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What's scarier than a Joe Biden smackdown? Scary Politics, Veep edition

Article: What's scarier than a Joe Biden smackdown? Scary Politics, Veep edition

Nuclear Iran! The embassy attack in Libya! War in Syria! Last night’s Vice Presidential Debate brought up some really scary issues (and if you missed it, catch up here). If scary politics is something that actually floats your boat, then have we got some films for you. From now until Election Day Sundance Channel is giving you a break from all of those horrifying campaign ads. Tuesday nights are now for films scary enough to change an Ayatollah’s mind.

Care about the presidential election? Then you seriously have to watch W.

Article: Care about the presidential election? Then you seriously have to watch W.

“We’ve seen this movie before,” Vice-President Joe Biden told the crowd at an Ohio rally last weekend. “And we know how it ends.” He was referring, of course, to the prospect of electing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, who promise a return to the policies of George W. Bush. If you need a reminder of what exactly those were, check out Oliver Stone’s controversial 2008 biopic W. all month long on Sundance Channel. It’s a movie you probably haven’t seen — but you should.

Green Jobs Key to Obama Administration's Middle Class Task Force

Article: Green Jobs Key to Obama Administration's Middle Class Task Force

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, February 27, 2009 (ENS) – Creating green jobs is the first order of business for the White House Task Force on Middle Class Families. Led by Vice President Joe Biden, the Task Force held its inaugural meeting today in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania. “At a time when good jobs and good…

Obama To Congress: Economic Recovery 'Begins' With Clean Energy

Article: Obama To Congress: Economic Recovery 'Begins' With Clean Energy

WASHINGTON, DC, February 25, 2009 (ENS) – In his first address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, President Barack Obama earned repeated standing ovations from both Democrats and Republicans. He focused on three issues – clean energy, health care and education – and an overarching fourth issue – economic recovery. “The fact is,…

Day of Service Touches Hearts Across America

Article: Day of Service Touches Hearts Across America

WASHINGTON, DC, January 19, 2009 (ENS) – Hundreds of thousands of people participated in more than 11,000 service events across the country today to honor President-elect Barack Obama’s request to Americans of all ages to help fellow citizens in celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and of his inauguration as the 44th President…

Obama-Biden Inaugural Features Two Green Celebrations

Article: Obama-Biden Inaugural Features Two Green Celebrations

WASHINGTON, DC, January 13, 2009 (ENS) – In honor of President-Elect Barack Obama and Vice President-Elect Joe Biden, millions of people are heading to the nation’s capital to celebrate the inauguration set for January 20. First up, and greenest, the Green Inaugural Ball: Maximum Celebration, Minimal Impact, on Saturday at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium…

Obama Would 'Save the Planet' By Repowering America

Article: Obama Would 'Save the Planet' By Repowering America

CHICAGO, Illinois, December 10, 2008 (ENS) – President-elect Barack Obama signaled that he is ready to tackle the climate crisis immediately upon taking office, following a meeting Tuesday with former Vice President Al Gore and Vice President-elect Joe Biden. “All three of us are in agreement that the time for delay is over, the time…

G20 Leaders Urged to Support Global Green New Deal

Article: G20 Leaders Urged to Support Global Green New Deal

WASHINGTON, DC, November 12, 2008 (ENS) – When the leaders of the G20 countries gather in Washington this weekend for a special summit on the global financial crisis, pressure will be on to seek solutions in the growth of a new green economy. Today in Washington, Gary Gardner and Michael Renner, senior researchers with the…

Election 2008: The Winners

Article: Election 2008: The Winners

We thought about adding John McCain to the Winners list, as his loss on Tuesday assured that he won’t have the unenviable task of fixing the colossal clusterf@&% left behind by the Bush administration. But then we’d have to add Barack Obama to the Losers list (congratulations bub, it’s your problem now), and that just…

Asking Biden the "Hard Questions"

Article: Asking Biden the "Hard Questions"

A popular right-wing complaint about Barack Obama is that the Democratic frontrunner is in a protective bubble, insulated from the press. This bit of Bushian – or Palinesque, if you prefer – projection is demonstrably false; Obama has given dozens of high-profile interviews and hundreds of local ones, as has Joe Biden. But that’s not…

Reading Comprehension 104: The Constitution

Article: Reading Comprehension 104: The Constitution

I didn’t mean for it to get out of hand like this. It started as a joke, with Sarah Palin citing a New York Times article as proof of an Obama-Ayers connection when the article reached the opposite conclusion. Then, when she claimed to be a regular reader of The Economist, I thought it would…

Breaking Records with Obama

Article: Breaking Records with Obama

Sometimes it’s hard to be a cynic. For years we’ve watched Democrats roll over for their GOP Daddies, cowed into jumping through Republican hoops and frames, either unable or unwilling to go out, grab the populace by the shirt and say, “Follow me!” This lack of spine and, more importantly, ability to be proactive has…

The Vanishing Middle Class

Article: The Vanishing Middle Class

The middle class is rapidly disappearing. Not literally, of course. It’s still here, although struggling to avoid being forcibly re-categorized into “lower class” status, but from listening to the McCain campaign, the middle class is being phased out like tailfins and chrome on a Caddy. Time was when John McCain wasn’t afraid to mention the…

A Disgrace

Article: A Disgrace

Finally someone has come out and exposed something that has recently been on the minds of countless women throughout the world: Sarah Palin is a “disgrace to women” [] It took a foreigner—French actress and activist, Brigitte Bardot—however, to proclaim it publicly. Her decry of the Republican vice-presidential candidate has been syndicated throughout the globe,…

"That One"

Article: "That One"

John McCain seems like a friendly guy. Whenever he’s making speeches, it’s always “my friends” this and “my friends” that. Granted, he’s usually making speeches in front of partisan supporters, but even at the town hall debate in Nashville, with a room full of undecided (and presumably unfamiliar) voters, everybody was, seemingly, John McCain’s friend.…


Article: Death-By-Guilt-By-Association

It’s less than a month away from the election, and things are looking serious for the McCain campaign. Barack Obama has opened a lead nationally and among several key battleground states, and shows no sign of slowing down. McCain has all but conceded Michigan, pulling out his campaign staff to focus on merely holding the…

Vice Presidential Candidates Wrangle Over Energy, Climate Change

Article: Vice Presidential Candidates Wrangle Over Energy, Climate Change

ST. LOUIS, Missouri, October 3, 2008 (ENS) – The vice presidential candidates, Democratic Senator Joe Biden and Republican Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, held their only debate of the election campaign at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri on Thursday night. Gwen Ifill of PBS was the debate moderator. Among many other topics, the candidates differed…

"Team of Mavericks"

Article: "Team of Mavericks"

mav-er-ick: n. 1. An unbranded range animal, especially a calf that has become separated from its mother, traditionally considered the property of the first person who brands it. 2. One that refuses to abide by the dictates of or resists adherence to a group; a dissenter. Assuming John McCain hasn’t spent the last several years…

Scenes from a Debate Drinking Game

Article: Scenes from a Debate Drinking Game

It wasn’t supposed to be that bad. I mean, I knew there were risks involved, but I had no idea just how bad it could be. Worse, I got my hopes up, thinking I might get off easy. No such luck. Let me explain. A national pastime since George W. Bush’s 3rd State of the…

Thanks, But No Thanks

Article: Thanks, But No Thanks

I’m torn. Looking at the two campaigns, the goals they would pursue, their style of governance and the people they would pick to fill out their cabinet….their behavior in front of a camera….the choice should be obvious, and yet…I don’t know if I can, in good conscience, make the decision that’s best for me. I…

Culture of Kindness

Article: Culture of Kindness

Tonight’s vice presidential debate differed in many aspects from last Friday’s presidential debate, but both Joe Biden and Barack Obama’s performances shared one thing in common: kindness. Kindness is emerging as one of the democratic candidates most powerful weapon in the wake of nearly eight years of a Bush-Cheney culture of combat. Tonight Gov. Palin…

Smarter Than a Fifth Grader

Article: Smarter Than a Fifth Grader

Tonight’s “must-see TV,” as the San Francisco Chronicle calls it, will feature Sarah Palin in her first appearance on “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” After failing to name a single news source that she reads (pft—a fourth grader question, if you ask me!) or a single Supreme Court case that she disagrees with…