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Sarah Palin is Running for Congress

The Story: Sarah Palin, who was Governor of Alaska (2006 - 2009) and who ran for Vice President of the United States on the ticket...

Tina Fey talks ‘SNL’s political impact: ‘I don’t think that show can really sway...

The former "Weekend Update" anchor who was this week's guest on "David Tennant Does a Podcast With," said she's' "glad" she's no longer on "SNL" given the increased demands the current news environment has put on the show's writers. "I feel relieved," said Fey, who served as head writer from 1999 to 2006. "The culture is so ugly and the political climate is so ugly. You'd have Bush Sr. come do a thing with Dana Carvey ... It's so truly ugly now." Richmond saw the physical resemblance, though she begged to differ. Fey recalled, "My husband said, 'She looks like you.' ' Though her Palin impression is now part of political pop-culture history and gets trotted out during every"SNL" election special, Fey doesn't believe it accomplished much other than highlighting existing ideas about the person she was impersonating. "I don’t think that show can really sway people," she said. "I think you can shine a light.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Making All the Right People Crazy

I admit, I was dubious about AOC. She literally danced in their faces, and then she danced in their faces again. She will make rookie mistakes. AOC is young, vital, outspoken, and a woman. Through all the hype, AOC recently has thrown herself headlong into one of the most vital domestic issues of the day: the fight to roll back the economic snake-oil first injected into our national politics by Ronald Reagan. In an interview with Anderson Cooper, she proposed a top marginal tax rate of 70 percent, or 20 percent lower than that which existed under Eisenhower, but 20 points higher than it was after JFK's tax cut, and almost 30 points higher than it is now after nearly 40 years of Laffer-curved fairy tales. But misspeaking doesn't make you Sarah Palin, and fudging numbers and barbering facts doesn't make you Donald Trump. If the latter were the case, then one could argue that Max Boot was Trumpian before Trump, since he threw himself behind a case made from fudged numbers and barbered facts that got us lied into a war in Iraq. If they're weren't, then AOC isn't, either. She's making all the right people crazy, and that's a good thing.
Katie Couric: My Goal Wasn't To Make Sarah Palin Struggle | Morning Joe | MSNBC

Katie Couric: My Goal Wasn’t To Make Sarah Palin Struggle | Morning Joe |...

Katie Couric joins Morning Joe to discuss her 2008 interviews with then-Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin and their impact on the election. » Subscribe to MSNBC: About: MSNBC is the premier destination for in-depth analysis of daily headlines, insightful…

McCain honored with words aimed at Trump

Washington (CNN)Washington luminaries, former presidents and the family of John McCain gathered Saturday at Washington National Cathedral to honor and remember the late senator in a grand display of pomp and unity in the nation's capital. Among the tributes -- including from former McCain rivals and Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama -- was an emotional remembrance from McCain's daughter Meghan that included several pointed and unmistakable references to Trump. "We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness. The former President acknowledged the contrast between himself and McCain, saying, "We were standard-bearers of different American political traditions." But Obama spoke of a deep respect for the late senator. "For all our differences, for all the times we sparred, I never tried to hide, and I think John came to understand, the longstanding admiration that I had for him." He said that the late senator responded with some impatience, saying: "That's the point Joe ... You're a Democrat, I'm a Republican, we could give our country the bipartisan leadership it needs for a change." Sarah Palin, who was McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election was not invited to any of the memorial services. The service followed a public procession that brought McCain's body from the US Capitol to the cathedral. On Sunday, a private service will take place at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and then his body will be laid to rest in the US Naval Academy Cemetery.

‘The warrior’ at rest: an appreciation of John McCain

The navy ran in his blood. Born in the Panama canal zone to a family in which both father and grandfather were four-star admirals, John McCain lived a life of unswerving devotion to country with more than a bit of the aviator’s swagger, channeled into the rhythms of public service yet often erupting with the zeal of a reformer, even at times an iconoclast. A missile hit his plane and McCain parachuted out, one leg and both arms broken. When the North Vietnamese realised his father commanded all US forces in the Pacific, he received intense pressure to accept early release. He always held a strong interest in Native Americans, an example of his concern for those who have few other advocates. 'American original': John McCain praised by political friends and foes Read more For many years, McCain served as chairman of the International Republican Institute, working to build political parties and democracies. This, and an early encounter with the temptations of money and influence in politics, led to McCain’s passionate conviction that the system of campaign finance must be reformed to preserve democracy. He ran for president twice, first in 2000 declaring that his was “a fight to take our government back from the power brokers and special interests and return it to the people and the noble cause of freedom” – rhetoric from others but passionately held views from one who believed that “I owe America more than she has ever owed me”. He believed in luck. John McCain: a life in pictures Read more If Al Smith, the first Catholic nominated for president, is known as the “happy warrior” of American politics, perhaps John McCain is best remembered simply as the “warrior.” Not in the sense of unbridled militarism – far from it – but rather as embodying the best traits of the martial spirit in a democracy.

Conservatives call for constitutional intervention last seen 230 years ago

“I think we’re three or four years away,” said the former Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn on Friday, speaking at the annual convention for American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec) – a powerful rightwing organization that links corporate lobbyists with state lawmakers from across the country. Coburn, a veteran Republican lawmaker, now works as a senior adviser for the advocacy group Convention of States, which seeks to use a little known clause in article V of the US constitution to call a constitutional convention for new amendments to dramatically restrict the power of the federal government. Louisiana’s Democratic governor an ally at influential rightwing conference Read more Coburn, who retired from the Senate in 2010, said that the American republic is “failing”, and that such a convention is the “only answer” to the problems the country faces today. “We’re in a battle for the future of our country,” Coburn told the assembly of mostly conservative state lawmakers meeting in New Orleans. As far as me and my family and my guns, I’m going to be free.” Convention of States, with Alec’s support, is one of three prominent conservative groups pushing for a new constitutional convention. It’s not as far fetched as it sounds. A coalition seeking just the balanced budget amendment currently has 28 out of the required 34 state legislatures on board, with active bills calling for a convention. We’re either going to become a socialist, Marxist country like western Europe, or we’re going to be free Senator Tom Coburn Convention of States and its more expansive to-do list doesn’t have as many states in play as the balanced budget group, but it does boast a big roster of well-known conservative supporters such as Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal and Rand Paul, and a reported 2.5 million volunteers ready to mobilize: “double that of the NRA [National Rifle Association],” pointed out Rita Dunaway, the staff council at Convention of States. “We can bring up an amendment to overturn Roe v Wade or the Civil Rights Act,” Riestenberg added. He thinks some of the proposals, like veto power over the supreme court go too far, and said that decades in state government have shown him the limitations of things like balanced budget amendments.

Keith Olbermann calls culture war surrounding ESPN “baloney,” says “the politics is called the...

Appearing on Tony Kornheiser’s podcast Friday, the former SportsCenter anchor and current ESPN contributor called the culture-war narrative “baloney” and pointed out that the wholly unpolitical Golf Channel had lost more subscribers than ESPN. The subject came up on Kornheiser’s podcast almost accidentally, thanks to a quick aside from Pablo Torre, who was explaining the vision behind his upcoming show with Bomani Jones. Here was the exchange: Torre: The point you guys both raised about laughter—because ESPN is in the middle of a culture war [said sarcastically]. I don’t know if you guys noticed, but we are in a culture war. One of the things that I think people— Olbermann: Baloney, by the way. Torre: Well, yes. Olbermann: The subscribers of the Golf Channel, they’ve lost more in the last month than ESPN. So what’s the politics of this? But it’s tough to dispute that ESPN’s loss of subscribers owes primarily to trends in the cable industry, not politics. ESPN, as Olbermann points out, isn’t special.