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Shirley Chisholm, future member of the U.S. House of Representatives (D-NY), announcing her candidacy.

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, the American daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, is Joe Biden’s choice for vice president. If Biden wins in November, Harris would break three centuries-old barriers to become the nation’s first female vice president, first Black vice president and first Black female vice president. Read more»

Harris in August 2019.

Joe Biden has picked Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice presidential candidate, but here’s a reality check: Running mates have very little direct effect on voters. When people go to the polls, they are primarily expressing a preference for the presidential candidate, not the second person on the ticket. Read more»

McCain at a 2015 political rally.

Through it all, he was steadfast in promoting public service over self-service. It is that John McCain who I came to know and choose to remember. Now that he's gone, I wonder who – if anyone – has the courage, honesty and fortitude to take his place. Read more»

U.S. Sen. John McCain at a 2011 town hall in Tucson.

John McCain wore it all on his sleeve, collar, shirtwaist, slacks and shoes. He wanted to be above the game but succumbed to it regularly. We knew exactly what he was thinking because he was so bad at hiding it. Read more»

McCain at a 2013 town hall in Tucson.

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»

Palin in July 2016.

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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January, 2009.

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

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»

Ash's Facebook post.

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

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»

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

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