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Why Obama Can Keep Gates

If the prospect of appointing Hillary Clinton as secretary of state irritates the Obama base, what will they make of keeping the man who has executed President Bush’s policies at the Pentagon?

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Tuning Out the Braindead Megaphone

If you’re having trouble remembering what the recent election was all about, rest easy: You’re probably not going senile – you’re likely experiencing the momentary effects of brainwashing.

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Sooner or Later, They’ll Bail Out Detroit

The Big Three left Capitol Hill empty-handed, but they’re bound to get some kind of federal help, however grudging. In the end, I don’t think either George W. Bush or Barack Obama wants to be remembered as the president who lost the auto industry.

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Should Obama’s Army Lay Down Its Arms?

While the nation’s capital obsesses over who will be the next pick for Barack Obama’s Cabinet, the president-elect’s lieutenants are engaged with what may be a more important long-term issue: What will become of Obama’s vast grass-roots network?

Posted on Nov 20, 2008 READ MORE



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Fun With Ballots

Minnesota’s ballot showdown is underway as Al Franken and Norm Coleman’s contest for the U.S. Senate comes down to a recount and voter intent. Minnesota Public Radio has decided not to let the campaigns have all the fun of chucking (or un-chucking) ballots. Now you can, too!

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Bush Wants to Shaft Endangered Species Before Leaving Office

He may be a lame duck, but the president still has the power to mess with America. His latest project: pushing through rule changes that would reduce protections for endangered species. Given the wonky complexities of the rule-changing process, it will be difficult for Barack Obama to undo the damage, but then that’s the whole point.

Posted on Nov 20, 2008 READ MORE


Not a Scratch on That Glass Ceiling

It is time to stop kidding ourselves. This wasn’t a breakthrough year for American women in politics. It was a brutal one.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008 READ MORE


The New Longevity

Sen. Robert Byrd, 91, announced that he will give up the chairmanship of the Senate Appropriations Committee to Sen. Daniel Inouye, 84. The torch has passed to a new generation.

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Obama Settles on 3 More Cabinet Picks, Sources Say

Those famous “multiple Democratic sources close to the transition” have revealed three more members of Barack Obama’s Cabinet: Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle as secretary of health and human services, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as chief of homeland security and Obama’s billionaire buddy and top fundraiser Penny Pritzker to head the Commerce Department. Update: Pritzker is out.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert Gets Vetted

The host of “The Colbert Report” asks a vetting veteran of the Clinton administration, “What if you have a dark secret, but also an unquenchable thirst for power?”

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It’s All Over for Stevens

Ted Stevens will not be returning to work in the Senate after surviving there longer than any Republican ever. The convicted felon lost his re-election battle with Democrat Mark Begich by a few thousand votes after leading on election night. The news came on Stevens’ 85th birthday.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE



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Gates Might Stick Around

The Financial Times is reporting that Barack Obama is keen to have Robert Gates stay on as defense secretary. The paper says the two are currently negotiating their differences, but then that’s the whole point: Obama wants people who disagree with him in his Cabinet.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Taps Clinton Vet for Attorney General

According to multiple reports, Barack Obama has settled on Eric Holder as his attorney general. So who is he? Holder has been a deputy attorney general in the Clinton administration, a U.S. attorney, a judge, a prominent Washington lawyer and one of the advisers responsible for Obama’s VP vetting. He would be the first black attorney general and happens to rock a fairly impressive mustache.

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Detroit Bailout Looks Unlikely

The chief executives of the Big Three American car companies head to Washington Tuesday along with the head of the United Auto Workers to beg Congress for a bailout that seems less and less probable.

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Conservative Identity Crisis

There is a second transition under way over which President-elect Barack Obama has no control—the transition of conservatives to minority status. How they do this will have a powerful impact on the new presidency.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE



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No More Torture

We will look back on the Bush years and find it incredible, and disgraceful, that individuals were “purchased” from tribal warlords, tortured at Abu Ghraib, abducted to secret CIA prisons, whisked to Guantanamo and held for years without charges.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE



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Hillary Clinton Is Kind of, Definitely, Maybe (Not) the Next Secretary of State

Here’s a summary of the day’s Clinton watch via Political Wire: The Guardian says she’ll definitely take the job that The Washington Post reports she may be up for. All eyes now turn to Bill, who’s Global Initiative, huge personality and international superstardom complicate the vetting process. Update: Oy vey.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE


Ad-ing It All Up

Scores of independent groups went into hyperdrive for this election, reaching millions of people with some of the most vicious attack ads of the year. But figuring out what impact the groups actually had on the campaigns is a tricky proposition.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE



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McCain and Obama Shoot the Breeze In Chicago

Barack Obama and John McCain have both made a big fuss about working with the opposition, so the cooperative theme of their meeting on Monday, something of a tradition among presidential rivals, was no surprise. But will McCain really help Obama? “Obviously,” says Mr. Arizona.

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Obama’s E-Mail Dilemma

The president-elect is a notorious gadget hound who has been known to carry multiple cell phones, but he faces a looming downgrade. Because the public has a right to presidential records, Barack Obama will probably give up his precious Blackberry—and quit e-mailing altogether. However, he is likely to be the first president with a laptop on his desk.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE



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America’s Wars of Self-Destruction

War is a poison. It is a poison that nations and groups must at times ingest to ensure their survival. But, like any poison, it can kill you just as surely as the disease it is meant to eradicate.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE


Barack and Michelle Obama on the Next Four Years

Barack Obama covered a lot of ground during his first post-election interview Sunday. The president-elect said he will close Guantanamo, re-regulate the economy and wait until he’s settled before getting his daughters that puppy. Michelle Obama, joining her husband, said she will become an active first lady once her children make the adjustment to their new home.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE


No Escape

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Bill Maher: ‘Take That, Canada!’

Thanks to Barack Obama’s victory, the “Real Time” host says he takes back every bad thing he ever said about America, a country he likens to Jessica Simpson. We’ll let him explain that one.

Posted on Nov 16, 2008 READ MORE


For the Moment, Obama Seems Ridicule-Proof

Barack Obama’s election victory may have been good for the country, but it’s been awful for comedians. Just ask poor Don Rickles.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008 READ MORE


Abortion Is the Right Issue for Starting the Healing

Obama’s most urgent task is to repair an ailing economy. But one of his most important promises was to end the cultural and religious wars that have disfigured politics for four decades.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008 READ MORE


What Santa Wants for Christmas

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Minnesota Is the New Florida

While Minnesota gets ready for a recount, it looks like one way or another the state’s U.S. Senate race will be decided in court. With bad memories of Florida, Al Franken and Norm Coleman’s campaigns are already arguing about whose vote should count and why.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008 READ MORE



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Joe the Plumber Refuses to Go Away

Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher is determined to prolong his flash-in-the-pan political stardom. The media ham’s Web site, featuring “Joe the Blogger” and “Joe the Forum,” promotes his “Forthcoming Book on American Values.”

Posted on Nov 13, 2008 READ MORE


How Many Villages Must We Bomb Before We Find bin Laden?

Barack Obama has said that he is not against war, only against stupid wars. One might then reasonably ask if the present war in Afghanistan is not a stupid war?

Posted on Nov 13, 2008 READ MORE



One More Dem in the Senate?

As Alaska election officials continue to count ballots, Democrat Mark Begich has gone from roughly 3,000 votes down to a lead of about 800. His rival, convicted felon and “series of tubes” prophet Sen. Ted Stevens, will likely be expelled from the U.S. Senate if he somehow wins.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008 READ MORE



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With Iran, Obama Needs More Carrot, Less Stick

Now that the presidential election has liberated Barack Obama from the need to play to the fickle whim of domestic politics, he should put away the saber and take a more enlightened approach to Iran.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008 READ MORE


This Is What He’s Sorry About?

It was nothing Bush did—no decision he made, no policy he pursued, no faith that he placed in ideological dogma—that he finds regrettable. Bush told a cable network, “I regret saying some things I shouldn’t have said” over the course of eight tumultuous years.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008 READ MORE


From Barracuda to Scapegoat

Have you ever seen a transformation this fast? Think of it as evolution on steroids. But don’t think Sarah Palin will go quietly into that good Arctic night.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008 READ MORE


Who’s Afraid of a Filibuster?

Is there enough muscle behind the GOP filibuster threat to block Obama’s mandate? The short answer is no—and the new president’s own political arsenal should enable him to call the Republican bluff.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’ Goes to Town on Obama’s Handshake

Jon Stewart one-ups CNN’s “best political team on television” with “the best f—-ing roundtable on the planet” in this send-up of TV punditry.

Posted on Nov 12, 2008 READ MORE



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‘Whatever Nancy Wants, Nancy Gets’

Nancy Pelosi isn’t as showy as some of her predecessors, but according to a profile in the Politico, the most powerful woman in American political history is firmly in control of her domain. Tom “the Hammer” DeLay says she is “the most powerful speaker in a generation—she will be able to do anything she wants.” As one anonymous lawmaker put it, “Whatever Nancy wants, Nancy gets.”

Posted on Nov 12, 2008 READ MORE


President Obama Can Redeem the White House

The first African-American elected president of the United States recently visited his soon-to-be residence, a house built by slaves. Alice Walker told me: “Even when they were building it, you know, in chains or in desperation and in sadness, they were building it for him.”

Posted on Nov 12, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Tells Leno About the Woodshed

John McCain showed off his sense of humor during his first postelection interview, and a few of his scars. As McCain put it, “Our party has a lot of work to do. We just got back from the woodshed.”

Posted on Nov 12, 2008 READ MORE



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From LBJ to BHO

The 36th president of the United States seems strangely absent in the current celebrations. Perhaps Lyndon B. Johnson is not fondly remembered, but his triumphs paved the long road to Barack Obama’s historic presidency.

Posted on Nov 12, 2008 READ MORE


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Bush Regrets ‘Mission Accomplished’ and More

George W. Bush has had no shortage of gaffes during his reign of terror. One such miscue may also be the most enduring image of his presidency—that speech in front of a “Mission Accomplished” banner before his war in Iraq turned into an outright catastrophe. He now regrets that moment, among others.

Posted on Nov 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Some Blame Must Follow the Financial Collapse

“What am I going to tell the public,” one French official asked, “when there are 3 million people marching in the streets of Paris? That ‘we all made mistakes’? That no one was really responsible?”

Posted on Nov 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Sarah Palin Talks About 2012

We’ll let the governor speak for herself: “If there is an open door in ‘12 or four years later, and if it is something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I’ll plow through that door.” Updated

Posted on Nov 11, 2008 READ MORE


The Danger in Timidity

If Reagan had the voters’ permission to move away from strategies associated with liberalism, Obama has sanction to move away from conservative policies. And Reagan offers another lesson: His first moves were bold, and Obama should not fear following his example.

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Forgive and Forget

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Hope and Reality

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Olbermann Shames Prop. 8 Voters

“This isn’t about yelling, and this isn’t about politics,” says the “Countdown” anchor, who points out that the president-elect would not exist if Americans had never “redefined” marriage.

Posted on Nov 11, 2008 READ MORE


Race Wasn’t a Factor for Obama Campaigners

Shortly after winning the presidential election, Barack Obama’s campaign bigwigs sat down with “60 Minutes.” Asked how they dealt with the candidate’s race, David Plouffe and gang said they just didn’t.

Posted on Nov 10, 2008 READ MORE


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