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Lillian Thurston

Make Your Vote Count for Socialism

Stewart Alexander believes fair elections are worth a fair fight and he’s asking for your vote. The Occupy Wall Street movement encouraged a more honest discussion of class and capitalism in this country, but Alexander is not simply a critic of big banks and high finance.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE


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Obama’s Celebrity Corps Smaller, Less Enthusiastic This Season

Matt Damon has spoken of his disappointment with Barack Obama, his favorite candidate from 2008, and other famous Obama boosters from the last election cycle are also less willing to lend their names to the president’s cause this time around.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Putin Poised to Reclaim Russian Presidency

Surprising no one, Russian strongman and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is looking like the clear front-runner to become Russia’s next president, reclaiming the office from Dmitry Medvedev, who at times seemed mostly to fill the position of useful political backdrop to make Putin look good in his own office.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Saul Loeb

Obama Talks Corporate Tax Cuts and Loopholes

So the official story here is that President Obama says he wants to cut the country’s corporate tax rate by seven percentage points, dropping it from 35 percent to 28 percent, which gives him a nice tax-related headline on a day when similar stories are cropping up about the competition.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Santorum’s Satan Complex

Putting aside any of the possible reasons why Rick Santorum invoked the mighty evil that is Satan while spiritually assessing America during a speech at Ave Maria University in 2008, as that would constitute unhelpful speculation at this time, we think Forbes’ Josh Barro has some good points about the telling blind spots in Santorum’s diagnosis.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Obama Dials Down the Campaign Rhetoric

The whole “hope” thing is a little much, and the “change” bit is played out, so however will Barack Obama spin his slogans for this presidential campaign as the embattled incumbent? Let’s call it American Dream Lite, if you will.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Santorum Staffer Links Obama, Islam Via ‘Slip’

Only she knows for sure, but Rick Santorum’s spokeswoman Alice Stewart claims she misspoke when she referred to President Obama’s “radical Islamic policies” on MSNBC when she really meant to say “radical environmental policies.”

Posted on Feb 20, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Gerald Herbert

Pro-Romney Super PAC Burns Through $14M in January

It’s campaign season 2012, and how much is your favorite super PAC spending? The telltale signs of democracy in action these days include headlines like the one above, accounting for the giant sum racked up by the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC “Restore Our Future,” one of the monstrosities created by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling.

Posted on Feb 20, 2012 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

White House Isn’t Buying What Syria Is Selling

On Wednesday, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and other officials hailed the arrival of a new constitution, slated to go up for a referendum later this month, but the Obama administration didn’t greet the news with much credulity or enthusiasm.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE


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Congress Might Actually Make a Payroll Tax Deal Soon

It’s remarkable how political infighting in Congress can be resolved by a healthy dose of bad news from opinion polls. On Wednesday, the outlook for the Obama-supported payroll tax cut and jobless benefits bill that has been contested for months was suddenly better, and the timing was no accident. Above, Sen. Max Baucus, one of the legislative bargainers.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Paul Sakuma

Steve Jobs, According to the FBI

Since his death last year, we’ve heard plenty of lionizing and denigrating takes on Steve Jobs and his challenging leadership style, but we can now add the FBI’s character sketch of the late Apple founder, circa the George H.W. Bush era, to that mix.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE



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And Now, This Presidential Appraisal From Scarlett Johansson

There may be untold millions of onetime Obama boosters whose feelings of hope have significantly diminished since, say, November 2008—and with good reason. But on Tuesday night, one of the president’s celebrity supporters, Scarlett Johansson, showed she’s still willing to stump for Obama at a gathering in New York that brought fashionistas and politicos together.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

What Santorum’s Surge Means for Romney

Although an easy answer to the question posed by the headline would appear to be something along the lines of nothing good, there are more subtleties to the issue that merit exploration, and Rick Santorum’s triple win Tuesday doesn’t necessarily add up to an ultimate victory against GOP front-runner Mitt Romney.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Egypt Gives an Inch on Election Date

Monday brought a mixed bag of news out of Egypt. First came the update that 19 Americans working in nonprofit organizations in the North African nation were still in line to be tried for funding-related reasons, despite Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s warning sounds about Egypt’s future funding from the U.S.

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Tony Gutierrez

Norris Throws Down for ‘Warrior’ Gingrich

Conservative power ranger Chuck Norris has come out swinging for the GOP once again—this time, he’s willing to lend his unique celebrity brand to give Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign a boost with a memorably worded endorsement only he could compose.

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Damage Control, Romney Style

Although Mitt Romney owned, in an interview with Nevada journalist Jon Ralston on Thursday, that he “misspoke” the day before in saying he was “not concerned about the very poor,” the presidential candidate might not have much wiggle room amid a speed-fueled news cycle and a chilly Rick Santorum standing watch.

Posted on Feb 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney in Line for a Big Win in Nevada

Unless he crashes and burns in the next two days, or Newt Gingrich’s camp has some ammo we’re not aware of, Mitt Romney will be the winner of Saturday’s Republican caucuses in Nevada.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Hillary Clinton Says She Won’t Re-Up as Secretary of State

Sorry, Ice-T, but while Hillary Clinton may in some circles be considered a “G,” she may not be up for the task of staying on the “high wire of American politics” much longer—at least not in her current position.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 READ MORE


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AP / Mary Schwalm

Romneycare, v. 2012

The Affordable Care Act, the health reform signed into law by Obama, is now best known by the Republican label “Obamacare.” Romney hopes to ride that misleading word to the presidency.

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Rick Santorum on Gays and Bla People

Rick Santorum likes it “hot and heavy and strictly missionary.” His truth, that is—get your mind out of the godless liberal gutter.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 READ MORE


It’s What’s on the Inside That Counts

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Assad Waves an ‘Iron Hand’ at Opposition

Arab League, shmarab league. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is evidently still unwilling to make room for the possibility that he is in anything resembling a precarious position, as he made a defiant speech on Tuesday in Damascus, blaming foreign media for making him look bad and dissing the Arab League.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Elise Amendola

Lowlights From Saturday’s GOP Presidential Debate

At Saturday’s Republican debate, Mitt Romney got creative with the number of jobs generated during his tenure at Bain Capital, Ron Paul called MLK a “hero” after being questioned about a newsletter of his that trashed the man as a “world-class adulterer,” and Rick Santorum told the audience that social class doesn’t exist in America.

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

China Wary of Obama’s New Military Plan

Republicans weren’t the only ones irked at our nation’s leader this week. President Obama has also ruffled some feathers in the Chinese government with his newly hatched military strategy, which he announced in a rare news conference at the Pentagon on Thursday, and which apparently strikes the Chinese as a potentially unwelcome display of U.S. prowess on their side of the globe.

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Romney: Obama’s a ‘Job Killer’

Fresh off his historically narrow victory in Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses, Republican presidential pageant favorite Mitt Romney beefed up his attack rhetoric against his would-be opponent, Barack Obama, on Thursday by lashing out against the president’s latest big appointments.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Aims for Romney’s Weak Spots

It’s expected that the people who brought you President Barack Obama, including the commander in chief himself, would be shifting into attack mode in preparation for the height of campaign season, and their main target is looking a lot like Mitt Romney.

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 READ MORE



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



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

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



AP / Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service

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



cbsnews.com

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.

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 READ MORE



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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



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

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



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

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



latenightwithjimmyfallon.com

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



bbc.co.uk

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


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