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- Iran official: Sanctions ‘utterly failed’ to stop nuclear program
- ‘Black Santa’ display at IU sparks student outrage
- Joint Chiefs chair Dempsey: Pentagon, VA too slow in merging medical systems
- Sen. Ben Cardin hits Ukraine for crackdown on Kiev protests
- Drone technology turns South, targets feral pigs to kill
- Puerto Rico caravan honoring Paul Walker ends in 6 drunken-driving arrests, 72 speeding tickets
- Better pack a lightsaber: House told space explorers could find alien life in 10 years
- Selfies gone too far? N.Y. woman snaps photo in front of suicidal man on bridge
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2012 was both dubious and wacky
Mitt and Clint, Paula and Jill, made the year hard to forget
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It’s official: From presidential campaign politics to a world gone “Gangnam Style,” 2012 was the most dubious year yet.
Oh, and that’s without mentioning a Mayapocalypse that fizzled harder than “John Carter.”
As the year draws to a close — and with a nod to Esquire magazine — The Washington Times takes a final look back with our 2012 Dubious Achievement Awards.
Welcome to Washington! You’ll fit right in! — Brushing off media criticism over misleading campaign advertisements, Neil Newhouse, a pollster for Republican challenger Mitt Romney, declared, “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers.”
What has four legs, one back and is more eloquent than Rick Perry? — Actor Clint Eastwood gave a rambling, ad-libbed speech at the Republican National Convention in which he pretended to debate an empty chair.
Understatement of the Year — Following the first presidential debate, President Obama reportedly told strategist David Axelrod, “I guess the consensus is that we didn’t have a very good night.”
Overstatement of the Year — Mr. Ryan said in a radio interview that his best marathon time was under three hours, a claim he later admitted was exaggerated by more than an hour.
“Relax! I was just referring to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey!’ “ — During a campaign rally in Virginia, Mr. Biden told attendees that Republicans would “put y’all back in chains.”
So, does your committee actually, you know, meet? — Missouri Republican Rep. W. Todd Akin, a member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, told a local television station that abortion should not be allowed even in cases of pregnancy due to rape, because, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
“No, that would be UnSkewedpolls.com” — During an election-night Fox News broadcast that saw analyst Karl Rove repeatedly insist that Mr. Romney would win Ohio and even ask the network’s own decision desk to un-call the state and the race for Mr. Obama, anchor Megyn Kelly asked Mr. Rove, “Is this just math you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better?”
As Scooby and Shaggy looked on, “Justice Roberts” then removed his rubber mask to reveal New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — The Supreme Court upheld Obamacare in a 5-4 decision that involved Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. reportedly switching from agreeing with the court’s conservative justices to its liberal wing.
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