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  • Sarah Palin urging Romney to call Obama a ‘socialist’

    Fox News contributor and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is urging Mitt Romney to make his criticism of President Barack Obama "personal," and agreed that he should begin using words such as "incompetent, dangerous, socialist" to describe the president.

    "They are not just buzzwords, those are accurate descriptions of our commander in chief," Palin said during an appearance on "The O'Reilly Factor" Tuesday night. "He should be very aggressive, and he should be adamant in his attacks on Obama's record, which is so dismal, his plan or lack of a plan of Obama's to get us out of these woeful times. Yes, he needs to be severely aggressive in his articulation."

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  • Keith Olbermann responds to Joe Scarborough’s presidential bid rumors

    Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann responded Tuesday to a Vanity Fair article reporting that the network's Joe Scarborough was considering a presidential bid in 2016.

    We'll let his tweets do the talking:


  • Joe Scarborough 2016?

    Vanity Fair reports that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough may be considering a run for president in 2016.

    From Douglas Brinkley:

    Joe (no fan of Mitt Romney's—"I've been very critical") plans on publishing a memoir that will serve—no joke—as a vehicle to test the waters for a presidential run in 2016.

    Scarborough responded to the article Tuesday, telling Politico's Dylan Byers that he has "no plans" to run for the White House.

    "I've got no plans to run in 2016, or in 2020. But you never know what's going to happen," he said. "Every two years, there's someone suggesting that I run for Senate. Every two years, the national party comes to me. I've always been really flattered. But I look around, and I have the best job in the world. I have no desire to leave."

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  • Paul Ryan to run ads in Wisconsin for congressional re-election

    Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin, will begin running television ads for his congressional re-election campaign, the Associated Press reports:

    Contracts formalized Tuesday with at least one Milwaukee television station show that Ryan's congressional ads will start airing Wednesday morning and go initially for two weeks. Ryan's congressional campaign manager confirmed that ads defending the seat will run but said additional details would come later.

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney tapped Ryan to be his running mate in August. Ryan is simultaneously running for the vice presidency and his Wisconsin House seat.

  • Video spoof: Obama and Romney get a haircut together

    The comedy team at the Los Angeles-based ad agency Stun Creative started a new video series with the candidates yukking it up at the barbershop:

    More videos here.

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  • Paul Ryan on Chicago teachers strike: ‘We stand with Rahm Emanuel’

    Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan spoke out against the Chicago Teachers Union strike on Monday, saying he stands behind Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's opposition to the demonstration.

    "Mayor Emanuel is right today in saying that this teacher's union strike is unnecessary and wrong," Ryan said in Portland, Ore., according to a pool report transcript. "We know that Rahm is not going to support our campaign, but on this issue and this day we stand with Mayor Rahm Emanuel."

    More than 26,000 education professionals in the Chicago area did not attend work on Monday over a contract negotiation dispute with the Chicago Board of Education.

    President Barack Obama's administration declined to comment on the strike. Emanuel, elected mayor in 2011, was Obama's chief of staff from 2009 to 2010.

    Here are Ryan's full remarks:

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  • Need a recap? Must-see speeches from the DNC

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The 2012 Democratic National Convention is over, and for those who weren't glued to C-SPAN all week, we've got you covered.

    Here are six of the must-see speeches from the convention. The list does not include addresses from candidates or their spouses:

    Former President Bill Clinton
    Clinton arguably had the best speech of the convention, an address in which he often veered from his prepared remarks and went on for nearly 50 minutes. The former president used his time to offer a point-by-point rebuttal of Republican challenger Mitt Romney—and by all appearances, he had fun doing it.


    San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro
    Castro used his time as Tuesday's keynote speaker to address the middle-class voter, with a focus on President Barack Obama's policies intended to create economic security.

    Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver
    A United Methodist pastor by trade, Missouri Rep. Cleaver brought the delegates to their feet—and some even to tears—several times during

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  • Oops, I tweeted again: Things Democrats wish they hadn’t said at the conventions

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The Republican and Democratic conventions are ripe for Twitter snark, and with instantaneous publishing tools in their pockets, even politicians aren't immune from firing off a message they might regret.

    Here are a few from the Sunlight Foundation's archive of deleted tweets from both party conventions:

    Washington Sen. Patty Murray

    Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly

    Michigan Rep. Keith Ellison

    Wisconsin Rep. Gwen Moore

    Official White House Twitter Feed

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  • Camera catches John Kerry yawning during Elizabeth Warren’s speech

    CHARLOTTE -- During Elizabeth Warren's Democratic National Convention speech Wednesday, the camera panned to her potential future colleague on the floor, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, at an inopportune time.

  • Bill Clinton’s math lesson for the DNC: Why Obama adds up to a good president

    CHARLOTTE -- Former President Bill Clinton, once a political foe of President Barack Obama, made a strong case that he's one of the nominee's best surrogates Wednesday, especially when it comes to bringing independents into the Democratic re-election effort.

    In a speech that was repeatedly interrupted by standing ovations and often veered from the prepared remarks on his Teleprompter, Clinton took on nearly every criticism that Republicans leveled at Obama last week at their party convention in Tampa. Clinton's wide-ranging speech defended several aspects of Obama's record, including his health care law, the controversial Recovery Act, the restructuring of cash-strapped American auto companies and even his choice of Joe Biden as vice president.

    "We believe 'we're all in this together' is a far better philosophy than 'you're on your own,'" Clinton said in a speech that went on for nearly an hour. "I want to nominate a man who's cool on the outside but burns for America on the inside."

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