Stanley Kutler: WITH FRIENDS LIKE THAT. . . .

By Stanley Kutler President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, according to a New York Times report last week, admittedly accepts large cash payments from the Iranian government. The political and religious dynamics of the region are complex. Iran obviously has an interest in keeping the Taliban at a distance and at the same time countering Pakistan’s […]

HuffPost TV: Arianna: Obama Doesn’t Seem To Be Learning From His Mistakes (VIDEO)

Arianna appeared on MSNBC’s “Countdown” Friday night to discuss the disconnect between the Obama administration’s record, its perception of that record, and the public’s perception thereof. Part of the problem, she told host Keith Olbermann, lies with President Barack Obama’s failure both to effectively communicate his accomplishments and to learn from his mistakes — to […]

Senate: The Daily 10

Angle’s campaign has yet another media run-in, and Alaska polls reach a consensus. Read the full story from Politico

ABC Taps Andrew Breitbart For Election Night Analysis

Media Matters confirms that ABC News has recruited Andrew Breitbart, the conservative blogger whose out-of-context video footage of Shirley Sherrod got the Agriculture Department official <a href=""fired back in July, to provide commentary for the network’s election-night newscast. The news was first reported by Breitbart’s own website, BigJournalism, whose editor Dana Loesch is on tap […]

Sunday talk show tip sheet

This Sunday’s television talk shows zero in on the 11th-hour blitz to stir voter interest in the midterms. Read the full story from Politico

Cynthia Lummis: Estate Tax Rise Has Some In State Planning Death

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis says some of her Wyoming constituents are so worried about the reinstatement of federal estate taxes that they plan to discontinue dialysis and other life-extending medical treatments so they can die before Dec. 31. Lummis, a Republican who holds her state’s lone seat in the House, declined to […]

Florida swings toward GOP

It’s a pivot that could dramatically alter the dynamic for the president’s 2012 election campaign. Read the full story from Politico

Rally To Restore Sanity’s Roots: ‘Our Show Has Changed’

For the past two weeks, we’ve been documenting the Roots of the Rally To Restore Sanity (and/or Fear!), in an effort to demonstrate how, over the course of many years, the Daily Show and the Colbert Report have made a sincere and sustained effort to encourage a more sane and reasonable discourse. Readers have sent […]

Jeanne Allen: 37 Chances to Reform U.S. Education

In a few days, voters will make a pilgrimage to their local school, firehouse or library, take up their civic duty and pull a lever (or hang a chad) for their candidates of choice, determining the directional future of the country for the next four years. More importantly, though less often realized, the winners of […]

Chris Weigant: Terrifying Hallowe’en Nightmares, Left And Right

It’s that time of year again… the time when we pre-empt our usual Friday Talking Points column here and instead gather ’round the virtual campfire and shove a metaphorical flashlight under our chin, and proceed to tell two tales of horror guaranteed to make your blood run like ice water in the veins, no matter […]