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Clinton Rejects ‘Bush-Cheney Power Grab’

The senator rarely surrenders a juicy quote without a struggle. Yet her familiar preference for caution over candor is gradually changing with each step that she takes toward her party’s presidential nomination.

Posted on Oct 24, 2007 READ MORE


Barack Osama and Hitlery Clinton

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Posted on Oct 24, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and Gravel

Gravel Gets the Shaft

Former Sen. Mike Gravel’s campaign released this video after the candidate was barred from NBC’s upcoming debate in Philadelphia. Is it just a coincidence that the network is owned by GE, which has a profit incentive for war? Gravel doesn’t seem to think so.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


Speaking Truth to Nonsense

Triangulation aside, when it comes to the phony Social Security crisis, Hillary Clinton has stood up for the truth: There isn’t one.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Practicing

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Hillary Clinton
politico.com

A Chink in Clinton’s Armor?

Hillary Clinton may be the front-runner, but her campaign has been doing a bit of damage control in Iowa over the senator’s vote to declare Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization, a move critics believe is a prelude to war with Iran. Clinton sent out a mass mailing explaining her vote and insisting that she opposes military action “without full Congressional approval.”

Posted on Oct 21, 2007 READ MORE


Gore at Live Earth
AP photo / Mel Evans

Could Gore Be a Contender?

I don’t know Al Gore’s plans, but here’s what I’d tell him to do if he wants to be president: Ignore New Hampshire and Iowa.  Hope Hillary fizzles.  Bet the house on early February when the big states have their primaries, and he could win the biggest, California.

Posted on Oct 18, 2007 READ MORE


Obama

Obama Says Not So Fast

Appearing on “The Tonight Show,” Barack Obama tells Jay Leno that he’s not worried about Hillary Clinton’s sizable lead in the polls: “Hillary is not the first politician in Washington to declare ‘mission accomplished’ a little too soon.”

Posted on Oct 18, 2007 READ MORE


From Loser to Laureate

The attention on Al Gore’s trajectory misses something about this second act and second actor. As he approaches 60, Gore’s staking out something of a new path for his generation.

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 READ MORE


Rudy and Judy
moviereporter.net

Giuliani and Wife Dump on Hillary

As if he’s already secured the nomination, Rudy Giuliani has begun to focus his vitriol on the other party’s presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton: “I don’t know Hillary’s experience. She’s never run a city.” It’s been a long, long time since we’ve had an ex-mayor occupying the Oval Office.  Maybe Giuliani is on to something here. There just has to be some parallel between being a mayor and the leader of the world’s only superpower.

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary’s Secret Weapon

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Posted on Oct 16, 2007 READ MORE    


Running on Yesterday’s Ideas

One of the few things the Republican and Democratic presidential contests have in common is the relentlessness with which candidates on both sides are wrapping themselves in orthodoxy. Heretics need not apply.

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 READ MORE


Listening to America’s Black Middle Class

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama is striking a chord among middle-class black voters, notes Boyarsky, who looks into Obama’s fundraising successes among that demographic as an entrée into “an African-American political landscape seldom visited by journalists.”

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE


Let’s Talk Baseball for a Change

They’re gone! How to describe the euphoria, the smug satisfaction, the unrestrained elation at seeing the New York Yankees eliminated once again so early in postseason play? I’m thinking something silly, like, Eureka!

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE


Carter
cnn.com

Carter Has Had Enough

Jimmy Carter was en fuego during a chat with Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday, blasting the Bush administration for torturing people, the GOP candidates for racing to the fringe and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for refusing to commit to a full withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

Posted on Oct 10, 2007 READ MORE


Hannity and Dobson

Dobson Says No No No to Giuliani

In case you think conservative Christians are just bluffing with their threats to split from the Republicans, take a gander at this clip of Sean Hannity begging James Dobson to support Rudy Giuliani. Dobson refuses, standing on principle and the promise of a more frenzied and loyal base under a Clinton presidency.

Posted on Oct 9, 2007 READ MORE


Coulter’s Insufferable Suffrage Tirade

Hillary Clinton must have the opposition running scared if the latest strategy to derail her campaign is to deny women the right to vote.

Posted on Oct 9, 2007 READ MORE


Sen. Clinton Beefs Up the Competition

In a sign of confidence befitting her status as front-runner, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has begun airing what her aides call “extremely vicious attack ads about herself.”

Posted on Oct 7, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
AP Photo/Earl Gibson III

Clinton Leads Obama by 33 Points

Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination is picking up steam.  She has widened her lead over Barack Obama by an impressive 33 points, according to the latest Washington Post/ABC poll.

Posted on Oct 4, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton Walks That Fine Pink Line

With Hillary Clinton well ahead of the Democratic pack in the polls and Republican candidates scrambling to demonstrate who is best able to defeat her, the question isn’t whether America is ready for a woman president but rather can anyone stop her.

Posted on Oct 3, 2007 READ MORE


Edwards and McCain
AP photo / Kathy Willens and Brett Flashnick

Beating the Odds

Maybe I’m crazy, but I’d bet on John McCain to win the Republican presidential nomination. And the Democrat with the best chance to beat him is John Edwards.

Posted on Oct 2, 2007 READ MORE


Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton to the Rescue

The former president calls BS on the Republicans for their “feigned outrage” over MoveOn’s “General Betray Us” ad: “Come on, these Republicans that are all upset about Petraeus ... these are the people that ran a television ad in Georgia with Max Cleland, who lost half his body in Vietnam, in the same ad with Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. ... And the person that rode to the Senate on that ad was there voting to condemn the Democrats over the Petraeus ad.”

Posted on Oct 1, 2007 READ MORE


Empty Promises

Yes, you heard it right: At the Dartmouth College debate Wednesday evening, not one of the three leading Democratic candidates could pledge that all U.S. combat troops would be out of Iraq by the end of his or her first term as president.

Posted on Sep 28, 2007 READ MORE


Russert and Clinton

Clinton: Not One More Penny for the War

Hillary Clinton shored up her left flank during an interview with Tim Russert, promising to vote against continued funding for the war in Iraq. Still, one must be wary of caveats such as “at the level we’ve seen.”

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Charlie Niebergall

Hillary Clinton Takes On Healthcare (Again)

If there’s any candidate who knows what he or she would be dealing with in attempting to change the American healthcare system, it’s Hillary Clinton. And, according to Boyarsky, charging into that particular political battleground might have made her a stronger contender.

Posted on Sep 23, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and Stewart

Bill Clinton on ‘The Daily Show’

The former president tells Jon Stewart about his new book, his wife’s quest to get back to “the best public housing in America,” why he might slit his throat if she’s successful, and how naps can save our democracy.

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE


Agree to Agree

Here is why the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination seems so peculiar: Political campaigns are normally about highlighting differences, but never have the philosophical distinctions among Democratic candidates been so small.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary’s Healthy Turnaround

Hillary Clinton’s skillful introduction of her new health care plan demonstrated why she is the most formidable Democrat running for president. It also suggested that if victorious, she won’t be defeated so easily by the insurance and pharmaceutical industries as she and her husband were the last time they tried to reform the dysfunctional American medical system.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary’s Health Care Remodel

The genius of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has been her skill at turning liabilities into assets and weaknesses into strengths. By putting out a detailed health care plan on Monday, Clinton embarked on this year’s most daring act of political jujitsu.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE


If It’s Broke, Fix It

Hillary Clinton’s health care proposal won’t please progressives looking to do away with corporate insurance or conservatives who prefer unaffordable micromanaged care to government “bureaucracy,” but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE


George W. Bush and Bill Clinton
AP Photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

‘Giving’ and Taking

Bill Clinton has written a new book about charity, a fitting subject for a president who betrayed the poor and led his party into the arms of corporate America.

Posted on Sep 17, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani
informedvoters.wordpress.com

Giuliani’s Three-Pronged Ad Assault

Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani tried to diss The New York Times, Sen. Hillary Clinton and MoveOn.org all at once by placing his own advertisement in the paper to counter MoveOn.org’s critique of Gen. David Petraeus, claiming The Times had played favorites with their ad sales policy.

Posted on Sep 14, 2007 READ MORE


eavesdropper
itpsites.com

The FBI, Wiretapping and You

Not to be deterred by new developments in digital technology, the FBI laid the groundwork for its current DCSNet (Digital Collection System Network) wiretapping system during the Clinton years, allowing agents to just point ‘n’ click their way into the nation’s land lines, cell phones and Internet telephony networks. 

Posted on Aug 29, 2007 READ MORE


Nouri al-Maliki
mtv.com

Maliki Hits Back at Congressional Critics

Responding to recent comments by top American politicians—Sens. Hillary Clinton and Carl Levin in particular—calling for his replacement, embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki voiced some critical words of his own.

Posted on Aug 26, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and Maliki
clinton.senate.gov

Clinton Wants Iraqi PM Canned

Hillary Clinton has added her voice to a growing chorus blaming the lack of progress in Iraq on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Uninspired by President Bush’s expression of renewed confidence in the embattled PM, Clinton said she hopes the Iraqi parliament will oust Maliki when it returns from its vacation.

Posted on Aug 22, 2007 READ MORE


rubble in qahtaniya
AP Photo / Petr David Josek

The Real Iraq Progress Report

The recent parade of political tourists to Iraq, during which easily impressed pundits and members of Congress came to be dazzled by the wonders of the troop surge, probably ensures that this murderous adventure will continue well into the next presidency—even if the Democrats win.     

Posted on Aug 21, 2007 READ MORE


Iowa debate

‘Daily Show’:  The Eerily Familiar ABC Debate

“The Daily Show’s” custom-made moniker for Sunday’s Democratic debate, “Clusterf@#k to the White House,” perfectly captured the skewed spirit of ABC’s déjà-vu-inducing coverage of this latest Q & A session with the left-leaning presidential candidates—or at least with Sens. Clinton and Obama—as a “bored” fly alighted on Sen. Chris Dodd’s shellacked hairdo.

Posted on Aug 21, 2007 READ MORE


hillary
AP Photo/Steve Helber

Hillary Pushes the Button

What in the world was Sen. Hillary Clinton thinking when she attacked Sen. Barack Obama for ruling out the use of nuclear weapons in going after Osama bin Laden? And why aren’t her supporters more concerned about yet another egregious example of Clinton’s consistent backing for the mindless militarism that is dragging this nation to ruin?

Posted on Aug 14, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton vs. the White House

A new Clinton campaign ad has the White House crying foul, and Clinton crying “Tough!” The commercial features the candidate saying that struggling families and troops are “invisible” to the president. Deputy press secretary Dana Perino said the claim is “outrageous” and that “it is unconscionable that a member of Congress would say such a thing,” which prompted this retort from Clinton: “Not only have I said it and am saying it, I will keep saying it because I happen to believe it.” Update: video added.

Posted on Aug 14, 2007 READ MORE


Kucinich and Clinton
AP Photos / Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Jeff Roberson

Kucinich Calls Out Clinton’s Nuclear Blunder

In what may have been one of the most controversial (and contradictory) missteps made yet in this pre-election season, Hillary Clinton refused, however ambiguously, to rule out using nuclear weapons to combat terrorists in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Though the media at large barely registered her comment, it wasn’t lost on Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who takes Clinton to task in an exclusive interview with Truthdig.

Posted on Aug 11, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Cheney’s Surprise

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Posted on Aug 10, 2007 READ MORE


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AFL/CIO Debate Roundup

Miss Tuesday night’s AFL-CIO Democratic debate?  Or just want to relive the magic?  Well, either way, you’re in luck—John Harrison at TheLargestMinority.com has put together a blow-by-blow video montage and summary for your viewing and reading pleasure.  Go to the inside page to check it all out.

Posted on Aug 8, 2007 READ MORE


Obama
sethapartner.com

Obama Downplays Clinton’s Gain

Barack Obama’s campaign reached out to supporters on Monday, attempting to downplay national polls that show Hillary Clinton gaining more of a lead. Campaign manager David Plouffe said Obama is still doing well in the key primary states, despite a seven-point bump nationally for Hillary.

Posted on Aug 6, 2007 READ MORE


Debate Feud Gives Obama a Boost

The spat between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama that emerged from the CNN/YouTube debate may seem petty, but it could go down as the moment that turned the race for the presidency.

Posted on Jul 26, 2007 READ MORE


Elevating the Debate

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Posted on Jul 26, 2007 READ MORE


The Candidate Behind the Cleavage

Among the endless reasons I will never run for public office is a deep-seated fear of having my wardrobe subject to the fashion police. Excuse me, the fashion shrinks—those media monitors who seek deep meaning in every shoe, sexual clues in every hemline, and psychological insights in every shirt collar.

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


Olbermann

Olbermann on the Democratic Dust-Up

Why should the media worry about issues when there’s a new Clinton-Obama showdown to cover? Keith Olbermann plumbs the shallows of the latest non-controversy to emerge from the Democratic campaign.

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


democrats
AP Photo / Charles Dharapak

CNN/YouTube Debates:  Democrats in Sharper Focus

YouTube ushered in a new kind of political debate Monday night with the latest showdown between Democratic presidential hopefuls, and, according to Boyarsky, the new format made for refreshing changes.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


romney
AP Photo / Keith Srakocic

Romney: Hillary’s ‘in With Karl Marx’

Sizing up Hillary Clinton’s economic outlook on a campaign stop Sunday, rival presidential candidate Mitt Romney took aim at Clinton’s approach, accusing her of harboring ideas more in line with “Communist Manifesto” author Karl Marx’s theories than those of capitalist champion Adam Smith.

Posted on Jul 22, 2007 READ MORE


Failing America’s Neediest Children

Why does the Bush administration want to orphan the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, one of the few programs that both Democrats and Republicans have claimed as a wild success since the Clinton days?

Posted on Jul 18, 2007 READ MORE


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