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Audio Essay: John Hockenberry Crashes Clooney's Fundraiser

Friday, May 11, 2012

The biggest campaign fundraiser in history raised $15 million and packed a star-filled house of Hollywood millionaires in LA with the President at the center of it all. A huge chunk of the money came from people who were entered in a drawing for a chance to see it all, to hang out with George Clooney, Barbra Streisand, Robert Downey Jr., producers like Jeffery Katzenberg, and director Stephen Speilberg.

Who would want to be a nobody at a party like that? We wanted to find out, so John Hockenberry crashes the Clooney dinner in this audio essay.

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LGBT Obama Backers: Fundraising Reaction 'Astonishing'

Thursday, May 10, 2012

President Obama's supporters in New York's gay community are already registering their appreciation for his new stance on gay marriage. Campaign officials are telling supporters privately they've already noticed an uptick in giving and offers to host new fundraising events.

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Opinion: Obama's Gay Marriage Stance Melted Away my Cynicism, if Only for a Day

Thursday, May 10, 2012

While we political junkies forget this, there are still many Americans who respect elected leaders and who will be moved by this announcement to evolve as well. There are people around the country for whom the "about time" quality of this shift will be a source of relief, affirmation and hope.

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Opinion: I Was Wrong About Obama Endorsing Gay Marriage

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

I've gotten a lot of criticism from liberals for my position over the years, yet they're all cheering Obama for adopting the exact same stance today.

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Opinion: Bill Bradley's Blueprint is Right on the Money

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

There's something for everyone in Bill Bradley's new book We Can All Do Better, the former Senator's blueprint for a stronger, healthier, more united America.

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President Obama: 'Same Sex Couples Should Be Able to Get Married'

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

President Barack Obama has changed his position and now unequivocally supports the legalization of same-sex marriage. 

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Obama Visits Albany High-Tech Center with Cuomo

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Andrew Cuomo has praised President Barack Obama's leadership as the two men toured a high-tech facility in Albany created out of a partnership with private enterprise and bipartisanship.

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Opinion: Treat Women Equally? This Means War!

Monday, May 07, 2012

It used to be that liberalism pushed for an equality between the sexes. Now, any motion to treat women as equal to men is used as political ammo.

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Thanks SuperPACs! Negative Political Ads Up 70 Percent

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Seven out of ten political ads have been negative during the 2012 election cycle. It's a far cry from 2008, when only one in ten ads attacked candidates by name — and when interest groups weren't funding the majority of political ads.

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Opinion: Obama Scored Direct Hit with Afghanistan Trip

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

On this historic trip, Obama executed a brilliant judo move that simultaneously took down two effective GOP criticisms of his presidency.

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Obama in Afghanistan, Sees 'Light of New Day'

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

On a swift, secretive trip to the war zone, President Barack Obama declared Tuesday night that after years of sacrifice the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan is winding down just as it has already ended in Iraq. "We can see the light of a new day on the horizon," he said on the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death and in the midst of his own re-election campaign.

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On bin Laden Anniversary, Romney and Giuliani Visit 9/11 First Responders

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

A year to the day after a team of Navy SEALs stormed Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, Mitt Romney was visiting firefighters in New York.

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As GOP Opens Field Offices, Romney Trailing in Most Battleground States

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Republican Party will have field offices open in 12 key battleground states by mid-May. It's an infrastructure Mitt Romney will inherit when we finally stop putting "presumptive" in front of "nominee," and one he'll rely on to overcome recent polling deficits in crucial contests.

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Opinion: Trump is Right - Romney's 'Cool Obama' Attack Ad is Terrible

Friday, April 27, 2012

Maybe the Republicans need to listen to Trump's latest rant - directed against the RNC's own attack ad directed at President Obama, accusing him of being too cool to be president.

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Opinion: Obama's 'Narrowcasting' Playbook on Student Loans

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Obama reelection strategy is to "narrowcast" themes to very specific constituencies - women voters, Hispanic/Latinos, and young, college-educated or those just entering and in college.

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After Losing Faith, Young Voters Warming to Obama

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

President Obama’s Jimmy Fallon appearance provided a rare political opportunity: managing to look hip and accessible while maintaining total message discipline. But how much will slow jamming his talking points help Obama reinvigorate young supporters?

That’s unclear for now, but he’s got some momentum in his favor, according to a poll of Millennials out this week from Harvard’s Institute of Politics.

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Opinion: Mini-Scandals Should be Major Test of Obama's Leadership

Friday, April 20, 2012

The back-to-back GSA and Secret Service mini-scandals, along with the newly-leaked photos of our soldiers posing with Taliban remains, remind us that sometimes public servants behave badly and it's not a partisan affair.

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Obama Administration: Weak on Diversity?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

President Barack Obama’s team is reportedly on the hunt to hire more African-Americans, a search that has stirred a debate among black Democrats about Obama’s record on diversity and its implications for his reelection. Joining us is Jonathan Allen, Politico Senior Washington Correspondent.

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Opinion: Oops... Is Obama Having a Britney-level Media Meltdown?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

You knew that Britney Spears was in trouble when she shaved her head and started chasing paparazzi with an umbrella. But she’s not the last to compensate for a career meltdown with unhinged contempt for the media. The latest is Barack Obama.

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Race and President Obama's Historic Reelection Campaign

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Before he was even in the Senate, Barack Obama claimed that he was inspired to move to Chicago by Harold Washington, a man who would become the city's first African-American mayor. What else do these writers of political history have in common? Anna Sale, reporter for It’s a Free Country, leads us through the parallels of the lives of Harold Washington and Barack Obama.

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