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Golf Gives Insights Into Presidential Character

It’s difficult to imagine President Obama getting so excited about a drive by John Boehner when they golf together this weekend that he suddenly shouts out, “Whoa, mama!” And the betting is against the president focusing so much on improving his swing that he doesn’t notice that he has rubbed his arm bloody in the process.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 3:40pm

Southern Baptists Are Getting a Wee Bit Liberal

The Southern Baptist Convention split from the rest of the Baptists in 1845 over slavery, and 100 years later, it was still promoting segregation.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 2:40pm

Barbour: We Can Win Kentucky, West Virginia

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour isn't buying the notion that this year's gubernatorial races are going to be boring. In remarks to the Republican Leadership Conference on Friday, Barbour said Republican candidates are going to win at least one of the two seats held by Democrats that are up for election this year.

Voters will elect governors in Louisiana, Mississippi, West Virginia and Kentucky. Republicans hold Louisiana and Mississippi, while Democrats control West Virginia and Kentucky.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 2:40pm

Barbour: Don't Get Hung Up on Party Purity

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour told activists they shouldn't "get hung up on purity" when picking a Republican presidential nominee in a at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans Friday. Barbour, who dropped out of the primary race last month, said, "In politics, purity is a loser. Unity wins elections."

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 2:40pm

Chris Christie Pretty Much Admits He Takes Advice from Roger Ailes

In a New York magazine article last month, Gabriel Sherman reported that Fox New chairman Roger Ailes had called New Jersey governor and Republican darling Chris Christie to encourage him to run for president. Soon after, Gawker's John Cook filed a request under New Jersey's Open Records Act for "any correspondence between the two men, as well as any records of meetings o

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 2:40pm

Tax Cuts Did Not Pay for Themselves Under Reagan (and They Won't Under Pawlenty)

Congressional leaders meeting with Vice President Joe Biden are inching closer to an elusive budget deal that could combine effective tax increases (via lower rates and fewer exemptions) with cuts across domestic spending and health care programs. The AARP's tacit acknowledgmentthat Social Security cuts are inevitable is the latest indication that the Biden rounds could produce what the Gang of Six, the Gang of Five, the deficit commission, and 20-odd other deficit deals could not. A vote.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 2:40pm

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Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 1:40pm

Jon Huntsman's Next Surreal Dirtbike Video

And here's Jon Huntsman's next bemusingly surreal campaign video. Two days ago, the cool-guy Republican debuted a cryptic, speechless clip of a man riding a dirt bike across a desert in an effort to differentiate himself from the usual earnest, saccharine competition. It worked.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 1:40pm

Case Closed: District Court Dismisses Bin Laden Charges After Nearly 13 Years

New York Southern District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan dismissed all criminal charges Friday against Osama bin Laden, who was killed in Pakistan last month.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 1:40pm

Liberal Bloggers Are Breaking Up with Barack Obama

Liberal bloggers have a list of grievances against President Obama--the Guantanamo Bay detention facility is still open, there was no public option in the health care overhaul, he doubled down in Afghanistan--and they join college kids and Hollywood in the ranks of once-ardent Obama supporters who are now disappointed in him.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 12:40pm