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  • Obama Strangely Silent on Overseas Tax Rate

    Obama Strangely Silent on Overseas Tax Rate | BLOG ENTRY

    The Treasury Department unveiled today President Obama's plan to reduce the corporate tax rate. In its broadest strokes, the plan would shave seven points off the nominal rate businesses pay, lowering the tax from 35 percent to...

    February 22, 2012 1:15 PM ET
  • Obama's War on Pot

    Obama's War on Pot | ARTICLE

    Back when he was running for president in 2008, Barack Obama insisted that medical marijuana was an issue best left to state and local governments. "I'm not going to be using Justice Department...

    February 16, 2012 9:55 AM ET
  • Romney Camp Tapped Volunteers For Deceptive Polling Effort in Michigan

    Romney Camp Tapped Volunteers For Deceptive Polling Effort in Michigan | BLOG ENTRY

    The Mitt Romney campaign is backpedalling after launching a deceptive voter polling effort. Through this morning, likely GOP voters in Michigan were getting calls collecting "voter research on the upcoming Republican Presidential Primary." The short survey — asking six...

    February 15, 2012 2:53 PM ET
  • Mitt Gets His Own 'Google Problem': SpreadingRomney.com

    Mitt Gets His Own 'Google Problem': SpreadingRomney.com | BLOG ENTRY

    If you Google "Romney," you'll find, just below Mitt's campaign website and his Wikipedia page, a link to SpreadingRomney.com — a site that offers an unsettling redefinition of the candidate's surname that,...

    February 14, 2012 8:10 AM ET
  • Obama Contraception Backtrack: Smart Politics or Screwup?

    Obama Contraception Backtrack: Smart Politics or Screwup? | BLOG ENTRY

    James Fallows has a tremendous longread essay in The Atlantic examining competing narratives about the Obama presidency. Is he a) "a chessmaster," a deeply strategic politician who is constantly thinking three and four steps ahead of...

    February 10, 2012 5:00 PM ET
  • Romney Gets Rick Rolled

    Romney Gets Rick Rolled | BLOG ENTRY

    Mitt Romney just got Rick rolled. Despite his dominating performances in Florida and Nevada, the GOP frontrunner got flattened last night in Missouri, Minnesota and, most painfully, Colorado, by Rick Santorum. Anyone who says they saw...

    February 8, 2012 3:11 AM ET
  • How Romney Would Slash the Safety Net

    How Romney Would Slash the Safety Net | BLOG ENTRY

    Mitt Romney is furiously backpedaling on his declaration that he's "not concerned about the very poor." In the fullest context, Romney was claiming that the very poor have it alright in America because they...

    February 1, 2012 1:50 PM ET
  • Newt and Callista's Affair 'Was Common Knowledge' on the Hill

    Newt and Callista's Affair 'Was Common Knowledge' on the Hill | BLOG ENTRY

    Newt Gingrich's affair with his future third wife Callista Bisek, at the time an aide in the office of Wisconsin Rep. Steve Gunderson, was in full bloom on the eve of the Republican Revolution that propelled...

    January 26, 2012 2:14 PM ET
  • Obama's Republican Verses

    Obama's Republican Verses | BLOG ENTRY

    At last night's State of the Union address Barack Obama tried to reach across the spectrum from the Occupy set (he referred to income inequality as "the defining issue of our time") to the Tea Party (Obama demanded:...

    January 25, 2012 1:07 PM ET
  • When George W. Bush Endorsed Mitt Romney

    When George W. Bush Endorsed Mitt Romney | BLOG ENTRY

    After his disastrous two-term presidency, George W. Bush is the Republican-whose-name-must-not-be-spoken by the candidates on the 2012 GOP primary trail.  But back in 2002, Bush was a valuable campaign asset. And his backing helped Mitt...

    January 24, 2012 9:55 AM ET
  • The Five Keys to the Gingrich Resurrection

    The Five Keys to the Gingrich Resurrection | BLOG ENTRY

    What did we learn from Newt Gingrich's 12-point romp in the South Carolina primary? Here are my five key takeaways: 1. Mitt's Mormonism MatteredIt's uncomfortable to write about, but you can't look at the exit polling from...

    January 23, 2012 2:35 PM ET
  • South Carolina Shake-up

    South Carolina Shake-up | BLOG ENTRY

    If you love politics-as-sport, this is the kind of day you live for. It's three days out from the most important primary of the GOP race, and the contest – and the dominant media narrative – has...

    January 19, 2012 3:40 PM ET
  • Romney's Tax Rate 'Probably' 15 Percent; Rivals Offer Him a Tax Cut

    Romney's Tax Rate 'Probably' 15 Percent; Rivals Offer Him a Tax Cut | BLOG ENTRY

    Under pressure to release his tax returns, GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney did some expectations-setting this morning by admitting that his effective tax rate is "probably" close to 15 percent — far below the 23 percent rate...

    January 17, 2012 3:33 PM ET
  • Mitt Romney's New Spanish-Language Ad, Remixed

    Mitt Romney's New Spanish-Language Ad, Remixed | BLOG ENTRY

    Mitt Romney has a new ad en Español hitting the air in Florida this week that features his son Craig speaking fluent Spanish. Back in 2002, of course, Mitt Romney had different ideas about the merits of Spanish...

    January 13, 2012 9:30 AM ET
  • The Ten Worst Members of the Worst Congress Ever

    The Ten Worst Members of the Worst Congress Ever | ARTICLE

    This story is from the November 2, 2006 issue of Rolling Stone. The Highway Robber: Dennis Hastert (R-Ill) Hastert could well be the weakest House speaker in history. Tapped by Tom DeLay to serve as the mild-mannered frontman...

    January 12, 2012 2:03 PM ET
  • 'King of Bain': How Newt's Super PAC Film Could Trip Up Romney

    'King of Bain': How Newt's Super PAC Film Could Trip Up Romney | BLOG ENTRY

    Coming off a cakewalk victory in his vacation-home state of New Hampshire, Mitt Romney is a surer bet than ever for the GOP nomination. He solidly met expectations in the Granite State, and the...

    January 12, 2012 8:50 AM ET
  • The Romney Ceiling

    The Romney Ceiling | BLOG ENTRY

    In the beauty contest that was the GOP's Iowa caucuses — the winner is not actually guaranteed any delegates — Mitt Romney eked out a post-midnight, eight vote "victory" over Rick Santorum, a man most famous for...

    January 4, 2012 2:25 AM ET
  • It Got Better: Lesbian Couple Share Navy's 'First Kiss'

    It Got Better: Lesbian Couple Share Navy's 'First Kiss' | BLOG ENTRY

    It's traditional in the Navy to honor one sailor returning to port by granting them the 'first kiss' with a loved one. Yesterday, the honor went to Fire Controlman 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta who ran to kiss her fiancé...

    December 22, 2011 1:26 PM ET
  • Grover and Newt, a Fine Bromance

    Grover and Newt, a Fine Bromance | BLOG ENTRY

    The current GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich and the party's anti-tax enforcer Grover Norquist are BFFs from way back. Listen to this audio from a 2004 speech at GOPAC in which Gingrich describes how "Grover and I...

    December 13, 2011 8:04 PM ET
  • The GOP's Crackpot Agenda

    The GOP's Crackpot Agenda | ARTICLE

    By all rights, 2012 ought to be a cakewalk for the GOP. Unemployment is pandemic. Riot police are confronting protesters in public squares and on college campuses. In an epic fail of foresight, the...

    December 7, 2011 8:05 AM ET
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