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‘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

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

Posted on Aug 10, 2007 READ MORE


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 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 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

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 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

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

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

Phony Piety on the Far Right

One of the most durable myths of American public life is that conservatives are more authentic in their religious faith than liberals and progressives.  Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is just the most recent in a long line of fallen conservative Christian moralists to explode the myth.

Posted on Jul 13, 2007 READ MORE

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Dems Sign On for First ‘Gay Debate’

Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards are already on board for a debate about gay-related social and political issues, to be held on August 9 in front of a live audience, televised on the LOGO channel and broadcast on the Web on

Posted on Jul 10, 2007 READ MORE

Pardon Fight!

The White House isn’t taking kindly to former President Bill Clinton’s characterization of the Libby commutation as being “consistent with their philosophy; they believe that they should be able to do what they want to do. ...”  Oh, snap!  Bush spokesman Tony Snow fired back with a reference to Clinton’s own pardon record: “I don’t know what Arkansan is for chutzpah, but this is a gigantic case of it.”

Posted on Jul 5, 2007 READ MORE

Democrats Rake It In

The Democratic candidates have won the latest round of fundraising in what is expected to be the most expensive election ever. Here’s what the candidates took in, in millions: Obama - $32.5, Clinton - $27, Edwards - $9, Richardson - $7, Giuliani - $15, Romney - $14, and McCain - $11. Going by estimates, Obama had more individual donors than Giuliani, Romney and McCain combined.

Posted on Jul 4, 2007 READ MORE

Respect the Left

On issues as far-ranging as the Iraq war, healthcare and economic disparity, America has moved decidedly to the left. Isn’t it time we stop fretting about words like “liberal”?

Posted on Jun 22, 2007 READ MORE

Bill Clinton

Clinton Campaign Parodies ‘Sopranos’

To announce her new campaign song (a Celine Dion tear-jerker), Hillary Clinton spoofed the now infamous “Sopranos” series finale, complete with a disappointed Bill, who has to make do with carrots instead of onion rings, Chelsea struggling to parallel park, and a surprise cameo.

Posted on Jun 19, 2007 READ MORE

Clinton and Rhodes

Air American History

Air America, the progressive radio network, celebrates its relaunch with a look back on the good and the bad, plus a preview of what’s to come and a shout-out from Bill Clinton.

Posted on Jun 14, 2007 READ MORE

Arm Candy

Posted on Jun 11, 2007 READ MORE    

The Big Secret

Posted on Jun 6, 2007 READ MORE    

No Time for Quiet Opposition

John Edwards had a point: Where have Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama been these last few weeks while others were shouting to the rooftops about the worsening debacle in Iraq? Sudden attacks of laryngitis? Cat got their tongues?

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE

Hillary Gets It

A majority of Democratic primary voters are women, and their support for Hillary Clinton goes beyond mere gender profiling—she’s led the fight against the kind of discrimination the Supreme Court now seems eager to protect.

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


Democratic Debate Fireworks

In case you missed it, or just want to relive the rhetorical pyrotechnics, check out this collection of debate highlights (including the Edwards-Obama-Clinton throwdown) assembled by PoliticsTV.

Posted on Jun 4, 2007 READ MORE

Flynt Trolls for Capitol Hill Sex Tales

Hustler founder and rabble-rouser Larry Flynt is once again offering money—$1 million, to be exact—to anyone who can prove that they have had an illicit sexual encounter with a member of Congress—the same strategy he used to try to root out Capitol Hill philanderers during President Bill Clinton’s impeachment ordeal.

Posted on Jun 3, 2007 READ MORE

Satire: Hillary Tries to Fatten Up the Competition

In a move that raised eyebrows among observers of the 2008 campaign for the Democratic nomination for president, Sen. Hillary Clinton today sent former Vice President Al Gore a gift basket laden with high-calorie treats.

Posted on Jun 2, 2007 READ MORE

The New Clinton Books

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

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


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

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


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


Meet the Candidates 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

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

Obama and Clinton

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


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

Clinton and Obama
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


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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