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Katie Couric
businessweek.com

Up for Debate

With 20 debates between the Democratic candidates already in the books, and another scheduled before the Pennsylvania primary, it’s a little hard to believe that CBS News hasn’t yet had the opportunity to ask a few gotcha questions of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Katie Couric may just get the chance.

Posted on Mar 25, 2008 READ MORE


Obama's taxes
barackobama.com

Obama Releases Taxes

Barack Obama posted his tax returns for the last seven years on his Web site Tuesday. It’s a direct challenge to his opponent, who has indicated that she will release hers about three days before the Pennsylvania primary in late April.

Posted on Mar 25, 2008 READ MORE


The Next 4,000

Four thousand. When U.S. military deaths in Iraq hit a round number, as happened Sunday, there’s usually a week or so of intense focus on the war—its bogus rationale, its nebulous aims, its awful consequences for the families of the dead. Not likely this time, though.

Posted on Mar 24, 2008 READ MORE


Death by a Thousand Memos

With the next contest still weeks away, the Democratic candidates, their staffs and surrogates can hardly take a breath without a heated exchange between the campaigns in the form of an angry memo or conference call to the media. Bill Richardson’s endorsement of Barack Obama has been but the latest opportunity for such organized squabbling.

Posted on Mar 24, 2008 READ MORE


Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton’s Latest Campaign Controversy

Even some Hillary Clinton supporters have expressed reservations over the role of the former president in the campaign. Others have argued that the media and the Obama campaign exaggerate when it comes to his comments. Whatever the case, Bill’s mouth has gotten him into trouble again.

Posted on Mar 22, 2008 READ MORE


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Anthony Heilbut on MaryBeth Hamilton’s ‘In Search of the Blues’

What accounts for the strange need of some white scholars—from the plantation nostalgists of the late 1890s to the “Blues Mafia” of the 1960s—to honor African-American culture by trying to save black people from themselves?

Posted on Mar 21, 2008 READ MORE


Richardson and Obama
latime.com

Richardson Backs Obama

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who gave up his own run at the nomination in January, is endorsing Barack Obama. The nod from the country’s only Latino governor comes at a point in the campaign when the Hispanic vote will be less of a factor. Updated.

Posted on Mar 21, 2008 READ MORE


Marshall

TPM on McCain Myopia

Joshua Micah Marshall of Talking Points Memo argues that John McCain’s foreign policy shortsightedness makes him unfit to command. It’s not just Iraq, Marshall says, but a pattern of looking at the world simplistically.

Posted on Mar 20, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
nara.gov

Clinton Documents Land With a Thud

Journalists have been poring over the 11,000 or so pages of Hillary Clinton’s White House public schedules, just released by the National Archives and the Clinton Library. So far, they haven’t found much worth reporting.

Posted on Mar 20, 2008 READ MORE


Obama

Obama’s Teachable Moment

As the controversy over remarks by his former pastor continues to get play in the media, Barack Obama escalated the damage control by giving a major speech on the subject of race and politics. His ability to distill the conflict and character of America into moving rhetoric is as impressive as ever, but will it be enough to weather this storm?

Posted on Mar 18, 2008 READ MORE


Ahmed Chalabi
AP photo / Hadi Mizban

Dinner With Ahmed

As we approach the fifth anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, I find myself thinking back on how we got ourselves into this predicament. ... As I examine where we are today and contemplate our future and those who are positioning themselves to play a role in Iraq, it seems to me that there is at least one such incident, a dinner party I attended at the home of Ahmed Chalabi in June 1998 that is worthy of a more public illumination.

Posted on Mar 17, 2008 READ MORE


Tracy Morgan

Saturday Night Surrogates

Shortly before the Ohio and Texas primaries, Tina Fey offered a raucous endorsement of Hillary Clinton that ended with the slogan, “Bitch is the new black.” Her friend and colleague Tracy Morgan has a few things to say about that.

Posted on Mar 17, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

McCain Leads and Nader Surprises in Poll

A new Zogby poll suggests that John McCain has capitalized on his rivals’ ongoing combat, beating both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in a hypothetical matchup. But Ralph Nader also did better than expected, with 5 to 6 percent of the vote, mostly from progressives and independents. Updated

Posted on Mar 16, 2008 READ MORE


Obama

Obama Responds to Wright Controversy

It was only a matter of time before Barack Obama would have to weigh in on the controversy surrounding the sermons of his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whose rhetorical flair sometimes verged on the incendiary.

Posted on Mar 16, 2008 READ MORE


Monster Community Weighs In on Campaign Controversy

The satirist reports that monsters all across the country are offended by the remarks of a Barack Obama campaign aide in which she called Hillary Clinton a “monster.”

Posted on Mar 16, 2008 READ MORE


The Kitchen Sink Speaks

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The Silver Lining

Now that the aggressive Eliot Spitzer has resigned in disgrace, New York state reformers are hoping that a progressive agenda will be preserved by a man with a very different style, David Paterson.

Posted on Mar 13, 2008 READ MORE


Olbermann

Olbermann: Ferraro Sounds Like David Duke

Keith Olbermann usually reserves his scorn for the likes of George W. Bush, but, he says, “events insist” that he offer one of his “special comments” to Hillary Clinton over what he says appears to be a pattern of prejudice among her surrogates.

Posted on Mar 13, 2008 READ MORE


The Wronged Political Wives Club

To think that I had never focused blame on this particular part of the male anatomy. But there was anthropologist Helen Fisher on the “Today” show explaining that Client 9’s destiny was in his eyebrows. And his cheekbones.

Posted on Mar 13, 2008 READ MORE


capital building
aoc.gov

Back to Work

All three presidential candidates are scheduled to be back in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. A Republican senator has proposed a yearlong ban on earmarks and, shocking though it may seem, John McCain, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are apparently on board with the idea. Their colleagues in the Senate, however, are somewhat less enthusiastic.

Posted on Mar 13, 2008 READ MORE


Willie Brown

The Life and Times of Willie Brown

Willie Brown is a familiar name to many Californians, as one of the state’s most powerful and notorious politicians. Here he talks with Tavis Smiley, who asks about Brown’s new book, which is reported to be surprisingly frank.

Posted on Mar 13, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Stephan Savoia

Americans Want a Democrat ... or McCain

According to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, Americans want the next president to be a Democrat, by a whopping 13-point margin. But when asked about the candidates by name, John McCain pulls into a statistical tie with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Posted on Mar 12, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary’s Approach

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50 Suggestions for McCain’s VP

Comedian Will Durst offers up a short list, from Colin Powell to the Verizon guy.

Posted on Mar 12, 2008 READ MORE


Spitzer resigns
cnn.com

Spitzer Steps Down

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, as expected, announced his resignation Wednesday morning, making a brief but graceful exit with his wife, Silda, at his side. Spitzer didn’t say what his specific plans would be after his successor, Lt. Gov. David Paterson, takes office on March 17, but he pledged that he “will try once again outside of politics to serve the common good.”

Posted on Mar 12, 2008 READ MORE


Dems Clash With Time to Spare

The Pennsylvania primary isn’t until April 22, and the campaign has already gotten nasty. There have been so many dust-ups between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in the last couple of days, it’s almost hard to keep track. With weeks to go, there’s no sign of a cease-fire.

Posted on Mar 11, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
nymag.com

AFL-CIO Eager to Hit McCain in $53-Million Drive

The AFL-CIO isn’t going to wait around for the Democrats to pick a nominee before it starts campaigning against John McCain. The largest union in America plans to spend a record $53 million to make sure the next president isn’t a Republican.

Posted on Mar 11, 2008 READ MORE


Pelosi

Pelosi: Dream Ticket Is ‘Impossible’

As the chair of the Democratic convention, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she intends to remain neutral throughout the primary process, but toward the end of this clip she seems to rebuke Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Mar 11, 2008 READ MORE


Chris Dodd

The Politics of YouTube

This has been described as the YouTube election, so it seems only fitting to get YouTube’s take on how the candidates have fared in the realm of viral videos. For all the fuss, it turns out some of the less fortunate candidates were the most industrious new media campaigners.

Posted on Mar 11, 2008 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: ‘Lay Off Nader’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges argues in the Philadelphia Inquirer that Ralph Nader may not win, but “[h]e is the only candidate who has not lined his pockets with tens of millions of dollars of corporate campaign money, [not] talked out of both sides of his mouth about the war in Iraq, NAFTA and health care, and has dedicated his life to battling the corporations who make war on working men and women.”

Posted on Mar 10, 2008 READ MORE


Romney
bloomberg.com

Welcome Back, Mitt?

Mitt Romney could be headed back to political prime time now that conservative heavyweights, including The Weekly Standard, are pushing him as John McCain’s best bet for vice president. Romney’s economic know-how, it is argued, along with his popularity with the Bush wing of the party, makes him a safe choice.

Posted on Mar 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama

Obama on Team Clinton: ?They?re Trying to Hoodwink You?

Barack Obama bristles at the notion of being Hillary Clinton’s vice president, a role she and others in her campaign have suggested would be good for the party: “I don’t know how somebody who’s in second place is offering the vice presidency to the person who’s in first place.”

Posted on Mar 10, 2008 READ MORE


Bill Maher

Bill Maher vs. Terry McAuliffe

Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe joined Bill Maher on Friday for what turned into a surprisingly tough satellite interview, which ended prematurely due to technical difficulties—and perhaps because of a crack about Bill Clinton and Puerto Rico.

Posted on Mar 9, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton
newsweek.com

Grand Theft Delegate

Hillary Clinton has returned to the subject of poaching pledged delegates, a topic that was raised and immediately lowered by her campaign earlier in the primary season. In a new interview in Newsweek, Clinton drops the hint: “Even elected and caucus delegates are not required to stay with whomever they are pledged to.”

Posted on Mar 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Warren Cohen on the Rise (and Fall) of the Neocons

Just who are the “neocons,” where did they come from and how was it they came to wield so profound an influence among the highest circles of America’s policy elites? These are some of the questions asked by Jacob Heilbrunn in his new book, “They Knew They Were Right.”

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE


The Passing of the Torch

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Talking Points for Obama

With arithmetic on his side, the Illinois senator still should be heavily favored to win the nomination. But he does have a problem: The world-class orator, attacked by opponents for being all talk and no walk, urgently needs to come up with a new speech.

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE


Hope in the Time of NAFTA

Reading articles about Hillary Clinton attacking NAFTA can lead you to believe The Onion has taken over America’s news bureaus.

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE



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Rumors of a Michigan Do-Over

The Political Wire has it from a couple of sources that Michigan, which along with Florida was stripped of its Democratic delegates, will hold caucuses in order to have a say about the party’s nominee. Also, Florida’s governor, a Republican, is pushing for a re-vote in his state.

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
Flickr / Joe Crimmings

Feb. Not the Shortest Month for Obama

Though March dealt him some disappointments, February was very good to Barack Obama. His campaign blew away records by raising $55 million—that’s $20 million more than the amount taken in by Hillary Clinton, who had her best month yet. But the best news of all for Obama is that, according to The Hotline, $54 million of that money can be used in the primaries.

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE


McCain ad

The Money Behind the Anti-McCain Ad

A joint probe by the Center for Investigative Reporting and National Public Radio traces the money behind a new anti-McCain ad, revealing an alliance of top Democratic donors who’ve already raised millions to take back the White House.

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE


McCain’s Very Own Farrakhan

Whatever their true private beliefs, presidential candidates in America are constantly required to provide proofs of faith, often through their connections with various religious figures. Benedictions from the pulpit bestow an aura of righteousness—except, of course, when the pastor or minister is a disreputable kook whose endorsement should be an embarrassment.

Posted on Mar 5, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Trails Democrats in Poll

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows John McCain losing to either Democrat—Barack Obama beats him by 12 points while Hillary Clinton wins by half that margin. According to the survey, McCain’s age is significantly more troubling to voters than either Obama’s race or Clinton’s gender.

Posted on Mar 5, 2008 READ MORE


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Anti-McCain Ad Surfaces in Battlegrounds

Something called the Campaign to Defend America has purchased a reported $1 million worth of air time in Ohio and Pennsylvania to run this ad, which connects John McCain to George W. Bush. Update

Posted on Mar 5, 2008 READ MORE


Bush and McCain
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Bush Backs McCain

Republicans are starting to line up behind their nominee, including the president, who officially gave his blessing at the White House on Wednesday, along with an offer to help John McCain campaign. That couldn’t make Democrats happier, who long to depict McCain as what Howard Dean called “another out-of-touch Bush Republican.”

Posted on Mar 5, 2008 READ MORE


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From Rebellious Republicans to Tasteless Tycoons

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and Managing Editor Peter Scheer talk politics once again with radio icon Michael Jackson.

Posted on Mar 5, 2008 READ MORE


Bush and McCain
blog.reidreport.com

McCain Makes It Official

John McCain has secured the Republican nomination with a projected sweep of the March 4th primaries. He was thought by many political insiders to be too independent to pull it off, but his march to the right appears to have been successful. It is fitting, therefore, that he is expected to visit the White House on Wednesday to further tie himself to George W. Bush.

Posted on Mar 4, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Clinton
about.com

Clinton Holds the Line

Hillary Clinton scored major victories Tuesday with three projected wins, including Ohio and Texas, which had been described by her campaign as must-win states. Barack Obama won the Vermont primary and kept it close in Texas.

Posted on Mar 4, 2008 READ MORE


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