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Time for the President to Switch to South Paw

(9) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 5:00 PM

As a native Philadelphian, there was something in the "wudder" there which makes me still relate everything in the world to the Rocky saga. And, so, as I look at the polling landscape in the presidential race, I can't help but think it's time for President Obama's campaign to switch...

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Comedians Making Their Own Way in Era of Do-It-Yourself Comedy

(7) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 3:40 PM

Tall, skinny and sporting a beard with shaggy hair, 31 year-old comedian Lee Camp resembles many of the ubiquitous young comics in the New York City comedy scene, today. But, Camp's jokes are less about Generation-Y's latest interest like Spotify, and more an unleashing of his anger at...

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It's Time for an NCAA Ombudsman

(12) Comments | Posted November 14, 2011 | 4:20 PM

If now isn't the time for an independent investigative body to be set up by the NCAA to monitor all of its member schools, when is?

The tragedy of the alleged raping and molesting of young boys at the hands of a Penn State Football coach -- and the aftermath...

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Grassroots Comedy for SNL

(7) Comments | Posted May 13, 2010 | 4:15 PM

I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Saturday Night Live. From the time I was a toddler, I watched the show. In 5th grade, for a class project, I did a fake ad for "Jimmy Peanut Butter," impersonating Dan Aykroyd impersonating Jimmy Carter. If that wasn't enough...

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Triangulation by Dummies

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2010 | 11:35 AM

I have one question for the White House: Who, exactly, are you going to gain support with by enacting a spending freeze that isn't exactly a spending freeze?

  • Liberals balk because it sets limits on what could be spent on important programs, while letting bloated budgets like...
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Time for Brian Westbrook to Hang Them up

(5) Comments | Posted November 17, 2009 | 4:25 PM

Think about it -- you're at the ripe old age of 30, and you might not be able to do the job you love to do anymore. The job that everyone said you wouldn't really succeed at. The job you literally gave blood, sweat and tears to, and proved the...

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Mr. President, You Can Act Like A Man. Yes You Can.

(6) Comments | Posted September 8, 2009 | 5:43 PM

JOHNNY FONTAINE: I don't know what to do... I don't know what to do...
VITO CORLEONE: YOU CAN ACT LIKE A MAN! What's the matter with you?! Is this how you turned out? A Hollywood finocchio that ah cries like a woman? Boo hoo hoo, what can I do...

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Obama Hits The Wall

(10) Comments | Posted June 18, 2009 | 3:30 PM

In the latest round of polling, President Obama seems to have finally hit a wall. As the excitement of his inauguration fades away, as does the relief that George W. Bush is no longer in the White House, the President's finding out what it's like to own the nation's problems....

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Conservatives: "Public Health Care Option Is The Best, But You Can't Have It"

(34) Comments | Posted June 9, 2009 | 2:01 PM

The conservative mantra, for as far back as anyone can recall, is that the government can do no right, and the private sector can do no wrong, thanks to market principles of competition. "Government isn't the solution to our problem - Government is the problem," declared Ronald Reagan.

Well, that...

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Godspeed, GOP

(14) Comments | Posted May 13, 2009 | 6:13 PM

The Republican Party is in shambles.

Yeah, I know. That's been kind of obvious for a while. But never was it crystallized more than in the two stories running today showing the party to be completely rudderless.

First, Adam Nagourney in the New York Times reports:

A party and...
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With Gregory, Opportunities for Meet the Press

(23) Comments | Posted December 4, 2008 | 10:20 AM

With it all but official that NBC will choose David Gregory as the new moderator of Meet the Press, comes a tremendous opportunity to update the show, and continue to lead the field of Sunday programs. Or, the show could continue doing what it has done since Tim Russert...

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Why Rahm Is Right

(95) Comments | Posted November 5, 2008 | 12:09 PM

Let me start this post by saying I'm no Rahm Emanuel fan. I don't like his vicious hatred of Howard Dean and the 50-state strategy (which I helped kick start back in the '04 election). I don't like how he's stared down the base sometimes. He's not a guy I...

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McCain's Closing Argument (No Joke): Obama Hates Special Needs Children

(25) Comments | Posted October 24, 2008 | 10:45 AM

So this is how John McCain is going to go out. You can just picture the staff concocting this bizarre argument:

STEVE SCHMIDT: OK, so we say Obama hates old ladies.

MARK SALTER: Yeah, I like it!

STAFFER 1: Damnit. Guys, just got this on my Blackberry....

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"Socialist" McCain "Spreads The Wealth"

(9) Comments | Posted October 21, 2008 | 2:22 PM

It's simply amazing to me that not one of our enterprising journalists have bothered to bring this up.

For all the ranting and raving about Senator Obama having "socialist" plans, and wanting to "spread the wealth," not one person has raised the fact that this is exactly what Senator...

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McCain Changes Desktop Wallpaper

(7) Comments | Posted October 13, 2008 | 3:05 PM

The pre-spin for the week has been spun: That John McCain is hitting the "reset" button on his crashing campaign. Like a computer that froze, the spin goes, McCain is rebooting everything, starting today.

Except he's not. All McCain is doing is changing the desktop wallpaper. All he's doing...

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A New Low: McCain Camp Condones Violent Threats Against Obama

(14) Comments | Posted October 10, 2008 | 5:00 PM

In a new low, not just for this campaign, but for the history of American politics, Senator John McCain's campaign today defended threats against Senator Barack Obama.

Says campaign spokesman Brian Rogers:

Barack Obama's attacks on Americans who support John McCain reveal far more about him than they do...
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McCain's New Strategy Incites Violent, Racist Reaction

(75) Comments | Posted October 7, 2008 | 10:16 AM

Are you proud, John McCain? This is your campaign. In your quest for power, you threw out your morals, your principle, your past disdain for low-ball gutter smears. And now we know the reaction it has incited.

Are you proud?

In New Mexico, you asked the crowd, "Who is...

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The Line That Could Sink McCain-Palin

(12) Comments | Posted October 3, 2008 | 5:14 PM

In last night's debate, there was one answer that caused the entire left blogosphere to spit coffee all over their keyboards, and worked Chris Matthews up. But, the line was largely lost in today's analysis. In the end, however, it could be the undoing of the McCain campaign.

In response...

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Palin's Debate Strategy and How Biden Can Beat It

(22) Comments | Posted September 30, 2008 | 4:04 PM

I'd bet all the money I have right now (which is about $3.50 thanks to the stock market) that the McCain campaign is prepping Sarah Palin for the debates with two connected mantras, right now:

1) The clock is Biden's enemy, and
2) Pride comes before...

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McCain's Massive Fail

(46) Comments | Posted September 29, 2008 | 10:11 PM

Whether you're happy that the Wall Street bailout was rejected by the House, or disappointed, one thing is abundantly clear - McCain went "all in" on the bailout, made it the single real-time test of his leadership. He quote-unquote "suspended" his campaign, so he could get down and dirty in...

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