We talk a lot about how politics polarizes us, but sometimes it brings people together. When love seems impossible, even high-profile powerbrokers seem to manage. Pundits partner up with pundits (sometimes even with opposing views), lobbyists with lobbyists, governors with journalists, and presidents with senators – even if it gets a little sticky sometimes.
Here's a handful of some high profile political couples, for Valentines Day. Who would you add to the list?
If it wasn’t charming and weird, well, it wouldn’t be Jimmy McMillan.
The perennial political candidate and smooth funk master Jimmy McMillan, of the “Rent is Too Damn High” party, now stars in an ad for another candidate eyeing a run: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.
The Donald might be ready for the big time.
The billionaire and reality-show star flirted with a presidential run on Thursday, to much applause from a crowd of assembled conservatives gathered for the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference convention. He took the stage mugging and waving, his steps in time with the O’Jays “For the Love of Money.”
— Phil Angelides, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission chairman on the Brian Lehrer Show.
— Nicole Gelinas, contributing editor at the Manhattan Institute's City Journal and author of After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street and Washington on the Brian Lehrer Show.
— Sheera Frenkel, special correspondent in Jerusalem for McClatchy Newspapers on the Brian Lehrer Show.
— Sheelah Feinberg from the New York City Coalition for a Smoke Free City on the Brian Lehrer Show.
A number of polls have looked to the people to try to divine where Americans would most support belt-tightening. The New York Times made a game in which readers could try their own hand at balancing the budget. Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor launched the “YouCut” website, which invites constituents to vote their favorite of a given three budget cut choices. CBS and the New York Times conducted polling to find out what the will of those with a landline telephone might be.
Results appear pretty mixed.
— Gregory Meeks, U.S. Congressman from New York's 6th Congressional District in southeast Queens
President Obama has said again and again, he has warned tyrants around the world that they’re on the wrong side of history. And he promised people around the world fighting those tyrants that the United States would support them. It’s time to show that now.
— Mona Eltahawy, columnist on Arab and Muslim issues
On the one year anniversary of the Citizens United campaign finance decision, the ruling remains as contentious as ever, with efforts under way to alternative mechanisms to fund campaigns, and attempts to change the law itself.
As President Obama gets ready to address the country on the State of the Union on Tuesday, here at It’s A Free Country we thought we ought to do our own check-in, so here are some stats on where we stand.
Republican leaders in Congress have started the debate about repealing the health care overhaul legislation, and plan to vote on the repeal on Wednesday. In advance of the vote, It's A Free Country takes a look at how other repeal efforts in American history have fared.
It's A Free Country tracks the departing, new, and remaining White House positions.