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Nepalese Monarchy Ousted in Vote

Nepal’s long-standing monarchy is about to become obsolete, after more than two-thirds of the country’s provisional parliament voted to amend the constitution and give the government the power to abolish the monarchy and establish a “federal democratic republican state” instead.

Posted on Dec 28, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton in Iowa
AP photo / M. Spencer Green

The Iowa Caucus Con

Political reporters are not widely embraced, but in Iowa, they are eagerly welcomed when they show up to cover the state’s unique system of selecting presidential nominees.  The reason is simple: The media is a co-conspirator in a con, the Iowa caucuses.

Posted on Dec 26, 2007 READ MORE


ron paul

Ron Paul Doesn’t Accept Evolution

The one and only anti-war Republican presidential candidate didn’t raise his hand when asked who doesn’t believe in evolution, but it turns out he may have wanted to. In this clip, Paul responds to a question about the incident by saying that it was an “inappropriate question,” but that “I think it’s a theory—theory of evolution—and I don’t accept it.”

Posted on Dec 22, 2007 READ MORE


huckabee
AP photo / Charlie Neibergall

Huckabee on the Rise

Just two weeks shy of the Iowa primary, the contest for the Republican presidential nomination has shifted into high gear, with former Arkansas governor (note to aspiring politicos: Arkansas is apparently not the worst place to cultivate presidential ambitions) Mike Huckabee rising quickly through GOP ranks to take the lead.

Posted on Dec 19, 2007 READ MORE


poster
huffingtonpost.com

Postering for Change in ‘08

It’s hard to limit oneself to just a couple dozen names, slogans and events representing the worst of the Bush years, but that’s what the folks at The Huffington Post have done for a postering campaign designed to promote Democratic candidates and shame Team Bush for its transgressions.

Posted on Dec 15, 2007 READ MORE


Romney and Huckabee
AP photo / Charlie Niebergall

Campaign ‘08 Rocked by Outbreak of Accountability

It’s not at all shocking when candidates and their assorted aides take pot shots at each other as they slog through the long and dirty campaign trail, but it’s at least a bit surprising when they ‘fess up to it.  That’s just what happened— twice! —in about 24 hours.

Posted on Dec 13, 2007 READ MORE


Romney
AP photo / Charlie Neibergall

Romney Gets National Review’s Vote

Much like actors around Oscar time, presidential candidates may pooh-pooh the value of media endorsements but they’ll quietly eat their hearts out if those approbations go to someone else.  Thanks to a nod from the National Review, Mitt Romney is feeling loved, at least for the moment.

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani

Giuliani:  Military Action Against Iran Not Off the Table

Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani went on “Meet the Press” on Sunday to talk about his chances for winning the nomination (he’s ahead in some states) and his stance on several key issues, including the U.S.‘s relations with Iran. It looks like he’s still siding with the hawks. 

Posted on Dec 10, 2007 READ MORE


Oh My God, What a Ticket!

In a bold move that could dramatically alter the playing field of the 2008 GOP presidential race, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has named Jesus Christ as his vice presidential running mate.

Posted on Dec 9, 2007 READ MORE


huckabee
msnbc.msn.com

Huckabee v. Huffington

The gloves are off in a throwdown between Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and Huffington Post creator Arianna Huffington over a low point in Huckabee’s career as governor of Arkansas.  The controversy concerns the Huffington Post’s coverage of the part Huckabee played in the release of serial rapist Wayne Dumond, whose time in prison clearly didn’t rehabilitate him.

Posted on Dec 7, 2007 READ MORE


Romney’s Walk on a Tightrope

The former Massachusetts governor must stop the advance of presidential rival and Baptist minister Mike Huckabee, but he has to tread a careful line in addressing religious issues.

Posted on Dec 6, 2007 READ MORE


Romney
AP photo / David J. Phillip

Romney Woos Wary Voters With Faith-Based Appeal

Now that rival Republican presidential hopeful (and Baptist minister) Mike Huckabee is getting traction in Iowa polls, Mitt Romney has attempted to pull a JFK by giving a speech Thursday targeting voters concerned about his Mormonism. Romney pledged that church authorities wouldn’t influence his presidential decisions, while also declaring that he endeavors to “live by” his faith and be “true to” his beliefs.

Posted on Dec 6, 2007 READ MORE


Ron Paul on CNN

Ron Paul Calls CNN Out for Being ‘Biased’ in Debate

Boy, was CNN ever psyched about a Ron Paul interview they had on their site—a major traffic driver for CNN.com!—the day of the CNN/YouTube Republican debate, CNN’s John Roberts tells Paul in this clip from the channel’s post-debate coverage Wednesday.  Paul, seemingly nonplused, points out that he was summarily and unfairly ignored until close to the end and gets in a few digs at his fellow candidates.

Posted on Nov 29, 2007 READ MORE


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rpv.org

Va. GOP Voters Required to Sign Loyalty Oath

It’s almost primary time, voters of America, so get ready for more electoral shenanigans!  The venerable southern state of Virginia is fast out of the gates this election season, thanks to the local Republican Party, which came up with the ingenious idea of requiring voters who want to take part in February’s primary to pledge that they’ll also cast their vote for the Republican presidential nominee next Nov. 4.

Posted on Nov 28, 2007 READ MORE


Dean and snowman

Howard Dean’s Personalized Query to GOP Debaters

Howard Dean knows a thing or two about the perils of the campaign trail.  Here, the man who emitted the deadliest scream in American political history wonders why any of the Republican presidential hopefuls taking the stage in Wednesday’s CNN/YouTube debate consider themselves candidates of change.

Posted on Nov 28, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani
foxnews.com

Giuliani ‘Even More Certain’ Now About Iraq War

Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani clearly shares a particular personality trait with President Bush:  the kind of unassailable certainty that even evidence to the contrary can’t uproot.  Take his position on the Iraq war, for example, which he still believes—even more so, now—was the right move for the U.S. to have made.

Posted on Nov 27, 2007 READ MORE


Trent Lott
blogs.southflorida.com

Trent Lott to Resign

The Senate’s second-ranking Republican is expected to announce that he will resign by year’s end. Trent Lott’s health is fine, but he wishes to pursue “other opportunities,” a congressional official said. Lott famously put his foot in his mouth in 2002 when he said the country would have been better off had Strom Thurmond won his segregationist bid for the presidency. Update: Money and politics are likely to blame (or thank).

Posted on Nov 26, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Gives Thanks

The satirist imagines what the president might be thankful for. A compliant Congress, perhaps? A lack of impeachment proceedings? Jena’s book deal?

Posted on Nov 23, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. soldiers
boston.com

Ron Paul:  Iraq War Will Cost $3.5 Trillion

It’s difficult to fully comprehend the total price tag of the Iraq war, but Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has made some staggering calculations, coming up with a whopping $3.5 trillion—including “hidden costs” such as interest on the money we’re borrowing, and long-term health care for vets. 

Posted on Nov 20, 2007 READ MORE


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postpolitical.com

Poking Holes in Fox News’ Mythology of Objectivity

This is certainly a point that has been made before, but the Guardian’s Michael Tomasky performed his own journalistic audit on the U.S.‘s Fox News network, starting with the conservative channel’s overt claims of offering “fair and balanced” news coverage, and finds that it falls short of its mission statement about spin-free reporting. 

Posted on Nov 19, 2007 READ MORE


Bush and Grammer
AP photo / Charles Dharapak, File

Hollywood Conservatives Keep a Low Profile

It’s relatively easy to drum up a list of high-flying entertainers who have publicly backed a Democratic politician in recent years (if not weeks)—Oprah, George Clooney, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand and others readily come to mind—but their conservative counterparts are much harder to ID without resorting to a Google search.

Posted on Nov 16, 2007 READ MORE


Hannity and Giuliani
AP photo / Adam Rountree

Deconstructing Rudy

As mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani honed his skills in creating a public persona that obscured some of his less savory behind-the-scenes activities.  But now, Giuliani’s facing serious resistance from the likes of filmmaker Robert Greenwald, who’s turning his lens on the wily GOP candidate in a series of Web-ready shorts.

Posted on Nov 10, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani
AP photo / Erik Perel

Krugman Blasts Giuliani for Prostate Prevarications

Rudy Giuliani’s factually challenged claims about how he probably would have fared in his battle against prostate cancer had he sought treatment in Britain instead of America might have raised only a small stir, but, for his part, columnist Paul Krugman thinks it should have been a much bigger deal.

Posted on Nov 2, 2007 READ MORE


Questioning Adoption-Abortion Link

One of the right wing’s most frequently invoked alternatives to abortion is adoption—but, as an Op-Ed piece in the Los Angeles Times points out, the relationship between the two choices is not at all as direct or demonstrable as some politicians, such as Rudy Giuliani, have made it seem.

Posted on Oct 29, 2007 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert
indecision2008.com

Colbert Ahead of 3 Democrats in Presidential Poll

Stephen Colbert’s presidential campaign—a compellingly postmodern play on identity and politics (or something like that)—is apparently being taken seriously enough by the polling firm Public Opinion Strategies to merit Colbert’s inclusion in the lineup of candidates the firm is currently tracking.  Here’s how the TV comedian—who says he’s running as both a Democrat and a Republican—is doing in the race for White House glory.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


Romney
AP photo / Jose Luis Magana

Romney, Giuliani Woo Religious Right

One by one, the Republican presidential contenders are going a’courtin’, stating their positions on gay marriage, abortion, religion and other high-priority issues of a crucial conservative constituency:  the religious right.  On Friday, Mitt Romney made his case to the Values Voters Summit, gingerly handling the matter of his Mormon faith, while Giuliani pitched woo on Saturday.

Posted on Oct 20, 2007 READ MORE


Craig
product-reviews.net

Craig Bitter Over His Treatment by Romney

Sen. Larry Craig has fallen out with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who, according to Craig (pictured), turned his back on the embattled Idaho senator after Craig’s infamous run-in with the Minneapolis police this summer.  In an NBC interview slated to air Tuesday, an embittered Craig said Romney “not only threw me under his campaign bus, he backed up and ran over me again.”

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 READ MORE


Thompson

Nixon: Thompson ‘Dumb as Hell’

President Richard Nixon’s White House tapes have truly become the political gift that keeps on giving, even after all these years.  Take this latest timely treat, for example, that ABC News’ indefatigable research team rooted out like keen-nosed truffle pigs.

Posted on Oct 10, 2007 READ MORE


Limbaugh’s ‘Phony Soldiers’ Slur

The controversy over what Rush Limbaugh meant when he uttered the phrase “phony soldiers” last week isn’t just another broadcast sideshow. As the political power of conservatism declines, the symbolic authority of figures such as Limbaugh is likewise shrinking.

Posted on Oct 3, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton Walks That Fine Pink Line

With Hillary Clinton well ahead of the Democratic pack in the polls and Republican candidates scrambling to demonstrate who is best able to defeat her, the question isn’t whether America is ready for a woman president but rather can anyone stop her.

Posted on Oct 3, 2007 READ MORE


Bush and children
foxnews.com

Bush Vetoes Children’s Health Care Bill

President Bush may not have done his party any favor in coming elections by exercising his veto privilege—the fourth time he’s done so—to deep-six a bipartisan bill passed by Congress that would have renewed the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Posted on Oct 3, 2007 READ MORE


wounded man
AP photo / Hadi Mizban

The State Dept.‘s Murderous Guardians

How did it come to be that the ostensibly best-educated and most refined representatives of the United States in Iraq are guarded by gun-toting mercenaries who kill innocent civilians?  More urgently, why did State Department employees and their bosses in Washington tolerate—and pay to conceal—the wanton murder conducted on their watch?

Posted on Oct 2, 2007 READ MORE


Affirmative Dissatisfaction

I believe in affirmative action, but I have to acknowledge that there are arguments against it. One of the more cogent is the presence of Justice Clarence Thomas on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Posted on Oct 2, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani
AP Photo / Gerald Herbert

Guns ‘n’ Roses for Giuliani

Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani was busy sweet-talking a group of National Rifle Association members in Washington, D.C., on Friday when he received a call from a very special lady.

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE


Olbermann

Let It Be Known That Keith Olbermann’s Not Havin’ It

President Bush’s criticism of MoveOn.org’s “General Betray Us” ad and the “Democrat Party” provoked this barrage of verbiage from MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, who slams Bush for “behaving a little bit more than usual like we’d all interrupted him while he was watching his favorite cartoons on the DVR. ... ”

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE


Thompson Quits to Spend More Time With His Nap

The satirist jokes that Fred Thompson, exhausted by the rigors of his weeklong campaign for the Oval Office, has called it quits.

Posted on Sep 15, 2007 READ MORE


Bush with veteran
AP Photo / Charles Dharapak

Letting Our Veterans Down

The sorry state of care of American veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan is not accidental. It’s on purpose. Since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the Bush administration has fought every effort to improve care for wounded and disabled veterans.

Posted on Sep 13, 2007 READ MORE


Huckabee and Paul

Paul:  ‘We’ve Dug a Hole for Our Party’

Perhaps more remarkable than watching Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee trot out the “if you break it, you buy it” analogy in relation to the Iraq war during Wednesday’s debate is taking in Ron Paul’s exasperated speech about how a handful of neocons in Washington “hijacked our foreign policy.”

Posted on Sep 6, 2007 READ MORE


Paul Gillmor
gillmor.house.gov

Ohio’s Rep. Paul Gillmor Dead at 68

Rep. Paul Gillmor, an Ohio Republican who had held his seat in the House for nearly 20 years, was found dead in his Washington apartment on Wednesday by members of his Capitol Hill staff.  The cause of Gillmor’s death had not been officially announced by Wednesday afternoon. He was 68.

Posted on Sep 5, 2007 READ MORE


Larry Craig
AP Photo / Douglas C. Pizac

Scandals Rattle Republican Ranks

The GOP is undergoing a bit of an ethical crisis following the recent string of scandals involving prominent Republicans—the most recent being, of course, the media hullabaloo surrounding Sen. Larry Craig’s run-in with an undercover policeman in a Minneapolis airport men’s room.  Oh, and then there’s that whole Iraq war issue.

Posted on Aug 29, 2007 READ MORE


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Honeymoon May Be Over for Ron Paul

Ron Paul may have soured his antiwar appeal among progressives with a speech Saturday at the Iowa straw poll. Paul referred to Roe v. Wade as “that horrible ruling,” called for the abolition of the Departments of Energy and Education and the IRS, and attacked welfare and immigrants. But the most bizarre moment came when he suggested airline passengers should be allowed to carry guns.

Posted on Aug 12, 2007 READ MORE


Newt Gingrich
AP Photo / Dino Vournas

Gingrich and His Crazy Ideas

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich thinks the road to the White House is longer and stranger than ever—and he ought to be concerned, considering he’s rumored to be joining the other candidates on that road soon.  “These aren’t debates,” the Georgia Republican groused to CNN, comparing the recent debates to a cross between “The Bachelor,” “American Idol” and “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader.”

Posted on Aug 9, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Pioneer Press, Scott Takeshi, www.twincities.com

Collapsed Bridge Had Known Structural Problems

A day after Wednesday’s deadly rush-hour bridge collapse in Minneapolis, the Bush administration acknowledged that the interstate freeway bridge had been known to be “structurally deficient” for at least two years—while carefully pointing out that the Minnesota government was responsible for its upkeep.

Posted on Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE


GOP Candidates Not Ready for YouTube Close-Up?

Perhaps hoping to avoid answering global-warming questions posed by snowmen, the majority of Republican presidential candidates seem a bit commitment-phobic about joining Sen. John McCain and Rep. Ron Paul for their party’s CNN/YouTube debate Sept. 17.

Posted on Jul 29, 2007 READ MORE


Leaving No Republican Behind

In a state that likes the GOP, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, is succeeding by respecting those who disagree with him. Members of his party who are seeking the presidency should take note.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


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