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So Much to Do, So Little Hillary

Sen. Ted Kennedy has asked Sen. Hillary Clinton to take up an important post shaping landmark health care legislation. The offer comes as Clinton reportedly weighs continuing her work in the Senate against joining Barack Obama’s administration as secretary of state.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Alex Brandon

Predicting President Obama’s Performance

Is it possible to foretell how a president will lead based on a set of indicators culled from past precedents? That’s a hard call—but John Dean is willing to take his chances in his latest column about the future of America’s highest office.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008 READ MORE


Thomson, Paulson and Rubin
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Change We Can Bank On

This is not change we can believe in. Not if Robert Rubin or his protégé, Lawrence Summers, get to call the shots on the economy in President-elect Barack Obama’s incoming administration.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE



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It’s All Over for Stevens

Ted Stevens will not be returning to work in the Senate after surviving there longer than any Republican ever. The convicted felon lost his re-election battle with Democrat Mark Begich by a few thousand votes after leading on election night. The news came on Stevens’ 85th birthday.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE



DoD / Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison, USAF

Gates Might Stick Around

The Financial Times is reporting that Barack Obama is keen to have Robert Gates stay on as defense secretary. The paper says the two are currently negotiating their differences, but then that’s the whole point: Obama wants people who disagree with him in his Cabinet.

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Obama Taps Clinton Vet for Attorney General

According to multiple reports, Barack Obama has settled on Eric Holder as his attorney general. So who is he? Holder has been a deputy attorney general in the Clinton administration, a U.S. attorney, a judge, a prominent Washington lawyer and one of the advisers responsible for Obama’s VP vetting. He would be the first black attorney general and happens to rock a fairly impressive mustache.

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Bracing for a Major Disappointment

The Americans who voted for Barack Obama as president were promised change they could count on, but it rather looks as if they may actually be asked to make do with a mildly refurbished Clinton administration, with many of the same officials and nearly all of the same policies.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Offers Change on Climate Change

How will an Obama administration differ its predecessor in terms of climate change? President-elect Barack Obama made a virtual appearance at a Los Angeles climate conference to drop some hints.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE


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Lieberman: ‘Reconciliation, Not Retribution’

Sen. Joe Lieberman is back in the Democratic fold—sort of. Sen. Harry Reid explained the outcome of his party’s huddle on Lieberman’s future role, and Lieberman expressed his relief, in a press briefing on Tuesday.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE


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Paulson and Bernanke Grilled on the Bailout

On Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke faced a lineup of vexed, perplexed and otherwise agitated members of Congress, including Reps. Barney Frank, Ron Paul and Nydia Velazquez, all eager to ask some serious questions about the infamous bailout.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Bush Valiantly Defends Free Market

Good thing President Bush was there to remind attendees at last weekend’s G-20 summit that capitalism isn’t all bad; after all, it gave us Hot Wheels and iPods!

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE


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Lieberman to Keep Homeland Security Post

After weeks of deliberation about former Democrat-turned-independent Sen. Joe Lieberman, congressional leaders from his former party came to some conclusions Tuesday about his political future.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE


Retired Military Leaders Denounce ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

One-hundred-and-four retired admirals and generals have signed a statement calling on the military to allow gay soldiers to serve openly. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” has lost support since the Clinton administration originally negotiated the compromise, but Barack Obama will likely avoid resurrecting one of his predecessor’s biggest headaches.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE



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Detroit Bailout Looks Unlikely

The chief executives of the Big Three American car companies head to Washington Tuesday along with the head of the United Auto Workers to beg Congress for a bailout that seems less and less probable.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE


Conservative Identity Crisis

There is a second transition under way over which President-elect Barack Obama has no control—the transition of conservatives to minority status. How they do this will have a powerful impact on the new presidency.

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A Wal-Mart Christmas for a Wal-Mart Country

The giant discounter is the only store where hard-squeezed consumers can afford to buy anything, and so it has kept posting sales gains amid the retail bloodbath.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE



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No More Torture

We will look back on the Bush years and find it incredible, and disgraceful, that individuals were “purchased” from tribal warlords, tortured at Abu Ghraib, abducted to secret CIA prisons, whisked to Guantanamo and held for years without charges.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE



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Hillary Clinton Is Kind of, Definitely, Maybe (Not) the Next Secretary of State

Here’s a summary of the day’s Clinton watch via Political Wire: The Guardian says she’ll definitely take the job that The Washington Post reports she may be up for. All eyes now turn to Bill, who’s Global Initiative, huge personality and international superstardom complicate the vetting process. Update: Oy vey.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE


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‘South Park’ Creators Plotting ‘Mormon Musical’

They’ve taken on Scientologists, celebrities and even Canadians. Now “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker are one step closer to their apparent goal of becoming equal-opportunity offenders with their Mormon-themed musical.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Gingrich on ‘Gay and Secular Fascism’ in America

Not only did Bill O’Reilly play a big part in constructing the notion of an ongoing culture war in America, but he’s determined to be the No. 1 embedded reporter on its front lines. Here, he talks to Newt Gingrich about the recent anti-Proposition 8 demonstrations around the U.S.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Huckabee Feuds with Romney for Fun and Profit

Perhaps because he’s already looking forward to 2012, or maybe because he had some pages to fill in his brand new book, erstwhile Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee is once again taking issue with Mitt Romney and questioning his rival’s commitment to conservative politics

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE



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Jerry Brown Says Prop. 8 Should Remain In Effect, for Now

Is Jerry Brown just doing his job, or is he trying to be all things to all Californians? The attorney general said in a statement that the state’s high court should review the recently passed gay marriage ban, but until then, “... The public interest would be better served by allowing Proposition 8 to remain in effect ... .”

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE


Ad-ing It All Up

Scores of independent groups went into hyperdrive for this election, reaching millions of people with some of the most vicious attack ads of the year. But figuring out what impact the groups actually had on the campaigns is a tricky proposition.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Palin Poised to Make Millions on Publishing Deal

Huh! So Sarah Palin’s White House bid didn’t pan out, but the story of her two-month sprint to Election Day with John McCain will likely translate into big bucks from an eager publishing house. But what should Palin’s tome be called?

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE



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McCain and Obama Shoot the Breeze In Chicago

Barack Obama and John McCain have both made a big fuss about working with the opposition, so the cooperative theme of their meeting on Monday, something of a tradition among presidential rivals, was no surprise. But will McCain really help Obama? “Obviously,” says Mr. Arizona.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Pirates Hijack Saudi Oil Tanker

A huge Saudi-owned oil tanker, the Sirius Star, was seized by pirates on Saturday as it headed toward the U.S. with 2 million barrels of oil and 25 crew members on board. The tanker is now on its way to Somalia.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE



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California in Flames

If we’re blogging with any added urgency this week, it could be because Truthdig’s home base is surrounded by fires, one of which city officials called the worst in nearly 50 years. Firefighters caught a break in the weather Monday, but they’re not taking anything for granted.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE



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Obama’s E-Mail Dilemma

The president-elect is a notorious gadget hound who has been known to carry multiple cell phones, but he faces a looming downgrade. Because the public has a right to presidential records, Barack Obama will probably give up his precious Blackberry—and quit e-mailing altogether. However, he is likely to be the first president with a laptop on his desk.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE



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America’s Wars of Self-Destruction

War is a poison. It is a poison that nations and groups must at times ingest to ensure their survival. But, like any poison, it can kill you just as surely as the disease it is meant to eradicate.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE


Barack and Michelle Obama on the Next Four Years

Barack Obama covered a lot of ground during his first post-election interview Sunday. The president-elect said he will close Guantanamo, re-regulate the economy and wait until he’s settled before getting his daughters that puppy. Michelle Obama, joining her husband, said she will become an active first lady once her children make the adjustment to their new home.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE


No Escape

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Financial Boom

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Iraq Cabinet OK’s Occupation Deal

To the great relief of U.S. military commanders, Iraq’s cabinet approved an agreement that would provide a legal basis for the occupation beyond Dec. 31. The deal, which still must clear a vote in parliament, maintains partial immunity for U.S. soldiers and calls for the withdrawal of American forces by 2011. Update

Posted on Nov 16, 2008 READ MORE


Bill Maher: ‘Take That, Canada!’

Thanks to Barack Obama’s victory, the “Real Time” host says he takes back every bad thing he ever said about America, a country he likens to Jessica Simpson. We’ll let him explain that one.

Posted on Nov 16, 2008 READ MORE


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Anti-Prop. 8 Protests Around the Country

On Saturday, people took to the streets all around the U.S. to protest the passage of California’s Proposition 8 and to show their support for same-sex marriage. We’ve compiled 40 of our favorite photos from Spokane to Houston to New York City.

Posted on Nov 16, 2008 READ MORE


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Russia’s Medvedev Makes Overture to Obama

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sounded a hopeful note in Washington Saturday as he extended an invitation to U.S. President-elect Barack Obama to open up a dialogue about, among other things, the planned U.S. missile defense system in Eastern Europe.

Posted on Nov 15, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Rafiq Maqbool

No End to the Savagery in Afghanistan

Back in Afghanistan, the mind turns to the small matter of savagery. Not the routine cruelty of war, but the deliberate inhumanity with which we behave.

Posted on Nov 15, 2008 READ MORE


Cummings

Fun With Bailout Hearings: Know Your Treasury Chumps

It’s clear from this monologue by Rep. Elijah Cummings that, when he wonders aloud if Neel Kashkari is a “chump” for enabling companies like AIG to hand out huge executive bonuses while seeking federal bailout money, Cummings already knows the answer.

Posted on Nov 15, 2008 READ MORE


Karl Rove
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Karl Rove Backpedals, Sulks

After claiming some credit for Barack Obama’s presidential win, longtime Bush loyalist Karl Rove barely endures the rest of his Q&A with notorious left-wing rag The New York Times. We’d like to know what kind of “funny stamps” Rove used to decorate his congratulatory note to Obama.

Posted on Nov 15, 2008 READ MORE


Obama

The Presidency, Transparency and You(Tube)

President-elect Barack Obama made his first weekly video address via YouTube this weekend. What’s it about?  “Make no mistake—this is the greatest economic challenge of our times,” he says. Oh. Right.

Posted on Nov 15, 2008 READ MORE


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NYT: Mormons Made the Difference in Passage of Prop. 8

Many of us living in California definitely took notice when the battle over Proposition 8 suddenly heated up and became more contentious in the days before it passed. The New York Times has the story on what happened in that final stretch before the election.

Posted on Nov 15, 2008 READ MORE


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Guns N’ Roses: Iranian Edition

Those fickle heads of state are at it again: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who so recently sent a note of goodwill (or so it seemed) to U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, has apparently already changed his tune.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008 READ MORE


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YouTube Goes to the White House

President-elect Barack Obama is bringing the fireside chat to the Web, using the technology at his disposal to address Americans online in a new twist on the check-in pioneered by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: The Economy, Front and Center

What’s to be done to pull the U.S. out of economic quicksand? You can bet that “Left, Right & Center” stalwarts Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller might differ in their takes on this question, as well as others posed on this week’s show.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008 READ MORE


Blackwater in Alaska
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What’s Blackwater Doing in Alaska?

Juneau is hardly the top American target for terrorists, so what’s Blackwater doing in Alaska’s capital? Author Stuart Archer Cohen has spotted uniformed guards from the private security contractor, and he has some clues as to why they’re there.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008 READ MORE


Netanyahu
netanyahu.org.il

Benjamin Netanyahu We Can Believe In

It doesn’t take a media analyst (or knowledge of Hebrew) to detect the obvious similarities between the Web site for Benjamin Netanyahu, the conservative candidate for prime minister in Israel, and that of America’s presidential sweepstakes winner Barack Obama.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008 READ MORE


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cosmosmagazine.com

Mexico City Unveils Bold ‘Free Viagra for Seniors’ Plan

Now here’s one way to win elections: Government officials in Mexico City are offering free medication to hombres of a certain age who suffer from erectile dysfunction.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008 READ MORE


O'Reilly

Bill O’Reilly Braves ‘The Daily Show’

Is America really a “center-right” nation? Is “The Daily Show” secretly a left-wing commune? These questions and more are answered in these clips from “Fox News” superstar Bill O’Reilly’s visit to Jon Stewart’s studio Thursday.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008 READ MORE


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