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Backstage at the Democratic National Convention

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Clinton on Obama and Race

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The Mountaintop

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Joe Biden

With Friends Like Joe Biden ...

During his speech to the Democratic convention, the aspiring veep praised the courage of his good friend, John McCain—right before twisting the knife in his back. It’s the vice presidential candidate’s job to go on the attack, and Joe Biden does his job well.

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Questions for Hillary’s Zealots

As the Democrats convened in Denver to celebrate Hillary Clinton and nominate Barack Obama, a tiny minority of her supporters continued to behave petulantly. They whined, they blustered, they agitated themselves and each other. But what was it about Sen. Clinton’s repeated endorsements of her former opponent that they could not understand?

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Universal Health Care Makes More Sense Than Ever

It is worth pausing during these orchestrated partisan celebrations to look afresh at entitlements. There is no more recent evidence of their enduring value than the latest report from the Census Bureau on the number of Americans who are doing without health insurance.

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Hillary Made History Enough

Democrats have provided nearly all the drama of this campaign season, an 18-month run, a narrative with two compelling leads, a race between two people to open the door of history. A door that could only admit one at a time.

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Showstopper

Bill Clinton reminded Democrats on Thursday why he’s one of the brightest stars in the political universe—and a great cheerleader to have on your side—with a rousing speech in support of Barack Obama.

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Democrats Unite Behind a Historic Nominee

It’s time to drop the presumptive. Barack Obama is America’s first African-American presidential nominee from a major political party. Hillary Clinton called for Democrats to “declare together in one voice, right here, right now, that Barack Obama is our candidate and he will be our president.” They agreed, and so did he, but it’s not officially official until Obama’s acceptance speech Thursday.

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Clinton, Obama and the Politics of High School

The Washington Post takes an in-depth look at all the petty, childish and absurd reasons Bill Clinton and Barack Obama don’t get along. Among them: Not enough “phone calls on a somewhat regular basis.” Of course this is probably one of those minor rifts that the media exaggerate for the sake of ratings. Remember how Hillary Clinton was supposed to lead a rebellion at the convention?

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‘Yes We Can’—Live in Denver

Will.i.am’s viral hit will be performed live before Barack Obama’s historic acceptance speech in Denver on Thursday. Other musical acts expected to perform include Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Sheryl Crow and Jennifer Hudson, who will sing the national anthem. Bruce Springsteen has been rumored and un-rumored to appear, so we’ll have to wait and see. Updated.

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Poverty Is the Real Scandal

Former Sen. John Edwards was supposed to speak in Denver at the Democratic National Convention, but he had an affair. Will the Democrats now forget about his signature issue?

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China Gets the (Sooty) Gold in Power Emissions

China’s unceasing economic growth has always worried environmentalists, and a new report by the Center for Global Development may put those concerns on a new level. After increasing power-plant emissions by a third this year, China’s coal-based power sector is poised to be the most polluting in the world ... even worse than that of the United States.

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Indian Police Get ‘Shoot on Sight’ Orders

If the war in Iraq has taught us anything about the politics of chaos it is that rarely, if ever, does more violence quell violence. But tell that to Indian police who were issued shoot-on-sight orders after clashes between Hindus and Christians rocked the Orissa state in eastern India.

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ICE Raid Arrest Numbers Rise

ICE raids—federal officials who bust into rural factory towns to arrest suspected “illegal immigrants”—continued this week in Laurel, Miss. The town of about 18,000 saw federal officials revise the number of people arrested in the raid to 595. It remained unknown whether the majority of detainees would serve jail time or be immediately deported.

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Report: Bill Clinton Won’t Hear Obama Speak

According to a one-line report on CNN, a “source close to former President Bill Clinton” has tipped off the news network that, unlike Hillary, Bill Clinton will be conspicuously absent from the crowd watching soon-to-be-official Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama’s acceptance speech on Thursday.

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Hillary Clinton

‘A Proud Supporter of Barack Obama’

Hillary Clinton brought down the Pepsi Center Tuesday night with a ringing endorsement of Barack Obama. If her supporters were waiting for her blessing to back the nominee, they got a mandate instead. Update: Olbermann and Dowd differ.

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U.S. Military Keeping Secrets About Female Soldiers’ ‘Suicides’?

Since I posted on April 28 the article “Is There an Army Cover Up of the Rape and Murder of Women Soldiers,” the deaths of two more U.S. Army women in Iraq and Afghanistan have been listed as suicides—the Sept. 28, 2007, death of 30-year-old Spc. Ciara Durkin and the Feb. 22, 2008, death of 25-year-old Spc. Keisha Morgan. Both “suicides” are disputed by the families of the women.

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Running for War President at Any Cost

Just great! Nuclear-armed Pakistan is falling apart, Iran’s nuclear program is unchecked and congressional legislation on cooperation with the Russians on controlling nuclear proliferation is now dead in the water. Horrid news except for Sen. John McCain, who thrills to a repeat of the danger lines of the Cold War, and now stands a good chance of being our next president.

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The Cost of Saakashvili’s Folly

The West’s response to the situation in Georgia evades acknowledgement of the damage Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili has done to the United States and NATO, and to Georgia itself, which for the foreseeable future will now be a nation of limited sovereignty, and an awkward embarrassment to its Western allies.

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Naomi Klein on Holding Obama Accountable

The “Shock Doctrine” author tells the Real News that while she understands why progressives are going soft on Obama, they should toughen up: “If you’ve proven that you’re a doormat, you can pretty much expect to get stomped on.”

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U.N. Sides With Afghans in Airstrike Controversy

Iraq isn’t the only U.S.-occupied nation looking for some sovereignty. Afghan officials are calling for more regulation of foreign troops amid an uproar over U.S. airstrikes. One recent U.S.-led attack, according a U.N. investigation, probably killed 90 civilians—mostly children.

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Sudanese Airliner Hijacked in Darfur

Three former rebels linked to the Sudanese Liberation Movement hijacked a commercial Boeing 737 airliner carrying 95 passengers soon after the Sun Air flight left Nyala in Darfur, Sudan, on Tuesday. The plane first tried to stop in Cairo but was denied clearance before going on to land in Libya, according to the BBC.

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Bad Loans and the Bankers Who Love Them

The FDIC’s list of “problem” banks grew by 30 percent in the last quarter, with more on the way. The net income of FDIC-insured lenders, meanwhile, has plummeted 87 percent. IndyMac, one of nine banks to kick the bucket in 2008, cost the FDIC $8.9 billion.

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Bill Clinton
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Whose Side Is Bill Clinton On?

While Hillary Clinton was preparing for her big speech in support of Barack Obama on Tuesday, her husband was busy throwing the presumptive nominee under the bus. Here’s what the former president had to say in Denver: “Candidate X agrees with you on everything, but you don’t think that candidate can deliver on anything at all. Candidate Y you agree with on about half the issues, but he can deliver. Which candidate are you going to vote for?”

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Russia Backs Ossetia, Abkhazia Independence

Russia has formally recognized the independence of the two separatist Georgian states, prompting jeers abroad and cheers in the regions in question. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili rather theatrically compared the declaration to the conduct of Hitler and Stalin.

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Faith, Abortion and the Election

Although the Democratic National Convention officially started Monday, a more significant event occurred 24 hours before at a religious service held several blocks away from the main convention hall.

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Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama Strikes Key Chords in Keynote Speech

Family values? Check. Revelatory personal stories? Check. Kudos to Hillary Clinton? Check and check. Michelle Obama delivered on all the important subjects she had to hit (but not too hard) in her keynote address Monday night at the Democratic National Convention—and she had a little help on tugging some heartstrings at the end.

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Arrests Made in Alleged Obama Assassination Plot

A possible plot to kill Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama during his acceptance speech Thursday at the Democratic National Convention was foiled in Denver on Monday night when at least three suspects were arrested, authorities reported.

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Ted Kennedy on ‘The Cause of My Life’

The ailing senator from Massachusetts brought many Democrats to tears in Denver with a surprise speech at his party’s convention, during which he promised to lead the fight in the Senate to finally pass a form of universal health care.

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Fretting All the Way to the White House

If they want to win in November, Democrats have one task to accomplish this week: Snap out of it. Somehow, tentativeness and insecurity have infected a party that ought to be full of confident swagger.

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Clinton’s Lose-Lose Dilemma

If there is a political job more fraught with peril than running to become the next commander in chief, surely it is being cast as cheerleader in chief.

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Obama-Biden

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Olympics Farewell

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Maliki Promises to Stand Firm on Sovereignty

Speaking to tribal leaders in Iraq’s capital, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki pledged not to sign a deal with the U.S. that didn’t include a withdrawal date. He also said he would not accept “absolute immunity for anybody, whether Iraqis or foreigners.” That’s a sticking point for the Bush administration, although a draft deal is said to include limited immunity for U.S. soldiers, along with a pullout date of 2011.

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Wheeling and Dealing for Unity in Denver

Hillary Clinton kicked off the Democratic convention with a plea for unity, but behind closed doors she has been busy negotiating what that might look like. One thing’s for sure: It may be Barack Obama’s big week, but there’s going to be plenty of Clinton face time in Denver.

Posted on Aug 25, 2008 READ MORE


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Prescription for a Democratic Win

As Barack Obama moves into the Democratic National Convention, he should speak out more clearly and forcefully on an issue that clearly distinguishes him from his do-nothing opponent—national health insurance.

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‘F—- Fox News!’

Griff Jenkins of Fox News got a little more free speech than he bargained for after taunting, er, interviewing some antiwar protesters marching in Denver.

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Israel Frees Nearly 200 Palestinians

With Condoleezza Rice fast approaching on a peace mission, Israel offered Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas a show of support on Monday by freeing 198 Palestinian prisoners. The group included Israel’s longest serving prisoner. Israel holds roughly 9,000 Palestinians.

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Goodbye Beijing, Hello Denver

As the Olympics wound to a close on Sunday night, the Democrats gathered in Colorado for their convention, and already they’ve got a surprise. Ted Kennedy was supposed to stay home, but he’s in Denver and will join the Kennedy clan in a special section. The ailing senator might even address the crowd Monday night.

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Pouring Gas on the Afghanistan Bonfire

Mounting bombing raids and widespread detentions of Afghans are rapidly turning Afghanistan into the mirror image of Iraq. But these very real events, which will have devastating consequences over the next few months and years, are largely ignored by us.

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The Happy Warrior

In selecting Joe Biden, Barack Obama has signaled clearly what this week’s Democratic National Convention will be about: He intends to move aggressively to ease the problems that have worried so many Democrats in recent weeks—problems, it turns out, that Obama is worried about, too.

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Madonna vs. McCain

Madonna is no John McCain fan, and the feeling’s definitely mutual. The newly minted quinquagenarian icon is once again playing the provocateur on her latest tour, taking aim at McCain by making some undesirable comparisons between the GOP’s presumptive nominee and certain nefarious world leaders from past and present.

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Don’t Lick the Medals

All that glitters is not gold, this tongue-in-cheek dispatch from the Beijing Olympics warns.

 

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The Private Contracting Games

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Bear Trap

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Biden

Obama Debuts Clean, Articulate Running Mate

Here he is, the man Barack Obama introduced Saturday as “the next president of the United States of America” (before immediately correcting the slip of the tongue). Following his introduction at the Springfield, Ill., event, Biden wowed the crowd with a sprightly trot to the podium, showcased his facility with the all-important politician’s point and waxed poetic about his personal history.

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