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Researchers trace Obama’s family back to first U.S. slave

Researchers at Ancestry.com say President Barack Obama is the 11th great-grandson of the first African man to be declared a slave in America, according to CBS News. The findings were released Monday after researchers spent two years tracing the family tree of Obama’s late mother, Ann Dunham, who was born…

McCain defends Palin pick: Cheney was wrong on torture too

Sen. John McCain on Monday linked former Vice President Dick Cheney’s assertion that picking former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for vice president was a “mistake” to his support for torture. During an interview that aired on Sunday, Cheney had told ABC’s Jonathan Karl that it was important for presumptive Republican…

Robert Gibbs: Romney’s London trip was ‘embarrassing for our country’

A senior adviser to President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign on Sunday lamented that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney had “embarrassed” the U.S. by insulting Britain as they kicked off the Olympic games last week. Robert Gibbs told ABC’s Matthew Dowd that Romney had disgraced himself “in front of our…

Republican strategist to Fox News: Romney ‘aloof and not understanding’

A Republican strategist who managed former Gov. Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign says that GOP hopeful Mitt Romney’s recent gaffes during a trip to London reinforced the appearance that he is “aloof and not always understanding the situation.” Chip Saltsman on Sunday told Fox News host Chris Wallace that Romney had…

Scalia suggests women have no right to contraception

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says that the pivotal decision which reversed a law that prohibited women from using contraception is not supported under his interpretation of the Constitution. During an interview on Sunday, Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Scalia why he believed that it is a “lie”…

Cheney: It was a ‘mistake’ to pick Palin for VP

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is warning presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to choose his vice presidential nominee wisely because Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) made a “mistake” by picking former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R). During an interview clip that aired on Sunday, ABC’s Jonathan Karl asked Cheney, who…

Scalia: ‘Handheld rocket launchers’ could be constitutional

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Sunday said that even “handheld rocket launchers” could be considered legal under his interpretation of the Constitution’s Second Amendment. In the wake of a massacre in Colorado that left 12 dead and 58 wounded, host Chris Wallace asked Scalia if the Constitution would support…

Romney promises to back an Israeli strike on Iran

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would “respect” and back Israel if they decided to attack Iran to prevent the country from developing nuclear weapons, the candidate’s campaign said on Sunday. “If Israel has to take action on its own, in order to stop Iran from developing the capability, the…

‘ALEC Rock’ cartoon explains corporate political influence

A new video updates a classic Schoolhouse Rock concept to explain the basics behind the American Legislative Exchange Council controversy. “ALEC Rock,” produced by Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Mark Fiore and a number of advocacy groups including the Center for Media and Democracy, introduces us to “ALEC,” a malevolent replacement…

Harris-Perry: Romney would be Bush-but-worse on foreign policy

Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” guest host Melissa Harris-Perry attempted to glean a greater truth from all of the hullaballoo over Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA)’s disastrous trip to the 2012 London Summer Olympics. She compared and contrasted Romney’s trip abroad with then-Senator Barack Obama’s trip…

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