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Acknowledging the Race Chasm

American politics is as polarized as a red and blue election map. On one side are those who try to distract from the issue; on the other side are those who work to sensationalize it. What unifies both is bigotry.

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Carolyn Kaster

The Super Problem

Throughout the primary campaign, Democrats have been explaining, equivocating and ultimately fretting over the role of superdelegates, but those unelected power brokers are themselves the result of previous party contortions. Perhaps the time has come for a new model.

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Plays the Crazy Card

In this protracted and often dispiriting prelude to the general election, few remarks have been as poorly chosen as Sen. Hillary Clinton’s threat to “totally obliterate” Iran.

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE


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Supreme Court / Steve Petteway

Another Reason Not to Vote for McCain

The Democrats have been worried about unifying their party, so it’s odd that John McCain would pick this moment to give them another reason to band together. If elected, McCain said Tuesday, he would think of conservative Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito “as the model for my own nominees” to the Supreme Court.

Posted on May 6, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Elise Amendola

Obama Takes N.C., Clinton Squeaks By in Ind.

Judging by exit polls, two groups made the difference for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton Tuesday night. A strong showing from African-American voters and gains elsewhere helped Obama to a big win in North Carolina. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, could thank older voters for what turned out to be a nail-biter of a victory in Indiana.

Posted on May 6, 2008 READ MORE


A Fair Fight

Lately, the campaigns of both Democratic contenders have changed—and those changes have made both stronger. Now there’s a contest between the old Obama and the new Clinton. Updated.

Posted on May 6, 2008 READ MORE


My First Campaign

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AP photo / Alastair Grant

Changing of the Guard for British Gov’t

To say it was a politically interesting week would be a case of British understatement: London gained a new mayor—Boris Johnson, who beat incumbent Ken Livingstone to become the first Conservative to win the office—and Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Labour Party took a drubbing in local elections across the U.K. on May Day.

Posted on May 2, 2008 READ MORE


Dean on 'Daily Show'

Howard Dean: ‘We’re Gonna Win’

The man who made his mark on the last presidential election cycle with his campaign-sinking scream, DNC Chairman Howard Dean, was the bearer of good predictions for Democrats on Thursday’s “Daily Show.” He explained the super-cryptic superdelegate system, the controversial notion of “electability” and what it’s like to be the candidate who missed out in ‘04 for “saying boo-ya at the wrong time.”

Posted on May 2, 2008 READ MORE


Robert Mugabe
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Zimbabwe Election Goes to Second Round

The election for Zimbabwe’s presidency made one reluctant step forward Friday as poll results were finally announced after over a month of intimidation, violence and other acts of political thuggery. Opposition candidate Morgan Tsangirai managed to beat out incumbent-for-life Robert Mugabe but failed to receive more than 50 percent of the ballots, forcing a second round of voting.

Posted on May 2, 2008 READ MORE


The Power of a Stupid Idea

There’s something maddening about this presidential campaign. It has become irrelevant whether anything the candidates say actually makes sense. Case in point: cutting the gas tax.

Posted on May 2, 2008 READ MORE



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$10.9 Billion Ain’t What it Used to Be

Exxon Mobil made $10.9 billion last quarter, but investors were disappointed that the world’s biggest oil company had only its second-biggest quarter ever. With a product that is harder and harder to find, shareholders who demand even bigger windfalls and consumers who are about ready to revolt, you almost have to feel sorry for the oil companies. No, you really don’t.

Posted on May 1, 2008 READ MORE


Mythmaking and Democracy

Republicans have had great success in convincing Americans that “voter fraud” is a grave and growing threat to the republic, but the exact crime that they speak of is almost nonexistent.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE


Belittling the Campaign

This is supposed to be a big election, but it has given every sign in recent weeks of becoming a small one. As a result, the public and the media are showing signs of exhaustion with what had once been an exhilarating contest.

Posted on Apr 28, 2008 READ MORE


Make It Stop

Who picked this movie? A few months ago, the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination looked as if it would be the feel-good political campaign of the decade, if not the century. Instead, we’re having to endure an endless loop of “Alien vs. Predator.”

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


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Spin Control With Your Host, President Sarkozy

French President Nicolas Sarkozy strode into office a year ago after talking big about economic growth, but by early 2008 he complained that “the till’s already empty”—as he sported flashy accessories and stepped out with an even flashier new partner, Carla Bruni.  Now, “Sarko” is doing crisis management and offering apologies for his past mistakes.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


Not Done Yet

The Pennsylvania Turnpike was a highway to nowhere for Barack Obama.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


How We Make Change

Whether Democrats view Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton as the ideal change agent comes down to how they think change is made.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


Buzzkill: N.Y. Times Editorial Rebukes Clinton

The New York Times editorial board, which endorsed Hillary Clinton early and enthusiastically, has had enough of negativity in the race for the White House: “It is past time for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to acknowledge that the negativity, for which she is mostly responsible, does nothing but harm to her, her opponent, her party and the 2008 election.”

Posted on Apr 22, 2008 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 22, 2008 READ MORE


The Two Obamas

The result of the 2008 election may come down to how voters decide to define Barack Obama. Is he Adlai Stevenson or John F. Kennedy? Updated.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


Pennsylvania’s ‘Faith-Based’ Primary

All eyes will be on Pennsylvania Tuesday, but citizen journalist Brad Friedman wonders if all votes will be counted, especially considering that the vast majority of Pennsylvanians will be casting electronic ballots. Election integrity is one of those issues that get a lot of lip service but no real action, which is probably why we’re still talking about it in 2008.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


Mugabe
AP photo / Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Three Different Takes on the Zimbabwean Presidential Battle

Last month’s election in Zimbabwe is yet to be resolved. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai believes he defeated President Robert Mugabe fairly, but a recount and a runoff may happen before the contest is finally decided. Meanwhile, opposition supporters say Mugabe’s party is attacking them as he holds on to power. 

Posted on Apr 18, 2008 READ MORE



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Grand Theft Slogan

Consider Barack Obama a trendsetter: In Italy, the recently defeated center-left leader in the parliamentary elections took a cue from the American candidate and adopted the slogan “Si può fare” or, as The Economist translates, “It can be done.” Right-winger Silvio Berlusconi, who won a convincing victory in that election, begged to differ.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Electoral Turmoil Continues in Zimbabwe

President Robert Mugabe’s regime is refusing to release the results of Zimbabwe’s March 29 election, as opposition leaders from the Movement for Democratic Change cry foul and call for their countrymen to stay away from work Tuesday in protest.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


Just a Regular Gal

Hillary “Shot-and-a-Beer” Clinton has given us the perfect illustration of what’s so insane about American politics: the philosophical dictum that could be summed up (with apologies to Descartes) as “I seem, therefore I am.”

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


The ?Bitter? Battle

The Democratic presidential candidates are doing a splendid job of helping John McCain get to the White House.

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


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White House / Sheahlah Craighead

Another Round for Silvio

With the concession of his main rival, conservative media mogul Silvio Berlusconi is set to take up a third term as Italy’s prime minister. Although a divisive and controversial figure, Berlusconi offered “An affectionate kiss to all Italians” over the news.

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


Berlusconi With Hands
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Berlusconi Wants More

Silvio Berlusconi, billionaire, media mogul and former prime minister of Italy, is calling for voters to give him a substantial majority of parliament seats as he vies a third time for the country’s most powerful office. The elections, to be held Sunday and Monday, will decide whether the country is led by a center-left coalition or Berlusconi’s right-wing “Freedom Folks.”

Posted on Apr 11, 2008 READ MORE


Road to Nowhere

The problem with the debate over our future course in Iraq is that the two sides are not even talking about the same things.

Posted on Apr 10, 2008 READ MORE


A Torture Debate Among Healers

The American Psychological Association is in the midst of its own heated presidential campaign. The central issue is whether APA members should be banned from participating in “harsh interrogations.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton bowling

Like Obama, Clinton Sucks at Bowling

If the election comes down to bowling ability, the Democrats are in serious trouble. Hillary Clinton poked fun at her rival’s poor showing at the lanes, but it turns out she can’t bowl either. Of course, there’s no evidence John McCain would fare any better. Is it too much to ask that the next president be able to roll a ball in a straight line?

Posted on Apr 7, 2008 READ MORE


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Lieberman In Decline

While he continues to get tremendous support from Republicans (go figure), Joe Lieberman is on the outs with Democrats and independents in his home district, according to a new poll. Were an election held today, 74 percent of Democrats would vote for Ned Lamont, while the same percentage of Republicans would vote for Lieberman over their own candidate.

Posted on Apr 7, 2008 READ MORE


The Clinton Backlash

Even Obama has said his rival should stay in the race, but how will she campaign? Negativity has hurt the once-mighty Clinton brand.

Posted on Mar 31, 2008 READ MORE


Mugabe votes
AP photo / Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Zimbabwe Tense as Election Results Slowly Roll In

Results from Saturday’s watershed elections in Zimbabwe are still being tallied and analyzed, and while the country anxiously awaits the outcome, some are wondering whether the delay is due to careful counting methods or more troubling potential causes. Meanwhile, President Robert Mugabe is losing his grip on power or ready to claim victory—depending on which of Monday’s conflicting reports you read.

Posted on Mar 31, 2008 READ MORE


U.S. troops in Iraq
AP photo / Sgt. Armando Monroig, U.S. Army

U.S. Troop Levels Likely to Stay Level in Iraq

Americans serving in Iraq will have to wait until the next president takes office before they can expect any substantial changes in troop numbers, if Bush follows the latest recommended plan from Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker.

Posted on Mar 24, 2008 READ MORE


Kevorkian
AP photo / Paul Saneya

Kevorkian Sets Sights on Congress

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, whose controversial work as a euthanasia advocate earned him both the nickname “Dr. Death” and time in the slammer, has a new crusade: to win a seat in Congress. Stranger things have been known to happen in American politics.

Posted on Mar 24, 2008 READ MORE


McKinney and Nader
runcynthiarun.org/votenader.org

A Conscientious Objection

Those of us who oppose the war, who believe that all U.S. troops should be withdrawn and the network of permanent bases in Iraq dismantled, have only two options in the coming presidential elections—Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney.

Posted on Mar 23, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

McCain Leads and Nader Surprises in Poll

A new Zogby poll suggests that John McCain has capitalized on his rivals’ ongoing combat, beating both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in a hypothetical matchup. But Ralph Nader also did better than expected, with 5 to 6 percent of the vote, mostly from progressives and independents. Updated

Posted on Mar 16, 2008 READ MORE


Remembering What Nixon Learned

In 1958, the GOP took a shellacking after the vice president used an anti-worker scheme in trying to win votes for his party. Now, right-wingers are resurrecting that failed strategy in Colorado, a key “swing” state.

Posted on Mar 13, 2008 READ MORE


Dems Clash With Time to Spare

The Pennsylvania primary isn’t until April 22, and the campaign has already gotten nasty. There have been so many dust-ups between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in the last couple of days, it’s almost hard to keep track. With weeks to go, there’s no sign of a cease-fire.

Posted on Mar 11, 2008 READ MORE


Chris Dodd

The Politics of YouTube

This has been described as the YouTube election, so it seems only fitting to get YouTube’s take on how the candidates have fared in the realm of viral videos. For all the fuss, it turns out some of the less fortunate candidates were the most industrious new media campaigners.

Posted on Mar 11, 2008 READ MORE


Musharraf Rivals Join Forces

It wasn’t a good Sunday for Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, as the leaders of Pakistan’s two biggest opposition parties agreed to set aside enough of their differences to form a coalition. Their first order of business is to strip the president of a number of his powers.

Posted on Mar 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Tracy Flick 4 Prez!

Slate magazine, putting a new spin on footage from Hillary campaign speeches, cobbled together this clever, if unabashedly Clinton-skewering, clip featuring enterprising heroine Tracy Flick from Alexander Payne’s 1999 flick “Election.” Over to you, Team Hillary.

Posted on Mar 7, 2008 READ MORE


The Democrats’ Fairness Doctrine

There they go again. Democrats have contrived a nominating contest that even Rube Goldberg would have considered too convoluted, too dysfunctional and too improbable to name as his own.

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
Flickr / Joe Crimmings

Feb. Not the Shortest Month for Obama

Though March dealt him some disappointments, February was very good to Barack Obama. His campaign blew away records by raising $55 million—that’s $20 million more than the amount taken in by Hillary Clinton, who had her best month yet. But the best news of all for Obama is that, according to The Hotline, $54 million of that money can be used in the primaries.

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE


The Race Goes On

In the end, the most memorable line of the primary season may belong to Bill Clinton: “I’ve been waiting all my life to vote for an African-American president. I’ve been waiting all my life to vote for a woman for president. ... I feel like God is playing games with our heads and our hearts.”

Posted on Mar 5, 2008 READ MORE


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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


Putin and Medvedev
AP photo / RIA Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, pool

Medvedev Wins Amid Murmurs of Election Flaws

It wasn’t a surprise victory by any stretch when Vladimir Putin’s political heir apparent, Dmitry Medvedev, soundly trounced the competition Sunday to become Russia’s next president. However, at least one election-vetting organization, as well as dozens of activists arrested by police as they gathered in Moscow to protest, questioned whether democracy truly won the day.

Posted on Mar 3, 2008 READ MORE


Old Habits Die Hard

The satirist writes that consumer activist Ralph Nader, appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” told host Tim Russert that he has officially decided to wreck the 2008 presidential election.

Posted on Mar 2, 2008 READ MORE


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