Politics

August 11, 2008

More On The 'gang Of Ten'
12:00 AM

It looks like the "Gang of Ten" energy compromise that Josh mentioned last week—which would lift the moratorium on offshore drilling in four states in exchange for an array of clean-energy incentives (paid for by repealing a handful of tax breaks for oil companies)—is advancing fairly rapidly in the Senate. Um, in other words, yes, the Paris Hilton energy plan... Obama's cautiously praised the idea, McCain's holding back, and Rush Limbaugh's screaming at Republicans not to support it.

A One-term Pledge For Mccain?
12:00 AM

Check out how campaign manager Rick Davis handles the question from Fox's Chris Wallace: WALLACE: Is there any chance that Senator McCain will pledge to serve only one term as president and that there will be no politics in the White House? DAVIS: Well, first of all, if you know John McCain, you know there's not going to be much politics in the White House anyway. I mean, he doesn't grade any of his decisions either as a senator or in the future as president on what the political dynamic is.

The Putin Factor
12:00 AM

With Obama chilling in Hawaii this week, I suspect the McCain campaign sees a fine chance to be out front in the news in response to the Russia-Georgia conflict. I'm a little skeptical that this crisis will have a major impact on the campaign, however. My guess is that most Americans see this as an obscure regional dispute, not a portentious historical moment akin to the fall of the Berlin Wall, as Robert Kagan argues today.

August 08, 2008

Life Support?
12:00 AM

On an oppressively hot Saturday morning last month, a handful of pro-life activists gathered outside of a Starbucks in suburban Virginia to strategize about how to influence the Democratic Party’s national platform. The meeting quickly turned into a support group of sorts, as the members justified the seeming contradiction inherent in pro-life Democrats.

TNR's Darfur Archives
12:00 AM

Do Something, by The Editors, 7/12/04 Flex Time, by The Editors, 10/18/04The Current Khartoum Government, by Eric Reeves, 9/12/05Blind Spot: Liberalism and Darfur, by Richard Just, 11/4/05The Opportunity, by The Editors, 3/13/06Student Aid: Raising money to save Darfur, by Jason Zengerle, 3/27/06Again, by The Editors, 5/15/06An Imperialist Indifference, by Richard Just, 5/15/06A Very Long Engagement: Bush channels Neville Chamberlain, by Marisa Katz, 5/15/06 Next Casualty: The future of Darfur, by Eric Reeves, 5/15/06 The Trial, by Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, 5/15/06Words Fail: Genocide deniers, by A

Bush Wimps Out In China
12:00 AM

As Beijing gears up to host this year's Olympic Games, we asked Perry Link, professor emeritus of East Asian Studies at Princeton University, to give us his perspective on how China is responding to the challenge. He will be guest-blogging for us over the next few weeks:  Several reports say that President Bush will not speak publicly about human rights during his stay in Beijing. He will not visit a dissident or attend a non-state-controlled church. He will convey his views about freedom of belief and expression in private, to the leaders of the system that imposes the controls.

August 07, 2008

The TNR Q&A: Joey Cheek
12:00 AM

Just hours before Olympic gold medalist Joey Cheek was to depart for Beijing this week, the speed skater had his visa revoked. The official who called to notify him said China was "not required to give him a reason." Cheek’s opinion of the Chinese government is no secret. He is president and co-founder of Team Darfur, a coalition of Olympic athletes trying to bring attention to the Sudan crisis.

The TNR Q&A: Joey Cheek
12:00 AM

Just hours before Olympic gold medalist Joey Cheek was to depart for Beijing this week, the speed skater had his visa revoked. The official who called to notify him said China was "not required to give him a reason." Cheek’s opinion of the Chinese government is no secret. He is president and co-founder of Team Darfur, a coalition of Olympic athletes trying to bring attention to the Sudan crisis. China, which has strong economic and energy ties to the African country, has been a prime target of the campaign.

The TNR Q&A: Christian Lander
12:00 AM

Microsoft Word - Memo on Senator John McCain 408.doc Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } The website Stuff White People Like has inspired a new bestselling book, along with misgivings that its satire is ultimately toothless and flattering to its target Yuppie audience. Over sushi and an expensivevegetarian sandwich at a Washington, D.C., Whole Foods, author Christian Lander discussed his message, Barack Obama, indie rock, and the white quest for authenticity.

Speed Reading Suskind: War Games
12:00 AM

Pulitzer-prize winning political writer Ron Suskind's new book, The Way of the World, was released in stores today.

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