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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 WATCH & LISTEN


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 WATCH & LISTEN


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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 WATCH & LISTEN


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 WATCH & LISTEN


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


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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 WATCH & LISTEN


    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 WATCH & LISTEN


    Videocast: Robert Scheer on Chavez, the Dems, and Sam Harris

    This week Robert Scheer, Truthdig’s editor in chief, sits down with interviewer Peter Scheer to discuss the Chavez-Ahmadinejad friendship, Democratic prospects in the upcoming elections,  the Bill Clinton-Fox performance, Sam Harris and the American support of fanaticism in the middle east.

    Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Stephen Colbert

    Colbert Spoofs Clinton Blame Game

    Stephen Colbert offers his take on the fallout from Bill Clinton’s Fox News appearance, including the Hillary/Condi fracas, and why the former president is to blame for everything from Republican tax cuts to the war in Iraq.

    Posted on Sep 28, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


    Joe Conason: GOP Can’t Handle the 9/11 Truth

    When Condoleezza Rice claimed that Bush & Co. did just as much in the run-up to 9/11 as Clinton & Co. did in the preceding eight years, it had to rank as one of the most baldfaced lies ever uttered by a Bush administration official.

    Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE


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    Posted on Sep 27, 2006 ENLARGE


    Hillary Clinton
    cnn.com

    Clinton’s Mad, Not Taking It Anymore

    Only a day after the secretary of state tried to smear Bill Clinton’s terror-fighting effort, Hillary came to the defense of her husband, and took a swipe at Condi in the process….

    Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Condoleezza Rice
    From ftd.de

    Fact-Checking Condi on Anti-Terror Claims

    In an interview with the New York Post’s editorial board today, the secretary of state refuted several of Bill Clinton’s claims about Bush & Co.‘s dismal record on terror. But Rice’s refutations fly in the face of the conclusions of the 9/11 Commission. Fact-check it here and here.

    Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart

    Stewart Rips Cable News for Clinton Coverage

    “The Daily Show” host spanks most cable news outlets for focusing on anything except the substance of Bill Clinton’s Fox News interview. Watch it

  • For example: MSNBC focuses in on the fact that Clinton’s sock was showing during the interview.

  • Posted on Sep 26, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


    Fact-Checking the Blame-Bill Crowd (Pt. II)

    Another issue stemming from the Clinton-Wallace interview: Wag the Dog. The National Review’s Jonah Goldberg claims that only a handful of right-wingers accused Clinton of using his 1998 missile attacks on bin Laden to draw attention away from the Lewinsky scandal. That’s simply false, as evidenced here.

    Posted on Sep 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Fact-Checking the Blame-Bill Crowd

    Fox News’ Chris Wallace claimed on Sunday that Osama bin Laden was emboldened by Bill Clinton’s pulling out from Somalia after the “Black Hawk Down” incident. But Wallace is dead wrong: Clinton kept U.S. troops there for six months—over the strenuous objections of GOP’ers. Fact-check it.

    Posted on Sep 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Bill Clinton and Chris Wallace

    Bill Clinton’s ‘American President’ Moment

    Remember the scene toward the end of “The American President” in which Michael Douglas, playing President Andrew Shepherd, delivers a stand-up-and-cheer tongue-lashing of his critics? Watch as Bill Clinton demolishes Fox News’ Chris Wallace in a similar manner.

    Posted on Sep 24, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


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    Weekly Video Roundup

    This week’s edition of Truthdig-flavored videos includes a “Daily Show” spot-on satirical interview with a discharged gay Army linguist; a classic Bill Maher broadside on President Bush; and Jon Stewart asking Bill Clinton how to defeat Hillary.

    Posted on Sep 22, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


    Bill Clinton
    NPR/Patrick Kovarik

    Clinton Attacks Torture Agenda

    In an interview with NPR’s “Morning Edition,” former President Bill Clinton vigorously argued against Bush’s torture plans, citing both moral and practical reasons: “We have a system of laws here where nobody should be above the law, and you don’t need blanket advanced approval for blanket torture.”

    Posted on Sep 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Clinton Sick of Rove?s B.S.

    The Huffington Post has a nice roundup of Bill Clinton gems gleaned from a massive New Yorker piece by David Remnick.  After spending some quality time with the former president, Remnick was able to extract some surprisingly frank comments, including: ?I am sick of Karl Rove’s bulls—t.?

    Posted on Sep 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Bill Clinton

    Stewart Probes Clinton for Hillary?s Weakness

    Bill Clinton made an appearance on ?The Daily Show? Monday to share the heartwarming work of his Clinton Global Initiative, but the climax of the interview was much more fun.  Jon Stewart put the former president on the ?seat of heat? and asked: ?Mr. President, Hillary Clinton may be running for president.  If so, what is the key to defeating her??

    Posted on Sep 19, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


    Bill Maher

    Bill Maher Takes On ‘The Path to 9/11’

    Maher, along with guests Rob Thomas, P.J. O’Rourke and Joan Walsh, ripped into ABC’s undocu-drama, which pins the blame for 9/11 on Bill Clinton. Maher reminds us: As president, Clinton had a meeting a week about bin Laden; George W. Bush, before 9/11, had zero. Watch it on the jump.

    Posted on Sep 11, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


    ABC's

    Top Former Counter-Terror Official Blasts ABC 9/11 Docudrama

    Roger Cressey, a top counter-terrorism official to Bush II and Clinton, called ABC’s upcoming miniseries “The Path to 9/11” something “straight out of Disney and fantasyland. It?s factually wrong. And that?s shameful.?

    Posted on Sep 6, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


    Atta via Disney
    From AMERICAblog

    Bloggers Rage Over ABC/Disney 9/11 Miniseries

    ABC is planning to air a six-hour ?docudrama? on the fifth anniversary of 9/11 that lays the lion?s share of the blame for the Sept. 11 attacks on President Clinton. The progressive blogosphere is in a rage—as evidenced by the satirical photo above—over perceived bias on the part of the filmmakers and ABC/Disney. (Check out the controversy.)

    Posted on Sep 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Marie Cocco: The Pretense About Jobs

    When it pays better to be old and retired than young and working, we can no longer indulge Bush’s fantasy that the economy is on the right track.

    Posted on Sep 5, 2006 READ MORE


    The Next Lamont?

    Maybe not.  Although Jonathan Tasini would like to be the next maverick primary candidate to beat an entrenched pro-war Democrat?Hillary Clinton, in this case?he’s failed to garner anything near the support Ned Lamont managed against Joe Lieberman.

    Posted on Aug 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Sen. Chuck Hagel on 'Face the Nation'

    Hagel Warns of ‘Hopeless, Winless Situation’ in Iraq

    Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel chastised the Bush administration on “Face the Nation,” saying Iraq was headed toward civil war and neither the American people nor Congress would tolerate the continued presence of U.S. troops there.

    Posted on Aug 6, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


    Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Brutally Spanks Rumsfeld Over Iraq

    Hillary Clinton raked Donald Rumsfeld over the coals on Thursday over his “failed” prosecution of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She closed with a knockout punch: “Given your track record, Secretary Rumsfeld, why should we believe your assurances now?” (video and transcript) Rumsfeld was left sputtering.

    Posted on Aug 3, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


    Hillary Clinton: Rumsfeld Should Resign

    Hours after upbraiding him at a congressional hearing over what she called “failed policy” in Iraq, the junior senator from New York told an AP reporter that Rumsfeld should step down. “The secretary has lost credibility with the Congress and with the people,” she said.

  • Rumsfeld’s latest loss of credibility came during that very hearing. Check it out.

    Posted on Aug 3, 2006 READ MORE


  • Rumsfeld dissembles

    Rumsfeld Whopper: I Was Never Overly Optimistic About Iraq

    Testifying before Congress today, Donald Rumsfeld said he has ?never painted a rosy picture? about Iraq, and that ?you would have a dickens of a time trying to find instances where I have been overly optimistic.?
    (h/t: ThinkProgress)
    That’s just nonsense. And we’ve got the proof—in the form of Rumsfeld’s own words (after the jump...)

    Posted on Aug 3, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


    2008 contenders
    Images: senate.gov

    Most 2008 Contenders Noncommittal on Iraq Pullout

    Potential White House suitors Chris Dodd, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Evan Bayh all refused to join Sens. Kerry and Feingold in demanding a timetable for pullout of allied troops from Iraq.
    Sens. McCain and Brownback, however, want the troops to stay as long as necessary.

    Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer: Hillary’s Shameful Straddling on Iraq

    If Sen. Clinton can’t demonstrate clear leadership on Iraq now, why should we believe she would grow a backbone as president?

    Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Monkey on Your Back









    Posted on Jun 16, 2006 ENLARGE


    Bill Clinton speech
    From nandotimes.com

    Clinton Made Almost $7.5 Million in Speaking Fees in 2005

    The former president earned a staggering $650,000 for just two appearances before major gatherings in Canada by motivational speaker Tony Robbins, according to financial document filed by Hillary Clinton.
    It’s good to be the former president

    Posted on Jun 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Hillary Clinton Booed by Liberal Crowd

    The senator from New York starts to see the downside of never finding an issue she couldn’t straddle.

    Posted on Jun 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Poll: Bush Worst President Since WWII

    In the Quinnipiac Poll, Bush garnered twice as many “worst of” votes as Richard Nixon. Ronald Reagan was picked as the best.

    Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Joe Conason: The Private Lives of Bill and Hillary

    “Of all possible explanations for the mainstream media’s preoccupation with the Clinton marriage, the most innocuous is nostalgia for a better time, when we were able to worry less about war, corruption, catastrophe and incompetence, and more about sex.”

    Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Andy Borowitz: Gore Could Cause ‘Global Boring’

    The political satirist reports: “The election of former Vice President Al Gore to the White House could result in a disastrous phenomenon called ‘global boring,’ in which millions of people around the world would fall asleep in an unprecedented narcoleptic pandemic.”

    Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Clinton Portraits
    David Scull / From The New York Times

    Clintons Balance Married and Private Lives

    As Hillary Clinton gears up for a presumed White House run, Bill Clinton has told friends that his number one priority is not to cause her any trouble. The N.Y. Times explores how the former president is attempting to position a future one…

    Posted on May 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Hillary Clinton and Rupert Murdoch
    Clinton: smh.com.au / Murdoch: dnevnik.com.hr

    Hillary, ‘Who the Hell Are You?’

    Just who is this woman who is accepting a fundraiser thrown by Rupert Murdoch, asks columnist Richard Cohen in this incisive piece.

  • Meanwhile, Hillary defends cozying up with the rabidly right-wing Murdoch: “He’s my constituent.”
    Oh, puh-leeze!

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    Posted on May 11, 2006 READ MORE


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