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From Slavery to Obama

There will be plenty of time to chart Barack Obama’s attempt to navigate a course between the exigencies of the old politics and the promise of the new, between yesterday and tomorrow, youth and experience, black and white. For now, take a moment to consider the mind-bending improbability of what just happened.

Posted on Jun 5, 2008 READ MORE


Burying the Hatchet

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton met face to face on Thursday to discuss how they can best unite their campaigns and the Democratic Party. Clinton has wavered on whether she would like to be vice president, and Obama has appealed for patience on the matter. Still, if the subject didn’t come up, it would certainly have been the elephant in the room. Unless John McCain was hiding behind the couch.

Posted on Jun 5, 2008 READ MORE


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The Economist

I’m The Economist and I Approve This Election

The storied British mag is making no bones about it: America’s long primary battle, judging by the candidates it produced, was a major success. According to a new cover story, ” ... On the face of it, this is the most impressive choice America has had for a very long time.”

Posted on Jun 5, 2008 READ MORE


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Fox Dumps on McCain

If it comes down to oratorical skills, Barack Obama will win in a landslide. That’s the assessment of pundits across the political spectrum, who were collectively appalled by John McCain’s preemptive rhetorical strike. Fox News seemed particularly offended by McCain’s snoozy demeanor and small crowd.

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Putting Journalists in Check

The World Newspaper Congress played host to Gary Kasparov on Tuesday. The chess wiz and Kremlin antagonist ridiculed his government for imposing limits on free expression. Indeed, Reporters Without Borders’ most recent annual index of global press freedom ranks Russia a dismal 144th. Still, there are plenty of places in the world where you can get beaten, arrested or killed for letting people know what’s going on.

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The More Things Change, the More They Smell the Same

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Ready for McCain

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The Nightmare Ticket

Hillary Clinton talked her way out of the vice presidency on Tuesday night. Barack Obama may never have intended to make her the offer. But Clinton’s largely self-focused non-concession speech suggested that what some call a dream ticket could turn into a nightmare.

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Asking for Their Votes

Now that Barack Obama has secured the Democratic presidential nomination, I am thinking a lot about Bob Dole. Admittedly, this is one heck of a free association.

Posted on Jun 4, 2008 READ MORE


T-Mac Is All Pumped Up!

Some consider Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair the best head of the DNC ever. Judging by this and numerous media appearances, he’s certainly the most animated (including Howard Dean and his infamous scream). Clinton may have lost the nomination, but that isn’t going to get Terry McAuliffe down.

Posted on Jun 4, 2008 READ MORE



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Clinton to Face the Music

Hillary Clinton will end her race for the presidency on Saturday. After Barack Obama essentially clinched the nomination Tuesday, Clinton congratulated him but did not concede and asked supporters to visit her Web site to “share [their] thoughts” on the direction of her campaign. Updated.

Posted on Jun 4, 2008 READ MORE


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Clinton Wins a Battle, Loses the War

It seems that the more Hillary Clinton wins, the further she gets from the nomination. That was especially true Tuesday when she scored a big win in South Dakota only to see her rival clinch the nomination. Clinton spoke of party unity Tuesday night, but stopped short of offering a concession.

Posted on Jun 3, 2008 READ MORE


A Tear for McClellan

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The End Is Near

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Obama Seals the Deal

The Democratic Party held its final primaries Tuesday, but Barack Obama wasn’t leaving anything to chance. Before the polls even closed, his campaign lined up a steady stream of superdelegate endorsements that, according to the Associated Press and others, put Obama over the top.

Posted on Jun 3, 2008 READ MORE


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Colbert on Obama?s Church Drama

“The Colbert Report” host pokes fun at the constant outrage, scandal and scrutiny surrounding Barack Obama’s (now) former church.

Posted on Jun 3, 2008 READ MORE


Using Communion as a Weapon

Word spread like wildfire in Catholic circles: Douglas Kmiec, a staunch Republican, firm foe of abortion and veteran of the Reagan Justice Department, had been denied communion.

Posted on Jun 2, 2008 READ MORE


Campaign Soundtrack

Crank up your iPods, everyone. Herewith, a musical guide to the endgame of the epic contest for the Democratic nomination.

Posted on Jun 2, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton

17 Million

A new Hillary Clinton campaign ad plays up the popular vote issue while striking a positive tone. Mixed reports have Clinton dialing down expectations that she’ll suspend her campaign after Tuesday’s final primaries, in Montana and South Dakota, as she is widely expected to do.

Posted on Jun 2, 2008 READ MORE


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Kennedy Feels ‘Like a Million Bucks’

Ted Kennedy was in good humor following brain surgery at Duke University Medical Center on Monday, joking with his wife, “I feel like a million bucks. I think I will do that again tomorrow.” Kennedy’s neurosurgeon said the operation was a success. The senator will now begin radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

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Signs That Clinton Is Ready to Drop Out

Hillary Clinton’s advance team has been recalled to New York, her staffers have been told to turn in their receipts by the end of the week, and now the candidate has personally invited top supporters to attend a speech she’ll give in New York Tuesday night.

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Kennedy Goes Under the Knife

Ted Kennedy was to undergo brain surgery Monday morning as part of an aggressive course of treatment for his recently diagnosed cancer. According to the Boston Globe, the senator met with a panel of experts that included representatives of the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute, as well as his own doctors.

Posted on Jun 2, 2008 READ MORE


More ‘San Francisco Values’

With a soundtrack as shifty as its logic, here is another captivating self-parody from the Sam Graves campaign. The shameless Missouri congressman, who has tried to paint his Democratic opponent as an unholy champion of gayness because she held a fundraiser in San Francisco, has launched another attack ad allegedly based on that city’s values.

Posted on Jun 2, 2008 READ MORE


Her Own Worst Enemy

Responding to a chorus of outrage touched off by her comments about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) made a bold attempt at damage control today by distancing herself from herself.

Posted on Jun 2, 2008 READ MORE


‘God Damn the Democrats!’

Harriet Christian’s total meltdown at the Democratic Party’s Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting was outrageous enough to make it to the top of YouTube’s political charts. Her tirade illustrates some of the challenges facing the Democratic Party and the Barack Obama campaign as it woos Hillary Clinton’s more colorful supporters. This one, though, is probably a lost cause.

Posted on Jun 1, 2008 READ MORE


The Corporate State and the Subversion of Democracy

Chris Hedges gave this keynote address on Wednesday, May 28, in Furman University’s Younts Conference Center. The address was part of protests by faculty and students over the South Carolina college’s decision to invite George W. Bush to give the May 31 commencement address.

Posted on May 31, 2008 READ MORE


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Ex-NBA Star:  Olympians Should Speak About Human Rights in China

John Amaechi is not your typical basketball star. The former center for Utah, Orlando and Cleveland is the first NBA alumnus to openly declare that he’s gay, and now he’s combining sports and cultural politics in another sense by serving as Amnesty International’s sports ambassador to this summer’s Beijing Olympics.

Posted on May 31, 2008 READ MORE


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Gary Indiana on Hobsbawm?s ‘On Empire’

Eric Hobsbawm, one of our most celebrated historians, looks at what makes the American Colossus uniquely dangerous in its imperial overreach at the dawn of the third millennium.

Posted on May 30, 2008 READ MORE


The Lamont Lesson

Though he lost in the general election, Ned Lamont showed that representing the public’s anti-war sentiment and ignoring Washington’s self-appointed gurus wins national elections. And as the current campaign unfolds, the Lamont Lesson is resurfacing.

Posted on May 29, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton and the Rage of Women

How much anger is there among women about how Hillary Clinton has been treated during this campaign? Some of the nation’s leading female politicians will tell you: quite a lot.

Posted on May 29, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
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Study: Media Were Mean to McCain, Not Clinton

A new study by two of journalism’s leading independent institutions has found that complaints from Hillary Clinton and her campaign that the media treated her unfairly are largely unfounded. According to the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism and Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, it’s John McCain who should be upset with the coverage.

Posted on May 29, 2008 READ MORE


Blame to Share in Primary Farce

When the Democratic Party’s Rules and Bylaws Committee meets Saturday to determine the status of the votes cast in the Michigan and Florida primaries, its members should try to look past self-serving campaign arguments and bumbling party leaders’ silly attempts to save face.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


Close but No Health Care

More than halfway through a political season in which public concern about America’s porous, confusing and costly health insurance system has consistently emerged as one of the chief worries of a squeezed electorate, this is what we can expect when the new president takes office next year: not so much.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


The Assassin

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Obama

Un Mensaje Personal a Puerto Rico

Barack Obama brushes up on his Español for this commercial airing in Puerto Rico. The Democratic front-runner trails Hillary Clinton ahead of the island’s Sunday primary.

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HBO

‘Recount’ Gets It Right, Even if America Didn’t

Leading election integrity journalist Brad Friedman reviews HBO’s portrayal of the 2000 Florida recount and wonders whether we’re not headed for another stolen election.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


Gravel

This Is Mike Gravel, Signing Off

The former senator from Alaska who read the Pentagon Papers into the congressional record in 1971 tells a small group after his failed bids for the 2008 Democratic and Libertarian nominations: “This is the end of my political career.” But don’t worry about Mike Gravel. He certainly doesn’t: “What’s the worst thing that’s happened to me? I go back to a normal life? At my age? This is terrible?”

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


The Disintegration of Hillary Clinton

If this campaign goes on much longer, what will be left of Hillary Clinton?

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


Liz Trotta

Fox’s Trotta Says Sorry for Obama Comment

The Fox News personality who incited outrage with a horrible giggly tailspin of a comment about “knocking off” Barack Obama apologizes for her “lame attempt at humor” and chalks it up to a “very colorful political season.”

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


The Pornography of Power

Robert Scheer discusses his new book, “The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America,” with USC’s chair of history on the “Politics of Culture” radio show.

Posted on May 27, 2008 READ MORE


Oh Say Can You Sí

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Castro Slams Obama

Semi-retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro thinks Barack Obama is “the most-advanced candidate in the presidential race,” so he must have been disappointed to hear that Obama would continue an embargo against the island nation. That policy, Castro wrote in a column that appeared in state newspapers, is “a formula for hunger for [Cuba].”

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE


Trotta

Worst Fox News Comment Ever?

Fox News contributor Liz Trotta has a chuckle over the idea of knocking off “Osama ... uh ... Obama ... well both, if we could [laughing].”

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
AP photo / Gene J. Puskar

Vermont Leads the Way for Progressives

The rise of the Vermont Progressive Party, which has six members in the 150-member Vermont House, is another indication that Vermont, which has battled back everything from Wal-Mart to urban sprawl to billboards, may be one of the few sane states left in the nation.

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE


Progressive Patriotism

If the 2008 election is to be a debate about the true meaning of patriotism, then bring it on.

Posted on May 25, 2008 READ MORE


Fighting Until the End, and Then Some

Just moments after former presidential candidate John Edwards endorsed Barack Obama for president, Hillary Clinton vowed to “continue the fight” for Edwards’ endorsement.

Posted on May 25, 2008 READ MORE


MacAuliffe

Clinton Chair Blames Obama Camp for RFK Flap

Clinton campaign chair Terry MacAuliffe told “Fox News Sunday” that the Obama campaign was responsible for stirring controversy over Hillary Clinton’s assassination remark. MacAuliffe also challenged the basis for uproar: “If Robert F. Kennedy Jr. doesn’t find offense to it, why is it that everybody else should?”

Posted on May 25, 2008 READ MORE


RFK Comment

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Barr Wins Libertarian Nomination

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia has been chosen by Libertarians to carry the party’s banner in November, beating out Mary Ruwart, former Democratic presidential candidate Mike Gravel and others. Given John McCain’s trouble with conservatives and Barack Obama’s focus on Georgia, Barr could be something of a spoiler in the general election.

Posted on May 25, 2008 READ MORE


Blind, Endless Movement

Clinton wants only one thing—the presidency—and she wants it now, not later. If success means using the Florida and Michigan “issue” to tie the party in knots until the convention, so be it.

Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE


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