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Hillary’s Health Care Remodel

The genius of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has been her skill at turning liabilities into assets and weaknesses into strengths. By putting out a detailed health care plan on Monday, Clinton embarked on this year’s most daring act of political jujitsu.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE
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If It’s Broke, Fix It

Hillary Clinton’s health care proposal won’t please progressives looking to do away with corporate insurance or conservatives who prefer unaffordable micromanaged care to government “bureaucracy,” but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE

Coming Apart at the Seams

Gen. David Petraeus likes to describe the Iraq he envisions as a patchwork quilt. You establish security in a neighborhood over here, bring peace to a village over there, create more and more of these scraps of relative tranquility—and then stitch the heterogeneous pieces together. The problem is with the seams. They have a tendency to unravel.

Posted on Sep 14, 2007 READ MORE

Candidates for Sale

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AP Photo/Alan Diaz

As Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama know well, this season’s crop of presidential candidates can’t ignore the super-famous, the super-rich, or those fund-raising impresarios known as “bundlers” in their quest for the White House—and that campaign trend isn’t likely to change anytime soon.

Posted on Sep 11, 2007 READ MORE

Bill Maher on Bargain Karma

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The “Real Time” host takes on Mother Teresa’s doubts, Obama’s “blackness” and the high cost of low morals in our bargain-crazed culture: “Let’s have a war and cut taxes, what could go wrong? Let’s give mortgages to the homeless. Sounds like a plan! Let’s buy toys from a communist police state, you just know they’ll put in a little extra love.”

Posted on Aug 26, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

‘Daily Show’:  The Eerily Familiar ABC Debate

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“The Daily Show’s” custom-made moniker for Sunday’s Democratic debate, “Clusterf@#k to the White House,” perfectly captured the skewed spirit of ABC’s déjà-vu-inducing coverage of this latest Q & A session with the left-leaning presidential candidates—or at least with Sens. Clinton and Obama—as a “bored” fly alighted on Sen. Chris Dodd’s shellacked hairdo.

Posted on Aug 21, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

Obama: Not Everything Is Bush’s Fault

So far the Democratic primary race has been something of a competition over who most disapproves of our unpopular president, so it was a surprise when Barack Obama on Wednesday let this fly: “Part of the problem here is not just George Bush and the White House.” (Gasp!) He went on to promise a more open government under his care, arguing that our democracy is not democratic enough.

Posted on Aug 15, 2007 READ MORE

Hillary Pushes the Button

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AP Photo/Steve Helber

What in the world was Sen. Hillary Clinton thinking when she attacked Sen. Barack Obama for ruling out the use of nuclear weapons in going after Osama bin Laden? And why aren’t her supporters more concerned about yet another egregious example of Clinton’s consistent backing for the mindless militarism that is dragging this nation to ruin?

Posted on Aug 14, 2007 READ MORE

Kucinich Calls Out Clinton’s Nuclear Blunder

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AP Photos / Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Jeff Roberson

In what may have been one of the most controversial (and contradictory) missteps made yet in this pre-election season, Hillary Clinton refused, however ambiguously, to rule out using nuclear weapons to combat terrorists in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Though the media at large barely registered her comment, it wasn’t lost on Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who takes Clinton to task in an exclusive interview with Truthdig.

Posted on Aug 11, 2007 READ MORE

AFL/CIO Debate Roundup

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Miss Tuesday night’s AFL-CIO Democratic debate?  Or just want to relive the magic?  Well, either way, you’re in luck—John Harrison at TheLargestMinority.com has put together a blow-by-blow video montage and summary for your viewing and reading pleasure.  Go to the inside page to check it all out.

Posted on Aug 8, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

Musharraf Fires Back

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abc.net.au

Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has criticized the tough talk coming out of Washington and the presidential campaign as counterproductive. President Bush and Barack Obama, among others, have recently raised the possibility of attacking targets in Pakistan without necessarily consulting that nation’s government.

Posted on Aug 7, 2007 READ MORE

Robertson Spars With Obama Over Religion

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AP Photo/Gary C. Knapp

Here’s a big shocker:  Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama and Christian conservative pundit Pat Robertson (pictured) don’t see eye to eye when it comes to our nation’s religious foundations.  After Obama expressed his views on the subject to Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network, Robertson opined that Obama is “selling out, well, the origins of our nation.”

Posted on Aug 7, 2007 READ MORE

Obama Downplays Clinton’s Gain

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sethapartner.com

Barack Obama’s campaign reached out to supporters on Monday, attempting to downplay national polls that show Hillary Clinton gaining more of a lead. Campaign manager David Plouffe said Obama is still doing well in the key primary states, despite a seven-point bump nationally for Hillary.

Posted on Aug 6, 2007 READ MORE

Giuliani’s Daughter Backs Obama?

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While it’s no secret that presidential contender Rudy Giuliani has had his share of family difficulties, his daughter’s Facebook profile, which has since been taken down, is raising eyebrows. Caroline Giuliani, 17, described her political views as “liberal” and said she was a member of the largest Barack Obama support group on Facebook.

Posted on Aug 6, 2007 READ MORE

Obama Talks Tough About Pakistan

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britannica.com

Perhaps hoping to counteract any perceived weakness (or naivete) regarding his stance on foreign policy, presidential hopeful Barack Obama let fly with some words of warning for Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf in a Washington speech Wednesday.

Posted on Aug 1, 2007 READ MORE

Will ‘They’ Let Obama Win?

The question of whether America is ready for a black president has already become a tiresome cliché in this campaign, but it seems that Barack Obama is having a hard time convincing African-Americans that white voters will say yes to a black candidate.

Posted on Jul 31, 2007 READ MORE

Obama Defends Religion Remarks

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rawstory.com

In an interview with a Christian Broadcasting Network blog, Barack Obama stood by his assessment that conservative Christian leaders have “hijacked” religion. The candidate went even further, declaring that America is not exclusively a Christian nation.

Posted on Jul 30, 2007 READ MORE

Debate Feud Gives Obama a Boost

The spat between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama that emerged from the CNN/YouTube debate may seem petty, but it could go down as the moment that turned the race for the presidency.

Posted on Jul 26, 2007 READ MORE

Elevating the Debate









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Olbermann on the Democratic Dust-Up

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Why should the media worry about issues when there’s a new Clinton-Obama showdown to cover? Keith Olbermann plumbs the shallows of the latest non-controversy to emerge from the Democratic campaign.

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

CNN/YouTube Debates:  Democrats in Sharper Focus

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AP Photo / Charles Dharapak

YouTube ushered in a new kind of political debate Monday night with the latest showdown between Democratic presidential hopefuls, and, according to Boyarsky, the new format made for refreshing changes.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE

Romney, Obama Spar Over Sex Ed

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kenyabirds.org.uk

What’s the right way to talk to children about sex?  Presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have different ideas about how to answer this classic question—and for his part, Obama thinks stories about storks don’t fly after a certain age.  Meanwhile, Romney proudly touts his record in promoting abstinence education.

Posted on Jul 20, 2007 READ MORE

Finally, Democrats Move Poverty to the Foreground

Say what you will about John Edwards’ expensive haircut, he’s been an integral player in changing the national conversation on poverty.

Posted on Jul 20, 2007 READ MORE

Phony Piety on the Far Right

One of the most durable myths of American public life is that conservatives are more authentic in their religious faith than liberals and progressives.  Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is just the most recent in a long line of fallen conservative Christian moralists to explode the myth.

Posted on Jul 13, 2007 READ MORE

Dems Sign On for First ‘Gay Debate’

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AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards are already on board for a debate about gay-related social and political issues, to be held on August 9 in front of a live audience, televised on the LOGO channel and broadcast on the Web on LOGOonline.com.

Posted on Jul 10, 2007 READ MORE

Democrats Rake It In

The Democratic candidates have won the latest round of fundraising in what is expected to be the most expensive election ever. Here’s what the candidates took in, in millions: Obama - $32.5, Clinton - $27, Edwards - $9, Richardson - $7, Giuliani - $15, Romney - $14, and McCain - $11. Going by estimates, Obama had more individual donors than Giuliani, Romney and McCain combined.

Posted on Jul 4, 2007 READ MORE

More Young Americans Lean Left

A new poll finds that more young Americans (ages 17 to 29) are favoring liberal politics and Democratic candidates than ever before. The percentage of young Americans who support issues such as abortion, the legalization of gay marriage, and universal healthcare is significantly higher than the figure for the general public, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE

Obama’s Father’s Day Sermon

The subject is absent fathers. The implications for black America are dire. The fact is that “there are a lot of men out there who need to stop acting like boys; who need to realize that responsibility does not end at conception; who need to know that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child but the courage to raise one.”

Posted on Jun 19, 2007 READ MORE

Does Obama Have a Stalker?

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Or just a seriously dedicated fan? Obama Girl sings about her love for Barack. If you haven’t seen this clip yet, be sure to check it out. Whether or not he wins the nomination, Barack Obama surely has the support of the YouTube crowd. Remember that 1984 parody with Hillary Clinton?

Posted on Jun 15, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

Spielberg Backs Hillary

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simpler-solutions.net

In the latest round of “Divvying Up (Democratic) Hollywood,” presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton emerges triumphant, having landed a very big fish indeed: überdirector Steven Spielberg.  A campaign information source for Clinton, HillaryHub.com, confirmed Spielberg’s choice on the website on Wednesday.

Posted on Jun 13, 2007 READ MORE

The Big Secret









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Iraq Is the New Korea

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AP Photo / Darko Vojinovic

Somehow, the Bush administration’s assertion that U.S. troops may remain in Iraq for decades to come went relatively unnoticed by Democratic hopefuls during the June 4 debate.

Posted on Jun 6, 2007 READ MORE

No Time for Quiet Opposition

John Edwards had a point: Where have Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama been these last few weeks while others were shouting to the rooftops about the worsening debacle in Iraq? Sudden attacks of laryngitis? Cat got their tongues?

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE

Democratic Debate Fireworks

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In case you missed it, or just want to relive the rhetorical pyrotechnics, check out this collection of debate highlights (including the Edwards-Obama-Clinton throwdown) assembled by PoliticsTV.

Posted on Jun 4, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

¿Cómo Se Dice?  ¿Cómo Se Llama?  ¡Obama!  ¡Obama!

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msnbc.msn.com

Latino supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama are attempting to fill what they see as a “void in media outreach” to voters from their communities by creating the site “Amigos de Obama,” where supporters can blog, coordinate events and even download a ringtone and special reggaeton tribute to the “skinny dude with the funny name.”

Posted on Jun 4, 2007 READ MORE

Clooney and Damon Are “Obama Guys”

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AP Photo / Andrew Medichini

Sen. Hillary Clinton was gearing up on Thursday for a young Hollywood campaign fund-raiser—and not a moment too soon.  Time magazine reported from the Cannes Film Festival that “Oceans 13” studs George Clooney and Matt Damon are enthusiastic about Barack Obama’s  ‘08 presidential bid.

Posted on May 31, 2007 READ MORE

Obama Hops on the Healthcare Bandwagon

How did the third rail of American politics suddenly become the must-have political accessory in the 2008 election? It might have something to do with skyrocketing healthcare costs and the tens of millions of uninsured. Thus Barack Obama has become the latest candidate to call for universal health coverage.

Posted on May 29, 2007 READ MORE

Squinting at the Election

The presidential candidates of both parties have been campaigning for months now, introducing themselves to the nation. So why do so many of them seem to get progressively fuzzier and less distinct, like photographs left out in the sun? Is it the process that’s causing this steady attenuation, or does the problem lie with the candidates themselves?

Posted on May 29, 2007 READ MORE

Oprah’s Politics Club

I don’t doubt Oprah Winfrey’s marketing magic, although we don’t know yet whether she can do for politics what she’s done for publishing. Her endorsement of the candidate Obama may not be as successful as it was for the author Obama.

Posted on May 16, 2007 READ MORE

Obama Cools on Affirmative Action

Barack Obama doesn’t think anyone should cut his two daughters any slack when they apply to college—not because of their race, at least. In the unlikely event that the Obama family goes broke, then maybe.

Posted on May 15, 2007 READ MORE

Candidates Vie for Votes on MySpace

In a sign of the times (or perhaps a sign of being slightly behind the times, depending on whom you ask), many of the 2008 presidential candidates, including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and John McCain, have established MySpace pages in an effort to reach the nation’s young people.

Posted on May 14, 2007 READ MORE

Barack’s Her (Political) Guy

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blackvoices.aol.com

Is this the beginning of Oprah’s Political Club? The talk show queen says she is officially endorsing Democrat Barack Obama’s ‘08 presidential bid—primarily because of her personal connection to the candidate. 

Posted on May 7, 2007 READ MORE

My Democrat Can Whip Your Democrat

Niccolo Machiavelli, the 16th-century political realist and schemer, would relish the intricate calculations the three leading Democratic presidential candidates are required to make.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week:  Mike Gravel

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AP Photo/Scott Applewhite

Truthdig tips its hat this week to former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel, who commanded the stage at Thursday’s presidential debate with a fiery and candid performance, taking other Democratic candidates to task for their positions and policies and maintaining a fiercely antiwar stance throughout.  Loud and clear, Mr. Gravel.

Posted on Apr 28, 2007 READ MORE

Front-Runners Upstaged at Democratic Debate

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MSNBC just hosted the Democratic candidates in their first-ever presidential debate, and it was quite the bore. That is, except for former Sen. Mike Gravel, who stole the show with an electrifying and inspirational outburst. Update: More debate clips added.

Posted on Apr 27, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

Gore Vidal on Campaign ‘08 and America’s Future

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Robert Scheer sits down with Gore Vidal to hear his take on the upcoming presidential campaign, religion and the future of the American empire in this first installment from Truthdig’s series of interviews with the iconic author and historian.  Watch the clip

Posted on Apr 27, 2007 READ MORE

The Super-Duper Friends

This viral cartoon imagines the political landscape as an epic battle between comic-book super heroes and villains, featuring George Bush as “Petro-Man,” Karl Rove as “Doctor Spin,” John Edwards as “the Arbitrator” and more.

Posted on Apr 23, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

Obama vs. McCain

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It looks like the two senators have decided to skip their respective primaries and run against each other directly on the “Situation Room.” In all fairness, this isn’t a feud so much as John McCain sniping at Barack Obama’s airtime with e-mail.

Posted on Apr 19, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

The Sharpton Primary

Democratic presidential candidates are falling all over themselves to secure the support of Al Sharpton, whose own 2004 campaign and his role in the recent Don Imus controversy have elevated his profile as a national civil rights leader. John Edwards, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will all attend the reverend’s annual National Action Network convention this week.

Posted on Apr 18, 2007 READ MORE

Meet the Candidates

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MoveOn.org recently held a virtual town hall giving every Democrat running for president a chance to sound off on the biggest issue of day: the Iraq war. Here are the highlights.

Posted on Apr 12, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

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