Power Outrage, Political Power

30 July 2006 |permalink | email article

Has this mid-summer’s record heat wave across the nation been an aberration or a taste of long-range climate shifts related to global warning? People in air-conditioned theaters who watched the Al Gore global warming film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” might… read full story

Blair Does California

30 July 2006 |permalink | email article

British Prime Minister Tony Blair, unpopular at home and inexplicability enamoured with President Bush’s Iraq policy and inept leadership in confronting the Middle East crisis, is on his first California visit as national leader - a five-day management retreat… read full story

Another Arnold Makeover

27 July 2006 |permalink | email article

It’s fascinating to watch as the governor continues to reinvent himself as a moderate more than 100 days before the November election.

This week Schwarzenegger played the Latino card: trade with Mexico, offering a mea culpa for supporting… read full story

Daniel Schorr on Bloggers

25 July 2006 |permalink | email article

The journalist Daniel Schorr, who’s covered the news for 60 years and is National Public Radio’s senior news analyst, turns 90 next month. That makes him older than two other nationally famous news regulars: CBS’s Mike Wallace, 88, and… read full story

Angelides Falls Into The Actor Trap

22 July 2006 |permalink | email article

Off to a stumbling start and trailing Arnold Schwarzenegger, Democrat Phil Angelides belatedly begins airing his first TV ad, a déjà vu imitation of the negative 1966 campaign tactic fatefully employed by Gov. Pat Brown to demonize Ronald Reagan.… read full story

Iraq, Bloody Iraq

19 July 2006 |permalink | email article

No, the headline is not a misprint. You might think so with much of Southern Lebanon in flames because of Israeli air strikes, 500,000 homeless, Hezbollah rockets inching closer to Tel Aviv, and the civilian death toll escalating in… read full story

Bush and Command Presence

18 July 2006 |permalink | email article

The late Lee Atwater, the Machiavellian political guru behind Bush 41, once told me about the value of “command presence” in politics.

The evil genius, and Karl Rove’s guru, might have been appalled watching TV file footage of… read full story

Perfect Storm War?

15 July 2006 |permalink | email article

It is impossible to image that the kidnapping of Corporal Gilad Shalit on June 25 by Palestinian militants in Gaza, and last week’s ambush by Hezbollah gunmen of an Israeli patrol and the spiriting of two soldiers deep into… read full story

Commentary: Courage in Journalism

14 July 2006 |permalink | email article

“A new element in journalism would be for editors and reporters to decide not to cover the President’s statements when he – or any public figure – repeats essentially what he or she has said before. The Bush team… read full story

Can Phil Beat Arnold?

09 July 2006 |permalink | email article

The conventional wisdom is voters ignore fall elections until after Labor Day. But already the odds that Phil Angelides will beat Arnold Schwarzenegger for governor are slim, if not impossible.

The first statewide post-primary poll, by San Jose State… read full story

North Korean Missiles: W.‘s Achilles Heel

09 July 2006 |permalink | email article

At a Friday news conference in Chicago, local reporters joined regular members of the White House press corps in the hope it might burnish W’s slipping leadership credentials. Instead, he appeared defensive in responding to a key foreign policy… read full story

Villaraigosa: Comet or Meteor?

04 July 2006 |permalink | email article

The Daily News aptly described Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as “a whirling dervish” to characterize his first frenetic year running the second largest city in the nation. L.A.’s first Latino mayor in 130 years has set a blistering pace in… read full story

W. and Independence Day

04 July 2006 |permalink | email article

The 230th anniversary of the nation’s founding, and ratification of a Constitution 12 years later establishing three co-equal branches of government, is notably welcome with the usually deferential Supreme Court’s decision striking down military tribunals set up to try… read full story

War Rationale: Rummy & Saddam ‘83

02 July 2006 |permalink | email article

The House Armed Services Committee debate last week over the discovery of 20-year-old Iraqi rockets and chemical shells containing degraded mustard gas by U.S. and coalition forces puts the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war back in the news when the White… read full story

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