Politics

October 24, 2007

Rising Tide
12:00 AM

Is global capitalism making the poor even poorer, or is it in fact rescuing millions of people out of their misery?   I recently had the chance to participate in a series of debates here about this issue organized by Foreign Policy magazine and Letras Libres, a Mexican cultural publication. Nothing I heard at that meeting changed my conviction that the glass is half-full despite the doomsayers who predict horrific calamities.  Ever since the Industrial Revolution, poverty has been significantly reduced throughout the world.

October 23, 2007

Obama Hits Clinton Over Support For Kyl-lieberman
12:00 AM

Obama Takes Aim [Jim Rutenberg, New York Times]: "Senator Obama's campaign shared with reporters this morning this mailing it sent out highlighting his early opposition to the Iraq war 'when others went along' with the Bush war plan. But, in the latest wrinkle in the fight between the two Democratic candidates, the mailing also pointedly notes that, 'while other Democrats voted for the Kyl-Lieberman Amendment, Barack Obama opposed another Bush foreign policy fiasco.'" Electable, but Why?

Primary Schedule Battle: States, Gop Go To War
12:00 AM

Party Discipline: [Steven Ohlenmacher, AP]: "Republican Party leaders on Monday recommended punishing five states for shifting their nomination contests earlier, moving to strip New Hampshire, Florida, South Carolina, Michigan and Wyoming of half their delegates."   So What?: [John Distasto, New Hampshire Union Leader]: "[New Hampshire] State Republican Chairman Fergus Cullen yesterday shrugged off a national GOP panel's decision to withhold half the state party's delegates to the Republican national convention next summer."   Not Dead Yet: [Dan Morain and Joe Mathews, Los Angeles Times]: "Vet

Forget Turkey
12:00 AM

Now playing on Capitol Hill: a political drama over whether Turkey deserves denunciation for its mass deportation and murder of Armenians starting in 1915, otherwise known as genocide. Initiated by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, this symbolic vote has sparked more than symbolic anger from at the White House--and from the Turkish government itself. The Bush administration insists that now is the not the time to be offending Turkey, which borders Iraq and provides the United States with key access routes in its war on terror. Then there are ordinary people like my sister.

A Note About The Redesign
12:00 AM

Hello, and welcome to the new iteration of TNR.com. Thanks so much for dropping by.  Hopefully, you’ll find the new place faster and easier to navigate. We like it, since it helps us better trumpet all the pieces and posts that we publish. The biggest change that you'll see is on our homepage. We're using more photography and illustrations at the top of the page and featuring the latest posts from our roster of blogs on the top right.

Mitt in a Box
12:00 AM

Let's say it unequivocally: Mitt Romney's Mormon faith should not be an issue in this presidential campaign. Period. And then let us explore why the Mormon "issue" may be unavoidable--and what Romney and the rest of us should do about it. Romney's biggest problem is that he is running in a Republican Party that has been saturated by religion in recent years.

Mitt in a Box
12:00 AM

Let's say it unequivocally: Mitt Romney's Mormon faith should not be an issue in this presidential campaign. Period. And then let us explore why the Mormon "issue" may be unavoidable--and what Romney and the rest of us should do about it. Romney's biggest problem is that he is running in a Republican Party that has been saturated by religion in recent years.

October 22, 2007

Lessons From "jesus' Son"
12:00 AM

Frank Rich's column yesterday begins and ends with a suicide. The first is that of Charles D. Riecher, the Air Force's second-highest procurement officer, who killed himself two weeks after a Washington Post expose; the last that of Col.

China's Foreign Policy
12:00 AM

A Reuters report tells us the Burma dictatorship lifted its curfew and otherwise began relaxing its grip on Saturday. This will be taken -- and is -- at least partially a victory for Chinese foreign policy and for the indifference of the Communist leadership to who suffers under the rule of their trading partners.

Today's News Of The Weird
12:00 AM

. . . comes via CIA-agent-turned-blogger Larry Johnson, who's flacking Valerie Plame's new book and reveals this tidbit from it: In 2004 the FBI received intelligence that Al Qaeda hit teams were enroute to the United States to kill *** Cheney, Karl Rove, and Valerie Plame. The FBI informed Valerie of this threat.

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