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While a number of Democratic senators have announced their opposition to giving Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke a second term, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) released a statement today saying he will in fact vote for Bernanke, but that he expects the chairman to do more to "ensure families can access the credit they need to buy or keep their home, send their children to college or start a small business."
Sen.-elect Scott Brown's (R-MA) victory in Massachusetts has got some members of the media so worked up, it's affecting their math skills, or at least their common sense.
Since Tuesday's election, we've seen or heard reports of media outlets stating that Brown's election cost Democrats their "majority" or shifted the balance of power in Congress. Now, we haven't been in a math class in years, but last we checked 59 was greater than 41.
In 2007, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow became the first underclassmen to ever win the Heisman Trophy. This Super Bowl Sunday, he'll star in the first-ever Super Bowl ad funded by Christian anti-abortion group Focus on the Family.
If, as some Democrats hope, there is a health care 'repeal trap,' a number of Republicans are diving right into it. So far, 19 GOP lawmakers -- three senators and 16 members of Congress -- plus 44 other Republican office seekers (and counting), have signed 'Repeal It!' pledges written by The Club for Growth, promising to repeal any health reform legislation passed by Congress.
Yesterday, Google announced that it would stop filtering search results in China, and that it was considering shutting down its China operations all together. In a post on the Official Google Blog, the company revealed that recently a sophisticated cyber attack on Google and other companies came from within China, and was targeted against human rights activists.
In addition to containing the much-hyped racial comments made by Harry Reid, "Game Change," the new book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann about the 2008 presidential campaign, suggests that the McCain campaign's vetting of Sarah Palin was rushed and haphazard. Speaking on The Today Show this morning, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) deflected questions about the vetting of Palin, saying he won't spend time looking back on the campaign.
Harry Reid's use of the word 'Negro' is political dynamite, but for Stephen Colbert it's comic gold. Last night on The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert took the controversy over Harry Reid's racial language to its absurd conclusion, with the help of actor Morgan Freeman: