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I dodged one of my least favorite questions on "Real Time with Bill Maher" Friday night: Would Hillary Clinton have been a better choice for liberals than Barack Obama in 2008? Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson got me off the hook by quickly answering "yes;" you can watch the segment below.
During the last two weeks, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, by most accounts on the brink of a presidential candidacy, has reversed himself on the question of the proper venue for dealing with the two of the hoariest cultural issues in American politics, same-sex marriage and abortion.
The Associated Press has learned that more than 20 Navy SEALs from the unit that killed Osama bin Laden were among the 31 U.S. soldiers lost in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
Hiring picked up slightly in July and the unemployment rate dipped to 9.1 percent, an optimistic sign after the worst day on Wall Street in nearly three years.
So, it wasn't exactly the best week, news-wise. But no more of that. Purge your memory banks -- for just a moment, anyway -- of all the legislative close calls and market dives and downgrades. Seriously. For now, just enjoy a reprieve from all the doom and gloom, and check out these life-affirming items:
We're supposed to be relieved that the jobs picture brightened a bit in July. Yes, the private sector created 117,000 jobs, and that's a good thing. The unemployment rate went down too -- but that may be a bad thing. The decline very likely reflects more people giving up on having a job. Show More Summary
Are you writing something about the massive federal deficit? Do you want a hot blogging tip? Here you go: Put a chart on it!
When I arrived in Washington this past Sunday, just as the debt ceiling crisis was approaching its climax, all the flags surrounding the capital’s Union Station stood at half-mast. I blackly joked with my brother and sister-in-law that maybe they’d been lowered to mark the death of the New Deal. Show More Summary
So, it's a little weird that Fox has its own right-wing news site, right? Anyway, this is the "Fox Nation" top story, right now: Charles Barkley ate ribs at the White House. Black people! Hip-hop!
How many times in the last few months have you heard something like this: "Obama would be in serious trouble in 2012, if only the Republicans had a serious candidate"?
Texas Gov. Rick Perry looks increasingly likely to jump into the presidential race, and he has already been at pains to distance himself from the man he served in the late 1990s as lieutenant governor: George W. Bush.
(updated below - Update II)
Happy Birthday, Mr. Kenyan Usurper President! Barack Obama turns 50 today, and while the mainstream media will report that he had "cake" or "dinner with his wife," we all know that barely scratches the surface. Thankfully, a joint Salon-World...Show More Summary
There may be nothing more viscerally unsettling than the idea that our food is tainted and could make us seriously ill. Those anxieties were stoked this morning when Cargill, the third-largest turkey producer in the country, announced the recall of 36 million pounds of poultry for fear of salmonella contamination. Show More Summary
This originally appeared at New Deal 2.0
There's a new marriage pledge! Everyone sign the new marriage pledge! This one is from the National Organization for Marriage, one of the more prominent organizations dedicated to fighting marriage. Unlike the last big marriage pledge, from that far-right Iowa group, this pledge does not explicitly defend slavery, so it is totally OK for candidates to sign.
This originally appeared at Presidential Power
I'm not sure I needed to bother write a "joke" post about how paranoid right-wing conspiracy nuts would react to Barack Obama's birthday, because World Net Daily's Joseph Farah actually just published the real-life version. The headline: "Happy birthday?" The question mark is not because Obama's birthday may not be particularly happy. Show More Summary
Gallup has turned around a quick poll that contains what may seem like a surprising finding: Majorities of Democrats and self-described liberals say they support the debt ceiling plan that President Obama signed earlier this week. That...Show More Summary
Rick Perry, the Texas governor who may soon enter the GOP presidential race, is an outspoken critic of stem cell research. Earlier this year he claimed that under the Obama administration, stem cell research was "turning the remains of unborn children into nothing more than raw material."