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Ed Schultz: Akin’s debate performance shows campaign trouble for Republicans

Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) performance during a Missouri senatorial debate Friday, Ed Schultz said on The Ed Show that evening, was part of a wave of problems more Republican candidates are encountering in the wake of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s infamous “47 percent” video. While Akin did his best…

Montana gubernatorial candidate compares getting an abortion to taking aspirin

The Republican candidate in the Montana governor’s race likened the decision to get an abortion to taking an aspirin during the state’s first gubernatorial debate earlier this week. “You can’t give a child an aspirin in school, but you can refer people to have an abortion without parental consent, and…

Former FEC chair tells Moyers superPACs are ‘shadow party committees’

The man who told Stephen Colbert how to set up his own super PAC told Bill Moyers this week that regardless of judicial intent, fundraising groups of that type are not independent of their candidates of choice. “When the courts midwifed these things, they said, ‘They can’t corrupt because they’re…

AARP repeatedly boos Ryan for vowing to repeal ‘Obamacare’

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan was loudly and repeatedly booed by members of the AARP on Friday after he pledged to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care reform law. “The first step to a stronger Medicare is to repeal Obamacare,” Ryan said, pausing as the audience in New Orleans…

Maddow: Tea party groups trying to steal election via voter purges

On Thursday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed the fact that the supposed scandal of thousands of people casting votes under the names of dead people on voting day is a “phantom problem,” and alleged that it’s only urgent in the minds of people who…

Geraldo Rivera: ‘Childlike’ Muslims need ’100 years to evolve’

Fox News host Geraldo Rivera on Friday declared that Muslims needed to “evolve” because they were “almost childlike” and would become enraged for almost any reason. During a segment on Fox & Friends, Rivera explained that Muslim protesters in Libya and Egypt had reacted to an anti-Islamic film with violence…

Voting expert to Shepard Smith: Voter fraud rare as ‘winning the lottery’

A voting expert from a nonpartisan think tank on Thursday deflated the hype that new voter restrictions are necessary when he told Fox News that voter fraud was as rare as “winning the lottery.” Brookings Institution nonresident fellow Michael McDonald explained to Fox News host Shepard Smith that the instances…

Ann Romney scolds Republicans: You’re ‘lucky’ to have Mitt

The wife of GOP hopeful Mitt Romney on Thursday told Republicans to stop complaining about her husband’s flailing presidential campaign because they were “lucky” to have him as a presidential candidate. During an interview with radio Iowa, Ann Romney was asked how she would respond to influential conservative critics like…

Bill Clinton tells Jon Stewart: Romney driven by ideology instead of evidence (full interview)

On his show Thursday night, Daily Show host Jon Stewart interviewed former President Bill Clinton, praising him for using actual facts in his speech at the Democratic National Convention. Clinton explained that he didn’t want to talk down to the American people. He accused Republicans of basing their economic plan…

Barney Frank: You couldn’t get Scott Brown to say ‘Romney’ with a subpoena

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) on Thursday night weighed in on the debate between Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) and Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren. Frank pushed back against Brown’s claims that he was willing to work with Democrats, describing him as a “cog in this right-wing Republican machine.” “A key moment came…

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