Politics

August 01, 2008

Bitter, Party Of Two
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No sooner had Lanny J. Davis published a long op-ed in yesterday's Wall Street Journal instructing Barack Obama as to why he "should pick Hillary" as his vice presidential running mate that today's New York Times ran a short piece by Michael Falcone reporting that the "campaign for Clinton ends." And as it has ended though,  I shall point out, there are already post-scripts.Lanny and I are friends, you know, Washington friends, not close but slap-on-the-back cordial. He served as one of Bill Clinton's tribunes, doing p.r. during the mortifying impeachment proceedings.

Dictatorships And Afpakistandards
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Today the New York Times leads with a story about the culprits in a July 7 car bombing of the Indian embassy in Pakistan. According to intercepted communications, the attack was reportedly sanctioned and supported by factions of Pakistan’s military intelligence agency.

July 31, 2008

Repositioning Obama
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The president hasn't "abandoned the center"--but that won't stop critics from tarring him for it. Has Barack Obama shifted to the left since his election as president?

Meet The New Boss, Dissimilar To The Old Boss
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WASHINGTON--It was a little-noticed episode during Barack Obama's boffo foreign trip, but it was the moment most relevant to the American presidential campaign.On the final stop of his trip last Saturday, Obama dropped in on British Prime Minister Gordon Brown during the PM's most stressful weekend since he replaced Tony Blair a year ago.Just two days earlier, Brown's Labor Party had lost a special election in one of its safest seats, a working-class bastion in Glasgow.

The Post-Rove Guru
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Sergeant Schmidt. The Artillery Shell.

Catching Karadzic
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"I have been born to live without a grave, this human body will never die, it was not born just to smell flowers but also to set aflame, kill, and reduce to dust."<?xml:namespace prefix = o />Thus spoke the youthful Radovan Karadžic, the poet and psychiatrist who, as the leader of the Bosnian Serbs in the early 1990s, became the chief architect of their "ethnic cleansing" policy. His extreme version of Serbian nationalism justified the mass expulsion of civilian populations and the murder of over 100,000 people.

Bad News For Bolten And Miers
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A federal district judge has ordered Josh Bolten and Harriet Miers to comply with congressional subpoenas stemming from the investigation into U.S. attorney firings.

Back To The 2000 South Carolina Primary?
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Tom Edsall helpfully recalls McCain's most famous attack ad--against George W. Bush in the 2000 South Carolina primary: On February 1 that year, McCain emerged as the 19-point victor in the New Hampshire primary, well-positioned to put a dagger through George W. Bush's heart in the South Carolina primary - the contest Bush was banking on to stem his hemorrhage.

Hollywood's Walk Of Shame
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  I had sort of assumed that, fast and furious as they come, celebrity opinions on matters of state would be confined to a succinct, well-crafted endorsement. Three sentences, delivered amiably--perhaps vetted with the campaign in question--and certainly not descending to the pettiness or mischaracterizations to which enough regular pundits subject the public. But this week, an improbable duo has proven me wrong. First, Jon Voight penned an incredible rant in the Washington Times, which reads as follows: Sen.

July 30, 2008

A Heavier Cross To Bear
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Virginia Governor Tim Kaine and Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius reportedly sit on top of Barack Obama's vice presidential short list. In late June, Barack Obama called Sebelius "as talented a public official as there is right now," and just two days ago, Politico reported that Kaine was "very, very high" up in considerations for v.p. What binds these two--aside from being effective Democratic governors of red (or reddish) states--is that they're both Roman Catholic.

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