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Inventing a Country-Club Muslim Marxist

Precisely on schedule, the usual assortment of right-wing operatives is preparing its expected assault on the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

Posted on Jun 25, 2008 READ MORE


An Unexamined Threat

Someday, but apparently not a day that will come before November’s election, we might at last have a sober public discussion about terrorism, the attacks of 9/11 and the so-called war on terrorism that has been waged since 2001.

Posted on Jun 25, 2008 READ MORE


Funny Man in an Unfunny World

The world lost one of its great comedians this week with the death at age 71 of George Carlin. Carlin had a career as a stand-up comic that spanned a half-century, in which he continually broke new ground, targeting those in power with his wit and genius.

Posted on Jun 25, 2008 READ MORE



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The Democrats’ Green Giant

The Democrats have decided to make their upcoming convention as environmentally friendly as possible, which raises the question: Where does one find 15,000 union- and American-made organic cotton fanny packs? The answer, it turns out, is nowhere.

Posted on Jun 25, 2008 READ MORE


Haitian Children At Well
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U.S. Withholds Loans in Water-Starved Haiti

The U.S. is under heavy criticism by human rights groups for withholding funds for clean water projects in Haiti as leverage for U.S.-led political reform in the country. A total of $54 million in loans to Haitians—70 percent of whom already lack daily access to potable water—is being delayed.

Posted on Jun 25, 2008 READ MORE


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$1 Billion and Counting

We’re barely into the general election campaign and already more than $1 billion has been raised by the various candidates. That tally includes now-defunct campaigns and personal loans. Still, that’s more money than has ever been raised for an election, and we’ve got about five months to go.

Posted on Jun 24, 2008 READ MORE


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Clinton Gets Back to Business

Hillary Clinton went back to work Tuesday “with an even greater depth and awareness of what we have to do here in Washington,” she said. The senator was greeted at the Capitol by a cheering crowd on her first return since losing the nomination.

Posted on Jun 24, 2008 READ MORE


Fixing Public Financing

Barack Obama’s decision to forgo public funds will bring joy to opponents of campaign finance reform. But to say that Obama has killed public financing is to miss the point.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 READ MORE


‘Did I Mention He’s Black?’

The question isn’t whether race will be an issue in the general election campaign between Obama and McCain. Race is already an issue, even if largely confined to the shadow world of implication and coded language.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 READ MORE


Oil Mania

There’s nothing like the Saudi version of straight talk to put in perspective the tongue-twisting of American politicians.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 READ MORE


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Muslim Americans Losing Patience With Obama

According to a Pew poll, about 10 percent of Americans think Barack Obama is Muslim. The candidate has tried repeatedly to counter that “smear,” (the word used on Obama’s Web site) but a growing number of Muslim Americans are frustrated with the implication that there’s something wrong with them.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 READ MORE


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John McCain Is Not Reading This

It turns out that the candidate who says he’s vetting his vice president with “a Google” may not actually know how to do so. Asked whether John McCain ever used a computer, his “deputy eCampaign director” replied, “You don’t need to use a computer to know how it shapes the country.”

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 READ MORE


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Tony Platt on American Eugenics

Here’s a story, both chilling and inspiring: how prisoners at an Oklahoma prison in the aftermath of the Depression led a struggle to limit the practice of compulsory sterilization.

Posted on Jun 20, 2008 READ MORE


Countering Race With Class

In our us-versus-them culture, every political campaign is a battle to define who exactly the “us” and “them” are. At their most effective, Democrats parry by defining the “us” as the majority of working people, and the “them” as the tiny group of plutocrats who control the country.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008 READ MORE


New Hampshire Heads Back to the Spotlight

The race for electoral votes could be so close in November that small states may well pick the next president.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Rejects Public Financing

Arguing in a video message to supporters that “the public financing of presidential elections as it exists today is broken,” Barack Obama announced Thursday that he will not accept public funds. John McCain would like to cast that decision as a major flip-flop, but as the Los Angeles Times notes, he’s got issues of his own.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008 READ MORE


Taxes, Integrity and Character

Once upon a time, there was a fiscally and socially responsible senator named John McCain.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008 READ MORE


Time for the Iraq Debate to Move On

It is inevitable that at some point in the presidential campaign the Iraq debate will turn from recriminations over how did we manage to get in to the question of how do we reasonably manage to get out.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008 READ MORE



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Americans Prefer Michelle Obama to Cindy McCain

Michelle Obama has a nine-point edge over Cindy McCain in the race for America’s hearts and minds, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll. But neither of the aspiring first ladies has a majority of America’s approval. Really, America, whatever one thinks of their husbands, it’s time to cut the wives some slack.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008 READ MORE



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McCain Pulls the Pin on Offshore Drilling

John McCain is hoping that Americans, particularly those living in coastal states, are so sick of high gas prices they won’t mind a little extra offshore drilling. That’s a risky assessment according to The Politico and the former head of the Florida GOP, who said that back before fuel costs skyrocketed it “would have been like pulling a pin on a grenade and rolling it into the state.”

Posted on Jun 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Blasts GOP Anti-Terror Tactics

Is someone soft on terror because he thinks the president shouldn’t be able to indefinitely imprison anyone, for any reason? John McCain and his surrogates seem to think so. Barack Obama fired back on Tuesday, blaming Osama bin Laden’s freedom on the failure of Republican strategies.

Posted on Jun 17, 2008 READ MORE


McCain and Lieberman
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You Can’t Always Veep Who You Want

Conservative columnist Robert Novak has reported that John McCain wants to make Joe Lieberman his running mate, but knows that he can’t for political reasons. That hypothetical ticket, possibly the least charismatic ever, would at least afford Lieberman the opportunity to complete his journey to the dark side.

Posted on Jun 17, 2008 READ MORE


The Essential Tim Russert

He knew he was a big deal—he had a healthy ego and an accurate sense of his accomplishments. But I’m confident that he would be stunned at the magnitude of the reaction to his death, especially among people who never met him.

Posted on Jun 16, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Family

It would be unfortunate if Obama’s words were read only as an attempt to win white votes. It actually matters that a presidential candidate is taking the costs of fatherlessness seriously.

Posted on Jun 16, 2008 READ MORE


Fiat Chief on the Global Finance Crisis

The Italian-Canadian chief executive of Fiat, the leading Italian industrial enterprise, Sergio Marchionne, speaking about the present economic crisis last weekend, mentioned the well-known argument first made by the Austrian-American economist Joseph Schumpeter about the function of “creative destruction” in modern capitalism.

Posted on Jun 16, 2008 READ MORE


Clintonites Miffed by Obama Hire

Patti Solis Doyle was once one of Hillary Clinton’s closest advisers, but after the senator’s presidential ambitions took a nose dive, Doyle was essentially fired and reportedly no longer speaks to her longtime friend. Now the former Clinton campaign manager works for Barack Obama—a sign, Clinton insiders say, that the New Yorker won’t be invited to join the ticket.

Posted on Jun 16, 2008 READ MORE


McCain and Obama
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The Vice Presidency: Hype and Flourishes

For two centuries, selecting vice presidential candidates was at best a mere afterthought. Hardly anyone knew of the process, if indeed one existed aside from a brief huddle by the presidential candidate with a few advisers and friends. The presidential nominees usually settled on lesser-known figures, deserved obscurities in American history.

Posted on Jun 15, 2008 READ MORE


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Gore Vidal on Impeachment and the Media

The celebrated historian and author reads from his latest Truthdig essay, which examines Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s articles of impeachment and the lack of attention they garnered in the mainstream media.

Posted on Jun 15, 2008 READ MORE


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‘Meet the Press’ Anchor Tim Russert Dies at 58

Veteran journalist and “Meet the Press” moderator Tim Russert died Friday of an apparent heart attack while recording voice-overs for Sunday’s show, according to NBC. Russert, 58, was also the network’s Washington bureau chief and had grilled politicians and public figures on “Meet the Press” since 1991.

Posted on Jun 13, 2008 READ MORE


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Richard Flacks on Tom Hayden

For 50 years, Tom Hayden has been an indefatigable organizer on behalf of the disenfranchised, and now, with the publication of his “Writings for a Democratic Society,” we have a chance to trace the arc of activism of an American original who continues to make history.

Posted on Jun 12, 2008 READ MORE


An Anti-Clinton for VP

Some say Hillary Clinton’s defeat was the victory of sexism—but Obama faced at least as much racism. No, this resounding defeat goes beyond pernicious isms and beyond one candidate—it is a fist-pounding rejection of a corrupt ideology.

Posted on Jun 12, 2008 READ MORE


The New Democratic Majority

At the moment, Barack Obama is winning a smaller share of Democrats than John Kerry did on Election Day four years ago. Yet Obama is beating John McCain by six points in the latest Gallup Poll. How can this be?

Posted on Jun 12, 2008 READ MORE


John McCain
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John McCain’s Chilling Project for America

John McCain has long been a major player in a radical militaristic group driven by an ideology of global expansionism and dominance attained through perpetual, pre-emptive, unilateral, multiple wars. Over its two terms, the George W. Bush administration has planted the seeds for this geopolitical master plan, and now appears to be counting on the McCain administration, if one comes to power, to nurture it.

Posted on Jun 12, 2008 READ MORE


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Does Lou Dobbs Have His Eye on New Jersey?

We don’t normally pay much attention to rumors here, but this one caught our eye. Apparently Republicans are buzzing that Lou Dobbs, the CNN anchor who styles himself a populist but comes off more like the unhinged distant relative who ruined Christmas, is thinking of running for governor of New Jersey.

Posted on Jun 12, 2008 READ MORE


Huckabee
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Lights, Camera, Huckabee

Mike Huckabee and Barack Obama made a big splash when they won the Iowa caucuses at the start of the campaign. Since then, their paths have diverged. Huckabee may or may not run again, but in the meantime, the former governor and Chuck Norris man crush will spend the next year peddling his unique brand of commentary to the viewers of Fox News.

Posted on Jun 12, 2008 READ MORE


A Challenge Obama Should Accept

McCain has invited his rival to join him in a “town hall” tour. That would provide a forum for discussing the economy and for looking at just who has helped ease Americans’ pocketbook troubles in the past.

Posted on Jun 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Carville: Obama Should Pick Gore

Clinton enthusiast James Carville tells CNN that Barack Obama should select Al Gore as his vice president candidate and energy czar in order to “send a signal to the world ... that America’s gettin’ serious about this horrendous problem that we face.”

Posted on Jun 11, 2008 READ MORE


Vote for Spite

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The Elitist Menace Among Us

Stephen Colbert outdoes himself with this indictment of the non-controversy over Barack Obama’s alleged elitism. After all, “Nothing stings like being called an elitist by the humble working-class members of the media and politics. Some of those people have to do their own hair.”

Posted on Jun 11, 2008 READ MORE


Getting Even

So is the glass half full or half empty after Clinton’s departure? Or to pick a better metaphor, is the “highest, hardest” glass ceiling now half shattered by the 18 million cracks or does it look as impermeable as ever after this unsuccessful battering?

Posted on Jun 11, 2008 READ MORE


Obama’s VP Curveball

Barack Obama’s vice presidential vetting committee has been meeting with lawmakers in Washington, so naturally a few names have started to filter out. Most were to be expected (Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Jim Webb and so on), but among them is someone you may not have heard of: retired Gen. James Jones, a veteran of the Vietnam War and former supreme allied commander of NATO. Of course it’s far too soon to place bets.

Posted on Jun 10, 2008 READ MORE


Bush’s European Goodbye Tour

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Hillary’s Graceful Exit

Clinton’s speech Saturday conceding the Democratic presidential nomination to Barack Obama couldn’t have been classier—and couldn’t have been more auspicious for the party’s chances of capturing the White House in November.

Posted on Jun 9, 2008 READ MORE


The Case for Biden

The Delaware senator should be at the top of any list of vice presidential picks for Obama. Why Biden? Few Democrats know more about foreign policy, and few would so relish the fight against McCain on international affairs.

Posted on Jun 9, 2008 READ MORE


Mark Penn on Where Clinton Went Wrong

Mark Penn has taken no shortage of blame for the downfall of Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations, but the former campaign chief has a few ideas of his own about what could have been. Penn writes in the New York Times that Team Clinton should have taken on Barack Obama from the beginning and should have courted young voters and women more aggressively, but money “may just have had a lot more to do with who won than anyone imagines.”

Posted on Jun 8, 2008 READ MORE


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The Democratic Race in 8 Minutes

The Democrats have just completed an epic string of primaries that spanned more than a year of campaigning in all 50 states and various territories. In case you missed it, or you just want to relive the drama, here’s a no-nonsense summary of the Democratic campaign.

Posted on Jun 8, 2008 READ MORE


Blue or Red

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