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She The People: September, 2012

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 09/28/2012

The presidential debate: Don’t forget, Romney and Obama, that sticking to the script can be lethal, too

SHE THE PEOPLE | All that would really mean is we’d get yet another volley of talking points we’ve already heard ad nauseum.

By Melinda Henneberger  |  11:17 AM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Kitty Dukakis, Michael Dukakis, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 09/28/2012

Is Sen. Claire McCaskill a moderate?

In the middle of the political spectrum is exactly where the Missouri Democrat wants to be. Is she?

By Diana Reese  |  10:00 AM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Claire McCaskill, Todd Akin, Missouri Senate race, legitimate rape, wildcat, moderate

Posted at 04:45 AM ET, 09/28/2012

At North Carolina rally, some love Marco Rubio, respect Mitt Romney; others just swell the crowd

The scene from a swing state: hard to read.

By Mary C. Curtis  |  04:45 AM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2012, Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 09/27/2012

J.K. Rowling: ‘I didn’t build this’ on my own

SHE THE PEOPLE | “I worked extremely hard...I take credit for the work. But I received a free education. I received free health care.”

By Judy Howard Ellis  |  03:01 PM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  rowling, jk rowling, leftist, left wing, wealth, rich, harry potter, the casual vacancy, elizabeth warren, scott brown

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 09/27/2012

Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren and beyond: If race doesn’t mean anything, why does it mean so much?

SHE THE PEOPLE | From Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren to voter ID, it depends on how you look at it.

By Mary C. Curtis  |  09:40 AM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown, Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, voting rights, Native Americans, birthers

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 09/27/2012

Rihanna and choosing happiness: singer breaks free from her past

By Rahiel Tesfamariam  |  09:18 AM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 09/26/2012

Romney’s message to moms flip-flops

Mitt Romney seems to be flip-flopping on his view toward working and stay-at-home mothers.

By Diana Reese  |  08:29 AM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, working moms, stay-at-home moms, Ann Romney, Hilary Rosen, welfare moms

Posted at 08:58 PM ET, 09/25/2012

Kerry rebuts Romney, suggests funding cuts may have contributed to killings in Benghazi

SHE THE PEOPLE | The senator talks about security cuts and his role as Romney in debate prep.

By Melinda Henneberger  |  08:58 PM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Kerry, Mitt Romney, foreign affairs, Benghazi, presidential race, presidential debates, Hillary Clinton, state department

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 09/25/2012

Madonna's Obama Muslim comment pushes the right's ideology

Some rock stars should not dabble in politics. Take Madonna.

By Suzi Parker  |  05:45 PM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Duff McKagan, Duran Duran, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Clint Eastwood, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, 2012, Oprah, celebrity endorsements

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 09/25/2012

AFL-CIO chief Rich Trumka tells members to avoid sexism, support Elizabeth Warren

By Annie Groer  |  02:37 PM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 09/24/2012

Could Michelle Obama get away with Ann Romney’s ‘fire’?

SHE THE PEOPLE | When does testiness cross over into anger? Whatever you want to call it, Ann Romney is showing the signs.

By Mary C. Curtis  |  09:05 AM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ann Romney, Michelle Obama, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, black women, Jan Brewer

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 09/22/2012

Has Akin changed his views on earmarks for cash?

A super PAC could add $250,000 to his campaign in his race against Claire McCaskill.

By Diana Reese  |  01:53 PM ET, 09/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Todd Akin, legitimate rape, Missouri Senate race, Newt Gingrich, Rick Tyler, Senate Conservatives Fund, Jim DeMint

Posted at 09:59 PM ET, 09/21/2012

Jill Biden makes unintentional sexual joke and gets laughs

By Suzi Parker  |  09:59 PM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jill Biden, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Mitt Romney, John McCain, sex, jokes, politics, 2012

Posted at 09:28 PM ET, 09/21/2012

Ann Romney: About that fire and ice

Her tone changed when the host asked about Mitt’s critics

By Natalie Jennings  |  09:28 PM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 09/21/2012

Missouri Senate Debate: Few surprises

The three contenders for the U.S. Senate seat from Missouri

By Diana Reese  |  04:38 PM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Claire McCaskill, Todd Akin, Jonathan Dine, Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, U.S. Senate, Missouri, legitimate rape, debate

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 09/21/2012

Could Monica Ever Say, "Bill Who?"

Monica Lewinsky could offer the world the gift of a successful woman rather than sensationalist celebrity.

By Judy Howard Ellis  |  02:28 PM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  monica, monica lewinksy, billclinton, president clinton, $12 million book deal, scandal

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 09/20/2012

Monica Lewinsky’s steamy account of Clinton affair could get $12 million advance, report says

The National Enquirer, which exposed the John Edwards-Rielle Hunter soap opera in great detail and grainy photos, now tells us the one-time White House intern could get $12 million for her sizzling story.

By Annie Groer  |  03:53 PM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 09/20/2012

Todd Akin: Another gaffe

Can we trust the candidate to do a good job in office?

By Diana Reese  |  02:40 PM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Todd Akin, Missouri, U.S. Senate race, conservative women, Phyllis Schlafly, abortion, legitimate rape, women for Todd Akin, war on women, birth control, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 09/20/2012

Religion, culture wars and the 2012 campaign | Google Plus Hangout with Cathleen Kaveny

By Natalie Jennings  |  02:33 PM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google Hangout

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 09/20/2012

‘State of emergency’: Will voter-ID battles last until Election Day and beyond?

Is there a “state of emergency” over voting rights in America?

By Mary C. Curtis  |  01:42 PM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  voter-ID laws, Pennsylvania, Advancement Project, Democrats, Republicans, Florida, True the Vote, National Urban League, NAACP, La Raza

Posted at 07:09 PM ET, 09/19/2012

Mrs. Jesus, is it really you?

Faux or no, I haven’t gotten my hopes up, even if it would be great for us lady Christians to know his feminine side had a name.

By Melinda Henneberger  |  07:09 PM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mrs. Jesus, Karen King, wife of Jesus, Harvard Divinity School, Gospel of Jesus's Wife, 4th century, Coptic Christians, David Hunter

Posted at 09:44 PM ET, 09/18/2012

Mitt Romney, you can’t be that guy

SHE THE PEOPLE | He can’t be both the man who helped a dying teenager write his will, and someone who feels we all get what we deserve.

By Melinda Henneberger  |  09:44 PM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mitt romney, romney video, presidential race, Barack Obama

Posted at 11:34 PM ET, 09/17/2012

Romney exceptionalism: Write off half of the greatest country ever, and what you have left is only so-so

Apparently, half of us were snoozing when God passed out grit, and dream only of a well-padded safety net.

By Melinda Henneberger  |  11:34 PM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, video of Boca Raton fundraiser, Barack Obama, presidential race

Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 09/17/2012

Lulli Akin compares treatment of husband by GOP bosses to ‘rape’

This time it's Lulli Akin, the candidate’s wife.

By Diana Reese  |  05:49 PM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Todd Akin, Lulli Akin, GOP, Missouri Senate race, rape, legitimate rape

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 09/17/2012

Kate Middleton's topless photos pathetic way to sell papers

The topless photos of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William, arrived just when Americans needed a break from post-convention politics.

By Suzi Parker  |  04:08 PM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kate Middleton, Prince William, Queen Elizabeth, Jubilee, topless photos, royal family, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 09/17/2012

Monica Lewinsky is shopping a book: Memoir? Fantasy? Self-Help Guide?

SHE THE PEOPLE | Maybe we’re in for a surprise as Lewinsky pitches her book to publishing houses.

By Annie Groer  |  11:37 AM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 09/14/2012

Pussy Riot members should continue their mission even if freed

The world, and yes, even the United States, desperately needs women like Pussy Riot for enlightenment and inspiration.

By Suzi Parker  |  04:42 PM ET, 09/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pussy Riot, Vladimir Putin, Russia, free speech, Duran Duran, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, punk music, Dmitry Medvedev, Vladimir Putin

Posted at 09:06 PM ET, 09/13/2012

Hillary Clinton speaks out for the same American values upheld in retracted embassy statement

The only weakness we showed was in retracting a statement we should all be proud of.

By Melinda Henneberger  |  09:06 PM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, presidential race, Libyan attacks, Christopher Stevens, anti-Muslim movie

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 09/13/2012

Hooters gets a face-lift to woo women, but needs a personality transplant

Phew-- no wool sweaters.  That should come as a relief to everyone except Hooters girls, who say that while the tips are great, the uniforms stink.

By Patricia Murphy  |  07:07 AM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hooters, women, Terry Marks, Twin Peaks, Tilted Kilt, salads

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 09/12/2012

Mitt Romney, flat wrong on Obama administration’s ‘apology,’ owes the president one

Shoot first, figure out the timeline later?

By Melinda Henneberger  |  03:14 PM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Libya attack, Cairo protests, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, Paul Ryan, Romney criticizes Obama, John McCain, John Boehner, Condi Rice, presidential race

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 09/12/2012

Todd Akin returns to campaign trail

SHE THE PEOPLE | Although Akin talked about freedom, his handlers decided to kick out a writer from a campaign rally.

By Diana Reese  |  02:14 PM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Todd Akin, Claire McCaskill, Barack Obama, Obamacare, Nixa

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 09/12/2012

Sarah Palin gives Mitt Romney some advice

Sarah Palin has a way of reappearing right when she’s starting to be missed.

By Suzi Parker  |  02:12 PM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Condoleeza Rice, Nikki Haley, Mary Fallin, Kelly Ayotte, Susana Martinez, Deb Fischer, 2012

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 09/12/2012

Breast-feeding debate a sign of progress for feminists of previous era

AU professor’s choice to breast-feed her baby in class led to a discussion that previous era feminists would approve of.

By Bonnie Goldstein  |  11:42 AM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:06 PM ET, 09/11/2012

Unions aren’t the enemy, and teachers shouldn’t back down, either

Every year at back-to-school night, I hear teachers in my kids’ excellent public school openly admit they’ll first and foremost be teaching to the test.

By Melinda Henneberger  |  08:06 PM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 09/11/2012

A cry for help from Chicago youth: ‘Don’t shoot. I want to grow up’

My fear is that we, their fellow citizens and the media, are sending them a very dangerous message: “we don’t care what happens to you.”

By Rahiel Tesfamariam  |  12:58 PM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 09/11/2012

Mitt Romney’s old-time religion on the trail

“I will not take God off our coins,’’ he vows, “and I will not take God out of my heart.’’

By Judy Howard Ellis  |  12:35 PM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conservative evangelicals, God, Romney, Obama, Mormons, LDS, politics

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 09/11/2012

Hooters wants women? No thanks.

OK, it's true. I once frequented the bosomy restaurant chain — long ago, in a state far away. I've outgrown it.

By Sandra Fish  |  08:29 AM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hooters, women, Jacksonville Landing, Jacksonville, Florida

Posted at 09:46 PM ET, 09/10/2012

‘The Talk’ goes bare

Going without makeup sounds like a great gimmick for the season opener of "The Talk," but the women's nervousness about their appearance fails to prove their message of empowerment.

By Diana Reese  |  09:46 PM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Talk, Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Aisha Tyler, Jamie Lee Curtis, makeup, cosmetics, makeup-free, Hillary Clinton

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 09/10/2012

Joe Biden courts the biker vote, and the evidence goes viral

SHE THE PEOPLE | What the viral photo of the veep with a bandana-wearing biker means for his ticket.

By Suzi Parker  |  03:31 PM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, 2012, beer, Hillary Clinton, memes, social media

Posted at 07:19 AM ET, 09/10/2012

‘Won't Back Down’ rankles teachers unions but may resonate in trenches

It shouldn’t be this hard to navigate the public school system.

By Lori Stahl  |  07:19 AM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Won't back down, Republican and Democratic conventions, teachers unions, public education, Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 09/08/2012

Elizabeth Warren's message for the middle class

The crowds have gone home, the confetti's swept up, but the speech I remember didn't get the big headlines. Elizabeth Warren spoke to the middle class.

By Diana Reese  |  04:42 PM ET, 09/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Elizabeth Warren, Bill Clinton, Democratic National Convention, Massachusetts Senate Race, middle class, Scott Brown

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 09/07/2012

Trial switch of bishop guilty of protecting priest was PR move to help the church, critic says

It was a brilliant PR move to change the trial of Catholic Bishop Robert Finn so that he would avoid a long jury trial on counts of failure to report suspicions of child sex abuse.

By Diana Reese  |  04:33 PM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bishop Robert Finn, Catholic Church, Shawn Ratigan, child pornography, child sexual abuse, Kansas City - St. Joseph diocese

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 09/07/2012

Yes, Romney’s speech was better, and no wonder

President Obama gave only the third best speech of his big night, eclipsed by both Joe Biden and John Kerry, who got off some lines he might have been rehearsing in his head for a while.

By Melinda Henneberger  |  03:28 PM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 09/07/2012

Obama’s speech adjusted for more constrained circumstances

The president’s acceptance speech was scaled down in the face of uncontrollable forces, mirroring a theme of the past four years.

By Mary C. Curtis  |  02:19 PM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Barack Obama, speech, Mitt Romney, Democratic convention, Charlotte

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 09/07/2012

Ridiculous political ads are here to stay

The girlfriend ads are the tip of the negative campaign iceberg as the presidential race takes off in earnest.

By Sandra Fish  |  11:37 AM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election 2012, Barack Obama, TV advertising, negative advertising

Posted at 06:59 PM ET, 09/06/2012

‘Abortion-palooza’ in Charlotte: Did we mention we support a woman’s right to choose?

Democrats probably won’t turn off moderates with this approach, though, because most Americans aren’t watching speech after speech.

By Melinda Henneberger  |  06:59 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 09/06/2012

John Sununu questions cost of Michelle Obama’s dress

He’s questioned that the Tracy Reese dress that first lady Michelle Obama wore for her Tuesday night speech in Charlotte cost only $350.

By Suzi Parker  |  05:03 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Sununu, Michelle Obama, Ann Romney, Tracey Reese, Oscar de la Renta, Fashion Week, Jackie Kennedy, Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, first ladies, Charlotte

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 09/06/2012

Bill Clinton's electrifying speech and the public's reaction prove his rock star status

Bill Clinton transitioned from political rock star to legendary supernova in forty-eight electrifying minutes on Wednesday night.

By Suzi Parker  |  02:40 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Charlotte, Hillary Clinton, Democratic National Convention, Paul Ryan, Arkansas, 1992, United Nations, Nobel Peace Prize

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 09/06/2012

‘Breaking up’ with Barack Obama

A GOP campaign ad shows why Republicans are running behind with women voters.

By Melinda Henneberger  |  12:41 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Breaking Up ad, RNC, Barack Obama, Harold Ford, women voters, presidential race

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Arkansas delegation will always have Bill Clinton

By Suzi Parker  |  04:56 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Clinton, 2012, Charlotte, DNC, Mitt Romney, Mike Beebe, Mike Ross, political conventions, political speeches

Posted at 09:56 PM ET, 09/04/2012

Swing this: Undecideds are so conflicted, no wonder parties are pitching to the base

No wonder both campaigns are working harder to turn out the base than to win over this lot of flip-floppers.

By Melinda Henneberger  |  09:56 PM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  swing-voters, focus group, Frank Luntz, North Carolina swing voters, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, DNC, RNC, presidential race

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 09/04/2012

First lady Michelle Obama previews her all-important speech

She is one of team Obama’s most popular members and powerful assets, and a lot is riding on her Tuesday night prime-time address.

By Mary C. Curtis  |  06:32 PM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, DNC, Charlotte, speech, Ann Romney, Mitt Romney

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 09/03/2012

At DNC Charlotte, taking the ‘war on women’ seriously

The passion at a Sunday reception for the National Women’s Political Caucus was fueled by what a lineup of speakers described as the important stakes in November.

By Mary C. Curtis  |  08:36 AM ET, 09/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Organization for Women, National Women's Political Caucus, feminism, Terry O'Neill, Eleanor Smeal, Elaine Marshall, Paul Ryan, President Obama, Medicare

Posted at 09:21 PM ET, 09/02/2012

Sun Myung Moon survived 1970s Washington scandal Koreagate

South Korean cult figure remembered in Washington for role in 1970s scandal.

By Bonnie Goldstein  |  09:21 PM ET, 09/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  unification church, moonies, Rev. Sun Myung Moon

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 09/02/2012

Eastwood effect: Maybe it did make Romney’s day

He made workaday Romney look blessedly sane by comparison, and distracted us from misstatements from both the presidential and vice-presidential nominees.

By Melinda Henneberger  |  04:12 PM ET, 09/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Clint Eastwood, Eastwood speech, Mitt Romney, RNC, Republican National Convention, Bain Capital, Romney speech, Paul Ryan speech, Roger Ebert

 

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