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Eliot Nelson

Entries by Eliot Nelson

White Supremacists Worried Charleston Shooting Makes Them Look Bad

(757) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 2:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- White supremacists on Thursday quickly tried to distance themselves from the suspect in the mass shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, worried that a white man killing nine people in a black church in South Carolina looked bad for their movement.

"This is going to...

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These Are The 10 Worst Possible Presidential Campaign Songs

(34) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 2:53 PM

Barack Obama used "Signed, Sealed Delivered," by Stevie Wonder. Mitt Romney used "Born Free," by Kid Rock. George W. Bush used "I Won't Back Down," by Tom Petty.

The campaign song creates a particular mood at a stump speech -- ideally one of confidence, hope and patriotism. But a slight...

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Barbara Mikulski Pantsed The Senate

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 11:21 AM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) always portrayed herself as a classic Baltimore woman, a hon who put her pants on one leg at a time. On Tuesday, her female colleagues in the Senate honored that ethos by putting on pants, one leg at a time.

Mikulski announced...

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Gary Johnson At CPAC: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

(82) Comments | Posted February 28, 2015 | 6:48 PM

NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND -- Typically, when a politician meets a reporter for an interview, decorum dictates that said politician offer up a bland pleasantry to break the ice. "Thanks for spending time with us!" or "Try to keep up!" are standard.

When I meet former New Mexico governor and...

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Ben Carson Supporters Gear Up For A Presidential Campaign

(124) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 6:49 PM

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Even though Dr. Ben Carson has yet to announce that he's running for president, his supporters are acting a lot like he has.

On the heels of a Public Policy Polling survey that found the pediatric neurosurgeon and conservative pundit in second place nationally...

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Scott Walker's Hanukkah Message: 'Molotov'!

(460) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 1:25 PM

WASHINGTON -- Hanukkah is a holiday that commemorates the burning of oil. Republicans naturally love it. But in his haste to celebrate the festival of lights, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) got a little farmisht.

In an undated letter posted by the Capital Times Wednesday, Walker...

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In Bed At A Reasonable Hour: Mitch McConnell's Election Night Extravaganza

(6) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 1:24 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- When the crowd at Mitch McConnell's election party first learned their candidate had won a sixth term in the Senate, the reaction was somewhat less than euphoric. A few yelps of excitement erupted here and there, but it seemed as if no one wanted to stand out...

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One Of America's Most Politically Toxic Congressmen Is Going To Be Re-Elected -- Here's Why

(95) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 5:01 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. -- All politics is local, except when it isn't.

That's the lesson being learned in Kansas' 1st Congressional District, where tea party-aligned Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) is poised to win re-election despite his quixotic mission to alienate practically every significant person or entity in his political orbit. In...

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Kansans Are Moderate As Hell And They're Not Going To Take It Anymore

(498) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 1:01 AM

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas -- A boring thing happened in Kansas last week.

In a nondescript conference room in a nondescript community center, a group with a nondescript name vented about that most nondescript of policy matters: budgets.

Members of Republicans for Kansas Values, a stodgy group of lawmakers past...

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The Supreme Court Gave Gay Marriage A Big Kanye Shrug

(4) Comments | Posted October 11, 2014 | 8:30 AM

So, that happened: Ebola has come to America, but the disease has nothing on the viral spread of harum-scarum Ebola hype from the media and politicians. Can we develop a resistance? Meanwhile, the Supreme Court greeted a host of marriage equality bans with a big ole Kanye shrug, letting the...

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Lights! Camera! Jesus! How Christians Are Building Their Own Hollywood

(401) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 9:00 PM

Christian filmmakers are now a force to be reckoned with, and they hope to reach beyond their religious fans to a larger, less devout audience. (Illustration: Troy Dunham/The Huffington Post)


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Tuesday's Morning Email: Robin Williams ~ 1951-2014

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 8:11 AM


MALIKI REFUSES TO STEP ASIDE The Pentagon stated multiple U.S. airstrikes have slowed ISIS’s advancement on Mount Sinjar, but hadn't stopped their onslaught. Haidar al-Abadi has been named the new Prime Minister of Iraq, but current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has continued to...

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Monday's Morning Email: Possible Iraq Coup

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 8:31 AM


IRAQ GOVERNMENT CHAOS, POTENTIAL COUP Troops are massing in Baghdad as a showdown between Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Iraq's President Fouad Massoum intensifies. “The government formation process is critical in terms of sustaining stability and calm in Iraq, and our hope is that...

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Friday's Morning Email: Obama Authorizes Air Strikes, Aid for Iraq

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 8:02 AM


OBAMA OKs AIR STRIKES, AID DROPS FOR IRAQ President Obama announced late last night that he has authorized both air strikes and aid drops in Iraq. “Today America is coming to help,” he said. However, he was quick to stress that the U.S. would avoid...

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Thursday's Morning Email: CDC Upgrades Ebola Threat to Level One

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 8:22 AM


CDC UPGRADES EBOLA THREAT The Center for Disease and Control has classified Ebola as a level one threat, highlighting concerns about the virus’s spread into Nigeria. Medical experts continue to call for greater access to the experimental drugs two infected American missionaries received....

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Wednesday's Morning Email: Gaza Cease-Fire Holds For Now

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 8:36 AM


GAZA CEASE-FIRE ENTERS DAY TWO As negotiators head to Cairo, both sides are sharpening their negotiating points. Israel and Egypt are seeking to disarm Hamas, while Hamas hopes to keep its military arm. Not surprisingly, no one thinks this will be the

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Tuesday's Morning Email: 72-Hour Cease-Fire in Gaza

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 8:18 AM

Scrabble lovers rejoice: You now have 5,000 more words to pull out in the clutch. This is THE MORNING EMAIL for Tuesday, August 5, 2014.


“A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas meant to last at least three days and...

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Monday's Morning Email: Israel Shells Another School

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 8:59 AM

In honor of President Obama’s 53rd birthday, enjoy his best moments in gifs. This is THE MORNING EMAIL for Monday, August 4, 2014.

The Scuttlebutt

  • Second American ebola patient to return to U.S.

  • A man tried to kill his roommate over some

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Grimes, McConnell Hurl Insults At Annual Kentucky Free-For-All

(54) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 1:00 AM

FANCY FARM, Ky. -- On Saturday, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) was giving a speech and was interrupted by a heckler supporting her opponent, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

“WE WANT MITCH!” the heckler yelled.

Despite the presence of local police and state troopers lining...

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Tuesday's Morning Email: U.S. Claims Russia Violated Arms Treaty

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 8:42 AM

Ice cream bread is a thing -- diet be damned. This is THE MORNING EMAIL for Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

The Scuttlebutt

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