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Jon Stewart: RNC theme shows ‘a party-wide persecution complex’

On his show Wednesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart took the Republican National Convention to task for basing their entire theme on an out-of-context quote — “We built it.” “When was the last time we heard a catchphrase that was such a peculiar mix of braggadocio and whiny…

CODEPINK protesters heckle Paul Ryan: ‘My body my choice’

Protesters affiliated with the group CODEPINK heckled Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) during his speech at the Republican National Covention on Wednesday night. Col. Ann Wright and Laura Mills shouted, “My body my choice,” and “Fund healthcare not warfare.” The two women caused a small disturbance, but were quickly drown out…

Condoleezza Rice gives hawkish speech in Tampa

Condoleezza Rice, who served as the Secretary of State in the Bush administration, on Wednesday night delivered a hawkish speech to the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Rice began her speech by recalling the September 11 terrorist attacks, which lead to the invasion of Afghanistan. “This young century has been…

Krugman: Ryan ‘mythical conservative’ in media, GOP’s dreams

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman questioned the budget math of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) in an appearance on Current TV Wednesday, saying he had duped conservatives and members of the media into thinking he has a serious budget plan when he really doesn’t. Krugman noted, as he often has…

Self-described ‘prophet’: Prayers help me uncover terrorist plots

Cindy Jacobs, who claims to be a twenty-first century “respected prophet” and who co-founded a group that seeks to intercede on God’s behalf to, “[reform] the nations of the world back to a biblical worldview,” said in an appearance on a Christian TV show that she and her followers have…

Sen. Rand Paul: Obamacare is still unconstitutional

At the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Wednesday night, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) insisted that the health care reform law was unconstitutional, regardless of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling. “When the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, the first words out of my mouth were: I still think it is unconstitutional,”…

LIVE BLOG AND VIDEO: Wednesday’s Republican National Conventions speeches in Tampa

UPDATE: Join executive editor Megan Carpentier and Pandagon’s Amanda Marcotte for a liveblog of the conventions at the bottom of this post for commentary, fact-checking and the occasional off-color joke. The Republican National Convention speeches continued Wednesday in Tampa. Republican speakers expected to speak include Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell,…

Protester shouts at Condoleezza Rice: Blood of Iraqi children is on your hands!

Anti-war activists affiliated with the group CODEPINK on Wednesday interrupted former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a speech in Tampa. “You cannot be compassionate and kill people in the war of choice, the war on Iraq,” Retired Colonel Ann Wright stood up and shouted while Rice was speaking at…

Megan Carpentier on Democracy Now: Ann Romney’s ‘soft’ appeal is ‘insulting’

In an interview with Democracy Now, Raw Story’s Executive Editor Megan Carpentier and former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson talked about the Republican Party’s ever-shifting position to the right on women’s issues, despite Ann Romney’s “soft” appeal to women voters. Anderson said he used to view Romney as someone more…

Fox News predicts surprise ‘hologram of Ronald Reagan’ at RNC

Fans of former president Ronald Reagan have been trying to revive him for years in the form of zombies, dreams and ghosts — and on Thursday, they may finally get their wish, according to Fox News. A revised Republican National Committee schedule released Monday showed a mystery “To Be Announced”…

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