Madame President

28 September 2005 |permalink | email article

Launching its fall television season, ABC executives endorsed the implausible but intriguing fictional concept of a non-Republican woman vice president becoming an accidental president when the Republican male president dies of a cerebral hemorrhage.

Last night the network premiered… read full story

Open Wallet: Over There or Here?

25 September 2005 |permalink | email article

Is the $5 billion the U.S. is spending each month on the war in Iraq draining money and resources away from homeland priorities - over $200 billion to fix Hurricane Katrina - and even more for Rita?

A… read full story

Paging Warren Beatty

21 September 2005 |permalink | email article

The actor Warren Beatty told ABC News this week that he would not rule out a possible run for California governor next year against Republican actor-turned Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The interview provided fresh catnip for some liberal activists who… read full story

FEMA Rules, Dying Victims

19 September 2005 |permalink | email article

A Kabuki dance about whether to authorize an independent, 9/11 style commission to investigate the government’s failed response to Katrina or a congressional probe which Republicans favor, continues to simmer.

New York Times columnist John Tierney’s vignette last week… read full story

Reversal of Fortune

18 September 2005 |permalink | email article

President Bush’s political night of the soul, which began Aug. 29 when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans and levees breached, stopped the hemorrhaging with his TV speech after several off-key starts which underscored his initial insensitivity.

During… read full story

Ask Arnold

14 September 2005 |permalink | email article

An unbowed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, admitting attacks on him have been effective in shaping public opinion, is expected to announce his candidacy for re-election Friday at another phony “Ask Arnold” town hall.

These are not genuine “town hall” events… read full story

Leadership and Judgment

12 September 2005 |permalink | email article

W., despite getting just 51 percent of the popular vote in winning re-election, boasted he’d earned a lot of political capital and intended to spend it. In fact, he had very little capital to spend then - and much… read full story

Arnold in Harm’s Way

08 September 2005 |permalink | email article

Arnold Schwarzenegger, a seven-time former Mr. Olympia, compares the hugely unpopular Nov. 8 special election he’s called to an athletic contest.

He may find that it is more like a brutal California political equivalent of the Tour de France—tough… read full story

What About 9/11?

07 September 2005 |permalink | email article

The New York Times, in its Aug. 18 Styles section, had this oddly provocative headline: “9/11: Light a Candle or Party On?

Since the domestic terrorist attacks which sobered America, the question lingers about what is appropriate to celebrate… read full story

Post-Katrina: Tough Press Questions

06 September 2005 |permalink | email article

When the President of the United States and key federal agencies are asleep at the switch and fail the body politic, pointed questions must be asked. Too often in the past, the cautious and sometimes fawning Fourth Estate has… read full story

After Katrina: Pungent Comments

02 September 2005 |permalink | email article

Manchester Union Leader August 31, 2005

“As the extent of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation became clearer on Tuesday—millions without power, tens of thousands of homeless, a death toll unknowable because rescue crews can’t reach some people - President Bush carried… read full story

The Saints Go Marching Out

01 September 2005 |permalink | email article

It started as a gathering storm - a deadly hurricane that morphed into a tsunami. It is now the greatest natural disaster in American history, a perfect storm with huge environmental, economic and, yes, major political consequences.

Hurricane Katrina… read full story

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