Tag Archives: politics

State Of The Union: Open Thread

President Obama’s State Of The Union address begins at 9pm Eastern. Watch live here and give us your reactions. UPDATE: The address has concluded. Jason Collins appeared onscreen seconds before the president delivered these lines: “We do these things because they help promote our long-term security. And we do them because we believe in the inherent dignity and equality of …

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Barbara Bush: Family Dynasties Should Not Dominate The White House

Barbara Bush appeared on C-SPAN yesterday to say that while she feels Jeb is the most qualified person to be president in 2016, the same three families (Kennedys, Clintons, Bushes) should not dominate American politics. “I think this is a great American country, great country, and if we can’t find more than two or three families to run for high …

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PAC For Bearded Pols Launches

A political action committee was launched today to support candidates with beards.  The group has already filed with the FEC. Andrew Sullivan will be thrilled. The Bearded Entrepreneurs for the Advancement of a Responsible Democracy (BEARD) was founded by 30-year-old Jonathan Sessions, who sits on the Columbia, Mo., Board of Education, according to his website. “With the resurgence of beards …

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BULGARIA: Jammed Gun Foils Would-Be Assassination Of Political Leader

Reuters reports: A man jumped on stage and pointed a gun at the leader of Bulgaria’s ethnic Turkish party before security guards wrestled him to the ground during a televised conference on Saturday. Ahmed Dogan, the long-time leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) escaped unscathed, and it was not immediately clear why the attacker had targeted him …

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NEW YORK: Yet Another State Senate Democrat Arrested For Finance Scam

It never ends for New York’s insanely corrupt Senate Democrats. Sen. Shirley Huntley (Queens) has been hauled away in handcuffs. State Sen. Shirley Huntley was arrested this morning and pleaded not guilty to charges that she allegedly funneled taxpayer money through her Queens non-profit program. Huntley and several other defendants did not speak during their initial appearance in a Mineola …

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Chelsea Clinton Mulls Politics

Chelsea Clinton says she’s no longer totally against following in the footsteps of her parents. “Before my mom’s campaign I would have said no. Not because it was something I had thought a lot about but because people have been asking me that my whole life,” Clinton, speaking of her mother’s unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid, said in an interview for …

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Open Thread Thursday

Assuming that everybody here votes, what other election-related activities have you been involved in? Phone banking? Petition campaigns? Personal donations? Do you feel like you’ve personally made a difference?

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SEATTLE: Occupy Activists Dump $5000 In Marked Bills From A Hotel Window

Via Seattle Times: Activists tossed $5,000 off a downtown Seattle building Wednesday to protest money in politics. Dollar bills came swirling down just after 5 p.m. at Seventh Avenue and Pike Street, to the delight of tourists. The money was printed with the words “money as speech silences us all,” a statement of protest against court rulings that consider political …

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Full Video: Vladimir Putin’s Presidential Inauguration Ceremony At The Kremlin

Fascinating to see such stiff-legged pomp and circumstance. It all almost feels like a parody of the Soviet era.

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French Politician Gets Flour-Bombed

This makes glitter-bombing look rather mild, does it not? (Tipped by JMG reader Kevin)

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How The Public Views Political Terms

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NEW YORK CITY: JMG Wins Village Voice 2011 Web Award For “Best Politics Blog”

Tonight my loyal companion Dr. Jeff accompanied me to some new hipster nightclub on the Lower East Side where this here website thingy was feted as the 2011 Village Voice Best Politics Blog! Squee! Just like last year! Re-squee! Like last time, I wasn’t told who the other blogs in my category were. So I can’t congratulate anybody just for …

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MICHIGAN: Backlash At Anti-Gay Mayor

Last week Mayor Janice Daniels of Troy, Michigan made national news when a six-month old anti-gay Facebook post surfaced. Now Daniels is facing the music at home. She is getting a short, not too happy, education in the facts of political life — specifically that the kind of sweeping stereotypes that fringe groups applaud don’t play well with the wider …

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Approval Graph

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Death Metal Politician

Via Political Wire: “Polish parliamentary hopeful Jedrzej Wijas of the Democratic Left Alliance enlisted the help of a local death metal band to make a very unique political ad.”

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CANADA: Opposition Leader And LGBT Advocate Jack Layton Dies At Age 61

Jack Layton, Canada’s legendary progressive and the current head of the opposition New Democrat Party, has died of prostate cancer at the age of 61. An ardent friend of the LGBT community, Layton was a vigorous supporter of HIV/AIDS activism in the early years of the pandemic. In 2005, Layton was credited by many for the success of Canada’s national …

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The View From Space

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Where Miss America Will Go To College

New York Magazine’s profile on the 17 year-old current Miss America reveals her plans for her scholarship award. The grand prize of the Miss America pageant is $50,000 toward college tuition, roughly the cost of one year at a typical private school. Teresa plans to use her fund to attend Patrick Henry College, a small liberal-arts school in Purcellville, Virginia, …

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Geraldine Ferraro Dies At 75

Geraldine Ferraro, who in 1984 became the first woman to be nominated for vice president, has died of cancer at the age of 75. Ms. Ferraro passed away today at Massachusetts General Hospital, surrounded by her loved ones. The cause of death was complications from multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that she had battled for twelve years. Ms. Ferraro was …

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Michelle Malkin: The Left Is Worse

“The Tuscon massacre ghouls who are now trying to criminalize conservatism have forced our hand. They need to be reminded. You need to be reminded. Confront them. Don’t be cowed into silence. And don’t let the media whitewash the sins of the hypocritical Left in their naked attempt to suppress the law-abiding, constitutionally-protected, peaceful, vigorous political speech of the Right. …

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