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Keith Olbermann Suspended by MSNBC for Donating to Democrats

Olbermann gets suspended for funding political candidates. Why is on-air support for candidates OK, but not financial support? For a few reasons.


MSNBC has suspended Countdown host Keith Olbermann for donations he made to Democratic candidates last week. One of them, Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, appeared on Countdown the same day Olbermann donated to his campaign.

In a statement to Politico the liberal host explained his donations:

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2010 Elections Gayer Than Ever: Most Gay Candidates Elected in Nation's History

After the 2010 Elections, American politics is so gay. 106 openly gay candidates were voted into office.

Not to sugarcoat (or in this case rainbow-coat) last night's mostly depressing election results, but here's one piece of good news: American politics just got a bit gayer. The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, which works to elect openly gay politicians, announced that last night's elections yielded more gay victors than ever before: 106 out of the 164 candidates endorsed by the fund.

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Do You Fit the Nonvoter Profile?

Nonvoters tend to be younger, less affluent, less Republican in their party affiliation, and more likely to approve of Barack Obama's job performance.

Turnout in midterm elections is notoriously grim, especially among young voters. And in the nation as a whole, less than 40 percent of the voting-age population typically casts a ballot.

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press has recently compiled a list of nonvoter characteristics: "Nonvoters are younger, less educated, less affluent, significantly less Republican in their party affiliation, express greater satisfaction with national conditions than do likely voters, and are more likely to approve of Barack Obama's job performance."

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The GOOD Guide to the Midterm Elections

The GOOD Guide to the Midterm Elections introduction



Midterm elections are so uninteresting that political scientists have been able to write an equation for them:

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Election Day!

It's election day! It's like Christmas morning. Everyone please go vote. If you need some help, try GOOD's Guide to the Midterm Elections, and to...

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