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Obama
White House / Pete Souza

Not So Fast, Chris Matthews

Many argue that Obama’s election to the presidency and status as global “supercelebrity” are signs that we have entered a post-racial moment in which everyone and everything are mixed. Among these believers is Chris Matthews of MSNBC.

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama at GOP retreat
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Obama Confronts Critics (and Vice Versa) at GOP Retreat

Turns out that Barack Obama’s extemporaneous critique of the Supreme Court during his State of the Union speech Wednesday wasn’t the only such (apparently) unscripted moment he’d spend this week. On Friday, the president engaged in a frank exchange with Republican House members at a retreat in Baltimore, where he ... (continued)

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 READ MORE


Obama's arrival
White House / Pete Souza

Nice Speech. Now What?

Words won’t put people to work. Not even Obama’s eloquence—and he did reach that point on occasion—will be enough to inject courage into the gutless Democrats running from a mild heath care reform bill. Nor will words turn Republicans away from the unrelenting opposition they think will bring down the Democrats.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE


Three Nagging Questions About Barack Obama

Since the start of his presidency, I’ve been wrestling with three questions about Barack Obama: Did he take on too much? Is he too hands-off in his dealings with Congress? And the biggest, which puzzled me throughout the campaign as well—where is he, exactly, on the political spectrum?

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


Bush, Clinton and Schieffer

Bill Clinton: George W. Bush’s ‘Fourth Brother’

Who knew that former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were fast friends? Well, they did, and they outed themselves on Sunday’s “Face the Nation,” discussing their “very honest, good friendship,” as Clinton put it, and telling host Bob Schieffer about their daunting task of leading a major fundraising effort for Haiti on behalf of President Obama.

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Karzai’s Cabinet Woes Continue

It looks as if Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s Cabinet strategy is still in desperate need of repair. The majority of his nominees have once again been rejected by the parliament, casting doubt on his ability to lead in the country’s fractious political environment.

Posted on Jan 16, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The End of Wall Street Liberalism

If you held a contest to pick the worst thing a politician could be called at this moment, my nominee would be Wall Street Liberal—which is why President Obama’s new fees on the biggest banks comes just in time.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE


Obama
AP / Alex Brandon

Hope Springs Eternal in Obama Musical

It’s been nearly a year since Barack Obama took office, and, although opinions vary on this subject, the honeymoon may be over for some of the president’s supporters. However, the tuneful theater types who are staging an Obama-themed musical in Germany are apparently still feeling the love.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE


Too Much Intelligence, Not Enough Common Sense

The clues that would have alerted authorities to the Christmas Day underwear bomber were buried under mountains of intelligence data.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Karzai: Afghan Schoolchildren Killed in Military Operation

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s office released a statement in which he said he “strongly condemns” a military operation involving “international forces”—one in a series that reportedly occurred over the weekend—in which at least eight Afghan schoolchildren were said to be among the civilian casualties.

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE


Guantanamo
AP / Brennan Linsley, pool

Guantánamo Bay Prisoner Transfer Delayed

President Barack Obama made waves just after taking office when he announced his administration’s intent to close the infamous Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba by Jan. 22, 2010, but it looks as if he’s going to miss that deadline. Obama and his sidekicks in the federal Bureau of Prisons had been looking to ... (continued)

Posted on Dec 23, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
White House / Pete Souza

Obama Defiant in Face of Health Care Criticism

So, as we all know, Congress is getting closer to passing a version of the much-ballyhooed health care reform bill this holiday season. But will it look anything like what Barack Obama talked up while he was but a proto-president on the campaign trail? He thinks so.

Posted on Dec 22, 2009 READ MORE


Kaine

‘Barry From D.C.’  Gives Virginia Gov. a Shout-Out

Since President Barack Obama has reportedly decided to linger in Washington for a few more days to make sure Congress passes a health care bill before Christmas Day, he has a little time to play with, or so it would seem ... (continued)

Posted on Dec 22, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Zardari
AP / Shakil Adil

Dozens of Pakistani Politicians Called to Corruption Courts

Pakistan’s Supreme Court dealt a blow to many in the country’s ruling elite Friday by reopening corruption cases against “thousands of politicians,” according to The New York Times, and calling for dozens of those officials to appear before the courts. Included on the list was President Asif Ali Zardari, but his position grants him immunity against prosecution.

Posted on Dec 18, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Candidate-vs.-President Canard

Every now and then, an insider inadvertently exposes the hideous rationalizations that run the American political grotesquerie. Such is the case with the president’s flip-flop on drug imports.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE


Whatever Happened to Shame?

What does it say when the New York Post hires Eliot Spitzer’s prostitute as a columnist and the bailout babies of Wall Street can’t be bothered to show up to the White House?

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE


Obama

Obama: ‘I’m Open to Every Demonstrably Good Idea’ About Job Market

President Obama laid out what he believes his administration has been doing to deal with the employment crisis in America thus far and hinted at forthcoming developments in his plan to create more jobs. During a press conference Thursday he tried to take some of the heat off his administration by stating, “Ultimately, true economic recovery is only going to come from the private sector.”

Posted on Dec 3, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Putin
Kremlin / Presidential Press and Information Office

Putin’s Not Going Anywhere Anytime Soon

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has found a way to stay in power this long, and, as he told his fellow countrymen and -women Thursday, retirement will not be high on his priority list anytime soon. In fact, he could be eyeing another run for the presidency in 2012.

Posted on Dec 3, 2009 READ MORE


Obama

Obama Makes It Official: 30,000 More U.S. Troops to Head to Afghanistan

He took his time to mull it over, and in a speech at West Point on Tuesday night President Barack Obama announced his decision about what course of action to take in Afghanistan, affirming reports that he plans to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to push back on the resurgent Taliban and to try to establish some semblance of stability in the war-scarred country.

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Couric and Huckabee

Palin Still Gets Huckabee’s Vote (Against Obama)

Strange but true: Even after leaving office this summer well before her term as Alaska’s governor was over, Sarah Palin’s “executive experience” still strikes Mike Huckabee as valid evidence of leadership that would put her above Barack Obama in the former Arkansas governor’s estimation, were he to be faced with those two choices at the polls.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Obama and Middle Eastern leaders
AP / Charles Dharapak

Abbas: Obama Hasn’t Helped Mideast Peace Process

President Barack Obama just got a report card from Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and it’s not good. According to Abbas, Obama “is doing nothing for the peace process” between Israelis and Palestinians ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE



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Lou Dobbs for President?

Now that he’s been cut loose from his contract at CNN, former anchor Lou Dobbs is free to do his thing unencumbered by any constraints imposed by media bosses or by archaic notions of journalistic objectivity. What, you might wonder, would “his thing” be? Well, it seems as if this self-declared champion of the middle class isn’t ruling out a run for office ... yes, even that office.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 READ MORE


Tony Blair
Flickr / World Economic Forum

Blair Bows Out of EU Race

In a surprising last-minute move, Tony Blair has dropped out of the race for the European Council’s presidency, a position for which he was an early favorite.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009 READ MORE


Clinton in Afghanistan
AP / Anja Niedringhaus

Clinton Signals a ‘Critical Moment’ for Afghanistan

Sounding a cautionary, and cautiously optimistic, note on the eve of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s second inauguration, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pointed to a crucial “window of opportunity” for Afghanistan as she called for Karzai and his administration to tackle the corruption issue within their government.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE


dobbs
youtube.com

Dobbs Blames It on Obama

The folks at Fox News are going to love this one: Lou Dobbs may have left his desk at CNN, but that doesn’t mean he’ll cut out the crazy talk anytime soon. He believes his decline at the network began when President Barack Obama was elected. However, it’s unclear how exactly that might account for the drop in his ratings.

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 READ MORE


Colbert

‘Colbert Report’: Deep Presidential Bowing (in Bed)

President Barack Obama clearly brought great shame upon his nation by taking a deep bow from the waist during his recent visit to Japan. This ill-conceived gesture undoubtedly revealed that he’s weaker than Karl Rove’s chin—and that was even before he got to China.

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Palin
Flickr / geerlingguy

Palin Plays It Coy About 2012 Plans

Could she be a contender? In the eyes of the voting public, that remains to be seen. For her part, Sarah Palin isn’t giving any clear signals that she plans to make a play for the White House in 2012, but in her customary fashion, she’s not exactly answering that question directly and completely either.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 READ MORE


Obama at Fort Hood
AP / Rodolfo Gonzalez

Obama Calls for Intel Investigation After Fort Hood Shooting

President Barack Obama has ordered a probe into how American intelligence agencies dealt with information they had about suspected gunman Maj. Nidal Hasan before the Nov. 5 shooting at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas.

Posted on Nov 12, 2009 READ MORE


Bill Clinton
Flickr / Photo Mojo

Bill Clinton Urges Senate Dems to Support Health Care Reform

Arguing that “the worst thing to do is nothing,” former President Bill Clinton rounded up Senate Democrats for a talking-to about their upcoming vote on the health care reform legislation passed by the House of Representatives last weekend. Clinton emphasized the need for action and reminded his audience that “there is no perfect bill.”

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 READ MORE


Ft. Hood mourners
usatoday.com

Victims and Survivors Honored at Fort Hood Memorial Service

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were on hand at Fort Hood to pay tribute to those soldiers killed or wounded in last Thursday’s shooting at the Texas Army base. The 13 men and women fatally shot during the attack, in which Maj. Nidal Hasan is expected to be charged, were honored in the traditional manner for soldiers killed in battle, their framed photos set before empty pairs of combat boots next to helmet-topped rifles.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 READ MORE


empty podium
White House / Pete Souza

Where Was Obama When Maine Needed Him?

Why did voters in Maine reject a law that would have sanctioned same-sex marriage? Well, according to some marriage equality supporters, one big reason currently resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and another has to do with conservative scare tactics played out via television ad campaigns.

Posted on Nov 4, 2009 READ MORE


Plouffe and Stewart

‘Daily Show’: Plouffe Weighs In on Obama’s First Year

Barack Obama’s top campaign strategist, David Plouffe, paid a visit to “The Daily Show” on Tuesday night, the anniversary of his candidate’s big win, to look back on Obama’s strategy for getting to the White House and how the president has done over the course of his first year. Jon Stewart doesn’t let Plouffe off easy, especially when it comes to Obama’s choice of economic advisers.

Posted on Nov 4, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Abdullah
AP / Anja Niedringhaus

Karzai Told to Fight Corruption; Abdullah Supporters Told to Keep It Civil

In the aftermath of Afghanistan’s scuttled presidential runoff, Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, urged President Hamid Karzai to go after the corruption within his ranks. Meanwhile, Karzai’s former challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, advised his supporters to contain their discontent and avoid violence.

Posted on Nov 4, 2009 READ MORE


money handshake
ericjohnolson.com

Lobbyists Decamp From D.C.

Could the current climate in Washington, D.C., be discouraging lobbyists from practicing their persuasive trade in and around the White House? Or does the downsizing of their ranks have more to do with the economy than the political zeitgeist on Capitol Hill?

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 READ MORE


Obama signs bill
AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama Trims (Some) Fat with Weapons Bill

In a move that some are praising as a major victory against the powerful weapons lobby, President Barack Obama was able to cut out several expensive programs, thus cutting down on defense spending, in the new $680 billion dollar military bill he signed Wednesday. However, before we get too excited, let’s be clear here: That’s still $680 billion, after all.

Posted on Oct 28, 2009 READ MORE


palin
gopconvention2008.com

Is Palin Veering Off Course or Blazing Her Own Trail?

Since last year’s presidential election, Sarah Palin has made unconventional moves for someone presumably planning to make a play for the White House in 2012. CNN’s Alexander Mooney takes a look at what she’s doing and whether it’s working to solidify her status in the GOP and boost her chances of running for president soon.

Posted on Oct 28, 2009 READ MORE


Abdullah
AP / Musadeq Sadeq

Karzai, Abdullah at Odds About Afghan Election Official

Considering the outcome of the last presidential election, or attempt at same, in Afghanistan, it’s not surprising that Hamid Karzai’s challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, would balk at the idea of letting the same polling officials head the voting effort during the runoff slated for Nov. 7.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009 READ MORE


Karzai votes

Afghanistan: Fraud, Opium and Taliban

If an athlete is caught cheating in the Olympics or another sports competition, that person is disqualified, and it is seen as a disgrace. In the case of the recent election in Afghanistan, however, cheating has been rewarded and even praised by no less than the president of the United States, says Link TV’s Jamal Dajani in this week’s “Mosaic Intelligence Report.”

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Bush
mikebeckham.net

Bush Says He Regrets Standing in Front of ‘Mission Impossible’ Banner

Whoops! Some six years after performing his infamous “Top Gun”-inflected “Mission Accomplished” press stunt aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, former President George W. Bush let fly with quite a telling gaffe during a talk he gave Thursday to the Montreal Board of Trade.

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 READ MORE


Karzai
irfwp.org

Political Crisis Brews in Afghanistan

Afghanistan may be nearing yet another political crisis as officials fear that President Hamid Karzai will not accept results of an investigation outlining massive fraud in the country’s presidential elections two months ago. The inquiry is expected to drop Karzai’s vote total to under 50 percent, requiring a runoff election.

Posted on Oct 17, 2009 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama
journalism.wlu.edu

Poll Puts Clinton Over Obama

While the presidential election is three years out, Barack Obama might have to look over his shoulder as his slipping popularity now ranks him behind Hillary Clinton: A new Gallup Poll shows Obama’s favorable rating at 56 percent and Clinton’s at 62 percent.

Posted on Oct 15, 2009 READ MORE


Obama's Nobel speech
Still image: AP via YouTube

More Obama Talk From the Nobel Jury

All but one of the five judges who picked President Barack Obama as the recipient of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize sounded off on Tuesday about their decision, noting Obama’s less-than-jubilant initial reaction to the announcement and shedding more light on the reasons behind their choice, which one judge reported was unanimous.

Posted on Oct 13, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / seiu_international

Clinton Says She Won’t Run for President Again

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a strong run for the White House in 2008, but she won’t be doing that again and quite likes the job she has now—or so she said in an interview with NBC on Monday. It’s all up to Chelsea now.

Posted on Oct 13, 2009 READ MORE



acus.org

U.N. Official Sees ‘Widespread Fraud’ in Afghan Election

After facing allegations of a cover-up, Kai Eide, the most senior U.N. representative in Afghanistan, acknowledged that “widespread fraud” has tainted the country’s presidential election but denied that he tried to hide evidence of cheating.

Posted on Oct 11, 2009 READ MORE


Nobel explained

Nobel Committee Secretary Explains Why Obama Won

Perhaps Geir Lundestad, head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, knew that there would be questions about President Barack Obama’s Peace Prize win, but regardless, he’s ready for the biggest one—why Obama?—in this interview conducted and posted by his Nobel colleagues on Friday.

Posted on Oct 9, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Nobel
eetd.lbl.gov

What Does the Nobel Mean for Obama?

He’s not a year into his presidency yet, and when he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize that he just won, President Barack Obama hadn’t even occupied the White House for two full weeks. So, how are we to make sense of his surprise victory? The New York Times rounded up a bunch of ... well, learned white guys to comment on Obama’s and other U.S. leaders’ Nobel nods.

Posted on Oct 9, 2009 READ MORE


McChrystal
armybase.us

McChrystal Draws Support, Scorn on Capitol Hill

What’s the right way for a top general to advise the president about wartime strategy? What if his recommended strategy is potentially at odds with the president’s preferred course of action? Gen. Stanley McChrystal ran up against these questions in recent days, and not everyone in Washington thinks he handled his part in the matter appropriately.

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 READ MORE


EU Flag
ul.ie

Ireland Votes to Streamline the European Union

Sixteen months after rejecting the same treaty, voters in Ireland have emphatically accepted the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty—an agreement that gives more power to the European Parliament and creates the position of the president of the European Council.

Posted on Oct 3, 2009 READ MORE


Peru
journalperu.com

Fujimori Is Found Guilty, Again

While serving time in a Peruvian clink, Ex-President Alberto Fujimori found time in his schedule to be convicted of corruption. The sentence handed down in his fourth and final trial on charges of illegal activity in office calls for extending his jail stay by six years.

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE


Stewart

‘Daily Show’: Better Socialism Through Performance Art

Are America’s “culture wars” being backed by the NEA? Will President Obama marshal a shadow army of deft performance artists and elementary school teachers to brainwash Americans into a state of mass compliance as he enacts his Socialist Agenda™? The people at Fox News clearly haven’t seen a lot of bad performance art if they really believe their own racket.

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


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