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Michele Bachmann: Flying the ‘Barbie jet’ to 2012

Though Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) won her first congressional race in 2006, it wasn’t until the past year that she burst into the collective national consciousness. Now, the tea party darling and contender for the 2012 GOP nomination can’t be avoided. This week, The New Yorker and Newsweek published features…

S&P downgrade showed ‘terrible’ judgement: Geithner

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner slammed Standard & Poor’s on Sunday as showing “terrible judgement” in downgrading the US credit rating for the first time ever. “I think S&P has shown really terrible judgement and they’ve handled themselves poorly, and they have shown a stunning lack of knowledge about basic US…

Four Republican presidential candidates sign NOM marriage pledge

Tim Pawlenty has become the latest Republican presidential candidate to sign a pledge from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), according to Politico. The group is dedicated to fighting same sex marriage and preventing same sex couples from adopting children. Republican candidates Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney have…

Bachmann releases list of 100+ faith-based endorsements

While Texas Gov. Rick Perry conducts a National Day of Prayer in the Lone Star State, Republican presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) continues to reach out to faith leaders in Iowa. Bachmann has spoken at a different church in the politically important early primary state every Sunday, and yesterday…

U.S. Senate to hold 11th hour vote on debt plan

With only hours to go before a deadline, the US Senate is expected Tuesday to approve a massive austerity plan to avert a debt default that would have wreaked havoc through the global economy. The vote comes a day after the polarized US House of Representatives came down on a…

Herman Cain wins Denver GOP straw poll by landslide

Republican presidential hopeful and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain dominated the straw poll at Denver’s Western Conservative Summit Sunday, taking 48 percent of the vote, Politico reported. Cain garnered 246 ballots of the 508 cast, while the next runner-up, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (who has not officially declared his…

Bachmann borrowed from the federal home loan programs she wanted to shut down

Despite the fact that she has spoken against loan insurers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Washington Post discovered that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) took out a mortgage totaling $417,000 to help finance her golf course home — backed by Fannie or Freddie. Weeks later, the woman who would become…

Anti-gay heavy metal preacher files lawsuit against Rachel Maddow

Attorney Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, has filed a lawsuit against NBC, MSNBC, Rachel Maddow and The Minnesota Independent on behalf of Bradlee Dean, head of the religious ministry You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International. “This case is filed as a matter of…

Palin’s ‘Undefeated’ is defeated at box office, already on pay-per-view

By Glynnis MacNicol Further evidence Sarah Palin has lost her crowd appeal. The Undefeated, the documentary (propaganda film) Palin commissioned about herself ahead of a possible 2012 run, has already bottomed out at theaters. The movie received wide release back in June but failed to catch on with the masses, pulling in…

Saints and martyrs

One of the great mysteries of Tea Party politics has been the place of female leaders in their pantheon, from the whole coinage of "Mama Grizzly" to the baffling enthusiasm for Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin.  It's not that Tea Partiers have suddenly decided their lifelong hostility towards feminism was…

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