Month: August 2011

romney changes tactics, will spend labor day with tea party

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, largely seen as a moderate Republican candidate, has scheduled two major tea party affiliated events over Labor Day weekend: A headlining speaking gig at the Tea Party Express’s “Reclaiming America” rally in New Hampshire and a pancake breakfast with conservative darling Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC). Some tea party Republicans, however, […] Read more…

‘mein kampf’ tattoo appears on cover of boston pbs station magazine

WGBH, a public media hub in Boston, is drawing unwanted attention after choosing to put the subject of a Frontline documentary — and the “Mein Kampf” tattoo on his forearm — on the cover of their August member magazine, distributed to 150,000 members of the station. Read the rest of this story behind the cut, […] Read more…

romney stands firm in refusal to sign pro-life pledge

When Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry signed the Susan B. Anthony List’s anti-abortion pledge Wednesday, the pro-life group claimed a significant victory: they’ve gotten virtually all GOP candidates to vow to appoint only pro-life cabinet members and high-level administration personnel, as well as to promote anti-abortion legislation. Almost all GOP candidates have […] Read more…

student loans skyrocket, grants decline as college tuition spikes

It’s no secret that college is an expensive endeavor, one that continues to hit the wallet well after the graduation caps are tossed. Recent data shows that the student loan situation is growing worse every year: students are accruing more debt and not always paying it off on time. Mark Kantrowitz is the publisher of […] Read more…

gop colorado rep pushes to overturn bilingual ballot requirement

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) introduced legislation to overturn part of the 1973 Voting Rights Act, which requires that areas with large minority populations make bilingual voting materials available. “Whether or not dual-language ballots are used ought to be up to local election officials and shouldn’t be mandated by the federal government,” Coffman said in a […] Read more…

scott brown slams elizabeth warren in fundraising plea

Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) is shadowboxing his way through the early stages of his 2012 reelection campaign, fundraising against a candidate who isn’t even officially in the race. Brown’s team Tuesday sent a fundraising message targeting consumer advocate and former Obama adviser Elizabeth Warren, who has not formally entered the race. According to the […] Read more…

decades later, elvis still king at nixon presidential library

Rock and roll icon Elvis Presley may have died 34 years ago today at age 42, but his legacy lives on to this day — at the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California. The King didn’t just make waves in music and pop culture, he also had political impact. Pamla Eisenberg, an […] Read more…

aclu files suit against kansas anti-abortion law

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Tuesday in an attempt to eliminate a recent Kansas law that prevents insurance companies from covering abortion services in regular plans. The suit, ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri v. Praeger, is the first challenge to the anti-abortion laws that 13 states have passed since 2010. Read […] Read more…

paul ryan has no free, in-person town halls scheduled this recess

In what appears to be an effort to avoid the free-for-all town halls that have plagued recent contentious congressional recesses, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and other Republican members of Congress have chosen to charge admission to their home-district appearances. Ryan will speak September 6 to the Whitnall Park Rotary Club in Greenfield, Wisc. Admission to […] Read more…

rnc attack on obama’s bus tour ignores bush’s political travel costs

The Republican National Committee released a tailored, satirical attack ad Monday as President Barack Obama began a three-day bus tour of the Midwest, focusing on jobs and the economy. The 11-page pdf masquerades as a press guide for what the RNC has dubbed “A Totally Non-Political, Taxpayer-Funded Administration Event That Just Happens to Criss-Cross Several […] Read more…

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