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Reviving McCarthyism: Rep. Bachmann, Palin, and the New Republican Strategy?

In an interview on MSNBC's Hardball on October 17th, the Republican Representative Michele Bachmann (Minnesota) called on the media to investigate, which members of Congress are anti-American. Bachmann's attempt to revitalize the 1950s McCarthyism triggered uproar among progressives and helped her opponent, Democrat Elwyn Tinklenberg, who raised a million dollars in the days following Bachmann's interview with Chris Matthews. As a consequence of her remarks, the Republican National Committee withdrew funds that it had planned to spend on ads for Bachmann.

Extract from the controversial interview:


Saturday Night Life: Hillary Clinton vs. Sarah Palin Parodie

Die Saison-Premiere der Comedy Sendung "Saturday Night Life (SNL)" war ein Paukenschlag. Mit einer Paradie der Republikanischen Vizepräsidentschaftskandidation Sarah Palin und Hillary Clinton haben die Macher von SNL einen Volltreffer gelandet. Nach der Erstausstrahlung des Sketches, wurde dieser in unzähligen Nachrichtensendungen wiederholt ausgestrahlt.


Double Standards, Abortion, & Palin's Speech

On Monday, the news broke that Palin's 17-year-old daughter is pregnant. The story caused a intense debate about McCain's judgment and the issue of teen pregnancy in the US. A prominent question has been whether it is even okay to talk about Palin's daughter, since it is a private issue. Sure, it's dicey, but isn't it relevant considering Palin's pro-life stance? On last nights episode of the Daily Show, Jon Stewart questioned former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich about the issue.


The Issues on Labor Day: Bush, McCain, and Teen Pregnancy

Today, the Republican National Convention started in St. Paul/Minneapolis. The official program was shortened due to the potentially dangerous storm Gustav. The happenings on the floor in Xcel Center took place for only about 3 hours. President Bush, who was supposed to headline the evening stayed in Washington to deal with Gustav. One delegate told me that that is the best thing that could have happened. Having Bush in St. Paul, he argued, would have only given Obama more ammunition against McCain.

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