Sen. Scott Brown has a 3-point edge over Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren in a poll released Tuesday. Brown leads Warren, 48 percent to 45 percent, in the WBUR poll. A Western New England College poll released earlier this week found Brown trailing, 50 percent to 45 percent. In the WBUR poll, Brown maintains a big favorability advantage: 54 percent of Bay Staters have a favorable image of him, compared with 31 percent who view him negatively. For Warren, those numbers are 47 percent and 38 percent. There are bright spots for Warren. When asked about what they are considering
For decades, if not centuries, America's top religious brand has been "Protestant." No more. In the 1960s, two in three Americans called themselves Protestant. Now the Protestant group -- both evangelical and mainline -- has slid below the statistical waters, down to 48%, from 53% in 2007. Where did they go? Nowhere, actually. They didn't switch to a new religious brand, they just let go of any faith affiliation or label. Headline split, source corrected by staff
With internet available worldwide, the U.S. could overcome Islamists through the media, but for that, it needs confident leadership that believes in Western human rights and values. Can it be that Islam is in its death throes? This can make Islamists more dangerous than ever. Nevertheless, if America relegates Obama to the political wilderness, the U.S. should go on the ideological offensive against Islam as it did when it inaugurated the Voice of America (VOA) and beamed its radio programs into Russia and the communist-dominated states of Eastern Europe.
Continuing a series of broad policy speeches that began 10 months ago, Gov. Mitt Romney has outlined the general foreign affairs approach that would shape his thinking should he win the Oval Office in the general election four weeks from today. Not surprisingly, approaching the next presidential debate Oct. 16, which will focus on foreign affairs, Romney drew stark contrasts with what he described as the passive policy approach followed by Barack Obama that has left both allies and potential foes wondering about American resolve around the world.
In the very best postmodern fashion, Obama and his supporters have relied on a narrative about Obama that has been carefully constructed. He’s brilliant, a great writer, a rare thinker, a moderate, a first-class temperament with neatly pressed pants, a uniter, a cool guy who’s unflappable. The first debate last Wednesday threatened to make that narrative seem absurd. You might say that the narrative got mugged by reality, and an awful lot of people were watching while it happened. But the next day there was a new narrative in place — or rather, several narratives:
It would be inconceivable for Barack Obama to appoint a man who had praised the Ku Klux Klan to a commission discussing race relations; what he has actually done, however, is all too predictable. Obama has appointed a man who has praised Hamas and Hizballah, and blamed Israel for 9/11, to be the United States’ representative at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE) annual 10-day human rights conference, the Human Dimension Implementation Meetings (HDIM). The Obama State Department is sending Salam al-Marayati, founder and executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), .
The directions to her secluded home, sitting atop a hill abutting a 640-acre wildlife preserve, were not the kind spit out by Google maps or a GPS device. If not for a “peace” sign, which doubles as a signpost for visitors, the driveway entrance could be easily missed. A tree swing, fashioned out of rope and a white life preserver, dangled just above thick weeds and wildflowers at the base of a wood-shingled, three-car garage. “Walk past the cottage,” Kerry Kennedy instructed in an e-mail. “Walk into the glass room. And call my name.”
A new book by historian William Chafe, entitled “Bill and Hillary,” dissects the couple’s marriage and alleges that Bill Clinton asked Hillary for a divorce in 1990 before he embarked on his long- shot bid for the presidency. (snip) The book, reviewed in Sunday’s New York Times, alleges that in 1990 Bill wanted to leave Hillary for an energy-company executive named Marilyn Jo Jenkins. Chafe says that Bill asked Hillary for a divorce but the future first lady refused. It seems that Clinton was still very much in love with Jenkins at the time he won the White House.
The last time Joe Biden stepped onto a vice-presidential stage, he faced a challenge only George H. W. Walker had dealt with before: debating a woman in a nationally-televised debate. And Sarah Palin proved an even bigger, more sudden, more dynamic political phenomenon than Geraldine Ferraro was in 1984. Since her debut, Obama’s allies attacked Palin relentlessly, and the Alaska Governor had run into trouble after her interview with Katie Couric. Palin was a largely unknown quantity headed into the debate, and the only thing most Americans knew
It's as though Barack Obama didn't diminish himself enough during his debate with Mitt Romney and decided diminishing himself was actually a good tactic. And so, in the immediate aftermath of the debate debacle, instead of showing some dignity as other presidents before him have after a loss, Team Obama started a nanny-nanny-boo-boo name-calling campaign. In ads and in interviews and presidential speeches, Romney's been called everything from a "liar," to a "flip-flopper." Obama isn't just a sore loser, he's a petulant, dishonest, crybaby, narcissist loser. Believe it or not,
A Washington Post investigation found that 73 members of Congress have “sponsored or co-sponsored legislation in recent years that could benefit businesses or industries in which either they or their family members are involved or invested.” Here’s the part that caught my eye: When the House and Senate wrote their first set of modern ethics rules in the 1970s, in response to the Watergate scandal, they expressly prohibited members from engaging in legislative activities that would financially benefit them. But both chambers immediately carved out exemptions to the rule.
I’ve double-checked: this ad is definitely from the Obama campaign, not The Onion. “Bernie Madoff. Ken Lay. Dennis Kozlowski. Criminals. Gluttons of greed,” says the narrator. “And the evil genius who towered over them? One man has the guts to speak his name.” Ad cuts to Romney saying “Big Bird” in the debate, followed by a direct-to-camera shot of Big Bird himself, squawking chirpily, “It’s me. Big Bird.” Then ominous narrator returns, saying, “Big. Yellow. A menace to our economy. Mitt Romney knows it’s not Wall Street you have to worry about, it’s
Minutes after Newsweek published a story on the threat of illegal foreign and fraudulent online campaign donations late Monday afternoon, the Obama campaign struck back hard with a response smearing one of the article’s authors and offered an anemic defense of its online fundraising operations. Earlier today, Breitbart News and myriad news agencies reported on a new 108-page investigation conducted by the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) which examines the online donation systems of the entire U.S. Congress and the two presidential candidates. The report found that 47.3% of all House and Senate donation websites do not require online
TO OAKLAND University, Michigan (home of the Grizzlies), for a rally tonight starring Paul Ryan, the Republican vice-presidential nominee. There is a certain eccentricity to a Ryan rally, some of it carefully crafted, some of it spontaneous. The crafted stuff includes Mr Ryan's MidWestern-guy talk of hunting and football, and the exceedingly loud blast of AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" to which he enters the room.
Average California retail gasoline prices have scaled yet another record high, an auto organization said on Monday, while analysts said wholesale markets signaled consumers may see a dramatic drop in pump prices within a week. (Snip) But wholesale gasoline in the Los Angeles spot market fell 60 cents a gallon on Monday,(Snip) "Retail prices will come down as hard as they went up," said David Hackett, president of Stillwater Associates, an energy consultancy in Irvine, California. "It went up 56 cents in a week, it will come down that fast."
One spot Mitt Romney won't be hitting on the campaign trail: the Nickelodeon studios. The Republican presidential candidate declined an invitation from the children's network to participate in its "Kids Pick the President: The Candidates" special. According to a release from Nickelodeon, Romney's camp said he was unable to fit the taping into his schedule after multiple attempts from the network.(Snip) President Barack Obama sat down for a taping in the White House, where he answered questions regarding gun control, jobs, immigration, same-sex marriage, outsourcing, bullying and obesity, as well as light-hearted questions including his most embarrassing moment.
When we list the areas that Barack Obama wants to "fundamentally transform," as he promised before his 2008 election, let's not overlook his plans for education. They are as fundamentally transformational, costly and dictatorial as Obamacare. (Snip) The Obama progressives want us to believe that the remedy is to turn over total control to the federal government. That's illogical and unacceptable, but it fits right in with Obama's attitude that there is no higher power than the federal government. If Obama is reelected, he will be able to accomplish this task with help from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan,
Big Government: Mitt Romney was blasted last month for warning about the intractable nature of chronic government dependency. But Venezuela's election Sunday, which Hugo Chavez won handily, shows how right he was. Against all odds in a normal democracy, Chavez won re-election to a fourth term against a strong opponent Sunday. The margin was 55% to 44%, putting Chavez in line to become the third longest ruler in the history of the hemisphere, outmatched only by Paraguay's Alfredo Stroessner and Cuba's Fidel Castro, if he survives the six-year term.
A 17-year-old boy was killed and another wounded in a shooting near a school in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side, Chicago police said. The boys were standing on the sidewalk in the 7400 block of South Dorchester Avenue when two men approached around 8:15 p.m. Monday and pulled guns and opened fire, Officer Hector Alfaro, a police spokesman said, citing preliminary information. The shooting happened in the same block as Madison Elementary School. One of the teens, Jonathan Williams, was struck in the head and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead,
“I’m not going to spend a long time making a speech,” President Obama explained last night during a fundraiser in San Francisco last night, signalling that he would answer questions instead. “Most of you have been great friends for many years. Many of you supported me when I was running for the United States Senate, much less running for President. And so I think you know who I am and you know what I care about.” Instead, Obama began reminiscing about growing up in Hawaii, after he was introduced by a childhood friend, Pam Hamamoto.
Election 2012: President Obama might think sagging polls are his biggest post-debate problem. But it's really people like Buzz Bissinger, Stacey Dash and Bill Maher showing it's now acceptable in polite society to attack The One. In an eye-opening piece Monday on the Daily Beast, "Friday Night Lights" author and lifelong Democrat Buzz Bissinger announced he was voting for Romney. The tipping point, he wrote, "was last week's debate in Denver," which showed Obama out of energy and out of ideas.
COLUMBIA, S.C.--South Carolina registered fewer new voters in this election year compared with 2008. The State newspaper reported (http://bit.ly/QPV9fz) that about 145,000 new voters registered between Jan. 1 and Oct. 6 this year. That compares with about 187,000 registered during 2008 prior to the election deadline. The South Carolina Election Commission reports about 17,000 people registered when an online system was offered between last Tuesday and last Saturday’s deadline. Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire says the new system has been very popular.South Carolina is the 13th state to allow online voter
Emily Friedman of ABC News reported Monday that “Mitt Romney ordered his motorcade to make an abrupt U-turn in rural Virginia today, after zipping by a group of elementary school students waving in the front yard of the school, so he could go back and meet them.” ABC's video shows thrilled grade-schoolers in Fairfield, Virginia. But no nice move goes unpunished by the press. Check out the AP picture distributed across the country. It's unbelievable. It honestly looks like a little girl is gaping at Romney from behind. This accompanied a snippy AP story by Lynn Elber
SALISBURY, N.C.-- Even with his strong debate performance, Mitt Romney needs every possible advantage to overtake President Barack Obama in the next four weeks. Not helping him much is the Republican Party he leads. Thanks in part to congressional Republicans' no-compromise stands on key issues, and an unpopular past president in George W. Bush, the GOP's image is at one of its lowest points in modern times. Romney is now distancing himself a bit from some party policies, most notably by emphasizing that he doesn't want to cut taxes for high earners.
For months, Ann Romney and her eldest son, Tagg, were dutifully supportive of the political professionals running Mitt Romney’s campaign. All the while, their private frustration was mounting. Shortly before the final debate, it finally boiled over. What followed was a family intervention. The candidate’s family prevailed on Mitt Romney, and the campaign operation, to shake things up dramatically, according to campaign insiders. The family pushed for a new message, putting an emphasis on a softer and more moderate image for the GOP nominee — a “let Mitt be Mitt” approach