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The End Is Near

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Posted on Jun 3, 2008 READ MORE


Barack Obama
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Obama Seals the Deal

The Democratic Party held its final primaries Tuesday, but Barack Obama wasn’t leaving anything to chance. Before the polls even closed, his campaign lined up a steady stream of superdelegate endorsements that, according to the Associated Press and others, put Obama over the top.

Posted on Jun 3, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Clinton
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Clinton Considers VP Slot

Once again, the topic of the vice presidency has come up for Hillary Clinton and, this time, she’s apparently responded receptively to the idea—if it would help the Democrats win the White House in November. Clinton reportedly said she was “open” to the idea during a conference call Tuesday.

Posted on Jun 3, 2008 READ MORE


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Colbert on Obama?s Church Drama

“The Colbert Report” host pokes fun at the constant outrage, scandal and scrutiny surrounding Barack Obama’s (now) former church.

Posted on Jun 3, 2008 READ MORE


Using Communion as a Weapon

Word spread like wildfire in Catholic circles: Douglas Kmiec, a staunch Republican, firm foe of abortion and veteran of the Reagan Justice Department, had been denied communion.

Posted on Jun 2, 2008 READ MORE


Campaign Soundtrack

Crank up your iPods, everyone. Herewith, a musical guide to the endgame of the epic contest for the Democratic nomination.

Posted on Jun 2, 2008 READ MORE


Tim Robbins
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Tim Robbins on Orwell, Obama and the Media

It’s usually a reliable sign that a once-original idea has been utterly stripped of its impact by the time it becomes the premise for a reality television show. Not so for “Big Brother.” Several seasons of that particular televised train wreck have come and gone, and besides, Apple Computer also cashed in on the whole surveillance paranoia theme ages ago. Big Brother is watching. We get it.

Posted on Jun 2, 2008 READ MORE


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Team McCain Nervous about ‘Drudge Primary’?

The most powerful aggregator of Web site links ever, self-styled Internet phenom Matt Drudge, has become an election-year institution in his own right—or at least he looks that way to John McCain’s wary aides, who studied coverage of Hillary Clinton’s campaign on “The Drudge Report” and now wonder if they can count on Drudge’s supposedly conservative political orientation.

Posted on Jun 2, 2008 READ MORE


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Signs That Clinton Is Ready to Drop Out

Hillary Clinton’s advance team has been recalled to New York, her staffers have been told to turn in their receipts by the end of the week, and now the candidate has personally invited top supporters to attend a speech she’ll give in New York Tuesday night.

Posted on Jun 2, 2008 READ MORE


‘God Damn the Democrats!’

Harriet Christian’s total meltdown at the Democratic Party’s Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting was outrageous enough to make it to the top of YouTube’s political charts. Her tirade illustrates some of the challenges facing the Democratic Party and the Barack Obama campaign as it woos Hillary Clinton’s more colorful supporters. This one, though, is probably a lost cause.

Posted on Jun 1, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
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Island Catches Clinton Fever

Hillary Clinton scored a huge win in Puerto Rico on Sunday, though she still needs an argument for the superdelegates. The candidate was hoping for major gains in the popular vote, but a local politico tells CNN that Puerto Ricans, who can’t vote in the general election, were less enthusiastic than mainland primary goers: “Most people in Puerto Rico, I would venture to guess, they are not even aware that there’s a primary going on.” Update: Clinton’s fuzzy math.

Posted on Jun 1, 2008 READ MORE


Party Unity

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Half-Votes for Florida, Michigan Democratic Delegates

It was clear who sided with which candidate on Saturday in Washington after Democratic Party officials reached a decision on seating delegates from this winter’s Florida and Michigan primaries—cheers and angry jeers erupted when committee members explained that they would seat the delegates from both states with half-votes.

Posted on May 31, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Parts Ways With Church

Having endured at least three rounds of controversy stemming from his 20-year association with Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, Democratic candidate Barack Obama has decided to end his membership, telling reporters Saturday that he is sorry for the intense media attention his affiliation has attracted to the church and its members.

Posted on May 31, 2008 READ MORE


The Corporate State and the Subversion of Democracy

Chris Hedges gave this keynote address on Wednesday, May 28, in Furman University’s Younts Conference Center. The address was part of protests by faculty and students over the South Carolina college’s decision to invite George W. Bush to give the May 31 commencement address.

Posted on May 31, 2008 READ MORE


Not-So-Super Sunday in Puerto Rico?

After some seriously suspenseful primaries earlier in the year, the general feeling about Sunday’s Democratic presidential primary in Puerto Rico is far less ... energized, let’s say. In fact, local officials are predicting that a substantial percentage of Puerto Rican voters won’t even show up at the polls.

Posted on May 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Rupert Murdoch Praises ... Obama?

Aside from his support for the Iraq war, ruthless global capitalism and gross media consolidation, Rupert Murdoch has found space in his Lilliputian heart to praise Barack Obama, though stopping short of a complete endorsement, saying he wanted to “meet him personally.”

Posted on May 30, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton and the Rage of Women

How much anger is there among women about how Hillary Clinton has been treated during this campaign? Some of the nation’s leading female politicians will tell you: quite a lot.

Posted on May 29, 2008 READ MORE


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Study: Media Were Mean to McCain, Not Clinton

A new study by two of journalism’s leading independent institutions has found that complaints from Hillary Clinton and her campaign that the media treated her unfairly are largely unfounded. According to the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism and Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, it’s John McCain who should be upset with the coverage.

Posted on May 29, 2008 READ MORE


Blame to Share in Primary Farce

When the Democratic Party’s Rules and Bylaws Committee meets Saturday to determine the status of the votes cast in the Michigan and Florida primaries, its members should try to look past self-serving campaign arguments and bumbling party leaders’ silly attempts to save face.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


Close but No Health Care

More than halfway through a political season in which public concern about America’s porous, confusing and costly health insurance system has consistently emerged as one of the chief worries of a squeezed electorate, this is what we can expect when the new president takes office next year: not so much.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


What Obama Should Say to Women

Somewhere in the waning hours of this interminable primary, I found myself channeling Barack Obama as he began a long overdue and eagerly anticipated conversation ... on gender.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


The Assassin

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Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Un Mensaje Personal a Puerto Rico

Barack Obama brushes up on his Español for this commercial airing in Puerto Rico. The Democratic front-runner trails Hillary Clinton ahead of the island’s Sunday primary.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


The Disintegration of Hillary Clinton

If this campaign goes on much longer, what will be left of Hillary Clinton?

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


Liz Trotta

Fox’s Trotta Says Sorry for Obama Comment

The Fox News personality who incited outrage with a horrible giggly tailspin of a comment about “knocking off” Barack Obama apologizes for her “lame attempt at humor” and chalks it up to a “very colorful political season.”

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
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McCain Aims to Work With Russia on Arms Control

John McCain may seem similar to President Bush in many ways, but the presumptive Republican nominee is apparently looking to draw some clear distinctions between himself and the outgoing president in regard to how he proposes to deal with tensions that have cropped up between the U.S. and Russia around the issue of nuclear disarmament.

Posted on May 27, 2008 READ MORE


Nevilles perform
Truthdig / Larry Blumenfeld

Jazz Fest ‘08: Homecoming on Muddy Ground

It’s easy in New Orleans these days to read meaning and purpose into every lyric or song choice—was Sheryl Crow commenting on the housing crisis by covering “Gimme Shelter,” or was she just doing a Stones tune? Also, it’s impossible to take in all the music and all the messages emanating from the Jazz Fest’s 10 stages. Still, a good deal of what I did catch was timely, topical and worth remembering.

Posted on May 27, 2008 READ MORE


America’s Insane Cuba Policy

Other than providing Fidel Castro with a convenient antagonist to help him whip up nationalist fervor—and thus prolong his rule—the U.S. trade embargo and other sanctions have accomplished precisely nothing.

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE


Clintons on Memorial Day
AP photo / Brennan Linsley

Memorial Day: Campaign Trail Edition

Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama observed Memorial Day in Puerto Rico and New Mexico, respectively, paying tribute to U.S. military men and women from the past and the present and making their cases for becoming commander in chief.

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE


McCain on Memorial Day

McCain’s Memorial Day Message

Sen. John McCain spoke in Albuquerque, N.M., on Monday, defending his position against the Jim Webb GI bill, which offers college tuition coverage in exchange for three years of service in the U.S. military, and drawing distinctions between himself and his opponents in terms of plans for withdrawal from Iraq.

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE


Castro and Obama
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Castro Slams Obama

Semi-retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro thinks Barack Obama is “the most-advanced candidate in the presidential race,” so he must have been disappointed to hear that Obama would continue an embargo against the island nation. That policy, Castro wrote in a column that appeared in state newspapers, is “a formula for hunger for [Cuba].”

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE


Trotta

Worst Fox News Comment Ever?

Fox News contributor Liz Trotta has a chuckle over the idea of knocking off “Osama ... uh ... Obama ... well both, if we could [laughing].”

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE


Progressive Patriotism

If the 2008 election is to be a debate about the true meaning of patriotism, then bring it on.

Posted on May 25, 2008 READ MORE


Fighting Until the End, and Then Some

Just moments after former presidential candidate John Edwards endorsed Barack Obama for president, Hillary Clinton vowed to “continue the fight” for Edwards’ endorsement.

Posted on May 25, 2008 READ MORE


MacAuliffe

Clinton Chair Blames Obama Camp for RFK Flap

Clinton campaign chair Terry MacAuliffe told “Fox News Sunday” that the Obama campaign was responsible for stirring controversy over Hillary Clinton’s assassination remark. MacAuliffe also challenged the basis for uproar: “If Robert F. Kennedy Jr. doesn’t find offense to it, why is it that everybody else should?”

Posted on May 25, 2008 READ MORE


Bob Barr
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Barr Wins Libertarian Nomination

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia has been chosen by Libertarians to carry the party’s banner in November, beating out Mary Ruwart, former Democratic presidential candidate Mike Gravel and others. Given John McCain’s trouble with conservatives and Barack Obama’s focus on Georgia, Barr could be something of a spoiler in the general election.

Posted on May 25, 2008 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad
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Kerry: U.S., Iran Have Plenty to Talk About

Sen. John Kerry (remember him?) has penned an Op-Ed for The Washington Post, taking issue with President Bush’s—and by extension, John McCain’s—argument that engaging in talks with Iran would constitute a dangerous gesture of “appeasement.” The No. 1 reason Kerry thinks the GOP leaders’ stance is wrong? Well, “In short, not talking to Iran has failed. Miserably.” Above, Iranian President Ahmadinejad.

Posted on May 24, 2008 READ MORE


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Olbermann Criticizes Clinton for Assassination Comment

Not known for being a shrinking violet, Keith Olbermann left no uncertainty about what he thinks of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s explanation for why she invoked the specter of Robert Kennedy’s 1968 assassination when discussing her decision to keep campaigning to the end. He’s not buyin’ it, folks.

Posted on May 24, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton in S.D.
AP photo / Elise Amendola

Clinton Brings Up Assassination

Addressing the issue of whether she should drop out of the presidential race—and, if so, when—Sen. Hillary Clinton pointed to the assassination of Robert Kennedy in June 1968 in defending her refusal to quit. Updated

Posted on May 23, 2008 READ MORE


God Guns Gas
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Free Gun With Purchase

A car dealership in Missouri has found its sales quadrupled after the introduction of an offer that gives customers a free gun with the purchase of any used or new vehicle. The promotion, which is said to be a response to Barack Obama’s recent comment on Midwestern voters who “cling to guns or religion,” continues until the end of the month.

Posted on May 23, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton
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CNN: Clinton Camp Approaching Team Obama About VP Post

It might be hard to imagine, given the tensions and free-flying barbs between them in recent months, but Sen. Hillary Clinton may be angling to become Barack Obama’s running mate should he clinch the Democratic presidential nomination this summer.

Posted on May 23, 2008 READ MORE


Blind, Endless Movement

Clinton wants only one thing—the presidency—and she wants it now, not later. If success means using the Florida and Michigan “issue” to tie the party in knots until the convention, so be it.

Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton’s Last Stand

Hillary Clinton is talking as if the battle over seating disputed delegations from Florida and Michigan at the Democratic National Convention is the greatest crisis for democracy since the 2000 Florida recount.

Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Shopping for His VP?

Although this report characterizes Sen. Barack Obama’s search for a vice presidential running mate as “top-secret,” it can’t be all that hush-hush if it’s out on the news wires. That said, who might he be eyeing?

Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE


Ready to Cheer

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Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE    


Obama and journos
AP photo / JP photo / Jae C. Hong

Citizen Journalism: In With the New

Spurred on by a historic presidential election, an increasing number of “civilians” are engaged in journalism on the Web, and they are changing journalism for the better.

Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE


John McCain
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McCain Rejects Hagee

With the nomination well in hand, John McCain has at last rejected the endorsement of pastor John Hagee, who once suggested that the Holocaust was a case of divine providence. McCain stood by Hagee in the past, when the minister’s incendiary remarks about Catholicism and the supposedly divine cause of Hurricane Katrina first came to light.

Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE


Who if Not Hillary?

A woman? Yes. But not that woman. It is the platitude of the moment, an automatic rejoinder to any suggestion that Hillary Clinton has struggled so desperately—and so far unsuccessfully—to grasp the Democratic presidential nomination in some measure because she is female.

Posted on May 21, 2008 READ MORE


A Pretty Picture of Diversity That Faded

Is there anyone who still remembers the folksy winter tableau? Eight Democratic candidates against the picturesque backdrop of Iowa and New Hampshire. It was a feel-good photo op of diversity.

Posted on May 21, 2008 READ MORE


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