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The Last Poll









Posted on Nov 3, 2008 ENLARGE


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Bill Maher’s Election Recap

The “Real Time” host has the highlights from the last two years of the “best election ever.”

Posted on Nov 3, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN



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Only Nader Is Right on the Issues

Tomorrow I will go to a polling station in Princeton, N.J., and vote for Ralph Nader. I know the tired arguments against a Nader vote. But there is little disagreement among liberals and progressives about the Nader and Obama campaign issues. Nader would win among us in a landslide if this was based on issues.

Posted on Nov 3, 2008 READ MORE



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The Obama Standard

A good politician triumphs by adapting to the times and taking advantage of opportunities as they come. A great politician anticipates openings others don’t see and creates possibilities that were not there before.

Posted on Nov 3, 2008 READ MORE


Catholics Can’t Vote for Obama?

In a last-ditch attempt to derail Latino support for Obama, an anti-abortion crusader and an activist against illegal immigration have teamed up to send a retired Texas bishop’s message to nearly 3 million Latino voters by e-mail and to even more by radio.

Posted on Nov 2, 2008 READ MORE



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John Dean: Republican Rule Is Dangerous

Nixon’s former counsel has written a scathing review of conservative Republican politics and says the McCain-Palin ticket, which “scares the hell out of me,” fits the mold. How’s this for an endorsement?: “If Obama is rejected on November 4th for another authoritarian conservative like McCain, I must ask if Americans are sufficiently intelligent to competently govern themselves.”

Posted on Nov 2, 2008 READ MORE


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Team McCain, GOP in Full Attack Mode

Wow. The Huffington Post rounded up all these new attacks on Barack Obama by the McCain campaign and various GOP operatives—but before reading them, be warned: Prolonged exposure to some of these messages (e.g. voting for Obama might lead to a “tragic outcome” for Jewish people) made us want to take a shower.

Posted on Nov 1, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Congratulates McCain on Cheney Endorsement

During a campaign stop in Pueblo, Colo., on Saturday, Barack Obama used the news that Vice President Dick Cheney had endorsed John McCain for president to further link McCain and the Bush administration. In retaliation, McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds attempted to link Obama with Cheney. Hot potato!

Posted on Nov 1, 2008 READ MORE


The Rivalry
L.A. Theatre Works

Lincoln and Douglas Debate Again in ‘The Rivalry’

Just in time for Election Day, actors David Strathairn and Paul Giamatti are resurrecting the formidable historical figures of Abraham Lincoln and his rival for the Senate in 1858, Stephen A. Douglas, respectively, in L.A. Theatre Works’ production of “The Rivalry,” Norman Corwin’s play about the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates.

Posted on Nov 1, 2008 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: The End Is (Hopefully) Near

Arianna Huffington was back on “Left, Right & Center” to have her say, along with Tony Blankley, Matt Miller and Truthdig’s own Robert Scheer, about the economy and the presidential and vice presidential candidates on the show’s last episode before the election.

Posted on Nov 1, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


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Keeping the Supreme Court in Check

Neither McCain nor Obama would alter the prevailing jurisprudence in the Supreme Court or in subordinate tribunals. The unfortunate result will be a judiciary that is deferential to presidential powers and law enforcement in the name of fighting international terrorism.

Posted on Nov 1, 2008 READ MORE


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Closing Guantanamo

The U.S. government’s failure to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center for alleged terrorists continues to haunt and color our standing in the world.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 READ MORE


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Schwarzenegger Stumps for McCain in Columbus

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger put aside his appeals to post-partisan politics on Friday in favor of taking up John McCain’s party line during a campaign rally for McCain in Columbus, Ohio.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 READ MORE


Palin Fears for (Her) Free Speech

Someone better give Sarah Palin a copy of the U.S. Constitution—or better yet, read it to her slowly. The up-and-coming legal scholar/vice presidential candidate is scared for her own First Amendment rights because of “attacks” from reporters who claim she is engaging in negative campaign tactics.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 READ MORE



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Nicholas von Hoffman on Kevin Phillips’ ‘Bad Money’

An insightful book discloses how a confidence game combined pride and cunning and stupidity to bring America to the brink of catastrophe.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 READ MORE


Mandate ‘08: Reagan vs. FDR

John McCain and Barack Obama have made the race’s final weeks an ideological proxy war between two presidential icons who still loom larger than them: Ronald Reagan and Franklin Roosevelt.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 READ MORE


Don’t Underestimate Palin

My view of Sarah Palin has changed in the two months since John McCain named her as his running mate. I thought Palin was a lightweight; she’s not. I thought she was an ingénue; she is, but only in the “All About Eve” sense of the word.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 READ MORE


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More Evidence That Polling Is an Imprecise Enterprise

Polling mania continues! So, Thursday brought word of two newly hatched polls—one by The New York Times/CBS News and the other by Fox News—and their results are strikingly different. What whimsy!

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


The Unlearned Lessons of Vietnam Continue to Haunt The U.S.

Governments, like corporations and modern organizations of all kinds, make much of systematically teaching “lessons learned” to those newly arrived to responsibilities, yet they seem infrequently to succeed.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Faux Attack ‘Victim’ Ordered to Undergo Counseling

Ashley Todd, the 20-year-old McCain campaign volunteer who admitted that she had made up her story about being mugged by a 6’ 4” black man who carved a “B” into her face on Oct. 22, has been released from jail under the condition that she undergo psychiatric treatment.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE



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Hell to Pay

Sen. John McCain’s ideological ties to the Bush-Cheney administration have mostly passed beneath the radar of the mainstream media, but if McCain loses the presidential race to Barack Obama, his neoconservative legacy could erupt into the open with a force that should not be underestimated.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


A Slave’s Daughter Votes for Obama

Amanda Jone’s father encouraged her to vote. That wasn’t always an easy feat in Texas, but she did her best, paying poll taxes to vote for FDR and others. Now the 109-year-old daughter of a former slave has voted for the man who could become the first black president and she says, “I feel good about [it].”

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE



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The Economist Says ‘It’s Time’ for Obama

The acclaimed right-leaning rag has come out for Mr. O: “The Economist does not have a vote, but if it did, it would cast it for Mr Obama. We do so wholeheartedly: the Democratic candidate has clearly shown that he offers the better chance of restoring America’s self-confidence.” Socialists.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


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CNN’s Sanchez Shuts Down McCain Spokesman

My goodness, those CNN anchors are getting feisty in these final days of the election season! Take Rick Sanchez here, who doesn’t give McCain aide Michael Goldfarb an inch when it comes to his claims about Obama’s alleged anti-Semite acquaintances.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


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Alec Baldwin on Sarah ‘Bible Spice’ Palin

After so many years on television, David Letterman knows a headline-worthy quote when he hears one, and he clearly thinks Alec Baldwin’s nickname for Sarah Palin, “Bible Spice,” makes the cut in this clip from Wednesday night’s “Late Show.”

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN



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Liberals Resurrect Reagan to Endorse Obama

OK, so Ronald Reagan isn’t around to actually endorse anyone. But that doesn’t stop political operatives from invoking his presidency to boost their candidate. A new, liberal Colorado-based group called Progressive Future is bringing back the Gipper to put in a plug for Barack Obama, while the conservative Let Freedom Ring calls Obama the “anti-Reagan.”

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 30, 2008 ENLARGE


Obama Is the Superior Decider

The real issues of the American presidential election are the future of the economy and the future of American foreign policy. The one seems already settled. The second seems to unite John McCain and Barack Obama in support of a program doomed to fail.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


The Scariest Day of the Year

Have you noticed that the spookiest colors of the season are not orange and black but red and blue? As Halloween slips into Election Day, the race for the White House has scared more grown-ups than any trip to the haunted house.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama’s Network TV Blitz

What’s that? An Obama infomercial? Network TV? Wednesday night? Oh, right—here it is, in case you missed it.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN



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Virtual JFK: The 44th President’s Foreign Policy Challenge

The leading issue in the current face-off between Barack Obama and John McCain is the economy. Once elected and inaugurated, however, a U.S. president’s politics become global literally overnight.

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE



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McCain’s Pollster Is Optimistic

Don’t count John McCain out just yet. His personal pollster recently told the campaign that “impressive strides over the last week of tracking” mean the race could “easily be too close to call by next Tuesday.” That sounds like obligatory fluff to some politicos, but NBC’s Chuck Todd sees it differently.

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE


Election Protection

Election Day approaches, and with it a test of our election system’s integrity. Who will be allowed to vote; who will be barred?

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE


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Colbert on Obama the Socialist

Stephen Colbert has figured out John McCain’s new campaign strategy of trying to paint his rival as a socialist: “Clearly the McCain campaign is targeting its most important voter: Joe the McCarthy.”

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Obama Ad Takes a Swipe at Palin

Team Obama has avoided campaigning against Sarah Palin ever since a few botched attempts when she first burst onto the national stage. Since then, the governor’s numbers have nosedived and she now serves as the punch line in a new Obama campaign commercial called “His choice.”

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN



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McCain, Palin Fume at Obama’s ‘Pet Newspaper’

While John McCain is still searching for a reason he should be president, he has a new reason Barack Obama shouldn’t be: The Illinois senator once had dinner with a Palestinian. Or, as McCain sees it, he attended a terrorist convention with a PLO spokesman and William Ayers.

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE


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Bracing for the Ballot Battle

Next Tuesday, don’t be shocked if the Republicans roll out their familiar tactics of intimidating Democratic voters, challenging their eligibility and subjecting them to long lines at polling places. If the election is close, these shady maneuvers might pay off.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Just How Dumb Are White Males?

Let me now defend white males. We can’t possibly be as dumb as the polls showing we are John McCain’s most reliable voting base would indicate.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama on Palin, Parents

“When you’re named Barack Obama, you are the underdog,” Michelle Obama tells Jay Leno in this two-part clip from her appearance on Monday’s “Tonight Show,” during which she was careful to point out that she was wearing a “J. Crew ensemble.”

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN



An ‘Emergency Effort to Stop Barack Obama’

Every election season, some independent groups sizzle with controversy and impact, and others fizzle. We couldn’t tell at first, but the National Republican Trust PAC appears to be of the sizzling variety.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Could California Go Red?

If there’s one state that most everyone would consider in the bank for Barack Obama, it might well be California—any more to the left and the state would be afloat in the Pacific (thus fulfilling the fantasies of many). So why are the early voting returns telling a different story?

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


Daily Show

‘Daily Show’: Crazy Scared Across America

John McCain’s supporters are plenty scared that a secret terrorist-loving Muslim could take over the White House. Meanwhile, Barack Obama’s supporters think there’s nothing scarier than Sarah Palin. At last, fear has brought both sides together.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


The McCain Ship Drifts in a Tide

Probably, John McCain and Sarah Palin will lose this election. Certainly, they deserve to. With a campaign designed more to play on insecurities than promote ideas, McCain and Palin have practically framed Barack Obama’s “closing argument” for him.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 READ MORE


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ABC Pushing ‘Daisies,’ Not Democrats

The Obama campaign is running a big media blitz on Wednesday night, with CBS, Fox, NBC and Univision all airing the Democratic presidential candidate’s muy mysterioso half-hour advertisement at 8 p.m., but ABC and the CW won’t be joining in the Obamathon.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 READ MORE


Skinheads Arrested in Obama Assassination Plot

Authorities suspect two young white supremacists of planning to travel the country in white tuxedos and top hats murdering and beheading black people. The two Southerners allegedly included Barack Obama among their targets.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 READ MORE



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McCain Callers Walk in Protest

Robocalls are illegal in Indiana, so John McCain and friends paid to have a local call center phone voters. The campaign’s script was upsetting to some of the center’s workers, who decided to miss out on a paycheck rather than read it, so they got up and left.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Carolyn Kaster

John McCain in the Echo Chamber

October proved to be the cruelest month, for that was the time that Sen. McCain, he of the round, blank, Little Orphan Annie eyes, chose to try out a number of weird lies about Barack Obama ostensibly in the interest of a Republican Party long overdue for burial.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 READ MORE


I Suggest a New Game, John ...









Posted on Oct 26, 2008 ENLARGE


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