What a year 2011 has been. It was the year of the 9-9-9 tax plan, the year of gays serving openly in the military. The year of Anthony Weiner's resignation, and of the 9-9-9 tax plan's swift dismissal as a generally bad idea. The point is, it's been an interesting time. That's why we'd like to share our favorite moments of 2011 with you. (And yes, the one about deep-fried butter is very real.)
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Mitch Daniels — the Republican governor of Indiana — sits down with Jon Stewart for this exclusive extended interview and talks about lowering taxes, saving the middle class and Barack Obama's "obsession" with the wealthy. (Spoiler alert: Surprisingly little discussion of the 1986 high school basketball classic Hoosiers, starring Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper.)
The interview continues after the jump.
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* Conservatives accuse Barack Obama of going to college, wearing a hat.
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by Ilya Gerner
Indiana State Republican Rep. Phil Hinkle is just your run-of-the-mill family values conservative. Earlier this year he voted for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Several years ago, he co-sponsored the measure that created Indiana's "In God We Trust" license plates. And now he's standing firm against those who would force him to resign over his very own "Buy American" campaign…
State Rep. Phil Hinkle admitted Tuesday that he paid a young man $80 to have a good time. But Hinkle insisted he isn't gay and doesn't know why he did it.
He said that he understands why he's being stripped of his committee chairmanships and that he won't seek re-election. But he said he will not resign, despite Speaker Brian Bosma's call Tuesday to do so.
And he said he did nothing illegal with — or to —the young man and that he himself was the victim of a crime. But he said he would not file a police report.
The foiled sexytime encounter began in time-honored fashion after Hinkle sent a series of emails responding to a Craiglist advertisement posted in the "m4m" section, asking an 18-year male prostitute for "a couple hours of your time tonight" and offering him $80 up front, with a tip of up to $50 or $60 "for a really good time." Which sounds cheap, but Indiana's unemployment rate is 8.3 percent, and what have you done to create jobs lately? Alas for Hinkle, his young companion ended the tryst when he found out his client was a state lawmaker.
Because recession or no recession, people still have standards.
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* I agree with Rick Perry 100 percent! If the Founding Fathers had wanted Medicare and Social Security, they wouldn't have invented Skid Row and bargain bin cat food.
* While we're on the subject, is Rick Perry gonna make Mitt Romney actually have to work for the GOP nomination? Not cool, man. Not cool.
* Looks like congressional Democrats are gonna have to work extra hard in order in order to close this weird popularity lead they inexplicably find themselves in.
* Another day, another anti-gay Republican caught trying to pick up a male prostitute. Yawn!
* Sometimes it seems like the only thing that Republicans are united in opposition to more than Barack Obama's center right-version of socialism is the observable universe.
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