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AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

Sen. Scott Brown Tells All

Is it just us, or does the publication of a revealing memoir, including details of childhood molestation and abuse, by a first-term senator herald yet another sea change in the game of political publicity? Of course, Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts isn’t just any new arrival ...

Posted on Feb 16, 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?

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE



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GOP Plotting to Block Funds for Health Care Law

It may not happen right away, but for his part, Rep. Eric Cantor, otherwise known as House majority leader, has put it out there that his GOP House squad is planning to introduce language into upcoming legislation that will prevent the dreaded Obamacare law from being funded.

Posted on Feb 8, 2011 READ MORE



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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


Again With the Health Care Debate

And ... they’re off! The reinvigorated tussle over what GOP types in particular like to refer to as “Obamacare” began Tuesday in the House of Representatives, as opponents of the health care reform legislation passed last year ...

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Alex Brandon

That’s House Speaker John Boehner to You

It’s official: On Wednesday, the House of Representatives named its next speaker, replacing weeks of rumors with reality by handing Ohio Rep. John Boehner the gavel, “which I accept cheerfully and gratefully, knowing I am but its caretaker,” he said.

Posted on Jan 5, 2011 READ MORE



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Obama Signs Big, Pricey Food Bill

The legislation that President Obama signed Tuesday represents the biggest revamp of the country’s food regulation system in decades—that is, if it gets past those congressional Republicans spoiling for a fight as they pledge to crack down on government spending this year.

Posted on Jan 4, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

GOP Gears Up to Take Down Health Care Reform

Emboldened by their big wins in last fall’s midterm elections, Republican members of Congress are sharpening their battle axes with the aim of hacking away at the health care reform legislation that President Obama and the Democrats took such great pains to pass ...

Posted on Jan 4, 2011 READ MORE



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So Much for Bipartisanship

The GOP is mobilizing to make some big changes over the next two years, including but not limited to the following: taking down health care reform, cutting the budget and attempting to oust President Obama from the White House in 2012.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Two-Year Economic Report Card

There are two potential ways to measure the economic performance of a political leader. One is by the profitability, stock prices and executive bonuses of a nation’s corporations. The other is by the financial condition of the majority of its population.

Posted on Dec 31, 2010 READ MORE



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Murkowski Clears Last Hurdle to Senate Seat

Lisa Murkowski can finally make it official, as her two-month struggle to clinch her write-in victory to reclaim her Senate seat on behalf of Alaska came to an end Thursday, when her state governor and lieutenant governor signed off on the paperwork.

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 READ MORE


Obama’s Strong Finish









Posted on Dec 28, 2010 ENLARGE



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The FCC, Net Neutrality and You

How is one to make sense of the FCC’s big vote Tuesday? Does it represent a gain for the net-neutrality cause, or is the corporate takeover of the Web upon us in earnest? Well, one thing seems certain: Nobody is all that happy with the outcome—except, that is, for some lobbyists.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 READ MORE



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White House Looks to Jon Stewart in 9/11 Health Bill Bid

Not doing much to convince certain detractors that “The Daily Show” is in cahoots with the Obama administration, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs voiced his hope, during a press briefing Tuesday, that Jon Stewart would be able to ...

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 READ MORE


Boehner’s Tears









Posted on Dec 20, 2010 ENLARGE



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Tax Cuts According to Barbara Boxer

California Sen. Barbara Boxer is one of a group of purportedly left-leaning politicians who is choosing to throw in with President Obama in his plan to preserve Bush-era tax cuts that give the wealthy a break along with Americans hailing from lower-income brackets.

Posted on Dec 14, 2010 READ MORE



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Senate Vote Boosts Obama’s Tax-Cut Bid

That pronounced blast of disapproval from the left-leaning ranks in the House of Representatives last week may not be enough to blow President Barack Obama’s tax-cut proposal down, as the Senate gave it a strong vote of confidence Monday.

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Tax Cut Extension Survives House Vote, Boehner’s Ire

According to a clearly disapproving Rep. John Boehner, the House of Representatives’ vote Thursday in favor of keeping tax cuts for people earning less than $250,000 a year was tantamount to “chicken crap.”

Posted on Dec 2, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Jack Plunkett

DeLay Found Guilty in Money Laundering Case

The holiday special for former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was a big helping of guilty-as-charged Wednesday, as the former Republican lawmaker found himself on the wrong side of the Texas legal system in a money laundering case ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE



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California Snubs Republican Landslide

California’s rejection of the Republican tidal wave is complete. After three weeks of counting, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has emerged the victor in the state’s attorney general race. ...

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Alex Brandon

President Mama Grizzly?

Could reality television be a legitimate steppingstone to the White House? Well, in at least one case—guess who?—that could be true, according to a newly released national poll of GOP voters.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE



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And Now for Another MSNBC Suspension

Perhaps it was in the name of being fair and balanced, but whatever the reason, MSNBC brass decided to give “Morning Joe” anchor Joe Scarborough the Keith Olbermann treatment for making campaign contributions—but in this case to Republican candidates.

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 READ MORE


Michael Steele
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A Grand Old Challenger Arises

A tussle within the Grand Old Party is in prospect. Michigan Republican Saul Anuzis has announced he will challenge Michael Steele, current GOP chairman, in an electoral contest that will determine who will lead the Republicans into the 2012 elections.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: The GOP’s Bold New Moves

In case you hadn’t noticed, the Republicans have taken over the House, and they’re ready to make some big changes and help everyday Americans by ... focusing on ousting Obama and extending certain extant tax cuts. Oh.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



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Sarah Palin’s Latest Incarnation: Reality Star

Sarah Palin has been many things to many people: Vice presidential candidate to John McCain; inspirational leader to scores of She-publicans and “Mama Grizzlies,” not to mention tea partyers in Alaska and “the lower 48”; and brunt of jokes to countless others besides Tina Fey.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE



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No Capitol Hill Job for Right-Wing Radio Host

Joyce Kaufman isn’t going to Capitol Hill after all. On Thursday, the controversial conservative radio host from South Florida announced that she had decided not to follow tea party fave and Congressman-elect Allen West to Washington as his chief of staff.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE



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Partisan Programming: Dems vs. GOP

What effect, if any, does party affiliation have on Americans’ preferences for televised entertainment? Is this not a question that keeps you up at night? Turns out that the thinly veiled liberal social politics of “Mad Men” appeal to Democrats—as does murder, apparently.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE


Pay 2 Play









Posted on Nov 8, 2010 ENLARGE    


Obama Tax Speech
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Obama Open to Tax Cut Compromise

With his proverbial political tail between his legs, President Barack Obama has articulated his clearest signal yet that he is open to a post-midterm compromise with newly empowered Republicans that would sustain some parts of the Bush-era tax cuts, which are set to expire at the end of 2010.

Posted on Nov 6, 2010 READ MORE



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Rove to Republicans: Time to Deliver

It’s not necessary to read tea leaves to figure out that Tuesday’s election results might be interpreted as a sign of some Americans’ dissatisfaction with the government and the desire to change who’s in charge. But GOP guru Karl Rove wants to remind Republicans ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE



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What the Midterms Mean for Hollywood

Hollywood and its showbiz denizens are usually associated with the political left, or at least the Democratic Party, and entertainment industry power players have been known to cozy up to their elected representatives. But what happens when the Dems take a big hit?

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE


Obama Finds the Lesson in His Midterm ‘Shellacking’

President Obama got philosophical at a Wednesday news conference as he reflected on the message Americans sent at Tuesday’s polls, as well as on the meaning of the “shellacking” he took when the results came in. 

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Manuel Balce Ceneta

Grayson, O’Donnell Out, Rubio In

The tea party movement took a hit and made a big score, respectively, in the defeat of Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell in Delaware and Marco Rubio’s Senate victory in Florida over Gov. Charlie Crist.

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Scott Sady

Apocalypse Again: The Boom-and-Bust Cycle of Bipartisan Politics

Career politicians depend upon the biggest protection racket in this country, which is often called “our two-party system.” Ours? Really? Certainly that system has no foundation whatsoever in the Constitution of the United States.

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE



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Hollywood Right Plays It Stingy With California Candidates

As the final hours run out for two big races in California, some sleuthy types over at The Wrap have discovered that the rare species known as the Hollywood conservative is apparently not doling out the big bucks to help either Carly Fiorina or Meg Whitman win at the polls.

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE


Tea Party and Obama









Posted on Oct 29, 2010 ENLARGE



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Joe Miller Drops to Third Place in Alaska Race

Alaskan underdog and U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller scored a startling victory over incumbent Lisa Murkowski in August’s Republican primary, but in political time during an election year, August was eons ago, and now Miller needs another boost from ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE


Playing the Mommy Card

Excuse me, Mary Fallin, did I just hear you say, “Woman up”?

Posted on Oct 27, 2010 READ MORE



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GOP on Track to Take the House

With just a week to go before the midterm elections, it’s looking like Republicans are in good shape to take control of the House of Representatives, and it’s a long shot but not completely impossible that they could win big in the Senate, according to Reuters.

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 READ MORE


Hedges Discusses, Debates ‘Death of the Liberal Class’

Author and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges recently made an appearance on Canadian television’s “The Agenda With Steve Paikin” to make his case about how the American liberal class and its institutions have spectacularly failed those whom they supposedly aimed to serve ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Major Garrett: Fox Polarizes on Purpose

In case this wasn’t already clear, here we have evidence, straight from the mouth of former Fox News fixture Major Garrett, that his ex-network deliberately plays a game of division by packaging its news for a select audience.

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



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McConnell: Ousting Obama Is GOP’s Top Goal

President Obama came into office with high hopes of reaching across the aisle to work with both Republicans and Democrats in Congress. The only problem with that plan is that certain high-ranking GOP operatives such as Mitch McConnell ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 READ MORE


Election Year Blahs









Posted on Oct 18, 2010 ENLARGE


Condoleezza Rice









Posted on Oct 18, 2010 ENLARGE


Paladino and Pals









Posted on Oct 18, 2010 ENLARGE


In the Arena









Posted on Oct 18, 2010 ENLARGE



AP / Ralph Wilson

The Bipartisan Politics of Fear

Mercifully, the midterm election cycle is nearing its end. Both parties, we learn, are planning their “postmortem assessments.” The Daily Beast’s recent headline is a sign of the times: “Why Obama Can’t Lose in 2012.” Plan ahead.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Poll Puts Obama Over Palin in 2012

His supporters may not be as numerous (or enthusiastic) as they were back in the days of “hope” and “change,” but President Barack Obama still has the edge over one prominent hypothetical challenger for the White House in 2012: Sarah Palin.

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 READ MORE


Toxic Ad Spill









Posted on Oct 11, 2010 ENLARGE


Good Witch O’Donnell









Posted on Oct 11, 2010 ENLARGE


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