Politics

November 13, 2007

Stuck in the Middle
12:00 AM

WASHINGTON--Democrats in Congress are discovering what it's like to live in the worst of all possible worlds. They are condemned for selling out to President Bush, and for failing to make compromises aimed at getting things done.Democrats complain that this is unfair and, in some sense, it is. But who said that politics was fair?Over the short run, Democratic congressional leaders can count on little support from their party's presidential candidates, particularly Barack Obama and John Edwards.

Nlrc Injects Life Into Thompson Campaign
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New Life: [Stephanie Simon, Los Angeles Times]: "The political arm of the National Right to Life Committee is scheduled to endorse Thompson this morning."   Still Strong: [Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post]: "Aides to former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani worked yesterday to bat down the perception that his bid for the Republican presidential nomination had suffered after Friday's indictment of Bernard B. Kerik, his longtime ally and former business partner."   Overtime: [Christne Hauser, The New York Times]: "Mr.

November 12, 2007

Pak It In
12:00 AM

Last Monday, two days after Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency in Pakistan, I drove around Islamabad in search of Musharraf supporters. As police beat and arrested the president's political opponents, the country's elite was becoming increasingly restive, and even people on the street sounded annoyed. Shopkeepers complained about slow business,the government had shut down more than ten private TV channels, and cell service was spotty. Then I arrived at the Christian slum near my house, where I met a 28-year-old man named Javed.

Attack of the Lawyers!
12:00 AM

“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers,” shouts one of the leaders of a revolt of the rabble in Shakespeare. That must sound good to <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Pakistan’s president, General Pervez Musharraf, just about now. <?xml:namespace prefix = o />In Pakistan, the lawyers are the revolt. Even as the country’s political parties initially dithered, its bar took to the streets, protesting emergency rule by the country’s polished yet thuggish president.

Creative Destruction
12:00 AM

The best case against universal health care.

Inside Baseball Question
12:00 AM

Apologies if someone has already asked this, but do we think it annoys Team Thompson that good ol' Fred isn't included in the eight headshots of political big dogs that regularly appear at the top of ABC's The Note? (Specifically, it's Must Reads.) POTUS contenders Obama, McCain, Hillary, Romney, Rudy, and Edwards are all there, along with Speaker Pelosi and our lame-duck president. But no Fred.  I suppose the Thompson campaign could claim to be pleased about this, citing it as proof that they're not part of the political establishment.

November 10, 2007

The Hardest Part

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN The swarms of riot police who spent the day blocking the tree-lined street in front of Benazir Bhutto's house looked ready to battle an entire army of anti-government rioters. Standing stiff and covered with ribbed hard-plastic shells over their arms and legs, they also looked like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Looming around them were concrete barriers, numerous coils of razor wire, and an armored-personnel carrier parked in such a way to trap Bhutto in her house. School-bus-sized paddy-wagons, large enough to hold hundreds of people, waited nearby.

Pak It In
12:00 AM

Last Monday, two days after Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency in Pakistan, I drove around Islamabad in search of Musharraf supporters. As police beat and arrested the president's political opponents, the country's elite was becoming increasingly restive, and even people on the street sounded annoyed. Shopkeepers complained about slow business,the government had shut down more than ten private TV channels, and cell service was spotty. Then I arrived at the Christian slum near my house, where I met a 28-year-old man named Javed.

November 09, 2007

The Mark of Kaine
12:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Democratic surge that began in 2006 continued in elections around the country on Tuesday. But how the Democrats won provides a cautionary tale for the national party.     What you might call solutionism, not ideology, explained the Democratic victories. And an electorate in a decidedly bad temper did not always exempt Democrats from its ire.Republicans are still reeling from their party's ideological obsessions and the unpopularity of President Bush. That was most obvious in Virginia, a state once considered a GOP fortress.

Lieberman Criticizes Dems; Second Look At Huckabee
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Joltin' Joe [Kate Phillips, The New York Times]: "In remarks yesterday, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman criticized the Democratic presidential candidates for their adherence to the views of the 'politically paranoid, hyper-partisan' liberal base of the Democratic party, saying that allegiance could harm the eventual nominee’s chances of gaining entry to the White House."   They Like Mike [Stephanie Simon, Los Angeles Times]: "After months of dismissing Huckabee as a nice guy with no chance to win, Iowa's influential social conservatives are giving him a second look.

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