Thursday, November 8, 2012

Top 10 Democrat and Republican Presidential Contenders for 2016

Too soon? Maybe. But if you’re sad about Romney losing on Tuesday, find solace in who might be gracing the ballot in four years. 

See the full list of Democrat and Republican contenders.

Who would you vote for? 

Friday, October 12, 2012
Checking the Facts
From Libya to Contraception, our fact checkers did their research so you didn’t have to. See how the candidates statements stood up to fact checking.
Biden and Ryan on contraception:
Ryan attacked a health reform law policy that requires employers to offer insurance that covers contraception, among other health services for women, including religious charities, hospitals, and universities. (Religious groups that primarily employ people of their own faith are exempt.)
Biden objected, saying that religious groups, particularly Catholic hospitals and universities, would not have to “refer for contraception,” “pay for contraception,” and “none has to be a vehicle for contraception.”
His statement is partly true. The Obama administration rolled out what they called a compromise for the contraception rule after outrage from religious groups and Republicans. The compromise measure requires health insurance companies to cover all contraception costs if employers have a religious objection. That has created a problem for religious groups that self-insure—in other words, they hire an insurance company to administer their plans, but end up paying for all of the health care out of their own pockets.
Ryan said the contraception rule is an attack on first amendment rights. Democrats argue that the federal contraception rule mirrors similar regulations on the state level. That argument is up for interpretation in the nation’s courts now, as major Catholic organizations sue the federal government over the rule.

AP PHOTO/ERIC GAY

Checking the Facts

From Libya to Contraception, our fact checkers did their research so you didn’t have to. See how the candidates statements stood up to fact checking.

Biden and Ryan on contraception:

Ryan attacked a health reform law policy that requires employers to offer insurance that covers contraception, among other health services for women, including religious charities, hospitals, and universities. (Religious groups that primarily employ people of their own faith are exempt.)

Biden objected, saying that religious groups, particularly Catholic hospitals and universities, would not have to “refer for contraception,” “pay for contraception,” and “none has to be a vehicle for contraception.”

His statement is partly true. The Obama administration rolled out what they called a compromise for the contraception rule after outrage from religious groups and Republicans. The compromise measure requires health insurance companies to cover all contraception costs if employers have a religious objection. That has created a problem for religious groups that self-insure—in other words, they hire an insurance company to administer their plans, but end up paying for all of the health care out of their own pockets.

Ryan said the contraception rule is an attack on first amendment rights. Democrats argue that the federal contraception rule mirrors similar regulations on the state level. That argument is up for interpretation in the nation’s courts now, as major Catholic organizations sue the federal government over the rule.

AP PHOTO/ERIC GAY

Thursday, October 11, 2012
Oh hi there, Paul Ryan.
Has anyone logged into their OKC account to see compatibility with the VP candidate? 

Oh hi there, Paul Ryan.

Has anyone logged into their OKC account to see compatibility with the VP candidate

It’s that time again! What is your beverage of choice for National Journal’s official debate drinking game? 
VP Debate Drinking Game: Joe Biden Meets Paul Ryan

It’s that time again! What is your beverage of choice for National Journal’s official debate drinking game? 

VP Debate Drinking Game: Joe Biden Meets Paul Ryan

shortformblog:

timelightbox:

Last year few of us knew the Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan or the now famous P90X workout plan, but TIME  was early on the story. We sent Gregg Segal to photograph Ryan at a Wisconsin gym last year. Here are the some of the unpublished photographs from that session. 
See more photos here.



Do people usually work out in baseball caps? - BdM

shortformblog:

timelightbox:

Last year few of us knew the Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan or the now famous P90X workout plan, but TIME  was early on the story. We sent Gregg Segal to photograph Ryan at a Wisconsin gym last year. Here are the some of the unpublished photographs from that session. 

See more photos here.

Do people usually work out in baseball caps? - BdM

Thursday, September 27, 2012
Is your favorite beer related to how you vote?
Wondering which brew you should sip at your Election night party? Reach for a Dos Equis if you want to appear bipartisan. If you’re a proud Republican, Sam Adams may be your beer. Heineken will be better received by your left-wing friends.
Find out how the data was found for this graph.
What do you think? Is this just silly or does your beer line up with your politics? (My favorite beer didn’t make the list).
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Is your favorite beer related to how you vote?

Wondering which brew you should sip at your Election night party? Reach for a Dos Equis if you want to appear bipartisan. If you’re a proud Republican, Sam Adams may be your beer. Heineken will be better received by your left-wing friends.

Find out how the data was found for this graph.

What do you think? Is this just silly or does your beer line up with your politics? (My favorite beer didn’t make the list).

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
[Paul] Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, casts himself as an average Joe, describing the challenges his family faced when his father died suddenly when Ryan was 16. He talks about growing up in Janesville, a town descended from Irish immigrants like his great-great-grandfather, who fled the potato famine in the 1800s. Nearly 70 of his cousins still live in the area, and Ryan likes to recall flipping hamburgers at a local McDonald’s restaurant when he was young.

Ryan Likely to Highlight His Personal Story For Convention Speech

Monday, August 27, 2012
The goal will be to demonstrate to the nationwide convention-viewing TV audience—an estimated eight people—that Mitt is a regular non-android human just like you who feels pain the same way any normal person does when one of his helicopters needs repair.
The Republicans will also try to show that Paul Ryan is a nice young man who does not, as the Democrats have been suggesting, want to legalize hunting for senior citizens with crossbows. This is especially important here in Florida, because this is a swing state whose voters could decide the election—assuming they can figure out where their polling places are, which, as I noted earlier, is not a given.

Welcome to Hootersville by Dave Berry


(this is a humor piece).

Monday, August 13, 2012
It’s funny, because Iowans and Wisconsinites, we like to be respectful of one another and peaceful with one another and listen to each other. These guys must not be from Iowa or Wisconsin. Paul Ryan is heckled at his first solo campaign stop.