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January 8, 2012 | By Stephen Markley, For RedEye
With the Republican primary season under way, it's time for an intervention for my fellow young people who have decided to support the cult of personality that is Ron Paul. Once considered a curiosity, Paul's most radical views have increasingly edged into the mainstream in a pathetic Republican field. Even if, like me, you sympathize with his opinions that we should legalize most drugs and not immediately start a war with Iran, these "youth-popular" stances have allowed him too much cover for his disturbing economic and domestic policy positions.
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January 8, 2012 | By Stephen Markley, For RedEye
With the Republican primary season under way, it's time for an intervention for my fellow young people who have decided to support the cult of personality that is Ron Paul. Once considered a curiosity, Paul's most radical views have increasingly edged into the mainstream in a pathetic Republican field. Even if, like me, you sympathize with his opinions that we should legalize most drugs and not immediately start a war with Iran, these "youth-popular" stances have allowed him too much cover for his disturbing economic and domestic policy positions.
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October 30, 2011 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
Some might think Hollywood is one vast stretch of liberal-leaning actors, singers and power-brokers. But RedEye turned up a few names of celebs who've supported conservative policies, parties or candidates to add to GOP mainstays such as Stephen Baldwin, Ben Stein - and, of course, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Angie Harmon: The "Rizzoli and Isles" actress talked to talk show host Chelsea Handler last year about being Republican and having gay friends. Dennis Miller: Last month on his program, the comedian and radio host lent his support to Republican presidential candidate...
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October 30, 2011 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
Some might think Hollywood is one vast stretch of liberal-leaning actors, singers and power-brokers. But RedEye turned up a few names of celebs who've supported conservative policies, parties or candidates to add to GOP mainstays such as Stephen Baldwin, Ben Stein - and, of course, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Angie Harmon: The "Rizzoli and Isles" actress talked to talk show host Chelsea Handler last year about being Republican and having gay friends. Dennis Miller: Last month on his program, the comedian and radio host lent his support to Republican presidential candidate...
NEWS
January 4, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
The electoral season kicked off Tuesday night with the Iowa caucus, but the primary race is far from over. With all the talk of South Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire, Chicagoans might be wondering where our presidential primary fits in. "The peak is really about a month before the election [but] it's starting up now," said Cook County Clerk David Orr, who added that his office is gearing up to send out reminders to political groups on regulations and deadlines. "I hope there will be significant enthusiasm.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2012 | By RedEye
President Obama poked fun at his Republican rivals at Saturday night's White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, but didn't spare his own Secret Service, secretary of state or even his past indulgence of exotic cuisine as he delivered remarks before a crowd of Hollywood stars, political power brokers and journalists. Jimmy Kimmel hosted the event and doled out his own skewerings, but kept things relatively low key in comparison with 2011 host Seth Meyers' roastings. Check out some of their best quips from the night.  Obama "Four years ago, I was locked in a brutal primary...
NEWS
June 24, 2013 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
The collective freak-out over Edward Snowden's revelations about the National Security Agency's data-mining techniques has been lead with howls of, “This is so '1984'!” and “I read '1984' in high school, and this seems very much like that minus the Orwellians (They were aliens, right?) threatening to have a rat eat the guy's face off. But I bet they'll do the rat-face thing next!” And I get that. I, too, would rather the government not tap my phone and then subsequently overhear all my great ideas for who should be in the new J.J. Abrams “Star Wars” movies (One casting call...
NEWS
August 28, 2012 | Stephen Markley
Lately, a lot of hash has been made over Todd Aiken's remarks that “women's bodies have a way to shut that whole thing down” in reference to pregnancies that occur from rape. This has opened a whole Pandora's Box of tight-rope-walking comments from Republican candidates with Mitt Romney fumbling towards an exception for cases of rape and the Republican platform vowing to outlaw abortion with no exceptions. Witness Republican senatorial candidate Tom Smith of Pennsylvania, currently facing an uphill battle...
NEWS
December 11, 2012 | Stephen Markley
The best part about the end of the presidential election other than the end of a presidential election is speculating about who will run in the next presidential election. In the wake of their sound defeat at the polls, the Republicans are especially interesting because everyone who will likely run is already running. The dynamics are just too interesting to not get into it, and I warn you, this little game I'm about to play is going to be intense and weird. By 2016 - in all likelihood - a popular two-term Democratic president will be retiring, and...
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