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Obama on the Rise

Presidential candidate Barack Obama is currently enjoying a 15-point lead over Republican rival John McCain, according to a new poll conducted by Newsweek, which found that 51 percent of registered voters around the country favored Obama for president, while 36 percent picked McCain.

Posted on Jun 21, 2008 READ MORE


McCain on Kimmel

Dude, It’s John McCain!

Among the various tidbits of personal information we learn about John McCain from this appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is that the Arizona senator’s favorite movie is “Dude, Where’s My Car?” Is it just us, or is that a slightly troubling factoid about a man hoping to be our nation’s next president?

Posted on Jun 18, 2008 READ MORE


Cusack

John Cusack’s McCain/Bush Pop Quiz

Actor John Cusack is ramping up his political presence during this election cycle with his film “War, Inc.” and now this advertisement from MoveOn.org, in which he points out how George W. Bush and John McCain are remarkably similar in some pretty fundamental ways, regardless of McCain’s recent bids to distance himself from the outgoing president.

Posted on Jun 17, 2008 READ MORE


Mission_Accomplished
From ThinkProgress.com

Bush’s Regret

President Bush says he is now reconsidering the swaggering cowboy image that he adopted early on in his presidency. “I think that in retrospect I could have used a different tone, a different rhetoric,” he tells the U.K.‘s Times Online as his time in office ticks out.

Posted on Jun 10, 2008 READ MORE


John and Cindy McCain
AP photo / LM Otero

The Other Mrs. McCain

The Brits are in on the American election speculation game, judging by this Daily Mail article about John McCain’s first wife, Carol, which, despite reporter Sharon Churcher’s “tsk-tsk” tone about McCain’s possible philandering and his eventual wife-swap (enter Cindy, beer heiress, pictured), also allows that Carol McCain still cares about her ex-husband and supports him in his political ventures.

Posted on Jun 9, 2008 READ MORE


McCain advertisement

John McCain: War = Bad

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee (still waiting for the handy acronym here, people) John McCain has a new advertisement that makes a play for the anti-war crowd with his bold pronouncement: “I hate war.” All right, but how does his latest incarnation explain the liberties he once took with a certain Beach Boys surf classic?

Posted on Jun 6, 2008 READ MORE


Schumer and Obama
AP photo / Lauren Victoria Burke

Exposing the GOP’s Voter Suppression Campaign

If Barack Obama, the presumed Democratic presidential nominee, is to defeat John McCain, he’d better get started organizing teams of election law attorneys and other specialists to guard against efforts already underway to disenfranchise Democratic voters.

Posted on Jun 5, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Jeff Chiu

What Makes McCain Tick?

Will the real John McCain stand up? Actually, I don’t expect him to, now that he is the Republican presidential candidate, pandering to the irrationalities that drive his party. Nor is it likely that the fawning mass media will pressure him to the point of clarity. But I remain genuinely confused as to what makes him tick.

Posted on Jun 3, 2008 READ MORE


Tim Robbins
theactorsgang.com

Tim Robbins on Orwell, Obama and the Media

It’s usually a reliable sign that a once-original idea has been utterly stripped of its impact by the time it becomes the premise for a reality television show. Not so for “Big Brother.” Several seasons of that particular televised train wreck have come and gone, and besides, Apple Computer also cashed in on the whole surveillance paranoia theme ages ago. Big Brother is watching. We get it.

Posted on Jun 2, 2008 READ MORE


McClellan on 'Today'

Scott McClellan’s Disillusionment

Scott McClellan appeared on the “Today” show Thursday to discuss his memoir, “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception,” and the “two defining moments” that caused him to become “increasingly dismayed and disillusioned ... with the way things were going in Washington, D.C.”

Posted on May 29, 2008 READ MORE


Stewart painting

Stewart Checks Out McCain’s ‘Unremarkable’ Buttocks

Those reporters who were given just three Internet-free hours to curl up with John McCain’s huge stack of medical records (right before Memorial Day!) were privy to some mighty intimate details about the presumptive Republican nominee—and pundits were subsequently saddled with the task of making talk of polyps, chin herpes (ew!) and freckled buttocks somehow sound like good news for the GOP.

Posted on May 29, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Jeff Chiu

McCain Aims to Work With Russia on Arms Control

John McCain may seem similar to President Bush in many ways, but the presumptive Republican nominee is apparently looking to draw some clear distinctions between himself and the outgoing president in regard to how he proposes to deal with tensions that have cropped up between the U.S. and Russia around the issue of nuclear disarmament.

Posted on May 27, 2008 READ MORE


John McCain
AP photo / Rich Pedroncelli

McCain Campaign Hits Turbulence

Internal shake-ups among Sen. John McCain’s campaign aides, unusual structuring choices within his camp and the worry among some Republicans that their presumptive nominee isn’t capitalizing sufficiently on the Democrats’ current chaos are all spelling trouble for Team McCain.

Posted on May 24, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Pushes Hagee, Parsley Away

This wasn’t the best week for Sen. John McCain’s (former) religious advisers, the Revs. John Hagee and Rod Parsley—primarily because the Republican front-runner has effectively given them both the political heave-ho following the public re-airing of their takes on Israel and Islam, respectively.

Posted on May 23, 2008 READ MORE


McCain on 'Ellen'

McCain Cornered by the Elephant in Ellen’s Room

Sen. John McCain toed his party line well in his appearance Thursday on “Ellen,” where he managed to appear excruciatingly uncomfortable as he listened to host Ellen DeGeneres’ explanation of her pro-gay-marriage stance and as she quizzed him about his own decidedly different opinion on the subject.

Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE


Huckabee

Huckabee’s Major Misfire

Good thing Mike Huckabee isn’t in the running for the presidency anymore—he’d be hard-pressed to spin his way out of the truly horrific crack he made Friday at an NRA event in Louisville, Ky. That’s hardly important, considering the troubling implications of his failed joke, which called up the image of Democratic candidate Barack Obama being targeted by a gun-wielding assailant.

Posted on May 16, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Forest Photo-Op
AP photo / Dean Rutz

McCain Warms Up to the Environment

John McCain pranced through a Washington forest with reporters Tuesday, speaking of his historical support for the environment and his plan to slow global warming. The move is seen as an effort to differentiate McCain’s brand of Republicanism from Bush, who ritually regarded global warming as a “theory.”

Posted on May 14, 2008 READ MORE


Guantanamo detainees
Shane T. McCoy / U.S. Navy

The Tortured Law on Torture

Ah, yes, those torture confessions have proved so useful. That, at least, was the claim of our president in justifying one of the most egregious assaults ever on this nation’s commitment to the rule of law. But now comes news that charges have been dropped against the so-called Sept. 11 attacks’ 20th hijacker, one of dozens so identified, because the “evidence” he supplied under torture and later recanted is not credible enough to go to trial.

Posted on May 13, 2008 READ MORE


Rev. Parsley

McCain’s ‘Spiritual Guide’ Has a Big Issue with Islam

Looks like Sen. John McCain is being endorsed by more than one controversial preacher—the apparent “must-have” of leading presidential hopefuls this election cycle. Meet the Rev. Rod Parsley, whose support McCain sought and won, according to Brave New Films and Mother Jones, which have launched a collaborative effort to expose Parsley’s alarming beliefs about Islam and America’s role on the world stage.

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE


W
ew.com

Stone Gears Up for ‘W’

Entertainment Weekly has released first-look photos of actor Josh Brolin in character for his lead role in Oliver Stone’s new movie, “W.” Portraying the current president is no small challenge, but director Stone, who has been accused of courting controversy in his previous big-screen presidential portrayals, has promised to treat his subject fairly.

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Mary Altaffer

McCain Revisits Remarks About Oil and Occupation

In a bid to clarify his stance on the (current) Iraq war, as well as just how long he’d be “fine” with maintaining a U.S. military presence in the region, Sen. John McCain held one of those town hall meetings that are so de rigueur among campaigning politicians these days, this time in Denver, where he performed some semantic gymnastics for his audience at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center.

Posted on May 3, 2008 READ MORE


Ron Paul
flickr.com

Ron Paul, Best-Selling Author

Looks like there may be life after the campaign trail. Presidential hopeful Ron Paul, who has kept swinging long after media types started calling Sen. John McCain “the Republican presumptive nominee,” has a best-seller on his hands with his new book, “The Revolution: A Manifesto”—at least according to Amazon.com’s list of top titles.

Posted on May 1, 2008 READ MORE


Doan Resigns
vassar.edu

The Gravy Train Stops Here

It’s the end of an era for the friends of General Services Administration chief Lurita Alexis Doan, who resigned from her post Tuesday following years of allegations of corruption and other inappropriate uses of power. Doan’s reign over the government’s chief contracting agency was riddled with contract handouts and examples of using her appointed position for political (read Republican) purposes.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Mary Altaffer

No Country for Old Men

Would President John McCain forget who made that 3 a.m. call to the special White House phone? I suspect that his aides would not just let him nod off back to sleep, even if they were intimidated by the prospect of one of his alleged intemperate outbursts, but might our septuagenarian president be less than fully focused?

Posted on Apr 29, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
flickr.com

Hitchens Asks the $3-Trillion McCain Question

All right, people, it’s high time someone dealt squarely with this question: Does John McCain have anger-management issues? Monday brought word on this potential problem, the Republican Party’s sword of Damocles, from provocateur Christopher Hitchens, who dares to ask “whether [McCain’s] elevator goes all the way to the top.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2008 READ MORE


Daily Show

‘Daily Show’: Stephanopolous Sweet-Talks ‘Adorable’ McCain

Hey everyone, John McCain has his own controversial preacher on his team!  And look, he’s not wearing a flag pin on his lapel either!  These points weren’t driven home by media types like George Stephanopolous, whom Jon Stewart accuses of taking a ride on the “Sweet Talk Express” instead of giving McCain a proper grilling.

Posted on Apr 25, 2008 READ MORE


McCain in New Orleans
AP photo / Mary Altaffer

McCain on Katrina Scandal: ‘Never Again’

Sen. John McCain has a tough path and a lot to prove in his presidential campaign: that his age isn’t an issue, that he doesn’t have an anger problem and that he’s like Bush in ways some voters admire but unlike him in other ways. Thursday was a day for McCain to make himself appear very different indeed as he campaigned in New Orleans.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


moore
johnmurneysblog.blogspot.com

Moore Throws Hat Into Obama’s Ring

For presidential candidates, celebrity endorsements can be a mixed bag—especially when the star in question is a polarizing figure, as is the latest famous figure to give the nod to Barack Obama: audacious auteur Michael Moore.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


McCain and Bush
AP photo / Ron Edmonds

The Man Who Would Be Bush

Are Americans unusually stupid or is it something our president put in the water? As millions surrender their homes and sacrifice other standards of our nation’s economic stability and reputation to the caprice of the Bush-Cheney imperium, a majority of voters tell pollsters that they might vote for a candidate who promises more of the same.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


Seven Years of Scandal

The latest plot twists are stunners, even as they unfold against the scandalous backdrop of the Bush administration’s sorry regulatory record.

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE


Romney and McCain
AP photo / Mary Altaffer

McCain and Romney Yuk It Up

Former rivals John McCain and Mitt Romney looked like fast friends as Romney joined McCain in Utah and Colorado for a little campaigning Thursday. Could this be the beginning of a beautiful ticket? 

Posted on Mar 27, 2008 READ MORE


The Two McCains

Liberals who have sung the praises of John McCain in the past confront a fascinating test of consistency, integrity and political commitment now that McCain is the virtually certain Republican nominee. It could be an amusing moment. I should know, since I’m one of them.

Posted on Mar 10, 2008 READ MORE


Sally Kern
BGay.com

Oklahoma Lawmaker: Gays Are Biggest Threat to U.S.

Here’s a quiz: What’s the most potentially harmful phenomenon or issue threatening our nation? Our use of torture on suspected terrorists? Hawks in the White House? If you guessed either of those, according to Oklahoma Rep. Sally Kern, you’re wrong—homosexuality is America’s worst scourge. Guess who won’t be voting for Rep. Kern in her next bid for office?

Posted on Mar 10, 2008 READ MORE


Colbert

Colbert Says a Sad Hucka-Bye

Ersatz pundit Stephen Colbert, shedding crocodile tears, bids farewell to the presidential campaign of Republican Mike Huckabee, to whom he had given his faux endorsement. 

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE


Bush and McCain
blog.reidreport.com

McCain Makes It Official

John McCain has secured the Republican nomination with a projected sweep of the March 4th primaries. He was thought by many political insiders to be too independent to pull it off, but his march to the right appears to have been successful. It is fitting, therefore, that he is expected to visit the White House on Wednesday to further tie himself to George W. Bush.

Posted on Mar 4, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Talks Tough in Texas

As Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama battled it out in several states Tuesday, Republican front-runner John McCain sent out a word of warning about the “dangerous” state of the world in trying to win supporters in San Antonio, Texas.

Posted on Mar 4, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

What John McCain Should Know

More than any other candidate for president, John McCain should know that peace talks can be stronger and smarter than bombs, that withdrawing American soldiers can be the best way to achieve stability, and that the best way to protect American troops is to bring them home from the war zone.

Posted on Mar 3, 2008 READ MORE


McCain in NYC
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

What the Times Didn’t Tell About McCain

As Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain twisted briefly in the wind kicked up by that New York Times story suggesting he had swapped political favors for the personal favors of an attractive lobbyist for the telecommunications industry, I kept waiting for the public policy punch line.

Posted on Feb 26, 2008 READ MORE


Huckabee
newsweek.com

Huckabee Yells Out for a Debate, but the Press Goes Deaf

How quickly the tides turn for would-be presidential nominees. Just a few weeks ago, a former Arkansas governor was grabbing headlines, and it wasn’t Bill Clinton. Now, Mike Huckabee is calling for a debate with GOP front-runner John McCain and almost no one in the media is taking note except the six reporters still assigned to trail him.

Posted on Feb 26, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / J. Pat Carter

McCain Wishes Castro a Speedy Retirement From Land of the Living

Sen. John McCain, campaigning in Indianapolis, said Cuba won’t be better off under Fidel Castro’s fraternal successor, Raul Castro, whom he called “worse in many respects than Fidel was,” and the Republican front-runner voiced the hope that Fidel will meet his commie maker, Karl Marx, “very soon.”

Posted on Feb 22, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

NYT Runs Controversial McCain Story, Spat Ensues

Did unwanted attention from a New Republic scribe prod The New York Times into printing its long-awaited story about certain alleged snags in Sen. John McCain’s moral fabric?  McCain’s camp apparently thinks so, but regardless, the Arizona senator’s team is switching into battle mode to counter the paper’s “smear campaign.”

Posted on Feb 20, 2008 READ MORE


Letterman

Letterman on John McCain, Mall-Walker

Americans of a certain age may take umbrage at David Letterman’s characterizations of 71-year-old presidential candidate John McCain as a “Wal-Mart greeter,” a “mall-walker” and “the guy at the supermarket who is confused by the automatic doors.”

Posted on Feb 20, 2008 READ MORE


McCain and Bush
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Bush I Backs McCain

John McCain’s recent jockeying to make himself look like a direct heir to Ronald Reagan’s Republican legacy was helped along Monday by George H.W. Bush’s vote of confidence that McCain is indeed the right person to lead the nation as the next president.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008 READ MORE


Lawmaker Quits Amid Child Porn Investigation

A Republican member of the Maryland Legislature has resigned after authorities raided his home and took several items, including his computer, during a child pornography investigation. According to the Baltimore Examiner, state Delegate Robert McKee had been a sponsor of the Child Protection From Predators Act.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Lauren Victoria Burke

McCain Votes Against Torture Ban

Sen. John McCain has established himself as an outspoken critic of torture, which makes his vote Wednesday against the Feinstein Amendment, which would set limits on the types of interrogation techniques used by American intelligence agencies, all the more puzzling—or, in the case of The Atlantic columnist Andrew Sullivan, heartbreaking.

Posted on Feb 14, 2008 READ MORE


McCain parody video

Like Hope, but Different

The inevitable parodies of Barack Obama’s “Yes We Can” video have begun—this one isn’t so much about Obama or Hillary Clinton as it is about Republican front-runner John McCain, whose infamous hundred-year (or more) plan for America’s presence in Iraq is deservedly and humorously lambasted here.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008 READ MORE


Stewart on Romney

‘Daily Show’: Life Mitt-Out Romney

Jon Stewart bids farewell to Mitt Romney, erstwhile presidential candidate and “man-shaped polymer casing for a spiritual vacuum” (ouch!), and calls into question Romney’s anti-terrorist rationale for bowing out of the ‘08 race.

Posted on Feb 9, 2008 READ MORE


Huckabee supporters
AP photo / Orlin Wagner

Huckabee Hangs On

If one thing is clear after last week’s Super Tuesday craziness, it’s that candidates who seemed to score big want to claim victory as a foregone conclusion, while others who didn’t show quite as strongly—like Mike Huckabee, for example—want to challenge the finality of the results.

Posted on Feb 9, 2008 READ MORE


Huck and Mac
AP photo / Charlie Niebergall

The Common Enemy

After Super Tuesday, Democrats are worrying that a long Clinton-Obama contest might irreparably damage the party’s prospects in November. But, as longtime political reporter and former Los Angeles Times City Editor Bill Boyarsky points out, the bigger threat is a McCain-Huckabee ticket.

Posted on Feb 7, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Matt York

Conservatives Fear McCain Will Veer Left

Rush Limbaugh’s said it, and now Charles Hurt from Rupert Murdoch’s Big Apple tabloid, the New York Post, is joining in the chorus of conservatives who worry that Sen. John McCain would betray the GOP’s core right-wing base if he inches any closer to the White House.

Posted on Feb 6, 2008 READ MORE


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