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America’s Relay Race

There was symbolism as well as sadness in the passing of Barack Obama’s grandmother. When we’re young, we think change is a 100-yard dash. As we get older we think it’s a marathon. Eventually we see a relay race.

Posted on Nov 6, 2008 READ MORE


Condoleezza Rice Emotes

We never thought we’d see it. Incredible! The usually robotronic Condoleezza Rice really is capable of showing emotion. Who knew?

Posted on Nov 5, 2008 READ MORE

AP photo / Alex Brandon

Looking Back and Moving Forward

This is a day to think about how far we’ve come, to think about our experiences in past times and how we are now ready to begin forging a country where all of life is no longer defined by race.

Posted on Nov 5, 2008 READ MORE

Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson: ‘We Are a Better America Today’

Jesse Jackson took a moment on Wednesday to elaborate upon his wordless reaction (that spoke volumes) Tuesday night in Chicago as Barack Obama claimed victory in the 2008 presidential election.

Posted on Nov 5, 2008 READ MORE

AP photo / Morry Gash

Morning Again in America

It’s time to gush! Later for the analysis of all the hard choices faced by our next president, Barack Obama, but for now, let’s just thrill, unabashedly, to the sound of those words.

Posted on Nov 4, 2008 READ MORE

voting booth

Early Problems Reported at the Polls

Long lines were one form of fun awaiting voters around the country as they made their way to the polls on Tuesday; early voters also reported troubles of a more potentially prohibitive nature in battleground states.

Posted on Nov 4, 2008 READ MORE

Flickr / BohPhoto

Obama’s First Win: Dixville Notch, N.H.

All 21 eligible voters in Dixville Notch, N.H., became the first in the nation to vote at the polls just after midnight Monday, following a time-honored tradition, and the win went to Barack Obama with 15 votes over John McCain’s six.

Posted on Nov 4, 2008 READ MORE

bike race ad

Don’t Let This Happen to You

Regardless of whether or not Obama’s your man on Tuesday, this message from his campaign serves as a useful—and humorous—reminder that this election isn’t over until it’s over.

Posted on Nov 4, 2008 READ MORE

Obama and Dunham
Obama campaign / AP

Obama’s Grandmother Dies in Hawaii

Barack Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who he says had a major role in bringing him up during his early years in Hawaii, died Sunday just before midnight in Honolulu. She was 86.

Posted on Nov 3, 2008 READ MORE

The Rivalry
L.A. Theatre Works

Lincoln and Douglas Debate Again in ‘The Rivalry’

Just in time for Election Day, actors David Strathairn and Paul Giamatti are resurrecting the formidable historical figures of Abraham Lincoln and his rival for the Senate in 1858, Stephen A. Douglas, respectively, in L.A. Theatre Works’ production of “The Rivalry,” Norman Corwin’s play about the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates.

Posted on Nov 1, 2008 READ MORE

Obama and McCain
Composite: Flickr: realjameso16/marcn/jeff kubina

Keeping the Supreme Court in Check

Neither McCain nor Obama would alter the prevailing jurisprudence in the Supreme Court or in subordinate tribunals. The unfortunate result will be a judiciary that is deferential to presidential powers and law enforcement in the name of fighting international terrorism.

Posted on Nov 1, 2008 READ MORE

McCain and Schwarzenegger
AP photo / Kiichiro Sato

Schwarzenegger Stumps for McCain in Columbus

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger put aside his appeals to post-partisan politics on Friday in favor of taking up John McCain’s party line during a campaign rally for McCain in Columbus, Ohio.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 READ MORE

presidential seal
Composite: wikimedia/

More Evidence That Polling Is an Imprecise Enterprise

Polling mania continues! So, Thursday brought word of two newly hatched polls—one by The New York Times/CBS News and the other by Fox News—and their results are strikingly different. What whimsy!

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE

Ashley Todd

Faux Attack ‘Victim’ Ordered to Undergo Counseling

Ashley Todd, the 20-year-old McCain campaign volunteer who admitted that she had made up her story about being mugged by a 6’ 4” black man who carved a “B” into her face on Oct. 22, has been released from jail under the condition that she undergo psychiatric treatment.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE

Sanchez and Goldfarb

CNN’s Sanchez Shuts Down McCain Spokesman

My goodness, those CNN anchors are getting feisty in these final days of the election season! Take Rick Sanchez here, who doesn’t give McCain aide Michael Goldfarb an inch when it comes to his claims about Obama’s alleged anti-Semite acquaintances.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


Alec Baldwin on Sarah ‘Bible Spice’ Palin

After so many years on television, David Letterman knows a headline-worthy quote when he hears one, and he clearly thinks Alec Baldwin’s nickname for Sarah Palin, “Bible Spice,” makes the cut in this clip from Wednesday night’s “Late Show.”

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE

Obama special

Obama’s Network TV Blitz

What’s that? An Obama infomercial? Network TV? Wednesday night? Oh, right—here it is, in case you missed it.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE

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Bracing for the Ballot Battle

Next Tuesday, don’t be shocked if the Republicans roll out their familiar tactics of intimidating Democratic voters, challenging their eligibility and subjecting them to long lines at polling places. If the election is close, these shady maneuvers might pay off.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE

AP photo / Gene J. Puskar

Just How Dumb Are White Males?

Let me now defend white males. We can’t possibly be as dumb as the polls showing we are John McCain’s most reliable voting base would indicate.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama on Palin, Parents

“When you’re named Barack Obama, you are the underdog,” Michelle Obama tells Jay Leno in this two-part clip from her appearance on Monday’s “Tonight Show,” during which she was careful to point out that she was wearing a “J. Crew ensemble.”

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE

GOP California

Could California Go Red?

If there’s one state that most everyone would consider in the bank for Barack Obama, it might well be California—any more to the left and the state would be afloat in the Pacific (thus fulfilling the fantasies of many). So why are the early voting returns telling a different story?

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE

Daily Show

‘Daily Show’: Crazy Scared Across America

John McCain’s supporters are plenty scared that a secret terrorist-loving Muslim could take over the White House. Meanwhile, Barack Obama’s supporters think there’s nothing scarier than Sarah Palin. At last, fear has brought both sides together.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE

AP photo / Carolyn Kaster

John McCain in the Echo Chamber

October proved to be the cruelest month, for that was the time that Sen. McCain, he of the round, blank, Little Orphan Annie eyes, chose to try out a number of weird lies about Barack Obama ostensibly in the interest of a Republican Party long overdue for burial.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 READ MORE

Alaska’s Biggest Paper Backs Obama

In a move that might suggest that Sarah Palin’s performance on the campaign trail has not been universally well received in her home state, the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska’s largest newspaper, came out in favor of Barack Obama on Sunday.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008 READ MORE

Nader and Baldwin

Hedges Moderates Third-Party Presidential Debate Between Nader and Baldwin

Award-winning journalist and Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges does his part to give third-party candidates Ralph Nader and Chuck Baldwin a (televised) forum to debate each other and to describe what they stand for and what they believe would constitute “change” for the country.

Posted on Oct 25, 2008 READ MORE

AP photo / Madalyn Ruggiero

‘Joe the Plumber’ in 2010?

Life took an unexpected turn for Joe Wurzelbacher, or “Joe the Plumber,” when he became a kind of human talking point for John McCain and Barack Obama during their last debate, and now Wurzelbacher has apparently taken a shine to politics.

Posted on Oct 25, 2008 READ MORE

Flickr / BohPhoto

New York Times Endorses Barack Obama

This news isn’t going to make certain members of the Republican Party like the Gray Lady any more than they already do, which is not at all: The New York Times’ editorial board has officially endorsed Barack Obama for president.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE

AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Study: Media Goes Negative on McCain

A study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism has found that media coverage of Republican presidential candidate John McCain has been over three times as negative as coverage of his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, since the two parties held their conventions.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE


Who’s Afraid of ACORN?

Who knew that “community organizing” and “ACORN” would become two of the most mischaracterized and maligned terms during this election season? Well, as a few key members point out in this must-see clip from Brave New Films, ACORN had some idea this might be coming.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE (image has been altered)

U.S. Threatens to Put Sanctions on Zimbabwe

The already confusing and highly charged situation in Zimbabwe has become more tense since Sept. 15, when President Robert Mugabe agreed to share power with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who was to assume the position of Zimbabwe’s prime minister.

Posted on Oct 20, 2008 READ MORE


All’s Quiet at the Bush White House

Following his paradigm-shifting endorsement of Barack Obama on Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” which also inevitably represented a slap to the Bush administration he once served, Colin Powell’s announcement has (thus far) been met with resounding silence from his former White House colleagues.

Posted on Oct 20, 2008 READ MORE

Collage: AP photo / Mary Altaffer,

Fact-Checking the ACORN Flap

Not a moment too soon, here’s’s assessment of the recent hullabaloo over ACORN, the beleaguered community organization that has been yanked into the epicenter of the election battle since Team McCain seized upon it as a Campaign Talking Point™.

Posted on Oct 18, 2008 READ MORE

McCain and Obama

McCain’s Oil-Talk Addiction

This week’s Mosaic Intelligence Reports investigates John “Drill, Baby, Drill!” McCain’s claims about “good” and “bad” oil, energy independence and whether he played a little fast and loose with the oil talk during the final presidential debate,

Posted on Oct 18, 2008 READ MORE

Obama in St. Louis
AP photo / Jeff Roberson

Obama Draws Record Crowd to St. Louis Rally

Barack Obama drew the largest crowd of his presidential campaign, 100,000 people, on Saturday at a rally in St. Louis. The Illinois senator had been behind in the race in Missouri until very recently.

Posted on Oct 18, 2008 READ MORE


Your Handy Guide to the Right’s 11th-Hour Attacks on Obama

Thus far this election season, we’ve witnessed a number of scare tactics cooked up by conservatives hoping to scare the bejeezus out of voters who might even consider choosing Barack Obama over John McCain, and the fun isn’t over yet.

Posted on Oct 18, 2008 READ MORE


Cleese on Palin: ‘Monty Python Could Have Written This’

Venerable Britcom star John Cleese has a thing or two to say about the U.S. election, speaking on behalf of the world, or at least Europe, or at least himself, about George W. Bush, Barack Obama and a certain vice presidential candidate who reminds Cleese of “a nice-looking parrot.”

Posted on Oct 18, 2008 READ MORE

Obama Bucks

What’s Racist About ‘Obama Bucks’?

Uh, in what way does putting Barack Obama on a food stamp mock-up, surrounded by fried chicken, ribs and watermelon, not read as racist?

Posted on Oct 17, 2008 READ MORE

voting booth

Team Obama Asks for Special Prosecutor to Investigate Voter Fraud

By way of a response to the McCain camp’s claims about Barack Obama’s ties to ACORN, Obama’s campaign has put in a request to Attorney General Michael Mukasey to “turn over any investigations of voter fraud or voter suppression to Special Prosecutor Nora Dannehy, the same special prosecutor recently appointed to investigate the U.S. attorney firing scandal,” according to CNN.

Posted on Oct 17, 2008 READ MORE

Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Looking Down the Final Stretch

No more presidential debates (at least for a couple months or so)! Who won the last one, Barack Obama or John McCain? Tony Blankley, Matt Miller and Truthdig’s own Robert Scheer size up the candidates and their campaigns and discuss the latest developments in the economic arena on this week’s “Left, Right & Center.”

Posted on Oct 17, 2008 READ MORE

Steal Back Your Vote

Investigation Finds Massive Bid to Steal the Election

As John McCain and GOP operatives rattle their sabers about ACORN’s alleged “voter fraud” tactics, tag-team investigators Greg Palast and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. have released some truly scary findings, in the latest Rolling Stone, from their investigation into Republican efforts to steal the 2008 presidential election.

Posted on Oct 17, 2008 READ MORE

McCain and Letterman

McCain to Letterman: ‘I Screwed Up’

When Sen. John McCain finally appeared on “Late Night” on Thursday, David Letterman didn’t let him forget that he had stood Letterman up last month. Later, McCain joked, “I haven’t had so much fun since my last interrogation.”

Posted on Oct 16, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and McCain Roast Each Other With a Smile

After enduring many grueling weeks of campaigning and three tense debates, John McCain and Barack Obama turned up in tuxes for Thursday night’s Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York to cut loose and try out some lighter material on a crowd ready to laugh, and they laughed as well—at themselves and (especially) at each other.

Posted on Oct 16, 2008 READ MORE


Team McCain Launches Ayers-Themed ‘Robocall’ Campaign

During Wednesday night’s debate, Barack Obama told John McCain that the McCain campaign’s intense focus on Obama’s ties to former Weatherman Bill Ayers “says more about your campaign than it does about me.” Updated

Posted on Oct 16, 2008 READ MORE


McCain’s Scare Quotes

The term “health of the mother” is a coded term used by extreme pro-abortionists to mislead the public about their nefarious intentions, as John McCain suggested during Wednesday’s presidential debate. Or it could just mean “health of the mother.”

Posted on Oct 16, 2008 READ MORE

McCain in Ohio
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Another Round of Dirty Tricks in Ohio

After Wednesday’s big debate, McCain-Palin volunteers celebrated what they considered a big victory for their presidential candidate. But the real action was taking place in courts miles away.

Posted on Oct 16, 2008 READ MORE

Christopher Buckley on 'Hardball'

Christopher Buckley: ‘So Much for the Conservative Revolution’

“I wrote a posting—I guess they’re called,” says neophyte blogger and newly discharged National Review columnist Christopher Buckley, describing the first step in a process that began with his confession that he was breaking with the GOP to vote for Barack Obama and ended with his resignation from the conservative magazine his father founded.

Posted on Oct 15, 2008 READ MORE

Palin and McCain
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

The Hoover-Palin Ticket

And the winner is … Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Remember him—the great Democratic president who saved capitalism from the capitalists by reining in their exorbitant greed? Forget the Reagan Revolution heralding a new era of small government, which turned out to be nothing more than a fig leaf for legalized corporate crime. The hero of the hour is FDR.

Posted on Oct 14, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Was Speaker at 2006 ACORN-Sponsored Immigration Rally

“What makes America special is what’s in this room tonight,” says the keynote speaker in this video clip from February 20, 2006. Who was speaking that night? None other than Republican presidential candidate John McCain. Where was he speaking? At Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida, at an immigration rally sponsored by—wait for it—ACORN.

Posted on Oct 14, 2008 READ MORE


Anti-McCain Spot Spoofs Anti-Drug Ads

The parents of “Gossip Girl” stars Blake Lively and Penn Badgley might have considered pulling the lever for Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Nov. 4 ... if it wasn’t for those meddling kids.

Posted on Oct 14, 2008 READ MORE

Flickr / soggydan

McCain Announces Economic Plan

John McCain has laid out his plan for how he would help Americans recover from the recent shocks to the domestic and international markets. He took the action on Tuesday, a day later than he initially said he would and a day after Democratic presidential rival Barack Obama released his own economic plan—and McCain’s timing was not lost on the Obama campaign.

Posted on Oct 14, 2008 READ MORE

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