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10 Stars Who Went Into Politics

They left glitz and glamor for lawmaking and the like

(Newser) - What to do after you tire of walking red carpets and posing for magazine covers? Shake hands and kiss babies, at least for these 19 stars-turned-politicians rounded up by Fox News . Click through the gallery for a sampling or check out the full list here . More »

12 Stars-Turned-Politicians

Oddly, most of them are Republican

(Newser) - Despite the fact that celebrities almost always seem to lean left, Celebuzz reports that most stars who become politicians are actually Republican. A dozen Hollywood VIPs who ended up with DC connections:
  • George Murphy: The 1930s and ‘40s star was the first big actor to transition to politics, serving
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Name Your Law & Order Dream Team

Mix and match detectives and prosecutors: blogger

(Newser) - The ax fell on Law & Order today after 20 seasons, leaving fans bereft—for exactly as long as it took them to realize it's going to air in syndication pretty much forever. In the aftermath, Alan Sepinwall of Hitfix proposes a fun game: "If you could go back... More »

Dear Conservatives, Stop Hating on Hollywood

At least the liberal actors don't have political aspirations

(Newser) - The Best Picture winner is unknown, but one thing is certain on Oscar weekend: “Talk radio hosts and conservative columnists will trot out their annual complaints about Hollywood,” and that whole shtick is getting old. First of all, writes Bill Maher in Variety , “You never see Hollywood... More »

I Want Misguided Obama Policies to Fail: Thompson

He offers prez his help in curbing social spending

(Newser) - Former presidential hopeful Fred Thompson today joined the chorus of Republicans rooting for President Obama’s recession spending to flop. “I want his policies that I believe take us in the wrong direction to fail,” he told CNN, warning that higher inflation and interest rates loom. “I’... More »

Conservative Radio Sees Boom Ahead

Limbaugh, Hannity & Co. ready to play foil to Obama White House

(Newser) - Where Bill Clinton’s presidency triggered Rush Limbaugh’s ascent, many see a new boom coming for conservative talk radio under President Obama, the New York Times reports. Limbaugh is touting the “rebirth of principled opposition,” and Sean Hannity claims to lead “conservatism in exile.” Says... More »

Strong-to-Mixed Reviews for Thompson's Keynote

Pundits disagree on how former McCain rival performed

(Newser) - Pundits from across the political spectrum were moved by Fred Thompson’s tribute to John McCain’s heroic military service. They differ, though, on how well Thompson sold McCain as the next president:
  • Thompson couldn’t have done better, Peter Wehner at the National Review writes: “Fred Thompson did
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Thompson Says Obama Has Too Little Experience

(Newser) - Sen. Fred Thompson took aim at Barack Obama's experience tonight in a sharp attack during the Republican convention. "The Democrats present a history-making nominee for president," Thompson said. "History-making in that he is the most liberal, most inexperienced nominee to ever run for president." He also... More »

5 GOP Convention Viewing Tips

Assuming Palin's shadow doesn't obscure everything, that is

(Newser) - With the Republicans set to turn on all the lights at their convention tonight, Martin Kady II of Politico runs down five things to watch for:
  • Palin’s shadow: “The theme of tonight’s convention is ‘service,’” Kady notes, “and the trick for the GOP
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Bush to Speak by Satellite at RNC Tonight

Storm-altered lineup also features Thompson, Lieberman

(Newser) - George W. Bush will speak by satellite tonight at the Republican National Convention tonight, as the GOP struggles to regain its partisan bearings after yesterday's opener, which was kept politics-free in deference to Americans hit by Hurricane Gustav. Bush and Dick Cheney had canceled their convention appearances, as Bush headed... More »

The Southern Drawl's Double Standard

Only GOP candidates are allowed to 'tahlk like thee-us'

(Newser) - When Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama stumped in Arkansas, each tried on a Southern drawl, and both were roundly mocked as pandering Yankees. Even John Edwards, a native Southerner, was accused of “carefully maintaining” his accent for political effect. Yet Fred Thompson and Mike Huckabee were allowed to drawl... More »

Foreign Pro Liz Cheney Joins Romney Campaign

Now scramble's on in Florida

(Newser) - GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s campaign got an injection of foreign policy expertise yesterday from the vice president’s daughter. Liz Cheney, a State Department official responsible for Mideastern and North African initiatives, will be Romney's senior foreign policy adviser, FOX News reports. Cheney had been a co-chair of... More »

Wonks Ponder Thompson Fallout

Romney, Huckabee likely to benefit, unless he endorses McCain

(Newser) - Pollsters are placing bets on who disbanded Thompsonites will turn to in Florida. With most calling themselves "very conservative" evangelicals, they will likely support Huckabee or Romney, one pollster says. But Thompson could throw a curve and endorse John McCain, his old Senate buddy, the Washington Post reports. More »

Thompson Exits GOP Race

Politician-turned-actor-turned-politician abandons White House bid

(Newser) - Honey-voiced presidential candidate Fred Thompson has ended his campaign after a disappointing third-place finish in Saturday’s South Carolina primary, Fox News reports. The exiting hopeful, famed for his role as District Attorney Arthur Branch on “Law and Order,” has been calling friends and supporters today to announce... More »

Thompson Isn't Out of It—Yet

Disappointing result for GOP hopeful SC but he's not giving up yet

(Newser) - GOP presidential hopeful Fred Thompson said yesterday he needed a win in South Carolina to keep his campaign alive, but he hasn't officially pulled out—yet—despite a distant third-place 16% of the vote to frontrunner John McCain's 33%. But the writing seems to be on the wall, reports the... More »

McCain Wins Tight Race in SC

He edges Huckabee in nation's first Southern primary

(Newser) - John McCain reclaimed the ever-elusive momentum in the GOP race tonight with a narrow victory over Mike Huckabee in South Carolina, the State reports. McCain got 33% of the vote to Huckabee's 30%. Fred Thompson, for whom South Carolina was a make-or-break state, finished a distant third (16%), just ahead... More »

Romney Wins Silver State Caucuses

Ron Paul takes second place in surprise finish

(Newser) - Mitt Romney won the Nevada Republican caucuses today, the AP reports, his second straight victory. Romney nabbed 51% of the vote with nearly all returns in. In a surprise, Ron Paul (14%) edged past John McCain (13) to take second place. Fred Thompson and Mike Huckabee both got 8%, and... More »

Rain Turns Out for GOP SC Primary, Too

Bland candidates, not weather, may keep voters at home

(Newser) - Today's forecast for parts of South Carolina calls for up to 3 inches of snow, but analysts say if turnout is low in today’s GOP primary, it’ll be because of the candidates, not the weather. Times have changed: “People would have walked through broken glass in their... More »

Thompson Keeps It Slow and Steady

Corn-pone gems, easy manner don't work with everyone

(Newser) - Recent poll numbers have shown a glimmer of viability for Fred Thompson's campaign, but Thompson treats the chance of a comeback as no cause to speed up the "gentlemanly canter" of his campaign. The folsky candidate is dishing out strong opinions couched in country wit in the same slow... More »

McCain Leads in 2 SC Polls

Three new studies give berth to Arizona senator

(Newser) - John McCain leads the pack in the GOP race for South Carolina, two new polls show, with Mike Huckabee in second place, the State reports. A Reuters/C-Span/Zogby poll updated today gives McCain 29% of voters to Huckabee's 22%; Fred Thompson follows with 14% and Mitt Romney 12%. Clemson University also... More »

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