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The Fear Election?

Fear makes you more conservative. Fear makes conservatives even more conservative. At TNR Alice Robb summarizes experimental studies and research conducted by Professor John Hibbing of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln that shows people move to the right ideologically when they are confronted by images that bring to mind their own mortality — a liberal person becomes [...]

Hysteria over the Ebola virus is reminiscent of what happened to Ryan White, the child who was stricken with AIDS. The lack of correct information which circulated in the media resulted in a bullet being fired through his family’s living room. The Whites were essentially run out of town. In Jon Cohen’s 2001 book, Shots [...]

In Rolling Stone, Paul Krugman makes his case. Obama faces trash talk left, right and center – literally – and doesn’t deserve it. Despite bitter opposition, despite having come close to self-inflicted disaster, Obama has emerged as one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American history. His health reform is imperfect but [...]

As Oklahoma family has been putting up a tombstone with President Obama’s name on it for three years.  One neighbor who recently moved into the area said, “I was absolutely offended.” “He is the president of the United States and it actually is about respect,” Ms. Phillips said. “It’s a total respect thing because this person [...]

New York Times writer Paul Krugman spoke to Jonathan Karl on ABC‘s “This Week.” [Krugman noted that] his policy accomplishments far outstripped the legacies of recent presidents like Ronald Reagan or Bill Clinton (though not LBJ and FDR). “Obama really has left the world a different place,” he said on This Week. Krugman cited the [...]

Gwyneth Paltrow introduced President Obama at a fundraiser at her Los Angeles home. The actress, singer and food writer gushed over the commander-in-chief as she introduced him at the Democratic National Committee reception and dinner held in her backyard ‒ when she could form words at all. In a brief introduction punctuated by “ums,” Paltrow [...]

John McCormich of Bloomberg News Tweeted out the quote. “I have a history with charismatic, attractive men who just wear me out,” @HillaryClinton says of WJC and @BarackObama and their asks — John McCormick (@McCormickJohn) October 9, 2014 Clinton is known for usually staying on script. Clinton was answering questions about how 1) her husband [...]

GREENWICH, Conn. — Forget the big campaign rallies, glitzy photo ops and lofty stump speeches. President Barack Obama’s strategy for winning the midterm elections next month is simple: Raise money, lots of it. The unpopular president has largely ditched the campaign trail for the money trail, serving as his party’s fundraiser-in-chief by bringing in millions [...]

Sounds like a certain someone is back on the baby blues. Either Limbaugh is high as a kite, or he’s just so desperate to find a reason why the unemployment numbers have reached the lowest point since 2008 that he’s resurrected one of the most ludicrous conspiracy theories in recent memory. This today is as [...]

Former CIA and Pentagon head Leon Panetta says we should brace ourselves for a very long war. “I think we’re looking at kind of a 30-year war,” he says, one that will have to extend beyond Islamic State to include emerging threats in Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen, Libya and elsewhere. In his first interview about his [...]

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