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Obama Talks Religion and Politics

In this June 2006 speech before a Chicago congregation, Sen. Barack Obama opens up about his past struggles with religion, his eventual commitment to Christianity, and his belief that spirituality and politics can enrich and complement each other. 

Posted on Feb 28, 2007 READ MORE


Weekly Video Roundup

Weekly Video Roundup

This week’s collection of Truthdig-flavored videos includes a hard look at the real Iraq; Fox News’ smear campaign against Barack Obama; and the gayest place John Amaechi has ever seen.

Posted on Feb 23, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama
AP Photo / Evan Vucci

Grow Up or Get Out

The childish feud between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama this week trampled over the real issues while giving Republicans a pass. The two Democratic front-runners had better move beyond self-obsessed pettiness—and fast—or they risk handing the election to the GOP.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

Fox News Targets Obama

Documentarian Robert Greenwald has collected some of Fox News’ worst smears against Barack Obama, who sensibly responded to the attacks by freezing out Fox reporters. At the end of the video, Greenwald urges the Nevada Democratic Party, which plans to allow the “fair and balanced” network to host a debate, to do the same.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama
msnbc.com

Clinton and Obama Feud

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have finally dropped the smiles and gone after one another, albeit over a non-issue. The spat started after David Geffen, a former Clinton backer turned Obama fundraiser, called Hillary “polarizing” and overly ambitious. Update: More quotes from the feud.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Obama
nytimes.com

Obama Cashes In at Hollywood Fundraiser

Barack Obama took in $1.3 million Tuesday from an L.A. fundraiser organized by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. Hollywood is a crucial pit stop on the road to the White House for Democratic candidates as they build their war chests, especially with so many contenders in the field.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Danny Goldberg
Truthdig / Zuade Kaufman

Danny Goldberg on Antiwar Artistry

The former Air America CEO and music mogul discusses the significance of the Dixie Chicks’ Grammy win; Al Gore’s prospects for 2008; and the liberals’ responsibility to “blow the wind” of change.

Posted on Feb 20, 2007 READ MORE


Ralph Nader
aljazeera.com

Nader Threatens to Run

Perennial spoiler Ralph Nader says he’s considering yet another run for president, depending on what the Democrats “come up with.” The former consumer advocate said front-runners Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama lack “political fortitude,” and criticized John Edwards’ foreign policy stances.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


Tying up the Netroots Nomination

Barack Obama probably won’t best Hillary Clinton unless he trumps her efforts on the Internet.

Posted on Feb 15, 2007 READ MORE


Inside Man

“If running against Washington is going to be the winning appeal in the 2008 election ... then Obama should be careful what he wishes for.”

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Kevin Rudd

Aussie Leader Howard Slammed Over Obama Remarks

Watch Australia’s prime minister, John Howard, get pilloried (by opposition leader Kevin Rudd) for calling Barack Obama al-Qaida’s favored candidate.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Larry Wilmore

Is Obama Too Black, or Not Black Enough?

“The Daily Show’s” “senior black correspondent,” Larry Wilmore, points out that the last thing the senator needs is to be identified as “the black candidate.” Watch it

Posted on Feb 13, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Obama’s New Direction

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Joe Biden
post-gazette.com

Biden Enters the Race with a Gaffe

Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., announced his presidential candidacy Wednesday, but he got more attention for a racially charged comment about competitor Barack Obama, calling him “the first mainstream African American [presidential candidate] who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


Barack Obama
AP Photo / Seth Wenig

Obama Proposes Iraq Deadline

Presidential contender Barack Obama has gotten serious about Iraq after months of public speculation on where he stands. The senator offered legislation Tuesday night that would set a deadline of March 31, 2008, for the withdrawal of all combat brigades from Iraq.

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


Jon Stewart on Fox News

Stewart on Fox’s Obama Smear

Jon Stewart is at his ironic best in this riff on Fox News’ egregiously irresponsible story on Barack Obama’s background.

Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


Obama’s ‘Fresh Face’ Could Work Against Him

The baby boomers who were once suspicious of anyone over 30 are now skeptical of Barack Obama because he’s under 50.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary’s Way

She may lack Obama’s charisma and Edwards’ poise, but Sen. Clinton has made fools of her naysayers before.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


Barack Obama
AP / Seth Wenig

Barack’s Racial Balancing Act

Sen. Obama’s multiracial heritage could help mend the great fissure in American society.

Posted on Jan 22, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama
AP / Evan Vucci

E.J. Dionne Jr.: The Upstart Versus the Machine

The Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton 2008 contest highlights the differences between bottom-up and top-down political campaigns.

Posted on Jan 22, 2007 READ MORE


Video roundup

Weekly Video Roundup

This week, our collection of Truthdig-flavored videos includes a clever political satire of lonelygirl15; a gripping documentary on Saddam Hussein’s American backers; and everyday U.S. citizens exposed at their most clueless.

Posted on Jan 19, 2007 READ MORE


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Two Taxed Americas

John Edwards’ plan for running a higher budget deficit to pay for universal healthcare coverage has the virtue of being honest.

Posted on Jan 19, 2007 READ MORE


Barack Obama

Barack Obama: Why I Want to Be President

Democratic Illinois Sen. (and relative political newcomer) Barack Obama on Tuesday announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee. In this video, he explains his motivations. Money quote: “I certainly didn’t expect to find myself in this position a year ago.”

  • N.Y. Times coverage

  • Posted on Jan 16, 2007 READ MORE


    Colbert

    Stephen Colbert’s ‘Factiness’

    Adjusting to an altered political landscape, the “Report” host has been forced to craft a new word for his growing arsenal: “Now, since the beginning of my show, I’ve led a crusade against facts. Too often, they upset the truth that’s in your gut. But that was when the Republicans were in power. Their version of reality was worth ignoring facts for. Now the Democrats are running the show, and their version of reality is, unfortunately, based on reality.”

    Posted on Jan 10, 2007 READ MORE


    Ellen Goodman: Ready, Steady, Go

    We underestimate America’s readiness to elect a non-white-male president.

    Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Froma Harrop: Obama, Say-Nothing Superstar

    Americans would do well to get over their adolescent crush on the Illinois Democrat and be receptive to less glamorous contenders who carry real messages.

    Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Morris

    Dick Morris: ‘First Black Is Better Than First Woman’

    Clinton strategist turned Fox News provocateur Dick Morris brought his peculiar insight to bear on the Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama showdown, claiming: “Obama is in fact a better first than she is. First black is better than first woman in our politics in terms of valuing it.” What reasoning Morris used to make that determination remains a mystery, as he quickly moved on to the multitude of reasons why he feels Obama can’t win, and how he’ll leave the country if either one does.

    Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Clinton and Giuliani
    Left: Washington Post / right: themoderatevoice.com

    Clinton and Giuliani Lead the Pack in Poll

    A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows Hillary Clinton and Rudolph Giuliani in the lead for their parties’ nominations.  John McCain, who has lost considerable support among independent voters—possibly due to his plan to send more troops to Iraq—polled closely behind Giuliani.

    Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


    E.J. Dionne Jr.: Obama Might Bring Hillary Into the Light

    A contest with him would require Sen. Clinton to shed some of her caution.

    Posted on Dec 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Luckovich: Obama Envy

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    Posted on Dec 6, 2006 READ MORE


    E.J. Dionne: Obama Wows the Religious Right

    Sen. Barack Obama’s standing ovation at Pastor Rick Warren’s church demonstrates why the Illinois senator is one of the hottest commodities in 2008 presidential politics.

    Posted on Dec 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Barack Obama
    AP / Charlie Neibergall

    The Trouble With ‘Political Rock Stars’

    The pundits’ latest catchphrase is insulting to the traditions of both politicians and rock stars.

    Posted on Dec 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Susan Estrich: Taking Temperatures

    A new poll measures Americans’ attitudes toward potential presidential candidates in terms of warmth, with Rudolph Giuliani and Barack Obama leading the pack.  This could be an interesting election after all.

    Posted on Nov 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Feinstein and Obama
    Left: senate.gov / Right: law.harvard.edu

    A Swamp of Their Own

    Democrats in Congress are split over proposed anti-corruption legislation that would limit lobbyists’ access to lawmakers.  Critics say the law doesn’t go far enough to address “earmarks” and campaign finance problems, and argue that an independent watchdog should be formed to enforce the rules.

    Posted on Nov 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Maher and Scarborough

    Bill Maher: Impeach Bush

    Bill Maher went on “Scarborough Country” to list his reasons for impeaching Bush.

  • Earlier: See Part 1 of his interview
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    Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Mr. Fish - Obama’s Mettle

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    Obama in 2008

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    Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Barack Obama
    From Thehill.com

    Truthdig: Don’t Believe Obama’s Hype on Evangelicals

    The Illinois senator chastised his colleagues for leaving the evangelicals to the Republicans.
    Electorally, he may be correct, but no self-respecting progressive should be fooled. On the whole, evangelicals are the most regressive people in the country. Just look at the hatred and intolerance they’ve made central to the Republican Party.

     

    Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Clooney
    AP / Mannie Garcia

    George Clooney Urges Action on Darfur Genocide

    The Academy Award-winning actor said at a press conference with Sens. Barack Obama and Sam Brownback, “What we cannot do is turn our heads and look away and hope that this will somehow disappear.”

    Posted on Apr 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Barack Obama Slams Bush’s Oil Policy

    The Illinois senator says Bush’s “plan” to reduce dependence on oil is “like admitting alcoholism and then skipping the 12-step program.”

    Posted on Apr 4, 2006 READ MORE


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