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Posted on Jun 1, 2007 READ MORE


Squinting at the Election

The presidential candidates of both parties have been campaigning for months now, introducing themselves to the nation. So why do so many of them seem to get progressively fuzzier and less distinct, like photographs left out in the sun? Is it the process that’s causing this steady attenuation, or does the problem lie with the candidates themselves?

Posted on May 29, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Seth Wenig

Democrats’ Faustian Bargain

In their mad race for money, the front-running Democratic presidential candidates might be selling themselves to the devil.  That is, in words more familiar to political debate, they might be delivering themselves into the hands of rich and powerful opponents of progressive policies.

Posted on May 19, 2007 READ MORE


Oprah’s Politics Club

I don’t doubt Oprah Winfrey’s marketing magic, although we don’t know yet whether she can do for politics what she’s done for publishing. Her endorsement of the candidate Obama may not be as successful as it was for the author Obama.

Posted on May 16, 2007 READ MORE


Mayors Impatient for Climate Action

Representatives from 30 major cities around the world are meeting in New York at the invitation of Michael Bloomberg and former President Clinton to discuss methods of combating global warming. Bloomberg said city leaders will have to fill the “void” caused by national governments’ failure to act.

Posted on May 16, 2007 READ MORE


Candidates Vie for Votes on MySpace

In a sign of the times (or perhaps a sign of being slightly behind the times, depending on whom you ask), many of the 2008 presidential candidates, including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and John McCain, have established MySpace pages in an effort to reach the nation’s young people.

Posted on May 14, 2007 READ MORE


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Fact-Checking the GOP Debate

MSNBC sets the record straight on some of the errors and misrepresentations from the first Republican debate: More than a few thousand soldiers have been injured in Iraq, you can’t flip-flop on abortion like Bush 41 if Bush 41 never flip-flopped, and Bill Clinton didn’t gut the Army—he modernized it with bipartisan support.

Posted on May 4, 2007 READ MORE


My Democrat Can Whip Your Democrat

Niccolo Machiavelli, the 16th-century political realist and schemer, would relish the intricate calculations the three leading Democratic presidential candidates are required to make.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo/Scott Applewhite

Truthdigger of the Week:  Mike Gravel

Truthdig tips its hat this week to former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel, who commanded the stage at Thursday’s presidential debate with a fiery and candid performance, taking other Democratic candidates to task for their positions and policies and maintaining a fiercely antiwar stance throughout.  Loud and clear, Mr. Gravel.

Posted on Apr 28, 2007 READ MORE


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Front-Runners Upstaged at Democratic Debate

MSNBC just hosted the Democratic candidates in their first-ever presidential debate, and it was quite the bore. That is, except for former Sen. Mike Gravel, who stole the show with an electrifying and inspirational outburst. Update: More debate clips added.

Posted on Apr 27, 2007 READ MORE


The Super-Duper Friends

This viral cartoon imagines the political landscape as an epic battle between comic-book super heroes and villains, featuring George Bush as “Petro-Man,” Karl Rove as “Doctor Spin,” John Edwards as “the Arbitrator” and more.

Posted on Apr 23, 2007 READ MORE


The Sharpton Primary

Democratic presidential candidates are falling all over themselves to secure the support of Al Sharpton, whose own 2004 campaign and his role in the recent Don Imus controversy have elevated his profile as a national civil rights leader. John Edwards, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will all attend the reverend’s annual National Action Network convention this week.

Posted on Apr 18, 2007 READ MORE


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Meet the Candidates

MoveOn.org recently held a virtual town hall giving every Democrat running for president a chance to sound off on the biggest issue of day: the Iraq war. Here are the highlights.

Posted on Apr 12, 2007 READ MORE


Risks Might Pay Off in ‘08 Race

Candidates on both sides are playing it safe, but the signs are that voters will reward strong ideas and bold positions.

Posted on Mar 30, 2007 READ MORE


Seeing Presidential Privilege Through a Partisan Lens

The looming showdown over subpoenas and presidential privilege is as insincere as it is distracting. How quickly politicians forget their rock-hard principles when applying them to another administration. The politicization of the justice system is a real scandal—one that demands an open inquiry.

Posted on Mar 23, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Mark Hirsch

Coulter’s Slur Puts Spotlight on Edwards

Thank you, Ann Coulter, for boosting the principled but media-neglected presidential candidacy of John Edwards.

Posted on Mar 6, 2007 READ MORE


Harry Belafonte, the Lion at 80

The legendary entertainer and activist may be in his ninth decade, but his commitment to social justice is as fervent as ever.

Posted on Mar 6, 2007 READ MORE


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telegraph.co.uk

Obama, Clinton Cross Paths in Selma

Presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton went to Selma, Ala., on Sunday to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the historic march there. With news outlets buzzing over their “intense rivalry,” they managed to applaud one another and honor a momentous struggle above and beyond their own campaigns.

Posted on Mar 4, 2007 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week: David Geffen

Truthdig tips its hat this week to David Geffen, the powerhouse producer who decided on principle to break ties with Hillary Clinton and support Barack Obama’s bid for the White House instead. 

Posted on Feb 24, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Evan Vucci

Grow Up or Get Out

The childish feud between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama this week trampled over the real issues while giving Republicans a pass. The two Democratic front-runners had better move beyond self-obsessed pettiness—and fast—or they risk handing the election to the GOP.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


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gallatindesign.com

The Five Greatest Presidents

Abraham Lincoln has defeated Ronald Reagan to retake the title of greatest American president in the eyes of most Americans. Reagan had briefly usurped Lincoln following his death in 2005, according to Gallup, which regularly updates the standings. The current top five greatest presidents, in order, are: Lincoln, Reagan, Kennedy, Clinton and FDR.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


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Clinton and Obama Feud

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have finally dropped the smiles and gone after one another, albeit over a non-issue. The spat started after David Geffen, a former Clinton backer turned Obama fundraiser, called Hillary “polarizing” and overly ambitious. Update: More quotes from the feud.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
globeweeklynews.com

Hillary Refuses to Apologize for Iraq War Vote

Hillary Clinton is apparently so concerned with the specter of flip-flopping she will never apologize for her vote to authorize military action against Iraq. Speaking at a recent campaign event, the candidate herself said, “If the most important thing to any of you is choosing someone who did not cast that vote or has said his vote was a mistake, then there are others to choose from.” Indeed, there are.

Posted on Feb 18, 2007 READ MORE


Ralph Nader
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Nader Threatens to Run

Perennial spoiler Ralph Nader says he’s considering yet another run for president, depending on what the Democrats “come up with.” The former consumer advocate said front-runners Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama lack “political fortitude,” and criticized John Edwards’ foreign policy stances.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Scandal Perspective

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Posted on Feb 5, 2007 READ MORE    


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2008 Hopefuls Find New Media a Mixed Blessing

This great N.Y. Times story highlights the ways in which White House contenders are having to contend with game-changing technologies like YouTube. (Videos mentioned: Hillary’s national anthem; John Edwards’ primping, etc.)

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


Fox News Resurrects ‘Path to 9/11’ Propaganda

Fox News intends to broadcast unaired footage from ABC’s propagandistic miniseries “The Path to 9/11.” The scene in question, which suggested that Sandy Berger rejected a proposal to assassinate Osama bin Laden, was toned down after the series’ wild inaccuracies and political motivations led to a national firestorm.

Posted on Jan 26, 2007 READ MORE


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Our Own Weapon of Mass Destruction

This disturbing documentary by former “60 Minutes” producer Barry Lando chronicles the horror that 13 years of U.S.-backed sanctions wrought on Iraq, including the deaths of hundreds of thousands—many of them children.

Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama
AP / Evan Vucci

E.J. Dionne Jr.: The Upstart Versus the Machine

The Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton 2008 contest highlights the differences between bottom-up and top-down political campaigns.

Posted on Jan 22, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton Joins 2008 Race

N.Y. Sen. Hillary Clinton jumped into the Oval Office race Saturday, telling her supporters in an e-mail: “I’m in. And I’m in to win.”

  • Also, GOP Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback announced his candidacy.

  • Posted on Jan 20, 2007 READ MORE


    E.J. Dionne Jr.: Two Taxed Americas

    John Edwards’ plan for running a higher budget deficit to pay for universal healthcare coverage has the virtue of being honest.

    Posted on Jan 19, 2007 READ MORE


    Susan McDougal

    Susan McDougal: The Woman Who Wouldn’t Talk

    When Susan McDougal refused to implicate the Clintons in the Whitewater fiasco, she was thrown in prison, left alone with murderers and her own stubborn dignity. Savaged by Republicans and abandoned by Democrats, she would emerge from that dark chapter of American history a hero.
    UPDATE: Full transcript now available.

    Posted on Jan 16, 2007 READ MORE


    Chuck Hagel
    AP Photo / Gerald Herbert

    Robert Scheer: Chuck Hagel for President!

    If it ever narrows down to a choice between Chuck Hagel and some Democratic hack who hasn’t the guts to fundamentally challenge the president on Iraq, then the conservative Republican from Nebraska will have my vote. Yes, the war is that important.

    Posted on Jan 16, 2007 READ MORE


    Ellen Goodman: Ready, Steady, Go

    We underestimate America’s readiness to elect a non-white-male president.

    Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE


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    Dick Morris: ‘First Black Is Better Than First Woman’

    Clinton strategist turned Fox News provocateur Dick Morris brought his peculiar insight to bear on the Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama showdown, claiming: “Obama is in fact a better first than she is. First black is better than first woman in our politics in terms of valuing it.” What reasoning Morris used to make that determination remains a mystery, as he quickly moved on to the multitude of reasons why he feels Obama can’t win, and how he’ll leave the country if either one does.

    Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Clinton and Giuliani
    Left: Washington Post / right: themoderatevoice.com

    Clinton and Giuliani Lead the Pack in Poll

    A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows Hillary Clinton and Rudolph Giuliani in the lead for their parties’ nominations.  John McCain, who has lost considerable support among independent voters—possibly due to his plan to send more troops to Iraq—polled closely behind Giuliani.

    Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


    E.J. Dionne Jr.: Obama Might Bring Hillary Into the Light

    A contest with him would require Sen. Clinton to shed some of her caution.

    Posted on Dec 11, 2006 READ MORE


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    Matthews Show Takes Lopsided Look at Candidates

    As part of a series on assumed presidential candidates, “The Chris Matthews Show” followed a bout of McCain worship by treating Hillary Clinton like the girl who showed up at the prom wearing a burlap sack, criticizing everything from her public speaking style to the supposed unwillingness of the American people to tolerate Bill loafing around the White House. Watch it

    Posted on Dec 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Barack Obama
    AP / Charlie Neibergall

    The Trouble With ‘Political Rock Stars’

    The pundits’ latest catchphrase is insulting to the traditions of both politicians and rock stars.

    Posted on Dec 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Susan Estrich: Taking Temperatures

    A new poll measures Americans’ attitudes toward potential presidential candidates in terms of warmth, with Rudolph Giuliani and Barack Obama leading the pack.  This could be an interesting election after all.

    Posted on Nov 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Daily Show

    Stewart on Beck’s Botched Interview

    Jon Stewart takes on last week’s newsmakers, including Glenn Beck, who recently asked the first Muslim ever elected to Congress to prove he’s not working with our enemies: “Finally a guy who says what people who aren’t thinking are thinking.” Watch it

    Posted on Nov 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Hillary vs. the General

    Gen. John Abizaid told the Senate Armed Services Committee that troop levels should not be changed in Iraq, but that Iraqis themselves ought to bear responsibility for the nation’s security.  Sen. Hillary Clinton responded with a smackdown: “Hope is not a strategy. ... I have heard over and over again the Iraqi government must do this, the Iraqi army must do that. Nobody disagrees with that. The brutal fact is, it is not happening.”

    Posted on Nov 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: Post-Election Etiquette

    The sheer pleasure of getting lessons in etiquette from Karl Rove and the right-wing media passeth all understanding.

    Posted on Nov 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Hillary Clinton
    From CNN

    Hillary Equivocates on Torture

    Despite public statements to the contrary, Hillary Clinton now says she is amenable to the idea of the government using torture in some circumstances. The N.Y. Daily News’ Ben Smith has the details.

    Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


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    The Campaign Ad the GOP Won’t Run

    “Airplane” director David Zucker has produced a satirical ad criticizing the Clinton administration’s dealings with North Korea that is so inflammatory that GOP strategists have refused to use it in campaigns.

    Posted on Oct 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush and Clinton
    Left: forbes.com/Right: time.blogs.com

    Bush Blames Clinton Again

    George W. Bush, retreating to familiar ground, has blamed the Clinton administration for North Korea’s nuclear arsenal.  But the official who brokered the Clinton-era deal with North Korea called the idea “ludicrous,” and defended his efforts.

    Posted on Oct 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Kim Jong Il
    Mike Luckovich

    Robert Scheer: Dear Leader Brings It On

    Right-wingers want to blame Bill Clinton for North Korea’s nuclear provocation, but it was the wannabe cowboy in the Oval Office who goaded the Hermit Kingdom’s leader into a Cold War-style bout of nuclear brinkmanship.

  • UPDATE: Jimmy Carter,  former emissary to N. Korea, calls for resumption of negotiations with Pyongyang
  • McCain rips Clinton’s N. Korea policy (read or watch)

  • Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Dems taking on Fox News
    From Robert Grossman / NYT

    Dems See Gain in Taking On Fox News

    Within two days of the fiery Clinton-Wallace interview, Sen. Barbara Boxer and former Clinton lawyer Lanny Davis mocked Fox’s “fair and balanced” motto on air. It’s part of a strategy: no more rolling over for the Murdoch empire.

    Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer

    Video Podcast: Robert Scheer on Chavez, Clinton and More

    Robert Scheer sounds off on the midterm election, Hugo Chavez and Iran, Clinton’s Fox News smackdown, and Sam Harris’ charge that liberals are soft on terror.

    Posted on Oct 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Left, Right and Center

    Left, Right and Center

    Join Truthdig’s Robert Scheer, along with Arianna Huffington, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller, for a lively discussion on the week in politics, policy and culture.  This week: The war over the war: has Iraq made global terror worse? Bob Woodward’s latest revelations. Clinton versus Fox and what’s it all means for the midterm elections.

    Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE


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