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  • August's best political comedy

    August's best political comedy
    About the blogger: Amy Bree Becker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mass Communication & Communication Studies at Towson University. Her research considers the impact of political comedy and political entertainment on everyday life.  She also studies public opinion and participation on controversial political issues like the same-sex marriage debate.
  • Ron Paul, aka the invisible candidate

    A moment ago, I Googled "Ron Paul ignored by media" and came up with 9,222 links. That's a lot of stories about someone being ignored. Here's what happened. In last weekend's Iowa Straw Poll of GOP presidential candidates, the Texas congressman had an...

    Film Review: 'Caucus'

    A surreal slice of presidential primary campaigning is chronicled with dogged verite detail in "Caucus," director AJ Schnack's portrait of eight Republican nomination hopefuls engaged in good old-fashioned retail politics during the run-up to the 2012...

    Washington mourns loss of tea party queen

    Say it ain't so. There has never been a sadder day in American politics. Political reporters are still in shock over Michele Bachmann's sudden announcement that she will not seek re-election to Congress. How dare she just up and walk away? What are we...

    Governor: Mitt Romney making 'big mistake' by neglecting Iowa

    Iowa's Republican governor sent a warning to Mitt Romney on Wednesday: Don't write off the Hawkeye State. Terry Branstad, a former four-term governor who returned to office this year, said at a forum hosted by Politico that the GOP front-runner is...