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The Silver Lining

Now that the aggressive Eliot Spitzer has resigned in disgrace, New York state reformers are hoping that a progressive agenda will be preserved by a man with a very different style, David Paterson.

Posted on Mar 13, 2008 READ MORE


Olbermann

Olbermann: Ferraro Sounds Like David Duke

Keith Olbermann usually reserves his scorn for the likes of George W. Bush, but, he says, “events insist” that he offer one of his “special comments” to Hillary Clinton over what he says appears to be a pattern of prejudice among her surrogates.

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The Wronged Political Wives Club

To think that I had never focused blame on this particular part of the male anatomy. But there was anthropologist Helen Fisher on the “Today” show explaining that Client 9’s destiny was in his eyebrows. And his cheekbones.

Posted on Mar 13, 2008 READ MORE


capital building
aoc.gov

Back to Work

All three presidential candidates are scheduled to be back in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. A Republican senator has proposed a yearlong ban on earmarks and, shocking though it may seem, John McCain, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are apparently on board with the idea. Their colleagues in the Senate, however, are somewhat less enthusiastic.

Posted on Mar 13, 2008 READ MORE


Willie Brown

The Life and Times of Willie Brown

Willie Brown is a familiar name to many Californians, as one of the state’s most powerful and notorious politicians. Here he talks with Tavis Smiley, who asks about Brown’s new book, which is reported to be surprisingly frank.

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McCain
AP photo / Stephan Savoia

Americans Want a Democrat ... or McCain

According to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, Americans want the next president to be a Democrat, by a whopping 13-point margin. But when asked about the candidates by name, John McCain pulls into a statistical tie with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

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Hillary’s Approach

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50 Suggestions for McCain’s VP

Comedian Will Durst offers up a short list, from Colin Powell to the Verizon guy.

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Spitzer resigns
cnn.com

Spitzer Steps Down

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, as expected, announced his resignation Wednesday morning, making a brief but graceful exit with his wife, Silda, at his side. Spitzer didn’t say what his specific plans would be after his successor, Lt. Gov. David Paterson, takes office on March 17, but he pledged that he “will try once again outside of politics to serve the common good.”

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Dems Clash With Time to Spare

The Pennsylvania primary isn’t until April 22, and the campaign has already gotten nasty. There have been so many dust-ups between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in the last couple of days, it’s almost hard to keep track. With weeks to go, there’s no sign of a cease-fire.

Posted on Mar 11, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
nymag.com

AFL-CIO Eager to Hit McCain in $53-Million Drive

The AFL-CIO isn’t going to wait around for the Democrats to pick a nominee before it starts campaigning against John McCain. The largest union in America plans to spend a record $53 million to make sure the next president isn’t a Republican.

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Pelosi

Pelosi: Dream Ticket Is ‘Impossible’

As the chair of the Democratic convention, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she intends to remain neutral throughout the primary process, but toward the end of this clip she seems to rebuke Hillary Clinton.

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Chris Dodd

The Politics of YouTube

This has been described as the YouTube election, so it seems only fitting to get YouTube’s take on how the candidates have fared in the realm of viral videos. For all the fuss, it turns out some of the less fortunate candidates were the most industrious new media campaigners.

Posted on Mar 11, 2008 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: ‘Lay Off Nader’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges argues in the Philadelphia Inquirer that Ralph Nader may not win, but “[h]e is the only candidate who has not lined his pockets with tens of millions of dollars of corporate campaign money, [not] talked out of both sides of his mouth about the war in Iraq, NAFTA and health care, and has dedicated his life to battling the corporations who make war on working men and women.”

Posted on Mar 10, 2008 READ MORE


Romney
bloomberg.com

Welcome Back, Mitt?

Mitt Romney could be headed back to political prime time now that conservative heavyweights, including The Weekly Standard, are pushing him as John McCain’s best bet for vice president. Romney’s economic know-how, it is argued, along with his popularity with the Bush wing of the party, makes him a safe choice.

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Obama

Obama on Team Clinton: ?They?re Trying to Hoodwink You?

Barack Obama bristles at the notion of being Hillary Clinton’s vice president, a role she and others in her campaign have suggested would be good for the party: “I don’t know how somebody who’s in second place is offering the vice presidency to the person who’s in first place.”

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Bill Maher

Bill Maher vs. Terry McAuliffe

Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe joined Bill Maher on Friday for what turned into a surprisingly tough satellite interview, which ended prematurely due to technical difficulties—and perhaps because of a crack about Bill Clinton and Puerto Rico.

Posted on Mar 9, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton
newsweek.com

Grand Theft Delegate

Hillary Clinton has returned to the subject of poaching pledged delegates, a topic that was raised and immediately lowered by her campaign earlier in the primary season. In a new interview in Newsweek, Clinton drops the hint: “Even elected and caucus delegates are not required to stay with whomever they are pledged to.”

Posted on Mar 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Warren Cohen on the Rise (and Fall) of the Neocons

Just who are the “neocons,” where did they come from and how was it they came to wield so profound an influence among the highest circles of America’s policy elites? These are some of the questions asked by Jacob Heilbrunn in his new book, “They Knew They Were Right.”

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE


The Passing of the Torch

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Talking Points for Obama

With arithmetic on his side, the Illinois senator still should be heavily favored to win the nomination. But he does have a problem: The world-class orator, attacked by opponents for being all talk and no walk, urgently needs to come up with a new speech.

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE


Hope in the Time of NAFTA

Reading articles about Hillary Clinton attacking NAFTA can lead you to believe The Onion has taken over America’s news bureaus.

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE



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Rumors of a Michigan Do-Over

The Political Wire has it from a couple of sources that Michigan, which along with Florida was stripped of its Democratic delegates, will hold caucuses in order to have a say about the party’s nominee. Also, Florida’s governor, a Republican, is pushing for a re-vote in his state.

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
Flickr / Joe Crimmings

Feb. Not the Shortest Month for Obama

Though March dealt him some disappointments, February was very good to Barack Obama. His campaign blew away records by raising $55 million—that’s $20 million more than the amount taken in by Hillary Clinton, who had her best month yet. But the best news of all for Obama is that, according to The Hotline, $54 million of that money can be used in the primaries.

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE


McCain ad

The Money Behind the Anti-McCain Ad

A joint probe by the Center for Investigative Reporting and National Public Radio traces the money behind a new anti-McCain ad, revealing an alliance of top Democratic donors who’ve already raised millions to take back the White House.

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE


McCain’s Very Own Farrakhan

Whatever their true private beliefs, presidential candidates in America are constantly required to provide proofs of faith, often through their connections with various religious figures. Benedictions from the pulpit bestow an aura of righteousness—except, of course, when the pastor or minister is a disreputable kook whose endorsement should be an embarrassment.

Posted on Mar 5, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Trails Democrats in Poll

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows John McCain losing to either Democrat—Barack Obama beats him by 12 points while Hillary Clinton wins by half that margin. According to the survey, McCain’s age is significantly more troubling to voters than either Obama’s race or Clinton’s gender.

Posted on Mar 5, 2008 READ MORE


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Anti-McCain Ad Surfaces in Battlegrounds

Something called the Campaign to Defend America has purchased a reported $1 million worth of air time in Ohio and Pennsylvania to run this ad, which connects John McCain to George W. Bush. Update

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Bush and McCain
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Bush Backs McCain

Republicans are starting to line up behind their nominee, including the president, who officially gave his blessing at the White House on Wednesday, along with an offer to help John McCain campaign. That couldn’t make Democrats happier, who long to depict McCain as what Howard Dean called “another out-of-touch Bush Republican.”

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From Rebellious Republicans to Tasteless Tycoons

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and Managing Editor Peter Scheer talk politics once again with radio icon Michael Jackson.

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Bush and McCain
blog.reidreport.com

McCain Makes It Official

John McCain has secured the Republican nomination with a projected sweep of the March 4th primaries. He was thought by many political insiders to be too independent to pull it off, but his march to the right appears to have been successful. It is fitting, therefore, that he is expected to visit the White House on Wednesday to further tie himself to George W. Bush.

Posted on Mar 4, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Clinton
about.com

Clinton Holds the Line

Hillary Clinton scored major victories Tuesday with three projected wins, including Ohio and Texas, which had been described by her campaign as must-win states. Barack Obama won the Vermont primary and kept it close in Texas.

Posted on Mar 4, 2008 READ MORE


McCain’s Basketball Foul

Truthdig wasn’t around in the year 2000, but if we had been, we probably would have posted this clip of John McCain blowing it in a big way. In light of the Republican Party’s racial sensitivity research, this seems timely, even eight years later—and how sad is that?

Posted on Mar 4, 2008 READ MORE


A Tale of Two Campaigns

So how did the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination come down to a choice between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton? We have become so accustomed to their pounding each other relentlessly that we’ve forgotten that this is a remarkable endgame.

Posted on Mar 3, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton Camp Defines Victory

After parsing the Clinton campaign media call, The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder reports that “if Clinton wins the popular vote in Ohio and Texas, she’s staying in the race.” Texas has a somewhat bizarre primary/caucus hybrid that is thought to favor Barack Obama. Which is to say Clinton could find herself even less likely to win the nomination, but still feeling like a winner.

Posted on Mar 3, 2008 READ MORE


Old Habits Die Hard

The satirist writes that consumer activist Ralph Nader, appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” told host Tim Russert that he has officially decided to wreck the 2008 presidential election.

Posted on Mar 2, 2008 READ MORE


Tough Sell

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Hillary Tries Comedy

Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance on “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend, where she shared a laugh with her own impersonator. It’s part of a trend that is well captured by a recent Politico article, which notes that politicians are increasingly cultivating their celebrity status.

Posted on Mar 2, 2008 READ MORE


Underestimating Obama

Barack Obama’s critics bear a remarkable resemblance to the liberals who labored mightily to dismiss Ronald Reagan in 1980.

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


The New Permanent Campaign

In 1976, a young political consultant named Patrick Caddell sent a memo to Jimmy Carter telling the president-elect to wage “a continuing political campaign” that fuses public policy and political goals. This doctrine became known as the permanent campaign, and it is now changing from a White House tactic into a national grass-roots organizing strategy.

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


farm
international.wi.gov

Farm Bill Brings the Bacon

What has the power to unite progressive Democrats and conservative Republicans? According to a compelling article in the San Francisco Chronicle, agribusiness is having its way in Congress, even getting Democrats to cut food stamps to make room for subsidies.

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


Project Hillary

Mark Fiore’s latest animated political cartoon pokes fun at the message mayhem of the Clinton campaign. With apologies to Hillary fans who are already feeling down, the image of Project Runway’s Tim Gunn critiquing the candidate’s political design choices just fits somehow. Make it work, people.

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


Bloomberg Says He Won’t Run

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg writes in a New York Times op-ed “I am not—and will not be—a candidate for president.” Thus ends months of speculation on whether the multibillionaire would jump into the race as an independent candidate. Bloomberg writes that he may endorse a candidate who “takes an independent, nonpartisan approach” and “embraces practical solutions that challenge party orthodoxy.” Is he talking about Ralph Nader?

Posted on Feb 27, 2008 READ MORE


Nader’s Cabinet

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McCain
foxnews.com

McCain Chastises Supporters, Again

About a day after John McCain expressed his disapproval over the insensitive comments of a supporter, the candidate was once again forced to disown ignoble behavior, this time from an official part of his party. The Tennessee Republican Party issued a press release that featured a photo of Barack Obama wearing traditional African clothing, cited his middle name (Hussein) and attempted to portray him as an anti-Semite.

Posted on Feb 27, 2008 READ MORE


Buckley
nytimes.com

William F. Buckley Jr. Dead at 82

The father of modern conservatism died while at work in his study. He had suffered from emphysema. Buckley began his distinguished and varied career when conservative ideas were extremely unpopular and managed to build a thriving political movement. Buckley recently raised eyebrows by breaking with President Bush and challenging his conservative credentials.

Posted on Feb 27, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary's feet
latimes.com

Clinton Backtracks on Tax Returns

Under pressure during Tuesday’s debate, Hillary Clinton hinted that she might release her tax returns earlier than “once I become the nominee,” a schedule that had drawn criticism from Barack Obama and the press. But aides speaking with the media the next day retreated from that opening.

Posted on Feb 27, 2008 READ MORE


hillary and barack
thepage.time.com

Twenty Debates Later

There have been 20 debates between the Democratic candidates, three featuring only Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and if this final confrontation had any game-changing potential, the opportunity has come and passed. There were a few tense moments, to be sure, but no gaffes, no inappropriate sighs to puzzle over, just two people who claim to like each other and largely agree on everything.

Posted on Feb 27, 2008 READ MORE


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