5 of the Most Powerful Women in U.S. Politics

May 10, 2012, 8:30 pm EST
5 of the Most Powerful Women in U.S. Politics

Since the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote was passed more than 90 years ago, great strides have been made in the realm of political equality.

In that time, we have seen the first female Cabinet member (Frances Perkins, appointed Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Secretary of Labor in 1933), Supreme Court justice (Sandra Day O’Connor) and the first major party vice presidential nominee (Geraldine Ferraro), among many other milestones.

Today the political glass ceiling continues to crack, with women holding key roles on the Supreme Court, in Congress, in the White House and across the media. Female Supreme Court justices, senators, congresswomen, Cabinet members and political pundits exert powerful influence in Washington. Read 

Obama Says He Supports Same-Sex Marriage

May 9, 2012, 6:43 pm EST
Obama Says He Supports Same-Sex Marriage

Three days after a “Meet The Press” interview in which Vice President Joe Biden said he was “absolutely comfortable” with gay marriage, President Barack Obama has said that he supports same-sex marriage as well.

In a interview with ABC News, he said, “At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”

Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage comes following a tumultuous three days for the administration on the issue following Biden’s interview. In a news briefing Monday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney indicated that Biden and Obama shared similar, “evolving” views on gay marriage, even though Obama had yet to speak as openly on the issue as Biden had. Read 

Jailbird Gets 41% of Vote Against Obama

May 9, 2012, 4:30 pm EST

West Virginia Democrats who dislike President Barack Obama voiced their opinions by voting for a prison inmate in the state’s Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday.

Keith Judd, an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas received 41% of the vote. Obama garnered 59%.

In West Virginia, candidates who win 15% of the vote during a primary election qualify for representation from a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, according to The Associated Press. That won’t be happening in Judd’s case. Derek Scarbro, the state’s Democratic party executive director  told the AP that no one has filed to be a delegate for Judd. Read 

5 Women Romney Should Consider for VP

May 9, 2012, 1:16 pm EST
5 Women Romney Should Consider for VP

After John McCain’s now notoriously bad “game change” in picking Sarah Palin as his vice president in 2008, many political observers expect Mitt Romney to choose a plain-vanilla running mate (e.g., Rob Portman of Ohio) to face Obama in the fall.

However, as the GOP works hard to overcome the 19-point advantage Obama has among female voters, the Romney campaign is likely to consider choosing a woman to join him on the ticket. Let’s review five possibilities, ranging the from the most similar to Palin to the most different. Read 

Obama Maxing Out on Hispanic Support

May 8, 2012, 7:17 pm EST
Obama Maxing Out on Hispanic Support

Good news for President Barack Obama and his attempts to win over what may very well be a crucial demographic for the fall election. Recently released polls indicate Obama has a large lead over Mitt Romney among Hispanic voters.

A poll commissioned by liberal blog Daily Kos and the SEIU union shows Obama with a 50% lead on Romney among Latino voters, 72% to 22%. Perhaps more surprising, a poll from a more neutral source, Investor’s Business Daily/Christian Science Monitor/TIPP, gives Obama an even more staggering lead among Hispanics. In that poll, Obama held a 68 point advantage, leading Romney 80% to 22%.

Many pundits believe this may be close to the highest numbers Obama could possibly get from Hispanic voters. In 2008, Obama beat John McCain among Latinos by a 67% to 31% margin. If the current poll figures hold, Obama would surpass his 2008 performance among Hispanics. Read 

Will We Learn From Europe’s Political Upheaval? Fat Chance

May 8, 2012, 1:40 pm EST
Will We Learn From Europe’s Political Upheaval? Fat Chance

Sarkozy is out in France. Anti-bailout politicians surged into office in Greece. Merkel is under pressure in Germany. Voters in Europe have spoken loud and clear: Bone-deep austerity cuts will not be tolerated, and the electorate is all to happy to tighten the noose around politicians who tighten the belt.

Some say the populist backlash is off base and the real risks are that Greece will return to its profligate ways and the broader eurozone will not be able to break the downward spiral of “debt contagion” as countries simply don’t have enough money to make ends meet.

But Ireland was first to the austerity party, and the fact that the Emerald Isle slipped back into recession in Q4 2011 proves cutting alone isn’t going to cut it. Read 

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