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7 U.S. Presidents Awkwardly Interacting With Soccer Balls

The awkward interaction with piece of sporting equipment is a presidential past time.

Jimmy LaSalvia, Founder of GOProud, Leaves Republican Party

GOProud Founder Jimmy LaSalvia.<p>Jimmy LaSalvia co-founded political action group GOProud to prove to America that the Republican Party is a safe home …

Right-wing garbage debunked: No, regulation doesn’t kill jobs

The right loves to warn that regulations will harm “job creators.” A new report explains why that’s nonsense<p>It's one of the oldest right-wing claims: "Excessive" regulation will harm job creators and kill the economy. But is it based on sound economics?<p>One new study, which examines this particular …

Audience laughs at Ted Cruz for saying he “didn’t want a shutdown”

Cruz was speaking before a crowd at the Atlantic’s Washington Ideas Forum<p>Speaking with Fox News' Chris Wallace in front of a crowd for the Atlantic's Washington Ideas Forum, Ted Cruz claimed he "didn't want a shutdown" — a comment that was immediately greeted with laughter.<p>Wallace asked Cruz if it …

Republicans Continue to Refuse to Confirm Obama's Judicial Nominations

President Obama nominates another qualified candidate to the D.C. Circuit Court, and again, Senate Republicans used the filibuster to shoot it …

Texas and five other states are breaking the law in order to discriminate against gay soldiers and their families

Six states are refusing to comply with a Pentagon order to extend spousal benefits to same-sex military couples<p>Texas is one of six states, including Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and West Virginia, that are refusing to comply with a Pentagon order mandating that the spouses of gay …

Sarah Palin equates national debt with slavery

The allure of free stuff, the Tea Party grande dame says, can be as damaging as forced servitude<p>Once again, Sarah Palin appears confused about United States history. In a speech at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition's fall fundraiser over the weekend, the former Alaska governor and Republican vice …

10 things conservative Christians got horribly wrong

Evangelicals and their ilk have used God to justify everything from Prohibition and segregation to slavery<p>When Christians get political, they often do so because they believe that they have God on their side. This is true whether they are progressive or conservative, and throughout most of American …

Colbert bestows gift to the Fox News self-promotion machine

After Fox News staff were paid to leave pro-Fox comments on blogs, Stephen Colbert takes it one step further<p>Earlier this year, NPR reporter David Folkenflik dropped a bombshell in his new book Murdoch’s World when he reported that Fox News staffers were paid to leave comments on blogs:<p>On the blogs, …

Glenn Beck explains American politics with “The Wizard of Oz,” dolls and really weird voices

Glenn Beck did a very Glenn Beck thing on Wednesday<p>Glenn Beck has terrible politics and really bad ideas about how the world works, but he's really, really good at putting on a show. Like that one time he interviewed himself? Or that other time he did that thing with the moon? Or how he has his own …