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No Time for a Minimalist

Barack Obama isn’t going to win any arguments about the economy if he keeps winking at the robber barons who helped wreck Wall Street.

Posted on Sep 18, 2008 READ MORE


The Battle for Michigan

If he carries Michigan, many routes to victory are open for Barack Obama. Without Michigan, he’s got a big problem.

Posted on Sep 18, 2008 READ MORE


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White House photo / Paul Morse

Software Scans for Spin in Speeches

Humans may be susceptible to methods of persuasion that play on the emotions and circumvent logic, but computers are another story. Enter a software program that purports to detect “spin” in politicians’ speeches by using a complex (albeit man-made) algorithm to hunt for truth-stretching words and phrases.

Posted on Sep 18, 2008 READ MORE


Fiddling While Wall Street Burns

Obama shows more promise than McCain, if only because he correctly sees deregulatory zeal as a culprit. But Obama’s economic strategy simply can’t be implemented now: He wants to spend on necessary investments such as health care, but would have no money to do it.

Posted on Sep 17, 2008 READ MORE


The ‘Reform’ McCain Wants to Forget

With the markets in frightening turmoil and the public outraged by financial irresponsibility and excessive greed, John McCain has suddenly rediscovered the importance of strong, watchful government.

Posted on Sep 17, 2008 READ MORE


Sisterhood of the Flummoxed Female Voters

Three weeks after the nomination of the Candidate From Nowhere, one week after the robo-interview with Charlie Gibson and days after the “Saturday Night Live” skit, there is still a flood tide of women choking on the possibility that Hillary Clinton paved the way for Sarah Palin.

Posted on Sep 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Goes to Hollywood, Take Two

Barack Obama’s fundraising extravaganza in Hollywood Tuesday night raised a whopping $9 million for his presidential campaign and the Democratic Party—the single highest figure ever raised by a candidate in one go, as MSNBC anchor Alex Witt points out in this clip.

Posted on Sep 17, 2008 READ MORE


McCain and Brimley

McCain Bites Celeb Hands That Feed Him

John McCain took the opportunity Tuesday to criticize Barack Obama for consorting with celebrities at a Democratic fund drive in Hollywood that night, but McCain had apparently forgotten about his own celeb-attended fundraiser in Beverly Hills last month. McCain supporter Wilford Brimley has yet to comment on this grievous oversight.

Posted on Sep 17, 2008 READ MORE


Wall Street Socialists

With financial institutions begging for bailouts, taxpayers should be in the driver’s seat. Instead, decisions that will cost people for decades are being made behind closed doors, by the wealthy, by the regulators and by those they have failed to regulate.

Posted on Sep 17, 2008 READ MORE


Obama Launches Negative Ad Blitz

The Obama campaign promised to toughen up in the face of John McCain’s notoriously dishonest attack ads, and has since fired off a salvo of negative spots.

Posted on Sep 16, 2008 READ MORE


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Why Liberals Love to Hate Palin

Sarah Palin has energized the Republican base, but she’s also helped Barack Obama raise millions. Political insider Taegan Goddard uses a viral e-mail to explain why the moose hunter makes liberals nuts.

Posted on Sep 16, 2008 READ MORE


Believe It or Not: Fox Attacks McCain Spokesman

We’re used to seeing Rupert Murdoch release the hounds on any number of Democratic campaigns, but here Fox News’ Megyn Kelly demands that McCain mouthpiece Tucker Bounds explain the straight talker’s lies about Barack Obama.

Posted on Sep 16, 2008 READ MORE



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Obama’s Secret Weapon

While it’s fashionable for the media and some of his own supporters to be mourning the demise of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, they may well be overlooking an important point—that the vaunted McCain-Palin ticket has peaked. What else but such blind optimism could be motivating the unflagging energy of thousands of Obama grass-roots workers?

Posted on Sep 16, 2008 READ MORE


McCain’s Political Games Can’t Compete With an Economic Meltdown

Americans don’t mind wealthy and even rapacious capitalists as long as they deliver the goods to everyone else. But when the big boys drag everyone else down, Americans rise up in righteous anger.

Posted on Sep 15, 2008 READ MORE


The Sexist Two-Step

The great lipstick-on-a-pig campaign imbroglio, if we are lucky, will mark the moment Republicans jumped the shark with their cries of alleged sexism toward vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Posted on Sep 15, 2008 READ MORE


Palin Keeps Lying, and Lying, and ...

What kind of person tells a self-aggrandizing lie, gets called on it, admits publicly that the truth is not at all what she originally claimed—and then goes out and starts telling the original lie again without changing a word?

Posted on Sep 15, 2008 READ MORE


Biden in Michigan
AP photo / Paul Sancya

Biden Strikes Back at McCain Campaign

Well, there you are, Joe Biden! After what seemed like ages out of the spotlight, the Democratic vice presidential nominee came out swinging at a campaign stop Monday in Michigan, casting Republican presidential hopeful John McCain as a Bush wannabe and part of “a culture in Washington where the very few wealthy and powerful have a seat at the table and the rest of us are on the menu.”

Posted on Sep 15, 2008 READ MORE


Remark Returns to Bite the Governor

In this tongue-in-cheek report, we learn that pit bull lovers don’t love Palin’s “lipstick” comment.

Posted on Sep 15, 2008 READ MORE



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Candidates Debate Economy as Banks Fail

While John McCain took heat for reasserting that “the fundamentals of the economy are strong,” two of the five biggest American investment banks folded on Monday. Bank of America bought out troubled Merrill Lynch while Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy. Update: Another big one stumbles

Posted on Sep 15, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Adviser on Economy: ‘Things Today Just Aren’t That Bad’

On Sunday, The Washington Post ran an Op-Ed piece written by McCain campaign adviser Donald Luskin in which he argues that, despite “trouble spots in the economy,” recent comparisons between the present moment and the Great Depression are the product of “pessimists” and “politics.” Over to you, Alan Greenspan.

Posted on Sep 14, 2008 READ MORE


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Rove: Attack Ads Have Gone Too Far

President Bush’s former aide Karl Rove knows a thing or two about crafting campaign messages and, although he does not spare Barack Obama’s campaign, he now says that John McCain’s team has gone beyond the “100 percent truth test” in its recent crop of ads targeting the Illinois senator.

Posted on Sep 14, 2008 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Fannie and Freddie, Sarah and Charlie

On Friday’s episode of “Left, Right & Center,” show regulars Matt Miller, Robert Scheer and Tony Blankley weigh in about the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac crisis, the fate of Lehman Brothers and Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin’s one-on-one with ABC’s Charlie Gibson.

Posted on Sep 13, 2008 READ MORE


Lame You Can Believe In

It has been hard to remember lately that the country is in the midst of one of the most consequential presidential elections of our lifetimes.

Posted on Sep 11, 2008 READ MORE


A Campaign Without Ideas

There was a time when Republicans campaigned on their ideas, programs and values. This year—lacking ideas, programs or values—John McCain and Sarah Palin are running for the White House on an elaborate fictional narrative of victimhood.

Posted on Sep 11, 2008 READ MORE


Bill Clinton
Flickr / Photo Mojo

Bill Clinton Ready to Work for Obama

Last spring, it seemed like tug of war over the Democratic presidential nomination would never end, but now that seems part of the distant past, as Barack Obama enters the final stretch leading to November’s election. Luckily, his relations with Bill Clinton appear to have improved over time, and the former president now says he’s willing to roll up his sleeves to help Obama’s campaign however he can.

Posted on Sep 11, 2008 READ MORE


Quagmire, Phase 2: The Invasion of Pakistan

The United States has just invaded Cambodia. The name of Cambodia this time is Pakistan, but otherwise it’s the same story as in Indochina in 1970.

Posted on Sep 11, 2008 READ MORE


I’m John McCain and I Approved This Lie

Robert Greenwald and Co. have collected some of the worst examples of John McCain’s deceptive campaign ads. Straight talk indeed.

Posted on Sep 11, 2008 READ MORE


Sarah Zamboni Clears the Ice

Let us remember that Republicans had long targeted working mothers as the centerpiece of the culture wars. Now their heroine is the in-your-face governor who once said: “To any critics who say a woman can’t think and work and carry a baby at the same time, I’d just like to escort that Neanderthal back to the cave.” 

Posted on Sep 10, 2008 READ MORE



RJ Matson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Stop Exploiting 9/11

Let this be the last time. Please, let it be the last. Let this be the last commemoration of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to be used as any sort of backdrop for political theatrics, even if the show is bipartisan.

Posted on Sep 10, 2008 READ MORE



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McCain Campaign Lies About Lies

It’s time to start using the L-word when referring to John McCain and his campaign for the presidency. Misleading doesn’t quite capture the hypocritical use of distortions to make your opponent appear dishonest, as McCain’s latest ad attempts.

Posted on Sep 10, 2008 READ MORE


Obama on Lipstick and Pigs: ‘Enough!’

In case you haven’t heard, Barack Obama has been sucked into the vortex of another absurd media storm, courtesy of John McCain’s Rovian acolytes. If he plays it right, the Democrat could turn controversy to conquest.

Posted on Sep 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama on Death and Taxes

Keith Olbermann began the second part of his interview with Barack Obama with a tale of two conservatives: “One guy who makes about $40,000 a year said, ‘Ask him why he’s going to raise my taxes.’  Another guy makes about a million dollars a year, said, ‘Ask him why he’s going to raise my taxes.’ ”

Posted on Sep 10, 2008 READ MORE



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McCain Cries Bias, Forgets About Fox

While MSNBC reshuffles its anchor chairs, thanks in part to criticism from rival media outlets and a certain presidential candidate, Fox News continues to be a loudmouth right-wing spin factory. Is it a case of the boy who cried “terrorist,” or is there a double standard for Murdoch’s media empire? Truthdig contributor Elliot Cohen has more.

Posted on Sep 10, 2008 READ MORE


Olbermann and Obama on the Lies of the McCain Campaign

Part one of Keith Olbermann’s interview with Barack Obama focused on the falsehoods of the McCain campaign. As Obama put it: “They’re not telling the truth.” The “Countdown” host followed with a question that’s been uttered once or twice around our own offices: “Why do people hesitate to use the word lie about these things?”

Posted on Sep 9, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Alex Brandon

Obama: Bush ‘Kicking the Can Down the Road’ to Next President

Barack Obama on Tuesday stepped up his criticism of the outgoing president and the Republican who hopes to succeed him, slamming President Bush for focusing too heavily on Iraq and missing the “central front in the war on terror”—Pakistan and Afghanistan. John McCain, Obama said, would follow Bush’s lead, to America’s detriment.

Posted on Sep 9, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton and Palin
AP photo: Charlie Neibergall / Charles Dharapak

No Clinton-Palin ‘Cat Fight’

Hillary Clinton is doing another campaign push for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, but she’s apparently being careful not to take on Republican VP hopeful Sarah Palin in any way that might signal “cat fight” to those media types watching for any hint of such a conflict between Clinton and Palin.

Posted on Sep 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Fact-Checking McCain’s ‘Alaska Maverick’ Ad

With all the spin and rumor-mongering going on this election season, it’s a good thing there’s FactCheck.org to do some much-needed investigation, because those inflated claims and scurrilous smears only work when voters don’t do their homework.

Posted on Sep 9, 2008 READ MORE


No Maverick

Maverick? Not So Much

With its latest ad, “No Maverick,” Barack Obama’s team takes aim at John McCain’s self-styled rabble-rousin’ outsider image, offering a few examples of why the “maverick” line doesn’t work for the Arizona senator or his new sidekick from Alaska.

Posted on Sep 9, 2008 READ MORE


Paulson and Lockhart
AP photo / Susan Walsh

Fannie and Freddie’s Double Whammy

With a stunningly vicious pair of blows, the faltering world economy—the Godzilla of this year’s presidential race—has made the candidates look small. Why hasn’t this looming crisis been part of the presidential debate?

Posted on Sep 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Keystone / Eddy Risch

Streisand to Lend Pipes to Obama’s Cause

Barack Obama will get the star treatment from Hollywood denizens (or is it the other way around?) once more before the election, at a two-part fundraising extravaganza on Sept. 16.

Posted on Sep 8, 2008 READ MORE


Wooing Those Reagan Democrats

Whoever wins two of the three big, aging and economically stressed Rust Belt states is likely to be the next president. Obama comes to them with all the potential and all the liabilities he showed during the primaries.

Posted on Sep 8, 2008 READ MORE


Keeping Palin Under Wraps

John McCain’s campaign acknowledged this weekend that Sarah Palin is unprepared to be vice president or president of the United States.

Posted on Sep 8, 2008 READ MORE


McCain’s Self-Obsessed Campaign

John McCain is no silver-tongued orator, as he proved in St. Paul, but it’s hard not to be stirred when he speaks of wanting only to serve a cause greater than himself—until you take a closer look and see that he’s running one of the most egocentric presidential campaigns in memory.

Posted on Sep 8, 2008 READ MORE



White House / Eric Draper

Bush: Under Him, Most Troops Will Stay in Iraq

Here’s one way to tell the difference between a war and an occupation: In response to the “success” of the surge and the undefined “victory” that lies just around the corner in Iraq, the president on Tuesday will pledge to maybe reduce troop levels by about 5 percent six months from now after he’s left office. How can John McCain win this argument with Barack Obama?

Posted on Sep 8, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Matt Rourke

Tyranny on Display at the Republican Convention

St. Paul is a window into our future. It is a future where constitutional rights mean nothing and where lawful dissent is branded a form of terrorism.

Posted on Sep 8, 2008 READ MORE


Pollsters Probe the Big Bigot Bloc

The racists of America are definitely not in the undecided column in the Obama-McCain contest, according to this tongue-in-cheek report.

Posted on Sep 7, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Gears Up for the Next Round

Barack Obama was busy drumming up support—and additional funding—in New Jersey on Friday, readying his response to the McCain campaign’s Palin-palooza at last week’s Republican National Convention and telling supporters he’s ready to scrap it out.

Posted on Sep 6, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Susan Walsh

A Star Wasn’t Born

What had been unexpected by the faithful at the Republican National Convention was McCain’s choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the vice presidential nominee. McCain’s decision was cited as an example of his willingness to take a chance, to gamble everything on a hunch. It was much more than that.

Posted on Sep 5, 2008 READ MORE


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