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Kiwi Party Learns Copying Eminem Song Was Wrong Move

New Zealand's National Party to cough up $415K, plus interest, for ripping off 'Lose Yourself' in ads

(Newser) - A New Zealand judge said Eminem's lyrics "You own it, you better never let it go" turned out to be prophetic after ruling that a political party breached copyright by using a song similar to Eminem's "Lose Yourself" in its campaign ads. High Court Judge Helen... More »

High-Profile Couple Announce 'Trump Divorce'

Trump supporter Lynn Aronberg felt 'isolated' in marriage to Dave Aronberg: press release

(Newser) - Interesting: sending out a press release about your divorce. More interesting: deeming it a "Trump divorce." The Palm Beach Post reports on the demise of the marriage of ex-Miami Dolphins cheerleader Lynn Aronberg and Florida state attorney Dave Aronberg, with the two announcing their split via a statement... More »

Most Political Moment Came From Guy Who Wasn't There

Iran's Ashgar Farhadi, whose 'The Salesman' won best foreign film, boycotted the show

(Newser) - Everyone predicted politics would take center stage at this year's Oscars, and those prognostications proved accurate. Some of the more notable moments of the night:
  • Before the red carpet was populated, Mike Huckabee kicked off the snark, USA Today reports. "Watch celebs spew ignorant political venom at
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Sorry Liberals, Conservative Politicians Are More Attractive

And voters reward them for it, says study

(Newser) - Beautiful people enjoy a range of benefits in life above and beyond the sheer joy of looking in the mirror. Previous research has found that beauty influences popularity, grades in school, and salary, reports the Washington Post . So it might not be too far a stretch to suggest that beauty... More »

Like Harry Potter? You May Have Lower Opinion of Trump

'Fictional story may have implications for general election preferences'

(Newser) - The novel Uncle Tom's Cabin was believed to help turn the tide of public opinion away from condoning slavery after it was published in 1852, but even the most popular fictional works today aren't shown to impact political leanings on a mass scale. Now researchers at the University... More »

Ex-Politico CEO: America Needs an 'Innovation Party'

Columnist floats 3rd party led by the likes of Zuckerberg or Sandberg

(Newser) - One of the co-founders of Politico makes the case that the success of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders shows that America is ready for a third-party movement. Those two have raised a "terrific middle finger" to the establishment, but neither presents a coherent governing strategy, writes Jim VandeHei in... More »

Lego Changes Policy on Using Bricks for Politics

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei can now get his Lego bricks in bulk

(Newser) - Whether it was a genuine change of heart, the #legosforweiwei hashtag, or other public backlash, the Lego Group is now OK sending piles of its famous bricks to the person who's been called "China's most dangerous man." The company had refused to sell in bulk to... More »

John Oliver Cracks 'Most Influential' List for Political Media

Mediaite's ranking of movers and shakers puts Roger Ailes at No. 1

(Newser) - It's been a "contentious, bizarre, and always entertaining primary season" so far in the world of politics, Mediaite notes in its roundup of the 25 "biggest movers and shakers" in the political media arena. And that type of season may have served as the perfect breeding ground... More »

Cat Has 90% of Vote to Be Russian City's Next Mayor

Barsik is apparently more trustworthy than the 6 humans in the race

(Newser) - Tired of the dog-eat-dog politics in their Russian city, the residents of Barnaul say they want a cat to be their next mayor. The Siberian city of 650,000 people, which lies 1,800 miles east of Moscow, is to get a new mayor next week when a commission comprising... More »

Political Reporting Is a Joke

'Politics' is about more than politicians, argues essayist

(Newser) - Political reporting in the US is in a sad state, and the problem is more fundamental than you might think, writes Jonathan Stray at Medium . Yes, coverage tends to be of the superficial "horse race" variety and too many reporters covet "insider" status, but Stray's complaint goes... More »

Santa Claus Is Running for North Pole City Council

A vote against him gets you on the naughty list

(Newser) - Apparently tired of working just one night a year, Santa Claus is running for North Pole city council. OK, so it's just a man whose legal name is Santa Claus living in the tiny Alaska town of North Pole and not the actual Father Christmas. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ... More »

Jeb Bush: 'I Know We Can Fix This'

Former Florida governor declares run for US president

(Newser) - Jeb Bush made it official today: He's now the eleventh declared Republican running for president of the United States. "We will take Washington—the static capital of this dynamic country—out of the business of causing problems," he told a supportive crowd at Miami Dade College, per... More »

NH Lawmakers Mock, Reject 4th-Graders' Bill

One rep linked state bird bill to Planned Parenthood

(Newser) - A group of fourth-grade students taken to the New Hampshire State House to watch a vote on a bill they proposed ended up getting an excellent lesson in politics last week—but it certainly wasn't an inspiring one. The Lincoln Akerman School students were present as lawmakers criticized and... More »

CIA Watchdog Resigns

CIA Inspector General David Buckley going to work in private sector

(Newser) - The man who kept tabs on the CIA for four years has resigned, Reuters reports. Though the departure of CIA Inspector General David Buckley is being called "amicable and planned," the National Journal adds, journalists are still connecting the dots between the announcement and Buckley's report this... More »

Reaction to Gross Pictures Can Predict Political Leaning

It's all about how your brain unconsciously reacts

(Newser) - What can pictures of maggot infestations, mutilated animals, dirty toilets, and rotting corpses tell you about a person's political affiliation? A lot, apparently. Researchers led by Virginia Tech scanned people's brains as the subjects looked at disgusting images, and they found that the strength of the brain responses... More »

Congress' Most Endangered Incumbents

Unpopular President Obama could hurt Democrats

(Newser) - The congressional midterm elections are coming, meaning it's time to mine the tea leaves for potential losers. So, who might be facing the music come November? Of the Senate's 10 most vulnerable, nine are Democrats, according to Roll Call . A sampling from its list:
  • Mary Landrieu—An oddball
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Why I'm a Centrist Who Is Turning Liberal

Thomas Ricks blames an inept military and intelligence overreach for his shift

(Newser) - Reporter and author Thomas Ricks has long been what he would describe as a "detached centrist." He's also a big fan of the free market and a strong national defense, and he's financially comfortable as he approaches the age of 60. Conventional wisdom might suggest that... More »

Clinton Makes Abe Lincoln Flub

GOP pounces on gaffe made on book tour

(Newser) - Illinois native and possible presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton started the second stop of her book tour yesterday by calling Abraham Lincoln a senator, CNN reports. Here’s what she was trying to do: During a speech in Chicago, Clinton compared the 2008 Democratic presidential primary between her and then-Sen. Barack... More »

Ex-Conn. Governor Faces More Prison Time

John G. Rowland charged in alleged campaign scheme

(Newser) - Former Gov. John G. Rowland, who resigned 10 years ago in a corruption scandal that sent him to prison, was indicted yesterday on charges he tried to hide his role in two congressional campaigns. Former Republican congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley and her husband pleaded guilty March 31 to a scheme... More »

Hillary Clinton: Lewinsky Was 'Narcissistic Loony Tune'

Archived papers of Diane Blair include insights into Hillary's life

(Newser) - Talk about timing: With the presidential race just a midterm election away, the conservative Washington Free Beacon has dug up the archived papers of a former friend of Hillary Clinton's. Political science professor Diane Blair—described by Hillary as her "closest friend" before Blair died in 2000—kept... More »

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