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Paul Begala

Friday Talking Points -- Always Twirling for Freedom!

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.03.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

When it comes down to the freakiest of the freaky in the whole Republican field, Donald Trump is very hard to top. Trump not only is running for president, he's apparently on a mission to singlehandedly destroy his own Trump brand, forevermore.

Sam Stein

Long Before Nikki Haley, Zell Miller Took On The Confederate Flag | Sam Stein | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Monday afternoon, South Carolina’s Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the statehouse groun...

Social Security: The Empire Strikes Back

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Candidates would be well advised to pay more attention to voter opinion, economic realities, and the shifting political tide -- and less attention to the empty racket emanating from the reflexively anti-Social Security and anti-populist peanut gallery.

Frum-Shrum Predictions After Bibi's Words, Hillary's Emails, SCOTUS's Obamacare Argument

Mark Green | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Mark Green


Two leading authors and media mavens predict a) an Iranian nuc deal that Obama enforces without Congress and b) the Court will not overthrow Obamacare on a technicality. But they clash on Billary's money and emails: Frum thinks voters should care while Bob predicts they won't and shouldn't.

Igor Bobic

Bill Clinton's Work Habits Took A Toll On His Staff, But Hillary Might Do Things Differently | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Hillary Clinton stepped down from her position as secretary of state last year, it marked her first break from national political l...

Friday Talking Points -- Happy Pi Day!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Setting a level for hypocrisy usually not so blatantly shown by Democrats, Senator Dianne Feinstein is hopping mad that the government spied on her computers. The irony is so thick you can spread it on toast.


Reese Schonfeld | Posted 08.27.2013 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

I wish them all the best. God knows CNN needs a winner, and all of us need a newsier, better CNN. After all, I got fired for creating the show.

Liberal SuperPAC Had Secret Bain Ties

BuzzFeed | Ben Smith and Evan McMorris-Santoro | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

A top liberal SuperPAC in the 2012 election had undisclosed financial ties to the private equity firm Bain Capital — something that some people clos...


The Huffington Post | Rebecca Shapiro and Jack Mirkinson | Posted 04.06.2013 | Media

CNN is reportedly looking to revive none other than "Crossfire," the heated debate show made famous, in part, by Jon Stewart's unforgettable demolitio...

CPAC Attendee Jabs Hillary, Gets Hit With Epic Comeback

Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Paul Begala faced off against conservative media mogul Tucker Carlson for an event at CPAC on Thursday, exch...

A Progressive Economic Narrative

Mike Lux | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

No surprise that a populist progressive Democrat like me would like President Obama's State of the Union address that talked so much about lifting up the middle class. But there's a background story on getting to the president's message last night.

Jon Ward

The Road Forward: Obama Destiny As The Next JFK Faces Obstacles -- And Bill Clinton | Jon Ward | Posted 01.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the sun rises on his second inaugural, President Obama is already a significant figure in American history. And he is poised to becom...

Jon Ward

"Special Kind Of Madness' In Campaign's Closing Days | Jon Ward | Posted 11.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– In the closing days of a presidential campaign, there is often little each side can do other than hold on to their hats. The candi...

Mitt Romney, Bless His Heart

Jason Stanford | Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Barack Obama's convention speech stayed true to an important southern rhetorical tradition. Stay with me here. I'm about to teach you how to call someone a %#@&* in public and be polite at the same time. See, politics is fun!

Michael Calderone

Obama Skips Sunday Shows Amid Local Media Push | Michael Calderone | Posted 08.05.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- One afternoon in July, President Barack Obama sat down for eight interviews with local TV anchors -- the same number he's had with the nat...

Paul Blumenthal

Obama Super PAC Posts Impressive Fundraising | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top super PAC backing President Barack Obama's reelection campaign had its best month, raising $6.1 million in June. Priorities U...

Unnamed Sources: Clintons Green-Light Chelsea '32 Presidential Bid

Michael Sigman | Posted 08.15.2012 | Comedy
Michael Sigman

A quick and dirty survey of the nation's most prominent futurists left no doubt that Chelsea is the odds on favorite in 2032 to become the most powerful person in the history of the Milky Way.

Dave Jamieson

Prominent Democrat Says Romney Has 'Dug His Own Grave With Latino Voters' | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney has "dug his own grave with Latino voters," Democratic strategist Paul Begala said Monday....

Amanda Terkel

Veterans Group Gears Up For 2012 Election | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Jon Soltz was one of the first soldiers deployed to Iraq in 2003, and now, he's one of the last to come home, as the U.S. war in Iraq co...

Zach Carter

WATCH: Media Matters Toasts Final Glenn Beck Show With Silly Party | Zach Carter | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics

Glenn Beck's tenure at Fox News will come to an end on Thursday, and no organization seems happier about his impending signoff than Media Matters, the...

Obama's SOTU: Putting the Jam on the Lower Shelf So the Little People Can Reach It

Paul Begala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Begala

Critics will no doubt complain that the president's speech was a laundry list. But when you're feeling naked, clean laundry is a pretty useful thing.

Learn To Tell A Story

Stuart Connelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Connelly

I am watching my six-year-old daughter in the saddle, working a mare out during perhaps her third horseback-riding lesson. The ring is open oval, with...

A President's Choice: Resist Wall Street's 'Shock Doctrine' or Keep Listening to the Usual Suspects

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

To win elections Democrats need to get the economy moving, and you can't do that in a "centrist" way. They should compromise when they must, but this time they need to make it clear that they are compromising.

A Centrist Democratic Agenda: More Jobs, Less Corruption

Paul Begala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Begala

The message from this election cycle is clear. President Obama and the Democrats need a centrist jobs program and a clear, centrist commitment to limiting the power of corporate special interests in government.

Begala Mocks Boehner Tan: 'Is America Ready For An Orange Speaker?'

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

CNN contributor Paul Begala cracked a joke about John Boehner's tan early in CNN's election coverage Tuesday night. "2008 answered the question, Is A...