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Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan for Vice President this morning, and apparently thinks very highly of him, as Paul received a promotion within five minutes!

Okay, not really, but in introducing the Wisconsin Congressman and rising GOP star to a Norfolk, Va., crowd, Romney finished his remarks with a gaffe:

"Join me in welcoming the next President of the United States, Paul Ryan!"

Of course ... if President Obama wins reelection, then Ryan wins the White House in 2016, Romney could be proven correct! Chances are that's not what he meant.

Mitt caught his error as Ryan made his way to the podium, then joked that "every now and then I've been known to make a mistake ... I didn't make one with this guy."

"I can tell you this, he's going to be the next Vice President of the United States."

Ryan and his budget-cutting ideas have the potential to transform the 2012 race; both parties responded to his nomination with a "game on" approach.

Support for the mix of spending cuts and tax cuts proposed by Ryan, 42, has become a litmus test on the right, and opposing them a rallying cry on the left.

What do you think: Is Paul Ryan a good choice for V.P.?

 

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced today that House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan is his pick for Vice President.

The Wisconsin Congressman will be introduced as the V.P. nominee as "The Romney Plan For A Stronger Middle Class" bus tour kicks off in Virginia.

Romney is expected to speak at 8:45 a.m. in Norfolk, Va., with a retired military battleship as a backdrop ... fittingly the U.S.S. Wisconsin.

Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney

Two others high on Romney’s short list of VP contenders - former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio - were informed in recent days that they would not be on the ticket.

Instead it will be Paul Ryan, 42, already considered a rising star in the Republican Party, is currently the chairman of the U.S. House Budget Committee.

He’s been in Congress since 1999 and is best known this session for his controversial budget plan this term that includes an overhaul of Medicare.

Democrats have persistently claimed his plan would “end Medicare as we know it,” but the GOP considers Ryan a leading voice on fiscal issues.

Both well-versed and telegenic, Ryan has stood by his plan as a solution to an ever-growing deficit and out-of-control entitlement spending.

Ryan has made fiscal discipline the touchstone of his tenure; with Ryan at his side, Romney is doubling down on his perceived economic strengths.

The choice promises a fierce debate over the size and role of government in America, and Democrats are relishing the chance to take on that fight.

Paul Ryan: Good choice by Romney?

 

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was seen dancing up a storm during a dinner on Tuesday in Johannesburg, South Africa. The woman's got moves!

On the latest leg of her 11-day African tour, the 64-year-old was cheered on by the attendees of the dinner, hosted by the South African Foreign Minister.

Watch Hill get DOWN on the dance floor below!

Clinton has already visited Senegal, Uganda, South Sudan, Kenya and Malawi; after South Africa she'll head to Nigeria, followed by Ghana and Benin.

Last but not least, her trip concludes with a crucial summit being held in Turkey on the situation in Syria. We recommend more dancing to break the ice.

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Elizabeth Banks is doing her part to help President Obama's 2012 reelection bid, extolling the virtues of Planned Parenthood in a new campaign ad.

The 38-year-old Hunger Games actress released a new video praising Obama and Planned Parenthood, while sharing some very personal anecdotes.

Watch the campaign spot below and see what you think:

"Planned Parenthood was my healthcare provider when I didn't have insurance after graduating from college," she says, before delving into detail.

"Yes, I got birth control but it was for massive migraine headaches and my heavy flow," Banks admits. "Yeah, I'm on record saying I had a heavy flow."

"And, unfortunately, these are the things I don't want to discuss with employers."

The actress points out that Obama's opponent, Republican Mitt Romney, has said he would cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood.

She argues that "95%" of Planned Parenthood's services are not controversial, yet it's become a lightning rod for political controversy.

"For that little 5% that Mitt Romney decides he doesn't agree with, he's going to take away cancer screenings. What is he doing?" she asks.

"He's going to take away people's access to health care close by ... We're talking about working-class ladies who need health care."

"President Obama has not compromised on women's rights," she says, "And that's why President Obama needs to stay in office."

Who do you want to win the 2012 election?

 

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Love him or loathe him, Ted Nugent will never sugar coat his views. As such, it's only a matter of time until he makes more headlines because of them.

Actually, compared to some of his recent tirades against President Barack Obama - encouraging fans to chop heads off, etc. - this one isn't that bad.

Nugent was as extreme and unfiltered as ever when asked about the 2012 election in a recent interview. How does he size up the presidential race?

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  • Ted Nugent Pic

With President Obama and Mitt Romney running tied or close to it in most polls, Ted sees the contrast as one that could not be more polarizing:

"On important issues, I am saddened to admit that Obama represents everything bad about humanity and Romney pretty much all that is good."

"It is really that stark."

Nugent, of course, raised eyebrows earlier this year when he said that "if you can't go home and get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil, America-hating administration, I don't even know what you're made of."

Safe to say he's voting for Mitt in November. You?

 

For more of the rocker's political sound bites, browse these Ted Nugent quotes. You have to hand it to the guy for being completely unabashed.

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Nicely played, Internet. While Gotye’s hit song “Somebody That I Used to Know” is now massively overplayed, this parody devoted to a young voter's waning enthusiasm with President Barack Obama is worth checking out.

Like many, he longs for the "Obama That I Used to Know" ...

It's a fairly predictable effort, as Obama fatigue has set in even among many of his biggest fans, but the video has its impressive lyrical moments.

The painting of the singers, a la Gotye's video, into the signature Obama “Hope” portrait from 2008 is also a nice touch ... and surprisingly detailed.

Compared to today's political landscape, 2008 feels like an eternity ago. Oh, Barack. We could have been so much more than friends with healthcare benefits.

Obama in 2012?

 

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With the Republican National Convention coming up this month, presidential nominee-in-waiting Mitt Romney is preparing to make the biggest decision of his candidacy.

Who will be his vice presidential running mate? No one knows.

The secretly-guarded vetting process offers few clues as to who Romney might run with against President Obama, but that hasn't slowed the political world's answer to the Fifty Shades of Grey movie rumor mill for one second.

Romney VP Candidates

A number of GOP All-Stars - former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Rob Portman (Ohio), Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and N.J. Gov. Chris Christie, to name a few - are likely in the mix.

Mitt could also surprise the whole country by going the Sarah Palin route and tapping a virtual unknown, although we don't suspect a repeat of that mistake.

Only time will tell. Until he announces the pick this month, all we can do is speculate on Romney's VP pick ... and cast votes in the poll below!

Who should Mitt Romney pick as V.P.?

 

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Winning an Olympic medal. It can be taxing.

And we're not talking about the hard work and stress that comes along with competing against the world's top athletes.

We're talking about the actual U.S. tax code, which applies to champions such as Gabby Douglas, Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin because they earn "honorariums" for finishing first, second or third in each event ($25,000, $15,000 and $10,000, respectively).

According to The Weekly Standard, the estimated taxable income on a Gold is $8,986, a Silver is $5,385 and a Bronze is $3,500.

Gabby Douglas Hair

For multi-millionaires such as Phelps - who has already pocketed well into the seven figures via endorsements and who likely be showing in commercials more often than Peyton Manning over the next couple months - the tax is pocket change.

But for Franklin, a 17-year old yet to turn pro, she could have a far more difficult time paying what should amount to thousands in taxable income.

Is there a solution? Florida senator Marco Rubio believes so, saying late last week: "Our tax code is a complicated and burdensome mess that too often punishes success, and the tax imposed on Olympic medal winners is a classic example of this madness."

Do you agree? Should Olympic athletes be exempt from paying taxes in this scenario?

 

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The 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama turns 51 today.

We're guessing he could use a vacation, but that it's not an option.

Between grappling with a stagnant economy and unemployment rate, widespread global instability and a climate that is very much in flux, there's the small matter of running for re-election in November of this turbulent year.

Simply put, he's in the fight of his life. Can Barack get it done!?

Obama Family

Recent polls have Obama and Republican Mitt Romney in a tight race for the presidency. Win or lose, this one's going down to the wire this fall.

Whichever side of the political spectrum you're on, you have to admit that the man's got a tough job. At the very least, Obama could use some birthday wishes right now.

Hang in there, Mr. President. Enjoy your Saturday. In honor of this special occasion, here are some Barack and Michelle Obama pics:

  • Obama Speech
  • Barack Obama Newsweek Cover
  • Old Obama Photo
  • Obama and College Student
  • Barack Obama at Florida Atlantic University
  • Is It Hot In Here Or ...
  • Barack Obama at the UN
  • A Barack Pic
  • El Presidente
  • President Obama in Florida
  • Barack and Michelle Pic
  • Cheers!
  • Obama Family
  • Barack, Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama

Four more years?

 

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Newsweek, which raised more than a few eyebrows this year for its covers proclaiming President Obama the first gay president and for calling his critics dumb, is out with yet another controversial political cover story.

This time, they call Mitt Romney a "wimp" in no uncertain terms.

Mitt Romney Wimp Newsweek Cover

"Romney is the genuine article: a true wimp," Michael Tomasky argues in his cover story, adding that "In some respects, he’s more weenie than wimp."

"Socially inept; often awkwardly ingratiating, at times mocking those 'below' him, but almost always getting the situation a little wrong, and never in a sympathetic way."

Romney said the story didn't bother him though, telling CBS News that "They tried that on George Herbert Walker Bush; he was a pretty great President."

Mitt's right, as seen in the 1987 issue pictured below (along with a couple of awesome spoofs we saw on the Romney issue for good measure).

  • George H.W. Bush Wimp Newsweek Cover
  • Mitt Romney, Pimp
  • Mitt Romney, Blimp

Calling Romney a wimp is probably a little much, but the cover and story underscore what a lot of his critics say makes him a weak candidate.

Namely, that he's a paper-pushing corporate technocrat devoid of personality and unable to relate to regular people, and who has no core beliefs.

His supporters will vocally dispute this and laud his achievements and positive traits, of course ... while others may accept it and vote for him anyway.

What do you think: Is Mitt Romney a wimp?

 

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