Cheney: over the edge

31 December 2009 |permalink | email article

Disordered is now the appropriate adjective to describe the mental condition of former Vice President Dick Cheney after he described President Obama as “trying to pretend we are not at war” with terrorists.

As if that was not insulting… read full story

Big Zero fades to black

30 December 2009 |permalink | email article

“Even now, it’s hard to get Democrats, President Obama included, to deliver a full-throated critique of the practices that got us into the mess we’re in. And as for the Republicans: now that their policies on tax cuts and… read full story

Flight 253 changes everything

29 December 2009 |permalink | email article

THE health care debate has portrayed President Obama, much to dismay of his party’s left wing, as someone who plays by Washington’s rules. He has come under fire for escalating the war and sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan… read full story

Much ado about little

28 December 2009 |permalink | email article

LAST week’s House defection by Parker Griffith, R-Ala., to the party opposite because he’s unhappy with the liberal policies of both President Obama and the Democrats is really no surprise.

Griffith, 67, a radiation oncologist in real life… read full story

The night before Christmas

23 December 2009 |permalink | email article

THE final vote on passage of the Senate health care bill is scheduled for sometime on Christmas Eve, possibly as late as 10 p.m. (EST). Don’t look for a gift exchange.
 
Meanwhile, the White House… read full story

Paul Krugman: dismayed progressives

22 December 2009 |permalink | email article

THE Nobel Prize economist and New York Times columnist ponders on his blog about the fact that so many progressives are “deeply dismayed” about the shortcomings of the Senate health-care bill while suggesting that the reform will get much… read full story

Health care: party over country?

21 December 2009 |permalink | email article

Thirty million people lacking health care may come closer to getting coverage under a deal announced by Senate Democrats.

The Democrats scrapped the idea of a government-run public insurance plan,  insurance, dear to liberals, and replaced it with a… read full story

Stuart Spencer: Republicans’ war within

20 December 2009 |permalink | email article

THE recent unsuccessful effort in Orange County to recall a California Republican lawmaker is yet another micro example of efforts by hardcore conservative activists to obstruct the legislative process now on display by the “Party of No” in Congress.… read full story

Tom Campbell: campaign recalls 1998

18 December 2009 |permalink | email article

The 2010 California governor’s race among the Republican candidates heats up with billionaire former eBay CEO Meg Whitman with a big lead over former South Bay Rep. Tom Campbell and state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner.

The Public Policy… read full story

Sarah hits Arnold

17 December 2009 |permalink | email article

STUNG by California Gov. Schwarzenegger’s brusque dismissal of her views on global warning former Alaska Gov. Palin predictably used Facebook to blame his environmental policies for the Golden State’s economic woes.

She questioned why the governor is pushing for… read full story

Arnold and Sarah

16 December 2009 |permalink | email article

THE California governor spoke in Copenhagen yesterday about combating global warming. But the real news was that he took some direct shots at former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s skepticism about the subject.

“You have to ask: what was she… read full story

Lieberman: flip-flop man

15 December 2009 |permalink | email article

THREE months ago, in an interview with the Connecticut Post, Sen. Joseph Lieberman specifically endorsed expanding Medicare to those as young as 65. The buy-in was something he talked about as Al Gore’s vice presidential running mate in 2000,… read full story

California politics 2010

14 December 2009 |permalink | email article

John Perez, 40, the unanimous choice of the Democratic majority to be next Speaker of the California Assembly, said that increasing taxes should be considered as part of the solution to the state’s $20 billion-budget shortfall.

While declining to… read full story

Obama, Big Banks, Wall Street

13 December 2009 |permalink | email article

THE President meets with some of the nation’s biggest banks Monday to try to get them to lend more to small businesses and consumers, an issue ABC’s “This Weeks” departing host George Stephanopoulos raised with senior White House economic… read full story

The Nobel speech

11 December 2009 |permalink | email article

Dick Cheney will never say a positive thing about Barack Obama, calling him a virtual traitor who gives aid and comfort to terrorists and downgrades American exceptionalism. Switch reels.

One interesting part of the President’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance… read full story

After Europe

10 December 2009 |permalink | email article

President Obama will appear Sunday on “60 Minutes” to give what CBS calls his first extensive interview since announcing troop buildup in Afghanistan. He’ll discuss plans for Afghanistan and Pakistan, the economy and job creation. He’ll also react to… read full story

Karzai: 15 more years?

09 December 2009 |permalink | email article

Americans will be pleased to learn that the nation’s top diplomat and the top military commander in Afghanistan have buried their rift about the Afghan war, and now fully support President Obama’s decision to send 30,000 more troops to… read full story

McChrystal vs. Congress

08 December 2009 |permalink | email article

Washington’s most riveting event this week will be the appearance of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, before Congress. His presence begs the question as framed by Politico: Who’s really in charge here, the generals or President… read full story

McCain in Dreamland

07 December 2009 |permalink | email article

The Vietnam War hero is showing increased signs of losing it. First, while upset about a fixed deadline for the start of a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan he’s outright militant in his insistence that there’s no substitute for victory… read full story

Obama, Afghan war on terrorists

06 December 2009 |permalink | email article

A USA/Gallup poll suggests that Americans are split about whether President Obama’s military strategy will succeed in Afghanistan – 48% say the U.S. is certain or likely to achieve its goals in the war, while 45% disagree. A compelling… read full story

Jobs imperative now

04 December 2009 |permalink | email article

ONE of the first promises made by Barack Obama when he became president was to focus on the unemployment issue, still below the post-World War II peak of 10.8 percent of late 1982 but, as the Washington Post noted… read full story

What is victory?

03 December 2009 |permalink | email article

On his PBS television show last month Bill Moyers played clips from the Lyndon B. Johnson tapes. He drew correlations between the factors facing President Johnson in his decision to send more troops to Vietnam, and President Obama’s conundrum… read full story

Afghan war: history defies success

02 December 2009 |permalink | email article

President Obama’s speech at West Point, justifying the need for 30,000 more American troops in Afghanistan, was serious and sober, but lacking the campaign poetry to which the nation has been accustomed. Vowing to start bringing U.S. forces home… read full story

Obama is all in

01 December 2009 |permalink | email article

The President has confirmed that he will send 30,000 more American troops to Afghanistan. There’s an ironic twist to the announcement since in the campaign he said that “we took our eye off Afghanistan and fought the wrong war… read full story

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