After Mumbai

30 November 2008 |permalink | email article

With the terrorist siege over in India’s financial capital the obvious indication is that Pakistan and perhaps al-Qaeda too, would be blamed for the attacks.

But, as Robert D. Kaplan, national correspondent for The Atlantic reports online, the possibility… read full story

No One’s In Charge

28 November 2008 |permalink | email article

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson on the interregnum: “Having two presidents is starting to feel like we have no president, and that’s the situation we’ll face until Inauguration Day.”

Barack Obama said, “We have only one President at… read full story

Thanksgiving Parable

27 November 2008 |permalink | email article

“There are now 36.2 million Americans who cope daily with hunger, up by more than 3 million since 2000, according to the Food Research and Action Center in Washington, D.C. The number of people in the worst-off category –… read full story

RFK: A Prophecy Fulfilled

26 November 2008 |permalink | email article

“Things are moving so fast that a Negro could be president in 40 years.” Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, before he was assassinated on June 6 of that year in Los Angeles. As the Jesuit magazine America noted… read full story

Trillion Dollar Conundrum

25 November 2008 |permalink | email article

Barack Obama was smart to name his economic team ahead of his national security team. Declining to estimate how many billions a major economic stimulus package would cost he said “we’ll do what’s required.”

Back-of-the-envelope calculations by Nobel Prize… read full story

Fierce Urgency of Now

24 November 2008 |permalink | email article

Obama’s weekly radio address Saturday, just three weeks after becoming President-elect, minced no words. Shunning timidity he called for an aggressive, two-year stimulus plan to revive an economy verging on collapse.

“If we don’t act swiftly and boldly, most… read full story

Media Bias?

23 November 2008 |permalink | email article

Time magazine’s Mark Halperin charged last week at the Politico/USC conference on the presidential election that “extreme bias, extreme pro-Obama media coverage” was more intense than in any other national campaign in recent history.

The example he uses, at… read full story

Will Feinstein Run?

23 November 2008 |permalink | email article

Arnold Schwarzenegger has signaled he’s willing to work for the Obama administration after his record deficit term ends. But Californians will demand real competence next time, not celebrity.

A recent Field poll on the 2010 governor’s race found… read full story

Obama Taps Clinton for SOS

21 November 2008 |permalink | email article

Politico, citing two unnamed senior Obama aides, reported late last night the president-elect is “on track” to name Hillary Clinton secretary of state soon after Thanksgiving. So Obama gets the “Team of Rivals” Cabinet he had promised. But some… read full story

Finance: FDR, Bush Blew It

21 November 2008 |permalink | email article

Last Saturday’s G-20 economic gathering in Washington, compared to a rerun of the London Economic Conference in 1933 when 66 nations failed to agree on a concerted response to the Great Depression, drew little media attention.

Harvard historian Niall… read full story

Kabuki Dance

20 November 2008 |permalink | email article

Barack Obama’s big gamble in making Hillary Clinton the secretary of state is not yet a done deal but remains a riveting countdown.

The Clinton side suggests agreements to end conflicts of interest involving Bill Clinton have been reached,… read full story

Ted and Joe: Gone and Back

19 November 2008 |permalink | email article

In Alaska he’s known as “Uncle Ted.” But on his 85th birthday Sen. Ted Stevens’ narrow loss in his re-election bid marks the downfall of an icon and Washington power broker who has been in the Senate since the… read full story

What About Hillary?

18 November 2008 |permalink | email article

The idea of Hillary Clinton as secretary of state is intriguing since she has few major leadership options as a junior U.S. senator from New York. So Obama met secretly with her in Chicago last week to discuss options,… read full story

GOP: Perception or Reality?

17 November 2008 |permalink | email article

The New York Times magazine and a Newsweek article each suggest that Karl Rove still sees himself as the shadow puppeteer behind a Republican Party comeback.

Rove denies in the Times that election results are a repudiation of his… read full story

Obama on “60 Minutes”

16 November 2008 |permalink | email article

The President-elect’s first post-election interview, a full hour on CBS News with Steve Kroft, is a must-watch tonight.

Obama lists several top priorities, notably a program to help homeowners renegotiate mortgages to avoid defaults.

Asked by Kroft about the… read full story

Big Three: GM Bailout Hope

16 November 2008 |permalink | email article

Obama and McCain meet Monday in Chicago, part of a concerted effort by the president-elect to form a kind of post-partisan government starting January 20.

Whether Obama will offer his presidential rival a key position in the new administration… read full story

Grand New Party?

14 November 2008 |permalink | email article

Karl Rove, Bush’s brain, offered cheery news in the Wall Street Journal by opining history will favor the GOP in 2010.

“Since World War II, the out-party has gained an average of 23 seats in the House and… read full story

Obama and Thinking Big

13 November 2008 |permalink | email article

A serious debate is developing within the Democratic Party since President-Elect Obama’s election as to how he should govern and concern about some possible appointments.

The New Republic, urging Bush-like ambition, is gathering considerable currency. Here is a key… read full story

McCain’s Palin Obsession

12 November 2008 |permalink | email article

John McCain tapped Jay Leno for his first interview since losing the election and predictably exonerated Sarah Palin for his loss to Barack Obama.

Asked by Leno on “The Tonight Show” about Palin gripping from unidentified McCain top staffers… read full story

GOP: Dreams About 2010

12 November 2008 |permalink | email article

Hours after the Obama’s historic presidential victory and expanded Democratic congressional majorities Republican leaders and activists began searching for a new way forward.

The coming battle will be between loyalists pushing for a purer form of conservative ideology… read full story

Bush Less Popular Than Nixon

11 November 2008 |permalink | email article

President Bush, according to a just completed CNN and Opinion Research survey, is less popular than President Nixon was at the time of his resignation.

CNN released a chart showing presidential “disapproval” ratings for each president going back to… read full story

British Leaders Hail Obama, Then Clash

11 November 2008 |permalink | email article

Grasping British politics means watching “Question Time” in the Commons on C-SPAN. It’s a a rich experience in the art of rough and tumble.

The leaders of Britain’s three major parties all praised Barack Obama’s huge victory last week.… read full story

Energy Secretary: California Buzz

10 November 2008 |permalink | email article

A key Barack Obama California supporter, former eBay executive Steve Westly, is on the short list for Secretary of Energy.

Westly, 51, co-chaired Cleantech and Green Business for Obama, a consistuency group of green technies, along with former… read full story

Obama and the Press

09 November 2008 |permalink | email article

Was the Obama campaign really “in the tank” for the press as shell-shocked Republicans charge to excuse the dismal performance of the McCain-Palin ticket?

George Packer, in the New Yorker online, suggests otherwise, recalling that Obama gave his first… read full story

Misplaced Bravado

08 November 2008 |permalink | email article

RNC chairman Mike Duncan told the National Press Club the day after the election that Republicans and the McCain campaign had contacted 30 million individual voters (including robocalls.)

The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder called the figure impressive but noted the… read full story

L.A. Mayor Obama Economic Adviser

07 November 2008 |permalink | email article

The president-elect meets with his Transition Economic Advisory Board today. Politico lists almost two dozen prominent names, including Warren Buffett, Paul Volcker, Robert Reich and Robert Rubin. One surprising addition is super ambitious Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. He… read full story

Brain Trust

07 November 2008 |permalink | email article

FDR’s handling of a turbulent transition in 1933 and a flurry of action that marked his first 100 days in office is being seen in days since the election as a guide to a Barack Obama administration in formation.

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Obama: End and Edge

06 November 2008 |permalink | email article


“And so it came to pass that on Nov. 4, 2008, shortly after 10 p.m., Eastern time, the American Civil War ended, as a black man – Barack Hussein Obama – won enough electoral votes to become president… read full story

O44 and History

05 November 2008 |permalink | email article

A hint about the sea change in American politics became apparent after midnight yesterday in tiny Dixville Notch in New Hampshire when Barack Obama got 15 votes to 6 for John McCain – the first Democrat to win there… read full story

Rove, Pundits: Obama Landslide

04 November 2008 |permalink | email article

Karl Rove, the architect of George W. Bush’s electoral victories in 2000 and 2004, has released his final electoral map. He predicts a 338-200 Barack Obama win over John McCain.

The largest electoral margin since 1996 was when Bill… read full story

Vox Populi: II

03 November 2008 |permalink | email article

Election Day Update

“We have suffered under the current president who entered ofice without much knowledge of the world and was easily captured by the wrong advisers. McCain’s lurching from Reaganite free-marketer to populist tribune makes one wonder whether… read full story

McCain: Math Not There

03 November 2008 |permalink | email article

TODAY’S new Washington Post/ABC News tracking poll is significant.

It puts Obama well out in front over McCain and finds that Obama has “firmly established his advantage on handling the economy, beaten back a challenge on taxes and has… read full story

Obama Better on Life, Taxes

03 November 2008 |permalink | email article

CNN’s final poll before Tuesday has Obama with 53 percent, and ahead by seven points. In 2004 Bush led Kerry in the final poll by two points and won the popular vote by three points.

Sixty-four percent of those… read full story

Palin’s Secret Medical History

02 November 2008 |permalink | email article

TWO days before the presidential election one question remains which the media has virtually ignored: why is Sarah Palin the only candidate on either ticket who’s failed to release her medical records?

Except for ABC News’ Kate Snow only… read full story

Cheney’s Gift to Obama

02 November 2008 |permalink | email article

President Bush is in a bunker somewhere. But Vice President Cheney, who many believe has really been running the nation for eight years to usurp executive power, finally emerged.

He endorsed John McCain yesterday “as the right leader for… read full story

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