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How the Democrats Killed Roosevelt’s Dream of the Affordable Home

The following excerpt from Robert Scheer’s book “The Great American Stickup” details the perversion of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE


Obama and the Failure of the Deficit Hawks

The president has proposed some serious spending cuts and some modest revenue increases to keep things stable. This annoys his deficit-obsessed critics. He should smile, let them rage, and go about his business.

Posted on Feb 17, 2011 READ MORE


How the U.S. Should Respond to the New Arab World

Revolutions are known for devouring their children, but the people making the current revolution in the Middle East may prove indigestible.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE


Reagan’s Democrats

As we mark the centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth, one of our major political parties has become imbued with the Gipper’s political philosophy and governing style. I mean the Democrats, of course.

Posted on Feb 8, 2011 READ MORE


Obama to Resort to Communicating With Mubarak in Caps

Concerned that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak did not receive his message to begin a peaceful transition to democratic reforms, President Barack Obama said today that he would resend the message, “but this time in all caps.”

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 READ MORE


With Democracy or Against It—There’s No In Between

Just as you cannot be sorta pregnant, you cannot kinda support democracy, and only when it does what you want. That’s not “supporting democracy”; that’s imperialism.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE


American-Israeli Policy Tested by Arab Uprisings

The events in the Arab world during the past three weeks have ended the era of American-Israeli domination/intimidation of the region.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Amr Nabil

Saad’s Revolution

A largely unheralded hero of the Egyptian revolution is a mild-mannered academic who endured imprisonment and then exile for daring to criticize the Mubarak family’s increasingly dynastic ambitions.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE


Push Has Now Come to Shove

The Obama administration has done a creditable job of gently edging Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak toward some sort of gilded exile. Now it’s time to push. Hard.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE


Can Obama Make Sense of Government?

A cynic might be justified in seeing a call for a sweeping reorganization of the federal government as the last refuge of a politician who doesn’t want to ruffle any ideological feathers.

Posted on Jan 30, 2011 READ MORE


Cow Most Sacred: Why Military Spending Remains Untouchable

In defense circles, “cutting” the Pentagon budget has once again become a topic of conversation. Americans should not confuse that talk with reality.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

How Obama Can Define Moderation

President Obama faces a choice in this week’s State of the Union message: Does he spend the next two years consolidating the gains he has made, or does he go into retreat?

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama Pulls a Clinton

Here we go again. When Bill Clinton suffered an electoral reversal after his first two years in office, he abruptly embraced the corporate money guys who had financed his congressional opposition in an effort to purchase a second term.

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Christophe Ena

With Friends Like These, Who Needs Democracy?

American officials were for Tunisia’s ousted despot before they were against him. Across the Middle East and Central Asia it’s the same: U.S. allies are invariably corrupt dictators, maintained in power by lavish patronage and the military.

Posted on Jan 17, 2011 READ MORE


The GOP Is Holding the Economy Hostage, and It’s Time to Call Its Bluff

In their ideological zeal, the new Republicans on Capitol Hill seem eager to gamble everything—even the chance of a worldwide depression—on a showdown over the national debt ceiling.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 READ MORE


‘The Comeback Kid’ and the Kids Who Won’t

President Barack Obama signed a slew of bills into law and was dubbed the “Comeback Kid” amid a flurry of fawning press reports. In the hail of this surprise bipartisanship, though, the one issue over which Democrats and Republicans always agree, war, was completely ignored.

Posted on Dec 28, 2010 READ MORE



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Americans Admire Glenn Beck More Than the Dalai Lama

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton top the USA Today/Gallup Poll lists of the most admired men and women in 2010. Obama has lost some love since last year, but still has more admiration among Americans than the rest of the top 10 combined. ... (more)

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE



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Obama Makes DADT Repeal Official

A Democratic president brought the infamous “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy into the U.S. military, and now President Obama has undone that particular piece of work by Bill Clinton. On Wednesday, Obama signed the bill ending DADT, saluting GLBT ...

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE


Foreign Policy Review Suggests a Losing Effort

The great campaign to create a new Middle East and Central Asia, slay Islam’s violent extremists and build a radiant new world of democracy and capitalism is moving backward.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 READ MORE


Good Business, for CEOs and Commoners Alike

Our government already favors certain industries—finance and defense, among them. President Obama should identify the parts of the private sector that share an interest in reducing the dreadful inequalities that have metastasized over nearly four decades.

Posted on Dec 19, 2010 READ MORE


Weeper of the House

The speaker got weepy. No, not her—him. The incoming House speaker, Ohio Republican John Boehner, turns out to be a veritable waterworks of emotion.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE


The Specter Haunting Obama

American decline is the specter haunting our politics. This could be President Obama’s undoing—or it could provide him with the opportunity to revive his presidency.

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / David J. Phillip

Clinton Trotted Out to Back Tax Deal

Former President Bill Clinton, the Democrat who brought you such miracles as welfare reform, NAFTA and “don’t ask, don’t tell,”  has jumped into the fray over the tax cut deal, adding his support to the compromise worked out by President Obama with the Republicans. “I don’t believe there is a better deal out there,” Clinton said.

Posted on Dec 11, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama in the Middle

What are we to make of Obama’s concessionary tax-cut move this week? Politically savvy or just another sign that what some of us bought isn’t what we got in our president? There’s definitely some disagreement about this point among the panelists ...

Posted on Dec 10, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Speaks Ill of His Allies

What does President Obama think of those who fought and bled to pass his bills in Congress (in some cases losing in this year’s election for their pains) while also defending him against wild charges from the right wing? Are they among the liberals he described as “sanctimonious”?

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 READ MORE


U.S. Orders Diplomats to Stop Telling Truth

In the first major policy fallout from the WikiLeaks disclosures, the State Department has ordered all U.S. diplomats to “cease and desist telling the truth until further notice.”

Posted on Dec 6, 2010 READ MORE



Congress via Wikimedia Commons

WikiLeaks Outs U.S. Diplomats’ Saucy Secrets

According to diplomatic cables obtained and leaked by the whistle-blowers extraordinaire, the king of Saudi Arabia asked the U.S. to attack Iran, Hillary Clinton instructed her diplomats to spy on U.N. leaders and others, Vladimir Putin is ...

Posted on Nov 28, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Seth Wenig

Fail and Grow Rich on Wall Street

Welcome to the brave new world of post-bailout capitalism. The Commerce Department announced Tuesday that corporate profits are at their highest level in U.S. history, and the Fed released minutes of an early November meeting in which officials predicted a stagnant economy and continued high unemployment. 

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Look Who’s the Decider Now

Forget the Republicans. It’s the president who sets the agenda, and who ultimately is held accountable for America’s successes and failures.

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 READ MORE



White House

La Vie en Denial

I read “Decision Points” and it turns out that George W. Bush is the Edith Piaf of fiscal policy: He regrets nothing.

Posted on Nov 17, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Royal Passage to Asia

Like his royal British forerunners, the president, through his advisers and their policies, brings imperial ambitions to the largest and most populous continent.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE


More Than a Failure to Communicate

The day after his shellacking, the bruised president offered a sober, tripartite analysis of voters’ message.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Experimental Images (CC-BY)

Bill Clinton Urged the Democrat to Drop Out of Florida’s Senate Race

Fearing a win by tea party wunderkind Marco Rubio, Bill Clinton asked his friend Kendrick Meek, the Democrat in the race, to drop out and endorse Republican Gov. Charlie Crist’s independent bid. Meek almost agreed, but ultimately decided to stick it out, according to reports. (continued)

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Dario Lopez-Mills

The World Liberal Opportunists Made

The lunatic fringe of the Republican Party, which looks set to make sweeping gains in the midterm elections, is the direct result of a collapse of liberalism.

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 READ MORE


Don’t Man Up, Grow Up

In this, the year of the Mama Grizzly, let’s stop stirring the moose chili for a moment to ponder three words—man up and whore—and what they have to tell us about the muddled state of gender politics.

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 READ MORE


‘Crazy Carl’ and the Limits of Anger

To call Carl Paladino brash and a loudmouth understates the case. The New York Daily News has taken to referring to the Republican nominee for New York governor as “Crazy Carl,” and his latest series of outbursts demonstrated why.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai to Take His Talents to Minneapolis

In a three-way swap that may be unprecedented in U.S. history, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to become vice president of the United States, Vice President Joe Biden will become president of Afghanistan and Afghan President Hamid Karzai will be traded to the Minnesota Vikings.

Posted on Oct 10, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / SEIU International (CC-BY)

White House Categorically Denies Biden-Clinton Swap

You’d think Bob Woodward would have no trouble selling books without making up a humdinger like this, but the WashPo sage told CNN that the White House was considering having Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden swap jobs. “Just absolutely not true,” responds the White House. (Video and more after the jump)

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 READ MORE


Lies of the Tea Party

The disaffection and demoralization of Democrats have created a dangerous political vacuum that is being filled with misleading data, urban legends and outright lies.

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton Celebrates Kissinger While White House Repeats His Mistakes

Future historians will marvel at how U.S. leaders failed to learn from their horrific crimes in Indochina, and are instead repeating many of them today.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE


Return of the ‘Contract With America’

Why do John Boehner and his colleagues want to remind voters of their political descent from the likes of Newt Gingrich and Tom DeLay, and the legacy of misconduct, fakery and error that they represent?

Posted on Sep 26, 2010 READ MORE


The Party of Nonsense

The Republicans were doing pretty well for themselves as the Party of No. So why did they decide to rebrand themselves as the Party of Nonsense?

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Pat Wellenbach

Is It Lady Who’s Gaga or the Senate?

We live in two simultaneous but radically incongruous realities, where undemocratic arrangements negotiated in the 18th century contend with commercial media industries that covet the enlightened youth.

Posted on Sep 22, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Susan Walsh

So Long, Summers

Finally! The announced departure of Lawrence Summers as the president’s top economic adviser is welcome news. Harvard’s loss in taking back its $586,996-a-year professor and “president emeritus,” who is also paid millions by Wall Street on the side, is the nation’s gain.

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 READ MORE


Bill Clinton
Flickr / Photo Mojo

Clinton: Obama ‘Getting His Groove Back’

Bill Clinton says Barack Obama is “getting his grove back” after being “socked by the intensity of Republican opposition” during the first 20 months of his presidency. The president’s failure to win the backing that he expected from the GOP “disoriented him for a while,” Clinton said.

Posted on Sep 19, 2010 READ MORE



Bungie

Video Games Are Good for Your Brain

Don’t listen to Hillary Clinton. Video games are good for you. They make you and your children sharper, and kids should be able to play them without permission.

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

After Summers Comes the Fall

When will the president give Lawrence Summers his pink slip? He can thank him for his years of service and use the excuse that his top economic adviser wants to spend more time with his family. I don’t care how he sugarcoats it.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 READ MORE


A Myth About Job Creation

It is taken as gospel among politicians of both parties that small business is the engine of job creation. Obama, McCain, Bush, Kerry, Clinton and Reagan have made that claim. Only one problem: The assertions are overblown and simplistic.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 READ MORE



‘The Great American Stickup’: How Wall Street Occupied Washington

The big cop-out in much of what has been written about the banking meltdown has been the argument by those most complicit that there was “enough blame to go around” and that no institution or individual should be singled out for accountability. “How could we have known?” is the refrain of those who continue to pose as all-knowing experts.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Mideast Peace Talks Take One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority could implode before they even get off the ground. Hillary Clinton and George Mitchell will have their chaperoning cut out for them, with the PA threatening to withdraw if Israel resumes settlement construction and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announcing a plan to do just that.

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 READ MORE


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