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Miss Ohio: Prostitute in ‘Pretty Woman’ is a ‘very positive role’ for women

Miss Ohio Audrey Bolte on Sunday cited Julia Roberts’ prostitute character in the film Pretty Woman as a role where women were portrayed in an “accurate and positive way.” “Do you think women are depicted in movies and on television in an accurate and positive way? And please give us…

Congressional scholars: Republican Party ‘has veered off the tracks’

Congressional scholars Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein have a new book out that flies in the face of the conventional media narrative by blaming the Republicans for the lion’s share of Washington gridlock and blasting what they call “asymmetrical polarization.” The book describes the Republican Party as “an…

CBS host to RNC chair: Romney ‘silly and petty’ for Solyndra stunt

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday called an Obama campaign event in Boston a “political stunt,” but said the same wasn’t true of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s surprise press conference in front of Solyndra, a bankrupt solar energy company. During an interview on CBS, host…

Sen. Warner knocks ‘wacky’ tea party candidate Mourdock

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) described Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, a tea party favorite, as having “wacky” ideas on bipartisanship. Mourdock, who recently defeated six term Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar (R) in a primary race, said in May that he wanted bipartisanship to mean Democrats going along with Republicans. “I…

Shrum: ‘There’s nothing wrong’ with Obama holding Romney accountable

Democratic strategist Bob Shrum pushed back against the notion that negative campaigning can be detrimental to a candidate Sunday morning, encouraging President Barack Obama to make as many ads about Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Shrum highlighted the successes that various presidents throughout the years, from Franklin Roosevelt to Obama himself,…

Barrett: Walker campaigning to be ‘poster boy’ for the tea party

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) on Sunday ripped his opponent, Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, for campaigning to be “the rockstar of the far right.” In an interview on CNN, Barrett told host Candy Crowley that he expected to defeat Walker in Tuesday’s recall election. “People [are] saying to me…

Romney adviser dismisses women’s issues as ‘shiny objects’

Mitt Romney’s senior campaign adviser, Eric Fehrnstrom, on Sunday said that social issues important to women, like contraception coverage and abortion rights, were “shiny objects” that were being used to distract voters. David Plouffe, one of President Barack Obama’s top aides, last week told New York Magazine that Democrats needed…

Krugman slams Romney advisor: Truth on Ryan’s ‘fraud’ plan is ‘anti-bipartisan’

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman once again slammed Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R) budget Sunday morning, chastising Mitt Romney’s advisor Eric Fehrnstrom for firmly standing behind it. “The plan’s a fraud,” Krugman said. “The plan is a big bunch of tax cuts, some specified spending cuts, basically for poor people,…

George Will uses Bloomberg’s soda ban to blast climate change laws

Conservative columnist George Will on Sunday used outrage over New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on large sugary drinks to slam attempts to curb climate change. “That’s modern liberalism: They delight in bossing people around,” Will complained to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “What Bloomberg is saying [is] the government helps…

Romney adviser: Walker victory would mean unions can’t be ‘too greedy’

Ed Gillespie, an adviser to GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, on Sunday said that a loss for Gov. Scott Walker (R) in Wisconsin’s recall election would not “factor into November,” but a win would mean that labor unions shouldn’t be “too greedy.” “I think this recall is about Wisconsin and…

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