Democratic governor’s race implodes

31 October 2009 |permalink | email article

On Halloween eve the race for California’s gubernatorial nomination suddenly became very bizarre - no trick or treat intended.

First, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom pulled out of the race citing a young family and responsibilities at City Hall… read full story

Clinton to Pakistan: Get real

30 October 2009 |permalink | email article

Pushed around for two days about U.S. influence on Pakistan’s military, Hillary Clinton finally had enough and did every American a favor in a very undiplomatic response while meeting with newspaper editors about al Qaeda.

Asked why other counties… read full story

Obama’s real and awful choices

29 October 2009 |permalink | email article

The bombshell disclosure in The New York Times is that Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president and a suspected player in the country’s booming illegal opium trade has been getting regular payments from the Central Intelligence… read full story

Remembering Katrina

28 October 2009 |permalink | email article

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, the African-American journalist and winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for commentary who covered the 2008 presidential campaign, delivered this tough post on October 19th:

“President Obama’s brief display of drive-by compassion Thursday in… read full story

Palin: ideology trumps party

27 October 2009 |permalink | email article

The roguish decision by Sara Palin to back the Conservative Party candidate for the 23rd Congressional District in Upstate New York over the Republican candidate in the Nov. 3 special election for the seat vacated by Rep. John McHugh… read full story

George Will slams Cheney

26 October 2009 |permalink | email article

Dick Cheney still acts like a shadow vice president, barking out orders about a war strategy for Afghanistan and criticizing President Obama for “dithering” and not moving fast enough to “do what it takes to win.” Not so fast.

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Obama’s inept Fox campaign

25 October 2009 |permalink | email article

The White House could learn some valuable lessons from FDR’s administration in terms of media savvy relative to its feud with Fox News. As Los Angeles Times columnist Tim Rutten wrote Saturday, even though it is right on the… read full story

Palin says Rogue, left says Rouge

23 October 2009 |permalink | email article

November 17 is turning out to be a very big day in political publishing.

First, there’s Sarah Palin’s own ghost-assisted autobiography,” Going Rogue: An American Life,” which hits the shelves as she guests on Oprah Winfrey’s show, part of… read full story

Rudy Giuliani and Bernie Kerik

22 October 2009 |permalink | email article

What’s not surprising about the new Quinnipiac survey of the New York Governor’s race is that Andrew Cuomo continues to crush incumbent David Patterson in the Democratic primary. He beats Patterson 61 to 19 in the current survey. Nor… read full story

Obama: blowing off the Dalai Lama

21 October 2009 |permalink | email article

Is the president becoming too cautious and compromising in terms of foreign policy issues? White House strategists don’t seem concerned but maybe they should be.

Vaclav Havel, the former Czech president and playwright, recently asked a New York Times… read full story

LAPD: who will succeed Bratton?

20 October 2009 |permalink | email article

The Gnomes of Spring Street whisper that a decision is expected around the middle of November about who will be named to succeed Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton, stepping down from his post at the end of this… read full story

B41, O44 on civility, public service

19 October 2009 |permalink | email article

Hurly-burly has been an endemic aspect of American politics since the founding of the Republic.

But since the election of Barack Obama as the first African American president last year the noun has taken on a far more… read full story

Afghan war: no easy way out

18 October 2009 |permalink | email article

A key article in the New York Times Sunday Magazine on Gen. Stanley McChrystal presents Barack Obama with more insight prior to a momentous foreign-policy decision of his presidency – escalate or fail – both in terms of saving… read full story

New L.A. Stadium, NFL Return?

16 October 2009 |permalink | email article

AFTER the 1994 season when the Rams and the Raiders left Southern California, several developers brought forward grand plans to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles. Since then proposed stadiums sites at the L.A.Memorial Coliseum, Anaheim, Pasadena’s Rose… read full story

Should Joe Biden Resign?

15 October 2009 |permalink | email article

THE Vice President is on the cover of the latest Newsweek as the chief White House skeptic on a major escalation of the eight year war in Afghanistan, specifically arguing against Gen. McChrystal’s request for 40,000 more troops (or… read full story

Dick Cheney: burnt out case

14 October 2009 |permalink | email article

THE former Vice President’s self proclaimed role as centurion at the gate to protect America’s security from the “radical” foreign policy of the Obama administration is pathetic and yesterday’s news. I mean, it’s hard to chew gum and stand… read full story

Obama’s Afghan impatience

13 October 2009 |permalink | email article

THE tense debate over whether to send more troops to Afghanistan has until now all but been obscured by an equally important question: have the goals set by President Obama to fight the country’s corruption, create a functioning government… read full story

Afghan war: avoiding another fiasco

12 October 2009 |permalink | email article

THOSE hoping for more insight about the stark choices facing President Obama on Afghanistan received none when senators Carl Levin and Lindsey Graham, with retired generals Richard Myers and Barry McCaffrey (a paid NBC analyst), appeared on “Meet the… read full story

Nobel Prize: Obama’s big challenges

11 October 2009 |permalink | email article

The 2009 award was met with no shortage of opinion around the world. The Nobel Committee chairman said “the question we have to ask is who has done the most in the previous year to enhance to enhance peace…And… read full story

Afghan war: book battle rages

09 October 2009 |permalink | email article

As President Obama’s national security team continues to reframe its war strategy by emphasizing the campaign against Al Qaeda in Pakistan while suggesting that the Taliban is not a direct threat to the U.S. another debate escalates.

It’s a… read full story

Meg Whitman: voting amnesia?

08 October 2009 |permalink | email article

The billionaire former eBay CEO and early front runner for the 2010 Republican gubernatorial nomination has been criticized in the media as long having a spotty voting record going back 28 years. Now she’s aggressively pushing back with claims… read full story

Obama’s jobs creation crisis

07 October 2009 |permalink | email article

In a recent interview with John Harwood of the New York Times President Obama dismissed the idea of an additional stimulus package, suggesting that economy had likely turned the corner and that “jobs tend to be a lagging indicator.”… read full story

Peggy Noonan: ranters left and right

06 October 2009 |permalink | email article

THE gifted conservative columnist has decried the loss of so many Elders of journalism recently, including Walter Cronkite, Bob Novak, Don Hewitt and Bill Safire. She defines the Elders as setting the standards, handing down the lore and being… read full story

Afghan war: top generals disagree

05 October 2009 |permalink | email article

James Jones, the White House National Security Adviser on Sunday when eight Americans were killed in a dramatic daylight strike by insurgents, rebuked assertions that the U.S. needs more troops in violence-torn Afghanistan.

Interviewed on CNN’s “State of… read full story

Obama: all politics is not Chicago

04 October 2009 |permalink | email article

Two weeks before subsuming the national interest in making the risky, last minute political decision to be the first U.S. president to lobby the Olympic committee in person and select Chicago in 2016 Barack Obama said he was too… read full story

Lindsey Graham slams ‘crazies’ on right

02 October 2009 |permalink | email article

Speaking yesterday before Washington’s elite power players and opinion-makers, the conservative South Carolina Republican offered some refreshing assessments about the radical elements of his party and conservative media.

He told The Atlantic’s First Draft of History conference that… read full story

The President and Polanski

01 October 2009 |permalink | email article

A daily dose of Variety, tagged Wilshire and Washington, examines the relationship between entertainment and politics. It noted that the Roman Polanski arrest is not the kind of issue the White House would want to touch with a ten… read full story

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