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Republicans Will Hold 2016 Convention in Cleveland

Ohio has become a bellwether state in presidential elections and, seeming to recognize that fact, the GOP has decided it’s the best place to anoint its 2016 nominee.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 READ MORE



GOP Hunts for Controversy in ‘The Hillary Papers’

The GOP isn’t taking any chances when it comes to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 run for the White House, which seems all the more inevitable the more people call it inevitable.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Chaos in Egypt, NSA Revelations and the GOP

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists consider whether the Obama administration should have stated stronger positions on aid and military in Egypt as violence overwhelmed Cairo. Edward Snowden reveals that the NSA broke its own surveillance rules thousands of times. And the Republican Party convenes in Boston and Chris Christie makes a case for 2016.

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 READ MORE



Obama Cuts His Own Pay, O’Reilly Explodes at Ingraham, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including RNC Chairman Reince Priebus accuses Democrats of supporting “infanticide” and the big obstacle Mark Sanford faces in his political comeback.

Posted on Apr 3, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Israel, Nukes and the GOP

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss President Obama’s reception in Israel, the possibility of that country attacking Iran if nuclear development continues and the deadly blunder of 10 years of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Plus, a GOP autopsy.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE



Former RNC Chair Steele Slams GOP, Colbert’s Sister Wins Primary, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest efforts by Congress to avoid a government shutdown and Michele Bachmann tries to run away from a reporter.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 READ MORE


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Limbaugh Disses RNC’s ‘Autopsy Report,’ Bachmann Tells Big Lie at CPAC, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why the assault weapons ban has already failed and Vice President Joe Biden meets Pope Francis.

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 READ MORE


‘SNL’ Gets Political in 38th Season Premiere

“Saturday Night Live” got into the swing of election season with several political sketches that mocked such happenings as GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s gaffes and Clint Eastwood’s much maligned Republican National Convention speech.

Posted on Sep 16, 2012 READ MORE


Two Conventions: Profiles in Decadent Cowardliness

Did you know that taxpayers helped fund these conventions at a level of $100 million for logistics and police sequestrations of demonstrators in Tampa and Charlotte and an additional $18.2 million each for general convention expenses?

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Ryan Backpedals on GM Plant Closure Remark (Video)

The VP nominee claims he wasn’t blaming President Obama during his Republican National Convention speech for a GM plant closure that happened while George W. Bush was still president.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE


Ralph Reed: Back From the Dead

Ralph Reed, the disgraced conservative political operative and evangelical leader who took secret money from former super-lobbyist and convicted felon Jack Abramoff, returned from political purgatory during the Republican National Convention last week.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE



Conservatives Celebrate Empty Chair Day, Moore Calls Eastwood ‘Crazy,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a top GOP lawmaker’s Labor Day gaffe and a warning from “Walker, Texas Ranger” star Chuck Norris.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 READ MORE



Obama Responds to Eastwood, Rush Praises Clint, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including another possible Paul Ryan lie, and a key battleground state makes a decision that could affect the presidential election’s outcome.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 READ MORE


Rachel Maddow at a Loss for Words After Clint’s RNC Speech

As host of her very own MSNBC program, the loquacious Rachel Maddow pretty much always has something to say about the day’s issues. But occasionally, even Maddow gets tongue-tied. Like, for example, when she tried to explain actor Clint Eastwood’s dialogue with an empty chair at the Republican National Convention. 

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 READ MORE


Clint Eastwood Tells Us Something About the GOP

The 82-year-old actor-director-tough guy gave a bizarre and rambling, sometimes incoherent speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, centered on a mock interview with an imaginary President Obama sitting in a nearby empty chair.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 READ MORE



Fox News Points Out Paul Ryan’s Lies ... and Pigs Fly?

Fox News used the words “deceiving” and “dazzling” to describe Paul Ryan’s speech at the GOP convention; British support of possible American military intervention in Syria could signal another blunder as terrible as the Iraq War; meanwhile, Israeli ex-soldiers finally admit to heinous treatment of Palestinian children. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Coming Soon: Ronald Reagan in Hologram Form

The hologram version of Ronald Reagan is set to debut soon. Yes, the wait is almost over! President Reagan in an, errr, reanimated state will soon be a thing!

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Fox News Disses Ryan’s ‘Deceiving’ Convention Speech

So-called liberal news outlets weren’t the only ones that had problems with Paul Ryan’s factually incorrect Republican National Convention speech. Conservative Fox News took issue with it as well.

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 READ MORE



Brewer ‘Endorses’ Obama, Condi Shines at Convention, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest possible feud between Sarah Palin and Fox News and what was possibly the biggest lie in Paul Ryan’s very misleading convention speech.

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 READ MORE


GOP Bankroller’s Daughter Gets Violent With Reporters

A woman identified as the daughter of billionaire GOP financier Sheldon Adelson pushed a “Democracy Now!” reporter before grabbing the crew’s camera, throwing it to the floor and disappearing into one of the Republican National Convention hall’s corporate suites.

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Fox News Speculates Hologram Reagan Will Endorse Romney at Convention

What better way to remind Republicans that Mitt Romney is not Ronald Reagan than by bringing out the former president in hologram form at the convention?

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 READ MORE



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GOP Convention Day 3: Paul Ryan’s Many Lies

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s convention speech was good, according to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. Even if it was, you know, filled with factual errors and all.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Ryan and the P90X Republicans

Something odd is happening in Mitt Romney’s Republican Party. The GOP is marketing the concept that a great many Americans need to suffer before they can prosper. The government needs the equivalent of a P90X regimen—and never mind checking first whether it will actually be good for the country.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 READ MORE


‘The Daily Show’: Jon Stewart Talks Todd Akin, Vaginas and the RNC

Jon Stewart and company missed an eventful week during their recent hiatus, but they’re back just in time for the Republican National Convention. And also to talk about the most important issues of the campaign: Todd Akin and vaginas.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 READ MORE



Convention Speaker Complains: Government Doesn’t Give Me Enough Money

Aren’t Republicans supposed to argue that the government gives out too much money, not that it gives out too little? Evidently, someone forgot to tell that to GOP convention speaker Phil Archuletta, a business owner who ripped the government for not giving him more financial help.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Top 5 Things Santorum Didn’t Say About Romney in Convention Speech

Rick Santorum had plenty of negative things to say about President Barack Obama during his speech Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention. In fact, it seems he had more bad things to say about Obama than good things to say about Mitt Romney, his party’s presidential nominee.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 READ MORE



Romney Gets Nominated, Giffords Starts Gabby PAC, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including some highlights of Day 2 of the Republican National Convention.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Convention Day Two: Ron Paul Delegates Lose Fight to Be Reseated

Tuesday’s roll call vote to nominate Mitt Romney for president at the Republican National Convention didn’t go off without a hitch, as Ron Paul supporters caused quite a ruckus. Still, a boisterous chant of “seat Maine now” was not enough to reseat 10 delegates from the state who are supportive of Paul’s presidential candidacy.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 READ MORE


It’s Party Time at the Republican Convention

The 200-plus parties being held around the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., this week provide opportunities for rookies as well as veterans of Congress to rub shoulders with lobbyists for the corporations that make or break their political careers, says Keenan Steiner, a staff writer for the Sunlight Foundation.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 READ MORE



Another Republican Makes an Abortion Gaffe, Krugman Takes On Christie, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including first day highlights of the Republican National Convention and Mark Sanford makes wedding plans.

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’: Security Costs at the Republican National Convention

Hosting the Republican National Convention doesn’t come cheap. Just ask Tampa, Fla. In preparation for this week’s gathering, the city’s police department received roughly $50 million from Congress. How did it spend the money? Click below to find out.

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 READ MORE


George W. Bush as Hurricane Isaac

There is nothing Republicans would rather the American people forget more than George W. Bush, who doesn’t even have a bit-part at the GOP convention opening in Tampa. But W’s ghost may be there, anyway.

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Weather Takes a Bad Turn for Mitt

Mitt Romney and the Republican National Convention are being buffeted by a force outside their control: the weather. Tropical Storm Isaac already has caused the GOP to cancel Monday’s opening events in Tampa, Fla., and it’s not finished yet.

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 READ MORE



Palin Counsels Akin, Hurricane Threatens Convention, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Paul Ryan’s extreme anti-abortion record and why the GOP’s “We Built This!” convention theme isn’t exactly correct—at least, not when it comes to the venue it chose. 

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE



Lawmaker Reiterates Akin Remarks, Romney Feels the Power of the Press, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the GOP’s staunch anti-abortion platform and a CNN appearance by Todd Akin’s, er, chair.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 READ MORE



Paul Ryan’s Hypocrisy, Another Clinton Candidate, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Republican National Convention keynote speaker revealed and Stephen Colbert offers some “praise” for Mitt Romney’s VP choice.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 READ MORE



Ryan Not Qualified, Gabby Giffords’ Latest Milestone and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including more Romney hypocrisy about tax returns and Sarah Palin’s Republican National Convention announcement.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 READ MORE



Reid’s Romney Source, Maddow Demands AP Apology, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings including Mitt Romney’s new campaign strategy and a key Obama campaign adviser makes his VP prediction.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 READ MORE



Romney Clashes With New BFF, Coulter on Gay Marriage, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including July fundraising totals for the presidential candidates and the Republican National Convention speaker lineup.

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 READ MORE



GOP Rakes in Wall Street Cash, ‘Muppets’ Done With Chick-fil-A, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why strip clubs (yes, strip clubs!) in Tampa, Fla., are preparing for the RNC next month, plus Stephen Colbert’s campaign advice to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE



Obama, Romney and Giffords React to Colorado Theater Shootings, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mayor Bloomberg on gun control and who’s skipping the Republican National Convention.

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 READ MORE



RNC Keynote Speaker News, Dubya Reflects, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why John McCain deserves (gasp!) major props and new estimates on disenfranchisement due to state voter ID laws.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE



Democracy Now!

Amy Goodman Wins Major Settlement Over 2008 Police Abuses

Amy Goodman and two former “Democracy Now!” producers have won a $100,000 settlement three years after police stormtroopers surrounding the GOP convention in St. Paul, Minn., battered, bloodied and arrested the journalists. (more)

Posted on Oct 3, 2011 READ MORE



Carlos Montes

Carlos Montes and the Security State: A Cautionary Tale

Poor urban neighborhoods have already learned what is only dimly being understood by the rest of us—in the eyes of the state we are increasingly no longer citizens with constitutional rights but enemy combatants.

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Changing of the Guard at RNC

There’s a new sheriff in town for the Republican Party. Ousted Chairman Michael Steele has been replaced by Reince Priebus, former party chief in Wisconsin and a friend of the irascible tea party movement.

Posted on Jan 15, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jim Mone

FBI Raids Homes of Anti-War Protesters

The FBI has executed several search warrants (aka breaking down people’s doors) in Minneapolis and Chicago as part of an investigation into a handful of anti-war protest organizers on allegations of, we kid you not, “activities connected to the material support of terrorism.”

Posted on Sep 25, 2010 READ MORE



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Ken Mehlman’s Scrambled Politics

So, the word got around this week that President Bush’s 2004 campaign manager and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman has come out of the closet. “It’s something I wish I had done years ago,” he said.

Posted on Aug 26, 2010 READ MORE


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Let Steele Speak

The Republican National Committee chairman is a wonderful distraction, a constant source of gaffes, laughs, clarifications and denials. But it’s the Democrats reciting Dick Cheney talking points who should be embarrassed.

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Big Apple? More Like Big Brother

Citing the specter of terrorism, an appeals court overturned a decision that would have forced New York City to turn over documents detailing the surveillance of demonstrators, street performers and other ne’er-do-wells who may have threatened the 2004 Republican convention ... and our national security, of course.

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE


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