Irish newspapers catch Biden in ‘clanger’

Joe Biden greets Prime Minister Enda Kenny of Ireland and his wife, Fionnuala, at the Naval Observatory, the vice presidential residence.

Joe Biden greets Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and his wife, Fionnuala, at the Naval Observatory, the vice presidential residence. Biden accidentally called the Irish first lady “Fiona,” according to the Irish Times. Photo: Getty

It may sound innocent to our ears, but it had Irish eyes frowning.

As the vice president of the United States welcomed the Irish prime minister and his wife to breakfast in Washington, he ended up with egg on his face, according to newspapers in the Republic and the North.

What did Joe Biden say? … Continue reading


Liberals happier than conservatives, scientific study finds


Conservatives might like to talk about how happy they are, but in fact liberals “more frequently used positive emotional language in their speech and smiled more intensely and genuinely in photographs,” a study published in Science has found. Continue reading


Michelle Obama disrespectful? It wasn’t a big deal, BBC says


When the president and first lady visited Saudi Arabia this week to pay respects to the kingdom’s late monarch, Michelle Obama did not cover her head.

“Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash,” sniffed the Washington Post’s WorldViews blog.

“Michelle Obama causes outrage,” screamed the headline in Britain’s Telegraph.

Trouble is, the BBC reports, it was a tempest only in the Western media’s teacup. Continue reading


Updated: End of Appalachian Trail: Mark Sanford breaks up with ‘soul mate’


Republican Congressman Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina who five years ago pretended to be hiking the Appalachian Trail when he was really cheating on his wife, has announced in a bizarre, rambling post on Facebook that he has broken up with his “soul mate.”

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Quiz: What is your political stripe?


Are you a “hard-pressed skeptic”? A “young outsider”? A “business conservative”? A “faith and family” leftie?

Take Pew’s Political Typology Quiz to find out where in fall in the ideological spectrum compared with a national survey of over 10,000 Americans.

It’s totally anonymous — you don’t have to fill out any personal details. And it only takes about two minutes to answer questions such as:

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Video: Who’s the guy who just beat Cantor? A real, charming Brat


In this YouTube video, the Tea Party candidate who unexpectedly brought down the House majority leader introduces himself to voters in March. Dave Brat’s affable personality belies his surname. He says he is a Catholic from Michigan who attended Princeton Theological Seminary and now teaches economics.

Here, Brat “delves into … the many ways in which Eric Cantor has violated the Republican Creed.”

You can read the story about Cantor’s stunning and historic primary loss here.

Politico has a few more details on Brat here.