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Democrats Rake It In

The Democratic candidates have won the latest round of fundraising in what is expected to be the most expensive election ever. Here’s what the candidates took in, in millions: Obama - $32.5, Clinton - $27, Edwards - $9, Richardson - $7, Giuliani - $15, Romney - $14, and McCain - $11. Going by estimates, Obama had more individual donors than Giuliani, Romney and McCain combined.

Posted on Jul 4, 2007 READ MORE


Leadership Vacuum Leaves the Electorate Pissy

The nation is unhappy over Washington’s many flops, and the failure of the immigration bill is the latest result of the voters’ crankiness.

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE


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Bill Moyers Lets Loose on Rupert Murdoch

Media icon Bill Moyers objects not just to Rupert Murdoch’s politics but to the damage he says the mogul has done to the ailing Fourth Estate. And in this critique, the venerable journalist doesn’t hold back: “If Rupert Murdoch were the angel Gabriel, you still wouldn’t want him owning the sun, the moon and the stars. ... But Rupert Murdoch is no saint. He is to propriety what the Marquis de Sade was to chastity.”

Posted on Jul 1, 2007 READ MORE


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Moore and Maher on ‘SiCKO’

Back on May 25th, Michael Moore joined “Real Time” host Bill Maher to chat about his latest, “SiCKO,” which Maher called “amazing” and “your best yet.” In case you missed it or you just can’t get enough of the all-American documentarian on this “SiCKO” Friday, check it out.

Posted on Jun 29, 2007 READ MORE


Three Words for Bush and His Judges

Just say no. The Senate’s Democratic majority—joined by all Republicans who purport to be moderate—must tell President Bush that this will be the answer to any controversial nominee to the Supreme Court or to the appellate courts.

Posted on Jun 29, 2007 READ MORE


Watch ‘Sicko’ and Call Your Congressman in the Morning

The rudimentary equation of the health insurance industry is that to make a profit, it must take in more money than it pays out in claims. This is why the public, as distinct from the political class, will intuitively understand and likely appreciate Michael Moore’s new film, “Sicko.”

Posted on Jun 28, 2007 READ MORE


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The Dream Speech

John F. Kennedy referred to Theodore C. Sorensen (above, left) as his intellectual blood bank—a man who helped put the magic in JFK’s famous rhetoric. Here is his dream acceptance speech for the next Democratic nominee. While the actual speech will probably have more political calculation and pandering, it’s worth dreaming about an alternative.

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


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The Inescapable Sex Appeal of Dennis Kucinich

A group of bloggers and activists dedicated to raising awareness about Dennis Kucinich is celebrating his sexiness.  They spoke out in response to a slur by Glenn Beck (above) in which the commentator said the candidate physically appeals to his wife only because he drugs her.  The idea behind the new video may seem weird, but the bit actually is very funny.

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Ann Coulter Still Hates John Edwards

What is Ann Coulter’s beef with John Edwards? The human scandal factory who once referred to the candidate as a “faggot” has re-emerged from hate radio silence to suggest that she should have said she hoped Edwards would be killed by terrorists. We already know nothing she says should be taken seriously, so why is “Good Morning America” giving her a soapbox?

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


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Time Is Right for New Pentagon Papers

Of the Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Mike Gravel is probably the least well recognized. His dark-horse candidacy may be the butt of jokes on the late-night comedy shows, but that doesn’t faze former Pentagon analyst Daniel Ellsberg: “Here is a senator who was not afraid to look foolish. That is the fear that keeps people in line all their lives.”

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Ally Calls for Withdrawal

Sen. Richard Lugar, a respected figure in the Republican Party and a traditional backer of the president’s war policy, has broken with the White House and called for a draw-down of troops in Iraq—ahead of the much-touted September review of the surge. In what some have described as a watershed speech on the Senate floor, Lugar warned that the coming election would make rational policy choices in Iraq politically unrealistic.

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani’s South Carolina Meltdown

Rudy Giuliani is no stranger to ill-advised staffing choices, but his latest picks to head up his South Carolina campaign have caused the candidate some real headaches. First, Thomas Ravenel had to resign, presumably from legal trouble related to cocaine. Now his father (and replacement) is in hot water over past racist comments, including a reference to the NAACP as the “National Association for Retarded People.”

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


Cheney the Survivor

Before the subject of whether George W. Bush should be impeached is given the slightest consideration, consider three scary words that will end any such discussion: President Dick Cheney.

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


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Has the Straight Talk Express Run out of Steam?

John McCain isn’t worried about his floundering presidential campaign—at least not publicly—but a number of polls show his support slipping into single digits. Mayor Knox White of Greenville, S.C., a McCain supporter, explains the downward trend this way: “[McCain] sometimes makes voters mad.”

Posted on Jun 25, 2007 READ MORE


Respect the Left

On issues as far-ranging as the Iraq war, healthcare and economic disparity, America has moved decidedly to the left. Isn’t it time we stop fretting about words like “liberal”?

Posted on Jun 22, 2007 READ MORE


On Iraq, the Candidates are Frozen in Time

Most of the presidential candidates from both parties agree that we can’t allow Iraq to become a “failed state.” Unfortunately, that warning is about four years out of date.

Posted on Jun 21, 2007 READ MORE


Political Migration

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Posted on Jun 21, 2007 READ MORE


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George W. Bush, the Musical

Relive Bush’s soiled legacy to the tune of Abba’s “Waterloo.” If ever there was a man who could carry off the line “I feel like I win when I lose,” it’s our president.

Posted on Jun 21, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani Explains Iraq Study Group Absenteeism

Rudy Giuliani is in damage control mode, now that people have noticed that during his two-month tour as a member of the Iraq Study Group he missed two meetings in order to make paid appearances. The candidate called his participation in the group a mistake, both because he intended to run for office and because it “didn’t seem that I would really be able to keep the thing focused on a bipartisan, nonpolitical resolution.”

Posted on Jun 20, 2007 READ MORE


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Schwarzenegger, Bloomberg Talk Compromises and Surprises

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Antonio Villaraigosa (pictured above with USC Annenberg’s Dean Geoffrey Cowan) convened at Creative Artists Agency’s swank new Beverly Hills HQ Tuesday for a conference on bipartisan politics, and this perhaps scripted meeting of high-wattage minds (and personalities) produced some thought-provoking—and surprising—conversations and announcements.

Posted on Jun 20, 2007 READ MORE



AP Photo / Leslie Mazoch

The Forgotten War on Drugs and Election ‘08

Renowned sociologist Dr. Troy Duster discusses the war on drugs, race, public policy and the 2008 election.

Posted on Jun 20, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Leslie Mazoch

The Forgotten War on Drugs and Election ‘08

Renowned sociologist Dr. Troy Duster discusses the war on drugs, race, public policy and the 2008 election.

Posted on Jun 19, 2007 READ MORE


Politics: It Could Get Ugly

Americans are fed up with the president and his war, but the opposition isn’t exciting many voters.

Posted on Jun 19, 2007 READ MORE


Romney Debates Himself

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Posted on Jun 18, 2007 READ MORE


Harris and Hedges

Religion, Politics and the End of the World

For readers who weren’t able to attend the Truthdig debate between Sam Harris and Chris Hedges, we now have full coverage. So sit back, relax and enjoy the fireworks.

Posted on Jun 17, 2007 READ MORE


Satire: Congress Hires Illegals to Write Immigration Bill

Congress will form a “guest congressman” program so illegal immigrants can do the work they’d rather not: reform immigration.

Posted on Jun 17, 2007 READ MORE


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Gen. Pace Isn’t Going Quietly

Outgoing Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Peter Pace says he did not resign voluntarily, but “I’ve been told I’m done.” Defense Secretary Robert Gates openly admitted that he would not seek another term for Pace in order to avoid a difficult confirmation. Pace has been closely tied to the Iraq war and its fortunes from the start, and only made matters worse recently with a public declaration of homophobia.

Posted on Jun 15, 2007 READ MORE


Reid and Bush
needlenose.com

Odd Couple Still Pushing Immigration Reform

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Bush are determined to push through the ailing immigration reform bill, despite heavy opposition from both sides of the aisle.  Reid, who has partnered with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, said Democrats would work through the July 4 recess if necessary.

Posted on Jun 15, 2007 READ MORE


GOP Identity Crisis

The great drama in American politics today revolves around the question: What is the Republican Party?

Posted on Jun 15, 2007 READ MORE


Lame Ducks Unite

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Posted on Jun 14, 2007 READ MORE


From Katrina to Gonzales: Incompetence Reigns

Now that there will be no vote of “no confidence” in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, we must ask an impertinent question: What, exactly, are we supposed to have confidence in?

Posted on Jun 14, 2007 READ MORE


Science Progresses Despite Politics

With the stem cell debate, scientists once again have to negotiate the political gauntlet, where every breakthrough is met by an ill-informed stump speech.

Posted on Jun 14, 2007 READ MORE


Red State Update: Bush and the Pope

Red State Update weighs in on the president’s recent papal visit, the difficulties of brush clearing while wearing a fancy ring, and Papa Bush’s newfound softness.

Posted on Jun 13, 2007 READ MORE


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Kids Say the Darndest Things

Chances are your elementary school education about how the federal government works (or doesn’t) wasn’t much like the schooling of these L.A.-area public school students.  Perhaps some big players on Capitol Hill might want to drum up their own hip-hop-inflected response to the key issues addressed here in “Showdown in the Senate.” 

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE


Stop Blaming the System

We have become political hypochondriacs. We seem eager to declare that “the system” has come down with some dread disease, to proclaim that an ideological “center” blessed by the heavens no longer exists, and woe unto us. An imperfect immigration bill is pulled from the Senate floor and you’d think the Capitol dome had caved in.

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE


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slate.com

No-Confidence Vote on Gonzales Stalls in Senate

Senate Republicans successfully blocked a symbolic vote of no-confidence in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday, although none defended his performance. A handful of Republicans, including some who have called for Gonzales’ resignation, voted with the Democrats, while Joe Lieberman voted against the measure.

Posted on Jun 11, 2007 READ MORE


Reaganite Rudy’s Faulty Memory

The only way for Rudolph Giuliani to protect his status as the Republican Party’s leading presidential aspirant is to distract his party’s primary voters from the long list of issues that divide them from him.

Posted on Jun 7, 2007 READ MORE


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Nigeria: New Government or Puppet Succession?

In some ways, the ascension of Nigeria’s new President Umaru Yar’Adua to his country’s top post can be seen in a hopeful light, however his ties to his predecessor may make him more of a representative for the old guard than a fresh new face in Nigerian politics.

Posted on Jun 7, 2007 READ MORE


Harris and Hedges

Truthdig Debate Highlights

On May 22, Sam Harris and Chris Hedges debated religion and politics in Los Angeles. Here is a condensed audio version of the event, broadcast on KPFK’s “Beneath the Surface” with Suzi Weissman.

Posted on Jun 6, 2007 READ MORE


Conservative Senator Loses Battle With Cancer

Sen. Craig Thomas, R-Wyo., died at the age of 74 on Monday. Under Wyoming law, the state Republican Party will choose three candidates, and Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal will appoint the successor.

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


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news.bbc.co.uk

Libby Gets 30 Months

Convicted perjurer I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby has been sentenced to 30 months in prison, a $250,000 fine and two years of probation, pending appeal and the inevitable pardon.

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


Are the Dems Losing Their Way?

Two questions from Sunday’s Democratic debate: Does Joe Biden have to set himself on fire to get serious attention? And whatever happened to the lunch bucket issues that once made Democrats the dominant political party in America?

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


No Time for Quiet Opposition

John Edwards had a point: Where have Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama been these last few weeks while others were shouting to the rooftops about the worsening debacle in Iraq? Sudden attacks of laryngitis? Cat got their tongues?

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Gets It

A majority of Democratic primary voters are women, and their support for Hillary Clinton goes beyond mere gender profiling—she’s led the fight against the kind of discrimination the Supreme Court now seems eager to protect.

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


Facing Extinction

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Posted on Jun 4, 2007 READ MORE


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Democratic Debate Fireworks

In case you missed it, or just want to relive the rhetorical pyrotechnics, check out this collection of debate highlights (including the Edwards-Obama-Clinton throwdown) assembled by PoliticsTV.

Posted on Jun 4, 2007 READ MORE


Satire: Hillary Tries to Fatten Up the Competition

In a move that raised eyebrows among observers of the 2008 campaign for the Democratic nomination for president, Sen. Hillary Clinton today sent former Vice President Al Gore a gift basket laden with high-calorie treats.

Posted on Jun 2, 2007 READ MORE


Troops Prepare Reality Check for Lieberman

Joe Lieberman made an unexpected jaunt to Iraq this week and praised the progress he saw in the form of—listen up—a bustling market. But the troops recruited to have lunch with the ex-Democrat had a different take: “It just seems like we drive around and wait to get shot at.”

Posted on Jun 1, 2007 READ MORE


The New Clinton Books

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