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Vetting the veeps: Get to know four top contenders

Vetting the veeps: Get to know four top contenders

08/09/12 04:04PM

By Amanda Sakuma and Traci G. LeeFor weeks the Mitt Romney presidential campaign has dangled the shiny object of announcing its vice presidential pick before the media, strategists, and voters, but it looks like the wait and speculation might soon be over. read more

The breakout Olympic stars

The breakout Olympic stars

08/09/12 01:00PM

I was thinking about doing a "breakout stars" post for the Olympics, listing those that I felt have exploded on to the scene. And, as I flipped through the list of characters - looking at early crop of gold medalists - it hit me: Women. Women are the breakout stars. 23 of the 34 U.S. gold medals currently hang around the neck of female athletes and teams. They've been the face of the Olympics: Gabby, Missy, Jordan, Kerri & Misty-Mae... I'm not taking anything away from the fellas, Phelps, Lochte, Aries Merritt, the Bryan brothers - they've been fantastic. read more

Op-Ed: The debate everyone is too afraid to have

08/09/12 08:00AM

After the spate of gun violence that's left so many of us horrified and dumbfounded, one would think it would be time for a little introspection on America's relationship with guns.  Or is it?  Aside from the usual suspects such as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy. read more

Steve Kornacki's latest Salon.com article: GOP's RomneyCare freak-out

08/08/12 05:19PM

Mitt Romney’s campaign press secretary, Andrea Saul, has kicked up a bit of a storm with her response to a new ad from a pro-Obama super PAC.The spot, which was unveiled Wednesday, features a man who lost his job when Bain Capital shuttered the Kansas City steel plant he worked at in 2001.  “When Mitt Romney and Bain closed the plant,” he says in the ad, “I lost my health care and my family lost their health care. read more

Ann Romney, wife of Republican candidate Mitt Romney, speaks to local Republican party members gathered at Guilford County GOP headquarters office in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, July 19.

Ann Romney to lead 'Women for Mitt'

08/08/12 04:13PM

Mitt Romney's wife Ann will be the face of the campaign's "Women for Mitt" coalition that will aim to rally women voters for the Republican candidate.The campaign announced Ann Romney as the chairwoman of the effort Wednesday, along with a list of Republican women supporters who will serve on its national advisory board and as Women for Mitt honorary co-chairs. These include former Sec. read more

My team mates and I on the 1996 YLB All-star team. Yorba Linda, California

They've got next

08/06/12 12:23PM

Watching the Olympics always evokes a sense of nostalgia in me, especially when I tune into the US Women's Basketball Team. It brings back memories of the excitement I had as a 12 year old rushing home to catch the 1996 Women's Olympic team play. read more

Steve Kornacki's latest Salon.com article: Republicans' war on Harry Reid

08/06/12 09:55AM

It was open season on Harry Reid on the Sunday talk shows, with one Republican after another ripping into the Senate majority leader for his unsubstantiated claims about Mitt Romney’s taxes.“As far as Harry Reid is concerned, listen, I know you might want to go down that road,” Republican national chairman Reince Priebus told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.” “I’m not going to respond to a dirty liar. If that’s on the agenda, I’m not going go there. read more

Authorities believe Wade Michael Page is the gunman who killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

Alleged gunman in Wisconsin Sikh temple attack ID'd as Army veteran; FBI explores links to white supremacist groups

08/06/12 07:26AM

Updated at 4:05 p.m. ET: The alleged gunman in Sunday’s deadly shooting at a Sikh temple in southern Wisconsin is Wade Michael Page, an Army veteran who may have ties to white supremacist groups, authorities announced on Monday.Page, who served in the Army from April 1992 through October 1998, allegedly killed six people at the temple and wounded four, including a police officer, before he was shot and killed by police. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Page is the former leader of a neo-Nazi music group called End Apathy. read more

Clint Eastwood makes Romney's day with an endorsement

Clint Eastwood makes Romney's day with an endorsement

08/04/12 12:41PM

First it was the "Queen of Porn," then it was the star of "Dirty Harry"—Mitt Romney raked in quite a week of celebrity endorsements.On Friday, 82-year-old Academy Award-winning legend Clint Eastwood announced his support of the presumed GOP presidential nominee, saying the country needed "a decent tax system" in which people "are not pitted against one another.""I think the country needs a boost," Eastwood told The Associated Press during a Sun Valley fundraiser for Romney."He just made my day,” Romney responded. read more

Watching The Olympics for the first time

08/03/12 10:03AM

by Charlie HitchinsI'm 33 years old.  I've lived through 18 Olympic games between summer and winter.  I've always loved watching the Olympics.  I even got to be a part of them when I worked for NBC Sports at the 2002 Salt Lake Games.  But, these 2012 games might be the best I've ever experienced.  It's not because of the opening ceremony, though Arctic Monkeys killed their cover of "Come Together." It's not the events themselves or the drama surrounding badminton.  It is watching my 3 year old daughter experience the Olympics for the first time. read more

Steve Kornacki's latest Salon.com: Harry Reid's dirty work

08/03/12 09:54AM

There are two possible explanations for Harry Reid’s repeated and emphatic insistence that Mitt Romney paid nothing in taxes for ten years: Either he really thinks he knows something or he’s far more devious than anyone realized.Reid attracted attention — and widespread derision — when he made the claim on Tuesday in an interview with the Huffington Post, citing a conversation he supposedly had with a Bain Capital investor.“He didn’t pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain. But obviously he can’t release those tax returns. How would it look?” Reid asked. read more

British prime minister: I'll work with whoever US elects

08/03/12 08:47AM

British Prime Minister David Cameron steered clear of jumping into the American presidential election, saying it was in his country’s best interest to work with whoever wins. But, he acknowledged he holds America’s current leader in very high esteem.“I work very closely with President Obama. read more

Steve Kornacki's latest Salon.com article: Meet the pro-Bush tax rate Dems

08/02/12 10:04AM

The streak is still alive. In the 22 years since George H.W. Bush and a scattering of congressional Republicans cut a tax hike deal with Democrats, not a single member of the House or Senate GOP has voted to raise income tax rates. On Wednesday, 238 House Republicans voted against letting the Bush-era rates expire on annual income over $250,000 for families and $200,000 for individuals. read more

My reaction to the Fab 5 winning the gold

My reaction to the Fab 5 winning the gold

08/02/12 09:00AM

The other night, as I watched the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team stand on the podium and listen to the National Anthem - I felt a complicated emotion roll over me. I couldn't quite put my finger on it. Sure, there was the basic pride and excitement you feel for a gold medalist that represents your country. And as always, I was blown away by their talent and their execution.But after all of the montages, the interviews, the replays and rehashing - I finally stuck the landing and figured it out. Jealousy. I'm jealous of these girls. read more

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