Afghanistan: Obama’s Rubik’s Cube

30 November 2009 |permalink | email article

After a protracted debate the President will address a politically asymmetrical nation at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point tomorrow night. The expectation is that over 30,000 more troops will be committed, with answers that a skeptical public… read full story

Decisions at 1600 Pennsylvania

29 November 2009 |permalink | email article

George Packer’s recent online post in The New Yorker is relevant for what he has to say about the return of conservatives from the dead, but of more importance is his take on President Obama as a deliberator who… read full story

Slandering the President

28 November 2009 |permalink | email article

Last week’s issue of the Jesuit magazine America contained a troubling essay on defamation by innuendo which opens with Glenn Beck ending his Oct. 29 program on Fox TV with the words of Thomas Jefferson: “All tyranny needs to… read full story

House Democrats dissent on troop surge

27 November 2009 |permalink | email article

President Obama will disclose his new war strategy on Afghanistan in a speech Tuesday evening to cadets at West Point, but the reception is likely to be caustic among powerful Democrats on Capitol Hill who oppose the troop buildup… read full story

Thanksgiving 2009

26 November 2009 |permalink | email article

This is a day full of family remembrances, of giving thanks for plenty and sharing in the original spirit of the holiday. But the annual ritual of a presidential pardon for a turkey fails to make a fundamental point.… read full story

WashPo shuts last U.S. bureaus

25 November 2009 |permalink | email article

The Washington Post, in yet another sign of major newspaper retrenchment, announced that it will close its last three remaining national bureaus as a cost-cutting move. Reporters in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago will be offered the opportunity… read full story

2010 Cal governor’s race

24 November 2009 |permalink | email article

Aping Sarah Palin former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, the leading candidate for the Republican nomination, is preparing to release a book in late January to beef up her well documented business resume, “The Power of Many,” just as the… read full story

NFL: L.A. return advances

23 November 2009 |permalink | email article

Billionaire developer Ed Roski’s proposal to build an innovative new $800-million NFL stadium for the 2013 season on 600-acre property of undeveloped property his real estate company owns in the City of Industry between two freeways has caught the… read full story

Let the debate begin

22 November 2009 |permalink | email article

Summoning the spirit of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Democrats on Saturday night, in a rare example of muscle-flexing, shoved historic health care legislation past a key Senate hurdle despite the bitter opposition of Republicans intent on dealing a major… read full story

California governor’s race

20 November 2009 |permalink | email article

The 2010 general election is a year away but a new Rasmussen Reports poll finds former governor and still-undeclared Democratic contender Jerry Brown, and Republican gubernatorial hopeful Meg Whitman in a 41 percent tie. The results show Whitman, the… read full story

What about Todd Palin?

19 November 2009 |permalink | email article

Since abruptly quitting his job as a production operator for oil field giant BP PLC on Alaska’s North Slope in mid-September the First Dude has vanished from media sight even as resigned Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin begins cashing in… read full story

Polling California, 2010, Palin

18 November 2009 |permalink | email article

It was no surprise that a Los Angeles Times/USC poll revealed last week a continued political rift exists between the east and west parts of the Golden State. It has long been known about the staggering divide that distinguishes… read full story

Obama rebuts Afghan criticism

17 November 2009 |permalink | email article

The press corps is upset because President Obama is taking too long on his maiden Far East trip to reveal his decision about a course of action in Afghanistan. Jennifer Loven of the Associated Press asked what piece of… read full story

Palin: cheerleader or joke?

16 November 2009 |permalink | email article

The resigned Alaska governor’s new book, “Going Rogue,” is officially being released today, kicked off with a widely ballyhooed interview with Oprah Winfrey and media-like circus as she attempts to restart her political career.

While associates and Republicans close… read full story

American justice returns, paranoia rises

15 November 2009 |permalink | email article

The announcement by Atty. General Eric Holder that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-described mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, and four others accused in the plot, will face American justice in an American court runs counter to former President… read full story

U.S. Afghan plan unclear

13 November 2009 |permalink | email article

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters aboard Air Force One late yesterday en route to Asia the President Obama’s strategy will include a plan for “how we’re going to get our folks out” after a secure environment… read full story

Arnold: drill, baby, drill?

12 November 2009 |permalink | email article

The California governor told the Fresno Bee editorial board that the state’s current fiscal year’s budget is $5 billion to $7 billion in the red, on top of a 7.4-billion deficit projected for the fiscal year that begins in… read full story

Jerry Brown: the tapegate fuss

11 November 2009 |permalink | email article

The California state attorney general’s office has closed its inquiry into the unauthorized tape recording of Brown and some staff members’ conversations with reporters, saying the tapings were done by a rogue lieutenant who quit after his actions were… read full story

GOP Senate Race: Next NY-23?

10 November 2009 |permalink | email article

A bizarre California replay of the Republican special election in New York’s 23rd District last month which ended up badly for the party and elected a Democrat, has ignited the 2010 primary race for the seat of veteran liberal… read full story

Palin’s “death panels” obsession

09 November 2009 |permalink | email article

On Friday night the resigned Alaska governor rallied thousands of abortion opponents at a fund-raiser in Wisconsin with a stark warning - the same philosophy that allows abortion rights could at some point allow the government to cut off… read full story

Obama’s urgent challenge: jobs now

08 November 2009 |permalink | email article

The President inherited several messes from George Bush, not the least of which has been the war in Afghanistan and, closer to home, what he termed in October 2008 during a Toledo campaign speech ”an immediate economic crisis.”

While… read full story

Tea partiers storm Capitol Hill

06 November 2009 |permalink | email article

As Politico noted “the Tea Party holds no seats in Congress.” But several thousand of the virulent, all white faithful showed up just steps from where Barack Obama took the oath of office to rally against a Democratic-written health… read full story

GOP big-money politics

05 November 2009 |permalink | email article

IT just fascinates me the way in which very rich Republican candidates play the political game.

First, there’s billionaire Michael Bloomberg who just won a third term as New York mayor this week. A Republican until 2007 when he… read full story

GOP sweeps gov races, Palin loses

04 November 2009 |permalink | email article

Republican gubernatorial candidates scored major wins in Virginia and New Jersey Tuesday night. Former Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell and New Jersey prosecutor Chris Christie claimed the governor’s offices in both states.

Exit polls in both states showed a… read full story

Right-wing hyperbole soars

03 November 2009 |permalink | email article

THE newest lunatic fringe attacks on Democratic-led efforts at health care reform now link it with 9/11 attacks on American soil. Predictably, Fox News host Glenn Beck in his Monday broadcast praised grass roots organizers and tea-party protesters for… read full story

Boehner: health care not for all

02 November 2009 |permalink | email article

NOW Americans have the most revealing comment yet from a national Republican leader as to why the “Party of No” opposes serious health-care reform.

The answer came Sunday from Rep. John Boehner on CNN’s “State of the Union” when… read full story

The Obama’s Marriage

01 November 2009 |permalink | email article

Jodi Kantor’s piece in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine is a read. An excerpt:

“IN THE ANNALS of presidential coupledom, the Obamas more than slightly resemble the Clintons: a pair of Ivy League-trained lawyers, the self-made son of an… read full story

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