Questions for Giuliani

30 November 2007 |permalink | email article

One major scandal is apparently is not enough for former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, the Republican presidential candidate, as Bernard Keric, his former police commissioner, sidekick and uber loyalist awaits trial in 2008 after a 16-count federal indictment.

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Huckabee surprises

29 November 2007 |permalink | email article

A significant number of Republicans in Iowa and Florida surveyed after Wednesday night’s CNN/YouTube debate found Mike Huckabee a big winner.

In Iowa, found the former Arkansas governor ahead with 32%, followed by Mitt Romney at 16% and… read full story

C42 and Iraq war

28 November 2007 |permalink | email article

Bill Clinton told a crowd in Iowa on Tuesday that he opposed the Iraq war from the start and criticized the Bush administration for continuing to cut taxes even as they pursued wars.

“Even though I approved Afghanistan and… read full story

J >E?

27 November 2007 |permalink | email article

It is becoming increasingly apparent, less than two months before the first votes are cast in the 2008 presidential campaign, that two issues - judgment vs. experience - may dominate both party debates from now until next November.

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McClellan and deception

25 November 2007 |permalink | email article

After the huge media firestorm over a forthcoming book by former White House press secretary Scott McClellan suggesting in an excerpt it would finger President Bush for knowingly misleading him about Plamegate, both the author and his publisher are… read full story

Full disclosure matters

23 November 2007 |permalink | email article

Is CNN finally getting a strong message following criticism about its coverage of presidential debates?

While the network boasts it has the ‘best political coverage’ on television doubts persist after the recent Democratic debate in Vegas and postdebate commentary.

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Clinton-Obama escalate

22 November 2007 |permalink | email article

Hearing footsteps in Iowa and reading worrisome polls, Clinton tries to belittle Obama as a serious presidential candidate. She pushes her experience as a former first lady and two-term senator. 

Not skipping a beat she mocks Obama read full story

White House: lies and coverup?

20 November 2007 |permalink | email article

It may be an unwelcome Thanksgiving for George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. The reason is a book by longtime former Bush sidekick Scott McClellan.

In a perhaps “not tell all” memoir set… read full story

Clinton slides in Iowa

20 November 2007 |permalink | email article

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll in Iowa published late Monday shows significant signs of progress for Barack Obama – and harbingers of concern for Hillary Clinton as her advantages diminish on key fronts in the final seven weeks.

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Throwing mud - 2

19 November 2007 |permalink | email article

After two Democratic debates, thanks to Hillary Clinton’s defensiveness, mudslinging has become a pivotal issue within the party. Is rough-and-tumble better than making nice? 

The subtext here is whether, as House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer complained to Al… read full story

Throwing mud

18 November 2007 |permalink | email article

When John Edwards blasted Hillary Clinton for “double talk” during the Halloween eve debate in Philly it marked a decisive turning point in the Democratic presidential campaign. 

At Thursday’s debate in Vegas Clinton threw an epithet at Edward,… read full story

Just in from Iowa

17 November 2007 |permalink | email article

A new Research 2000 statewide survey of likely caucus voters in the Hawkeye state (conducted 11/12 through 11/14) finds:

Among 400 Democrats, Clinton edges out Obama (27% to 25%), with Edwards at 21%.

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Democrat donnybrook

16 November 2007 |permalink | email article

Last night’s Democratic debate on CNN was facetiously billed as “fight night in Las Vegas.” For the first several minutes Obama, Clinton and Edwards engaged in fiery exchanges, the most heated to date. But there were no knockdowns.

Overall,… read full story

Trib plans sale of Times site

15 November 2007 |permalink | email article

The buzz among major real estate brokers is that Tribune Co., after the agreement to be bought in an $8.2 billion leveraged buyout led by mogul Sam Zell is completed, intends to sell the square block housing The Los… read full story

Kerik apes Libby

14 November 2007 |permalink | email article

Borrowing from the Scooter Libby criminal playbook, please welcome the Bernard Kerik Legal Defense Fund Trust.

The trust was put in place weeks before the 14-count grand jury indictment last week against the former NYC police commissioner, Rudy… read full story

Media blowback

13 November 2007 |permalink | email article

Any hope among ardent Giuliani supporters that the federal indictment of his former top gun and business partner, Bernard Kerik, would quickly fade away has been erased because of national editorials and news stories:

New York Daily News:

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Iowa heats up

12 November 2007 |permalink | email article

Saturday night’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner on C-SPAN in Des Moines offered an interesting preview of the fast approaching Iowa caucuses. I thought that of the six Democratic speakers, Clinton and Obama – each in a different way – surpassed Edwards’… read full story

Kerik also came for dinner

11 November 2007 |permalink | email article

The Body Politic, in a Nov. 5 post, described the cozy personal relationship between two Republicans, nationally known Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Carona, recently indicted on federal corruption charges, and Schwarzenegger have often… read full story

Illusions of democracy

10 November 2007 |permalink | email article

When campaigning for president in the fall of 1999, George Walker Bush was asked by a reporter to name the leader of Pakistan. The Yale history major, Class of 1968, could not. His famous reply:

“The new Pakistani… read full story

FDR’s 1932 win

09 November 2007 |permalink | email article

An interesting op-ed in The Los Angeles Times on Thursday by James MacGregor Burns and Susan Dunn links Hillary Clinton’s current campaign with similar tactics successfully employed by Franklin D. Roosevelt in winning the presidency in 1932.

The Williams… read full story

Rudy’s new recruit

08 November 2007 |permalink | email article

Giuliani is trumpeting the endorsement of Pat Robertson, one of the nation’s best-known televangelists who could reassure conservative Republicans edgy about his support for abortion and gay rights.
While Robertson did not mention in the former mayor’s support… read full story

Giuliani’s authenticity

07 November 2007 |permalink | email article

The frontrunner’s rivals for the Republican nomination have not yet made an issue of his disgraced former police commissioner, Bernard B. Kerik, or the myth of his lonely battle against “Islamic terrorism” since sometime in the 1970s or understanding… read full story

Hillary’s big mo

06 November 2007 |permalink | email article

The frontrunner for the Democratic nomination’s poor debate performance in Philly a week ago is still a hot subject of conversation.

The Clinton camp at first blamed the media – read co-moderator Tim Russert – for tough questions.

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Carona and Schwarzengger

05 November 2007 |permalink | email article

Nationally known Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona has been indicted on federal corruption charges for using his office for financial gain. It’s little surprise to the state’s political community, long aware of numerous scandals he’s been plagued with over… read full story

McCain: no waterboarding

04 November 2007 |permalink | email article

At least one of the Republican presidential candidates, unlike Democratic defectors Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has the courage to explicitly condemn waterboarding as torture.

McCain attacked Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson… read full story

Torture wins

03 November 2007 |permalink | email article

The uproar over the decision by Democrats Schumer and Feinstein to insure the confirmation of Michael MuKasey as attorney general is another defeat for basic American moral principles.

Andrew Sullivan, daily dish, nailed it:

(Their vote), despite his… read full story

California and the Clintons

02 November 2007 |permalink | email article

A new Field Poll offers sharp political contrasts between Hillary Clinton, the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination, and former President Bill Clinton in the nation’s most populist state with the most electoral votes.

Overall, 70% of Californians have… read full story

Secret papers

01 November 2007 |permalink | email article

Perhaps Barack Obama’s toughest question to Hillary Clinton in this week’s Democratic debate related to her White House papers, most of which are locked away in Bill Clinton’s presidential library in Little Rock.

Suggesting that the nation has… read full story

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