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342 items by Julian Brookes

  • Mitt's Out-of-Touch Moments: 'Not Concerned' About the Poor Edition

    Mitt's Out-of-Touch Moments: 'Not Concerned' About the Poor Edition | BLOG ENTRY

    Uh-oh: there he goes again. During an interview with CNN this morning, the GOP frontrunner said – actually said – this: "I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll...

    February 1, 2012 12:55 PM ET
  • Barney Frank Is Getting Hitched

    Barney Frank Is Getting Hitched | BLOG ENTRY

    Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, one of the first openly gay politicians in national office, confirmed yesterday that he's planning to wed his partner of five years, Jim Ready. The wedding will take place in...

    January 27, 2012 4:11 PM ET
  • Occupy Protesters Get Their Squid On in San Francisco

    Occupy Protesters Get Their Squid On in San Francisco | BLOG ENTRY

    Hundreds of protesters surrounded and effectively shut down Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco's financial district this morning, one of many peaceful-yet-disruptive actions planned for today by Occupy...

    January 20, 2012 2:40 PM ET
  • Michael Hastings Talks Assange, WikiLeaks with Charlie Rose

    Michael Hastings Talks Assange, WikiLeaks with Charlie Rose | BLOG ENTRY

    Rolling Stone contributing editor Michael Hastings was on CBS's 'This Morning' with Charlie Rose earlier discussing his in-depth Julian Assange interview, his new book, The Operators, and the 2010 firing of Gen. Stanley McChyrstal,...

    January 19, 2012 1:26 PM ET
  • Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

    Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. | BLOG ENTRY

    "I was surprised by his assassination. I didn't see the Poor People's Campaign as the threat to Washington and the Establishment that I now see it was." That's the great civil rights activist Andrew Young, recalling...

    January 13, 2012 4:25 PM ET
  • Mitt Romney's Most Out-of-Touch Moments

    Mitt Romney's Most Out-of-Touch Moments | BLOG ENTRY

    Mitt Romney drew plenty of chuckles and faux-outrage recently when, during a campaign stop in New Hampshire, he smilingly said: "I like to be able to fire people who provide services to me." His Republican rivals...

    January 12, 2012 3:01 PM ET
  • GOP Presidential Contender Gary Johnson Goes Libertarian

    GOP Presidential Contender Gary Johnson Goes Libertarian | BLOG ENTRY

    So the big campaign news this morning is that invisible Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson has ditched his bid for the GOP nod and  thrown in his lot with the Libertarian Party. Johnson, who served two...

    December 21, 2011 10:32 AM ET
  • Most Hilarious Gaffes of Campaign 2012

    Most Hilarious Gaffes of Campaign 2012 | BLOG ENTRY

    Presidential politics is serious stuff, and when you're talking about the GOP nomination race and the prospect of one of those guys getting the keys to the White House, it can be downright scary. So, let's be...

    December 20, 2011 9:30 AM ET
  • Christian Bale Roughed Up Visiting Chinese Activist

    Christian Bale Roughed Up Visiting Chinese Activist | BLOG ENTRY

    The Academy Award-winning actor, in China to promote his new film, The Flowers of War, was attacked by Chinese police and stopped by from visiting a famous human rights activist living under house arrest. This and other...

    December 16, 2011 3:18 PM ET
  • Jon Stewart on the GOP's Latest Great Right Hope

    Jon Stewart on the GOP's Latest Great Right Hope | BLOG ENTRY

    The Daily Show took incredulous note last night of the rise of Newt Gingrich, the latest of the "great right hopes" to get a look from Republican primary voters desperate to find someone, anyone, who isn't Mitt...

    December 16, 2011 9:50 AM ET
  • EPA Implicates Fracking in Groundwater Pollution

    EPA Implicates Fracking in Groundwater Pollution | BLOG ENTRY

    AP is out with a report that the Environmental Protection Agency is, for the first time, tying hydraulic fracturing – a controversial method of getting natural gas out of the ground known for short as...

    December 8, 2011 1:40 PM ET
  • Jon Stewart on Why Republicans Will Miss Barney Frank

    Jon Stewart on Why Republicans Will Miss Barney Frank | BLOG ENTRY

    News of Rep. Barney Frank's decision not to seek reelection in 2012 was greeted in conservative quarters, as might be expected, "with respect for his service to the country," Jon Stewart deadpanned on...

    November 30, 2011 12:01 PM ET
  • NH Union Leader Endorses Gingrich, Says Romney 'Represents the 1%'

    NH Union Leader Endorses Gingrich, Says Romney 'Represents the 1%' | BLOG ENTRY

    In a stinging slap at Mitt Romney, New Hampshire's most influential newspaper, the Union Leader, has endorsed his neck-and-neck rival Newt Gingrich in the Republican presidential race. "Newt Gingrich is by no means the perfect ...

    November 28, 2011 5:27 PM ET
  • The Week in Occupy Wall Street

    The Week in Occupy Wall Street | BLOG ENTRY

    The past few days have been full of drama, violence, fear, defiance, and soul searching for Occupy Wall Street. Check out our photo gallery for highlights from a chaotic and pivotal week.

    November 18, 2011 4:48 PM ET
  • Talking Party of the Rich on Fresh Air

    Talking Party of the Rich on Fresh Air | BLOG ENTRY

    Don't miss Fresh Air with Terry Gross today. Rolling Stone's Tim Dickinson will be on discussing his latest story, about how the GOP became the Party of the One Percent. As Dickinson reports, the party of...

    November 16, 2011 12:58 PM ET
  • How Ignorance, Greed and Ideology Are Warping Science and Hurting Democracy

    How Ignorance, Greed and Ideology Are Warping Science and Hurting Democracy | BLOG ENTRY

    "Whenever the people are well informed" an optimistic Thomas Jefferson wrote, "they can be trusted with their own government." Sure – but what if the people have no clue?  Most of the big challenges facing America and the world...

    November 15, 2011 3:05 PM ET
  • A Psychoanalyst Puts Obama on the Couch

    A Psychoanalyst Puts Obama on the Couch | BLOG ENTRY

    Three years into his presidency, Barack Obama, the most eloquent and candid of modern presidents, remains an enigma, even – especially? – to his most ardent supporters (a dwindling band, to be sure). A shelf's worth of...

    November 11, 2011 12:20 PM ET
  • Honoring America's Veterans

    Honoring America's Veterans | BLOG ENTRY

    In honor of Veterans' Day, the Center for American Progress has a good video up taking stock of the state of America's veterans in 2011. In it, former assistant secretary of defense Lawrence Korb explains that...

    November 11, 2011 10:35 AM ET
  • 'Kill Team' Leader Gibbs Found Guilty of Murder

    'Kill Team' Leader Gibbs Found Guilty of Murder | BLOG ENTRY

    A U.S. military court has convicted Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, leader of the notorious "kill team" of American soliders from the 5th Stryker Brigade who killed civilians for sport in Afghanistan, of three counts of premeditated murder. Gibbs,...

    November 11, 2011 10:00 AM ET
  • Jefferson County, Alabama - Screwed by Wall Street - Files for Bankruptcy

    Jefferson County, Alabama - Screwed by Wall Street - Files for Bankruptcy | BLOG ENTRY

    Bad news from (and for) Jefferson County, Alabama. (Reuters) - Alabama's Jefferson County filed for bankruptcy court protection on Wednesday in the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.Commissioners for the county, which is home to...

    November 10, 2011 10:32 AM ET
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