Tag Archives: Barack Obama

‘Muscular economic populism’ and its discontents

Rick Perlstein, interviewed while promoting The Invisible Bridge, on the rightward turn of the Democratic Party: One of its roots was surprisingly enough the New Left’s turn away from New Deal politics and union politics. And it comes out of … Continue reading

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Eric Holder: the legacy

Eric Holder criticized the Supreme Court’s voting rights decision. He is working on reducing mandatory life sentences for certain offenders. He refused to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act and yesterday filed court papers challenging election laws in Wisconsin and … Continue reading

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‘Congress has utterly failed its constitutional responsibilities’

When you’ve lost the NYT, etc. There isn’t a full picture — because Mr. Obama has not provided one — of how this bombing campaign will degrade the extremist groups without unleashing unforeseen consequences in a violent and volatile region. … Continue reading

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‘Many of my colleagues say it was the worst vote they ever took’

No money — yet — is allocated in the House resolution that passed today, attached to a continuing resolution, calling for the arming and training of Syrian rebels; but airstrikes and internal foment is war by any other name: Fewer … Continue reading

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Obama ‘complicit in his own entrapment’

Propect ran a fair and largely excellent analysis of the president’s speech last night, much fairer than I thought he deserved, the gist of which is that the use of covert operations and drone strikes have cemented him into positions … Continue reading

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Let’s bust shit up, 2014 edition

Before the president’s speech explaining why their support in fighting IS matters more than the Congress’, Andrea Mitchell, not a person known for scabrous remarks, said on MSNBC’s special edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show” that the White House has … Continue reading

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‘“I don’t know of a single thing…that should not be public after ten years’

The author of The Looming Tower wrote a post for The New Yorker showing the degree to which the fetish for secrecy dominates American national security. The post addresses missing pages from the 2002 ““Finding, Discussion and Narrative Regarding Certain … Continue reading

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