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How 2012 GOP Spouses Use Style And Body Language To Attract Support

Christina Wilkie | Posted 12.11.2011 | Style
Christina Wilkie

As if on cue, the spouses of the Republican presidential candidates are stepping out on their own this month, a sure sign that the campaign has reache...

Journalist Apologies for Insensitve Steve Jobs Tweet

Posted 12.06.2011 | Media

Following the death of Apple creator Steve Jobs, conservative journalist Jeff Emanuel tweeted what many thought of an insensitive comment about the ne...

People: Get Ready

Steven Weber | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Steven Weber

Lacking actual creative imaginations (but mistakenly thinking "shrewd deception" is the same thing), the right-wing corporate machine may have bought up all the gullible Tea Party's concerns and transmogrified them with craven corporate cant.

Next Stop: Animal House

Matthew Dowd | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

Sometimes it's tough to find the frequency of this 2012 race. The traditional way we measure what's important in a campaign no longer really applies.

Univision Denies Scandalous Charges

AP | LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ | Posted 12.05.2011 | Media

MIAMI — The Univision television network denied allegations Tuesday that it told Republican Sen. Marco Rubio it might not broadcast a story abou...

The Predictable Flood Of Politics-Oriented Web Startups

Brad Feld | Posted 12.03.2011 | Small Business
Brad Feld

While I have no doubt that some people can make money creating web services for helping candidates get elected, especially those that include mobile, real-time data, and geo-location, I have no real interest in investing in companies that have the singular goal of helping politicians get elected.

Class Warfare? Says Who?

Margie Omero | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics
Margie Omero

Republicans feel they've seized a winning talking point by labeling as "class warfare" Obama's plan to ask the wealthiest to pay a bit more in taxes. Is that label sticking? And does it hurt?

GOP Vacuum

James Campion | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics
James Campion

No mavericks. No crazy people from Alaska. No pizza guys or thrice-divorced angry has-beens or even stammering Texas crackers this time. It's wooden, hold-your-nose and vote or be stuck with Obama time.

Missouri Republicans Avoid Primary-Calendar Controversy

AP | CHRIS BLANK | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Republicans are bailing out of a February presidential primary that had threatened to throw confusion into the 20...

"Free Market" Politicians Call for Austerity and Cuts While Financial Markets Call for Keynesian Stimulus and Jobs

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 11.28.2011 | Business
Miles Mogulescu

As markets warn of the risk of double-dip recession or even depression, politicians in Washington and Berlin -- who claim to believe in "free markets" -- fiddle while Rome may be about to burn.

President Obama the Warrior

Bill Schneider | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics
Bill Schneider

Obama can do what he did in 2008: stir the blood. Run as the passionate leader of a cause. In 2008, it was "hope" and "change." This time, it's "fairness."

Dream Until Your Dreams Come True

Felix Sanchez | Posted 11.23.2011 | Latino Voices
Felix Sanchez

Dear Governor Perry: Your comments on immigration really woke me up from the snooze debate. Your commanding, and I might add, sensitive voice has given me pause.

Rick Perry's Epic Lying Could Make Him the Next President

Bob Cesca | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Rick Perry's new video is a fantastic example of the Republican capacity to obfuscate the truth and win supporters in spite of flagrantly lying to them. They're able to get away with whopper lies so massive, they're almost hilariously off the rails.

Jon Ward

Mitt Romney Rules Out Rick Perry's Idea Of Moving Social Security To States | Jon Ward | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney's campaign said Wednesday it has ruled out the idea, floated by fellow Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, of movi...

Class Warfare: On the Battlefront, and Living Large

Rick Horowitz | Posted 11.20.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

"It's warfare," Poppa announced, his tired eyes scanning the faces of his beloved family. "And it's the worst kind of warfare," Poppa continued. "Class warfare."

Democrats on Verge of Repeating Ted Kennedy Mistake of 1979

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Morris W. O'Kelly

Is President Obama in trouble? Absolutely. Does his party have legitimate reason to voice a level of discontent Surely. But repeating the "Ted Kennedy" mistakes of 1979 only ensures that either Rick Perry or Mitt Romney waltzes into the Oval Office in a landslide.

Dems/GOP Nix Debates in Favor of Unlimited References to National Conversations

Mark Steinberg | Posted 11.19.2011 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

Politicians who continue to believe they can trope-a-dope the public into seeing them as thoughtful, competent or populist by invoking a vapid, empty phrase need to join the real conversation.

The Imminent Overness of Sarah Palin

Paul Slansky | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Paul Slansky

We don't need Sarah Palin anymore. After three years of overexposure to her tawdry toxicity, we know her too well, and our remaining schadenfreudal needs will more than be met by the cornucopia of damning nuggets Joe McGinniss has unearthed.

Cable News Debate Coverage Is Hurting Democracy

Bob Cesca | Posted 11.15.2011 | Media
Bob Cesca

The cable news media has gone from simply cracking gaming and sports metaphors to actually becoming a game, with politicians as the contestants and a rotating guest panel of snickering propagandists and "analysts" as the judges.

Obama Fights Back

Michael Carmichael | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics
Michael Carmichael

While Obama shook hands along the rope-line, every mind and heart in Reynolds, North Carolina realized that the president was back in the race.

Axelrod Attacks GOP Candidates On Jobs

AP | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama's top political adviser says none of the president's Republican challengers has much to say about how they're going to crea...

Jon Ward

Rick Perry Suffers Lasting Damage On Vaccination Mandate During His Second GOP 2012 Debate | Jon Ward | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The frontrunner status is starting to smart. If Rick Perry felt like a piñata during his first debate last week, the second debate on ...

PICTURES: GOP Candidates Swap Hairdos

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold & Jocelyn Richard | Posted 11.10.2011 | Comedy

We have absolutely no point in putting together this slideshow of GOP presidential hopefuls swapping hairstyles. Here's what they would look like....

Jon Ward

Rick Perry Aide Gives Clues To His Plans For Social Security | Jon Ward | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- If you listened closely to Rick Perry's aides, it was possible to gather some clues Wednesday night as to what what the Texas governor...

Jon Ward

Rick Perry & Mitt Romney Locked In Cage Match On Social Security Following California Debate | Jon Ward | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. -- There was one thing and one thing only on the minds and lips of Mitt Romney's aides and advisers after Wednesday night's Republ...