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On Vacation

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Posted on Jul 24, 2008 READ MORE


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‘People of Berlin’

It’s not clear whether those were Germans or backpackers chanting “yes we can” in Berlin, but Barack Obama’s speech was a big hit with the crowd, which responded warmly to his call for global unity. The candidate himself cracked up after a line about his father herding goats got a huge cheer.

Posted on Jul 24, 2008 READ MORE



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Super Mega Housing Bill on Bush’s Desk

There’s a lot the president doesn’t like about the new housing bill, just passed by the House, but he’ll hold his nose and sign it. The package includes huge guarantees for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae—the national debt ceiling had to be lifted by about $800 billion, just in case—but also rescue for hundreds of thousands of homeowners at risk of foreclosure.

Posted on Jul 23, 2008 READ MORE


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Fortune Frowns on McCain

John McCain had hoped for a photo op atop an oil rig, but he got a hurricane and an oil spill instead. The senator is known for his superstitions, but lately his lucky charms don’t seem to be doing the trick. The Washington Post takes a closer look at McCain’s week of bad luck and finds there’s more to frown about on the horizon.

Posted on Jul 23, 2008 READ MORE


Refighting the Vietnam War

For a long time, John McCain has believed that Vietnam should have, could have had a different ending. So, too, his attention on Iraq has been less on the war’s origin than on some undefined victorious conclusion.

Posted on Jul 23, 2008 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’ and Colbert on ‘Obama Quest’

Jon Stewart takes a whimsical look at Barack Obama’s excellent adventure while Stephen Colbert notes that, with the entire news establishment chasing the senator, “I am the Edward R. Murrow of who’s left.”

Posted on Jul 23, 2008 READ MORE


Sarkozy’s List of Successes

France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy is often dismissed for his flamboyance, but he has quite remarkable accomplishments, including some reforms long sought by the left.

Posted on Jul 23, 2008 READ MORE


Who’s Paying for the Conventions?

The nominating conventions have become elaborate, expensive marketing events, but most people don’t know the extent to which major corporations fund them, pouring tens of millions of dollars into a little-known loophole in the campaign-finance system.

Posted on Jul 23, 2008 READ MORE


Obama’s Promise

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John Dean on ?Pure Goldwater?

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer interviews John Dean about “Pure Goldwater,” his new collaboration with the late senator’s son. The book is a reminder that American conservatism has drifted far from its original heading.

Posted on Jul 22, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain’s Ink Envy

John McCain has often been described as a media darling, but that was before Mr. Straight Talk had to run against a political phenomenon. The Arizona senator was already frustrated by his drooping media prestige, but the wall-to-wall coverage of Barack Obama’s international tour, which was kind of McCain’s idea, has him seeing red.

Posted on Jul 22, 2008 READ MORE


Obama the Peacemaker

Before leaving Jordan for neighboring Israel, Barack Obama promised to pursue peace between Israelis and Palestinians “starting from the minute I’m sworn into office,” and to “be concerned and recognize the legitimate difficulties that the Palestinian people are experiencing right now.” His deference to impartiality comes a month after the candidate seemed to cede the city of Jerusalem, whether accidentally or not, to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Posted on Jul 22, 2008 READ MORE


‘Baruch Obama’

The “Daily Show” investigates Barack Obama’s alleged problem with Jews in Florida, where at least one crafty senior is on to the mock reporter’s funny business.

Posted on Jul 22, 2008 READ MORE



John Dean on ‘Pure Goldwater’

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer interviews John Dean about “Pure Goldwater,” his new collaboration with the late senator’s son. The book is a reminder that American conservatism has drifted far from its original heading.

Posted on Jul 22, 2008 READ MORE



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Petraeus Shows Obama the Sights

Gen. David Petraeus gave his potential boss, Barack Obama, a helicopter tour of Baghdad on Monday. It’s a technique the general has used in the past to show normal life in Baghdad—from a safe distance. John McCain suggested recently that Petraeus would change Obama’s mind and his plan about withdrawing from Iraq, but that plan has newfound momentum and it could easily be Gen. Petraeus who is asked to carry it out.

Posted on Jul 21, 2008 READ MORE



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Obama in Iraq

The U.S. Embassy has reported that Barack Obama arrived safely in Iraq, where he is expected to meet with Gen. David Petraeus and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The candidate is traveling with fellow Iraq war critics Sen. Jack Reed and Sen. Chuck Hagel.

Posted on Jul 20, 2008 READ MORE


5 Approved Obama Jokes

Saying he is “sympathetic to late night comedians’ struggle to find jokes to make about me,” Sen. Barack Obama today issued a list of official campaign-approved Barack Obama jokes.

Posted on Jul 20, 2008 READ MORE


Diplomacy

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Posted on Jul 20, 2008 READ MORE


Overreacting

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The Next Cover

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Posted on Jul 20, 2008 READ MORE


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William Pfaff on General Motors

Are workers to blame for the fix that General Motors (along with many other corporations) is in? A new book by Roger Lowenstein argues that they are. He couldn’t be more wrong.

Posted on Jul 18, 2008 READ MORE


‘Centrists’ Running the Asylum

In the asylum that is American politics, beware a candidate like Barack Obama when he is lauded for moving to “the center”—because usually that means he is drifting away from it.

Posted on Jul 17, 2008 READ MORE


Insta-Scandal!

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Posted on Jul 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Al Gore’s Apollo Mission

The former vice president has given America 10 years to completely shuck carbon energy or face dire national security consequences. In remarks to an energy conference in the nation’s capital, Gore compared his challenge to John Kennedy’s 1961 moongazing.

Posted on Jul 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 17, 2008 READ MORE    


Border Security

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Posted on Jul 17, 2008 READ MORE


This Is Satire

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Posted on Jul 17, 2008 READ MORE    


Not Funny

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Posted on Jul 16, 2008 READ MORE



Cartoonists Have Their Say

As their medium comes under fire, some political cartoonists have responded to the New Yorker controversy with illustrations of their own. We’ve collected a handful of examples from around the world.

Posted on Jul 16, 2008 READ MORE


They Must Be Joking

An expression of outrage is the highest compliment that politicians can bestow upon a satirist. So when spokesmen for Barack Obama and John McCain echo each other and many another stuffed shirt in complaining about the current cover of The New Yorker, the magazine’s editors and cartoonist Barry Blitt should accept such remarks in precisely that spirit.

Posted on Jul 16, 2008 READ MORE


BFFs

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Posted on Jul 16, 2008 READ MORE


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Jon Stewart: ‘It’s Just a F—-ing Cartoon’

“The Daily Show” host marvels that the same media that investigated Barack Obama’s falsely alleged attendance at a madrassa can be shocked—shocked—by a cartoon poking fun at such rumors. Here’s what the Obama campaign should have said, in Stewart’s estimation.

Posted on Jul 16, 2008 READ MORE


He Said Nuts on TV

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Posted on Jul 15, 2008 READ MORE    



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Bush Lifts Drilling Ban

In keeping with his image, the president made a lot of noise on Monday while accomplishing absolutely nothing. In keeping with theirs, the Democrats condemned the president while making plans to roll over. George W. Bush lifted an executive oil drilling ban, but a national moratorium remains in place. The hot air, meanwhile, is getting to the Democrats, some of whom chastised the president while others worked up one of their famous compromises.

Posted on Jul 14, 2008 READ MORE


The New Dominion

If the 2008 election is destined to break up a frozen electoral map, Virginia is one of the most likely venues for the great political thaw.

Posted on Jul 14, 2008 READ MORE


The House That Gramm Built

Phil Gramm’s dismissal of America’s economic suffering has forced him to the political sidelines, but as one of the congressional architects of Republican economics, the mess he made will haunt Americans no matter who the next president is.

Posted on Jul 14, 2008 READ MORE


‘A Nation of Whiners’

How does someone go from being a trusted economic adviser to being a prospective ambassador to Belarus? Ask McCain fixture Phil Gramm, who dismissed America’s economic problems as a figment. Here with more, the nation’s finest talking heads.

Posted on Jul 14, 2008 READ MORE



Obama Camp Denounces New Yorker Cover

The latest New Yorker cover features a satirical cartoon of a Muslim Barack Obama fist-pumping his terrorist wife in front of a portrait of Osama bin Laden and a burning flag. The image was intended “to hold up a mirror to prejudice, the hateful, and the absurd,” says the magazine. When 10 percent or more of Americans still think Obama is a Muslim, there’s apparently no room for humor—tasteless, offensive or otherwise.

Posted on Jul 14, 2008 READ MORE


Constitutional Compromise

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Tony Snow’s Funeral

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Obama’s Plan for Iraq

Barack Obama has an Op-Ed article in Monday’s New York Times outlining his vision for Iraq. It’s mostly a rehashing of positions he has stated over and over again, but it’s interesting to read the quilt work of stump speeches, debate sound bites and policy papers assembled into one document.

Posted on Jul 13, 2008 READ MORE


Traitor to a Losing Tradition

The liberal blogosphere was aflame today with new accusations that Sen. Barack Obama is trying to win the 2008 presidential election.

Posted on Jul 13, 2008 READ MORE


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Ellen Garrison on ‘All the Sad Young Literary Men’

Are Keith Gessen and his posse really the voice of the Zeitgeist, the intellectual heirs to Norman Mailer and George Plimpton? Or just the highbrow version of Judd Apatow?

Posted on Jul 10, 2008 READ MORE


Anywhere Becomes Everywhere

America has become homogenized. From suburb to suburb, what people eat, think and enjoy is the same. This is not good for a democracy.

Posted on Jul 10, 2008 READ MORE


The Death of Reaganomics

The biggest political story of 2008 is getting little coverage. It involves the collapse of assumptions that have dominated our economic debate for three decades.

Posted on Jul 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Networks Might Slim Down Convention Coverage

That Barack Obama would accept his party’s nomination at Invesco Field was an unwelcome bit of news for network executives who have already budgeted their election coverage. Apparently it costs more to broadcast from a stadium than an arena, and so the networks are threatening to scale down what they traditionally dismiss as a free commercial.

Posted on Jul 9, 2008 READ MORE



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Disorderly or Not, America Should Withdraw

The endless debate about the U.S. withdrawing its army from Iraq and what will happen to the country once it does tends to ignore much of what we know about how the world works.

Posted on Jul 9, 2008 READ MORE



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Bush’s Christmas in July: Senate Passes FISA

You know a legislative compromise is one-sided when the AP headline announcing its passage reads “Senate Bows to Bush.” Democratic advocates of the new FISA bill, passed by the Senate on Wednesday, are still trying to explain what they got in exchange for rolling back a few civil liberties and burying some of the president’s abuses. When they figure it out, someone, somewhere, will surely be listening.

Posted on Jul 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Gorbachev Scolds Obama and McCain

According to Mikhail Gorbachev, John McCain and Barack Obama have more in common than they’d like to admit. Both have refused to address their country’s unprecedented military spending, which the former Soviet leader blames for America’s economic woes. Writing in a Russian newspaper, Gorbachev argued that the U.S. behaves “as if the Cold War were not a thing of the past, and the country were surrounded by enemies.”

Posted on Jul 8, 2008 READ MORE


Elegy

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