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Al Franken
realcities.com

Franken Decides to Run for Senate

Al Franken, the comedian, actor, author and radio host, will seek another title to add to his résumé: United States senator. According to multiple sources, Franken has finally decided to challenge conservative Republican Norm Coleman after years of debating the possibility.

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


Joe Biden
post-gazette.com

Biden Enters the Race with a Gaffe

Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., announced his presidential candidacy Wednesday, but he got more attention for a racially charged comment about competitor Barack Obama, calling him “the first mainstream African American [presidential candidate] who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


Mitt Romney’s Hypocritical Turnarounds

In his quest for the White House, the former Mass. governor has flip-flopped on so many positions that he makes John Kerry look good.

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


Jon Stewart and John Hodgman

Stewart and Hodgman Probe the Primaries

Jon Stewart and “The Daily Show’s” “resident expert” John Hodgman explore the implications of several big states’ mobilization to hold earlier primaries.

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


Politicos on YouTube

2008 Hopefuls Find New Media a Mixed Blessing

This great N.Y. Times story highlights the ways in which White House contenders are having to contend with game-changing technologies like YouTube. (Videos mentioned: Hillary’s national anthem; John Edwards’ primping, etc.)

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
nytimes.com

Hillary Jokes About Bill’s Bad Behavior

While speaking at a rally in Iowa, Hillary Clinton tried out a tactic she may come to rely on during the campaign—humor. Responding to a question about the bad men of the world, Clinton made a veiled reference to her notorious marital difficulties, and sent the crowd into an uproar.

Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


Mike Huckabee
washingtonpost.com

Another Arkansas Governor Running for President

Mike Huckabee, who’s best known for dropping 100 pounds and urging obese Arkansans to follow his example, added his name to the swelling list of presidential contenders on Sunday.

Posted on Jan 28, 2007 READ MORE


Diebold keys
bradblog.com

Diebold’s Latest Security Debacle

It turns out Diebold uses a universal key to access its voting machines, meaning that anyone who has one, a minute of free time and a little know-how can steal an election without a trace. What’s worse, the company made an image of the key available on its website, allowing at least one viewer to produce multiple working copies.

Posted on Jan 24, 2007 READ MORE


Al Gore
From draftgore.com

Al Gore for President?

After years of speculation about whether Al Gore will seek the presidency in 2008, a number of self-described grass-roots Democrats have given up waiting and launched a campaign to pressure the former vice president into running.

Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


Chuck Hagel
AP Photo / Gerald Herbert

Robert Scheer: Chuck Hagel for President!

If it ever narrows down to a choice between Chuck Hagel and some Democratic hack who hasn’t the guts to fundamentally challenge the president on Iraq, then the conservative Republican from Nebraska will have my vote. Yes, the war is that important.

Posted on Jan 16, 2007 READ MORE


Feingold
russfeingold.org

2006 MVPs: Most Valuable Progressives

The Nation’s John Nichols singles out those progressives he feels deserve special recognition for their work in 2006, including Russ Feingold (above) and members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Posted on Dec 31, 2006 READ MORE


Froma Harrop: Obama, Say-Nothing Superstar

Americans would do well to get over their adolescent crush on the Illinois Democrat and be receptive to less glamorous contenders who carry real messages.

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad
thewe.cc

Iran’s President Suffers Election Rout

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appears to have suffered his first major political setback, as early results from last week’s election start to come in. Ahmadinejad’s Sweet Scent of Service coalition won only three of Tehran’s 15 city council seats, while reformists and moderate conservatives enjoyed electoral success nationwide.

Posted on Dec 18, 2006 READ MORE


Bayh
indystar.com

Bayh Not Running in ‘08

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) has announced he won’t run for president. The moderate said facing so-called political celebrities like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama made the odds “longer than I felt I could responsibly pursue.”

Posted on Dec 17, 2006 READ MORE


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


70% Disapprove of Bush’s Handling of War

Seven in 10 Americans disapprove of Bush’s handling of the war, according to a new Washington Post/ABC poll. It’s the highest percentage since the March 2003 invasion. Six in 10 say the war is not worth fighting.

Posted on Dec 12, 2006 READ MORE


Diebold machine
blackboxvoting.org

Panel Rejects E-Voting Protections

A federal advisory panel has ruled against a proposal that would have required electronic voting machines to produce a verifiable paper ballot.  A report released last week by the National Institute of Standards and Technology that detailed the vulnerabilities of popular e-voting machines inspired the proposal, but was ultimately discarded.

Posted on Dec 5, 2006 READ MORE


matthews show

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 READ MORE


Hugo Chavez
alternet.org

Chavez Wins Third Term

Hugo Chavez has successfully defended his post and secured another six-year term as Venezuela’s president following an election held on Sunday.  During his acceptance speech, Chavez reprised his pet name for President Bush, saying his victory was “another defeat for the devil.”

Posted on Dec 4, 2006 READ MORE


Government Agency Slams Voting Machines

The federal government has finally taken notice of absurdly unverifiable electronic voting equipment, with new recommendations just released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  The research group argues that a paper trail is necessary for election officials to be able to conduct a credible recount. But don’t get your hopes up: Even if Congress agrees with the findings, real oversight could be years away.

Posted on Dec 1, 2006 READ MORE


Frist
ahoythere05.blogspot.com

Frist Won’t Run for President

Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist upset expectations Thursday by announcing he wouldn’t run for president in 2008.  The field is thinning, but only slightly, with names like McCain, Giuliani, Romney, Brownback, Huckabee and even Gingrich still in the mix on the GOP side.

Posted on Nov 30, 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


Ellen Goodman: Men Are From Mars, Women Want to ‘Make Things Better’

Post-election polls show that while men were angry at Bush, women cast their votes seeking real improvement.  But will the Democrats be able to deliver on women’s expectations?

Posted on Nov 22, 2006 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: America Chose Choice

From the defeat of South Dakota’s blanket ban on abortion to the victory of pro-choice candidates, the voters sent a strong message on Election Day: Choice is in the mainstream of American values.

Posted on Nov 21, 2006 READ MORE


Mr. Fish - McCain’s Campaign Promise

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McCain

McCain Marches to the Right

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) continued his Jekyll and Hyde routine Sunday on “ABC This Week,” contradicting his once moderate positions with pre-campaign right-wing pandering.  McCain said he would like to see Roe vs. Wade overturned, and noted his plan to send more troops to Iraq would “put a terrible strain on the Army,” but said it would be better than losing the war.

Posted on Nov 19, 2006 READ MORE


Kerry Limps On

John Kerry told Fox News he’s still considering a run for the presidency, despite the fiasco over his now-infamous botched joke: “The people that I have talked to across the country, my team’s confident and strong.”

Posted on Nov 19, 2006 READ MORE


Thompson and Bush
theepochtimes.com

Tommy Thompson Wants a Promotion

Add former secretary for Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson to the growing list of likely Republican presidential candidates in ‘08.  Like John McCain and Rudy Giuliani before him, Thompson has announced plans to form an exploratory committee, signaling his intention to run.

Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


Jabari Asim: The Rise of the Black Republican

Maryland’s African-American voters had to make a difficult decision on Nov. 7—whether to send Michael Steele, a black Republican, to the Senate, or instead back a party some feel takes them for granted.

Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE


Leno and the election

Comedians’ Election Roundup

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann put together a gag reel of late night comedians’ reactions to the Nov. 7 elections. Funny stuff. Watch it

Posted on Nov 13, 2006 READ MORE


Russ Feingold
russfeingold.org

Not Born to Run

While some of us are still recovering from our post-midterm hangovers, politicians already have their sights set on the 2008 presidential election.  Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) countered expectations today by announcing he would not seek his party’s nomination for president, choosing instead to focus on his work in the Senate.

Posted on Nov 12, 2006 READ MORE


Lieberman and Dean
usatoday.com

Lieberman Wants Back In

A spokesman for Joe Lieberman says the senator intends to serve in the next Congress as a full-blown Democrat, not an independent who merely caucuses with Democrats.

Posted on Nov 11, 2006 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
news.bbc.co.uk

The Dean Machine

It seems like just yesterday that Karl Rove was touted as a campaign genius.  Now Britain’s Labour Party is tapping Howard Dean for his election wisdom.

Posted on Nov 11, 2006 READ MORE


Ellen Goodman: The New ‘Values’ Voters

This year, voters valued their ability to shoot down draconian abortion laws, to raise the minimum wage and to send an unequivocal message to the warmongers in the White House.

Posted on Nov 8, 2006 READ MORE


Rumsfeld and Hussein

Robert Scheer: Bush’s November Surprise

Bush insisted that Saddam Hussein’s trial be held in Iraq so that an international tribunal would never expose America’s history of support for the tyrant—(as in 1982, when President Ronald Reagan sent Donald Rumsfeld, above, to enhance diplomatic relations between Iraq and the U.S.)

Posted on Nov 7, 2006 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
Illustration by Karen Spector

Election 2006: the Bad

ENTER_ALT_TEXT Not everybody was celebrating last night.  Here are some of the disappointing results from the elections:

  • Ford loses to Corker
  • California backs big oil
  • More setbacks for gay marriage
  • More after the jump….

  • Posted on Nov 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Good News
    Illustration: Karen Spector / Truthdig

    Election 2006: the Good

    Election 2006 In case you missed it, here are some of the exciting developments from Tuesday’s elections:

  • Dems take the House
  • Pelosi to be first woman House speaker
  • Big win for workers
  • More after the jump…

  • Posted on Nov 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Keith Olbermann

    Olbermann Weighs In on Elections

    With another of his stirring essays, Keith Olbermann speaks to the stakes of Tuesday’s elections: “Saddam Hussein will get out of Iraq the same way 2,832 Americans have, and thousands more.  He’ll get out faster than we will.  And if nothing changes tomorrow, you, Sir, will be out of the White House long before the rest of us can say ... we are out of Iraq.”

    Posted on Nov 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Jim Webb
    webbforsenate.com

    Election Trivia

    Did you know Democratic Senate candidate Jim Webb once boxed Oliver North?

    Posted on Nov 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Ballot
    backtalk.com

    Get Ready for a Long Night

    New rule changes and the increased popularity of absentee voting might mean results from Tuesday’s election won’t be known for some time.

    Posted on Nov 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Marie Cocco: Longing for the Reality-Based Community

    If nothing else, a Democratic victory at the polls would mark a return to governance by people guided by facts, not emotions.

    Posted on Nov 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Daniel Ortega
    wikipedia.org

    Sandinista Leader Poised to Win Election

    Former revolutionary and U.S. foe Daniel Ortega is headed toward victory in Nicaragua’s presidential election.  Like other leftist leaders who’ve found success in Latin America, Ortega campaigned against “savage capitalism” and poverty.

    Posted on Nov 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Gore Vidal

    Gore Vidal: ‘The Most Important Election in My Lifetime’

    In an original Truthdig video interview in advance of the publication of his new memoir, “Point to Point Navigation,” iconic author and historian Gore Vidal offers this plea to America on the eve of the election: “This is the most important vote that you’ll probably ever cast.  Because should this gang of thugs continue in the two houses of Congress, there isn’t any chance of getting the Constitution back….”

    Posted on Nov 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Slime awards

    Political Slime Awards

    Slate offers these nominees for the slimiest campaign ads of 2006.

    Posted on Nov 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Dems’ Edge in Polls Has Shrunk

    According to the latest USA Today/Gallup Poll, the Democrats’ advantage among likely voters has shriveled from last month’s high of 23 points to 7.  Still, the numbers bear a close similarity to results heading into the 1994 election that gave Republicans control of Congress. (h/t: Slate)

    Posted on Nov 5, 2006 READ MORE


    hunter
    theonion.com

    Cheney Will Be Armed on Election Day

    The vice president this Tuesday will be on a hunting trip, his first since he shot friend Harry Whittington in the face.

    Posted on Nov 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Wolf Blitzer

    CNN Hypes Kerry Impact

    Despite evidence to the contrary, CNN anchors and reporters repeatedly insisted the controversy surrounding John Kerry’s “botched joke” will play a major role in the upcoming election.

    Posted on Nov 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Foley
    dccc.org

    Have You Seen This Man?

    Disgraced Congressman Mark Foley has indefinitely extended his stay in rehab.  Though his lawyer refused to specify how long he would remain in hiding, one can only assume Foley plans to wait out the election and minimalize further damage to his party and reputation.

    Posted on Nov 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Rpbert Scheer

    Truthdig Podcast: Schwarzenegger, Kerry, the Election and More

    Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer sounds off on Schwarzenegger’s hold on California, Kerry’s spine, election voting woes, and reader commentary.

    Posted on Nov 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Videocast: Robert Scheer on Schwarzenegger, Kerry, the Election and More

    Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer sounds off on Schwarzenegger’s hold on California, Kerry’s spine, election voting woes, and reader commentary.

    Posted on Nov 2, 2006 READ MORE


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