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Hillary’s Healthy Turnaround

Hillary Clinton’s skillful introduction of her new health care plan demonstrated why she is the most formidable Democrat running for president. It also suggested that if victorious, she won’t be defeated so easily by the insurance and pharmaceutical industries as she and her husband were the last time they tried to reform the dysfunctional American medical system.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE


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Supporting the Troops, GOP-Style

Senate Republicans have successfully blocked a three-month expansion of troop leave, which the Democrats hoped would provide pressure to withdraw without cutting off funds. John McCain called the effort to give our fighting men and women 15 months off between combat deployments “dangerous.”

Posted on Sep 19, 2007 READ MORE


George W. Bush and Bill Clinton
AP Photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

‘Giving’ and Taking

Bill Clinton has written a new book about charity, a fitting subject for a president who betrayed the poor and led his party into the arms of corporate America.

Posted on Sep 17, 2007 READ MORE


Help With Petraeus’ Testimony

Political comedian Will Durst provides the answers to some frequently asked (and vexing) questions about Gen. David Petraeus’ testimony.

Posted on Sep 16, 2007 READ MORE


The New Majority

As Virginia goes, so goes the Senate—and the nation? The decision of former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner to run for the seat of retiring Republican Sen. John Warner is more than just bad news for the GOP.

Posted on Sep 14, 2007 READ MORE


Forget About the ‘Surge’

The question of whether or not the “surge” is working is a distraction from the fact that fighting “them” over there makes us less safe at home. If the Democrats want to bring the troops home, they should repeat that mantra over and over.

Posted on Sep 10, 2007 READ MORE


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nytimes.com

Gone, but Not Forgotten

Alberto Gonzales is stepping down, but he and the White House may still have to face the music. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid showed no sign of backing down following the resignation announcement: “Congress must get to the bottom of this mess and follow the facts where they lead, into the White House.”

Posted on Aug 27, 2007 READ MORE


Maliki Doesn’t Deserve All the Blame

Maybe the Iraqi prime minister should just enter our primaries next year and Americans could vote up or down on whether he should remain in office.

Posted on Aug 24, 2007 READ MORE


Rove Leaves Behind a Grateful Party

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Posted on Aug 15, 2007 READ MORE


Democrats Punt on National Security

Some lawmakers were furious over the administration’s actions regarding a surveillance bill, but in the end members of the majority party in Congress caved in under political pressure.

Posted on Aug 10, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Teaches His Dog a New Trick

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Posted on Aug 8, 2007 READ MORE


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sethapartner.com

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


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Democrats Grip and Grin With the Bloggers

If you can’t get enough of Democrats fighting over who is least Bush-like, check out the Largest Minority’s roundup and critique of the YearlyKos debate.

Posted on Aug 5, 2007 READ MORE


Democrats to Bush: Veto This!

Defying President Bush’s promise to veto the bill, House Democrats approved a broad expansion of the popular SCHIP program that would offer healthcare coverage to millions more poor children. The Senate version appears likely to pass, which would force Bush to make good on his vow and in the process deny poor children fiscally responsible healthcare.

Posted on Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE


The Unflappable Speaker

Nancy Pelosi doesn’t have the demeanor of someone who leads a Congress suffering from the worst public disapproval in contemporary polling history.

Posted on Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

‘Daily Show’: It’s Go Time

Jon Stewart breaks down the White House’s reaction to Karl Rove’s subpoena and marvels at Tony Snow’s fondness for Yiddish.

Posted on Jul 31, 2007 READ MORE


Liar Liar

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has once again been caught in a lie, or, to be charitable, an unfortunate incongruity. Testifying before Congress, FBI Director Robert Mueller twice contradicted Gonzales’ sworn testimony, lending credence to the testimony of former Deputy Attorney General James Comey, who also disagreed with Gonzales’ version of the facts.

Posted on Jul 27, 2007 READ MORE


Al Sharpton Joins Forces With Wal-Mart CEO

Civil rights leader Al Sharpton and Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott have found common ground on the issue of immigration reform. Appearing at the annual conference of the Hispanic organization La Raza, the unlikely cohorts gave speeches demanding a revival of the immigration debate. Sharpton raised the specter of racism and criticized presidential candidates who, he said, wink at voters of color and then often fail to deliver.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


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The Full CNN/YouTube Debate

It was only a matter of time before the first ever CNN/YouTube debate found its way onto—where else?—YouTube. In case you missed it or just want to relive the Web-friendly fireworks, here it is for your embedded viewing pleasure.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


Finally, Democrats Move Poverty to the Foreground

Say what you will about John Edwards’ expensive haircut, he’s been an integral player in changing the national conversation on poverty.

Posted on Jul 20, 2007 READ MORE


Kucinich and Gravel

Not Your Typical Political Debate

Kudos to PBS for hosting an excellent debate—or “All American Presidential Forum” as it’s known in public television land. The event featured a “panel of color” asking questions on a range of often-ignored topics. And did we mention equal time for all candidates? What a novel concept.

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


Reid
zablanc.blogspot.com

Democrats Get the Message

The Democrats in Congress know Americans are frustrated with their failure to change Iraq policy and have devised a new strategy to try to convince voters to keep them in the majority. The plan includes weekly war votes to put the hawks on the defensive, along with more aggressive legislation that would set a binding withdrawal deadline, raise troop readiness standards and close Guantanamo.

Posted on Jun 29, 2007 READ MORE


sorensen and kennedy
overgaard.dk

The Dream Speech

John F. Kennedy referred to Theodore C. Sorensen (above, left) as his intellectual blood bank—a man who helped put the magic in JFK’s famous rhetoric. Here is his dream acceptance speech for the next Democratic nominee. While the actual speech will probably have more political calculation and pandering, it’s worth dreaming about an alternative.

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


On Iraq, the Candidates are Frozen in Time

Most of the presidential candidates from both parties agree that we can’t allow Iraq to become a “failed state.” Unfortunately, that warning is about four years out of date.

Posted on Jun 21, 2007 READ MORE


Politics: It Could Get Ugly

Americans are fed up with the president and his war, but the opposition isn’t exciting many voters.

Posted on Jun 19, 2007 READ MORE


Reid and Bush
needlenose.com

Odd Couple Still Pushing Immigration Reform

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Bush are determined to push through the ailing immigration reform bill, despite heavy opposition from both sides of the aisle.  Reid, who has partnered with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, said Democrats would work through the July 4 recess if necessary.

Posted on Jun 15, 2007 READ MORE


Gonzales
slate.com

No-Confidence Vote on Gonzales Stalls in Senate

Senate Republicans successfully blocked a symbolic vote of no-confidence in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday, although none defended his performance. A handful of Republicans, including some who have called for Gonzales’ resignation, voted with the Democrats, while Joe Lieberman voted against the measure.

Posted on Jun 11, 2007 READ MORE


Conservative Senator Loses Battle With Cancer

Sen. Craig Thomas, R-Wyo., died at the age of 74 on Monday. Under Wyoming law, the state Republican Party will choose three candidates, and Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal will appoint the successor.

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


Are the Dems Losing Their Way?

Two questions from Sunday’s Democratic debate: Does Joe Biden have to set himself on fire to get serious attention? And whatever happened to the lunch bucket issues that once made Democrats the dominant political party in America?

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


Facing Extinction

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Posted on Jun 4, 2007 READ MORE


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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


A Tale of Two Parties

So when Democratic presidential candidates get together, they argue about who has the best healthcare plan. When Republicans have a big discussion, it’s about torture and who’ll use it when.

Posted on Jun 1, 2007 READ MORE


Waxman
AP Photo / Lauren Victoria Burke

The Overseer: Rep. Henry Waxman

Rep. Henry Waxman, who more than any other politician is fulfilling the Democrats’ election promise to bring good governance and oversight back to Washington, tells Truthdig about Iraq corruption, the tragedy of post-traumatic stress disorder, and why it’s only a matter of time before Congress—Republicans included—pulls the plug on the war.

Posted on May 30, 2007 READ MORE


Cindy Sheehan: ‘It’s Up to You Now’

Antiwar protest icon Cindy Sheehan says she is retiring from the spotlight and “going home for awhile to try and be normal.” In her Daily Kos diary, she writes: “Goodbye America ... you are not the country that I love and I finally realized no matter how much I sacrifice, I can’t make you be that country unless you want it.”

Posted on May 29, 2007 READ MORE


Obama Hops on the Healthcare Bandwagon

How did the third rail of American politics suddenly become the must-have political accessory in the 2008 election? It might have something to do with skyrocketing healthcare costs and the tens of millions of uninsured. Thus Barack Obama has become the latest candidate to call for universal health coverage.

Posted on May 29, 2007 READ MORE


Waxman
AP Photo / Lauren Victoria Burke

The Overseer: Rep. Henry Waxman

Rep. Henry Waxman, who more than any other politician is fulfilling the Democrat’s election promise to bring good governance and oversight back to Washington, tells Truthdig about Iraq corruption, the tragedy of post-traumatic stress disorder, and why it’s only a matter of time before Congress—Republicans included—pulls the plug on the war.

Posted on May 28, 2007 READ MORE


Draining the Swamp

With the furor over the war funding bill, you may not have noticed that Congress did something right this week. Although it will likely threaten their tenuous hold on a majority, the Democrats pushed through legislation to further limit the influence of lobbyists in Washington.

Posted on May 28, 2007 READ MORE


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Why Bush Is the Worst President Ever

Bill Maher explains why he thinks Jimmy Carter was right (before he changed his tune) when he said that George W. Bush is the worst president ever. Although, as the “Real Time” host points out, you don’t get to be the worst without just a little help from the opposition.

Posted on May 27, 2007 READ MORE


Senators Shame Bush Over Prewar Intelligence

The Senate Intelligence Committee has declassified and released two prewar intelligence reports that warned a postwar Iraq could struggle with sectarian violence and might benefit al-Qaida and Iran. Democrats on the panel, along with Republicans Chuck Hagel and Olympia Snowe, criticized the Bush administration for ignoring the prescient warnings.

Posted on May 25, 2007 READ MORE


Americans Back Immigration Proposals

While opposition in Washington to the new immigration bill spans the political spectrum, the major proposals of the legislation find widespread support among the American people, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll. A majority of Republicans, Democrats and independents say they support reforms to the immigration system, including the eventual legalization of immigrants and a guest worker program.

Posted on May 25, 2007 READ MORE


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U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall

And the War Goes On

With a backdrop of increased sectarian violence, the discovery of a missing U.S. soldier’s corpse and the president’s promise of more troop casualties, Congress has approved $100 billion in funding for the Iraq war.  Bush is happy with the bill, but from her comments, it’s clear House Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn’t: “This is like a fig leaf. ...”

Posted on May 24, 2007 READ MORE


The Fightin’ Dems

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‘Countdown’ on Democratic Cowardice

Keith Olbermann and Newsweek’s Howard Fineman vent their disbelief and disgust over the Democrats’ war funding capitulation. Fineman likens the move to pushing piles of chips into the pot and then folding when the last card comes up.

Posted on May 23, 2007 READ MORE


Democrats Cave on Timetable

The Democratic leadership in Congress is close to a deal with the White House to provide funding for the war without a timetable for withdrawal. The legislation will include benchmarks for U.S. aid, close to $8 billion in domestic spending and a minimum-wage increase, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has indicated that she cannot bring herself to vote for a bill that doesn’t set a withdrawal date for U.S. troops.

Posted on May 22, 2007 READ MORE


Trading Secrets

The Democratic Party leadership is stabbing its base in the back with secret “free trade” deals made behind closed doors with the White House. Now congressional Democrats may be on the verge of a significant split.

Posted on May 22, 2007 READ MORE


Howard Dean Mixes It Up With Colbert

The DNC chairman sits down with Stephen Colbert for a raucous discussion on the Republican debate, torture and why the Democrats won’t go on Fox News: “No sense in going on propaganda outlets when you don’t have to.” Other Dean zingers include: “Any Republican debate is torture,” and “John McCain knows something about torture, the rest of the guys were just windbags.”

Posted on May 17, 2007 READ MORE


Care to Change Your Tune, Mr. Gonzales?

Sens. Feingold, Schumer, Kennedy and Durbin have asked Attorney General Alberto Gonzales if he cares to revise previous testimony after the revelations of former Deputy Attorney General James Comey, who gave contradictory testimony about Gonzales’ attempt to “take advantage of a very sick man.” If you’ve been overwhelmed by Bush administration scandals and missed the details of this one, here’s a primer.

Posted on May 16, 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


Hillary’s Not So Secret Weapon

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