September 16, 2011 It's true Obama's ascent to the presidency faced super long odds although conditions came together to shorten them immensely. But the odds of his re-election seem to be going in the other direction, lengthening not shortening.
September 16, 2011 A new USA Today/Gallup poll found that 44 percent of Republicans were either inclined to increase their support or be unaffected by his negative characterization of the entitlement program. Curiously, 36 percent said they didn't know enough to venture an opinion.
September 16, 2011 By the time the Supreme Court order came down on Thursday, Duane Buck could have already been put to death. But Texas authorities had paused to wait for the court's decision. The issue is whether his race is the reason he's on death row.
September 15, 2011 As Sarah Palin keeps the GOP guessing on her White House intentions, she faces challenging filing deadlines and dismissed allegations in a new book as "disgusting lies."
September 15, 2011 If nothing else, the controversy over Texas Gov. Rick Perry's mandating the use of the human papillomavirus vaccine in 12 year old girls, demonstrates the contradictions in his professed world view.
September 14, 2011 "There's a long tradition of people who don't like a particular message turning to attack the person delivering the message," he told NPR. "I view it as an honor, really."
September 13, 2011 Political contributions from drug maker Merck to Texas Gov. Rick Perry are substantially higher than he said at Monday night's CNN/Tea Party Express debate.
September 13, 2011 Romney, the former GOP presidential frontrunner, is getting huge help from Bachmann. She can continue to diminish Perry in the eyes of the most energetic voters in the Republican Party so long as her money holds out, keeping her in the race.
September 13, 2011 From his hostility to Social Security, to his mandating of HPV vaccinations of 12-year-old girls in Texas, to how much credit he really deserves for his state's economic growth, Perry had to endure repeated thwacks to his 11-year record as governor during the two-hour presidential debate.
September 12, 2011 The notion of "bounce-back potential" actually has much bearing on the GOP's Tea Party-sponsored debate Monday night. Because whether Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann can rebound and by how much are critical questions to their political futures.
September 9, 2011 Social Security clearly must have magical transformative powers if it can make a self-professed conservative almost sound like a liberal. Mitt Romney has determined that Texas Gov. Rick Perry's antipathy to Social Security has left his rival for the GOP nomination hugely vulnerable on the Social Security issue. And Romney plans to make him pay.
September 8, 2011 The folks at Next Media Animation in Taiwan who burst on the scene with their humorous versions news events (remember their Tiger Woods rendering?) have a new one, a biography of Rick Perry.
September 8, 2011 We converted Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate transcript into a word cloud so you can see the language the candidates used the most.
September 8, 2011 The presidential candidates mixed it up in their first face-off since Texas Governor Rick Perry entered the race. Romney and Perry went after each other early on who had the better record on job creation.
September 7, 2011 In Perry's defense, the HPV vaccine is recommended for girls at age 11 or 12 not just by the federal government's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, but also the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, and Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.