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Clinton and reporters
AP photo / Elise Amendola

Making a Case for the Long View

Reporters often live in the moment, focusing on the present and forgetting, at least temporarily, about the past and future—a trait that works well for many journalistic beats. Boyarsky warns that “when such habits are brought to the political beat, we’re all in trouble.”

Posted on Nov 29, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani
villagevoice.com

An Anti-Terror Hero’s Dubious Ties

Rudy Giuliani likes to pretend that he’s the world’s greatest terrorism fighter, but it turns out that his business empire has contracted with a Qatari sheik who once helped Khalid Sheikh Muhammad escape the FBI. The Village Voice has the goods.

Posted on Nov 28, 2007 READ MORE


Bush’s ‘Stem Cell Victory’

Scientists may have found a way to grow stem cells without using embryos. The president’s people are claiming this as a White House victory, causing a flood of gall on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Posted on Nov 28, 2007 READ MORE


A Little Friendly Advice From One Mormon to Another

Sen. Orrin Hatch, the nation’s other big-shot Mormon Republican, has publicly urged Mitt Romney to give a speech putting the issue of his faith to bed. Romney’s advisers, on the other hand, have cautioned him to keep quiet, though they may change their tune in light of a poll indicating that roughly a quarter of Republicans have some reluctance to back a Mormon.

Posted on Nov 28, 2007 READ MORE


Tony Blair

Blair’s Closeted Christianity

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair reveals why he kept a lid on his “profound” religious faith while in office: “You talk about [faith] in our system and, frankly, people do think you’re a nutter.”

Posted on Nov 27, 2007 READ MORE


Zogby Defends Poll Against Clinton

Zogby International has issued a statement in defense of its poll showing Hillary Clinton, unlike Barack Obama and John Edwards, losing to any of the top five Republican candidates. Clinton’s chief political strategist dismissed the survey as “meaningless,” and Zogby shot back, noting that “no other campaign has made as many requests for Zogby polling data over the years than [Mark] Penn has made on behalf of Clinton.”

Posted on Nov 27, 2007 READ MORE


Have They No Shame?

The Democrats have gotten in bed with torturers, those who support cruel treatment of military prisoners and some who may have authorized such abuse.

Posted on Nov 27, 2007 READ MORE


Obama
obama.senate.gov

Obama: Being Married to a President Doesn’t Make You One

With the Iowa caucus fast approaching, the candidates are getting less shy about flinging a little mud. Take this jab from Barack Obama, for example: “There is no doubt that Bill Clinton had faith in [Hillary] and consulted with her on issues, in the same way that I would consult with Michelle. ... On the other hand, I don’t think Michelle would claim that she is the best qualified person to be a United States senator by virtue of me talking to her on occasion about the work I’ve done.”

Posted on Nov 27, 2007 READ MORE


Obama Taps the ‘Oprah Effect’

The conventional wisdom says that celebrity endorsements don’t mean much in politics. But the conventional wisdom also says that enormously long, difficult novels published more than a century ago don’t suddenly become best-sellers today.

Posted on Nov 26, 2007 READ MORE


Liberals’ Lesson Down Under

Kevin Rudd, Australia’s new prime minister, combines iron discipline with a puckish sense of humor, political toughness with a reflective spiritual side, and a youthful disposition with an old pro’s skill at divining where a majority lies.

Posted on Nov 26, 2007 READ MORE


Fred Thompson
satiricalpolitical.com

Thompson Accuses Fox of Bias

Fred Thompson told Chris Wallace of “Fox News Sunday” that his network was biased, charging that criticism against Thompson’s campaign “has been a constant mantra of Fox.” As if to demonstrate the point, Wallace shot back: “Do you know anybody who thinks you’ve run a great campaign, sir?”

Posted on Nov 26, 2007 READ MORE


A Telling Rejection of Rudy

Rarely does the endorsement of a presidential candidate make any national impression, especially when offered by a retired local politician. Former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean may well disprove that maxim, however, not so much because he chose McCain but because he rejected Giuliani.

Posted on Nov 22, 2007 READ MORE


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Posted on Nov 21, 2007 READ MORE


The Gloves Come Off

Finally, we’ve got a real presidential campaign on our hands. Wake up, those of you in the back row, because it looks as if the long-running seminar is finally over.

Posted on Nov 20, 2007 READ MORE


Gravel with Clinton on TV

Gravel Has His Own Debate

Mike Gravel wasn’t invited to CNN’s Democratic debate last Thursday, but that didn’t stop him from taking on the other candidates anyway, armed with the power of TiVo. What follows is part history lesson and part Howard Beale polemic. Enjoy.

Posted on Nov 19, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani
nytimes.com

Rudy Plays de Fence

Rudy Giuliani is on the defensive over immigration, which has become this campaign’s hot-button distraction. In response to criticism from his opponents that, as mayor of New York, Giuiani had the audacity not to arrest hospitalized immigrants, the candidate has promised to end illegal immigration within three years. At the center of his strategy is a virtual fence he’d like to build along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Posted on Nov 19, 2007 READ MORE


obama
trb.com

Obama Pulls Ahead in Iowa Poll

Barack Obama has taken the lead in Iowa, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.  However, his lead is within the poll’s margin of error, so he remains in a statistical tie with Hillary Clinton and John Edwards. Much of Obama’s strength may come from “new direction” voters, and the sense that voters have, according to the survey, that he is “the most honest and trustworthy.”

Posted on Nov 19, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama
cnn.com

Clinton and Obama in ‘Scandal’ Feud

Conservative columnist Robert Novak initiated a scuffle between the Clinton and Obama campaigns over the weekend by reporting that “agents” of Hillary Clinton claimed to possess “scandalous” information about Barack Obama. Obama promptly accused the Clinton campaign of trying to “Swift-boat” him and demanded that the front-runner come clean.

Posted on Nov 19, 2007 READ MORE


It’s All Down Hillary From Here

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Hillary’s Supermarket Conundrum

Campaign-trail satire: Paper? Plastic? Both? Neither? The senator finds it’s hard to do a bit of shopping when a world of voters is looking on.

Posted on Nov 18, 2007 READ MORE


Karl Rove

Karl Rove’s Campaign Analysis

The man who turned an inarticulate failed businessman into an inarticulate failed president offers his take on the campaign so far. It’s a real shocker: Rove is impressed by the Republicans, while he finds the Democrats “weak.”

Posted on Nov 16, 2007 READ MORE


stock prices
AP photo / Katsumi Kasahara

Paul Krugman on the ‘Conscience of a Liberal’

The New York Times columnist brings his liberal conscience and economic expertise to bear on the housing crisis and sheds light on the dirty secret behind many political victories by conservatives: “The consistent source of [Republican] success has been race.”

Posted on Nov 16, 2007 READ MORE


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Nicholas von Hoffman on ‘The Conscience of a Liberal’

Why is it that so many voters continue to elect reactionaries who do their best to disenfranchise them? The answer, says Paul Krugman in his new book, is racism.

Posted on Nov 15, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani

Rudy Pimps 9/11

Just in case anyone forgot that Rudy Giuliani was the mayor of New York on Sept. 11, 2001, or wondered why a former mayor thinks he’s qualified to be president, the candidate has developed something of a “9/11” tick. It turns out he might not be entirely conscious of it.

Posted on Nov 15, 2007 READ MORE


Putin
robertamsterdam.com

Putin: I’m Not Going Anywhere

Although term limits require Russian President Vladimir Putin to step down in May, many, including chess wizard and opposition leader Garry Kasparov, have speculated that he will find some way to maintain his influence. Putin, it seems, agrees, saying that if his party wins the next election, he will have the “moral right to hold those in the Duma and the Cabinet responsible for the implementation” of   his policies.

Posted on Nov 13, 2007 READ MORE


Who Said Politics Was Fair?

Democrats in Congress are discovering what it’s like to live in the worst of all possible worlds. They are condemned for selling out to President Bush, and for failing to make compromises aimed at getting things done.

Posted on Nov 13, 2007 READ MORE


Kott
AP photo / Al Grillo

Corruption Scandal Rocks Alaska Politics

The federal corruption probe that first blew the lid off the Alaskan political scene a year ago with the discovery of $32,200 in cash stashed away in the home of Republican Pete Kott, former speaker of the Alaskan House of Representatives, has since spread like an oil slick, leaving precious few prominent lawmakers unstained.

Posted on Nov 12, 2007 READ MORE


Now Is the Winter of Voters’ Discontent

The Democratic surge that began in 2006 continued in elections around the country on Tuesday. But how the Democrats won provides a cautionary tale for the national party.

Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE


Fallout From the Strike

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Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE


giuliani and robertson
nytimes.com

Robertson Backs Giuliani

Conservative Christian blowhard Pat Robertson has endorsed Rudy Giuliani for president, possibly giving the candidate a boost with fundamentalist voters. Robertson came to the decision because, as only he could possibly put it: “The overriding issue before the American people is the defense of our population from the blood lust of Islamic terrorists.”

Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE


A Phony Social Security Debate

As Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton spar over Social Security, their argument has shed little light on America’s most successful domestic program but has instead revealed unattractive aspects of both candidates.

Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE


The Gender Trap

Can anybody tell me what a gender card is anyway and where you buy one? After last week, I’m beginning to think that none of us is playing with a full deck.

Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE


stock prices
AP photo / Katsumi Kasahara

Paul Krugman on the ‘Conscience of a Liberal’

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman brings his liberal conscience and economic expertise to bear on the housing crisis and sheds light on the dirty secret behind many political victories by conservatives: “The consistent source of [Republican] success has been race.”

Posted on Nov 6, 2007 READ MORE


McCain Capitalizes on Conservative Anxiety

The strangest thing about John McCain’s campaign for president is that it’s supposed to be dead, but it isn’t. This is a real nuisance for his competitors.

Posted on Nov 6, 2007 READ MORE


Scheer and Nader
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Robert Scheer Debates Ralph Nader

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer goes head to head with progressive icon Ralph Nader, who denies the charge that he has been a spoiler and challenges the value of the Democratic Party.

Posted on Nov 5, 2007 READ MORE


Obama Gets Aggressive

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Posted on Nov 5, 2007 READ MORE


Bill Maher

Maher Calls for a Middle-Class Uprising

The “Real Time” host takes aim at the über-rich, as well as the disadvantaged who vote against their own economic self-interests, because “In America it’s not the haves and have nots, it’s the haves and been hads.”

Posted on Nov 4, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary’s Unassailable Strategy

In a strategic masterstroke to avoid missteps, Clinton will spend the rest of her campaign encased in a soundproof glass box.

Posted on Nov 4, 2007 READ MORE


Dems Tread Lightly on Immigration

More significant than Clinton’s supposed gaffe in the Philadelphia debate is the subject around which she tiptoed so delicately: Immigration is the issue Democrats fear because it could leave them with a set of no-win political choices.

Posted on Nov 1, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani’s Health Care Cherry-Picking

In slamming Clinton-style reforms, “America’s mayor” uses data in a way that shows disregard for the truth.  Does that remind you of any other famous politician?  Maybe the one in the Oval Office?

Posted on Nov 1, 2007 READ MORE


Caucus Fatigue

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Posted on Nov 1, 2007 READ MORE


Racist, Distorted and Effective

A contemporary Willie Horton has turned up in the Democratic presidential campaign, and so far he is winning. No such person sat in the Drexel University auditorium during the Democrats’ debate on Tuesday night. But the candidates, especially the unprepared front-runner, Hillary Clinton, should long ago have recognized that Republicans and a shrill conservative chorus intend to make Hispanic illegal immigrants the Willie Hortons of 2008.

Posted on Nov 1, 2007 READ MORE


Kinky Friedman
AP photo / Rick Vasquez

Kinky Friedman’s Ten Commandments

The always entertaining Kinky Friedman, author most recently of “You Can Lead a Politician to Water, but You Can’t Make Him Think: Ten Commandments for Texas Politics,” tells Truthdig why the Internet is the work of Satan, why politicians are “stuck on stupid” and why even God couldn’t beat the Republicans in Texas.

Posted on Oct 30, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani’s Pandering Backfires

The first big scandal confronting Rudy Giuliani in his presidential quest has nothing to do with his personal life, his governing style in New York City, or his associations with people such as Bernie Kerik, his police commissioner now under criminal investigation.

Posted on Oct 30, 2007 READ MORE


Cristina Kirchner
historicaltextarchive.com

Is Argentina Ready for a Woman President?

We certainly hope so, because it has just elected one. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who happens to be the current first lady, managed to pull in more than 40 percent of the vote. In fact, the runner-up (with 23 percent of the vote) is also a woman. Not bad for Gaucho country.

Posted on Oct 29, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary’s Firewall

Clinton knows she has to win in New Hampshire.  That might not be too difficult if Obama continues to fail to captivate Granite State voters.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani
nydailynews.com

Rudy’s Baseball Betrayal

In an act of political expediency that makes Mitt Romney look like a paragon of consistency, Rudy Giuliani has backed the hated Boston Red Sox in the World Series. New York, home of Giuliani’s beloved Yankees, is aghast.

Posted on Oct 24, 2007 READ MORE


Kinky Friedman
AP photo / Rick Vasquez

Kinky Friedman’s Ten Commandments

The always entertaining Kinky Friedman, author most recently of “You Can Lead a Politician to Water, but You Can’t Make Him Think: Ten Commandments for Texas Politics,” tells Truthdig why the Internet is the work of Satan, why politicians are “stuck on stupid” and why God couldn’t beat the Republicans in Texas.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and Gravel

Gravel Gets the Shaft

Former Sen. Mike Gravel’s campaign released this video after the candidate was barred from NBC’s upcoming debate in Philadelphia. Is it just a coincidence that the network is owned by GE, which has a profit incentive for war? Gravel doesn’t seem to think so.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


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