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Is All the Lying Backfiring?

After the results of Tuesday’s elections, it looks like some folks are reconsidering the common wisdom that right wing media lies because it works. Republicans appear to be on total meltdown, which is either hilarious or distressing depending on how much you care about the Republican in question. Conor Friedersdorf…

Inside the microtargeting data machine that paved the way to Obama’s win

By Lois Beckett, ProPublica Time magazine’s Michael Scherer talked with a group of Obama campaign advisers this past weekend, and provided an inside look at some of the data and targeting tactics behind the president’s re-election. The article touches on many different aspects of the campaign’s data operation, from television…

Axelrod lets Scarborough out of bet by wearing fake mustache off air

Senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod on Thursday said that he would let MSNBC host Joe Scarborough out of a bet that would have forced him to grow a mustache. In an appearance on MSNBC last week, Axelrod vowed to shave off his mustache of 40 years if President Barack…

‘Unskewed’ pollster: ‘Nate Silver was right and I was wrong’

Dean Chambers, the man who garnered praise from the right and notoriety on the left for his “Unskewed Polling” site, admitted today that his method was flawed. “Nate Silver was right, and I was wrong,” Chambers said in a phone interview. Chambers’ method of “unskewing” polls involved re-weighting the sample to…

Colbert tells audience ‘f*ck you’ for re-electing Obama

Wednesday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert greeted the news of President Barack Obama’s re-election eating cheese popcorn and wearing an old bathrobe. “What are you people doing here?” he asked the crowd blearily. “Shouldn’t you be out celebrating? Because, evidently,” he said, popcorn flying as his voice…

Israel president opens new Jewish museum in Moscow

Israeli President Shimon Peres on Thursday opened a major new Jewish museum in Moscow housed in a converted 1920s bus garage which aims to tell the story of Jews in Russia from Tsarist times through the horror of the Holocaust to the present day. Peres and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei…

New Zealand judge throws out ‘Monty Python’-esque case against dead man

A New Zealand judge on Thursday threw out an attempt to prosecute a dead South Korean fisherman, comparing the case to a Monty Python sketch, according to reports. Trawler officers Soon Ill Hwang and Dae Jun Lee were accused in Christchurch District Court of illegally dumping dead fish at sea…

Obama sets out to tackle bitterly divided Congress

After the short-lived euphoria of his re-election, President Barack Obama immediately set about the daunting task of ending the partisan gridlock of a bitterly divided US Congress.. Before leaving Chicago and returning to the White House Wednesday, Obama was already on the phone trying to bridge the gap with Republican…

Apple’s iTunes to sell rival Sony’s Japanese songs

Sony said that music by its Japanese artists was now available on Apple’s iTunes store, in an apparent strategy shift by the Japanese firm to cash in on soaring demand for online music. Sony, which competes with Apple’s iPod and iPhone in the portable music player market, on Thursday said…

Coral genomes under microscope in climate race

Researchers from Australia and Saudi Arabia launched a project Thursday which they hope will help them understand the genetic makeup of corals and how they react to climate change. Reefs around the world are under threat from bleaching due to climate change, as well as storms and predatory starfish, and…

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