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Everything His President Wants to Hear

General Betray Us? Of course he has. MoveOn.org can hardly be expected to recycle its slogan from last September, when Gen. David Petraeus testified in support of escalating the U.S. war in Iraq, given the hysterical denunciations that worthy group received at the time. But it was right then—as it would be to repeat the charge now.

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE



Democrats Wage Air War in Pennsylvania

A few months ago columnist Amy Goodman argued that the principal beneficiaries of our current campaign finance system are the media conglomerates that rake in all those advertising dollars. That’s especially true this week as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama bombard Pennsylvania with commercials.

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE


Life After Penn

The most striking critiques of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign have come not from her opponents or her enemies but from her most loyal friends.

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton bowling

Like Obama, Clinton Sucks at Bowling

If the election comes down to bowling ability, the Democrats are in serious trouble. Hillary Clinton poked fun at her rival’s poor showing at the lanes, but it turns out she can’t bowl either. Of course, there’s no evidence John McCain would fare any better. Is it too much to ask that the next president be able to roll a ball in a straight line?

Posted on Apr 7, 2008 READ MORE


Bill Maher

Maher to Democrats: ?Chill Out?

From TSA’s mood music to Obama’s bowling blunder, Bill Maher takes on the issues of the week, including the growing concern over the Democrats’ heated primary battle: “If voting can destroy the Democratic Party, then the party isn’t very democratic.”

Posted on Apr 7, 2008 READ MORE


Are Medical Insurance Mandates Constitutional?

Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s health-care plans contain some form of mandate—a requirement that Americans purchase insurance. At least one legal scholar wonders whether that’s constitutional. At the very least, Karl Manheim argues in an Op-Ed article, it’s “certainly unprecedented.”

Posted on Apr 4, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
Flickr / Joe Crimmings Photography

Nobody Votes for a Quitter

Real politicians don’t quit. They are defeated, indicted, jailed, die or, in some jurisdictions, ousted by term limits. So don’t expect Hillary Clinton to surrender just yet.

Posted on Apr 3, 2008 READ MORE


March Fundraising Madness Leaves Obama Smiling

Barack Obama raised more than $40 million in March to Hillary Clinton’s $20 million. Between them, the Democrats took in about three times in March what John McCain raised in January and February combined. That’s good news for Democrats, but only, as Donna Brazile points out, if the money isn’t “used to tear the party apart.”

Posted on Apr 3, 2008 READ MORE


Carter
AP photo / Lori Cain

Jimmy Carter: Guess Who I?m For

The former president and superdelegate wouldn’t tell a Nigerian reporter which of the Democratic candidates he intends to support, but he offered a pretty good hint: “Don’t forget that [Barack] Obama won in my state of Georgia. My town, which is home to 625 people, is for Obama. My children and their spouses are pro-Obama. My grandchildren are also pro-Obama.”

Posted on Apr 3, 2008 READ MORE


Obama

Obama: ?I Won?t Be Smiling?

Here’s one person in Pennsylvania Barack Obama doesn’t want to shake hands with. After repeatedly refusing to pose for a photo, the candidate finally relented, but warned: “I won’t be smiling.”

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 READ MORE


Doctors and Patients Agree

Add doctors to that growing list of Americans who would like to see some form of national health insurance.

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 READ MORE


The Mother-Daughter Divide

Many families are split when it comes to the race for the Democratic nomination, and that says something about the dialogue between generations.

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
Flickr / Llima

Poll: Obama Takes Lead in Pennsylvania

A new poll shows Barack Obama taking a lead over Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania for the first time. His two-point advantage marks a shift of 28 points from the last Public Policy Polling survey, which was conducted just before Obama’s race speech. Other polls show Clinton holding a lead, though by diminishing margins.

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton?s New 3 A.M. Ad

Hillary Clinton’s latest ad reprises her 3 a.m. theme, only this time she’s taking calls on the economy. The most interesting thing about this commercial is its target: not Barack Obama, who has just surpassed Clinton in one poll in Pennsylvania, but John McCain. Update: McCain responds.

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton, McCain Yuk It Up

At least two of the presidential candidates decided to have a laugh this April Fools’ Day. Hillary Clinton challenged Barack Obama to a winner-take-all bowling tournament, while John McCain stopped by CBS to take revenge on David Letterman for all of those old-man jokes.

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 READ MORE


Snowbama
Flickr / mstearne

April Surprise?

Barack Obama recently decided to get more competitive in Pennsylvania, thanks to prodding from his supporters. Two recent polls show that his efforts there might be paying off. He still trails Hillary Clinton, but he’s closing the gap. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that he’s able to outspend her by a significant margin.

Posted on Apr 1, 2008 READ MORE


The Clinton Backlash

Even Obama has said his rival should stay in the race, but how will she campaign? Negativity has hurt the once-mighty Clinton brand.

Posted on Mar 31, 2008 READ MORE


Maybe It?s a Guy Thing

Have you noticed something similar about those Obama campaign surrogates and the media soothsayers who have started a drumbeat to force Clinton out of the campaign? Hint: They tend to share a certain anatomical attribute.

Posted on Mar 31, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Kennedy
Flickr / shanda.w

Obama’s Liberal Roots

Documents obtained by The Politico suggest that Barack Obama has moderated his positions on several issues since his early political life, a charge the candidate denies. He has also tried to distance himself from the label of “most liberal senator.” Perhaps the former community organizer doth protest too much?

Posted on Mar 31, 2008 READ MORE


Rev. Wright

Rev. Wright Uncensored

The national media have made a pariah of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s former pastor, by replaying carefully selected snippets of his sermons without context. Here are extended versions of two of Wright’s more controversial statements.

Posted on Mar 31, 2008 READ MORE


Willie Brown
AP photo /Tony Avelar

Bill Boyarsky on the Inimitable Willie Brown

More than a quarter of a century before Barack Obama made his name with a speech at the Democratic National Convention, another African-American politician, Willie L. Brown Jr. of San Francisco, did the same—but under much different circumstances.

Posted on Mar 31, 2008 READ MORE


?A Little Fit? in the Polls

A couple of recent polls have indicated that Clinton and Obama supporters would be so devastated by their candidate’s loss they would throw their support to McCain. Bill Maher asked Dan Savage to investigate the claim, and Savage concluded that voters were “having a little fit now, because they’re not going to have that little fit in November.”

Posted on Mar 30, 2008 READ MORE


Basra fighting
AP photo / Nabil al-Jurani

Oh, Right, There’s That Whole ‘War’ Thing

OK, John McCain, still “fine” with the U.S. staying in Iraq for another 100 years? And as for the Democratic presidential hopefuls, how does the whole troop withdrawal scenario change in light of the outbreak of heavy fighting in Basra this week? These are just a couple of the questions that couldn’t be more timely—or pressing—on the campaign trail this weekend.

Posted on Mar 29, 2008 READ MORE


Guilty by Observation

Talk about not being able to catch a break. To pummel a boxing metaphor, it was Barack Obama who got tagged with a roundhouse right, flush on the chin—but it was Hillary Clinton, from early indications, who ended up nursing a sore jaw and wondering what it was that hit her.

Posted on Mar 27, 2008 READ MORE


Is Wright Right About Racism?

Since the 1960s, bigotry has undergone an aesthetic makeover. Today, the most pernicious racists do not wear pointy hoods, scream epithets and anonymously burn crosses from behind masks. They don starched suits, recite sententious bromides and stage political lynchings before television cameras.

Posted on Mar 27, 2008 READ MORE


Clinbama

Economy Takes Center Stage

The three presidential contenders had a bit of a showdown Thursday over the economy. Barack Obama gave a major address in New York, while Hillary Clinton spoke in North Carolina. They criticized each other, as well as John McCain, who barked back.

Posted on Mar 27, 2008 READ MORE


It’s the Economy, John

Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama gave major economic policy speeches Thursday, outlining specific proposals and highlighting John McCain’s relative weakness on the subject. Obama called for a boost in regulation and an additional $30 billion in stimulus while Clinton proposed a job retraining program.

Posted on Mar 27, 2008 READ MORE


Harry Reid
wikipedia.org

Harry Reid: ?It Will Be Done?

In a cryptic conversation with a Las Vegas paper, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Democratic nomination would be resolved before the convention: “It will be done.” “Magically?” the reporter asked. “No, it will be done,” Reid repeated. “I had a conversation with Governor Dean today. Things are being done.”

Posted on Mar 26, 2008 READ MORE


Rev. Wright
thepage.time.com

Rev. Wright Can’t Catch a Break

Lost in the discussion of the Rev. Wright controversy and its impact on the Obama campaign is the fallout for the minister himself. Wright’s first public events since his sermons went YouTube, a revival in Tampa and a series of sermons in Houston, have been canceled. A third event, where he is supposed to be honored, has been downgraded to “pending.”

Posted on Mar 26, 2008 READ MORE


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Katie Couric
businessweek.com

Up for Debate

With 20 debates between the Democratic candidates already in the books, and another scheduled before the Pennsylvania primary, it’s a little hard to believe that CBS News hasn’t yet had the opportunity to ask a few gotcha questions of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Katie Couric may just get the chance.

Posted on Mar 25, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton

Clinton Comments on Rev. Wright

Hillary Clinton says she would have left her church, were she in Barack Obama’s position, because “We have a choice when it comes to our pastors.”

Posted on Mar 25, 2008 READ MORE


Obama's taxes
barackobama.com

Obama Releases Taxes

Barack Obama posted his tax returns for the last seven years on his Web site Tuesday. It’s a direct challenge to his opponent, who has indicated that she will release hers about three days before the Pennsylvania primary in late April.

Posted on Mar 25, 2008 READ MORE


Death by a Thousand Memos

With the next contest still weeks away, the Democratic candidates, their staffs and surrogates can hardly take a breath without a heated exchange between the campaigns in the form of an angry memo or conference call to the media. Bill Richardson’s endorsement of Barack Obama has been but the latest opportunity for such organized squabbling.

Posted on Mar 24, 2008 READ MORE


McKinney and Nader
runcynthiarun.org/votenader.org

A Conscientious Objection

Those of us who oppose the war, who believe that all U.S. troops should be withdrawn and the network of permanent bases in Iraq dismantled, have only two options in the coming presidential elections—Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney.

Posted on Mar 23, 2008 READ MORE


Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton’s Latest Campaign Controversy

Even some Hillary Clinton supporters have expressed reservations over the role of the former president in the campaign. Others have argued that the media and the Obama campaign exaggerate when it comes to his comments. Whatever the case, Bill’s mouth has gotten him into trouble again.

Posted on Mar 22, 2008 READ MORE


Speaking Truth to Fox News

Fox newsman Chris Wallace just bit the hand that feeds him talking points. While a guest on “Fox and Friends,” Wallace took his colleagues to task for their coverage of Obama and race, accusing them of both belaboring and distorting the story.

Posted on Mar 21, 2008 READ MORE


Richardson and Obama
latime.com

Richardson Backs Obama

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who gave up his own run at the nomination in January, is endorsing Barack Obama. The nod from the country’s only Latino governor comes at a point in the campaign when the Hispanic vote will be less of a factor. Updated.

Posted on Mar 21, 2008 READ MORE


On His Own Terms

Let’s ask the hard question about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright: Is he as far outside the African-American mainstream as many of us would like to think?

Posted on Mar 21, 2008 READ MORE


Obama Walks the Minefield

Barack Obama tells the columnist why he chose to ignore the collective political wisdom and confront the issue of race head-on. Having survived the encounter, his speech on the subject could change the way Americans understand one another.

Posted on Mar 19, 2008 READ MORE


Obama

Obama’s Teachable Moment

As the controversy over remarks by his former pastor continues to get play in the media, Barack Obama escalated the damage control by giving a major speech on the subject of race and politics. His ability to distill the conflict and character of America into moving rhetoric is as impressive as ever, but will it be enough to weather this storm?

Posted on Mar 18, 2008 READ MORE



Revote Schemes Stall and Fizzle

Florida has dropped plans to hold a revote because, in the words of the state party chair: “The consensus is clear: Florida doesn’t want to vote again.” That’s a setback for Hillary Clinton, who probably would have picked up delegates in the Sunshine State. Another revote proposal is stalling in Michigan, the other state with a disputed delegation.

Posted on Mar 18, 2008 READ MORE


Rev. Wright on the Battlefield

Missing from the media hullabaloo surrounding the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright Jr.‘s now-infamous sermon (a particular sample of which is still playing in heavy rotation on countless broadcast stations) were some key contextual details about Wright’s church, black Christianity and Barack Obama’s personal history.

Posted on Mar 18, 2008 READ MORE


The Race to Captain a Sinking Ship

The Democratic presidential candidates squabble over real or imagined racial sensitivities, the Republican presidential candidate stages photo opportunities with the troops in Iraq, and meanwhile the financial system is coming apart at the seams.

Posted on Mar 18, 2008 READ MORE


Obama in Seattle
flickr.com

Looking Beyond the ‘Racial Divide’

Sen. Barack Obama’s latest, and possibly greatest, challenge is to overcome a simplistic view that the United States is hopelessly split by a racial divide that could badly damage his candidacy.

Posted on Mar 17, 2008 READ MORE


Tracy Morgan

Saturday Night Surrogates

Shortly before the Ohio and Texas primaries, Tina Fey offered a raucous endorsement of Hillary Clinton that ended with the slogan, “Bitch is the new black.” Her friend and colleague Tracy Morgan has a few things to say about that.

Posted on Mar 17, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

McCain Leads and Nader Surprises in Poll

A new Zogby poll suggests that John McCain has capitalized on his rivals’ ongoing combat, beating both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in a hypothetical matchup. But Ralph Nader also did better than expected, with 5 to 6 percent of the vote, mostly from progressives and independents. Updated

Posted on Mar 16, 2008 READ MORE


Obama

Obama Responds to Wright Controversy

It was only a matter of time before Barack Obama would have to weigh in on the controversy surrounding the sermons of his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whose rhetorical flair sometimes verged on the incendiary.

Posted on Mar 16, 2008 READ MORE


Reverend Wright
foxnews.com

Resign-a-Thon 2008 Continues

Within the span of a week, the Obama and Clinton campaigns have both weathered the scandal-induced resignations of three key advisers. In this latest round of campaign poker, Obama’s pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., stepped down Friday from the Illinois senator’s African American Religious Leadership Committee.

Posted on Mar 16, 2008 READ MORE


Monster Community Weighs In on Campaign Controversy

The satirist reports that monsters all across the country are offended by the remarks of a Barack Obama campaign aide in which she called Hillary Clinton a “monster.”

Posted on Mar 16, 2008 READ MORE


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