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April 8, 2009

I don't think he is out of line, but he is dead wrong." -- Joe Biden, responding to Dick Cheney's suggestion that the Obama administration has put the country at risk CNN...

By Ben Pershing | April 8, 2009; 08:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

April 7, 2009

The percentage of people who said the economy was getting worse has declined from 54 percent just before Mr. Obama took office to 34 percent today." -- From a New York Times/CBS poll on President Obama and the economy. New...

By washingtonpost.com editors | April 7, 2009; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

April 6, 2009

He was incredibly cooperative during the transition and when he left, he said, 'I wish you guys the best. I'm rooting for you.' ... And he has behaved like a statesman .. I just don't think the memo got passed...

By washingtonpost.com editors | April 6, 2009; 07:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

April 3, 2009

If the Republicans can't break out of being the right wing party of big government, then I think you would see a third party movement in 2012." -- Newt Gingrich contemplating a third party creation in a speech last night....

By washingtonpost.com editors | April 3, 2009; 07:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

April 2, 2009

If he keeps this up ... he may come down with anal poisoning and may die from it." -- Rush Limbaugh on British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's "slobbering" over Obama. The Huffington Post...

By washingtonpost.com editors | April 2, 2009; 08:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

April 1, 2009

I think of you as a goon." -- 'Late Show' host David Letterman to Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. CBS/YouTube...

By washingtonpost.com editors | April 1, 2009; 07:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 31, 2009

Was I partying? Absolutely! Absolutely! I was like 'Look at her. Hey, what's up!' I was doing the whole thing." -- RNC Chairman Michael Steele on his college days. The Huffington Post/CNN...

By washingtonpost.com editors | March 31, 2009; 07:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 30, 2009

Indeed, these days America is looking like the Bernie Madoff of economies: for many years it was held in respect, even awe, but it turns out to have been a fraud all along." -- Economist and New York Times columnist...

By washingtonpost.com editors | March 30, 2009; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 27, 2009

In his egocentric rush to get on camera, Mike Pence threw the rest of the Conference under the bus, specifically Paul Ryan, whose staff has been working night and day for weeks to develop a substantive budget plan." -- A...

By washingtonpost.com editors | March 27, 2009; 07:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 26, 2009

I'm very introspective about things. I'm a cause-and-effect kind of guy. So if I do something, there's a reason for it... It may look like a mistake, a gaffe. There is a rationale, there is a logic behind it." --...

By washingtonpost.com editors | March 26, 2009; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 25, 2009

They're not allowed to show my speech at Gitmo anymore," he said. "They've banned that." -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal joking last night on his widely panned speech last month. Associated Press...

By washingtonpost.com editors | March 25, 2009; 07:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 24, 2009

Ultimotely [SIC], this was my soul [SIC] risponsibility [SIC], nobody else's in or out of the building. While the Russians laughed off the error and accepted the gift in the spirit of cooperation that it was meant, I've been sic...

By washingtonpost.com editors | March 24, 2009; 07:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 23, 2009

How many terrorists have actually been brought to justice under the philosophy that is being promoted by Vice President Cheney? It hasn't made us safer. What it has been is a great advertisement for anti-American sentiment." -- President Obama last...

By washingtonpost.com editors | March 23, 2009; 08:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 20, 2009

It was like the Special Olympics or something." -- President Obama last night on The Tonight Show talking about his bowling game. Associated Press...

By washingtonpost.com editors | March 20, 2009; 07:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 19, 2009

No. Does Boehner need any justification? It says it right there on his partisan hack license that he can say anything that he wants." -- Rep. Barney Frank when asked if Rep. John Boehner was justified in saying Treasury secretary...

By washingtonpost.com editors | March 19, 2009; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 18, 2009

Yesterday ... we inadvertently used video of Vice President Biden saying, quote, 'The fundementals of the economy are strong.' This video was from the campaign trail ... and was actually quoting Sen. John McCain." -- Fox News apologizes for inaccurately...

By washingtonpost.com editors | March 18, 2009; 08:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 17, 2009

... they [should] follow the Japanese example and come before the American people and take that deep bow and say I'm sorry and then either do one of two things: resign or go commit suicide." -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)...

By washingtonpost.com editors | March 17, 2009; 07:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 16, 2009

Gimme a f*&$#ing break." -- Joe Biden lets one slip, not realizing an open microphone was nearby, while joking with senators Friday. Political Punch - ABC...

By washingtonpost.com editors | March 16, 2009; 07:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 13, 2009

I was really hoping that I was going to get that role in the Real World, but then I realized that, well, they don't like plus-sized models. They only like the women who look a certain way." -- Talk radio...

By washingtonpost.com editors | March 13, 2009; 07:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

March 12, 2009

I'm a big Pack Rat. I love the Pack Rats from the 1950s--Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, those guys." -- RNC Chairman Michael Steele on his favorite music acts, confusing Rat Pack with Pack Rats. GQ...

By washingtonpost.com editors | March 12, 2009; 07:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 11, 2009

The poll results are "none of your g--d--- business." -- Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) when asked about a poll he funded by himself regarding his 2010 re-election chances. McClatchy...

By washingtonpost.com editors | March 11, 2009; 07:54 AM ET | Comments (1)

March 10, 2009

"Our goal is to bring down approval numbers for [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and for House Democrats. That will take repetition. This is a marathon, not a sprint." -- Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) on GOP strategy. The Plum Line...

By washingtonpost.com editors | March 10, 2009; 08:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 9, 2009

I think I should have the ability as a United States senator to direct money back to my state as long as it's transparent and it makes sense." -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) defending earmarks just after criticizing them. Think...

By washingtonpost.com editors | March 9, 2009; 07:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 6, 2009

Spitzer worked on the deal to buy 1615 L St. NW, a 13-story building that counts among its tenants the Washington outpost of the Nixon Presidential Library." -- Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer returns to Washington, D.C, only a...

By washingtonpost.com editors | March 6, 2009; 08:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 5, 2009

They lack a certain polish, I think - would have been better to explain government policy rather than try to give unvarnished, straight-talk legal advice." -- Former Bush administration legal counsel John Yoo on legal memos he wrote following 9/11....

By washingtonpost.com editors | March 5, 2009; 07:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 4, 2009

I have to say, that when we say, 'Who killed the Rocky Mountain News?' we are all part of that, we truly are. For better or worse, and I argue that it's mostly for better" -- Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.)...

By washingtonpost.com editors | March 4, 2009; 07:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 3, 2009

My intent was not to go after Rush — I have enormous respect for Rush Limbaugh ... I was maybe a little bit inarticulate." -- RNC Chairman Michael Steele publicly apologizes to Rush Limbaugh after calling Limbaugh "incendiary." New York...

By washingtonpost.com editors | March 3, 2009; 07:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

March 2, 2009

Congressman Flake was briefly stuck in an elevator [last week] with a group of friendly Samoans." -- A brief statement by Rep. Jeff Flake's office made last week. Politico...

By washingtonpost.com editors | March 2, 2009; 07:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 27, 2009

... some slum love out to my buddy. Gov. Bobby Jindal is doing a friggin' awesome job in his state." -- RNC Chairman Michael Steele on Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, referring to the film Slumdog Millionaire. Politico...

By washingtonpost.com editors | February 27, 2009; 08:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 26, 2009

Grose confirmed to the AP that he sent the e-mail to Price and said he didn't mean to offend her. He said he was unaware of the racial stereotype that black people like watermelons." -- Citizens react to Los Alamitos,...

By washingtonpost.com editors | February 26, 2009; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 25, 2009

And I believe the nation that invented the automobile cannot walk away from it." -- Barack Obama falsely stating America invented the automobile. Washington Post...

By washingtonpost.com editors | February 25, 2009; 07:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 24, 2009

Although Lawrence Summers, head of the National Economic Council, fell asleep on the podium, most attendees, including Republicans, appear to have appreciated the exercise." -- Larry Summers nods off at the fiscal responsibility summit. Financial Times...

By washingtonpost.com editors | February 24, 2009; 07:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 23, 2009

Bad cancer. The kind you don't get better from," Bunning went on. "Even though she was operated on, usually nine months is the longest that anybody would live after (being diagnosed) with pancreatic cancer." -- Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) on...

By washingtonpost.com editors | February 23, 2009; 07:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 20, 2009

"Sometimes a cartoon is just a cartoon -- even as the opportunists seek to make it something else" -- Part of the apology from the New York Post regarding the paper's cartoon of an ape, depicted as the economic stimulus,...

By washingtonpost.com editors | February 20, 2009; 07:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 19, 2009

A democracy could not exist because Mohammed already made the perfect law,” Santorum said. “The Quran is perfect just the way it is, that's why it is only written in Islamic." -- Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum incorrectly asserting that...

By washingtonpost.com editors | February 19, 2009; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 18, 2009

Aerosmith did not approve of its use and also wanted to have it taken down" -- Statement from a spokeperson for Stage Three, the company that owns the rights to Aerosmith's "Back in the Saddle." The song was used in...

By washingtonpost.com editors | February 18, 2009; 07:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 17, 2009

House Republicans surround the President after the meeting. Many of them were seeking his autograph. Every House Republican eventually voted against the bill." -- A caption of a Jan. 27 photo of Republican members of Congress with Barack Obama in...

By washingtonpost.com editors | February 17, 2009; 07:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 13, 2009

There is not specific language in the legislation for this project." -- House GOP staffer who wrote an email about money in the stimulus going to recovery of the salt marsh mouse in Nancy Pelosi's district says any claim that...

By washingtonpost.com editors | February 13, 2009; 07:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 12, 2009

A bunch of them are cheating on their spouses, a lot of them drink in excess, very few of them know what's going on, they just take their marching orders from legislative leaders." -- Rod Blagojevich lashes out at his...

By washingtonpost.com editors | February 12, 2009; 07:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 11, 2009

What a strange surname! It appears Spanish, easy to pronounce, but it's not. Never in my life have I heard or read about any student or compatriot with that name, among tens of thousands." -- Fidel Castro's inexplicable opinion column...

By washingtonpost.com editors | February 11, 2009; 07:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 10, 2009

... Representative Pete Hoekstra, who was traveling with a Congressional delegation to Iraq, posted several messages to his page on the micro-blogging Web site, Twitter, detailing his arrival and movement through the country - in real time." -- Rep. Pete...

By washingtonpost.com editors | February 10, 2009; 07:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 9, 2009

Connecticut's Elections Enforcement Commission is undertaking a "thorough investigation" of right-wing pundit Ann Coulter for potentially breaking the law by voting in Connecticut while living in New York City...." -- The investigation into Coulter stems from a formal complaint filed...

By washingtonpost.com editors | February 9, 2009; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 6, 2009

You guys know your president, right? You know, the one with the big ears? Wait a minute, he ain't my president!" -- Singer Etta James voicing her feelings about Beyonce Knowles singing James' song "At Last" for the first dance...

By washingtonpost.com editors | February 6, 2009; 07:38 AM ET | Comments (1)

February 5, 2009

I think insurgency is a mindset and an attitude that we're going to have to search for and find ways to get our message out and to be prepared to see things for what they are, rather than trying to...

By washingtonpost.com editors | February 5, 2009; 07:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 4, 2009

The bus eventually came but 'was too packed to pick up any more passengers'" -- Former Defense Sec. Donald Rumsfeld waited for a bus in Washington, D.C., only to find the bus too crowded for more passengers. He walked. The...

By washingtonpost.com editors | February 4, 2009; 07:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

February 3, 2009

When you got a group of people that can't figure out the acronym bill would be BARF, I think maybe we should change the name. Don't you think that, really, we should stop listening to these people?" -- Glenn Beck...

By washingtonpost.com editors | February 3, 2009; 07:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 2, 2009

There's a whole "Draft Stormy" movement online in bright LSU colors even, at www.draftstormy.com." -- A new Web site touts porn star Stormy Daniels to run against Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana in 2010. Politico...

By washingtonpost.com editors | February 2, 2009; 07:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 30, 2009

"I saw him the following week and he asked me for another cup of coffee. He obviously forgot I was a congressman." -- Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich yesterday at his impeachment trial recalling a story from his time as...

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 30, 2009; 07:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 29, 2009

I'm so damn glad you can never be my wife because I surely wouldn't have to listen to that prattle from you every day" -- Former Republican congressman Dick Armey to Salon.com's Joan Walsh during a debate on MSNBC's Hardball....

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 29, 2009; 07:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 28, 2009

one of those people who manages to get very far in life while being thoroughly unlikeable" -- A description of Tracy Flick, a character from the movie Election. Media Matters chronicles media depictions of female politicians as having characteristics of...

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 28, 2009; 07:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 27, 2009

Some may feel this is a cynical gesture in pursuit of publicity, but nothing could be further from the truth." -- WGN radio program director Kevin Metheny in Chicago on offering Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich an afternoon radio show. Washington...

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 27, 2009; 07:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 26, 2009

I thought about Mandela, Dr. King, Gandhi, and trying to put some perspective in all of this." -- Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on facing federal criminal charges. Chicago Tribune...

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 26, 2009; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 23, 2009

I checked. We have never had a president sworn into office without a Bible." -- Glenn Beck insists Barack Obama's second swearing-in was unprecedented due to the absence of a Bible. Beck's assertion is incorrect. YouTube/Think Progress...

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 23, 2009; 07:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 22, 2009

Lobbyists willing to pay a $25,000 fee will mingle with House Republicans at their annual winter retreat next week in Hot Springs, Va." -- A GOP retreat with lobbyists is under scrutiny for its fee. The Hill...

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 22, 2009; 07:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 21, 2009

That I will execute the office of president to the United States faithfully...." -- Chief Justice John Roberts misplaces the word "faithfully" in the oath of office in a 30-second swearing-in of Barack Obama that was less than perfect. Slate...

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 21, 2009; 07:46 AM ET | Comments (1)

January 20, 2009

Joe had the choice of being secretary of State or vice president." -- Vice president-elect Joe Biden's wife Jill suggesting her husband had a choice of positions in the Obama administration. ABC - Political Punch...

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 20, 2009; 07:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 19, 2009

... Cindy McCain started talks with producers to appear as a dancer on the show. She wanted to do it very badly." But this week, Sen. McCain "put the kibosh on it." -- Reports say Sen. John McCain nixed the...

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 19, 2009; 08:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 16, 2009

Whatever his reasons are,” King said, “the one he gave us could not be the reason." -- Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Barack Obama's reasoning for using his middle name, Hussein, while being sworn in. Obama said he's using it...

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 16, 2009; 07:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 15, 2009

He will break, once and for all, Tecumseh's Curse." -- According to Slate, if George W. Bush will have one positive legacy, it's breaking Tecumseh's Curse ... or not dying or getting shot while in office. Slate...

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 15, 2009; 07:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 14, 2009

Mary Frances Berry style -- black and bitter" -- John Tanner, then chief of Justice's voting rights divisions, when asked by former Bush DOJ appointee Bradley Schlozman how he liked his coffee. Berry, an African American woman, chaired the U.S....

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 14, 2009; 07:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 13, 2009

Sarah Palin is the only part of the campaign that I won’t comment on publicly." -- Meghan McCain refuses to discuss her father's vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin during an interview. Politico...

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 13, 2009; 07:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 12, 2009

I think media should be abolished from, uh, you know, reporting." -- Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, aka “Joe the Plumber,” opines on war coverage while reporting from Israel. Think Progress...

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 12, 2009; 07:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 9, 2009

I'm very fortunate that I'm at a point in my life where if I wanted to do something completely different - be baseball commissioner, for example, I would love a job in baseball, a plug there - I can do...

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 9, 2009; 07:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 8, 2009

... the letters did not contain specific names and addresses; instead, they had the placeholder greeting 'Dear John Doe.'" -- The Army sent "Dear John Doe" letters to 7,000 relatives of soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan, prompting calls...

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 8, 2009; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 7, 2009

I probably, in retrospect, should have pushed immigration reform right after the '04 election and not Social Security reform." -- President Bush lamenting on pushing Social Security reform two days after saying the attempt was his greatest domestic policy accomplishment....

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 7, 2009; 07:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 6, 2009

I'm not going to make a scene. I don't want to give you all a circus." -- Roland Burris when asked whether he intended to breach protocol by attempting to walk uninvited onto the Senate floor on Tuesday. Associated Press...

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 6, 2009; 08:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

January 5, 2009

No. You can go back to your, what do you call it.... Your Google, and you figure all that out." -- George H.W. Bush when asked if any fair criticisms could be made against his son as president. Huffington Post...

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 5, 2009; 07:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 2, 2009

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND LET'S HOPE THE MAGIC NEGRO DOES A GOOD JOB. LOVE JEN AND JOHN C" -- A New Year's greeting sent by text message from a viewer to Fox News, which allowed the comments to run across...

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 2, 2009; 07:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 31, 2008

I would ask you not to hang or lynch the appointee as you try to casitgate the appointor. Separate, if you will, the appointee from the appointor. Roland Burris is worthy." -- Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) on the naming of...

By washingtonpost.com editors | December 31, 2008; 08:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 30, 2008

I don’t think he intended it as any kind of racial slur. I think he intended it as a humor gift.... I think it was innocently done by Chip." -- Oklahoma GOP committeewoman Carolyn McClarty defends Chip Saltsman, who sent...

By washingtonpost.com editors | December 30, 2008; 07:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 29, 2008

Saltsman said members of the GOP committee had 'the good humor and good sense' to see Shanklin's tunes as 'lighthearted political parodies.'" -- Chip Saltsman defends an Obama parody, "Barack the Magic Negro," he sent to Republican National Committee members....

By washingtonpost.com editors | December 29, 2008; 07:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 24, 2008

In case you can't tell, it's Santa with a rifle doing a bit of airborne wolf hunting. Some say the driver looks like Sarah (Palin)." -- A Christmas card titled "Redneck Reindeer" was sent to many legislative offices in Alaska....

By washingtonpost.com editors | December 24, 2008; 07:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 23, 2008

We French can only see a dynastic move of the vanishing Kennedy clan in the very country of the Bill of Rights. It is both surprising and appalling." -- Excerpt of a fake letter sent by "mayor of Paris" to...

By washingtonpost.com editors | December 23, 2008; 07:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 22, 2008

They basically Sarah Palin-ized her." -- Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) on how Caroline Kennedy's handlers remind him of those who managed Sarah Palin during the presidential campaign . New York Post...

By washingtonpost.com editors | December 22, 2008; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 19, 2008

Thank you for counting my vote!" -- Written on a ballot for Al Franken that Norm Coleman tried to have thrown out during Thursday's meeting of the Minnesota state canvassing board. TPM Election Central...

By washingtonpost.com editors | December 19, 2008; 07:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 18, 2008

According to one witness, he mocked the neoconservatives in the Bush administration and their alignment with the rlght wing of Israel's political establishment, referring to them with exaxperation as, 'the Jews.'" -- Then-CIA Director George Tenet while drinking near Prince...

By washingtonpost.com editors | December 18, 2008; 07:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 17, 2008

You know I was considering your wife for the lottery job and the $25,000 you didn't give me? That's why she's not getting the job." -- Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to Jesse Jackson Jr., according to a source, involving a...

By washingtonpost.com editors | December 17, 2008; 07:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 16, 2008

He calls the brush “the football,” an allusion to the “nuclear football,” or the bomb codes never to be out of reach of a president." -- Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich takes the whereabouts of his black Paul Mitchell hairbrush seriously....

By washingtonpost.com editors | December 16, 2008; 07:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 15, 2008

My friend, if you think we’re going to spend a billion dollars of our money over there, you are sadly mistaken." -- Then-Defense Sec. Donald Rumsfeld on predictions for Iraqi reconstruction prior to combat operations, as revealed by a report...

By washingtonpost.com editors | December 15, 2008; 07:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 12, 2008

What's going to be next is, in our secular-progressive society, they're going to try to revoke the federal holiday. You wait and see." -- Fox's Bill O'Reilly when asked "what's next?" following atheists' attempts to put up a display near...

By washingtonpost.com editors | December 12, 2008; 07:36 AM ET | Comments (1)

December 11, 2008

I am tolerant. I'm all for free speech and free rights, just not on December 25th." -- Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson during a discussion on reported efforts in Washington to put a Festivus pole in the state capitol....

By washingtonpost.com editors | December 11, 2008; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 10, 2008

Hold up that f-----g Cubs s--t ... F--k them." -- Rod Blagojevich's wife Patti on the potential sale of the Chicago Cubs, one of many quotes revealed yesterday stemming from the federal wiretap of Blagojevich's phones. New York Daily News...

By washingtonpost.com editors | December 10, 2008; 07:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 9, 2008

GOP aides privately confessed to watching his campaign commercials yesterday on YouTube to learn how to say the name correctly." -- Republicans familiarize themselves with newly elected congressman Anh "Joseph" Cao of New Orleans. Washington Post...

By washingtonpost.com editors | December 9, 2008; 07:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 8, 2008

Said property shall be used and occupied by white persons only except these covenants shall not prevent occupancy by domestic servants of different race or nationality in the employ of a tenant." -- Text of the covenant that existed until...

By washingtonpost.com editors | December 8, 2008; 07:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 5, 2008

I think she has great instincts. She's not a genius, but she has very good political instincts." -- Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell discussing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during a recent National Governors Association meeting. Political Punch - ABC...

By washingtonpost.com editors | December 5, 2008; 07:59 AM ET | Comments (1)

December 4, 2008

The conversation lasted just a minute when Ros-Lehtinen cut Obama off, telling him she wasn't falling for the hoax and that he was a better impersonator than the guy on Saturday Night Live." -- Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.) hung up...

By washingtonpost.com editors | December 4, 2008; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 3, 2008

Both men sometimes avoided the word "bombing." Instead, they talked of "the action." As Nixon said, "Let's look at the action. We can't have any doubts about it." -- From nearly 200 hours of recently released tape, mostly centered on...

By washingtonpost.com editors | December 3, 2008; 07:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 2, 2008

A lot of people put their reputations on the line and said the weapons of mass destruction is a reason to remove Saddam Hussein." -- President Bush on flawed intelligence that led to the Iraq War during an interview with...

By washingtonpost.com editors | December 2, 2008; 07:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 1, 2008

The terrorists were watching CNN and they came down from where they were in a lift after hearing about us on television." -- Welsh tourist Lynne Shaw complaining that CNN broadcast specific details of where she and her husband were...

By Ben Pershing | December 1, 2008; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 28, 2008

A strange thing happened Thursday moments after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez boarded a Russian destroyer docked here. Bodyguards for the two men scuffled at the head of the gangplank." Tensions among presidential guards during Medvedev's...

By washingtonpost.com editors | November 28, 2008; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

November 26, 2008

We got here by lending money, and putting money to work in the U.S. real estate market, in a size that was probably larger than what we ought to have done on a diversification basis." Citigroup Inc. Chief Executive Vikram...

By washingtonpost.com editors | November 26, 2008; 08:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 25, 2008

The photographer pointed out what was going on and asked her if she wanted to move. She said, “No worries.” Background on the infamous interview Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin conducted in front of a turkey slaughter. Mudflats...

By washingtonpost.com editors | November 25, 2008; 07:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 24, 2008

The pirates would buy Citigroup with new debt and their existing cash stockpiles, earned most recently from hijacking numerous ships, including most recently a $200 million Saudi Arabian oil tanker." From the fake Bloomberg story Somali Pirates in Discussions to...

By washingtonpost.com editors | November 24, 2008; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 21, 2008

... the Standish general store posted a sign asking customers to place $1 bets on the date of an Obama assassination and saying: "Let's hope someone wins." Standish, Maine councilors take action to condemn anti-Barack Obama sentiment. Portland Press Herald...

By washingtonpost.com editors | November 21, 2008; 07:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 20, 2008

We needed another dog about as much as we needed Mitt Romney to spend another $100 million, but he turned out to be a real blessing (Toby, that is)." Mike Huckabee references rival Mitt Romney while writing of his dog...

By washingtonpost.com editors | November 20, 2008; 07:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 19, 2008

Hillary Clinton - 234, Jesus - 23, None of the Above - 23, God - 6, Obama - 4, Donald Duck - 3, Chuck Norris - 2, They Both Suck '08 - 1" Tallies from the Florida write-in vote. Politico...

By washingtonpost.com editors | November 19, 2008; 07:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 18, 2008

What's the G20?" President Bush to Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, according to an Australian newspaper via an alleged leak from "informed sources." Think Progress...

By washingtonpost.com editors | November 18, 2008; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 17, 2008

The newly released e-mails portray a staff caught off guard by news outlets' queries and unable to determine whether the governor's office even had a policy on public record retention." The e-mails contradict assertions from the office of Missouri Gov....

By washingtonpost.com editors | November 17, 2008; 07:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 14, 2008

obviously he'll influence the president to be pro-Israel. Why wouldn't he? What is he, an Arab? He's not going to be mopping floors at the White House." Benjamin Emanuel, father of President-elect Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, to an...

By washingtonpost.com editors | November 14, 2008; 07:43 AM ET | Comments (1)

November 13, 2008

Turns out it was Martin Eisenstadt, a McCain policy adviser, who has come forward today to identify himself as the source of the leaks,” Mr. Shuster said. MSNBC's David Shuster reporting on a fake McCain campaign adviser who was the...

By washingtonpost.com editors | November 13, 2008; 07:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 12, 2008

The liberal media attacked Sarah Palin because she did not abort her Down syndrome baby.... They wanted her to kill that child...." Political analyst Michael Barone speaking at the121st annual meeting of the National Association of State Universities and Land...

By washingtonpost.com editors | November 12, 2008; 07:33 AM ET | Comments (1)

November 11, 2008

You have to remember that Adolf Hitler was elected in a democratic Germany. I'm not comparing him to Adolf Hitler. What I'm saying is there is the potential." Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) on the election of Barack Obama. Associated Press...

By washingtonpost.com editors | November 11, 2008; 08:07 AM ET | Comments (2)

November 10, 2008

Obama is an approaching catastrophe. This marks the end of white man's civilisation." Artur Gorski of the opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party in Poland during an address to the Polish parliament. Reuters...

By washingtonpost.com editors | November 10, 2008; 07:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 7, 2008

I told the president that [Obama] has everything needed in order to reach deals with him: He's young, handsome and even tanned." Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi remarking on the prospects of negotiation between Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev....

By washingtonpost.com editors | November 7, 2008; 07:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 6, 2008

Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast." An angry McCain aide describing the alleged shopping sprees of Sarah Palin and her family. Newsweek...

By Ben Pershing | November 6, 2008; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 5, 2008

You know, we’ll uh, I’m not going to do, there’ll be time for all the postmortems in the race." Top McCain campaign strategist Steve Schmidt when asked if he was happy with the choice of Sarah Palin for VP. Think...

By washingtonpost.com editors | November 5, 2008; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 4, 2008

Join me now in our national—you know, that song that, uh, Mr. Obama’s not real crazy about, we’re singing it right now.” Hank Willliams, Jr. preparing to sing the national anthem at a Sarah Palin event Monday. CBS News: From...

By washingtonpost.com editors | November 4, 2008; 07:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

November 3, 2008

We’re doing much better actually, there’s a poll out today that shows we’re within about three so we’re moving up and moving up fast. And look, Joe the Bomb — uh — Joe the Plumber turned the whole thing around."...

By washingtonpost.com editors | November 3, 2008; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (1)

November 2, 2008

In Congress, we have a red button, a green button and a yellow button, alright. Green means 'yes,' red means 'no,' and yellow means you're a chicken s---." Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Barack Obama's "present" votes in the Illinois...

By washingtonpost.com editors | November 2, 2008; 12:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

October 31, 2008

I am thrilled to be here in the home state of the world-champion Philadelphia Phillies," Palin said. The crowd booed. Sarah Palin hailing the Phillies in the Pittsburgh Pirates-territory of western Pennsylvania. Los Angeles Times...

By washingtonpost.com editors | October 31, 2008; 07:46 AM ET | Comments (5)

October 30, 2008

Joe's with us today. Joe, where are you? Where is Joe? Is Joe here with us today? Joe, I thought you were here today ... all right, well you're all Joe the Plumber, so all of you stand up ..."...

By washingtonpost.com editors | October 30, 2008; 07:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 29, 2008

... the staffer who did that has been a coward ... she's allowed Sarah Palin to take the whole hit ... all the people I talk to say it's Nicolle Wallace." Fox News commentator Fred Barnes on who's at fault...

By washingtonpost.com editors | October 29, 2008; 07:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 28, 2008

All Democratic party supporters and independent voters supporting Democratic candidates shall vote on November 5 ..." An excerpt of a phony Virginia Board of Elections flier distributed in Hampton Roads, Va., listing a false election date. Think Progress...

By washingtonpost.com editors | October 28, 2008; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 27, 2008

Jewish Americans cannot afford to make the wrong decision on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008.... Many of our ancestors ignored the warning signs in the 1930s and 1940s and made a tragic mistake. Let's not make a similar one this year!"...

By washingtonpost.com editors | October 27, 2008; 07:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

October 25, 2008

Operator: Sir, are you calling 911 to complain about traffic? (pause) Caller: "(Expletive) you." (caller hangs up) Joe McCain, brother of John McCain, calling 911 in Virginia while he was stuck in traffic. WJLA...

By washingtonpost.com editors | October 25, 2008; 01:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

October 24, 2008

The real outrage is Barack Obama "taking a 767 campaign plane to go visit Grandma." GOP strategist Brad Blakeman referencing Obama's ailing grandmother when asked about the RNC paying over $150,000 on clothes for Sarah Palin. The Huffington Post...

By washingtonpost.com editors | October 24, 2008; 08:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 23, 2008

And so, he (Chris Matthews) was using the word “Anti-American” and I told Chris, what I question are Barack Obama’s views. Because Barack Obama’s views are against America. They won’t be good for our country." Rep. Michelle Bachmann attempting to...

By washingtonpost.com editors | October 23, 2008; 07:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 22, 2008

Sen. Obama's supporters have been saying some pretty nasty things about western Pennsylvania lately. You know, I couldn't agree with them more. I couldn't disagree with you, I couldn't agree with you more than the fact that western Pennsylvania is...

By washingtonpost.com editors | October 22, 2008; 07:57 AM ET | Comments (1)

October 21, 2008

Barack got asked the famous boxers or briefs question ... I was tempted to say commando.... Then they asked McCain and McCain said, ‘Depends.'" Sen. John Kerry on the “silly questions” presidential candidates are asked. Politicker...

By washingtonpost.com editors | October 21, 2008; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 20, 2008

I certainly agree that Northern Virginia has gone more Democratic. … But the rest of the state — real Virginia if you will — I think will be very responsive to Senator McCain’s message." McCain spokesperson Nancy Pfotenhauer on the...

By washingtonpost.com editors | October 20, 2008; 07:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 17, 2008

In an Oct. 15 story fact-checking the presidential candidates’ debate, The Associated Press incorrectly reported ..." The Associated Press corrects a fact-checking error. The Associated Press...

By washingtonpost.com editors | October 17, 2008; 07:49 AM ET | Comments (1)

October 16, 2008

Austin acknowledged sending the e-mail to his list of political contacts but said he forwarded it without fully reading it.... That list included at least two reporters." Top Tampa GOP Figure Circulates Joke About Killing Obama. Tampa Bay Online...

By washingtonpost.com editors | October 16, 2008; 07:49 AM ET | Comments (1)

October 15, 2008

The Difference Between OBAMA And OSAMA Is Just A Little B.S." From Sacramento (Calif.) County's GOP Web site. The Sacramento Bee...

By washingtonpost.com editors | October 15, 2008; 07:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 14, 2008

I hope those protesters have the courage and honor to give veterans thanks for their right to protest.” Sarah Palin at a campaign rally yesterday, mistaking supporters yelling, "Louder!" for protesters. TPMtv...

By washingtonpost.com editors | October 14, 2008; 07:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

October 13, 2008

As a senator, John (McCain) has confronted the corrupt ways of Washington and the wasteful spending and the abuses of power. As president, he's going to end those once and for all." Sarah Palin today at a campaign rally three...

By washingtonpost.com editors | October 13, 2008; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (2)

October 10, 2008

He ought to admit, 'You know, I've got to be honest with you. I was a guy of the street. I was way to the left. I used cocaine. I voted liberally, but I'm back at the center.'" A McCain...

By washingtonpost.com editors | October 10, 2008; 07:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

October 9, 2008

Across this country, this is the agenda I've set before my fellow prisoners, and the same standards of clarity and candor must now be applied to my opponent." John McCain at a campaign rally yesterday. TPMtv...

By washingtonpost.com editors | October 9, 2008; 07:43 AM ET | Comments (8)

October 8, 2008

We caught several misleading statements and falsehoods, many of which the candidates have said before." Factcheck.org assesses claims from last night's presidential debate. Factcheck.org...

By washingtonpost.com editors | October 8, 2008; 07:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 7, 2008

PAGOP: OBAMA - A TERRORIST'S BEST FRIEND." The headline of an anti-Obama press release from the Republican Party of Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Daily News...

By washingtonpost.com editors | October 7, 2008; 07:39 AM ET | Comments (1)

October 6, 2008

They are also building schools for the Afghan children so that there is hope and opportunity in our neighboring country of Afghanistan." Sarah Palin at a San Francisco fundraiser on Sunday. Reuters...

By washingtonpost.com editors | October 6, 2008; 08:10 AM ET | Comments (4)

October 3, 2008

The candidates were not 100 percent accurate. To say the least." Factcheck.org on last night's vice presidential debate. Factcheck.org...

By washingtonpost.com editors | October 3, 2008; 07:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

October 2, 2008

My friend Joe Biden has a tendency to talk forever and sometimes say stuff that’s kind of stupid." Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) on Joe Biden. Kansas City Star...

By washingtonpost.com editors | October 2, 2008; 07:49 AM ET | Comments (1)

October 1, 2008

Sarah Palin: I've read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media. Katie Couric: But what ones specifically? I'm curious. Palin: All of 'em, any of 'em that have been in front of me...

By washingtonpost.com editors | October 1, 2008; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

September 30, 2008

Thank you to my wife Michelle Obama for putting up with me. We will be celebrating our 15th anniversary next week and she just about has me trained almost.” Barack Obama at a recent campaign stop. It is the 16th...

By washingtonpost.com editors | September 30, 2008; 07:53 AM ET | Comments (1)

September 29, 2008

I’ve got absolutely no way of knowing that.” Fort Mill (S.C.) Mayor Danny Funderburk said when asked if he believed Barack Obama was the antichrist. WCNC - Charlotte...

By washingtonpost.com editors | September 29, 2008; 07:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

September 26, 2008

McCain Wins Debate!" An Internet ad on the Wall Street Journal's Web site. The Fix...

By washingtonpost.com editors | September 26, 2008; 07:18 AM ET | Comments (1)

September 25, 2008

I'll try to find you some and I'll bring them to you." Sarah Palin on John McCain's record of regulating business. CBS News...

By washingtonpost.com editors | September 25, 2008; 07:09 AM ET | Comments (3)

September 24, 2008

So it is essential for our economy to stimulate growth and grow this government. Excuse me, grow this, grow this economy, not grow the economy, uh, the government. We need to grow the economy." John McCain confusing "economy" and "government"...

By washingtonpost.com editors | September 24, 2008; 07:52 AM ET | Comments (4)

September 23, 2008

Obama is a terrorist's best friend." Message on a homemade shirt worn by a fifth grader on a day when students were asked to show their patriotism. FOX 31 - Colorado...

By Ben Pershing | September 23, 2008; 07:51 AM ET | Comments (4)

September 22, 2008

They need … an eye toward driving out the range of contrast that makes McCain different from Obama (action-oriented rhetoric v. grand prose; accessible v. uppity; humble servant of country v. arrogant).” A Bush operative on how McCain can beat...

By washingtonpost.com editors | September 22, 2008; 07:26 AM ET | Comments (2)

September 19, 2008

That’s why I believe that the chairman of the FEC should resign and leave office and be replaced." John McCain confusing the FEC and the SEC. YouTube...

By washingtonpost.com editors | September 19, 2008; 12:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

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