Steele: Reshaping GOP Base?

31 January 2009 |permalink | email article

The Republican National Committee chose Michael Steele, an African-American, as party chairman on Friday. It marks the first time leaders of both major parties are led by African-Americans.

The question is whether Steele was chosen as a token or… read full story

Greed Is Not Good!

30 January 2009 |permalink | email article

Wall Street, the 1987 film in which Michael Douglas played the unscrupulous corporate raider Gordon Gekko who said “greed is good,” became an archetypal portrayal of 1980s excesses.

In the real world the band played on through the… read full story

The Honeymoon Is Over

29 January 2009 |permalink | email article

With zero Republican support President Obama won House support of an $819 billion economic recovery plan that will serve as the linchpin for his efforts to resuscitate of the economy. That the Dow advanced 200 points was taken by… read full story

Masters of the Universe No More

28 January 2009 |permalink | email article

New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin describes the big money as disappearing, and with it some status and power. Yes, some of the high fliers are still rich, some spectacularly so. 

“But the whole cult of and… read full story

Stimulus Plan: GOP Vote Hunt

27 January 2009 |permalink | email article

Obama’s test of winning a major legislative victory before the congressional break in mid-February is on track. He’s on Capitol Hill today trying to win over reluctant Republicans before a House vote tomorrow to back his $800 billion economic… read full story

Obama, Under Al-Qaeda’s Skin?

26 January 2009 |permalink | email article

Soon after the November election Ayman al-Zawahiri, the terrorist group’s No. 2 leader, dismissed America’s new president-elect as “A house Negro,” as the direct opposite of “honorable black Americans” and implying he is merely a servant of powerful whites… read full story

Caroline Out, Process Flawed

25 January 2009 |permalink | email article

“The dynasties are disappearing,” David Broder in his Washington Post Sunday column, citing as the latest proof Caroline Kennedy’s dramatic withdrawal as a possible successor to Hillary Clinton for the Senate seat once held by her uncle Robert F.… read full story

Karl Rove in Denial

23 January 2009 |permalink | email article

The brain behind George W. Bush still can’t bring himself to admit that the nation’s 43rd president leaves office as one of the most reviled in American history.

So Rove continues to recycle op-edits in the Wall Street Journal… read full story

BHO’s Speech: Prose or Poetry?

22 January 2009 |permalink | email article

Liberal writers are debating the effectiveness of President Obama’s first Inaugural Address.

The New Yorker’s Hendrik Hertzberg, expressing disappointment, wrote that Obama chose prose over poetry, words over lyrics. He drew back from the music.”

Hertzberg, who often… read full story

Speech Repudiates Bush Era

21 January 2009 |permalink | email article

The conventional wisdom was President Barack Hussein Obama would leave his mark on history with a memorable inaugural address sound-bite like ‘fear itself’ (FDR), or ‘ask not’ (JFK). Forgotten was that the master orator is a student of past… read full story

‘Era of Responsibility’

20 January 2009 |permalink | email article

That’s the theme of President Obama’s history-making inaugural address today which the author of two national best sellers wrote himself.

It follows four days celebrations suggesting his cool mastery of events and oratory, prompting more than occasional echoes of… read full story

Ask What You Can Do

18 January 2009 |permalink | email article

David Broder, the veteran Washington Post national political reporter, writes today that President Bush did concede mistakes and disappointments in his valedictory interview with the White House press corps and farewell address to the nation.

But he suggests with… read full story

Sunday Talk

18 January 2009 |permalink | email article

CNN finally gets the jump on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with John King reprising his Friday interview with President-elect Obama on his new “State of the Union” show.

Obama’s White House chief of staff, former Rahm Emanuel, headlines “Meet… read full story

Obama’s Inaugural Address

17 January 2009 |permalink | email article

Barack Obama, facing a national economic crisis, two wars and perhaps the highest expectations for a presidency in decades, faces a daunting challenge on Tuesday.

Just for inspiration, Politico reported, he went out to the Lincoln Memorial last Saturday… read full story

Cheney Misleads on Iraq

16 January 2009 |permalink | email article

The Vice President’s exit interview with PBS’s Jim Lehrer offers a devastating snapshot about how the neocon-driven Bush administration rushed to war in Iraq, its one-time ally dating back to the Reagan era.

Q: But Mr. Vice President, getting… read full story

Economic Plan: Support But Concerns

15 January 2009 |permalink | email article

The good news for Obama is a solid plurality of Americans supports his economic stimulus plan, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. The bad news for the President-elect is that stimulus’ price tag might be too… read full story

Obama’s Role: Salesman-in-Chief

14 January 2009 |permalink | email article

Less than a week before he becomes Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama is already being cast as Salesman-in-Chief.

His aides have said that for the next three weeks he would pack his schedule with speeches, interviews, news conferences and some travel… read full story

Bush: ‘West Texas’ Exit Interview

13 January 2009 |permalink | email article

The one question that touched B43’s nerve involved the suggestion by some of his most vocal critics that America’s moral standing in the world was damaged by his decision to go to war in Iraq without a mandate from… read full story

Burris: Tainted Appointment

12 January 2009 |permalink | email article

Serious questions remain unresolved about whether Democrat Roland Burris was engaged in any “play to pay” or “payback” scheme to get appointed by the Illinois governor to the U.S. seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

Last Thursday Burris flatly… read full story

McCain Regains His Groove

10 January 2009 |permalink | email article

There are two John McCains, the centrist who will cross the aisle on issues and the other who pandered to the Republican right and suffered a landslide defeat last fall.

The former resurfaced on Fox News during the week,… read full story

Reid Rolled By Blago

09 January 2009 |permalink | email article

Gov. Rod Blagojevich may be going down, either through an impeachment vote by the full Illinois House, perhaps today, or in a collision with U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

But Blago’s clever appointment of Roland Burris to succeed Barack… read full story

Panetta Yes, Blair No

08 January 2009 |permalink | email article

The surprise pick of Leon Panetta, former congressman and chief of staff to President Clinton, to run the CIA, and retired Admiral Dennis C. Blair as Director of National Intelligence is expected to be announced this week by President-elect… read full story

Obama: Reasserting The Message

07 January 2009 |permalink | email article

How long will the era of good feeling last between Democrats and Republicans over President-elect Obama’s economic recovery package?

Obama addresses the issue on Thursday, now aware he won’t be able to sign the stimulus plan immediately after his… read full story

Bumpier Ride

06 January 2009 |permalink | email article

The 111th Congress officially begins today with the big action in the Senate over the seating of Roland Burris, Blago’s controversial choice, to succeed Obama, and Al Franken trying to stay off a Republican challenge to overturn his wafer-thin… read full story

FBI Probe Fells Richardson

05 January 2009 |permalink | email article

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson’s withdrawal of his name as Commence secretary nominee Sunday, while a huge vetting embarrassment for President-elect Obama because of “unanswered questions’ about a federal grand jury investigation back home, is far from a surprise.

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What They Said

04 January 2009 |permalink | email article

“I think he would be an outstanding senator…I’d like to see him be president one day. Right now is probably a bad time because maybe we’ve had enough Bushes in there.”—B41 on Fox News Sunday, correctly reading the tea… read full story

Chicago: Corruption Run Amok

04 January 2009 |permalink | email article

A blond suburban mother of three in Illinois, it turns out, is the person who kick-started a long and now rapidly expanding investigation into Chicago graft that ultimately caught the governor of Illinois trying to sell Barack Obama’s Senate… read full story

New Year

01 January 2009 |permalink | email article

2009 brings historic change with Barack Obama, a new president with new ideas, who will face huge economic and international challenges. It will be a year of tough transition, but one in which American optimism about the coming decade… read full story

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