September 24, 2012 |
HBO's "Game Change" won big at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night, beating out History's ratings smash - and red-state favorite - "Hatfields & McCoys" to win the oustanding miniseries or movie prize. "Game Change," adapted from Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's bestselling account of the 2008 presidential election, picked up four prizes overall, including the Emmy for oustanding lead actress, which went to Julianne Moore for her portrayal of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
September 16, 2012 |
Amid the flurry of cash directed at the presidential campaigns as well as congressional races, a new poll reveals that the American people aren't pleased with the vast amount of fundraising now involved in elections. An Associated Press-National Constitution Center poll found that 83% believe there should be at least some limits on the amount of money corporations, unions and other organizations are permitted to contribute to groups seeking to influence the outcome of presidential and congressional races.
September 3, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - In 2005, California voters spanked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, rejecting a series of ballot measures he had promoted to change state government and shake up the public education system. A year later, he won reelection in a blowout. No two campaigns are ever alike. Indeed, Schwarzenegger took office under remarkable circumstances - a snap recall election - and may be remembered as much for his shtick (calling balky lawmakers “girlie-men,” for instance) as anything he accomplished in Sacramento.
September 1, 2012 |
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - On college football's opening weekend, Mitt Romney took the opportunity to mix in some new sports metaphors with his now-familiar critique of President Obama's record. “We are at a 30-year low in startups and new businesses, and that's where jobs are created,” Romney said at an outdoor plaza overlooking the river in Jacksonville. “He said he'd measure success by whether people were able to find new jobs. We have 23 million Americans out of work, or dropped out of the workforce or can't find full-time work.” “Look, if there's a coach whose record is zero and 23 million, you get rid of him and get someone new,” Romney said to huge cheers.
August 29, 2012 |
It's prime-time TV in Venezuela and the host is saying that opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, whose grandmother was a Holocaust survivor, is a Nazi and Hitler cultist. "You can say what you want about your ancestors, but you are a Nazi," host Miguez Perez says of Capriles, who has Jewish ancestry but is a practicing Roman Catholic. The program is not some renegade gossip show but one earning pride of place on Venezuela's state-owned VTV channel, which is seen as closely reflecting the views of leftist President Hugo Chavez.
August 28, 2012 |
AMES, Iowa - President Obama campaigned under a scorching sun Tuesday to rally young voters on a college campus here, but kept an eye on the hurricane swirling toward the Gulf Coast, as did Republicans in Tampa, Fla., who were celebrating the nomination of Mitt Romney. The storm headed toward Louisiana was threatening New Orleans on the eve of the seven-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, keeping the presidential campaigns on the alert for any political fallout. Before leaving on a two-day campus tour to the swing states of Iowa, Colorado and Virginia, the president made an unscheduled statement at the White House, giving a brief update on his administration's preparations and a warning to residents in the path not "to tempt fate" or "dismiss official warnings.
August 22, 2012 |
Rep. Paul D. Ryan has become well tired of The Man (read: the U.S. government) sticking it to the little guy. So no surprise his budding vice presidential campaign liked to crank “We're Not Gonna Take It” at his campaign events. But in a repeat of many campaign moments past, the hard rockers who created the song don't think much of the buttoned-down politician with the conservative social agenda who was trying to get mileage out of it. Twisted Sister asked the Ryan campaign Wednesday to cease and desist playing its fed-up anthem.
August 21, 2012 |
Ghosts have nothing on some of the ideas that come out of Washington when it comes to rattling chains and knocking pictures off the wall to terrify the common people. Case in point: the privatization of Social Security. One would have thought that this proposal was done in by two major stock market crashes since 2000, not to mention the generally noisome odor arising from almost everything that Wall Street has touched in recent years. Yet ever so stealthily it's creeping back into the public debate via the presidential campaign.
August 20, 2012 |
L.A. guitar institution Ry Cooder is set to release his album "Election Special" Tuesday, a handy, nine-track blues-rock guide to this year's presidential election. The subject matter? Republican and Democratic leaders, super-PAC funders and even Seamus, the family dog who rode in a carrier atop presidential candidate Mitt Romney's car. Cooder talks up his mission with Pop & Hiss. What's your goal with this record? Use your mind and think a little. Put the small screen down.
August 5, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The presidential campaigns traded barbs Sunday over Mitt Romney's refusal to release more tax returns and the candidates' competing economic plans. Romney supporters accused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) of lying when he said an unnamed source had told him that Romney hadn't paid taxes for 10 years. Democrats urged the Romney campaign to release more tax returns to prove how much Romney had paid. Obama campaign strategists and their allies have seized on the tax issue as a way to highlight Romney's wealth and bring attention to some of the former Massachusetts governor's overseas investments.