A look at the day's political happenings, including the true meaning of Presidents Day revealed and Mark Sanford airs his first South Carolina congressional campaign ad.
The Labor Department announced that employers added 103,000 jobs in September, President Obama addressed the Occupy Wall Street movement and Sarah Palin and Chris Christie said they would not run. The LRC panel discusses this and more. (more)
Forgive us this unabashed descent into mass culture, but our long national nightmare is over. Bristol Palin, despite some critics' allegations of tea party favoritism, did not win on "Dancing With the Stars." That honor (if it is one) goes to "Dirty Dancing" star Jennifer Grey, because nobody puts Baby in a corner.
For all the gosh-darn folksiness Sarah Palin hurls in our direction, the preview for her new TLC show makes the former governor's existence seem pretty charmed.
Sarah Palin's failed candidacy and her ascendance to the ranks of political celebrity were, it turns out, the best thing that could have happened to Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston.
Move over, George W. Bush, there's a new language butcher and she's on a tear. Sarah Palin loved her made-up word refudiate so much she used it twice -- first in an interview and again on Twitter. Realizing she blew it, Palin corrected the word to refute but then used it incorrectly. Eventually, she compared herself to William Shakespeare and called it a day.
Good for the NAACP. We need an honest conversation about the role of race and racism in the tea party. Thanks to a resolution passed this week at the venerable organization's national convention, we'll get it.