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

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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

Op-Ed: Let the health care games begin

08/01/12 05:11PM

All eyes may be on London’s Olympic Games right now, but it won’t be long before the presidential race returns to dominating the news cycle.  As we head toward November, there’s one thing of which we can be certain: there is no way the Supreme Court has had the last word on health care reform.  Anti-reform rhetoric will surely play an integral part of both the presidential and congressional races.  But, when we hear stump speeches about repealing “Obamacare” (which is actually called the Affordable Care Act), the least voters deserve to hear from politicians are clearly-articulated alternative read more

Phelps swims the final leg in the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

A picture is worth a thousand words

08/01/12 02:48PM

by Traci OshiroLike the rest of the world over the past few days, I have been glued to the TV watching the London Olympics. However, as a photographer, there is nothing more awe-inspiring than seeing a photo capture an Olympian in a state of pure athleticism and raw emotion.  The ability to capture a myriad of emotions in a millisecond is something only the magic of photography has the ability to do. While there are countless photos which I've come across in recent days, these four photos were taken at moments when I was watching. read more

S.E. Cupp latest NY Daily News article: Romney-Ryan: The right match

08/01/12 02:00PM

Although Mitt Romney’s campaign has developed a reputation for secrecy, many believe he will soon make his vice presidential announcement, allowing for excitement to build around a fresh face prior to the Republican National Convention, taking place in Tampa in late August.But depending on whose face we’re talking about, it’s hard to say whether “excitement” will be the right word.The man generally considered to be the leading contender for the role leaves a little to be desired. read more

Steve Kornacki's latest Salon.com article: Psychological warfare, Tea Party-style

08/01/12 01:19PM

There are two ways to classify the significance of every Republican primary victory by a Tea Party-aligned: (1) psychological; and (2) psychological and electoral.The victory of Ted Cruz in Texas last night is a classic example of the first type. Whether Republicans nominated Cruz or his opponent, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, for the Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison, they were going to win in November. Texas is too GOP-friendly a state, especially in a presidential election year. read more

Steve Kornacki's latest Salon.com article: The star-making convention slot

07/31/12 04:28PM

You may not have heard of Julian Castro – yet – but he was just handed a priceless opportunity to enhance his future political prospect: the keynote speaking slot at September’s Democratic convention.That means that the 37-year-old Castro, who was elected mayor of San Antonio in 2009 and reelected last year, will address a primetime audience on the convention’s first night (which, in a break with tradition, will be on a Tuesday this year, with Democrats trimming their convention to three days from the customary four). read more

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