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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
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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



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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


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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


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?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


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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


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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


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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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Rice Not Interested in VP Job

There has been much speculation over the possibility of Condoleezza Rice as John McCain’s vice president. On Monday, the secretary of state gave her answer: “I don’t want to be, don’t intend to be, won’t be on the ticket.” Instead, she plans to return to academia. Because she’s an idea person.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


Barack Obama
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Blame It on the Media

With the so-called scandal over Barack Obama’s “bitter” comment, the media have once again abandoned impartiality and become active participants in the race for the White House.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


Just a Regular Gal

Hillary “Shot-and-a-Beer” Clinton has given us the perfect illustration of what’s so insane about American politics: the philosophical dictum that could be summed up (with apologies to Descartes) as “I seem, therefore I am.”

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


The ?Bitter? Battle

The Democratic presidential candidates are doing a splendid job of helping John McCain get to the White House.

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


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Congressman Apologizes to Obama

U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis of Kentucky has asked Barack Obama’s forgiveness for a racially charged comment about the candidate’s readiness to handle national security. Davis told a group of fellow Republicans Saturday, “That boy’s finger does not need to be on the button.”

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


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Hope Fatigue in Pennsylvania?

A new poll shows Hillary Clinton way out ahead in Pennsylvania, thanks in part to the 23 percent of respondents who said Barack Obama’s saturation advertising is turning them off. The Obama campaign is currently spending more per week on ads in Pennsylvania than any other candidate ever has spent.

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


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White House / Sheahlah Craighead

Another Round for Silvio

With the concession of his main rival, conservative media mogul Silvio Berlusconi is set to take up a third term as Italy’s prime minister. Although a divisive and controversial figure, Berlusconi offered “An affectionate kiss to all Italians” over the news.

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


Margin of Error

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Obama: ?Shame on Her?

In another response to the controversy over his “bitter” comments, Barack Obama ridicules rival Hillary Clinton. He says “it sounds like there’s some politics being played,” and he goes on to jab at Clinton’s recent attempt to portray herself as pro-gun: “She’s running around talking about ... how she values the Second Amendment, she’s talking like she’s Annie Oakley! Hillary Clinton’s out there like she’s on the duck blind every Sunday, she’s packin’ a six-shooter! C’mon! She knows better.”

Posted on Apr 13, 2008 READ MORE


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Truthdig in Running for 2008 Webby Award

Truthdig has once again been nominated for a Webby award. This year, we’re up for a Webby in the Politics category, facing fierce (and prestigious) competition for the People’s Voice award from the likes of NPR.org Political, FactCheck.org, The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, and MAPLight.org.

Posted on Apr 13, 2008 READ MORE


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Clinton Slams Obama, CNN Slams Clinton

CNN’s political panel takes Hillary Clinton to task over what Jeffrey Toobin calls her “ridiculous” and “embarrassing” attack on Barack Obama’s comment that some Americans are bitter about federal mishandling of the economy. And when John McCain’s criticism of the Obama comment comes up, Jack Cafferty nearly blows a gasket.

Posted on Apr 11, 2008 READ MORE


Steve Wasserman on Fidel Castro

What will history say about the implacable anti-imperialist and unrepentant revolutionary who has held power in Cuba for nearly 50 years? The publication of Fidel Castro’s and Ignacio Ramonet’s “My Life: A Spoken Autobiography” helps us understand the man and his myth.

Posted on Apr 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Petraeus: ‘There Are Risks Beyond Iraq’

Gen. David Petraeus tells NBC‘s Brian Williams that if ordered by the president to get out of Iraq, he could: “Absolutely. ... I firmly believe whoever it is that is elected in the fall will sit down and look at the various interests, try to figure out the competing risks, because there are risks beyond Iraq.”

Posted on Apr 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama May Backtrack on Public Financing

Barack Obama’s fundraising machine has exceeded expectations and broken records, so it’s no wonder that he has hinted at retreating from public financing, a move his rivals are already trying to exploit. But Taegan Goddard argues that this “flip-flop story” could work to Obama’s advantage.

Posted on Apr 9, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton and Sam Walton

The Wal-Mart Videos

Hillary Clinton has, for obvious reasons, tried to distance herself from her time on the board of Wal-Mart, the Arkansas company that, for many Democratic voters, emblematizes globalization and all those jobs that were shipped overseas that the candidates keep talking about.

Posted on Apr 9, 2008 READ MORE


Lewis Black

‘Back in Black’: Some Votes Are More Glamorous

“The Daily Show’s” Lewis Black probes the soft underbelly of the celebrity endorsement, from the guy who played Kumar to the “political juggernaut that is Dick Van Patten.” And if you think Oprah is excited about Barack Obama, just wait until you see how she reacts to the cast of “Desperate Housewives.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2008 READ MORE


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The Petraeus and Crocker Show

Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, President Bush’s preferred spokesmen for his Iraq policy, found themselves in the middle of the presidential campaign Tuesday as they testified before two Senate committees on which candidates sit.

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE


The Other Dream Ticket

Oh please oh please oh please. I know it’s undignified to beg, but please let John McCain pick Condoleezza Rice as his running mate.

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE


Life After Penn

The most striking critiques of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign have come not from her opponents or her enemies but from her most loyal friends.

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton bowling

Like Obama, Clinton Sucks at Bowling

If the election comes down to bowling ability, the Democrats are in serious trouble. Hillary Clinton poked fun at her rival’s poor showing at the lanes, but it turns out she can’t bowl either. Of course, there’s no evidence John McCain would fare any better. Is it too much to ask that the next president be able to roll a ball in a straight line?

Posted on Apr 7, 2008 READ MORE


Bill Maher

Maher to Democrats: ?Chill Out?

From TSA’s mood music to Obama’s bowling blunder, Bill Maher takes on the issues of the week, including the growing concern over the Democrats’ heated primary battle: “If voting can destroy the Democratic Party, then the party isn’t very democratic.”

Posted on Apr 7, 2008 READ MORE


Mark Penn
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Clinton’s Campaign Brain Gets the Boot

Hillary Clinton has parted ways with her chief strategist, Mark Penn, who left her campaign Sunday after his controversial moonlighting as a lobbyist reportedly angered both Sen. Clinton and her husband. Penn was said to be unpopular with other top-tier advisers, in part because of his sweeping influence over the campaign. Update: Not so fast.

Posted on Apr 7, 2008 READ MORE



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On Secular Fundamentalism

The battle under way in America is not a battle between religion and science. It is a battle between religious and secular fundamentalists. It is a battle between two groups intoxicated with the utopian and magical belief that humankind can perfect itself and master its destiny.

Posted on Apr 7, 2008 READ MORE


Are Medical Insurance Mandates Constitutional?

Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s health-care plans contain some form of mandate—a requirement that Americans purchase insurance. At least one legal scholar wonders whether that’s constitutional. At the very least, Karl Manheim argues in an Op-Ed article, it’s “certainly unprecedented.”

Posted on Apr 4, 2008 READ MORE


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Clinton Releases Tax Returns

Hillary Clinton has released seven years of tax returns, which she filed jointly with her former president husband. While there is much poring over to do, one piece of information stands out: The Clintons are rich. America’s most famous power couple made about $109 million in seven years, thanks in large part to Bill Clinton’s speaking fees.

Posted on Apr 4, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
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Nobody Votes for a Quitter

Real politicians don’t quit. They are defeated, indicted, jailed, die or, in some jurisdictions, ousted by term limits. So don’t expect Hillary Clinton to surrender just yet.

Posted on Apr 3, 2008 READ MORE


Forty Years On

In 1968, American liberalism suffered a blow from which it has still not recovered.

Posted on Apr 3, 2008 READ MORE


Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

The real John McCain is re-emerging: a politician who rakes in big bucks by being a hired gun for the corporations.

Posted on Apr 3, 2008 READ MORE


March Fundraising Madness Leaves Obama Smiling

Barack Obama raised more than $40 million in March to Hillary Clinton’s $20 million. Between them, the Democrats took in about three times in March what John McCain raised in January and February combined. That’s good news for Democrats, but only, as Donna Brazile points out, if the money isn’t “used to tear the party apart.”

Posted on Apr 3, 2008 READ MORE


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Jimmy Carter: Guess Who I?m For

The former president and superdelegate wouldn’t tell a Nigerian reporter which of the Democratic candidates he intends to support, but he offered a pretty good hint: “Don’t forget that [Barack] Obama won in my state of Georgia. My town, which is home to 625 people, is for Obama. My children and their spouses are pro-Obama. My grandchildren are also pro-Obama.”

Posted on Apr 3, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama: ?I Won?t Be Smiling?

Here’s one person in Pennsylvania Barack Obama doesn’t want to shake hands with. After repeatedly refusing to pose for a photo, the candidate finally relented, but warned: “I won’t be smiling.”

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 READ MORE


He’s ‘McSame’ on Social Security, Too

The most puzzling aspect of John McCain’s political persona is his habitual attraction to George W. Bush’s bad ideas.

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 READ MORE


Doctors and Patients Agree

Add doctors to that growing list of Americans who would like to see some form of national health insurance.

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 READ MORE


The Mother-Daughter Divide

Many families are split when it comes to the race for the Democratic nomination, and that says something about the dialogue between generations.

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
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Poll: Obama Takes Lead in Pennsylvania

A new poll shows Barack Obama taking a lead over Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania for the first time. His two-point advantage marks a shift of 28 points from the last Public Policy Polling survey, which was conducted just before Obama’s race speech. Other polls show Clinton holding a lead, though by diminishing margins.

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 READ MORE


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