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Obama in Texas
AP photo / Rick Bowmer

Obama Gets Grilled

Perhaps responding to accusations made by pundits and politicians that Barack Obama has been given kid-glove treatment by the media, reporters at a San Antonio, Texas, press conference made sure they didn’t invite similar criticism Monday night.

Posted on Mar 4, 2008 READ MORE


Cinton

Clinton’s ‘Pretty Pathetic’ Time With Stewart

Hillary Clinton showed she could dish it and take it from Jon Stewart with her opening zinger in her Monday night appearance (via a not-so-very-synced-up satellite connection) on “The Daily Show,” pronouncing her decision to spend precious minutes with Stewart “pretty pathetic.”

Posted on Mar 3, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton ad
youtube.com

Clinton’s ‘Red Phone’ Ad

In the waning days before the crucial electoral contests in Ohio and Texas, Hillary Clinton’s campaign has released targeted advertising emphasizing her readiness to handle the most dangerous security threats to the nation and suggesting that she would be better prepared than Barack Obama to pick up the dreaded “red phone.”

Posted on Feb 29, 2008 READ MORE


Obama Bollywood

Obama Goes to Bollywood

Now, mind you, this is not an officially endorsed campaign video for Barack Obama. But we kind of wish it was.

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


Obama-kah
jewsforobama.blogspot.com

Obama and the Jews

The bad side of being a new face in politics is that your enemies can treat you like a blank slate, to be filled in with lies and slurs. That’s what is happening to Sen. Barack Obama, who is being subjected to a secretive whispering and e-mail campaign that aims to alienate him from Jewish voters by linking him to Black Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan and the Muslim religion.

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Clinton Takes On Obama Photo Question

It wasn’t the easiest moment in Tuesday’s Democratic debate for either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, but both candidates handled it well when moderator Brian Williams broached the uncomfortable subject of the photo, leaked to the Drudge Report early Monday for apparently political purposes, of Obama wearing traditional African garb in Kenya.

Posted on Feb 27, 2008 READ MORE


Ellen at Clinton rally

Ellen Rallies for Clinton

Barack Obama’s campaign may count she-mogul Oprah Winfrey in its stable of celebrity boosters, but Hillary Clinton’s got her own talk show powerhouse: Ellen DeGeneres, who made a live appearance during this recent rally to put Hillary on the spot with some tough questions, like what to do about the sparkly danger that glitter poses to Americans everywhere.

Posted on Feb 26, 2008 READ MORE


Obama in Kenya
AP photo

Obama, Clinton Camps Clash Over Obama Photo Leak

On Monday morning, The Drudge Report featured a photo of Barack Obama in traditional Kenyan dress taken during his 2006 visit to the African nation. Obama aides are angrily accusing Clinton’s team of leaking the photo in an attempt to put off voters (with a heaping dose of “ethnicity,” apparently) at a particularly auspicious moment, but Clinton’s camp has denied that it released the picture.

Posted on Feb 25, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary4U@Me

Worst. Campaign. Song. Ever.

Let’s just put it out there that this is not a critique of Hillary Clinton the candidate. Having said that, we’ll also say that it’s quite possible that this is the worst campaign song/video of all time. Somewhere, the members of the Jackson 5 are cringing. No parody necessary.

Posted on Feb 14, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary in Seattle
flickr.com

Clinton Looks Ahead

Sen. Hillary Clinton is focusing on the high points of the last week—her Super Tuesday successes in weighty states like New York and California, for example—and looking to potential wins in Texas and other elections to hold her position in the race for the Democratic nomination in coming weeks.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008 READ MORE


Grammy Tops Off Obama’s Winning Weekend

Maine caucus-goers and Grammy voters gave Barack Obama two more wins on Sunday, rounding out a weekend of victories in four states with the Grammy trophy for best spoken word album for his recording of “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.”  Here’s the kicker:  Obama beat out former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter for the Grammy.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / Rick Bowmer

Super Saturday for Obama

Amid speculation that a long road might be in store for Democratic rivals Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the tide turned in Obama’s favor Saturday with Nebraska and Washington state caucus victories and a big win in the Louisiana primary.

Posted on Feb 9, 2008 READ MORE


Huck and Mac
AP photo / Charlie Niebergall

The Common Enemy

After Super Tuesday, Democrats are worrying that a long Clinton-Obama contest might irreparably damage the party’s prospects in November. But, as longtime political reporter and former Los Angeles Times City Editor Bill Boyarsky points out, the bigger threat is a McCain-Huckabee ticket.

Posted on Feb 7, 2008 READ MORE


Real News report

The ‘Bradley Effect’: MSM Hype?

Following Hillary Clinton’s surprise win in New Hampshire, some mainstream media outlets speculated that the “Bradley effect,” which posits that some white voters will avoid telling pollsters they voted against an African-American candidate, could explain Barack Obama’s election results in that state. Here, the Real News takes a closer look at that race-based rationale.

Posted on Feb 6, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary
AP photo / Elise Amendola

Clinton Prepares for Fox News Debate

Perhaps regardless of Tuesday’s election results, Sen. Hillary Clinton is looking toward the next debate opportunity—this time sponsored by Fox News—on Feb. 11. Barack Obama, however, hasn’t agreed yet to appear on the conservative channel.

Posted on Feb 5, 2008 READ MORE


Scarlett

ScarJo 4 Obama!

Hey there, independent voters—would a (prerecorded) phone call from sultry starlet Scarlett Johansson persuade you to head to the polls on Tuesday and cast a vote for her fave candidate, Barack Obama? Johansson certainly hopes so, so don’t ignore those numbers you don’t recognize on your caller ID—it could be robo-ScarJo!

Posted on Feb 4, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary on Coulter

Clinton Cracks Wise About Coulter

It’s endorsement mania in these final hours before Super Tuesday, and here’s Hillary Clinton taking news of Ann Coulter’s offhanded endorsement in stride, shooting a quick joke back at the “Inside Edition” reporter who apparently hoped to freak her out by cornering her with his Coulter question and his cameraman’s assertive use of his zoom function.

Posted on Feb 4, 2008 READ MORE


California debate

Down to the Fundamentals

With mere days left before Super Tuesday and down to just two candidates, Thursday’s Democratic debate in Los Angeles gave voters a crucial eleventh-hour look at Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, who kept things friendly enough while staking out their differences on several key issues—health care, the economy and, most importantly, the Iraq war. 

Posted on Jan 31, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / Charles Rex Arbogast

N.Y. Post Gives Obama the Nod

The idea of any news organization associated with conservative Australian media baron Rupert Murdoch backing a liberal Democrat (egad!) such as Barack Obama may seem strange, but upon closer inspection the New York Post’s endorsement for the Democratic nomination reads less like a bid for Obama than an effort to avoid four more years of “Team Clinton” in the White House.

Posted on Jan 31, 2008 READ MORE


Edwards
observer.com

Edwards Bows Out

Pledging to soldier on in his quest to fight poverty, Democratic candidate John Edwards dropped out of the presidential race Wednesday. Edwards has not yet endorsed either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. His two former rivals both praised him Wednesday as he made his exit. 

Posted on Jan 30, 2008 READ MORE


McAuliffe
AP photo / Mike Wintroath

Angling for Edwards’ Loyal Lawyers

Politics mixed with martinis and swizzle sticks as campaign aides from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s camps infiltrated a Puerto Rican resort in an effort to woo John Edwards’ colleagues and supporters at an annual gathering of top American trial lawyers.  Above, one of the weekend’s political players, Clinton lieutenant Terry McAuliffe.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008 READ MORE


Obama Sweeps South Carolina Primary

Sen. Barack Obama scored a big win in South Carolina on Saturday, winning the state’s Democratic primary with 55 percent of the votes—an impressive lead over competitors Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, who earned 27 percent and 18 percent of the Palmetto State’s primary tally.

Posted on Jan 26, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton
jfklibrary.org

Did Bill Clinton Hurt Hillary’s S.C. Showing?

Former President Bill Clinton’s strong words in the days leading up to the South Carolina Democratic primary may have affected Saturday’s results in ways that didn’t help Hillary Clinton, according to exit polls. While polling is under (well-deserved) scrutiny lately, statistics aren’t needed to indicate how risky some of Bill Clinton’s choices have been.

Posted on Jan 26, 2008 READ MORE


Obama

Obama Presents Top 10 List on ... Obama

The current crop of presidential candidates are keenly aware of the value of impressing America’s youth with a little ironic self-parody, ideally showcased on the Internet and/or late-night TV shows. Here’s Barack Obama doing his part to make the youngsters laugh by gamely delivering David Letterman’s signature Top 10 list about himself.

Posted on Jan 25, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Clinton
AP photo / Charlie Niebergall

Southern Black Voters Split Between Obama and Clinton

The subject of race has gotten major—some would say excessive—play in recent Democratic debates, but judging from this New York Times report, we can expect more on this matter from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in coming weeks. That’s because, as the paper put it, “If any election can prove that Southern blacks are not a monolithic voting bloc, it is this one.”

Posted on Jan 18, 2008 READ MORE


dollar
brokerforyou.com

Bush Plans Economic Intervention

What to do about the slumping U.S. economy? President Bush may disagree with congressional Democrats on dozens of issues, but he seems to agree with their call for some kind of temporary stimulus measure to be implemented as soon as possible. Bush’s potential bailout plan will likely focus on income tax rebates to inspire Americans to go out and spend for their country.

Posted on Jan 18, 2008 READ MORE


polling booth
AP photo / Alex Brandon

Closing the Polling Gap

How to explain the discrepancy—which was, in the case of New Hampshire this week, essentially on the Democratic side of the ballot—between polling numbers and election results?  In a column, ABC News’ polling poobah, Gary Langer, makes some suggestions and calls for a “serious, critical look at the final pre-election polls in the Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire.”

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 READ MORE


NH debate
AP photo / Steven Senne

The Battleground of New Hampshire

As the candidates press forward in the final hours before the state’s primary, the war and health care stand as prime issues.  But no one is fully facing up to the fact that the latter cannot be properly addressed as long as the U.S. is paying for the former.

Posted on Jan 7, 2008 READ MORE


kucinich
AP photo / Stephan Savoia

Kucinich Files Complaint Over Debate Exclusion

Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich won’t accept his exclusion from ABC’s debates on Saturday without a fight.  Kucinich filed a complaint with the FCC Friday, claiming ABC is denying him equal time and noting that parent company Disney has made campaign contributions to the four invited Democrats.

Posted on Jan 4, 2008 READ MORE


Cinton
AP photo / Stephan Savoia

Clinton Regroups in New Hampshire

Acknowledging a setback in her campaign following Barack Obama’s victory in Iowa, Sen. Hillary Clinton switched gears in New Hampshire, reasserting her readiness for office and urging voters to take a close look at Obama’s policies before embracing his message of hope.

Posted on Jan 4, 2008 READ MORE


Off the Beaten Campaign Trail

Just as the Iowa caucuses were hitting their boiling point, Truthdig’s indefatigable campaign correspondent Bill Boyarsky high-tailed it to New Hampshire to check out the next electoral battleground.  Here he takes stock of the frenetic scene he just left and looks to the future of political reporting.

Posted on Jan 4, 2008 READ MORE


edwards
AP photo / Charlie Niebergall

Edwards Lays Out Aggressive Withdrawal Plan

When it comes to setting an exact timetable for withdrawing American forces from Iraq, some Democratic candidates are more forthcoming with the details than others.  Take John Edwards, for example, who told The New York Times about his ambitious plan to bring nearly all U.S. troops home within 10 months if he is elected president.

Posted on Jan 2, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton in Iowa
AP photo / M. Spencer Green

The Iowa Caucus Con

Political reporters are not widely embraced, but in Iowa, they are eagerly welcomed when they show up to cover the state’s unique system of selecting presidential nominees.  The reason is simple: The media is a co-conspirator in a con, the Iowa caucuses.

Posted on Dec 26, 2007 READ MORE


Edwards
AP photo / Charlie Niebergall

Banking on Grass Roots in Iowa

In these final days before the Iowa caucuses, John Edwards’ chance for the presidency comes down to people like Jim Clifford, trudging up an icy driveway to persuade Leo Oswald, a shipping clerk at the Georgia Pacific plant in Dubuque, to turn out and support Edwards.

Posted on Dec 23, 2007 READ MORE


Obama in Iowa
AP photo / Kevin Sanders

Iowa ‘08:  Barack Obama Live

In his first dispatch from the scene of the upcoming caucuses, Boyarsky gets a look at Barack Obama in action as the Democratic presidential hopeful delivers a speech in Des Moines touching on foreign policy and the issue of experience in office.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE


Democrats in Iowa
AP photo / Charlie Niebergall

Gore Vidal on the Democratic Debate Debacle

Whither Dennis Kucinich?  If the powers that be at CNN and a certain Iowa news outlet (attention: Des Moines Register) thought that elbowing Kucinich out of the most recent Democratic presidential debate would slip by unnoticed, Gore Vidal is more than ready to disabuse them of that notion.

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 READ MORE


Lieberman to Endorse McCain

Sen. Joseph Lieberman, a self-described “Independent Democrat,” is expected to turn his back on the Democratic candidates to endorse John McCain for president. It’s a fitting move for the George Bush apologist, who was rejected by the primary voters of his own party for his unabashed support of the war.

Posted on Dec 16, 2007 READ MORE


Edwards in Iowa
AP photo / Matthew Putney

Looking Beyond the Haircut

John Edwards’ words at the last Iowa Democratic debate sounded so out of tune with this year’s campaign discourse—and so sensible and important—that the man might as well have been campaigning on another planet.

Posted on Dec 16, 2007 READ MORE


poster
huffingtonpost.com

Postering for Change in ‘08

It’s hard to limit oneself to just a couple dozen names, slogans and events representing the worst of the Bush years, but that’s what the folks at The Huffington Post have done for a postering campaign designed to promote Democratic candidates and shame Team Bush for its transgressions.

Posted on Dec 15, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
AP photo / Jose Luis Magana

Hillary Clinton:  ‘Bush Lite’?

Judging by the senator’s voting record and her position on matters of international law and human rights, political scholar Stephen Zunes believes Hillary Clinton is poised to carry on the legacy of a certain prior occupant of the White House if she’s elected next November—and it’s not the one you might think.

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 READ MORE


Obama and Oprah
AP photo / Gerry Broome

Oprah Stumps for Obama at S.C. Stadium Rally

If Oprah Winfrey can do for politicians what she’s done for books and for any number of consumer items on her “Favorite Things” lists, Barack Obama might have a serious shot at the White House next November.  Oprah held court on Sunday at a South Carolina stadium filled with nearly 30,000 Obama supporters, a giant pep rally that “had the feel of a rock concert,” according to Associated Press reporter Seanna Adcox.

Posted on Dec 10, 2007 READ MORE


Ted Kennedy
washingtonpost.com

Capitol Hill Dems Push for CIA Tape Inquiry

A day after The New York Times released its explosive report that at least two videotapes showing CIA agents using severe interrogation tactics (that most nefarious of euphemisms) on terror suspects, congressional Democrats are registering their extreme displeasure and calling for an official investigation into what Sen. Edward Kennedy slammed as a “cover-up.”

Posted on Dec 7, 2007 READ MORE


Ron Paul
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Cheering for Ron Paul

What can you get for a trillion bucks?  Or make that $1.6 trillion, if you take the cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as tallied by the majority staff of Congress’ Joint Economic Committee. Or is it the $3.5-trillion figure cited by Paul, whose concern about the true cost of this war for ordinary Americans shames the leading Democrats?

Posted on Nov 20, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. soldiers
boston.com

Ron Paul:  Iraq War Will Cost $3.5 Trillion

It’s difficult to fully comprehend the total price tag of the Iraq war, but Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has made some staggering calculations, coming up with a whopping $3.5 trillion—including “hidden costs” such as interest on the money we’re borrowing, and long-term health care for vets. 

Posted on Nov 20, 2007 READ MORE


Obama
peakaction.files.wordpress.com

Obama Campaigners Work the Switchboards

If the Illinois senator beats Hillary Clinton and the others for the nomination, a good portion of credit will go to the volunteers now making phone calls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, California and other places.

Posted on Nov 18, 2007 READ MORE


Bush and Grammer
AP photo / Charles Dharapak, File

Hollywood Conservatives Keep a Low Profile

It’s relatively easy to drum up a list of high-flying entertainers who have publicly backed a Democratic politician in recent years (if not weeks)—Oprah, George Clooney, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand and others readily come to mind—but their conservative counterparts are much harder to ID without resorting to a Google search.

Posted on Nov 16, 2007 READ MORE


Kucinich

Kucinich:  We’re Losing Our Democracy

This week, Rep. Dennis Kucinich drummed up support within the House to introduce articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney.  Here, he discusses his motivations on Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now!” TV/radio show.

Posted on Nov 9, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton Plays the Rescuer Card

Politicians almost always exploit gender.  What Sen. Clinton is doing now is auditioning for the role of rescuer on a feminist frontier.

Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE


Colbert

Colbert’s Campaign Hits a Snag

All those hand-wringers out there who’ve been vexed and perplexed by Stephen Colbert’s presidential campaign might be heartened to hear that the South Carolina Democratic Party—“a shadowy organization whose rituals are shrouded in mystery,” says Colbert—has thrown a major wrench into the works.

Posted on Nov 2, 2007 READ MORE


Debate at Drexel
AP photo / Rusty Kennedy

Obama Takes Clinton to Task

No doubt aware of his need to snap into clearer focus as a candidate after months of relatively hazy public performances, Barack Obama issued a sharp critique of rival Hillary Clinton following Tuesday night’s Democratic debate in Philadelphia.

Posted on Oct 31, 2007 READ MORE


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