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Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon provide 'Tammy's' comic fuel

wftv.com — By Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune Small favors, but in "Tammy" we have a less grating road-trip comedy than "Identity Thief," the one Melissa McCarthy did with Jason Bateman, and a more deliberately heartwarming vehicle than "The Heat," featuring McCarthy and Sandra Bullock.

Review: McCarthy's 'Tammy' misses the funny bone - The Monitor: Movies

themonitor.com — Meet Tammy. Boy, is she a mess. Angry, profane and aggressive, then suddenly shy and sweet. Sometimes she's funny, sometimes totally not. She can't figure out what she wants to do or be, or where to go. She has loads of people around her, yet can't figure out what to do with them.

Obamacare Fiasco Erodes Government as Problem-Solver Idea

bloomberg.com — When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, voters were not merely choosing a candidate they found more compelling. They also were endorsing a renewal of the notion that government could be a force for good.

Sorry Is Hardest Word for U.S. Presidents to Say for War

bloomberg.com — Being the U.S. president means almost never having to say you're sorry about a war. Harry Truman didn't apologize for dropping atomic bombs on Japan. No president said he was sorry to Vietnam's government. The same is true for the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ted Cruz Unilateralism a Prelude as Party Loyalty Falters

bloomberg.com — Ted Cruz didn't come quietly into the U.S. Senate. The freshman from Texas feuded with Senator John McCain. He stole the spotlight by chatting with a swarm of reporters when Republican leader Mitch McConnell took to the floor to end the government shutdown. He calls his party's establishment encrusted and entrenched.

Rocky Mountain High for Democrats Winning as Population Shifts

bloomberg.com — Sixty miles north of Denver, where the gleam and energy of downtown yields to the short grass of the Eastern Plains, Sean Conway sits at the intersection of Colorado past and present. Conway, a commissioner in Weld County, is pushing the idea that his and 10 other rural counties secede from Colorado to form a 51st state.

Tea Party Vows Future Fights as Republicans Assess Damage

bloomberg.com — With each pull of a lever of power, Republicans sapped their own strength. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio may have had little choice in the fight over Obamacare other than showing his unyielding faction of Tea Party members what their strategy would bring, right up to the point of a potential economic calamity, said Mike Murphy, a Republican consultant who has advised several presidential campaigns.

Obamacare Foes Using Shutdown Echo South’s Nullifiers

bloomberg.com — The Tea Party-inspired drive to derail Obamacare is anchored in a place where opposition to the federal government is as old as the nation: the American South. The current fight, a budget standoff that threatens the creditworthiness of the U.S, has vestiges of the secession from the union that started in South Carolina and led to the Civil War.

U.S. Fiscal Feud Sees No Heroes as Voters Assess Blame

bloomberg.com — The partial shutdown of the U.S. government for the first time in 17 years has become a contest of who is wearing the cleanest dirty shirt. President Barack Obama said Republicans who control the U.S. House are risking the economic recovery to derail the Affordable Care Act, even though it was upheld by the Supreme Court and ratified by his re-election.

Gop Candidates Squabbling Over Medicare

articles.chicagotribune.com — Issue Triggers Gramm-dole Spat WASHINGTON - Medicare was supposed to be the issue that Democrats used to win back older voters and paint the Republicans as a heartless party that caters to the wealthy. But now Republicans are using it against each other in the fight for the party's presidential nomination.
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Oct 20, 2014

RT @derekwillis: Congressional press releases with Ebola in title, by month this year: April - 0 May - 0 June - 0 July - 2 Aug. - 8 Sept. - 56 Oct. - 275

Oct 20, 2014

David Carr on how the stream finally cracked the dam of Cable TV nyti.ms/1qWThSr

Oct 20, 2014

RT @DLeonhardt: The unemployment rate has fallen more since 2012 than in any midterm cycle since World War II. nytimes.com/2014/10/21/ups… pic.twitter.com/Tqapv7L41W


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