Mark Halperin

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Book: Obama Claimed to Be 'Really Good at Killing People'

And he's right: Michael Kelley

(Newser) - A new book on the 2012 election has President Obama making a rather brutal claim, particularly, as Michael Kelley notes at Business Insider , for a Nobel Peace laureate: The president said to aides that he's "really good at killing people." The quote comes from Double Down, by... More »

Game Change Draws Biggest HBO Audience Since 2004

An average of 2.1M viewers watched premiere

(Newser) - Love it or hate it , you can't argue that Game Change was a good move for HBO: The movie debuted Saturday to an average of 2.1 million viewers, the largest audience for an original-film premiere on the channel in nearly eight years. A total of 3.6... More »

Full Game Change Trailer Debuts

And Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin is still pretty scary: reactions

(Newser) - If you thought Julianne Moore's Sarah Palin was terrifying in the first Game Change teaser , wait until you see her in the full trailer, where she utters lines such as, "We have to win this thing. I so don’t want to go back to Alaska." Watch... More »

Obama's State of Union Message: 'Game On'

Pundits see president's speech as a populist offensive

(Newser) - President Obama delivered a feisty, populist State of the Union address last night ( excerpts here , pictures here ), and naturally pundits are dissecting and grading it today. Here's what they're saying:
  • "Obama had a simple message for Republicans: Game on," writes Chris Cillizza of the
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Game Change Trailer Stars Terrifying Sarah Palin

HBO debuts first teaser

(Newser) - For all of you who have spent the past nine months wondering how Julianne Moore’s Sarah Palin impersonation will stack up against Tina Fey’s , you finally have your answer. HBO debuted its first teaser trailer for Game Change, the film due in March that's based on the... More »

Stewart Rejoices at Halperin's D**k Comment

It was 'maybe one of the greatest things I've ever seen in my life'

(Newser) - Mark Halperin was lambasted by MSNBC and the White House after his headline-making comment yesterday on Morning Joe—but not by Jon Stewart. The Daily Show host called the incident "maybe one of the greatest things I've ever seen in my life. ... Mark Halperin, senior political analyst, editor-at-large... More »

White House: Halperin's Comment 'Inappropriate'

And Jay Carney let the network know

(Newser) - For the record, the White House thinks it would be inappropriate to call a president from either party a "dick." So says spokesman Jay Carney, who was asked to respond to Mark Halperin's infamous description of President Obama today on MSNBC's Morning Joe, reports ABC . (See... More »

MSNBC Suspends Halperin for 'D**k' Remark

Commentator calls move 'totally appropriate'

(Newser) - MSNBC has suspended Mark Halperin indefinitely after he called President Obama a “dick” on Morning Joe. “Mark Halperin's comments this morning were completely inappropriate and unacceptable. We apologize to the president, the White House, and all of our viewers,” the network said in a statement. “... More »

Halperin on Morning Joe: Obama Was 'Kind of a D**k'

Apologizes after rude remark is aired unbleeped

(Newser) - Political discourse reached a new high this morning, as political analyst Mark Halperin called President Obama "kind of a dick" on the air. Halperin was on Morning Joe, when he was asked to characterize Obama's combative press conference from yesterday . "Are we on the seven-second delay today?"... More »

Why I Dread Game Change

Meghan McCain expects her family to be 'crucified' by liberal bias

(Newser) - Meghan McCain doesn't exactly have high hopes for the HBO adaptation of Game Change, the book about the 2008 campaign. "I expect my family and Sarah Palin to be nothing short of crucified," she writes in the Daily Beast . The book itself is unreliable and has a distinct... More »

Allies Hang Clintons Out to Dry

Game Change strikes without comment from Clinton machine

(Newser) - The vaunted Clinton Machine has been notably silent since the release of Game Change, a damning sign that the sources that so savage Bill and Hillary in the book are indeed former staffers and loyalists. Ben Smith of Politico emailed many of the senior aides referred to in the book,... More »

Reid Apologizes Again for 'Choice of Words'

Senator sorry for 'Negro' remark

(Newser) - Harry Reid apologized again this afternoon for comments he made about Barack Obama in the early days of the presidential campaign, acknowledging that he "could have used a better choice of words" in evaluating Obama's prospects. "I've apologized to the president. I've apologized to everyone that, within the... More »

Game Change Gossipy But Insightful

Heilemann and Halperin drop plenty of 'spicy' bombshells

(Newser) - From Bill Clinton’s rumored affair to Harry Reid’s “negro voice” quote, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s Game Change is already making headlines. The book delivers a “spicy smorgasbord of observations, revelations, and allegations,” writes Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times . Some parts of... More »

Sarah Palin Chosen Out of 'Desperation'

Campaign strategist, authors discuss new book Game Change

(Newser) - When Sarah Palin memorably asked Joe Biden, “Can I call you Joe?” during the vice-presidential debate, it was a strategy—but not the strategy everyone assumed. During debate prep, Palin kept referring to Biden as “O’Biden,” campaign strategist Steve Schmidt tells CBS . “When you had... More »

Obama, Biden Clashed in '08

Bill Clinton enraged Kennedy, lost endorsement for Hillary

(Newser) - John McCain and Sarah Palin had their well-publicized differences on the campaign trail, but things were no better over in Camp Obama-Biden, reports Politico in a look at further details emerging from Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's new book. Game Change reports that the prez and his veep were barely... More »

Bill Had Long-Term Affair During Hillary's Campaign

Her 'war room' feared disclosure at any time

(Newser) - Harry Reid's comment about candidate Obama not having a "Negro dialect" is grabbing the headlines today, but an upcoming book on the 2008 election has other salacious tidbits. Marc Ambinder got an advance copy of Game Change and has highlights at the Atlantic :
  • Bill Clinton was involved in a
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Reid Apologizes for 'No Negro Dialect' Remark

He gave an unfortunate appraisal of candidate Obama

(Newser) - Harry Reid apologized today for his "poor choice of words" in 2008 when he said candidate Barack Obama had a chance to win because he was "light-skinned" and had "no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." Reid made the comments privately, but they're coming... More »

Why Health Reform Will Happen—And Why It Won't

(Newser) - With the Obama administration stepping up its push for health-care reform, Mark Halperin, in Time, lists five reasons why it will, and won't, get done. The pros:
  • The industry is "still on board."
  • "Barack Obama doesn't fail too often."
  • It's a must-win for the entire White
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The Real Deal on 10 Lies About Obama

(Newser) - Opponents are saying a lot of things about President Obama that just aren’t true. Mark Halperin clears up the record in Time. Obama ...
  • has Israeli security interests at heart.
  • is not blind to the costs of a revamped health care system.
  • "is not captive to his party's liberal
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How Obama Can Ensure Victory for His Justice

Vet Souter's successor like heck, and talk to all the right people

(Newser) - If Barack Obama wants to avoid a drawn out battle over his Supreme Court nominee, Mark Halperin has some advice:
  • Vet the nominee exhaustively, and if anything comes up, make sure it comes out early and favorably.
  • Be ready to play up “whatever Horatio Alger elements” of the nominee’
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