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An excerpt from Bill Press' new book "The Obama Hate Machine"

An excerpt from Bill Press' new book "The Obama Hate Machine"

02/03/12 06:13AM

Presidents Under FireBarack Obama, of course, is not the first president to have experiencedwithering personal attacks. They are as old as the presidency itself. In some ways, they are a tribute to our American experiment. Unlike forced allegiance to a monarch or tyrant, criticism of elected leaders is not only tolerated here; it is considered a necessary function of our democracy. And from the moment the first president took office, U.S. presidents have had to deal with sometimes- nasty attacks. read more

Morning Headlines: Friday, February 3

02/03/12 05:57AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Mitt Romney’s Mormon firewallKomen gives new explanation for cutting funds to Planned ParenthoodSenate passes bill to ban lawmaker insider tradingObama hones pitch to independents House Republicans threatened Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. with a criminal contempt of Congress citationWhy Donald Trump’s endorsement was a win for RomneyPanetta report fuels concerns that Israel will attack IranDavid Ignatius: Is Israel preparing to attack Iran?Nas dropped by Fallon last night and killed it! read more

In honor of Phil: Songs and bands with the word 'Shadow'

In honor of Phil: Songs and bands with the word 'Shadow'

02/02/12 02:12PM

Let's all take a breath and forget about Romney and Planned Parenthood and Donald Trump and Facebook and this and just think about Punxsutawney Phil and the fact that he saw his shadow.And let's think about songs and bands with the word 'shadow.' This is serious stuff, so let's get into it.I have this person's tweet to thank for the inspiration.There's plenty more out there, so tell me what I'm missing.   read more

Canadian rapper to Romney: 'I do not endorse this message'

02/02/12 12:42PM

By now, we’re all publicly aware of Mitt Romney’s interest in music, but there’s one artist who won’t be getting his support. Canadian-based rapper K’naan recently tweeted: “Yo @mittromney I am K’naan Warsame and I do not endorse this message,” following Romney’s use of “Wavin’ Flag” during his Florida primary victory speech. read more

Is Mitt Romney just a 'strange dude' from Boston?

02/02/12 12:30PM

msnbc's Dylan Ratigan: “Here’s my two cents on Mitt Romney. Everybody thinks ‘Oh well rich, he’s out of touch, he doesn’t know how to connect to people. I think that that is wrong…I think Mitt Romney’s problem is more that he’s just kind of a weirdo from Boston. It’s less that he’s rich or poor; it’s more that he’s just kind of a strange guy that doesn’t relate to people that well. If he was poor he wouldn’t relate to people that well, and if we rich he wouldn’t relate to people that well. He’s just kind of a strange dude, and so he kind of screws things up. read more

Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally at Brady Industries February 1, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Must Read Op-Eds for Thursday, February 2, 2012

02/02/12 12:06PM

MITT SPEAKS. OH NO!BY GAIL COLLINSNEW YORK TIMESRomney seems obsessed with the idea that his enemies are spreading rumors that he’s going to be devoting his presidential campaign to proposing new programs to help the poor. Really, I do not think this is going to be a problem. ... Rest assured that Mitt Romney is not going to be spending a single second fretting about the problems of really, really poor people. His supporters can breathe a sigh of relief. read more