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  • Ten Great Moments in Political Misspellings

    1. Mitt Romney's campaign misspells America as Amercia. Amercian Acceptionalism has never been so exceptionable.

    2. But he was not the first to sing the praises of Amercia the Beautiful, whose fruited plains were first extolled by Tea Party protesters in 2010.

    3. Rick Santorum's campaign sent reporters an email titled "MEDIA ADVISORY: SANTORUM'S PUBIC SCHEDULE." 15 minutes later, staffers sent a correction, though Santorum himself remained obsessed with all things pubic.

    4. Jon Huntsman inaugurated his 2012 campaign with an event at the Statue of Liberty that featured press passes reading "John Huntsman for President"  – adding an unnecessary H in the candidate's first name. The same mistake was made in mailers sent to New Hampshire voters. If only the votes for John Huntsman could be combined with the votes for Jon Huntsman, 2012's most sane Republican contender would… still have lost.

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    Tags: Dan Quayle, Joe Miller, Jon Huntsman, Lisa Murkowski, Martha Coakley, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Tea Party
  • Republican Actually Admits to "War on Women"

    Yesterday, RNC Chair—and IKEA chair—Reince Priebus denied that the GOP was waging a war on women. He claims it's just an invention of the media, like global warming, evolution and poor people.

    But that's not how all Republicans see it

    The men in the Republican Party may not think they're fighting a "war on women," but its female senators certainly do. Yesterday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Kay Bailey Hutchison in criticizing the GOP's push for legislation to restrict access to contraception and other basic health care services:

    "It makes no sense to make this attack on women," she said at a local Chamber of Commerce luncheon. "If you don't feel this is an attack, you need to go home and talk to your wife and your daughters."

    Upon realizing that their loved ones back at home might actually be female, congressional Republicans emitted a collective gasp of horror and vowed never to oppress women again. Just kidding! They're still trying to ban funding for birth control, education and almost every other thing women care about.

    Fortunately for us gals, Republicans aren't very good at winning wars.

    Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Contraception, Health Care, House of Representatives, Lisa Murkowski, Men and Women, Reince Priebus, Senate, Women's Rights
  • Senate GOP Tricked into Opposing Even More Rights for Women

    Mitch McConnellI think that somebody must have placed a chart upside down in the Republican playbook or something. Otherwise, I don't think there's any reasonable explanation for why they might think that an unceasing barrage of attacks against previously-settled women's rights would be a winning strategy

    With emotions still raw from the fight over President Obama’s contraception mandate, Senate Democrats are beginning a push to renew the Violence Against Women Act, the once broadly bipartisan 1994 legislation that now faces fierce opposition from conservatives

    Republicans are bracing for a battle where substantive arguments could be swamped by political optics and the intensity of the clash over women’s issues. At a closed-door Senate Republican lunch on Tuesday, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska sternly warned her colleagues that the party was at risk of being successfully painted as antiwoman — with potentially grievous political consequences in the fall, several Republican senators said Wednesday.

    But, but, but… It's not the Senate GOP's fault! Democrats are forcing them into a corner, in which they have no option but to side against the better interests of half the American populace. They're innocent, I tells ya…

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    Tags: Jeff Sessions, Lisa Murkowski, Men and Women, Republicans, Senate, Women's Rights
  • D.C. Sex Pamphlet Lists 50 Semi-Hotties

    Hey, political nerd! Has your spank bank been feeling a little light of late? Well, fear not! Niche porn publication The Hill wants you to bust one wonky nut all over its 50 Most Beautiful People for 2011 issue!

    In no small feat of investigative journalism, the Hill managed to find 50 reasonably attractive humans in the District of Columbia. This scintillating piece of link bait contains profiles on 50 extraordinarily boring adults whose terrible life choices led them to careers on or around Capitol Hill. It is agonizingly painful to attempt to read this entire thing, so we've done some advance work for you. Haha, just kidding — Politico did the work

    The list has 26 Republicans, 16 Democrats, 3 Nonpartisans, 2 Independents, 1 Centrist, 1 "Not Republican," and 1 "GOProud Conservative."

    The detailed entries also include little tidbits about each beautiful person, like this one on [Alaska Senator Lisa] Murkowski: "It's in Alaska, however, where she's really in her element. Her online photo gallery shows her in pink fleece and hiking boots, sitting on an overturned bucket while feeding bears at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and flashing a smile underneath a ski hat, wrapped in a flowing fur coat at the 39th Annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race."

    If you haven't choken on your own vomit, congratulations! You are now the greatest of all American heroes.

    Go out and get yourself something nice from Brooks Brothers or Ann Taylor, the way these HAWT guys 'n' gals do when they're feeling creative.

    Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Alaska, Democrats, Lisa Murkowski, Republicans, Senate
  • DADT Repeal and Dream Act Actually Heading to the Actual Senate Floor in Actuality

    Harry Reid may not be getting that bill to legalize online poker — not to mention that dump truck full of pork he was hoping for — but it does seem as though — despite my disgusted pessimism yesterday — he has an actual real life shot a passing some genuine historic legislation before the two chambers of Congress descend utterly into trench warfare next month.

    And these pieces of legislation would actually be "historic" in a good way, believe it or not

    After abandoning on Thursday night a $1.3 trillion omnibus Senate spending bill, Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid filed cloture for the DREAM Act and a stand-alone repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" — both of which are now expected to reach the Senate for final votes as early as this weekend…

    Republican Sens. Brown (who on Thursday confirmed his willingness to vote for the bill), Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Olympia Snowe (Maine) have said they would support the bill, and all but one Democrat – West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin – is believed to be in favor of voting for repeal.

    The prospects of the DREAM Act, however, are less clear. The measure, which would provide undocumented young people with pathways to American citizenship, has inspired criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike, and a Senate vote on the legislation was recently delayed due to lack of sufficient support for passage.

    It's sad enough that these are even issues being vigorously debated in the year 2010 in which we are currently living. What's sadder, though, is that I'd actually feel like it'd be a victory to get one of these bills through.

    Fantastic job of managing expectations, Congress! That is one thing you do very well!

    Tags: DADT, Gambling, Harry Reid, Immigration, Joe Manchin, LGBT, Lisa Murkowski, Military, Money, Olympia Snowe, Scott Brown, Senate, Susan Collins