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The Obama Bombshell

Barack Obama surpassed expectations Wednesday with the announcement that his campaign raised $25 million in the first quarter, almost as much as Hillary Clinton with her record $26 million. Though Clinton pulled in more overall, Obama had twice as many individual donors and outraised the front-runner online.

Posted on Apr 4, 2007 READ MORE
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Picking Teams in Hollywood

clooneyobama
washingtonpost.com

After Barack Obama’s Oscar-week fundraising blitz last month, the ‘08 race has heated up for Democratic presidential candidates going a-courtin’ in Hollywood.  But the backing of celebrities can be a blessing and a curse, as George Clooney notes in Friday’s L.A. Times, hinting that he will help Obama however he can—even if that means “staying completely away from him.” 

Posted on Mar 30, 2007 READ MORE

Risks Might Pay Off in ‘08 Race

Candidates on both sides are playing it safe, but the signs are that voters will reward strong ideas and bold positions.

Posted on Mar 30, 2007 READ MORE

Clinton ‘1984’ Ad Creator (Loosely) Linked to Obama

Hillary

After calling on her vast army of supporters and contributors, it was only a matter of time before Arianna Huffington was able to identify Philip de Vellis as the creator of the wildly viral (and funny) anti-Hillary commercial everybody is talking about (watch after the jump). It turns out he worked for a firm employed by the Obama camp, though his boss swears he had nothing to do with the account.

Posted on Mar 22, 2007 READ MORE

Campaign Vigilantes Go Viral

Hillary 1984

Someone apparently unrelatedrelated to the Barack Obama campaign created a parody of Ridley Scott’s classic “1984” Apple commercial, with Hillary Clinton in the role of Big Brother. In true Youtube fashion, it was quickly followed by a video response with Obama as the bad guy.
Update: Original video creator’s identity exposed!

Posted on Mar 21, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

Fox News Debate Implodes

Roger Ailes
wikipedia.org

Liberal bloggers had gone crazy when they heard the Nevada Democratic Party had agreed to co-sponsor a debate with Fox News. On Friday the event was canceled after a series of developments. Barack Obama was freezing out Fox reporters, John Edwards and Bill Richardson announced they wouldn’t participate in the debate and, finally, Fox President Roger Ailes (above) brought the whole thing crashing down with a botched bad joke.

Posted on Mar 9, 2007 READ MORE

Harry Belafonte, the Lion at 80

The legendary entertainer and activist may be in his ninth decade, but his commitment to social justice is as fervent as ever.

Posted on Mar 6, 2007 READ MORE

Obama, Clinton Cross Paths in Selma

Obama and Clinton
telegraph.co.uk

Presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton went to Selma, Ala., on Sunday to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the historic march there. With news outlets buzzing over their “intense rivalry,” they managed to applaud one another and honor a momentous struggle above and beyond their own campaigns.

Posted on Mar 4, 2007 READ MORE

Obama Talks Religion and Politics

Obama

In this June 2006 speech before a Chicago congregation, Sen. Barack Obama opens up about his past struggles with religion, his eventual commitment to Christianity, and his belief that spirituality and politics can enrich and complement each other. 

Posted on Feb 28, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

Weekly Video Roundup

Weekly Video Roundup

This week’s collection of Truthdig-flavored videos includes a hard look at the real Iraq; Fox News’ smear campaign against Barack Obama; and the gayest place John Amaechi has ever seen.

Posted on Feb 23, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

Grow Up or Get Out

Clinton and Obama
AP Photo / Evan Vucci

The childish feud between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama this week trampled over the real issues while giving Republicans a pass. The two Democratic front-runners had better move beyond self-obsessed pettiness—and fast—or they risk handing the election to the GOP.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE

Fox News Targets Obama

ENTER_ALT_TEXT

Documentarian Robert Greenwald has collected some of Fox News’ worst smears against Barack Obama, who sensibly responded to the attacks by freezing out Fox reporters. At the end of the video, Greenwald urges the Nevada Democratic Party, which plans to allow the “fair and balanced” network to host a debate, to do the same.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

Clinton and Obama Feud

Clinton and Obama
msnbc.com

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have finally dropped the smiles and gone after one another, albeit over a non-issue. The spat started after David Geffen, a former Clinton backer turned Obama fundraiser, called Hillary “polarizing” and overly ambitious. Update: More quotes from the feud.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE

Obama Cashes In at Hollywood Fundraiser

Obama
nytimes.com

Barack Obama took in $1.3 million Tuesday from an L.A. fundraiser organized by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. Hollywood is a crucial pit stop on the road to the White House for Democratic candidates as they build their war chests, especially with so many contenders in the field.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE

Danny Goldberg on Antiwar Artistry

Danny Goldberg
Truthdig / Zuade Kaufman

The former Air America CEO and music mogul discusses the significance of the Dixie Chicks’ Grammy win; Al Gore’s prospects for 2008; and the liberals’ responsibility to “blow the wind” of change.

Posted on Feb 20, 2007 READ MORE

Nader Threatens to Run

Ralph Nader
aljazeera.com

Perennial spoiler Ralph Nader says he’s considering yet another run for president, depending on what the Democrats “come up with.” The former consumer advocate said front-runners Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama lack “political fortitude,” and criticized John Edwards’ foreign policy stances.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE

Tying up the Netroots Nomination

Barack Obama probably won’t best Hillary Clinton unless he trumps her efforts on the Internet.

Posted on Feb 15, 2007 READ MORE

Inside Man

“If running against Washington is going to be the winning appeal in the 2008 election ... then Obama should be careful what he wishes for.”

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE

Aussie Leader Howard Slammed Over Obama Remarks

Kevin Rudd

Watch Australia’s prime minister, John Howard, get pilloried (by opposition leader Kevin Rudd) for calling Barack Obama al-Qaida’s favored candidate.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

Is Obama Too Black, or Not Black Enough?

Larry Wilmore

“The Daily Show’s” “senior black correspondent,” Larry Wilmore, points out that the last thing the senator needs is to be identified as “the black candidate.” Watch it

Posted on Feb 13, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

Biden Enters the Race with a Gaffe

Joe Biden
post-gazette.com

Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., announced his presidential candidacy Wednesday, but he got more attention for a racially charged comment about competitor Barack Obama, calling him “the first mainstream African American [presidential candidate] who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE

Obama Proposes Iraq Deadline

Barack Obama
AP Photo / Seth Wenig

Presidential contender Barack Obama has gotten serious about Iraq after months of public speculation on where he stands. The senator offered legislation Tuesday night that would set a deadline of March 31, 2008, for the withdrawal of all combat brigades from Iraq.

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE

Stewart on Fox’s Obama Smear

Jon Stewart on Fox News

Jon Stewart is at his ironic best in this riff on Fox News’ egregiously irresponsible story on Barack Obama’s background.

Posted on Jan 30, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

Obama’s ‘Fresh Face’ Could Work Against Him

The baby boomers who were once suspicious of anyone over 30 are now skeptical of Barack Obama because he’s under 50.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE

Hillary’s Way

She may lack Obama’s charisma and Edwards’ poise, but Sen. Clinton has made fools of her naysayers before.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE

Barack’s Racial Balancing Act

Barack Obama
AP / Seth Wenig

Sen. Obama’s multiracial heritage could help mend the great fissure in American society.

Posted on Jan 22, 2007 READ MORE

E.J. Dionne Jr.: The Upstart Versus the Machine

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama
AP / Evan Vucci

The Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton 2008 contest highlights the differences between bottom-up and top-down political campaigns.

Posted on Jan 22, 2007 READ MORE

Weekly Video Roundup

Video roundup

This week, our collection of Truthdig-flavored videos includes a clever political satire of lonelygirl15; a gripping documentary on Saddam Hussein’s American backers; and everyday U.S. citizens exposed at their most clueless.

Posted on Jan 19, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Two Taxed Americas

John Edwards’ plan for running a higher budget deficit to pay for universal healthcare coverage has the virtue of being honest.

Posted on Jan 19, 2007 READ MORE

Barack Obama: Why I Want to Be President

Barack Obama

Democratic Illinois Sen. (and relative political newcomer) Barack Obama on Tuesday announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee. In this video, he explains his motivations. Money quote: “I certainly didn’t expect to find myself in this position a year ago.”

  • N.Y. Times coverage

  • Posted on Jan 16, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

    Stephen Colbert’s ‘Factiness’

    Colbert

    Adjusting to an altered political landscape, the “Report” host has been forced to craft a new word for his growing arsenal: “Now, since the beginning of my show, I’ve led a crusade against facts. Too often, they upset the truth that’s in your gut. But that was when the Republicans were in power. Their version of reality was worth ignoring facts for. Now the Democrats are running the show, and their version of reality is, unfortunately, based on reality.”

    Posted on Jan 10, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

    Ellen Goodman: Ready, Steady, Go

    We underestimate America’s readiness to elect a non-white-male president.

    Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE

    Froma Harrop: Obama, Say-Nothing Superstar

    Americans would do well to get over their adolescent crush on the Illinois Democrat and be receptive to less glamorous contenders who carry real messages.

    Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE

    Dick Morris: ‘First Black Is Better Than First Woman’

    Morris

    Clinton strategist turned Fox News provocateur Dick Morris brought his peculiar insight to bear on the Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama showdown, claiming: “Obama is in fact a better first than she is. First black is better than first woman in our politics in terms of valuing it.” What reasoning Morris used to make that determination remains a mystery, as he quickly moved on to the multitude of reasons why he feels Obama can’t win, and how he’ll leave the country if either one does.

    Posted on Dec 19, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN

    Clinton and Giuliani Lead the Pack in Poll

    Clinton and Giuliani
    Left: Washington Post / right: themoderatevoice.com

    A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows Hillary Clinton and Rudolph Giuliani in the lead for their parties’ nominations.  John McCain, who has lost considerable support among independent voters—possibly due to his plan to send more troops to Iraq—polled closely behind Giuliani.

    Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE

    E.J. Dionne Jr.: Obama Might Bring Hillary Into the Light

    A contest with him would require Sen. Clinton to shed some of her caution.

    Posted on Dec 11, 2006 READ MORE

    Luckovich: Obama Envy









    Posted on Dec 6, 2006 ENLARGE

    E.J. Dionne: Obama Wows the Religious Right

    Sen. Barack Obama’s standing ovation at Pastor Rick Warren’s church demonstrates why the Illinois senator is one of the hottest commodities in 2008 presidential politics.

    Posted on Dec 5, 2006 READ MORE

    The Trouble With ‘Political Rock Stars’

    Barack Obama
    AP / Charlie Neibergall

    The pundits’ latest catchphrase is insulting to the traditions of both politicians and rock stars.

    Posted on Dec 4, 2006 READ MORE

    Susan Estrich: Taking Temperatures

    A new poll measures Americans’ attitudes toward potential presidential candidates in terms of warmth, with Rudolph Giuliani and Barack Obama leading the pack.  This could be an interesting election after all.

    Posted on Nov 30, 2006 READ MORE

    A Swamp of Their Own

    Feinstein and Obama
    Left: senate.gov / Right: law.harvard.edu

    Democrats in Congress are split over proposed anti-corruption legislation that would limit lobbyists’ access to lawmakers.  Critics say the law doesn’t go far enough to address “earmarks” and campaign finance problems, and argue that an independent watchdog should be formed to enforce the rules.

    Posted on Nov 18, 2006 READ MORE

    Bill Maher: Impeach Bush

    Maher and Scarborough

    Bill Maher went on “Scarborough Country” to list his reasons for impeaching Bush.

  • Earlier: See Part 1 of his interview
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    Posted on Oct 26, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN

    Obama in 2008









    Posted on Oct 24, 2006 ENLARGE

    Truthdig: Don’t Believe Obama’s Hype on Evangelicals

    Barack Obama
    From Thehill.com

    The Illinois senator chastised his colleagues for leaving the evangelicals to the Republicans.
    Electorally, he may be correct, but no self-respecting progressive should be fooled. On the whole, evangelicals are the most regressive people in the country. Just look at the hatred and intolerance they’ve made central to the Republican Party.

     

    Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE

    George Clooney Urges Action on Darfur Genocide

    Clooney
    AP / Mannie Garcia

    The Academy Award-winning actor said at a press conference with Sens. Barack Obama and Sam Brownback, “What we cannot do is turn our heads and look away and hope that this will somehow disappear.”

    Posted on Apr 28, 2006 READ MORE

    Barack Obama Slams Bush’s Oil Policy

    The Illinois senator says Bush’s “plan” to reduce dependence on oil is “like admitting alcoholism and then skipping the 12-step program.”

    Posted on Apr 4, 2006 READ MORE

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