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A get-well card for Sen. John McCain

Tom Walker: I’ve never been friends with Sen. John McCain. Never liked him, never voted for him — not in any of his two congressional races or six U.S. Senate races, which apparently made little difference, since he won all of them handily. But today, I’ve joined in wishing McCain well in his battle against brain cancer.... Read more»

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Palin sues NY Times over editorial linking her to Giffords shooting

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has sued the New York Times for defamation because of an editorial that linked her rhetoric to a 2011 shooting that killed six people and seriously wounded a U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. ... Read more»

Palin off on glaciers and global warming

Sarah Palin says man isn’t to blame for climate change, citing the fact that some glaciers in Alaska are expanding. But an individual glacier’s growth does not disprove the existence or causes of global warming. In fact, the vast majority of glaciers in Alaska and around the world are losing ice rapidly.... Read more»

'Pro-troop' charity misleads donors, gives money to Tea Party

Move America Forward has collected millions to send care packages to U.S. troops. But its assets have been used to benefit political consulting firms and PACs, and its appeals often rely on images and stories borrowed without permission.... Read more»

Message-maven culture killing compromise in Washington

Public relations techniques rule as dialogue gives way to talking points: Politicians have misled voters for as long as there have been politicians. At times, though, and not so long ago, it was not a death wish to claim to be a moderate willing to work with members of the other party. That’s hardly possible when message makers call the shots.... Read more»

FactChecking Sarah Palin at CPAC

Sarah Palin told her fellow conservatives at CPAC that “there are more uninsured today than when Obama began all of this,” referring to the Affordable Care Act. But there is no evidence of that.... Read more»

He's short, but is he crazy? A brief psychoanalysis of Vladimir Putin

From Jon Stewart, to Sarah Palin to Brookings, inquiring minds want to know what's in the head of Russia's president.... Read more»

Commentary

15 reasons the world is digging Pope Francis

Pope Francis is the head of the Catholic Church and the big boss of Vatican City. There are plenty of reasons that might get your hackles up. But — so far, at least — Pope Francis seems pretty hip. Either that's the truth, or he has the world's greatest public relations firm on his side. Maybe both?... Read more»

Dems: RNC's Bruce Ash uses racial slur in Obama comment

Arizona's Republican National Committeeman, Tucson businessman Bruce Ash, used what opponents called out as a racial slur Thursday. In a Facebook post about President Obama, Ash said the president is "shucking and jiving" about health care reform.... Read more»1

FactCheck

Scary Medicare claims

A new TV ad in Florida harkens back to the notorious “death panel” falsehood. It wrongly claims Medicare benefits could be “rationed” and seniors denied treatment by the new health care law. In fact, the law specifically forbids rationing or restriction of benefits. ... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Head-scratching the Paul Ryan pick

All of official Washington is scratching a collective head about why Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan as his running mate. Why did he make such a bad pick for VP?... Read more»1

Analysis

Palin's 'death panel' rhetoric torpedoed Medicare savings

We’ll be hearing a lot from politicians this summer and fall about the urgency of dealing with Medicare spending. If we’re fortunate, some courageous candidates will call for renewed debate on a provision of the health care reform bill that had once enjoyed bipartisan support.... Read more»

Obama's Top 10 one-liners from correspondents' dinner

No man, woman or dog was safe from barbs at Saturday night's White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington.... Read more»

Analysis

As presidential candidate, Perry no Bush or Clinton

In the array of governors who turned to national politics — a collection that includes four of the last six presidents and a horde of contestants who didn’t make it — Rick Perry looks a lot more like Sarah Palin than like George W. Bush. And not just in his politics.... Read more»

Comic: Politics

The evolution of Republican campaign thought

Who's it gonna be, GOP? Someone who lives and breathes "conservative values"? Or someone electable?... Read more»

Sarah Palin won't run for president

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday that she will not run for president. The announcement follows Tuesday's word from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie that he won't be jumping into the race, leaving little doubt that Republicans will nominate someone already running.... Read more»2

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