prices. Al-Jazeera reported that the prime minister had taken the reins of government after President Ben Ali left the country.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 READ MORE


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