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Richardson Withdraws Bid for Commerce Secretary Post

As President-elect Barack Obama transferred to Washington, D.C., from his Chicago HQ this weekend, his first big political problem from within the ranks of his Cabinet choices began: New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, nominated by Obama, withdrew from consideration as commerce secretary because a scandal is brewing in Richardson’s home state.

Posted on Jan 4, 2009 READ MORE



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The Jobless Hold Their Breath

President-elect Obama is still working out the nuts and bolts of his recovery (fingers crossed) package, but Obama advisers have disclosed that at least one proposal would expand benefits and compensation to the unemployed. With the economic meltdown vaporizing more and more jobs, here’s hoping Congress gets it done before February.

Posted on Jan 4, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: Gaza in Crisis, Barack’s Back

The challenges of this new year, or at least its initial chapter, are already quite apparent—what with the dire situation in Gaza, the sputtering global economy and a major transition under way in the United States. Barack Obama, fresh off his Hawaiian holiday, has his work cut out for him, to say the very least.

Posted on Jan 2, 2009 READ MORE


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A Very Special Fox News New Year Celebration

Fox News mixed New Year revelry with the racially questionable salutations of “Jen and John C.,” which scrolled along the bottom of the screen during its telecast early Thursday morning. Good times!

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Our Cuba Policy: A Failure at 50

President-elect Obama will have more urgent matters to deal with after he takes the oath of office. But somewhere on his long to-do list, he should make a note to finally bring five decades of counterproductive American policy toward Cuba to a definitive end.

Posted on Jan 1, 2009 READ MORE


Democrats Must Not Get Into Blagojevich’s Game

The governor is playing Chicago-style hardball at the highest level. His opponents need to reply in kind. 

Posted on Jan 1, 2009 READ MORE


Believe It or Not, 2008 Was Relatively Nonviolent

Peace is not at hand, at least not as Americans define it. Yet peace has been breaking out all over.

Posted on Jan 1, 2009 READ MORE


Voices of Resistance Sing On

Strong voices for peace have left us this year, people who used their art for social change, often at a high personal price.

Posted on Dec 31, 2008 READ MORE


Swindler of the Year

In a sense, we’re all Bernie Madoff. We’ve been running our economy in accordance with his accounting principles for a generation—and now we face a most unpleasant reckoning.

Posted on Dec 31, 2008 READ MORE


The 21st Century Is Finally Here, a Bit Behind Schedule

Social and political epochs rarely end precisely on schedules provided by calendars. The outcome of this year’s election means that 2009 will, finally, mark the beginning of the 21st century.

Posted on Dec 31, 2008 READ MORE


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Blagojevich Gets Blagoje-Ditched

Rod Blagojevich, the most recent Illinois governor to be mired in scandal, is finding himself at odds with his own party after Democratic leaders announced Tuesday that Blagojevich’s attempt to fill Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat will be blocked, much to the disappointment of Blagojevich and his appointee, Roland Burris.

Posted on Dec 31, 2008 READ MORE


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Gaza Clouds Obama’s Prospects

So, why didn’t they give peace a chance? Why did the leaders of Hamas and Israel not wait for the incoming U.S. president’s inauguration before mutually escalating hostilities?

Posted on Dec 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Caroline Kennedy: I’m the Best for Senate Post

Caroline Kennedy, at the very least, has her own vote when it comes to who she thinks would be the best pick for Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat in the likely event that the New York Democrat is officially approved as Barack Obama’s secretary of state.

Posted on Dec 29, 2008 READ MORE



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Why I Am a Socialist

The free market and globalization, promised as the route to worldwide prosperity, have been exposed as a con game. We will either find our way out of this mess by embracing an uncompromising democratic socialism or we will continue to be fleeced and impoverished by our bankrupt elite.

Posted on Dec 29, 2008 READ MORE


Shirtless President-Elect Creates Crisis of Confidence

Global markets swooned this week in reaction to photos showing that President-elect Barack Obama had lost his shirt.

Posted on Dec 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Who Believes There Is ‘Progress’ in the Middle East?

If reporting is, as I suspect, a record of mankind’s folly, then the end of 2008 is proving my point.

Posted on Dec 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Racial Parody Provokes RNC Controversy

The inclusion of a racially charged satirical song about President-elect Barack Obama in a holiday-themed CD compiled by one Chip Saltsman, former Mike Huckabee aide and current candidate for Republican National Committee chair, has drawn sharp criticism from within GOP ranks.

Posted on Dec 27, 2008 READ MORE


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The Middle East in 2009

It may seem misguidedly America-centric to link the immediate future of many parts of the Middle East to President-elect Barack Obama, but because the U.S. has inserted itself so strongly into the region, a good deal undoubtedly rides on the choices of the next American administration.

Posted on Dec 26, 2008 READ MORE


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What Will ‘Brother Barack’ Do for Africa?

As the dust settles from the feverish dances that greeted Barack Obama’s victory in the American elections, Africans wonder what “our son and brother” will be able to do for Africa in the face of daunting challenges in the United States and other parts of the world.

Posted on Dec 26, 2008 READ MORE


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Poll Finds Obama Is the Most Admired Man

First he wins the presidency of the U.S., then he wins Time’s Man of the Year. Now a poll shows that Barack Obama holds a sizable lead among Americans as the most admired man in the world. Coming second was George W. Bush and third was John McCain, proving once again the horrible imagination Americans have when finding inspiration outside politics.

Posted on Dec 26, 2008 READ MORE


Don’t Be Fooled by Bush’s Farewell Tour

The 43rd president is going home with less remorse and fewer regrets than my grandchildren express for spilling their cereal.

Posted on Dec 24, 2008 READ MORE



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The Road Out of Iraq Begins in Vietnam

Iraq is not Vietnam, yet there are parallels between the two wars. The American military dominated the battlefield in both conflicts, and yet America the nation emerged the loser in each. A “decent interval” is now needed for American troops to withdraw.

Posted on Dec 24, 2008 READ MORE



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Team Obama Clears Itself In Blagojevich Affair

An internal review of Barack Obama’s staff by Barack Obama’s staff found “no indication of inappropriate discussions” with embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is accused of trying to auction the president-elect’s Senate seat to the highest bidder.

Posted on Dec 23, 2008 READ MORE


Warren Is Worth the Headache

By inviting Pastor Rick Warren to give the inaugural invocation, President-elect Barack Obama has alienated some of his friends on the left, but the choice also enrages conservatives who fear the breakup of right-wing dominance in the white evangelical community.

Posted on Dec 23, 2008 READ MORE


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Top 10 Feuds of the Year

You know it’s the end of the year when all those predictable fun lists start coming out. This one is among the more creative: Gawker has put together a memorable pastiche of the year’s top feuds, starting with an unexpected ambush on NYT columnist Thomas Friedman.

Posted on Dec 22, 2008 READ MORE


For Howard Dean, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

The outgoing chairman of the Democratic National Committee fought to expand his party’s reach to the red states that Barack Obama won. His pioneering Internet fundraisers became Obama’s pioneering Internet fundraisers. He refused to budge on Florida and Michigan. So why is Howard Dean out in the cold?

Posted on Dec 22, 2008 READ MORE


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A Frank Assessment: Rev. Rick Is Offensive

Rep. Barney Frank, the first openly gay member of Congress, isn’t happy about the “high honor” Barack Obama has bestowed on the Rev. Rick Warren, who recently likened gay marriage to incest and pedophilia. This isn’t a speech at a forum, the congressman points out, but a role that is “traditionally given as a mark of great respect.”

Posted on Dec 21, 2008 READ MORE



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Obama’s Big Promise to Biden

The vice president-elect revealed Sunday that he sought and won a major promise from Barack Obama: For every major decision, “I’ll get to be in the room.” Even if you love the guy, that’s got to be tiresome—not to mention impractical.

Posted on Dec 21, 2008 READ MORE


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Bush Passes Bailout Buck to Obama

Although President Bush has kicked off the auto industry bailout process before leaving office, some would call Bush’s strategy more of a punt to his presidential successor, Barack Obama.

Posted on Dec 20, 2008 READ MORE


Obama in the Middle East

Mosaic: Palestine, Israel Waiting for Obama

Once again, the cease-fire is off between the Israelis and Palestinians, and even though the United Nations has again weighed in with Security Council Resolution 1850, which supports a two-state solution, the new measure is not likely to change things in the near future. Over to you, Mr. President-elect.

Posted on Dec 20, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Defends Warren Pick

Stressing the need “for Americans to come together” even when they disagree about particular issues, Barack Obama responded on Thursday to the outcry over his decision to give Pastor Rick Warren the honor of delivering the invocation at Obama’s upcoming inauguration ceremony.

Posted on Dec 19, 2008 READ MORE


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James Blight on McGeorge Bundy

One of JFK’s “best and brightest” died wondering how the Vietnam War could have gone so wrong. Now, in an important new book, we have some answers.

Posted on Dec 19, 2008 READ MORE


Choice for Education Secretary Marks a New Path

  Because Arne Duncan gets along with teachers unions but is also seen as a reformer, his selection was interpreted as a politically shrewd, split-the-difference choice by Obama. But that is not the whole story.

Posted on Dec 19, 2008 READ MORE


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Pondering the Inner Meanings of Bill’s Big List

It’s far-fetched to think Hillary Clinton’s performance as secretary of state would be influenced by foreign donations to her husband’s charitable foundation. But it is naive to think that the newly revealed list of donors won’t provoke suspicion and give rise to conspiracy theories.

Posted on Dec 19, 2008 READ MORE


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Why Gays Are Upset About the Rev. Rick Warren

Rick Warren’s work on the environment, poverty and AIDS make him hard to pigeonhole, but a recent interview, during which he compared homosexuality to incest and pedophilia, crossed a line.

Posted on Dec 19, 2008 READ MORE


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Ann Curry to Rick Warren: ‘Are You Homophobic?’

The news that Pastor Rick Warren, who opposes gay marriage, will give the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration caused many gay Americans to take offense. NBC’s Ann Curry point-blanked Warren about his politics in Friday’s edition of “Dateline NBC.”

Posted on Dec 18, 2008 READ MORE


Should She Be Sen. Kennedy?

In the culture of celebrity, the media have instantly deemed Caroline Kennedy a leading candidate to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate, much to the frustration of elected officials who feel they have earned a chance to win what she would merely take.

Posted on Dec 18, 2008 READ MORE


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You Can Never Have Too Many Kennedys in the Senate

There is something refreshing in seeing a mother and public citizen auditioning for a second act. Beyond that, there is something tender and timely in seeing this particular woman coming home to the family business.

Posted on Dec 18, 2008 READ MORE


Torture Proponents Have No Serious Argument

George W. Bush’s war against terror has brought out of the darker places in America a lot of people who want to torture, or like the idea of it. We know it doesn’t work, so what drives Dick Cheney and his colleague to champion such moral depravity?

Posted on Dec 18, 2008 READ MORE


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Tough Road Ahead for New Economic Appointees

On Thursday, President-elect Barack Obama introduced three top financial appointees who will help him with the unenviable task of revamping the government’s economic regulatory system and “crack[ing] down on this culture of greed and scheming that has led us to this day of reckoning,” as Obama put it.

Posted on Dec 18, 2008 READ MORE


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Time Magazine Reveals Completely Unsurprising Award Choice

Here’s a news bite that could have written itself a few weeks, if not months, ago: Barack Obama is Time’s 2008 Person of the Year. Even the magazine’s editorial staff members knew that the choice would hardly shock anyone, but they allowed themselves to be swept along by the tides of history—or perhaps inevitability.

Posted on Dec 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Rick Warren Tapped for Obama’s Inaugural Invocation

So we’re aware by now of Obama’s “team of rivals” strategy for his upcoming tenure in the White House, but it’s still startling to hear that Pastor Rick Warren of Southern California’s Saddleback Church, home of the notorious “cone of silence” interviews with Obama and John McCain last August, is going to give the invocation at Obama’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

Posted on Dec 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Is This Heaven? No, It’s Team Obama

Doing little to slough the stereotype that Midwestern governors are automatically good at farming, Barack Obama has announced the next nominee to his presidential inner circle: former Iowa governor and presidential candidate Tom Vilsack as agriculture secretary.

Posted on Dec 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama of the Year

Joining the ranks of you, Kenneth Starr and the computer, Barack Obama has, not surprisingly, achieved the most prestigious superlative in history’s magazine of choice: Time’s “Person of the Year.”

Posted on Dec 17, 2008 READ MORE


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President Bush and the Flying Shoes: A Cautionary Tale

The shoe-throwing Iraqi journalist is now a venerated celebrity throughout the Mideast, and his words to the president—“this is the farewell kiss, you dog”—will stand as the enduring epitaph in the region on Bush’s folly, which is the reality of his claimed legacy of success in the war on terror.

Posted on Dec 16, 2008 READ MORE


Blundering U.S. Should Spare the World Any More Nation Building

According to a new report, the U.S. has accomplished little more in Iraq than restoration of the basic services destroyed by the American invasion and the looting that followed. This is after killing or wounding—how many, a half million?—Iraqi civilians in order to liberate them. No wonder the Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at George W. Bush.

Posted on Dec 16, 2008 READ MORE


Workers Laid Off, Executives Paid Off, Bernard Madoff

Bernard Madoff’s criminal pyramid scheme, in which losses are expected to be $50 billion, paints a grim picture—unless you are a corporate executive. Read the fine print. Of the TARP bailout funds, only those that were technically spent “in an auction” carry limits on executive pay.

Posted on Dec 16, 2008 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Mac Is Back

Now that election hangovers are finally starting to wear off, it’s time to hop in the time machine and relive the very best of John McCain.

Posted on Dec 16, 2008 READ MORE


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