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Obama gets airborne bear hug from Florida pizza shop owner

President Barack Obama reputedly loves nothing more than a good old campaign trail hug — but he may have got more than he bargained for Sunday. Obama was lifted at least a foot in the air in an intense bear hug by hulking pizza shop owner Scott Van Duzer, during…

Constitutional law expert: Conservatives may use new voter ID laws to challenge Voting Rights Act

Kenji Yoshino, a professor of constitutional law at New York University, suggested on Melissa Harris Perry’s MSNBC show Sunday that one intentional long-term consequence of states’ efforts to pass voter ID laws may be to eliminate the pre-clearance section of the Voting Rights Act that requires some states and jurisdictions…

Plouffe: Ryan running from defense cuts vote as fast as his ‘fictitional marathon’

White House senior adviser David Plouffe on Sunday chastised Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan for backing away from his earlier support of defense cuts, saying the Wisconsin congressman “was running away from them with the kind of pace he ran in that fictitional marathon.” Although Ryan voted for a…

Krugman: Republican base is ‘elderly white people arguing with empty chairs’

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman says that the Republican Party has adopted extreme anti-immigrant positions to appeal to their base, “which is, by and large, elderly white people arguing with empty chairs.” During a Sunday panel segment on ABC News, Krugman pointed out that Clint Eastwood’s bizarre conversation with…

Romney: There are a number of things I like in Obamacare

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney admitted on Sunday that there were some good provisions in the health reform law pushed by President Barack Obama. “I’d say we’re going to replace Obamacare and I’m replacing it with my own plan, and you know, even in Massachusetts, where I was governor, our…

Romney: Ryan made ‘big mistake’ by supporting military cuts

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is blasting a decision made by his own vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), to support cuts to defense spending. “I want to maintain defense spending at the current level of the GDP,” Romney told NBC’s David Gregory in an interview that aired on…

Ann Romney flip-flops: ‘We have not had a financial struggle in our lives’

During her Republican National Convention speech last month, Ann Romney suggested that she and her husband had once been so poor that they “ate a lot of pasta and Tuna fish” and their “dining room table was a fold down ironing board.” In an interview that aired Sunday on NBC,…

Tea party activist: DNC full of communist activity

Tea party activist and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi believes the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte was a “remarkable demonstration” of “communist activity disguised as patriotism.” In a video uploaded to YouTube on Saturday, he noted that the Democratic Party Platform of 2012 initially did not contain the word “God” nor…

Gingrich: Clinton’s DNC speech ‘actually a condemnation’ of Obama

Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Sunday asserted that former President Bill Clinton’s Democratic National Convention speech highlighting Barack Obama’s accomplishments was “actually a condemnation” of the current president. “I actually thought parts of the Clinton speech were eerily anti-Obama,” Gingrich told Candy Crowley during an interview on CNN.…

Romney praises Clinton speech in pre-taped ‘Meet the Press’ interview

Republican White House presidential hopeful Mitt Romney embraced Bill Clinton, saying the Democratic former president helped “elevate” his party’s gathering this week. Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday ridiculed the policy proposals of Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan as setting the pace for a…

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