Tag Archives: Barack Obama

“This report tells a story of which no American is proud”

Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, who has rarely uttered a word of demotic English in decades of public life, finds her tongue. To prove no replicant has replaced her, though, she shoehorns a qualifier: The CIA, she says, might have … Continue reading

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“I have to find doctors who will treat me out of charity.”

I hear about this a lot: When Angel Cardenas, a single mother with a modest income, was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago, she struggled to pay for her treatment, which ultimately involved a double mastectomy. Although Cardenas … Continue reading

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Ralph Nader and the collapse of the Democratic left

Every few weeks one of these gets commissioned and an editor publishes it: the sick soul of the Democratic Party gets exorcised from its suppurating host. Bill Curry’s piece has incoherences: traditional populists of both parties didn’t believe in raising … Continue reading

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Ten years gone…

Whaddya know — look who made his major broadcast debut ten years ago tonight: With a rallying cry from one of its bright young hopes, a roar from its old liberal lion and a loving endorsement from the candidate’s own … Continue reading

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Norm Ornstein: “”What flipped me over was the debt ceiling hostage-taking”

In 2012 Norm Ornstein co-wrote a book tracing how batshit the right wing has become in the last quarter century. Guess what — no Sunday morning talk shows wanted to host him or collaborator Thomas E. Mann. I can only … Continue reading

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“Leading a coalition into a mendacious and unnecessary war in 2003 is precisely why we have no prestige in 2014″

Jeffrey Frank on Barack Hussein Obama’s foreign policy: More than sixty-five years ago, in the early days of the Cold War, Walter Lippmann wrote a series of columns that took aim at the policy of global “containment”—the George Kennan formulation … Continue reading

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“Words can hardly describe this horrifying act of violence”

I’ve read grumbling at the usual joints that Barack Hussein Obama hasn’t followed John McCain’s advice and done what Ronald Reagan did when, well, any horror confronted the United States. Andrew Rudalevige saved me the trouble of making the analogy … Continue reading

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“Equal rights for gay people!”

Cool exchange, dude: Daniel Rugg Webb, a 32-year-old cashier at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, had been hearing the rumor all day on Thursday: President Obama was stopping by. He and his co-workers didn’t give much credence to the idea—that … Continue reading

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The optics of optics

This week’s GOP talking point, taken up by craven Democrats and those Texan and Hispanic ones who fear a political price, is that Barack Husein Obama needs to visit “the border.” Apart from dominating the news cycle exactly one evening, … Continue reading

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Democratic polling: income inequality does not register with the American public and risks accusations of class warfare.

Great. With this approach the Democrats will keep the White House in 2016: After making fighting income inequality an early focus of his second term, President Obama has largely abandoned talk of the subject this election year in a move … Continue reading

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“The U.S. has supposedly been “helping” Iraqis for the last 11 years in one way or another, and the results have been atrocious”

The Guardian compiles what it knows and has reported about the Islamic State in Iraq, the latest jihadist organization whose power has persuaded Bill Kristol and John McCain and Lindsey Graham that we better go to war, tonight if necessary. … Continue reading

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“I think that there is a general sense of apathy about Iraq”

Depressing: No one pressed for answers about how many U.S. weapons supplied to the Iraqi forces had ended up in insurgents’ hands as Iraqi forces shed their uniforms and fled their posts. Or what the fate will be of the … Continue reading

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