Carmakers and Risks Ahead

31 March 2009 |permalink | email article

Obama’s decision to reshape the American auto industry, as David Sanger points out today in the New York Times, has few precedents.

The President is saying that economic conditions justify a higher level of government involvement in managing… read full story

April Fool’s Day

30 March 2009 |permalink | email article

LA Observed ran this provocative headline Sunday: Psst, how about Arnold to start a newspaper?

Editor Kevin Roderick notes that author and Slate blogger Mickey Kaus has several friends at the Los Angeles Times, but for years has been… read full story

Obama’s Media Strategy

29 March 2009 |permalink | email article

The president, as his agenda faces increased notice from capital insiders, is employing media strategies never before put in play by an American president. FDR’s Oval Office press chats pale by comparison.

Take Obama’s prime-time news conference last week… read full story

Bellows Memorial

27 March 2009 |permalink | email article

Friends of Jim Bellows, the late iconic editor of the New York Herald Tribune, the Washington Star and the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, will hold a cocktail party in celebration of his life on April 3 in the World Room… read full story


26 March 2009 |permalink | email article

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been on a wild ride since last year when he endorsed fellow Republican John McCain who lost California by double digits.

The sometime actor’s poll numbers have been in the tank since then because… read full story

Professor in Chief

25 March 2009 |permalink | email article

Americans saw a very different Barack Obama in his second prime-time news conference Tuesday night, not the inspirational or chatty president who has engaged people across the nation or made jokes on Jay Leno.

Instead, what emerged was a… read full story

Geithner Finally Scores

24 March 2009 |permalink | email article

The Treasury Secretary’s initial effort to explain how the plan would work was a disaster – he couldn’t explain to Wall Street how it would end the bank crisis and left a sense that the White House had no… read full story

Keep Calm and Carry On

23 March 2009 |permalink | email article

Obama’s campaign army, more than a thousand legions from Maine to Hawaii, is on the march again despite the current economic crisis.

It started Saturday when the administration and the Democratic National Committee launched an ambitious project to… read full story

Obama on “Sixty Minutes”

22 March 2009 |permalink | email article

Facing criticism from all sides that he’s either concentrating on too many issues or not enough more than half way to his first 100 Days in office President Obama previews a tough week ahead.

Two Politico excerpts from his… read full story

Bully Pulpit

20 March 2009 |permalink | email article

With the AIG bonuses dominating the news, the public outraged and congressional Republicans and even some Democrats blaming the administration, notably Treasury secretary Tim Geithner, what does President Obama do?

Columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. suggests Obama has two… read full story

Health Care and More

19 March 2009 |permalink | email article

When health care was raised by Obama at a town hall meeting yesterday in no longer conservative Orange County the audience erupted in loud applause.

But veteran Democratic analyst Bob Shrum worries that the President’s hopes of achieving healthcare… read full story

Arnold and Barack

18 March 2009 |permalink | email article

Recent signs of his coziness with President Obama strongly suggest that California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger may be in line for a White House post once he leaves office in 2010.

It was noted that at the first formal black-tie… read full story

Feinstein Race Doubtful

17 March 2009 |permalink | email article

What are the odds that Sen. Dianne Feinstein will seek the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2010?

I flatly predicted March 6 in The Body Politic that the grande dame of California politics and chairwoman of the powerful Senate… read full story

CNBC: Stewart vs. Cramer

16 March 2009 |permalink | email article

The classic clash on “The Daily Show” between comedian Jon Stewart and mercurial “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer on CNBC made riveting television.

Stewart, in a takedown, repeatedly hammered Cramer and his network for putting entertainment above journalism.… read full story

Cheney: Predictably Wrong

15 March 2009 |permalink | email article

On CNN Sunday he accused Obama of weakening U.S. security, invading Iraq was the right thing to do, chafed that Scooter Libby was denied a pardon, Obama should not blame Bush for creating the current economic mess and said… read full story

Obama: First Official Visit

15 March 2009 |permalink | email article

California’s 48th Congressional District is not only one of the most solidly Republican in the state, but also one of the most solid GOP districts in the nation.

Yet President Obama carried the CD on election night and on… read full story

NPR Cancels Newspapers

14 March 2009 |permalink | email article

How seriously is the recession hurting print media?

Jim Romenesko at Poynter Institute posted this memo sent out by National Public Radio’s director of morning programming on Thursday:

“As of April1 NPR is canceling all newspaper subscriptions. We… read full story

The Socialism Question

13 March 2009 |permalink | email article

Flying from Ohio to Washington a week ago President Obama was asked by the New York Times whether his domestic policy suggested, as some conservatives have implied, that he is a socialist. “The answer would be no,” he said,… read full story

Bush Aides Battle Media

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Just Say Yes

11 March 2009 |permalink | email article

Nancy Reagan famously coined the phrase “Just Say No” in 1982 at a rally in Oakland, Calif. to launch a national drug awareness campaign. It said something. Not so this generation of Republican nihilists.

In the current economic crisis… read full story

Buffett to GOP: Stand With Obama

10 March 2009 |permalink | email article

Billionaire Warren Buffet, an Obama backer,  told CNBC in a live interview that the economy is a “worse-case scenario” which has followed the pattern he envisioned six months ago. “It’s fallen off the cliff.”

America’s best days are… read full story

Remembering Jim Bellows

09 March 2009 |permalink | email article

The legendary editor who resuscitated three major American newspapers and ignited New Journalism as a viable form died Friday. He was 86.

Bellows relished his underdog in reshaping what were then the No. 2 papers in town – the… read full story

Trash Talk and Wing Nuts

08 March 2009 |permalink | email article

We tend to identify trash talk with professional sports. But when the talk reaches an insulting level of partisan politics it’s time to blow the whistle.

Rush Limbaugh, who now sports very unbuttoned black shirts, suggested to his radio… read full story

Feinstein: 2010 Governor’s Race?

06 March 2009 |permalink | email article

A new Field Poll finds Sen. Dianne Feinstein the instant front-runner if she enters the Democratic primary in the 2010 race for California governor. In terms of voter preferences for potential Democratic and Republican candidates she’s the clear favorite… read full story

Kennedy: Honor for Senate Lion

05 March 2009 |permalink | email article

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s address to Congress on Wednesday contained this memorable preamble:

I hope you will allow me to single out for special mention today one of your most distinguished Senators, known in every continent and a… read full story

Obama’s Political Capital

04 March 2009 |permalink | email article

Rush Limbaugh, who wants Barack Obama’s economic policies to fail, gets bad news in a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released today.

In his first six weeks in office the president’s favorability rating is at an all-time high. Two-thirds feel… read full story

Rush: Meet Dr. No

03 March 2009 |permalink | email article

Democrats aim to make the Republican Party into a Rush Limbaugh Party as a civil war erupts over comments by the new RNC chairman about the right-wing radio host.

After Limbaugh gave a “no” keynote address at the… read full story

Villaraigosa’s Next Move

02 March 2009 |permalink | email article

Big Orange – The Times reported that Los Angeles, which already faces a $427-million budget deficit, could face nearly a $1-billion shortfall by 2010 due to a huge bailout needed for the city’s employee pension funds because of the… read full story

Twitter Time

01 March 2009 |permalink | email article

It’s the newest platform of instant messaging which ordinary people, bloggers and columnists feel compelled to use for split-second communication, no matter how banal. (Full disclosure: I have a Twitter account.)

As Alexandra Stanley, who covers television for the… read full story

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