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Published: 01/26/11

Michele Bachmann is a 'Balloon Head' in Chris Matthews' Book

By  Joanne Bamberger - Politics Daily
Michele Bachmann is a 'Balloon Head' in Chris Matthews' Book

"Balloon Head" isn't the name of the upcoming Seth Rogen movie. But that's really what MSNBC's Chris Matthews called Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann for comments in a recent speech about when slavery ended in America. I don't disagree with Matthews' decision to call Bachmann out on her remarks that slavery was ended by the tireless efforts of the Founding Fathers. It's fair game to question elected representatives about whether they have a grasp on our country's history, as well as current events, to decide whether they're really qualified to represent their constituents. Bring on...

Published: 01/19/11

The Peace Corps' Most Famous Alumni

By  Torie Bosch - AOL News
The Peace Corps' Most Famous Alumni

The Peace Corps is mourning the loss of Sargent Shriver, the organization's first director and a member of the Kennedy family by marriage. The list of past Peace Corps volunteers includes some now-prominent individuals, several of whom point to their work with the organization as a formative experience in their lives. Surge Desk recalls some of the most famous Peace Corps alumni. Chris Matthews The host of MSNBC's "Hardball With Chris Matthews" volunteered in Swaziland from 1968 to 1970. Chris Dodd The politician, who ran for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination,...

Published: 01/8/11

Pittsburgh vs. Kentucky: BBVA Compass Bowl 2011

By  FanHouse Staff - AOL News
Pittsburgh vs. Kentucky: BBVA Compass Bowl 2011

The Pittsburgh Panthers and the Kentucky Wildcats will butt heads in the 2011 BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala. at noon ET on Saturday, Jan. 8. Both programs enter the game having had to deal with some turbulence since the regular season ended. Pitt (7-5) lost its coach, Dave Wannstedt, when he resigned under pressure after a disappointing season. The school named Mike Haywood -- who had just led Miami from a 1-11 record to a 9-4 mark -- the replacement on Dec. 16, but he was arrested on charges of domestic violence on Jan. 1. Pitt subsequently fired him. Defensive coordinator Phil...

Published: 12/21/10

Bernie Goldberg: The Media and Obama's 2010 Fall From Grace

By  Bernie Goldberg - AOL News
Bernie Goldberg: The Media and Obama's 2010 Fall From Grace

Two years ago, during the presidential campaign, the so-called mainstream media threw out all pretenses of objectivity and slobbered all over the candidate they wanted to win, Barack Obama. This year the bill came due for their corruption. And President Obama got stuck with it. It wasn't just Chris Matthews' embarrassing admission that he "felt this thrill going up my leg" when he heard candidate Obama speak. Chris is entitled to comment. He's a commentator, after all. But this wasn't political commentary. This was a man crush. And it wasn't just David Gergen's observation on CNN that Mr....

Published: 11/15/10

John Heilemann's Theory on Why Democrats Won't Fix Social Security

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
John Heilemann's Theory on Why Democrats Won't Fix Social Security

The full 18-member deficit reduction commission has yet to vote on it, but the two chairmen of the bipartisan group President Obama's appointed -- former Clinton chief of staff Erskine Bowles and former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson -- released their proposal last week. One part of the plan includes gradually raising the Social Security retirement age (for full Social Security benefits) to 69 by 2075. Predictably, liberals were angry at the commission. In fact, some bloggers dubbed them the "Catfood Commission." When you consider a) how bad our financial situation currently is; b) that...

Published: 11/5/10

MSNBC's Bad Week: Keith Olbermann Is Busted, Ratings Slump

By  Luisita Lopez Torregrosa - Politics Daily
MSNBC's Bad Week: Keith Olbermann Is Busted, Ratings Slump

NEW YORK – It's not been a good week for MSNBC. Its high-profile anchor and one of the key exponents of that cable news network's liberal politics, Keith Olbermann, was suspended on Friday without pay for making contributions to three Democratic candidates this election season. MSNBC's president, Phil Griffin, said in a statement, "I became aware of Keith's political contributions late last night. Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay." What his suspension might mean to Olbermann's future was not clear. Olbermann has acknowledged to NBC that...

Published: 10/16/10

Kentucky Stuns South Carolina With Second-Half Rally

By  Brian Grummell - AOL News
Kentucky Stuns South Carolina With Second-Half Rally

No matter whether it's from booze or football wins over the No. 1 team in the country, hangovers always hurt. South Carolina is definitely feeling the pain after losing to Kentucky Saturday night, 31-28. The Wildcats rallied from a 28-10 halftime deficit as current quarterback Mike Hartline connected with wide-open former quarterback Randall Cobb on a broken play, 24-yard scoring pass with 1:15 left in the game. South Carolina's last-ditch rally fell short as it elected for an end-zone fade pass with 11 second remaining rather than a game-tying field goal. The throw was into single coverage...

Published: 09/20/10

The New Stepford Wives Party, Starring Sarah Palin (Also Gidget)

By  Donna Trussell - Politics Daily
The New Stepford Wives Party, Starring Sarah Palin (Also Gidget)

I loves me some mama grizzly Sarah Palin and her adorable Republican bear cubs running for national office -- Delaware's Christine "Never Mind What I Said Back Then" O'Donnell, South Dakota's Kristi "I Forgot My Court Date" Noem and Nevada's Sharron "Unemployed People Are Spoiled" Angle. And no, I don't love them because they're "unelectable." If you said that, bite your tongue. MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews bet Politics Daily's own David Corn that O'Donnell will win in November. Maybe that's a fake-out, but at this point in American politics, the fake is real, the real is fake, and the law of...

Published: 09/6/10

Petraeus: Quran Burning Could Endanger US Troops

By  David Knowles - AOL News
Petraeus: Quran Burning Could Endanger US Troops

(Sept. 6) -- Throughout history, whenever books have been set on fire, passions have been unleashed. In Gainesville, Fla., a pastor's plan to hold a public burning of Qurans to mark the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks has already set off angry protests from Afghanistan to Indonesia and elicited a formal response from the U.S. Embassy condemning the plan. Now, the book burning has another high-profile foe: Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of American forces fighting in that country. "It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort," Petraeus told The Wall...

Published: 09/2/10

Chris Matthews Criticizes Obama for Using Teleprompter

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
Chris Matthews Criticizes Obama for Using Teleprompter

On Wednesday night's edition of "Hardball" (video below), host Chris Matthews echoed criticism of President Obama's Oval Office speech on Tuesday that had previously come from conservatives -- that Obama is too tied to his teleprompter. Matthews said: You know, sometimes I really support the president in a lot of his views, in fact all of them almost. But I have to tell you . . . if he doesn't get rid of that damn teleprompter, it's like an eye test. He's just reading words now. It's separating him from us. . . . You go to a meeting with him, I'm told, businessmen are invited to meet him at...

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