Why Does Karl Rove Want to Fight Clint Eastwood?

Feb 7, 2012, 10:13 am EST
Why Does Karl Rove Want to Fight Clint Eastwood?

Dirty Harry star Clint Eastwood recorded a Super Bowl ad for automaker Chrysler, which aired Sunday to many rave reviews. The so-called “halftime in America” ad talks about a down and out Detroit fighting its way back from recession.

Unfortunately, not everyone was thrilled with the gravely voiced Eastwood ad. Karl Rove and some other conservatives are outraged by the political undertones of the ad. After all, the “resurgence” of Detroit came in part to billions in bailouts for General Motors (NYSE:GM) and Chrysler at the hand of the Obama administration.

Check out the full spot below, if you didn’t get a chance to see it during the Super Bowl advertising blitz. Read 

New Disney Channel Could Impact Latino Vote

Feb 7, 2012, 9:32 am EST

Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) might be making yet another media move — and this time, something more than mermaids and mice.

Sources close to negotiations have said Disney is in talks with Spanish-language media company Univision about creating a 24-hour, English-language news channel. The channel would aim to serve the nation’s 50 million Latinos, many of whom primarily speak English.

The sources also said talks have been under way for months, and the channel would be based out of Miami, according to Bloomberg. Read 

Bill Would Ban Spending Welfare Benefits at Strip Clubs

Feb 6, 2012, 7:29 pm EST

Welfare recipients who make it rain on the government’s dime could land in trouble if a House bill is passed. Lawmakers are looking to pass legislation that would bar those enrolled in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program from spending benefits at strip clubs, liquor stores, and casinos.

TANF, which was formerly known as welfare, often takes the form of electronic benefit transfer cards that function like debit cards. These cards can be swiped at some ATMs to retrieve money. Media reports indicated that some TANF recipients were using their cards at ATMs in strip clubs, liquor stores, casinos, and even on cruise ships.

While supporters say this bill will eliminate a large amount of fraud and waste in the welfare system, critics state that many states already have similar policies, and that residents of poorer neighborhoods frequently do not have an ATM located closer to them than those in liquor stores or casinos. Read 

White House Intern Had 18-Month Affair With John F. Kennedy

Feb 6, 2012, 6:57 pm EST

It appears that the Monica Lewinsky/Bill Clinton affair wasn’t the first time a White House intern got involved with a president. A memoir that will be published Wednesday alleges that a White House intern during John F. Kennedy’s presidency had an 18 month affair with the president.

Mimi Alford, then Mimi Beardsley, was a summer intern at the White House when the affair began, and managed to keep it secret until 2003, when details of the affair came out in a biography based on 1964 oral histories about the president.

Among the more fascinating revelations in Alford’s book, Once Upon a Secret,  are the fact she was with JFK during the Cuban Missile Crisis, that she consoled him when his child died, and that she last met with him seven days before he was assassinated in Dallas. Read 

Romney Rolls to Strong Win in Nevada

Feb 5, 2012, 9:20 am EST
Romney Rolls to Strong Win in Nevada

As anticipated, Mitt Romney won big in the Nevada caucuses Saturday. As of this morning, former Massachusetts governor had garnered 47.6% of the vote, out-distancing second-place finisher Newt Gingrich by nearly 25 percentage points.

More problematic for Gingrich, though, was not Romney’s margin of victory, which was anticipated by many. It was Ron Paul’s third place finish, close behind Gingrich. Gingrich won 22.7% of the vote, while Paul got 18.6%.

Also in deep trouble was fourth-place finisher Rick Santorum. He got just 11.1% of the vote, well out of the race, and it looks like his top finish in Iowa was just a fluke. Read 

Roseanne Barr Announces Run for President

Feb 3, 2012, 10:22 am EST
Roseanne Barr Announces Run for President

As a TV mom on the hit television show Roseanne, Roseanne Barr embodied both a blue-collar worker and mother. Now, Barr wants to stand up for the 99%, announcing that she is seeking the Green Party nomination for president.

In her announcement, Barr heaped scorn on both parties, stating “[t]he Democrats and Republicans have proven that they are servants — bought and paid for by the 1% — who are not doing what’s in the best interest of the American people.”

Barr made headlines in 2008 for criticizing Oprah Winfrey for endorsing Barack Obama, and said she believed there was little difference between him and then-President George W. Bush.  She also later said that Obama was unelectable and would result in the election of “the most racist right wing republican ever.” Read 

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