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Tom Hanks

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


Boris Johnson
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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


Hagee and McCain
AP photo / Gerald Herbert, file

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


Colbert

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


Obama supporters
Flickr / Joe Crimmings Photography

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


McCain
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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


Obama

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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Posted on Apr 27, 2008 READ MORE


Inauguration Preview

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Posted on Apr 27, 2008 READ MORE


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


Barack Obama

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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Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


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


How We Make Change

Whether Democrats view Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton as the ideal change agent comes down to how they think change is made.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


A Candid Pollster: ‘We Suck’

We all know pollsters get it wrong from time to time, but you have to hand it to Public Policy Polling for refreshing candor. After the results were in, the only major polling group to predict an Obama victory in Pennsylvania posted on its blog: ” ... please do not call us or e-mail us and tell us we suck! We are well aware, and it does not feel good.”

Posted on Apr 23, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
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The Pa. Payoff

Hillary Clinton ended her Pennsylvania victory speech with a plea for donations in order to compete with Barack Obama’s campaign war chest. Her supporters have responded to the tune of as much as $10 million (in one day), according to the Clinton campaign.

Posted on Apr 23, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama

Post-Pennsylvania Speechifying

Hillary Clinton reveled in victory Tuesday night, making the case for her ongoing campaign, while Barack Obama, as has become his custom, presented the race as a choice between two different kinds of politics.

Posted on Apr 23, 2008 READ MORE


Go Mama

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Pennsylvania and the Persistence of the Race Chasm

Hillary Clinton’s win over Barack Obama Tuesday highlights the racial motivations of at least some Pennsylvania voters.

Posted on Apr 23, 2008 READ MORE


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Church Sign Links ‘Obama,’ ‘Osama’

Pastor Roger Boyd claims he just wanted to get folks thinking last Thursday when he chose a controversial message to run on the sign in front of the Jonesville Church of God in Jonesville, S.C.: “OBAMA OSAMA HUMM ARE THEY BROTHERS?” 

Posted on Apr 22, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton vs. Obama: No Holds Barred

Leave it to World Wrestling Entertainment to come up with something as hilarious, ridiculous and disturbing as a mock wrestling match between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Posted on Apr 22, 2008 READ MORE


Pennsylvania Votes

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Pennsylvania Forecast: Clear Skies, Clinton Victory

Here’s the conventional wisdom as of the morning of the Pennsylvania primary: Hillary Clinton is leading in nearly every recent poll and has gained ground in the last few days. The good weather will probably benefit her more than Barack Obama. Unprecedented voter registration is a good sign for Obama, but it probably won’t be enough. Of course, this campaign has been anything but conventional.

Posted on Apr 22, 2008 READ MORE


Bill Clinton
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Bill Clinton Doesn’t Want ‘Any S—- From Anybody’

Speaking over the phone to Philadelphia’s WHYY, Bill Clinton defended his controversial comments following the South Carolina primary, saying the Obama campaign had played the race card against him. After the interview, apparently neglecting to hang up, the former president could be heard using language not normally aired on public radio: “I don’t think I should take any s—- from anybody on that, do you?” Update: Denial.

Posted on Apr 22, 2008 READ MORE


The Two Obamas

The result of the 2008 election may come down to how voters decide to define Barack Obama. Is he Adlai Stevenson or John F. Kennedy? Updated.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


Ron Paul Won’t Go Away

John McCain may have the Republican nomination wrapped up, but that isn’t stopping Ron Paul from campaigning in Pennsylvania, where he is attacking McCain as insufficiently conservative. It’s an odd posture for a candidate who won much support for his anti-war position, a topic that Paul omits here.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


Pennsylvania’s ‘Faith-Based’ Primary

All eyes will be on Pennsylvania Tuesday, but citizen journalist Brad Friedman wonders if all votes will be counted, especially considering that the vast majority of Pennsylvanians will be casting electronic ballots. Election integrity is one of those issues that get a lot of lip service but no real action, which is probably why we’re still talking about it in 2008.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


I’ll See Your Attack Ad and Raise You a Bin Laden

It’s getting ugly out there. With just a day to go before the much anticipated Pennsylvania primary, the Democrats are running a blitz of negative ads, like this one from Hillary Clinton that features a cameo from a certain bearded terrorist.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama
AP photo / Rick Bowmer

The Left Has Lost Its Way

The failure of the American left is a failure of nerve. It has been neutralized and rendered ineffectual as a political force because of its refusal to hold fast on core issues.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


The Candidates Agree

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Fernando Lugo
AP photo / Monica Matiauda

Another Lefty Wins in Latin America

Former Roman Catholic Bishop Fernando Lugo’s campaign against poverty has won him the presidency of Paraguay, a country that has been ruled by the same conservative party for 61 years—arguably longer than the run of any party in any other country.

Posted on Apr 20, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Battles Tradition in Philly

The Barack Obama campaign’s “culture clash” in Philadelphia goes beyond the unwillingness to pay out “street money.” The L.A. Times details the many challenges of trying to wage a new kind of politics in the city where our nation’s politics began. Update: “Ward leaders are pretty pissed.”

Posted on Apr 20, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Matt Rourke

ABC’s ‘Despicable’ Debate

The Democrats met in Philadelphia Wednesday night for their 21st and probably finally debate. The Washington Post’s Tom Shales was horrified by what he saw, but not because of the candidates: “For the first 52 minutes ... Gibson and Stephanopoulos dwelled entirely on specious and gossipy trivia that already has been hashed and rehashed, in the hope of getting the candidates to claw at one another over disputes that are no longer news.”

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Gordon Brown
World Economic Forum / Remy Steinegger

Mr. Brown Will See You Now

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is in the United States to discuss the global economy with President Bush, but the real excitement is over back-to-back meetings he has scheduled with the three U.S. presidential candidates.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Rice in Greenwald ad

?Condi Must Go?

Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films is behind this ad targeting Condoleezza Rice for her role in the Bush administration’s torture policy. The 30-second spot is set to air following Wednesday’s Democratic debate in Philadelphia.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008 READ MORE


memorial
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The $3-Trillion War

Harvard scholar Linda Bilmes speaks about the book on the Iraq war’s costs that she wrote with Joseph Stiglitz. The two former Truthdiggers of the Week have been working hard to uncover even more hidden expenses for the war, which they estimate will cost the taxpayers and their children trillions of dollars.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008 READ MORE


Michelle Obama

Stephen Colbert Serenades Michelle Obama

Stephen Colbert began his interview with Michelle Obama by asking about her “silver spoon” upbringing on the South Side of Chicago. The pseudo pundit then segued into a brief and comical flirtation and even managed to get in a few digs against Hillary Clinton. “Why would you want to be first lady?” he asked. “You’d never get any sleep because I understand the phone keeps ringing at 3 a.m.”

Posted on Apr 16, 2008 READ MORE



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Democrats Split the Hollywood Money

If you’re looking for an indicator of just how close the Democratic primary race is (delegate math notwithstanding), you need look no further than those all-important Hollywood donations. With nearly $6 million in entertainment industry contributions between them, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are separated by a mere $291.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


Chris Matthews

That?s Senator Chris Matthews to You, Steve

The “Hardball” host seems to tell his satirical counterpart that he’s serious about a run for the Senate in 2010: “Some kids want to be a fireman. I want to be a senator.” Awwww.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


I Know You Are but What Am I?

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