Obama’s Olympics play

30 September 2009 |permalink | email article

The question, with critical issues like Iran, Afghanistan, high unemployment and the health care bill in Congress on his plate, was whether President Obama really had time to fly to Copenhagen and personally lobby the International Olympic Committee on… read full story

Bill Safire: political voice, wordsmith

29 September 2009 |permalink | email article

Much has been said about the late political columnist, oracle of language, Richard Nixon speech writer, winner of a Pulitzer Prize, and respected conservative presence on the liberal editorial pages of the New York Times. In the Times obituary… read full story

Gen. Jones: tough talk on AfPAK war

28 September 2009 |permalink | email article

The Washington Post’s Bob Woodard was told by retired Gen. James L. Jones, Obama’s national security adviser, that the president has not set a deadline for determining a new strategy or for committing more troops to Afghanistan. It checkmates… read full story

Obama: tortoise or hare?

27 September 2009 |permalink | email article

This was the summer of rabid conservatives’ discontent, using town halls and tea parties to express outrage while spreading ugly and false information about whether, for example, Barack Obama is really an American citizen as the President’s approval ratings… read full story

Obama to Iran: talk before sanctions

26 September 2009 |permalink | email article

On Sunday’s “Meet the Press” former President Bill Clinton tells David Gregory about the discovery of a secret nuclear site in Iran that “it’s a good idea, if possible, to look somebody in the eye and have a chance… read full story

Nuclear Iran unmasked

25 September 2009 |permalink | email article

President Obama opened the G-20 economic summit today in Pittsburgh with a dramatic statement that “all nations must follow the rules” after Iran admitted it is developing a secret nuclear site.

After the bizarre speech by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at… read full story

A New Deep Throat?

24 September 2009 |permalink | email article

Deep Throat was the pseudonym given to the secret informant who provided information to Bob Woodward at the Washington Post about the involvement of President Richard Nixon’s administration in what became known as the Watergate scandal. The information led… read full story

California politics: Lady Warbucks is in

23 September 2009 |permalink | email article

Meg Whitman, the billionaire former eBay CEO, announced her Republican candidacy for governor yesterday in conservative Orange County with a pledge to cut state spending by another $15 billion and reduce the state work force by 17 percent, or… read full story

Afghan war vs. health care reform

22 September 2009 |permalink | email article

The President made clear last Thursday that he was in no rush to make a decision on sending more combat troops to the Afghan region. He’s acutely aware that he’s confronting two clocks, as the New York Times reported,… read full story

Glenn Beck bypasses GOP

21 September 2009 |permalink | email article

Religious conservatives favored former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee who got twice the votes of other potential opponents in a straw poll for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 at their Values Voter Summit over the weekend.

The summit’s… read full story

Obama’s daring media blitz

20 September 2009 |permalink | email article

Forget FDR’s fireside chats and dozens of past White House addresses to Congress. Barack Obama appears in the bully pulpit on five Sunday talk shows – an unprecedented move by a president – to promote his health care plan.

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Cal governor’s race: first GOP forum

20 September 2009 |permalink | email article

Saturday’s Santa Clara forum found the three Republican candidates, Meg Whitman, Steve Poizner and Tom Campbell, appearing on stage for the first time. But the real news was a compelling question asked by a 22-year-old autistic man.

He had… read full story

Values and hypocrisy

19 September 2009 |permalink | email article

This weekend’s Values Voters Summit in Washington, sponsored by the Christian Conservative Family Research Council, has a two-fold purpose: derail President Obama’s health care reform effort, and showcase some of the major possible contenders for the Republican nomination in… read full story

Racism and Obama

18 September 2009 |permalink | email article

The White House, aware of the third rail in American politics, presses hard to dampen repeated charges by former President Carter that racism is an important issue for President Obama in trying to lead the country because he happens… read full story

Jerry Brown, too cute by half

17 September 2009 |permalink | email article

Democrat Jerry Brown, an ultimate political animal, has been elected to more major offices than probably candidate in California history despite three failed bids for president and an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate. He’s been California Secretary of… read full story

Can Clinton bail out Newsom?

16 September 2009 |permalink | email article

Reopening a wound dating back to the bitter 1992 Democratic primary campaign former Presidential Bill Clinton said he will raise money and campaign for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in his flagging battle against Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown for… read full story

A must-win war?

15 September 2009 |permalink | email article

Three conservative musketeers, Lindsey Graham, Joseph Lieberman and John McCain, acknowledge in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that an increasing number of Americans now question whether we should have troops in Afghanistan and whether the eight-year war there is… read full story

Afghan war debate intensifies

14 September 2009 |permalink | email article

History matters. The last armored troop carriers rumbled into Uzbekistan on their way home to the USSR on Feb.16, 1989 nine years and 50 days after Soviet troops intervened to support a coup by a Marxist ally, Lt. Gen.… read full story

Obama to CBS: “I own it.”

13 September 2009 |permalink | email article

In a “Sixty Minutes” interview to air tonight President Obama squarely addresses the health care overhaul by saying that he has no interest in passing a bill that fails, that doesn’t work.

“I intend to be president for a… read full story

Dowd, Noonan diss Obama

11 September 2009 |permalink | email article

Columns by two gifted political writers – liberal Maureen Dowd in the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal’s conservative Peggy Noonan – hammered the President before his major speech on health-care reform, but in starkly different terms.

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Obama regains his groove

10 September 2009 |permalink | email article

After a summer of orchestrated town hall meetings in which angry voters abetted by the Republican right threatened to topple his top domestic priority, the President reset the health care debate in a bold and feisty address to Congress… read full story

Stand and deliver

09 September 2009 |permalink | email article

President Obama’s 30-minute health care speech tonight in the House chamber will contrast with FDR’s fierce determination in the 1930s to achieve major legislative reforms regardless of bitter Republican opposition. It is a different time and place but a… read full story

Obama: compromise or dissent

08 September 2009 |permalink | email article

The question asked in advance of President Obama’s address to Congress on health care reform tomorrow is whether he is willing to compromise on the public insurance option in his package as a concession to get bipartisan support from… read full story

Arnold: firefighting budget fumble

07 September 2009 |permalink | email article

THE Los Angeles Times noted one political lesson that emerged from the fires that exploded across Southern California last week – that firefighters “are still among the most venerated among us…and by politicians who crave their embrace.”

What’s troubling… read full story

Dr. Andrew Weil on health care

06 September 2009 |permalink | email article

AS Obama prepares to address Congress on Wednesday the noted physician-nutritionist has offered a blunt critique in Huffington Post. Besides giving the President cause to ponder, as the New York Times’ Charles Blow wrote, he needs to speak with… read full story

Obama: poisoning kids?

04 September 2009 |permalink | email article

THE President will deliver a live speech to public school students on Tuesday in which he will urge them to work hard and stay in school. While a sensible way to kick off the academic year it has infuriated… read full story

California: lacklustre governor’s race?

03 September 2009 |permalink | email article

FORMER Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Westly told The Sacramento Bee that he’s not running for the office again next year and instead will be “dedicated to being the best father I can be.” He left the door open for… read full story

Obama: healthcare restart

02 September 2009 |permalink | email article

AFTER losing a punishing August the President, pummeled by both the left and right for being too vague about his demands for a new health-care law will, according to several sources, spell out his overall requirements and start selling… read full story

Dick Cheney, master of delusion

01 September 2009 |permalink | email article

THE former vice president is angry. In the wake of 9/11 he fanatically continues to defend CIA methods on detainees, and supports officers who strayed outside Justice Department rules to use unauthorized interrogation techniques in violation of the Geneva… read full story

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