Ian Farrell

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The News vs. The Newsroom: Yes, That GOP Debate Really Did Get That Nasty

Comparing the HBO series' depictions of Occupy Wall Street, the Republican presidential campaign, and the opening of the "Ground Zero Mosque" to what really happened<p>HBO<p><i>The Newsroom</i> takes place roughly two years in the past, where the ACN <i>News Night</i> team strives to virtuously and judiciously report …

Chris Christie's Attack on the Civil-Liberties Wing of the GOP

The New Jersey governor exploited the 9/11 dead to argue that concerns about the NSA and the national-security state are "esoteric."<p>Before today, I expected that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie would position himself as a security-state moderate in the 2016 Republican primary, acknowledging that …

Eight political sex scandals, scored by how much they matter

This foolproof scoring system allows us to separate the merely distasteful from the downright hypocritical<p>When a scandal breaks, several questions invariably arise: "Should this scandal matter? Should the media focus on it? Should voters be concerned about it? Should there be resignations, …

McConnell's Kentucky Challenger Gets Her Act Together

Maybe the Democrat who hopes to unseat Sen. Mitch McConnell is ready for prime time after all.<p>That's one way to view the highly polished Web video in which Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's secretary of state, appears, employing humor, pathos, earnestness and her grandmothers to skewer the leader …

By the Numbers: Inside the GOP

A prominent Democratic pollster has embarked on a project aimed at defining the challenges for the Republican Party. Eleanor Clift explains why.<p>In an …

Obama Disputes Job Projections For Keystone XL Pipeline

"Republicans have said that this would be a big jobs generator," Obama said, according to the newspaper.<p>"There is no evidence that that's true. The most realistic estimates are this might create maybe 2,000 jobs during the construction of the pipeline, which might take a year or two, and then after …

Obama Touts Economic Prescriptions

The president is calling for more job creation, better access to education and a stronger middle class. Guest host Susan Stamberg talks with NPR's Mara Liasson about Obama's economic tour around the country.<p>Transcript<p>SUSAN STAMBERG, HOST:<p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Susan Stamberg, in …

Barack Obama expresses reservations about Keystone XL pipeline project

Barack Obama has given the strongest indication to date that he holds reservations about the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, saying the project would …