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Paul Ryan not running for president

08/22/11 05:26PM

One rising star in the Republican Party will not be running for president, at least this go around."While humbled by the encouragement, I have not changed my mind," Rep. Paul Ryan said today in a statement.The Wisconsin congressman added, "I remain hopeful that our party will nominate a candidate committed to a pro-growth agenda of reform that restores the promise and prosperity of our exceptional nation. read more

Awesome Internets: Monday edition

08/22/11 03:58PM

What happens when you put up a podium with a bullhorn in one of the busiest parts of Manhattan with the one instruction: "Say something nice?" The fine people of Improv Everywhere wanted to find out. The result is today's awesome Internets.h/t Mediaite read more

First Word: August 22, 2011

08/22/11 03:01PM

We're following the situation in Libya closely. Here's a look at stories shaping tonight's rundown. What are you reading now?US believes Gadhafi may still be in Tripoli amid clashesMcCain and Graham say US should have pushed harder for fall of GadhafiJon Huntsman calls his rivals "unelectable"What does Norquist think of GOP opposition to payroll tax cut?Mitt Romney looks to expand $12 million La Jolla, California home Martin Luther King Jr. memorial opens in DC Five ways Rick Perry's entrance is jolting the Republican race  read more

Beginning of the end for Gadhafi?

08/21/11 11:33PM

TRIPOLI, Libya — Libyan rebels waved flags and shot into the air in celebration Monday morning after driving into Tripoli's vast Green Square, taking control of the symbolic heart of the 42-year regime of Col. Moammar Gadhafi.Hundreds of people remained in the streets of the capital Monday morning. read more

Getting (sorta) serious with The Onion

Getting (sorta) serious with The Onion

08/19/11 08:00PM

They call themselves "America's Finest News Source," and that reputation is built on biting satire. The Last Word guest host Melissa Harris-Perry introduces you to one of the snarky geniuses behind The Onion, comedian Baratunde Thurston. watch

Friday Funnies: Iowa straw poll aftermath

Friday Funnies: Iowa straw poll aftermath

08/19/11 08:00PM

Michele Bachmann's meaningless win in Iowa, Rick Perry's debut on the Presidential campaign trail and the one candidate Lawrence considered a rational choice for the Republican nomination called it quits. Last Word guest host Melissa-Harris Perry has... watch

Texas Governor Rick Perry in Dover, New Hampshire on Thursday.

Global warming debate heats up race

08/19/11 07:50PM

Out of all the topics that are effecting Americans this year — the economy, jobs, health care to name a few — who knew that global warming and evolution would heat up the 2012 race?As we mentioned yesterday, Perry told a young boy in New Hampshire, who asked about evolution after being prompted by his mother, his thoughts on what should be taught in schools. "Evolution is a theory that's out there. read more

"American Girl in Italy" photo

An 'American girl in Italy' looks back

08/19/11 05:05PM

Almost 60 years ago, a camera captured the moment every young girl has experienced while living abroad. Amidst cat calls and gawking Italian men, a young American woman tries to walk down the street with her head held high. With a little luck and an expertly timed snap, Ruth Orkin created an icon.On Monday, "American Girl in Italy" turns 60 and the subject — Ninalee Craig, now 83 — is speaking out about the image.It's easy to see how the picture of a young girl surrounded by men can be taken as a symbol of harassment. read more

Romney: Businesses are also people

08/19/11 03:21PM

Following in the "corporations are people" vein, Willard M. Romney presented a business-friendly theme in a new web video released today. He's trying to own his previous comment, which sometimes poses a challenge for him, and run with it.The clip, "Mitt on the Road: A Week in New Hampshire," shows the Republican hopeful meeting with workers and small business owners across the early primary state.Soylent Green "Businesses are comprised of people," Romney clarifies in the folksy video. "I'm talking about repair shops, and gas stations, and beauty salons, and restaurants. read more