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John Kerry: Romney has 'zero experience in foreign policy'

10/22/12 07:17PM

To hear John Kerry talk, we might as well be calling Mitt Romney "junior." The Democratic senator of Massachusetts, who has been playing the Republican nominee in debate practice with President Obama, skewered Romney as having "zero experience in foreign policy" just hours before Monday night's debate. When it comes to foreign policy, Romney and vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan are the "single most inexperienced twosome to run for president and vice president in modern history of our country," declared Kerry to Politics Nation's Al Sharpton. read more

Photo: The Cleveland Plain Dealer/Pat Galbincea

The billboard battle: what's really 'un-American'?

10/22/12 03:02PM

After weeks of pressure, Clear Channel announced this weekend it will take down the anonymous voter fraud billboards that had been placed in minority communities in Wisconsin and Ohio, prompting concerns of voter intimidation from many activists. As those 140 or so billboards come down, another 15 billboards proclaiming that "Voting is a right, not a crime" will go up in the same neighborhoods in Cleveland. Pro-voting billboards will go up in Milwaukee too. read more

Photo: AP/David Goldman

Poll: Who will win the third debate?

10/21/12 09:29PM

Pres. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will face each other in their third and final debate in Boca Raton, Fla., on Monday night. This debate will focus on foreign policy. The race could not be closer right now, with both men polling at 47% in the latest NBC/WSJ poll of likely voters. Who do you think will win? After you vote, tell us why you voted the way you did in the comments. read more

Ryan mocks war on women

Ryan mocks war on women

10/19/12 08:00PM

During a private fundraiser, Paul Ryan scoffed at the idea of a war on women. In a campaign season where some on the right have tried to redefine rape and... watch

President Obama dubbed Mitt Romney's "condition" of sidestepping as "Romnesia." (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

Obama diagnoses Mitt with 'Romnesia'

10/19/12 06:18PM

President Obama is no medical doctor, but he has a diagnosis for Mitt Romney's chronic condition of "backtracking" and "sidestepping." It's called "Romnesia." "He's changing up so much, we've got to name this condition that he's going through - I think it's called 'Romnesia,'" Obama joked during a campaign event in Virginia on Friday. "If you've got Romnesia, here's the good news: Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions." The Obama campaign latched onto the viral response to the catch phase by introducing "Romnesia" to Twitter. The hashtag was trending globally on Twitter Friday.
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Mugshot of 23-year old Colin Small, the Pennsylvania resident arrested Thursday for destroying voter registration forms in Rockingham County, VA. (Photo: Rockingham County Sheriff's Office)

Employee of GOP-hired group arrested for destroying registration forms

10/18/12 11:12PM

Republicans have been the biggest proponents of the myth of widespread voter fraud in recent years, using it to justify multi-state voter ID campaigns. But in the last few weeks, GOP-affiliated groups have been implicated in the very fraud some Republicans claim they want to stop. In Virginia on Thursday night, a Pennsylvania resident named Colin Small was arrested and charged with destroying voter registration forms in Rockingham County. Small was employed by Pinpoint, a company that had been hired to register voters for the Republican Party of Virginia. read more