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Team McCain Ready With Anti-Biden Artillery

By the time Barack Obama officially confirmed that Joe Biden was to be his running mate, John McCain’s campaign had prepped its response—as Obama’s own camp has no doubt done for McCain’s pick from the Republican VP pool. Two candidates = double the attack-ad fodder!

Posted on Aug 23, 2008 READ MORE


Algeria attacks

The Algeria/al-Qaida Connection

This week’s Mosaic Intelligence Report looks into al-Qaida’s apparent interest in Algeria, which is evidenced by two deadly car bombings near the country’s capital of Algiers. Why would Osama bin Laden turn his focus to Algeria?

Posted on Aug 23, 2008 READ MORE


Russia Remains in Georgia Port

Russian officials beg to differ with Western critics who claim that Russia’s ongoing presence in the Georgian port town of Poti violates the terms of the cease-fire agreement between the neighboring nations, insisting that the remaining Russian forces are of the peacekeeping, not the combative, variety.

Posted on Aug 23, 2008 READ MORE


John McCain
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Note to McCain: Ease Off on the POW Talk

Patriotism and sacrifice for one’s country usually make for reliable go-to topics for politicians, but according to Talking Points Memo, John McCain’s detractors and admirers alike are starting to suggest that the Republican presidential hopeful and his campaign honchos dial it down a bit on the subject of McCain’s time as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.

Posted on Aug 23, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Biden
AP photo / Charles Rex Arbogast, file

Obama-Biden ‘08

Barack Obama has chosen Joe Biden as his running mate. It’s an interesting choice, given that Obama is running a change campaign and Biden has been a Washington fixture for decades. Also because the two ran against each other in the primary, during which Biden famously had to apologize for unfortunate comments about his rival. Updated

Posted on Aug 22, 2008 READ MORE



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Interior Dept.: Talk to the Hand

Not only is George W. Bush’s secretary of the interior trying to rewrite endangered species protections, he also appears to be tuning out public input, which is required by law. Scientists and activists from more than 100 environmental groups have signed a petition demanding a longer, more democratic hearing before environmental protection goes the way of the icecaps.

Posted on Aug 22, 2008 READ MORE



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The Literary Mr. Phelps

If you want to read a personal account of Michael Phelps’ training philosophy, you’ll have to wait until December, when the Olympic swimming champion’s “Built to Succeed” hits store shelves. As much as we value the written word around here, is it really necessary for every celebrity to pen a memoir? There are trees at stake, after all.

Posted on Aug 22, 2008 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

Georgia, Iraq and McCain’s Houses

This week the “Left, Right & Center” panel tackles pullouts both real and imagined in Iraq and Georgia, John McCain’s many residences and more.

Posted on Aug 22, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
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It Won’t Be Hillary

With Barack Obama expected to announce his running mate any day now, he will almost certainly not choose Hillary Clinton. She doesn’t even appear to be on his list. A Democratic official tells the Politico, “She was never vetted. ... She was not asked for a single piece of paper. She and Senator Obama have never had a single conversation about it.”

Posted on Aug 22, 2008 READ MORE


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James Blight on the Cuban Missile Crisis

In “One Minute to Midnight,” Michael Dobbs’ definitive book on the 1962 crisis that brought the world to the brink of nuclear annihilation, the question of lessons learned and unlearned remains as acute as ever.

Posted on Aug 21, 2008 READ MORE


The Conquest by Presidentialism

McCain’s ads are (inadvertently) incisive commentary on the death of Jeffersonian democracy. They aim to mock Obama, but they really lampoon “presidentialism”: our paternalistic view that presidents are godlike saviors—and therefore democracy’s only important figures.

Posted on Aug 21, 2008 READ MORE


The Mystery Candidate

There’s a candidate in this presidential race who remains a mystery—hazy, undefined, so full of contradictions that voters may see electing him as an enormous risk. I’m referring to the cipher known as John McCain.

Posted on Aug 21, 2008 READ MORE


What Obama Could Learn From Clinton

The Obama folks will hate hearing this, but in planning for the next 10 weeks, their campaign would do well to learn from what Bill Clinton achieved in 1992.

Posted on Aug 21, 2008 READ MORE


Mitt Romney
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Time Says McCain Will Pick Romney

Mark Halperin tells of two “Republicans close to the situation” who say McCain has settled on Mitt Romney as his VP. Still other Republicans say the decision hasn’t been made, while The New York Times is reporting that Gen. David Petraeus could be in the running. Barack Obama, meanwhile, has made his choice, but he’s keeping hush.

Posted on Aug 21, 2008 READ MORE


U.S. Accused of Jailing Journalists Without a Just Cause

An Iraqi cameraman working for such distinguished news organizations as the BBC, Reuters and NPR was recently detained by the U.S. military for nearly a month. It was but the latest questionable detention in what critics view as a pattern of intimidation.

Posted on Aug 21, 2008 READ MORE


For Obama, It’s Down and to the Right

John McCain has spent a small fortune trying to convince voters that Barack Obama is an out-of-touch celebrity (a tactic that appears to be working), but columnist Dave Lindorff argues that Obama’s dip in the polls is actually the result of his march to the right, much like the last two Democratic losers.

Posted on Aug 21, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain’s Housing Problem

Barack Obama has slipped in the polls since John McCain began his negative ad blitz, but now the Democrat is throwing a few punches of his own, including this ad, which capitalizes on McCain’s house collection. Update 2

Posted on Aug 21, 2008 READ MORE


Who Is Responsible for U.S. Russia Policy?

Why has the U.S. maintained an aggressive stance toward Russia long after the demise of the Soviet Union? And how on earth does that strike anyone in Washington as a productive strategy for America, not to mention the rest of the West?

Posted on Aug 21, 2008 READ MORE


Joe Lieberman
newsweek.com

Lieberman to Speak at GOP Convention

Here’s some news that’s bound to spark outrage from within the Democratic ranks: None other than Sen. Joe Lieberman, “Independent Democrat” and vice presidential candidate on the 2000 Democratic ticket, is slated to speak at the upcoming Republican National Convention in Minnesota.

Posted on Aug 21, 2008 READ MORE


Obama in Texas
AP photo / Rick Bowmer

Wake-Up Call for Team Obama

If Barack Obama thought he had a battle on his hands when he was vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, he’s in for an even bigger struggle now, if the latest Zogby poll represents an accurate read on American voters’ inclinations at this stage in the game.

Posted on Aug 21, 2008 READ MORE


Rice
topnews.in

Rice Pops Up in Baghdad

Where in the world is Condoleezza Rice? Well, as the ink was drying on the deal she signed to secure Poland’s cooperation in the United States’ controversial missile shield project, Secretary of State Rice turned up in Baghdad on Thursday for an unscheduled visit with Iraqi leaders. Surprise!

Posted on Aug 21, 2008 READ MORE


The Missing Debate

I long for a candidate who would ‘‘focus like a laser beam’’ on the economy. That’s what voters are doing as they see their paychecks shrink from inflation, their jobs threatened and their middle-class dreams diminished.

Posted on Aug 21, 2008 READ MORE


Cheney, Bush and Habbush

Even though Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind supplied explosive evidence to support the case that the Bush administration willfully deceived America and the rest of the world about the Iraq invasion, some key players in Congress still insist there aren’t sufficient grounds for impeachment, but the chance still stands to follow Suskind’s lead before the Bush camp decamps from the White House.

Posted on Aug 21, 2008 READ MORE


The Equal Rites Awards of 2008

Once more we prepare to honor our foremothers by celebrating the anniversary of the passage of women’s suffrage. Each year, in advance of Aug. 26, our one-woman committee gathers to hand out the Equal Rites Awards to those stalwarts who have done the most in the past year to set back the cause of women.

Posted on Aug 21, 2008 READ MORE


Was Musharraf Helped Out the Door?

A British official has been accused of meddling in the affairs of the subcontinent by engineering the exit of Gen. Pervez Musharraf from Pakistan’s political scene. Aitzaz Ahsan, a significant figure in Pakistan’s pro-democracy scene, says Sir Mark Lyall Grant of the Foreign Office helped secure immunity from charges in exchange for Musharraf’s resignation.

Posted on Aug 20, 2008 READ MORE


McCain's Mansions

McCain’s Mansions

Courtesy of the Brave New Films team, here we have a property-by-property breakdown of John McCain’s many fancy domiciles, which provide ironic contrast to footage of the presumptive Republican nominee holding forth about how Americans with mortgage troubles can just scrimp ‘n’ save their way back to solvency.

Posted on Aug 20, 2008 READ MORE


Paddling Persists in U.S. Schools

According to a study by Human Rights Watch and the ACLU, plenty of schoolteachers still spank and swat their students, particularly in the South. Researchers found that black, Native American and special-education students were especially vulnerable to corporal punishment.

Posted on Aug 20, 2008 READ MORE


Gorbachev
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Gorbachev: ‘Russia Did Not Want This Crisis’

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has weighed in again about the recent bloody battles between Russia and Georgia, this time insisting in a New York Times Op-Ed piece that Russia was “dragged into the fray by the recklessness of the Georgian president, Mikheil Saakashvili” and “did not need a little victorious war.”

Posted on Aug 19, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

McCain’s Warped Worldview

The world according to John McCain is one in which America is triumphant at home and abroad thanks to the Bush legacy, rolling to victory internationally and mastering its domestic economic problems. If daily news would seem to deny such a rosy scenario, then that only shows skeptics lack the courage that sustained McCain as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

Posted on Aug 19, 2008 READ MORE



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Economy: ‘The Worst Is to Come’

Those words from the former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, who warns that the global economic malaise is only at its halfway point, if that. “The U.S. is not out of the woods,” says Ken Rogoff.

Posted on Aug 19, 2008 READ MORE


Toby Keith
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Toby Keith Comes Out as a Democrat

Is this the same Toby Keith who unleashed the cheese-slathered anthem, “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” (complete with fluffy golden retriever puppies and rippling flags in the video version), on the general public in 2002? Mr. “We’ll-Put-A-Boot-Up-Your-Ass”?

Posted on Aug 19, 2008 READ MORE


Obama mural
Flickr / EricaJoy

Poll: For Many, America Still ‘Isn’t Ready’

Barack Obama has a problem: According to a new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll, one in six voters thinks he’s just too black—for America, that is. It’s the political equivalent of “I’m not racist, but my friend is” and, sadly, it may have something to do with the competitive nature of the campaign.

Posted on Aug 19, 2008 READ MORE


Party Crashers

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Same Old White Guys Run the Debates

In the upcoming debates, three white men will be in charge of questioning Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama on behalf of millions of American voters who, as a group, are less white and male than ever before.

Posted on Aug 19, 2008 READ MORE


They Don’t Make Evangelicals Like They Used To

Anyone who still doubts that the evangelical Christian world is going through a political revolution was not watching Pastor Rick Warren’s presidential forum over the weekend.

Posted on Aug 19, 2008 READ MORE


Waking Up to the Multipolar World

Between the sight of China’s dazzling Olympics and the sound of Russian tanks, it’s clear that America is not the only big shot in the world. Will John McCain and Barack Obama take notice?

Posted on Aug 19, 2008 READ MORE


Turning Gold Into Green

Michael Phelps’ million-dollar bonus for making Olympic history is chump change compared with the hundreds of millions he is expected to rake in over the course of his career. What does swimming have to do with credit cards? Visa is prepared to spend millions to convince you the answer is “a lot.”

Posted on Aug 18, 2008 READ MORE


New Superpower

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McCain in Charge

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Warren on CNN

McCain Not in Church’s ‘Cone of Silence’ During Obama Q&A

A mini-kerfuffle has erupted over the fact that John McCain did not wait his turn in the Saddleback Church’s “cone of silence,” the soundproofed space backstage at the California church where he was to have waited while Barack Obama answered the Rev. Rick Warren’s questions during Saturday’s Q&A session. According to Warren, McCain was in a Secret Service motorcade, not at the church, during most of his rival’s turn on the hot seat.

Posted on Aug 18, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Anja Niedringhaus

The Second Insurgency

Many Iraqis struggle every day to find work, but a shortage of jobs, superimposed on a tradition of using personal connections to do business, has led to what Iraqis complain is an explosion in corruption and graft among their nation’s officials.

Posted on Aug 18, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
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McCain Fundraiser Under Scrutiny for Ralph Reed Connection

John McCain managed to pull in over $1.75 million for the GOP during an Atlanta fundraiser on Monday, but the event also attracted attention for its potential ties to erstwhile Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed. Barack Obama’s camp, among others, is raising questions about Reed’s connection to the event.

Posted on Aug 18, 2008 READ MORE


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Cutting Classes to Cut Costs

Although this might strike the kids involved as a good deal, it’s a definite sign of the times for the adults: A rural Minnesota school district has decided to strike Mondays from the calendar this fall in order to save money, making classes slightly longer on other days to make up the lost time.

Posted on Aug 18, 2008 READ MORE



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U.S. Demands Sanctions Against Russia

The Bush administration continued efforts to resurrect the Cold War this week by demanding that European governments back sanctions against Russia. So far, America’s allies in NATO are showing relative restraint in the face of a transatlantic temper tantrum.

Posted on Aug 18, 2008 READ MORE


Musharraf
AP photo / Ivan Sekretarev

Pakistani President Musharraf Resigns

After months of mounting pressure and speculation, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf announced Monday that he is stepping down, but not before defending his legacy, challenging his detractors and admitting that he “may have committed follies.”

Posted on Aug 18, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
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McCain’s POW Cross Story Raises Eyebrows

John McCain won major points on Saturday for his story about a North Vietnamese prison guard drawing a cross in the dirt, but the tale has bloggers crying foul. Apparently the details of the story have changed over the years, and lately they bear more than a passing resemblance to the memories of the late Russian novelist and gulag survivor Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

Posted on Aug 17, 2008 READ MORE


Athlete Without Compelling Personal Drama Expelled From Olympics

A member of the U.S. Olympic diving team was disqualified from competition today when it was learned that he did not have a sufficiently compelling human story line to exploit on the NBC telecast of the worldwide sporting event.

Posted on Aug 17, 2008 READ MORE


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