Blog Posts by Chris Moody, Yahoo News

  • Stock photos come back to haunt

    As Newt Gingrich can tell you, politicians and stock photos can be a dangerous mix.

    There's nothing scandalous about it, but Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg of Montana might want to think twice before sending out mailers like this one:

    Via Ben Smith.

  • Tea party group calls on Bachmann to drop presidential bid

    Bachmann (AP:Jeff Chiu)Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann was among the first national politicians to associate herself with the tea party and she has been an ardent supporter and spokeswoman for the movement on Capitol Hill. But now that her presidential campaign is losing steam, one major tea party-aligned group wants her off the trail.

    Ned Ryune, the president of the Virginia-based American Majority, a conservative grassroots organization, argued Thursday that while Bachmann has effectively championed tea party values, her presidential campaign may be doing the movement more harm than good.

    "It's time for Michele Bachmann to go," Ryune wrote in a blog post titled, "Bachmann's Flounding Can Damage Tea Party." He went on to say, "In Bachmann's case, it is clear that the campaign has become less about reform and more about her personal effort to stay relevant and sell books; a harsh commentary, but true.  It's not about tea party values or championing real plans to solve real problems."

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  • Mike Tyson as Herman Cain?

    American flag pin? Check. Glasses? Check. Stache? Check. Gold tie? Check. Business suit? Check. No giant face tattoo? Check.

    The comedy website posted this picture of boxing champion Mike Tyson Wednesday, who appears to be dressed as Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.

    "We're shooting today w/ @MikeTyson!" a message on the site's Twitter account read. "This is the disguise he wears around so nobody recognizes him."

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  • Cain’s abortion policy problems aren’t over yet

    Businessmen Herman Cain has found himself in hot water over the past several weeks for his ambiguous rhetoric on the government's role in abortion, and despite several attempts to clarify his position, his critics aren't letting up.

    Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum launched a new three-minute Web ad Thursday slamming Cain for not taking a clear stance on the issue in numerous interviews.

    "It's not the government's role or anybody else's role to make that decision," Cain told CNN's Piers Morgan when he asked about whether Cain supports abortion in the case of rape or incest. "It ultimately gets down to a choice that that mother or that family has to make."

    The Santorum ad hammers Cain with quotes from several Republicans who describe Cain as "pro-choice" and the campaign sent out several emails to supporters Thursday highlighting Cain's interviews.

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  • General admission for Gingrich-Cain debate: $200 per ticket

    Screenshot from TexasPatriotPAC.comRepublican presidential candidates Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich will go head to head in their own "Lincoln-Douglas" style debate in a few weeks, but if you want to see it live, it's going to cost a pretty penny.

    General admission to the event costs $200, according to the Texas Patriots PAC, the nonprofit group that's organizing the debate at the Woodlands Resort and Conference Center near Houston, Texas. To attend a VIP cocktail party after the debate, attendees are asked to pay $500 or $1,000 a pop, depending on the seat. Students can come for $150.

    "We're not trying to get rich off it," PAC spokeswoman Gena Cook told Yahoo News. "But we are a nonprofit PAC, so we just need to get it paid for."

    She pointed to the cost of the conference room at the resort as the reason for the high price of admission.

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  • Herman Cain responds to criticism of his ‘smoking’ Web ad

    The Internet was ablaze Tuesday after Herman Cain's presidential campaign released a short Web ad featuring campaign manager Mark Block (gasp!) smoking a cigarette.

    It didn't take long for the conspiracy theories to flow in: He's shilling for big tobacco! There's a hidden message! Think of the children! Within hours, parodies emerged online. Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert made a few of his own Cain-style commercials.

    Cain's response: I just thought it was funny.

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  • Jon Huntsman on the tea party, the polls, and his hair: the Yahoo News interview

    Huntsman (AP)

    WASHINGTON--A crowd of eager college students huddled outside an auditorium at The George Washington University on Tuesday, pleading with a skinny kid wearing a headset to let them inside.

    "There's no more room," the kid insisted. "I can't let you in."

    Some in the crowd begged--one even asked me if he could pretend to be my journalism intern--but the head-geared door monitor held the line. Most of the students retreated to a flat-screen monitor in the center of the lobby.

    Inside the auditorium, about 250 students sat quietly, waiting to hear Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor and ambassador to China, deliver his stump speech. The seats were filled by mostly College Republicans, Chinese exchange students eager to meet the former ambassador and a few liberals who just wanted to check out a Republican presidential candidate--the one, no doubt, that they liked the most.

    If there's a location where Huntsman should feel the most comfortable, it's on a college campus. Since he announced his candidacy in June, Huntsman has cultivated a small but energized base of pragmatist college students through his "Generation H" initiative, which draws mostly 20-somethings attracted to his centrist, thoughtful approach. His three daughters, who sat in the front row, posted pictures of the speech on their shared Twitter page.

    Huntsman's speeches aren't fiery, and his talk at GWU was no exception. He spoke of compromise and working with Democrats in order to "get things done."

    "I hate the divide in this country because being divided as Americans is not natural. It's un-American," Huntsman said. "It's not consistent with who we are as blue-sky optimists. We're problem-solving people."

    This has been Huntsman's pitch all along: He's the guy who can "do things," even if it means working with, (or, in his case as Obama's ambassador to China, for) liberals.

    But the pitch isn't selling.

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  • Polls: Romney leads in early voting states

    Romney campaigns in Virginia (AP)A series of polls released Thursday in states holding early Republican caucuses and primary election show former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leading the pack in the first four states.

    For several weeks, businessman Herman Cain has dominated national polls, but the CNN/Time/ORC  surveys suggests that Cain's support may be slowly deflating. Cain remains competitive in each state except New Hampshire, where Romney leads by 27 points. In South Carolina, Romney and Cain are in a statistical tie, according to the poll.

    Each survey has a sampling error of plus or minus five percentage points. You can see more results after the jump:

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  • Rick Perry explains how to use the Internet

    Back in 2009, interns working for Rick Perry's gubernatorial campaign slapped together an entertaining  step-by-step guide to Facebook and Twitter--or "Tweeter" as Perry sometimes calls it--complete with a dancing Perry cartoon and a sweet acoustic guitar riff.

    TPM's Brian Fung dug up the spot. Enjoy:

  • No more birther talk for Perry

    Perry (Richard Shiro/AP)Texas Gov. Rick Perry found himself in some trouble after he dabbled in conspiracy theories about President Barack Obama's birthplace in two recent interviews, but now it appears the Republican presidential candidate is putting his birther days behind him.

    At a news conference in South Carolina Tuesday, Perry signaled that he wouldn't entertain questions on the subject when a reporter asked him directly about his thoughts on whether Obama was born in the United States. An Associated Press reporter caught the exchange:

    "I'll cut you off right there," Perry said when asked about Obama's birth certificate. "That is one of the biggest distractions that there is going. We need to be talking about jobs."

    But Perry wouldn't answer a reporter's direct question about whether he believed the president was born in the United States. Obama's birth certificate shows he was born in Hawaii.

    Questions about Perry's beliefs on Obama's birth certificate arose after an article in Parade Magazine quoted him questioning the authenticity of the president's birth records. On Tuesday, Perry fanned the flames again when he told CNBC that it was "a good issue to keep alive" and that it was "fun to poke at" the president over his documents.

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