Obama on Iraq: Long-Term War Impact?

31 August 2010 |permalink | email article

The President speaks tonight about Iraq. With almost 50,000 troops still in the country he’ll trumpet “the end of combat operations” but steer clear of George Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” gaffe.

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Dream Speech: King, Beck & Landrieu

30 August 2010 |permalink | email article

Chris Wallace, host of “Fox News Sunday,” asked Glenn Beck some penetrating questions and got a few revealing answers in the wake of his infomercial rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.… read full story

Poll Questions; Glenn Beck as Clown

27 August 2010 |permalink | email article

A new poll by Rasmussen Reports shows Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, in a statistical tie with Democrat Jerry Brown in early August, has pulled ahead, and now leads the former governor by eight points.
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Boxer vs. Forina: “Robo Polls;” A Toss-Up?

26 August 2010 |permalink | email article

A Rasmussen Reports poll shows California Sen. Barbara Boxer and Republican challenger Carly Fiorina in a statistical tie in the Senate race. Rasmussen has now moved it from “leans Democratic” to toss-up.

Boxer leads Fiorina by 44 percent to… read full story

Suing Feds: Whitman Backpedals Again

25 August 2010 |permalink | email article

Just days after the Republican California gubernatorial candidate claimed that she would keep her promise, if elected, to join other states’ challenges to the new federal health care reform law, she appears to be backing away from the pledge.

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Mavericks: Turnabout is Fair Play

24 August 2010 |permalink | email article

Politics is a contact sport which demands orthodoxy. One tenet is liberals do not suddenly become conservatives, nor conservatives convert to liberalism. But there are occasions when well known politicians stray as a matter of conscience. Two mavericks, Republican… read full story

Cal Politics: Can GOP Topple Dems?

23 August 2010 |permalink | email article

Republicans are all fired up following their summer convention in San Diego, and confident they’ve put together a statewide slate that will dovetail with national momentum for a conservative sweep in November. It may be easier said than done… read full story

Obama and Anti-Muslim Hysteria

22 August 2010 |permalink | email article

The decision soon after President Obama went public to back plans for an Islamic center near ground zero in Lower Manhattan before the hotly contested midterm election might have been expected to trigger a huge Republican backlash but the… read full story

Whitman, Brown, Obama + Birthers

20 August 2010 |permalink | email article

The billionaire Republican gubernatorial nominee addresses the GOP state convention in San Diego tonight; flays her opponent, Democratic Attorney General Jerry Brown, but won’t hang around through the weekend to schmooze with delegates. Steve Poizner, her more conservative primary… read full story

Mosque Debate: Unnecessary Distraction

19 August 2010 |permalink | email article

First of all the fuss over the “Ground Zero Mosque” is a misnomer. It won’t be, as Hendrik Hertzberg observed in The New Yorker, at Ground Zero. It’ll be on Park Place, two blocks north of the World Trade… read full story

Fox News Becomes GOP Tool, Helps Meg

18 August 2010 |permalink | email article

THE network no longer need pretend that it is a “fair and balanced” news organization, or defend itself against accusations that it is an agent of the Republican Party. Home to conservative commentators Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Glenn… read full story

“Ground Zero Mosque” Surprises Dems

17 August 2010 |permalink | email article

As Talking Points Memo reported Monday night, Sharron Angle, the Tea Party Senate candidate in Nevada, pressed Harry Reid to pick a side. ”As the Majority Leader Harry Reid is usually President Obama’s mouthpiece in the Senate, and yet… read full story

Petraeus: State of the War

16 August 2010 |permalink | email article

David Gregory’s much promoted Sunday “Meet the Press” interview in Afghanistan with Gen. David Petraeus was aimed at shoring up American support for a 9-year unpopular war, with July its deadliest month. But the normally aggressive NBC host was… read full story

Tenacious Defense, Fast Trial Demand

15 August 2010 |permalink | email article

Rep Maxine Waters, Democrat of California, in a testy 90-minute Capitol Hill news conference on Friday contested ethics charges against her, most notably repeating that any appeals she made to Treasury officials in late 2008 were to get minority… read full story

Prop 8: A Judicial Sidebar

14 August 2010 |permalink | email article

The New Yorker (Aug. 16 & 23), has a fascinating tidbit about Vaughan Walker who as a lawyer in private practice once represented the U.S. Olympic Committee in a suit against the so-called Gay Olympics, and put a lien… read full story

Gay Marriage: GOP Leaders Avoid Ruling

13 August 2010 |permalink | email article

The odds now suggest that same-sex marriage is almost legal again in California. Eight days after ruling that Proposition 8 – a 2008 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage – was unconstitutional, a federal judge on Thursday denied a motion… read full story

Mid-Terms: Obama As Reagan

12 August 2010 |permalink | email article

Much has been made in the media that Ronald Reagan was far and away the most popular of any American president since World War II. But FAIR (Fairness and Accurate in Reporting) noted in March/April 1989 that in Gallup… read full story

Jobs, Jobs, + Rangel And More

11 August 2010 |permalink | email article

After the Senate broke an impasse the House gave lopsided approval Tuesday to a huge $26 billion jobs bill which President Obama quickly signed, underscoring the importance Democrats place on their commitment to protecting American jobs. Backers said it… read full story

Maxine Waters: Conflict of Interest Key Issue

10 August 2010 |permalink | email article

The ten-term Los Angeles Democratic congresswoman, the House ethics committee charged in documents released on Monday, violated House rules by the “dispensing of special favors” to executives of a struggling Massachusetts bank in which her husband was a former… read full story

Afghan War: Obama’s Curious Legacy

09 August 2010 |permalink | email article

Until the brutal massacre of a Christian aid team last Friday, including six American medical volunteers high in the mountains of northern Afghanistan, the naïve assumption in Washington and the West was the main problem in dealing with the… read full story

Kagan New Justice, Judicial Skills Irrelevant

06 August 2010 |permalink | email article

Senate confirmation makes Elena Kagan, 50, only the fourth woman in history to serve on the Supreme Court at a crucial time when that branch of government is growing more assertive in placing a conservative stamp on decisions under… read full story

Tom Brokaw Moderates Jerry-Meg Debate

05 August 2010 |permalink | email article

The two gubernatorial rivals have been jousting ever since they won their respective primaries in June over the thorny issue of debates. Brown has been pressing for ten, while Whitman, until very recently, agreed to just one before the… read full story

Sharron Angle, Fox News, Question Time

04 August 2010 |permalink | email article

If you credit Sarah Palin with inventing a new form of bizarre political speak guess again. Enter the former state senator and Republican nominee for the Nevada seat of Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. She’s unveiled a fresh… read full story

Tax Cut Rocks GOP Leadership

03 August 2010 |permalink | email article

There’s a small crack in the usually unified Republican leadership in Washington on big issues. On MSNBC Monday morning House Republican Whip Eric Cantor reiterated his support for Bush era tax cuts for all income brackets, notably high-income earners.

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Greenspan Checkmates GOP

02 August 2010 |permalink | email article

The former Federal Reserve Chairman will always be remembered as the culprit who championed deregulation during his long term. But in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday the leading defender of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of greed did… read full story

Michael Steele: Last Hurrah Nears

01 August 2010 |permalink | email article

Much is being made about the Republican National Committee’s “Election Countdown” Aug. 12-14 at the Beverly Wilshire in a heavily Democratic state. The confirmed guests include RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado and conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart.… read full story

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