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Choosy West Virginians Choose Clinton

What’s that? The Democratic primary race is over? Not if West Virginians can help it. Almost immediately after polls closed, the West Virginia primary was called for Hillary Clinton. But will she win by a big enough margin to turn heads? Update: Clinton won by a whopping 41 points.

Posted on May 13, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Ignores West Virginia

Voters in West Virginia are widely expected to hand Hillary Clinton a huge, if moot, victory on Tuesday. Barack Obama will deal with the predicted hiccup by avoiding it altogether. The presumptive Democratic nominee will not be in the state and he will not give a speech, hoping that superdelegates either don’t notice or don’t care.

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Hillary Has a Choice

The senator still has a lot to win this year, but not the presidency and not the vice presidency.

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The Democrats’ Lump of Coal

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton agree on many issues, but it’s a bit surprising to see two candidates who’ve talked so much about the climate crisis and a new green economy tout their love of coal. Obama has an ad up in Kentucky that claims “Barack understands” the plight of the coal industry, while Clinton has promised voters in the state she would put more money into coal programs.

Posted on May 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Render Unto Darwin That Which Is Darwin’s

The New Atheist writers from Richard Dawkins to E.O. Wilson to Sam Harris have become the high priests not of science but the cult of science.

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A Slap in the Face

Hillary Clinton has campaigned as if the Democratic nomination were hers by divine right. That’s why she is falling short—and that’s why she should be persuaded to quit now, before her majestic sense of entitlement splits the party along racial lines.

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Obama’s Weather Balloon

The first important election result for the senator in May—coming before his North Carolina victory—was the outcome of a little-noticed U.S. House contest in Louisiana.

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Acknowledging the Race Chasm

American politics is as polarized as a red and blue election map. On one side are those who try to distract from the issue; on the other side are those who work to sensationalize it. What unifies both is bigotry.

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11 Million Reasons to Stay in the Race

Hillary Clinton is under immense pressure to exit the campaign, but thanks in part to one of her rivals, she would be saying goodbye to more than the presidency. Because of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, Clinton has until the convention in August to recoup her loans. After that, she could be out more than $11 million.

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Obama’s Mama

Barack Obama cannot win the White House without the support of women, many of whom have identified with Hillary Clinton. What better way to reach those voters than the story of the fascinating woman who raised him?

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Showing Hillary the Door

Everyone from Tim Russert to Time magazine seems to have decided that there’s absolutely no way Hillary Clinton can get the nomination. What happened? Sure, her chances of winning enough pledged delegates are nearly impossible, but wasn’t that true after Pennsylvania? Wasn’t it true before Pennsylvania?

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE


If John McCain Jumped Off a Cliff…

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McGovern Switches to Obama

However one feels about Hillary Clinton, there’s something sad about former presidential candidate George McGovern’s announcement that he no longer supports Clinton and is backing her rival. Clinton worked for McGovern 36 years ago, when he campaigned against another unpopular war.

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Bienvenido, Soy John McCain

Whether it’s just window dressing or the opening salvo of a serious effort to court the Latino vote, John McCain has launched a Spanish-language Web site. While McCain was once a champion of immigration reform, he did a substantial bit of pandering during the Republicans-only leg of the campaign. In fact, he even said at one point that he wouldn’t vote for his own immigration bill.

Posted on May 6, 2008 READ MORE


The End of ‘American Idol’?

That might be going too far for a show that still averages 28.7 million viewers, but ratings are down. In part, the cause is the presence of an even more exciting reality show on television, and it’s not even really a show.

Posted on May 6, 2008 READ MORE


A Fair Fight

Lately, the campaigns of both Democratic contenders have changed—and those changes have made both stronger. Now there’s a contest between the old Obama and the new Clinton. Updated.

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My First Campaign

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John and Elizabeth Edwards Spill the Beans

As North Carolinians head to the polls, John Edwards, their former senator, has disclosed that after months of being politically courted he will not endorse any candidate in the Democratic primaries. The two-time presidential contender and his wife, Elizabeth, recently sat down with People magazine to explain what they like—and don’t like—about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Posted on May 5, 2008 READ MORE


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The Tea Leaves Say It’s a Split

A day before the Indiana and North Carolina primaries, most polls agree that Barack Obama will win North Carolina and Hillary Clinton will win Indiana. A week later, the candidates face off in West Virginia, where Clinton holds a sizable lead. It remains nearly impossible, however, for her to catch up in the pledged delegate count.

Posted on May 5, 2008 READ MORE



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The Pentagon vs. America

Former Marine and U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter has spoken out vehemently against the war, so it surprises some that he still embraces military service. In this article, Ritter explains why opposition to a war doesn’t mean lack of patriotism or a failure to “support the troops” and the services in which they serve.

Posted on May 5, 2008 READ MORE


Round 597

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Wright Up Your Alley

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The Wright Distraction at the Wrong Time

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‘Boston Legal’ on Democrat Drama

The shamelessly liberal “Boston Legal” tackles the schism that has occurred in the Democratic Party and, one presumes, among the show’s viewers. This clip picks up in the middle of a debate about the legality of poaching pledged delegates.

Posted on May 4, 2008 READ MORE


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The Empire Strikes Barack

It is a period of political civil war. Hillary Clinton, striking from her hidden base in Pennsylvania, has scored a major victory against Barack Obama. During the battle, rogue surrogates provided distractions from real issues. Pursued by the Republican Party’s sinister agents ... well, you get the idea.

Posted on May 4, 2008 READ MORE


The Other Campaign

As the Democratic convention draws closer, the candidates are making their cases more and more directly to the superdelegates. On the Sunday before the Indiana and North Carolina primaries, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton each made hour-long appearances on morning talk shows that few voters actually watch. It’s the party insiders who never miss a “Meet the Press” who probably will decide the nomination, and the candidates know it.

Posted on May 4, 2008 READ MORE


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Politics and the Actual Horse Race

File this under just plain weird: Hillary Clinton picked Eight Belles, the only filly in the race, to win the Kentucky Derby. She came in second, behind Big Brown, and, sadly, had to be euthanized on the track because she broke two ankles after crossing the finish line.

Posted on May 4, 2008 READ MORE


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Tom’s Take on Decision ‘08

Tom Hanks has a preferred candidate, but what makes his endorsement interesting is not the person he chooses, but how he frames that choice. This video, which appeared on the actor’s MySpace page, seems as much a comment on the celebrity endorsement as it is an endorsement by a celebrity.

Posted on May 4, 2008 READ MORE


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Changing of the Guard for British Gov’t

To say it was a politically interesting week would be a case of British understatement: London gained a new mayor—Boris Johnson, who beat incumbent Ken Livingstone to become the first Conservative to win the office—and Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Labour Party took a drubbing in local elections across the U.K. on May Day.

Posted on May 2, 2008 READ MORE


The Nonsense Gap

Do white right-wing preachers have it easier than black left-wing preachers? Is there a double standard?

Posted on May 2, 2008 READ MORE


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Church, State and Campaign ‘08

We are letting religious fanaticism dominate the presidential campaign. The candidates have brought it on themselves with tedious references to their churchgoing piety. Now we’re all paying for it. Who cares what their preachers say?

Posted on May 1, 2008 READ MORE


Only Half-Wright

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Why Celebrate Rev. Wrong?

As Jeremiah Wright gleefully tours the airwaves, inflicting severe political damage with almost every utterance, he is proving that racism isn’t the only obstacle to a black president.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain’s Lucky Charms

Stephen Colbert has himself a laugh over the many superstitions of John McCain, whose political success can be attributed to his independent reputation and his lucky feather.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Tom Hayden Strikes Back

Chris Hedges is wrong. The left hasn’t lost its nerve, it has found a voice capable of rallying millions. Progressives shouldn’t turn their noses up at that kind of movement just because it isn’t perfect.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain’s Attention Deficit

While the spotlight is starting to singe the Democrats, it’s true that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have gotten heaping doses of attention compared with the supposed media darling, John McCain. Here’s one indication: The covers of Time and Newsweek have featured the face of an Obama or a Clinton eight times since Super Tuesday.

Posted on Apr 29, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton Gains in North Carolina

A new poll shows Hillary Clinton closing the gap in North Carolina, a state that has been firmly in Barack Obama’s corner for weeks. According to the survey, Clinton has made gains among white voters, which many will doubtlessly attribute to the re-emergence of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. The race remains tight in Indiana.

Posted on Apr 29, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama on Wright: ‘I Am Outraged’

Barack Obama has officially severed ties with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whose Monday address he described as a “spectacle.” Said a “saddened” Obama: “The person that I saw yesterday was not the person that I met 20 years ago.”

Posted on Apr 29, 2008 READ MORE


Progressive Jews Fight Back

There’s a new Jewish lobby in town, one that hopes to reclaim American Jews’ proud progressive tradition and counter the right-wingers who have managed to intimidate Washington in the name of the Jewish community. Unlike like-minded advocacy groups, J Street hopes to raise gobs of money in order to support lawmakers who take a more enlightened view, including a call for a more peaceful approach to American and Israeli foreign policy.

Posted on Apr 29, 2008 READ MORE


Rev. Wright

Rev. Wright and the Press

After laying low for some time, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright has been speaking out about the controversy that has tarnished his name. The minister seemed to enjoy this encounter with the media, too many elements of which relied on YouTube to lay out the facts of their stories.

Posted on Apr 28, 2008 READ MORE


White House Life

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Inauguration Preview

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Get Your Own Smear Tactics

The Democratic race for president has descended to “a level of meanness and acrimony that is damaging to American politics,” the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth said today.

Posted on Apr 27, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama on Fox News

Barack Obama has frozen out Fox News since he found himself the victim of the network’s attack journalism at the start of the campaign. Here he lifts the ban to run the gantlet with Chris Wallace on flag pins, the Rev. Wright and, to be fair, more substantive issues.

Posted on Apr 27, 2008 READ MORE


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Elizabeth Edwards Takes On the Media

Elizabeth Edwards has some insight into the media’s coverage of presidential campaigns, which she brings to a thoughtful Op-Ed in this Sunday’s New York Times. Beyond the current campaign, Edwards warns, “the future of news is not bright.”

Posted on Apr 27, 2008 READ MORE


Matthews vs. McNulty

If television is the nation’s mirror, then no two TV characters reflect the intensifying “two Americas” gap better than Chris Matthews and “The Wire’s” Jimmy McNulty.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


Is Pennsylvania Ready for a Black President?

Perhaps it was inevitable: The Democrats’ battle for the presidential nomination has now led us into the thicket of race and religion.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


Rev. Wright

Rev. Wright Speaks

Lesser journalists continue to characterize the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s sermons as hate speech, without ever having heard more than snippets of them. As Wright tells the great Bill Moyers, the meaning of his sermons has been deliberately distorted to achieve a political goal, and it worked. Updated.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


Dream Ticket

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Chuck Todd

MSNBC ‘Calls’ the Race for Obama

NBC political director Chuck Todd, basking in hypotheticals, repeatedly explains that, while it simply isn’t done, “if we called things like this ... you would say, ‘OK, the pledged delegate count is over.’ ” Guess which of the candidates featured this video on his YouTube channel?

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


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