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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…

Tampa strip club hopes to entice RNC patrons

The 2001 Odyssey strip club in Tampa, Florida has revamped its online marketing strategy in hopes of attracting some of the nearly 50,000 people expected to attend the 2012 Republican National Convention. The strip club plans to use popular social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr to create buzz…

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…

Wildfire budget cuts in Congress put communites in danger, experts warn

Congressional budget cuts of over $500m could leave crews scrambling for resources in an already overactive fire season Fire experts are warning that $512m in congressional budget cuts could leave communities dangerously exposed in an early and active fire season. Such warnings have sharpened with the early onset of this…

‘War on women’ comes to the Wisconsin recall

'War on women' comes to Wisconsin recall – and could be decisive (via The Christian Science Monitor) Edna Kunkel calls herself an “accidental activist.” A writer of technical and scientific manuals from Verona, Wis., she came of age at the height of the women’s movement, and she never expected to…

Amelia Earhart: New evidence tells of her last days on a Pacific atoll

Amelia Earhart: New evidence tells of her last days on a Pacific atoll (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor) For decades, pioneer aviator Amelia Earhart was said to have “disappeared” over the Pacific on her quest to circle the globe along a 29,000-mile equatorial route. Now, new information gives a…

Tea Party and Occupy activists rub shoulders at Bilderberg protest

With protest entering its third day in good spirits, even police officers raise the odd smile as they hold the line A protest targeting a secretive meeting of powerful international leaders entered a third day Saturday, with numbers swelling well into the hundreds. Clear skies and pleasant temperatures made for…

Panetta to visit former U.S. base in Vietnam

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta will travel on Sunday toVietnam’s Cam Ranh Bay, a major base for American forces in theVietnam War, underscoring improved ties between the former enemies. Panetta is the most high-ranking US official to visit Cam Ranh Bay since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. The two countries signed…

Media critic: Fox’s ‘goddamn ratings’ won’t ever impress me to hire their employees

The Baltimore Sun‘s television critic David Zurawik offered no professional sympathy for anyone who works at Fox News or anywhere else in the News Corp empire Saturday afternoon. In an interview with Media Matters Radio, Zurawik added to his heavy criticism about the network for its Fox & Friends morning…

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