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A Little Celebritician History

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.12.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

The victories of both Schwarzenegger and Ventura do have one very important lesson to teach, one that so far is mostly being ignored by most everyone in the political world. The lesson might be phrased: "Strange things happen when the political and entertainment worlds collide."

The Trump Phenomenon and U.S. Political Culture

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

The only things that really matter in Republican politics today are name recognition, a degree of celebrity, and the ability to make outrageous statements that appeal to a minority of voters.

5 Things You Must Tell Your Grandma About the Ads on FOX News So She Doesn't Get Scammed

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Jon Hotchkiss

Over the course of 5 hours between October 24 and 25, I wrote down every commercial that aired on FOX News during shows hosted by Brett Baier, Gretchen Carlson, Shep Smith, Bill Hemmer and Greta Van Susteren because I wanted to know what was being advertised. Here's what I found.

Is American Politics Broken?

Craig Snyder | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Craig Snyder

The first Federal government shut down in 17 years. The prospect of the first ever default on our nation's debt. Why can't our political parties compr...

Top 9 Ways to Run a Negative Campaign (in Hollywood)

Dan Mirvish | Posted 08.14.2013 | Los Angeles
Dan Mirvish

One reason the CAAN'T campaign backfired is because nobody knows who to root for when one bully beats up another bully.

Ads I Don't Want to See

Susan Silver | Posted 01.20.2013 | Fifty
Susan Silver

A lot of older actors and actresses are doing commercials. There is nothing new about that, but once you've hit Baby Boomer and beyond, the types of commercials seem to have a sameness about them...

Fred Thompson's Shocking Tweet

Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

Former Republican Tennessee Senator and Law and Order star Fred Thompson raised a few eyebrows among those following him on Twitter Wednesday, tweetin...

Mitt Romney: the Worst Presidential Candidate of All Time?

Joshua Franklin | Posted 04.22.2012 | Politics
Joshua Franklin

I am not criticizing Romney-the-potential-president. I am criticizing Romney-the-candidate, especially his failure to capitalize on the near-perfect conditions for his run for the White House.

The Impersonator

D. R. Tucker | Posted 03.31.2012 | Politics
D. R. Tucker

The Romney of 2007-08 seemed to stand for something. What does the Romney of 2011-12 stand for? What, exactly, is he trying to accomplish?

Jason Linkins

WATCH: Fred Thompson Endorses Newt Gingrich -- The Video That Should Have Been | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.26.2012 | Politics

For the larger part of the 2012 campaign, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has enjoyed frontrunner status, and one of the benefits of being thoug...

Fred Thompson Endorses Newt Gingrich

Posted 01.24.2012 | Politics

Fred Thompson, who made an unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination during the 2008 election cycle, endorsed Newt Gingrich in this ...

Huckabee Hits Back At McCain

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.13.2012 | Politics

Mike Huckabee hit back at Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) for denying they worked together during the 2008 South Ca...

McCain Slams Huckabee Over Curious Claims

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.12.2012 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) slammed former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee on Thursday over claims he made regarding the 2008 Republican presidential p...

College Football Player Dies At 19

AP | Posted 02.07.2012 | Sports

CORVALLIS, Ore. — An Oregon State defensive tackle who collapsed during a pick-up basketball game and died was stricken so suddenly that even if...

Oregon State Defensive Tackle Dies Of Apparent Heart Attack

The Oregonian | Paul Buker | Posted 03.26.2012 | Sports

Oregon State freshman defensive tackle Fred Thompson, who would have been 20 on Sunday, died tonight of an apparent heart attack at the Dixon Rec Cent...

Rick Perry: Fred Thompson and Barry Goldwater's Lovechild

Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto | Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics
Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Just as Goldwater won his party's nomination, so may Perry. Perry can play to the party base and capitalize on his Thompson-like, tough, law-and-order persona, but in the end, it is unlikely that a Thompson-Goldwater hybrid can carry the general.

GOP Field Tightens

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.15.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Almost a full month ago, I placed four names in the "Frontrunners" category: Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Rick Perry, and Mitt Romney. This list hasn't changed at all.

Jason Linkins

Long-Shot GOP Presidential Hopeful Moves Closer To Debate Appearance | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.20.2011 | Politics

Ultimate 2012 underdog and self-styled "anti-Romney" candidate Fred Karger moved a bit closer to obtaining a small measure of limelight, as the South Carolina GOP has extended him an invitation to participate in their May 5 debate -- the first official GOP face-off of the campaign season.

Jason Linkins

Waiting For Fred Thompson | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

People wonder more and more if some yet-to-be named candidate will jump in and save the 2012 GOP presidential candidate field from itself. No one...

Jon Ward

Bachmann Could Threaten Huckabee's 2012 Prospects | Jon Ward | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Mike Huckabee had hoped to coast through the summer with a run for president in his back pocket. Michele Bachmann just picked i...

Mitch Daniels, 2012's Answer to Fred Thompson

Asher Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Asher Smith

"Everybody agreed that Galba would make an excellent emperor, until he became emperor." Substitute "became emperor" with "formed an exploratory committee to run for president," and you have Mitch Daniels circa fall 2011.

Fred Thompson Teaches the Pigs to Dance

Mark Joseph | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mark Joseph

Something about Fred Thompson's life mirrors the greatness of America -- how ordinary men and women answer the call to service. He was willing to serve, of course, but not obsessed by the need for power.

Jon Stewart Author Interview: 'Teaching The Pig To Dance', Fred Thompson's Memoirs

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The title of Fred Thompson's memoir, "Teaching the Pig to Dance: A Memoir of Growing Up and Second Chances," was inspired by an expression he heard of...

Fred Thompson On His Small Town Childhood: New Book, 'Teaching The Pig To Dance' Out Today (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Former senator (and former presidential hopeful) Fred Thompson has a new book out today, "Teaching the Pig to Dance," in which he muses about his smal...

Rod Blagojevich On Fred Thompson AUDIO: Calls Pat Quinn A 'Eunuch,' Talks Rahm Emanuel, Dick Durbin, Roland Burris

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Rod Blagojevich had some choice words for a number of prominent Chicago politicians, in a radio appearance on Fred and Jeri Thompson's WLS radio show ...