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GOP Senator Stands Up to Rants Against Muslim Rival

Jeff Flake offered words of support to Deedra Abboud after storm of anti-Islam sentiment

(Newser) - Attorney Deedra Abboud is one of the contenders in Arizona's Democratic primary who hopes to unseat GOP Sen. Jeff Flake in 2018, reports the Hill , but the fact that she's also a Muslim has spurred a flood of Islamophobic comments on her social media posts and videos. The... More »

Jon Huntsman on High Road to Nowhere

Playing nice doesn't win elections, Dana Milbank warns

(Newser) - Jon Huntsman’s campaign did not get off to an auspicious start yesterday. Before his announcement speech , staffers were passing out materials that misspelled his name (“John” instead of “Jon”), notes Dana Milbank of the Washington Post , and when the actual speech kicked off, all the major... More »

Senators to Buck Tradition at State of the Union

Democrat Chuck Schumer and GOP's Tom Coburn will sit together

(Newser) - Aiming for a more civil tone, a pair of senators from opposite parties will buck tradition and sit together at the State of the Union. Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn and New York Democrat Chuck Schumer’s decision follows a push for civility in politics after the Tucson shootings. Schumer said... More »

GOP Brass Won't Co-Sign Dems' Civility Statement

RNC chief Steele won't be hemmed in

(Newser) - Republican National Committee executives won’t sign onto “civility” statement drafted by Democrats who wanted to issue it jointly, sources tell Politico . After recent violent threats against lawmakers of both parties, members of the Democratic National Committee brass reached out to their opposite numbers at the RNC in hopes... More »

Senator Franken Is Finally Being Funny Again

He now seems more comfortable cracking jokes

(Newser) - Senate colleagues expecting humor from funnyman and freshman lawmaker Al Franken have gotten just the opposite, though insiders say the Minnesota senator is getting into the groove and loosening up a bit. Since taking office last year, Franken has snapped at administration officials , Joe Lieberman , and Republican legislators. Now, he’... More »

Specter to Bachmann: 'Act Like a Lady'

'I am a lady,' she replies

(Newser) - Things got a little testy when Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter sat down with conservative rabble-rouser Michele Bachmann in a Philly radio interview. When Bachman began to refute something while Specter was talking, he scolded her, "I'm going to treat you like a lady. Now act like one." To which... More »

Dodd Rips Newbies—Ahem, Franken—for Lacking 'Civility'

Comment may be dig at Minn. freshman, who shut down Lieberman

(Newser) - Chris Dodd battled a perceived lack of decorum in the Senate yesterday with some stern language from the floor. The Connecticut Democrat did not name names but rather cryptically chastised the Senate’s “newer members” for failing “to understand how the Senate has worked for more than two... More »

Hey, Dems: Stop Whining About Civility and Fight Back!

Dems could easily win this debate and should fight back instead of complaining

(Newser) - The Democrats should be trying to land a few blows in the health care debate instead of meekly complaining about a lack of civility from the opposition, Thomas Frank writes in the Wall Street Journal. The right wing has made the issue into a crusade for its vision of liberty,... More »

Obama's Gandhi Act Ties Supporters in Knots

President seeks a fundamental change in our political discourse: Goodman

(Newser) - Even President Obama's fans are beginning to wonder when—or even if—his "inner fighter" is going to emerge, writes Ellen Goodman of the Boston Globe. His collaborative style entranced many during the campaign, but supporters are groaning as the president listens calmly to the opposition rather than putting... More »

Wilson Apologizes, via Emanuel, for 'You Lie'

(Newser) - South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson, who shouted "You lie" at President Barack Obama during his speech to Congress tonight, called the White House within hours of the outburst, attempting to reach Obama. He ended up speaking instead to White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, and "expressed... More »

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