NFL-LA: Deal at Crossroads

28 August 2006 |permalink | email article

Last June several NFL owners and then-commissioner Paul Tagliabue smoozed and dined with an elite group of L.A. business, entertainment and sports leaders – and again in Anaheim – last June. The sense afterwards was that the league might… read full story

Katrina Effect and Bush

27 August 2006 |permalink | email article

The appearance by President Bush Monday and Tuesday on the Gulf Coast to mark the first anniversary of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina ironically occurs as Tropical Storm Ernesto has become the first hurricane of the 2006 Atlantic… read full story

Arnold’s Worst Nightmare

24 August 2006 |permalink | email article

The prevailing wisdom among California reporters, and off the record by many Democratic strategists, is Phil Angelides, the nerdy state treasurer challenger to Arnold Schwarzenegger, is toast: he’s too partisan, too negative, and too risky.

The governor leads in… read full story

Fear and Warrantless Wiretapping

20 August 2006 |permalink | email article

Recalling the Great Depression in his 1933 Inaugural Address, FDR said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” In the war against Islamic jihadists, W. has invoked fear as a governing principle of leadership.

One president… read full story

Democrats Retool Nomination Process

19 August 2006 |permalink | email article

In a long anticipated effort to weaken the inordinate influence of Iowa and New Hampshire, two states that have long kicked off the presidential nominating process, the Democratic National Committee overwhelmingly voted today to change the 2008 primary calendar.… read full story

California and Global Warming

17 August 2006 |permalink | email article

The so-called global emergency is alive and well this summer. Al Gore’s book, “An Inconvenient Truth,” is #1 on the New York Times’ paperback bestseller list.

W. doesn’t get it. But his very good friend, the equally politically… read full story

It’s About Liquid Explosives

13 August 2006 |permalink | email article

Last Thursday, after the British foiled a major terrorist highjacking plot, President Bush declared on television that the nation was safer from terrorist attacks than it was before 9/11/01, but remained in danger. He insists Iraq is the “central… read full story

Weekend: Sounds and Comment

12 August 2006 |permalink | email article

Cheap sound bites

Dick Cheney, commenting on the defeat of Joe Lieberman, the GOP’s newest mascot: “…the Democrats were encouraging the Al Qaeda types…there’s a significant body of opinion that wants to go back – I guess the way… read full story

Is Arnold a Bush Surrogate?

12 August 2006 |permalink | email article

In the California race for governor, to borrow a football metaphor, Phil Angelides trails Arnold Schwarzenegger by at least a touchdown and extra point in the middle of the third quarter.

My conclusion is based on opinion polls,… read full story

Lieberman’s Second Act

09 August 2006 |permalink | email article

On November 14th, 2004, Chris Wallace asked Sen. Joe Lieberman what he thought was the single biggest reason that John Kerry lost the election. The Connecticut Democrat replied there are many reasons why it happened.

Lieberman said his own… read full story


07 August 2006 |permalink | email article

Today’s Connecticut Senate primary between centrist Sen. Joe Lieberman and wealthy activist Ned Lamont is a defining moment in national Democratic politics. On the surface the race is a litmus test energized by the challenger’s opposition to the Iraq… read full story

First Augusts, Falling Dominos, L.A.

06 August 2006 |permalink | email article

First Read, the MSNBC insider political post, noted that American presidents have uncomfortable problems in the first August of their second term, long before the W. mess.

August 1937 and 1957 hit FDR and Ike with recessions. Watergate began… read full story

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