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Obama Is a "Terrible Candidate": Stuart Stevens and the View from Romney-World

Death Race | Posted 08.22.2012 | Politics
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Five months out from Election Day, the Romney campaign is delirious over what they're sure is an Icarus nosedive for the president.

"I'm Sort of Fatalistic... It's in Rich Peoples' Hands Now": The Last Days of The American Prospect?

Death Race | Posted 08.18.2012 | Media
Death Race

They are not the sorts of jobs that cultivate the talents of sensitive writers and introspective thinkers. In many cases, they burn young writers out, or turn them away from the profession completely.

Ten Things I Learned During a Decade in D.C.

Death Race | Posted 07.22.2012 | Politics
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After eleven years living in Washington, D.C., part of me is just sick of this swamp. The superficial commentary, the power-driven egoists, the fake smiles, the obsession with image. That's why I'm moving to Los Angeles.

Seven Stages of Ron Paul Supporter Grief

Death Race | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
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Is the Ron Paul campaign finally over? Depends on whom you ask.

Why "Martin O'Malley" and "2016" Always Appear in the Same Sentence

Death Race | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics
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It is difficult to determine where the "2016 moniker" came from, but those titles can be self-justifying -- reporters put them into stories to make their subjects seem more newsworthy, especially when the politician won't flatly deny it.

Chris Christie Addresses 'Death Race 2012'

Belleville-Nutley Patch | Paul Milo | Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics

Following the ceremony Christie responded to questions from the press regarding a bizarre incident last month in which State Troopers escorted a fleet...

Don't Blame Hogan Gidley for Rick Santorum's Sweater Vest: An Exit Interview with Rick Santorum's Peacock Message Man

Death Race | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics
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The calls from reporters started coming in at 10 a.m. -- every 20 minutes or so at first, then increasing in pace, so that in the two hours it took him to get from Richmond to the campaign headquarters in Burke he'd received between 60 and 70 calls.

The Secret Service Has Had Worse Weeks, And Other Facts Getting Lost in the Scandal

Death Race | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics
Death Race

To faithfully execute his office, the president needs to be able to go where he needs to go, and do what he needs to do, without distractions. It's in the nation's interest for the machinery of the presidency to run efficiently. If the Secret Service upstages the president, it makes his job -- whatever it is -- harder.

Mitt Romney Is the New Al Gore

Death Race | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
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2012-04-11-Screenshot20120411at11.35.00AM.jpgMitt Romney's not the person you want to invite over for a beer. But if your house was on fire you'd probably be happy to have him as a neighbor.

Take It From Me: Defending Obamacare Is Super-Hard

Death Race | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics
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What's your plan's deductible for a hospital visit? You don't know. What do you pay per month for health coverage? Most people don't know that, either. All of which makes it extraordinarily hard to communicate about the Affordable Care Act persuasively or effectively.

You're Either Santorum or You're Against Him

Death Race | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics
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Despite living in a rural Montana county filled with conservative ranchers and small merchants, I've met only two individuals who back him, neither of whom went much further when we spoke than to laud their man for being "real" and disparage Romney as a slick phony.

Exclusive: GQ Reveals Romney's and Santorum's Secret Service Code Names

Death Race | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
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They are the best kept secrets of any presidential campaign -- until someone overhears a whispered shout into a wrist microphone. Candidates who get Secret Service protection get to choose the code word that they'll be called -- perhaps for the rest of their lives, if they're lucky.

Senador Santorum? Come Again?

Death Race | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics
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Senador Puertorriqueño has a lovely ring to it, and it's just the kind of moniker a presidential aspirant would love to tout if he's trying to pull off another upset in Sunday's primary. The only problem? Rick Santorum was my senator, and I've never heard of that.

Ask A Mormon: Am I Going to Be Baptized After I'm Dead?

Death Race | Posted 05.12.2012 | Politics
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Unless you're distantly related to a Mormon either by blood or through marriage, you can probably rest assured that you're not going to be baptized a Mormon when you're six feet under. You're safe. And by safe, I mean you're definitely going to burn in Hell. Good luck with that!

What Obama and Israel Are Really Up to With Iran, and Each Other

Death Race | Posted 05.10.2012 | Politics
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Tensions remain. But one reason why Monday's meeting between Netanyahu and Obama ended with less rancor than did their last tete-a-tete is that Israel is growing more comfortable with U.S. policy -- secret U.S. policy.

Andrew Breitbart: The Extended GQ Interview

Death Race | Posted 05.02.2012 | Media
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On February 3, 2011, right-wing firebrand Andrew Breitbart, who died early Thursday morning in Los Angeles at the age of 43, gave GQ an extended interview on the eve of the publication of his book, Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!

The Totally Random Primary Night Encounter With Mr. Gabby Giffords

Death Race | Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics
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Even before Giffords resigned from Congress earlier this year, there was plenty of speculation about whether Kelly would run for her seat. "It's not my time either," he tells me. "I got my arm twisted a bunch." Will it ever be his time? "I don't know," he says. "You never know."

The Third Man: Why Ron Paul Is the Steadiest Candidate in the Race

Death Race | Posted 04.25.2012 | Comedy
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The contrast between the wizened libertarian and the unwrinkled Inquisitioner enabled the agile Romney to split the difference, handing him points that he hadn't completely earned.

Russ Feingold: A Senator Without Constituents

Death Race | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
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It should come as no surprise that here, in the restaurant, two separate people have come up and told him to run -- for what, it's not really important. Governor. Senator, again. Hell, President. Problem is Citizen Feingold is starting to enjoy himself.

It's an Open Secret That Many Young Republicans Support Gay Marriage

Death Race | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
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Says a young GOP political operative: "More people inside the GOP are OK with gay marriage than outsiders and liberals would think. That being said, it'll be a while before a tipping point is reached where they come out and say it."

What the GOP Can Learn From Jeremy Lin

Death Race | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
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What can one possibly add to the hill of hype that now surrounds the glorious Jeremy Lin, New York Knickerbocker? We are fascinated by his rise, but instead of focusing on his talent, which is raw and untested, we fixate upon his race and his biography.

The Matrix Revolutions, Starring Ron Paul as Morpheus

Death Race | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics
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Like Neo, young, angry Ron Paul supporters have had their eyes opened: Everywhere they look they find more illusion and falsehood.

Ann Romney In 2012: How Mitt Locks Up The GOP Women's Vote (and Maybe The Men's Vote, Too)

Death Race | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
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Even as Romney continues to bring out his rotating cast of high profile endorsers like Christie, John McCain and Tim Pawlenty, Ann is still his best surrogate.

Buddy Roemer for President: Pro-Life, Anti-Big Money, Pro-Awesome

Death Race | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
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Buddy Roemer and Gary Johnson are considered boutique candidates, dismissed by the Republican party. And yet when you consider the level of crazytalk that has pervaded the Republican nominating contest, it becomes apparent the only thing keeping them from recognition is money.

Meet Romney's Base: Nouveau Retirees

Death Race | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics
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Like Romney, they are polite and amicable. Like Romney, they show flashes of irritation with lesser people. Like Romney, they're what he might call "unemployed" -- the rising generation of seniors, nouveau retirees or people in the closing years of profitable careers.