Apr 19, 2012 11:40AM ET
Sometimes when someone says something racist, it's an accident -- that's what happens in The Human Stain -- but other times, upon closer examination, it becomes clear that the person knew what she was saying because they keep saying the same things.
Apr 19, 2012 9:53AM ET
Mitt Romney and President Obama have the same personality weaknesses -- cool, uninterested in making new friends, impatient with small talk -- that can limit their effectiveness with lawmakers. They also have the same electoral weakness: blue-collar workers and college-educated whites.
Apr 18, 2012 6:48PM ET
All writers know how tough it can be when your work is criticized and sometimes it's hard not to respond with a mean joke at the critic's expense. But even when succumbing to the temptation of a one-liner, most of us manage to avoid sounding like racists.
Apr 18, 2012 5:38PM ET
Apr 18, 2012 3:12PM ET
Semi-retired baseball star Jose Canseco is both unaware and too aware of his public persona when he's being crazy on Twitter, and the result is sometimes intentionally funny.
Apr 18, 2012 1:11PM ET
For every sign that Republicans and conservative voters are finally embracing Mitt Romney as their presidential nominee, there's another that shows he still hasn't satisfied them.
Apr 18, 2012 10:20AM ET
Once upon a time (six months ago) Mitt Romney opted out of dumb cable news controversies, letting the other Republican presidential candidates fight over, say, whether the Fed chair is literally a traitor, but now that the primary is over -- at the exact moment he needs to look presidential! -- his campaign is opting in.
Apr 17, 2012 6:22PM ET
Girl World is the unseen parallel dimension where women wage a forever war between shifting alliances in a John Connor-less dystopia.
Apr 17, 2012 3:26PM ET
Mitt Romney's campaign sent out an all-caps press release announcing the candidate had won "SUPPORT OF WYOMING GOVERNOR MATT MEAD" Tuesday, six weeks after the Wyoming caucus.
Apr 17, 2012 1:13PM ET
The American Legislative Exchange Council announced Tuesday that it's "refocusing" on pushing business-friendly laws in states across the country instead of legislation like Florida's Stand Your Ground law or Arizona's illegal immigration law.
Apr 17, 2012 12:06PM ET
All these reporters were haters about Newt Gingrich's vision for a moon colony, and now they're tweeting about the space shuttle like nerdy NASA-cap wearing third graders.
Apr 17, 2012 10:27AM ET
Ann Romney, who is not running for president, has rekindled the Mommy Wars by giving a single interview defending herself after a Democratic talking head said a single mean thing about her resume.
Apr 16, 2012 6:02PM ET
How is Mitt Romney doing against President Obama now that he's essentially done fighting the Republican primary? We're not sure. Two general election polls were released Monday showing very different results. Here'sour guide to today's polls and which ones matter.
Apr 16, 2012 5:23PM ET
Newt Gingrich has lost the support of most humans -- conservatives, southerners, reporters -- and now he's lost his base: exotic animals.
Apr 16, 2012 3:24PM ET
It's a strange Constitutional quirk that the voters of only a couple states will be lavished with -- and tortured by -- attention from the presidential candidates till November.
Apr 16, 2012 12:22PM ET
Most Republican voters have closed all tabs to the right of Mitt Romney, but conservative politicians won't let him maximize his window.
Apr 16, 2012 10:27AM ET
Sixty-four-year-old Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was spotted downing beers and dancing in Colombia Sunday night, and people love her even more for it.
Apr 13, 2012 7:25PM ET
Ann Romney's very first tweet, in response to a dumb comment about stay-at-home moms, said, "I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work." She wasn't kidding!
Apr 13, 2012 5:46PM ET
For 24 hours, people cared so much about a mean thing Hilary Rosen said about Ann Romney that more people searched for "Ann Romney" on Twitter than "Justin Bieber," the tween Twitter god. This fake outrage -- the "Umbrage Wars"! -- is a terrible thing, according to lots of hand-winging reporters. They're wrong.
Apr 13, 2012 3:07PM ET
It's not that there are no second acts in American political life, it's more like the second and third acts are littered with what comedians refer to as "callbacks," allusions to jokes from Act One.
Apr 13, 2012 12:17PM ET
Mitt Romney has a few favorite words he uses as a crutch when he can't think of anything actually bad to say about President Obama.
Apr 13, 2012 9:38AM ET
Newt Gingrich has admitted that he probably won't become president, and Roger Ailes says there's no future for him at Fox News, but the candidate still insists on being treated like a king.
Apr 12, 2012 4:51PM ET
In late March, there was broad agreement that George Zimmerman should be arrested for killing Trayvon Martin. Now white people and black people are divided over whether Martin was unjustly killed. Here's our guide to today's polls and which ones matter.
Apr 12, 2012 3:13PM ET
Whenever Mitt Romney talks about money, he loses. His wife, Ann, is usually much better than he is at projecting sincerity in the artificial situations of the campaign, but she, too has stumbled when talking about money.
Apr 12, 2012 1:14PM ET
Republican pollster Resurgent Republic had a nifty idea for figuring out how swing voters see President Obama: Have them compare him to cars. But the biggest revelation: voters have a detailed knowledge of the car industry going back decades, but less knowledge about politics.
Apr 12, 2012 11:03AM ET
Hilary Rosen has had a lot of jobs: a Napster-killing lobbyist, the Huffington Post's political director, Democratic talking head on CNN, and, on Wednesday night, she became conservatives' current Enemy No. 1.
Apr 12, 2012 9:40AM ET
Mitt Romney's campaign has launched an all-out war against President Obama to win the ladies back. Unfortunately, the weapons at its disposal are quite limited.
Apr 11, 2012 6:25PM ET
Polls of Americans' economic behavior indicates the economy is gaining momentum, but voters haven't noticed. Even if they still think the economy is weak, President Obama has a surprising lead over Mitt Romney in North Carolina. Here's our guide to today's polls and why they matter.
Apr 11, 2012 4:49PM ET
Scan a few racist websites and you'll find a pervasive fear that white people are persecuted and threatened with extinction. But this is actually just a bit of projection, because it's actually the people who make a living off being racist who are the endangered species.
Apr 11, 2012 1:06PM ET
Mitt Romney's campaign has made it pretty clear he won't have a running mate like Sarah Palin, one plucked from obscurity with only a couple years in office and little experience with foreign policy. Unfortunately, that describes pretty much all their non-Palin options.