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Rising Dem Calls Obama Campaign Ads 'Nauseating'

Newark Mayor Cory Booker slams GOP ads too

(Newser) - A leading Obama supporter pushed back against the president's attacks on Mitt Romney today, calling them "nauseating to the American public." On Meet the Press, Newark Mayor Cory Booker slammed Obama's campaign ad criticizing Bain Capital, Politico reports: "Enough is enough," Booker said. "... More »

Boehner on JPMorgan: No Law Against Stupidity

Speaker, Karl Rove also slam PAC plan to attack Jeremiah Wright

(Newser) - John Boehner today took to ABC's This Week to offer his characteristically blunt assessment of JPMorgan, and promptly asserted that Dodd-Frank wouldn't have averted the bank's $3 billion blunder : " There's no law against stupidity . No law against stupid trades. As long as there's no... More »

Rich Donor Rejects Ads on Jeremiah Wright

Conservative Joe Ricketts dismisses them as divisive

(Newser) - Jeremiah Wright may not be making an appearance in the 2012 election after all. A New York Times story today created a buzz because it said billionaire conservative donor Joe Ricketts was considering an ad strategy to go after President Obama's old ties to the volatile minister. Today, Ricketts... More »

Super PAC: We'll Hammer Obama With Jeremiah Wright

Plan to hit him where McCain pulled back

(Newser) - Top Republican strategists have devised a plan to "do exactly what John McCain would not let us do" and bombard the public with incendiary Jeremiah Wright soundbites just in time for the Democratic National Convention in September. The plan was commissioned by Chicago Cubs owner Joe Ricketts, who would... More »

Stewart, O'Reilly Face Off Over White House Rapper

Daily Show host slams Fox 'outrage machine'

(Newser) - Jon Stewart accepted Bill O'Reilly's challenge and the pair debated rapper Common's White House appearance on last night's O'Reilly Factor. O'Reilly insisted that it was a mistake to have invited a rapper who "celebrates" a cop killer to a White House poetry night,... More »

Palin Rips Michelle Obama Over 'Rants Against Whites'

But she loves Simon Cowell

(Newser) - The presidential election is two years away, but Sarah Palin is already taking off the white gloves. She slams First Lady Michelle Obama in her new book for attending controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright's church for years and "listening to his rants against America and white people." Barack and... More »

Wright: 'Obama Threw Me Under the Bus'

Says president won't listen or talk to him

(Newser) - Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama have not buried the hatchet. The AP has acquired a letter Wright recently sent to Joseph Prischak, the president of charity Africa 6000 International, telling him there was no way he could intercede for him with Obama. “No one in the Obama administration will... More »

Obama, Please Don't Dumb It Down

He needs another speech on par with the one about Rev. Wright

(Newser) - If President Obama hopes to pull off a winning speech tonight, he might look back to candidate Obama for guidance, writes Johnathan Cohn. Remember the Jeremiah Wright controversy, when Obama faced the first "speech of his life"? Most candidates would have taken the politically easy route of disavowing... More »

10 Accidental Celebrities

None of them sought the spotlight—at first

(Newser) - Some people set out to be famous; other people are made famous accidentally—and then they either run with it (see Levi Johnston) or don’t (see the guy that Dick Cheney shot). Newsweek runs down the top 10 accidental celebrities:
  • Harry Whittington: He probably made Dick Cheney angry, and
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Ayers, Rev. Wright Team Up for Middle East Peace

Obama's former liabilities joke about their roles

(Newser) - Two of the toughest thorns in Barack Obama's side during the presidential campaign joined together in Chicago yesterday for the first time, the Tribune reports. The Rev. Jeremiah Wright and William Ayers shared a stage at a kickoff rally for a march for Mideast peace. It was their work on... More »

View Host Fires Back, Calls Rev. Wright 'Archaic, Sexist'

Hasselbeck attacks him for calling her a 'dumb broad'

(Newser) - The View’s Elizabeth Hasselbeck fired back at Rev. Jeremiah Wright from her own pulpit yesterday, saying he’s “archaic” and “sexist” for calling her a “dumb broad” during a rant about the media in his Sunday sermon. Haselbeck's liberal co-hosts came to her defense, though some... More »

Unaired McCain Spot Blasts Rev. Wright

Attack ad surfaces, but GOP candidate refused to run it

(Newser) - John McCain's campaign created a commercial slamming Barack Obama for his relationship with inflammatory pastor Jeremiah Wright. The 30-second spot, obtained by ABC News, contrasts McCain's years in a Vietnam POW camp with footage of Wright shouting "God damn America." The commercial was ready for release and... More »

DC Churches Woo Obamas

Picking the inclusive National Cathedral would send a powerful message

(Newser) - The new first family will be looking for a place of worship in Washington, DC, and area congregations are feverishly offering up their advantages: presidential tradition; diversity; proximity to the White House; community activism; connections to Trinity, the Obamas' former Chicago church; a pastor who hails from Hawaii. A historian... More »

Is Obama a Radical or Reconciler?

Or Niebuhrian waffler?

(Newser) - Barack Obama may be on the brink of the presidency, but many still wonder whether he’s a closet radical, Michael Gerson writes in the Washington Post. He carries a liberal Illinois legislature record, associations with Ayers, Alinsky, Wright, and ACORN, and an “elitist disdain for bitter, God-clinging conservatives,... More »

If Obama Were White, He'd Be Hit Twice as Hard

Democrat is protected by his race, not vulnerable because of it

(Newser) - John McCain isn’t stoking racism against Barack Obama. If anything, writes Jonah Goldberg in the LA Times, McCain is going easy on the Democrat for fear of appearing racist. When the GOP paints Obama as “different” or Sarah Palin says he doesn’t see America “the way... More »

Krauthammer: Why Ayers, Rezko Matter

Obama's links reveal his character, despite what media say

(Newser) - Raising the specter of Barack Obama’s ties with the likes of Bill Ayers is perfectly legitimate, and John McCain's only fault is that he didn't start sooner, writes Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post. These associations “provide a significant insight into character” and “are particularly relevant” for... More »

Hey, GOP: Let's Emulate Obama's Cool

Attack ads worked in 2004. That's not where we're at: Frum

(Newser) - David Frum plans to vote for John McCain, but with the economy in ruin, anyone who thinks the GOP can win “by banging on about William Ayers and Jeremiah Wright is...to put it mildly...severely under-estimating the electoral importance of pocketbook issues.” These desperate attacks “are... More »

Fake Polls Smear 'Muslim' Obama

Callers link candidate to Hamas, imply he is a Muslim in calls

(Newser) - The ugly tactic of “push polling” has resurfaced in key swing states, as fake pollsters seek to influence voters with scam questions that present an unfavorable view of Barack Obama, the Guardian reports. On one call, a Jewish voter in Pennsylvania says, she was asked if she would vote... More »

Obama Smears Are Low-Profile Precision Strikes

Efforts to emphasize Democrat's "foreign-ness" dodge publicity

(Newser) - This election’s smear campaigns are precision strikes flying under the radar, unlike the publicity assault from the Swift Boat attacks last time around, the New York Times reports. An independent group has run cable ads heavy on racial overtones in Detroit’s suburbs, linking Barack Obama to controversial black... More »

Obama's Unique Road to Faith

How the presumptive nominee found a religion, and now seeks a church

(Newser) - As a young man, Barack Obama experienced a lonely, drawn-out crisis of faith—and now finds himself churchless as the whole world watches, Newsweek reports. His father was an atheist Muslim, his mother a Christian who turned secular, and Obama eventually embraced Chicago's Trinity United after years of church-based activism.... More »

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