Tag Archives: Barack Obama

Of geniuses, mandarins, and institutionalists

Patrick McGilligan – Young Orson Simon Callow, Clinton Heylin, David Thomson, and the Welles-approved Barbara Leaming have covered this ground, but what distinguishes this SS-20 of a tome is the attention on George Orson’s origins. Raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin by … Continue reading

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Barack Obama: a legacy

The Barack Hussein Obama presidency has been more consequential than it looks, Michael Grunwald argues. Wading through the minutiae of the stimulus bill and Department of Energy regulations, Grunwald says the president’s domestic legacy will outlive him: What he’s done … Continue reading

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Obama’s modest proposals

Barack wept. He cited President George H.W. Bush, John McCain, the NRA itself. It could’ve been Ronald Reagan speaking in the voice of Charlton Heston and it wouldn’t have moved a corpuscle on Capitol Hill. Martin Longman, examining today’s proposals, … Continue reading

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An accord!

Well! This is good news. After four years of fraught U.N. talks often pitting the interests of rich nations against poor, imperiled island states against rising economic powerhouses, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius declared the pact adopted to the standing … Continue reading

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‘The lost illusions of American exceptionalism’

A couple days before Thanksgiving, remembering the mockery and hysteria with which the president’s sobriety before the forces of terrorist reaction has been greeted by the Beltway press, I thought it time to take stock. Charles Pierce: Shortly before his … Continue reading

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Public education and its discontents

The most insistent strain of neoliberalism in Barack Obama’s DNA is his commitment to charlatans in the educational testing system — the Michelle Rhees whose commitment to high scores doubles as a way to transform public schools into fiefdoms managed … Continue reading

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The Obama report card

My readers know that praise for Barack Hussein Obama comes rarely and is often modulated by several factors, not least of which is my scorn for political reporters to cite “accomplishments” as if they were rice cakes: calorie-free, without nutritive … Continue reading

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Autumn of the Patriarchs, Part II

As my grandmother quietly loses her mind, her thoughts turn to her girlhood. She can recite the street corners of every house in which she lived and its memories: of her and her brother for days watching from a slope … Continue reading

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DHS ‘monitoring’ #BlackLivesMatter movement

To quote a band I don’t much like, no alarms and no surprises: The Department of Homeland Security has been monitoring the Black Lives Matter movement since anti-police protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri last summer, according to hundreds of documents … Continue reading

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‘How a politician can chalk up wins against structural racism’

Yep: f you look at a typical presidential campaign site under a heading like “Issues,” you’ll see that there isn’t a bullet point that lists a candidate’s plans to attack the complicated issue of structural racism with specific steps. This … Continue reading

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Obama Unbound

It’s staggering to consider that no sitting American president has visited a federal penitentiary. And why should he? Republican want to burnish their tough-on-crime bonafides. Democrats have wanted those bonafides. That’s why I give Barack Hussein Obama credit for taking … Continue reading

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‘I bet the hardliners in both our countries are bleeding when we shake hands’

So the P5+1 and Iran have reached a deal on delaying Iran’s development of nuclear weapons for ten years. Before Bibi Netanyahu runs to John Bolton’s shoulder for a good cry, let’s make clear what the alternative could’ve been. Larison: … Continue reading

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