GOP Targets Young Swing Voters

May 14, 2012, 10:04 am EST
GOP Targets Young Swing Voters

With the economy still showing lackluster growth and the unemployment picture improving only modestly, Republicans have decided to go after President Obama’s most devout voters — those still in, or recently graduated from college.

College-aged voters flocked to Obama during the 2008 campaign, and the president continues to enjoy strong support from those under 30. However, the economic downturn has hit recent college graduates especially hard.

With unemployment among the recently-graduated still near an all-time high, and current college students increasing worried about the job prospects after graduation, Republicans think they have an opportunity to sway younger voters away from the president this time around, the Associated Press says. Read 

Clooney Raises $15 Million for Obama

May 11, 2012, 9:31 am EST
Clooney Raises $15 Million for Obama

President Obama had a very good night with George Clooney.

The Ocean’s Eleven star hosted a private fundraiser for the president at his Los Angeles home Thursday night, raising almost $15 million for the president’s re-election campaign, Fox News reports.

The event drew high profile creative talent including Robert Downey Jr., Tobey Maguire, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Barbara Streisand. Read 

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 

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