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Obama Changes the Narrative

Complaints about President Obama’s State of the Union address on both sides of the political divide (which was obscured but not obliterated by the evening’s novel seating arrangements) seemed to miss its point and purpose.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE


Barack Obama: Paradoxical Whig

Be ready for the paradoxical phase of Barack Obama’s presidency. Many things will not be exactly as they appear.

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

9 Out of 10 Viewers Approve of Obama’s Proposals

If these CBS News poll numbers are to be believed, the president had a very big night. According to the network, “91 percent of those who watched the speech approved of the proposals Mr. Obama put forth during his remarks. Only nine percent disapproved.” (more)

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE


Sundance and the Art of Democracy

While much of the attention is focused on the celebrities, Sundance has actually become a key intersection of art, film, politics and dissent.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Without Obama, We Lose So Much More Than an Election

The selfish negativity expressed by Republicans in the House health care debate last week showed why we should fight hard for President Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

How Obama Can Define Moderation

President Obama faces a choice in this week’s State of the Union message: Does he spend the next two years consolidating the gains he has made, or does he go into retreat?

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Ryan to Respond to State of the Union

Responding to the State of the Union is an odd honor. You become the face of the opposition for 10 minutes but you have to immediately follow extraordinary rhetoricians at their chosen sport. House Budget Committee Chairperson Paul Ryan gets the job this year.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE


JFK’s Eloquence, 50 Years Later

It’s remembered as a day chilled by “a Siberian wind knifing down Pennsylvania Avenue” and illuminated by “the dazzling combination of bright sunshine and deep snow.”

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE



Official White House portrait of John F. Kennedy

What It Was Like to Be John F. Kennedy

Fifty years ago, John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th president of the United States. He gave a stirring inaugural address and then took over a job for which he was unprepared. No one is ever prepared.

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 READ MORE


Palin’s Egocentric Umbrage

In the spirit of civil discourse, I’d like to humbly suggest that Sarah Palin please consider being quiet for a while. Perhaps a great while.

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 READ MORE


Health Care and the New Civility

President Obama’s call for “a more civil and honest public discourse” will get its first test much sooner than we expected.

Posted on Jan 17, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Healer in Chief

Listening to Obama’s speech brought back memories of Obama the candidate, a mesmerizing orator with the power to summon visions of a better America.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 READ MORE


How We Enable Crimes of Insanity

The law requires us to assess Jared Lee Loughner’s mental state and motivations, but we might do better to analyze our own craziness.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Obama and Palin Speeches Compared

Daily Kos blogger Jed Lewison plugged the president and Sarah Palin’s respective speeches about the tragedy in Tucson, Ariz., into a word cloud generator to create a visual representation of the rhetoric. (more)

Posted on Jan 13, 2011 READ MORE


President Obama: ‘Our Hearts Are Broken’

The president’s talents as a communicator were in desperate need in Arizona, where he spoke Wednesday at the memorial for the victims of the shooting in Tucson. (Full text and video after the jump)

Posted on Jan 13, 2011 READ MORE



AP / James Palka

Gabrielle Giffords: Tragic Prophet

There is one commentator whose words should enlighten us on the meaning of Saturday’s shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the savage murders that took the lives of, among others, a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl. The person is Giffords herself.

Posted on Jan 9, 2011 READ MORE



Photo from Rep. Giffords' Facebook page

Gabrielle Giffords’ Favorite Quote

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head Saturday, on Facebook lists her favorite quote as this line from Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, ... let us strive on to finish the work we are in, ... to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” (more)

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 READ MORE


Underwhelmer of the House

If you programmed a computer to generate a speech laden with cliches; solemnly vowing to achieve the unobjectionable; and all but devoid of substance, it would have come up with something approximating John Boehner’s remarks.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 READ MORE


The House of Professors

Alas for all of us and for American conservatism in particular, the new Republican majority that took control of the House on Wednesday is embarked on an experiment in government by abstractions.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Sebastian Scheiner

Obama’s 2010 Successes and Failures in the Middle East

As the decade draws to a close, it is clear that the bright hopes inspired by Obama’s 2009 Cairo speech have markedly faded, and the disappointments have outweighed achievements in the most important arena for contemporary American foreign policy.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 READ MORE



‘Pedophile’s Guide’ Author Arrested

The author who gained national attention last month by selling his self-published “Pedophile’s Guide to Love & Pleasure” on Amazon has been arrested on obscenity charges. Authorities are concerned that the book advocates illegal behavior, a familiar challenge to free speech protections.

Posted on Dec 20, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Susan Walsh

Bitter Memories of War on the Way to Jail

One hundred and thirty-one men and women, many of them military veterans wearing old fatigues, formed a single, silent line. Under a heavy snowfall and to the slow beat of a drum, they walked to the White House fence. They stood there until they were arrested.

Posted on Dec 20, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Greg Baker

Democracy: Made in China

China is experimenting with representative democracy. Cynics say “don’t hold your breath,” but they fail to consider a new generation of Chinese citizens and leaders who are developing different sensibilities than their forebears.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE


A Wiki Hornet’s Nest

Do we want the people who run Amazon, PayPal, Facebook, Twitter or perhaps even—shudder—Microsoft, Apple or Google making political decisions on our behalf?

Posted on Dec 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Real Hope Is About Doing Something

Many of us will, after our rally in Lafayette Park, attempt to chain ourselves to the fence outside the White House. It is a pretty good bet we will all spend a night in jail. Hope, from now on, will look like this.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE


Blaming Obama’s America First

We are about to enter a two-year period in which the Beltway Republicans will always blame Obama’s America first—you know, the America that happens to disagree with much of the conservative agenda, the America from which they want to “take back” the country, as if the rest of us represent an alien force.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE



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The Origin of America’s Intellectual Vacuum

The country suffers an impoverishment of ideas and analysis at a moment when we desperately need radical voices to make sense of the corporate destruction of the global economy and the ecosystem.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE



Steven Borowiec

G-20 Plagued by Timidity

The potentially explosive G-20 meeting in Seoul was smothered before anything spectacular could happen.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE


A Lame and Spineless Duck?

The lame-duck session of Congress that kicks off this week will test whether Democrats have spines made of Play-Doh, and whether President Obama has decided to pretend that capitulation is conciliation.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE


A Third Party?

It may not get much done, but the first session of the 112th Congress, convening in January, will be fun to watch.

Posted on Nov 4, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Bruce McKay (CC-BY-SA)

Does a Bear Vote in the Woods?

Why Sarah Palin is no grizzly and how she and her sister travelers will wipe out the real thing.

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Fibonacci Blue (CC-BY)

Tea Party Robber Barons

While our media wizards report a groundswell of anger against the president, tea party candidates and financiers appear to be as bothered by the policies of Franklin Roosevelt as those of Barack Obama.

Posted on Oct 24, 2010 READ MORE


Christine O’Donnell’s Staggering Ignorance

We’ve been trying to ignore a certain Senate candidate, but her latest display is so shocking (as the audience gasps during this debate confirm), it simply must be witnessed.

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on ‘The Death of the Liberal Class’

Chris Hedges talks about his new book, how he came to write it, and what we can expect from the collapse of the liberal establishment.

Posted on Oct 18, 2010 READ MORE


Tory vs. Voodoo Conservatism

I’m not a witch. But if I were, the first spell I’d cast would be to turn House Minority Leader John Boehner into British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Kathy Willens

New York’s Paladino Hates on Gays

Carl Paladino has made a joke of the New York governor’s race, but on Sunday the tea party candidate showed he could be hateful as well. Speaking to a group of Orthodox Jews just days after it was reported that two teenagers and an adult were tortured nearby in the Bronx for being gay, Paladino said children should not be “brainwashed” into thinking homosexuality is “equally valid.” (continued)

Posted on Oct 10, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / k763 (CC-BY)

Repulsive but Protected

I don’t know if there’s a hell, but if it exists, the Rev. Fred Phelps and other members of the Westboro Baptist Church deserve a place. In this world, their repulsive actions are shielded by the Constitution.

Posted on Oct 7, 2010 READ MORE



Photo illustration based on the poster by James Montgomery Flagg

Robert Gates Wants You ... and Your Children

The defense secretary warned Duke University, and anyone else who would listen, about a growing divide between the public and the military that has created a minority class of professional military workers and a detached, if vaguely supportive, civilian population.

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 READ MORE


Newt Gingrich Is the Joe McCarthy of Muslim Bashing

Boy, one thing I really hate is when American judges try to impose harsh Islamic sharia law. You know, with all those grisly lashings, stonings and beheadings. What’s that you say? No such thing is happening, and you wonder where I got such a crazy idea? Why, Newt Gingrich told me.

Posted on Sep 20, 2010 READ MORE


A Back-to-School Pep Talk From President Obama

It’s hard to believe that it has already been a year since President Obama’s last back-to-school speech—the one that got certain detractors in a tizzy about his purported plans to brainwash America’s youth with dangerous socialist messages.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

It’s Not Over Till It’s Over

President Obama decided this week to raise the stakes in this fall’s election by making the choice about something instead of nothing but anger.

Posted on Sep 8, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Chuck Kennedy

Builder Barack Wants a Mini Stimulus (Update)

With unemployment still rising and the American infrastructure getting no less crumbly, President Obama is set to announce a six-year plan to build roads and create jobs, starting with a $50 billion investment. That’s assuming Congress gets on board the recovery train.

Posted on Sep 6, 2010 READ MORE


Our Quick-Fix Electorate

Voters appear to be so fed up with the Democrats that they’re ready to toss them out in favor of the Republicans—for whom, according to those same polls, the nation has even greater contempt.

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on Moral Courage

The Truthdig columnist begins this speech to the Veterans for Peace convention by saying, “Physical courage is something you see on a battlefield. Moral courage you almost never see.”

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

What’s on Obama’s Next Page?

By insisting Tuesday evening that “it’s time to turn the page,” President Obama was talking about more than the Iraq War, and doing much more than reviving one of his most effective slogans from the 2008 campaign.

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 READ MORE



A Handbook for Killing Non-Jews

Today on the list: The guide to killing goyim, more evidence of Glenn Beck’s self-obsession, and proof that bears do not make the safest pets.

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Giorgio Montersino (CC-BY-SA)

Our Enabling Media Is Worse Than Ever

Once he tasted the realities of political life, Thomas Jefferson had harsh words for the free press. What would he have made of the irresponsible, shoddy, pernicious zeal that passes for news today?

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE



White House

Obama: ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom Is Over’ (Full Video and Text)

The president began his address to the nation on the end of combat operations in Iraq by acknowledging that “this historic moment comes at a time of great uncertainty for many Americans.”

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Emil Kepko (CC-BY)

The Speech Glenn Beck Meant to Give

I have a dream that the Yalie son of a Houston oil magnate can walk hand in hand with the daughter of a Wall Street hedge fund operator on the white sands of Southampton while evading inheritance taxes.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama and the Virtues of ‘Politicking’

President Obama’s address to the nation on Iraq this week underscores the agony of his presidency, and its core political problem. In a democracy, separating governing from “politicking” is impossible.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 READ MORE


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