Cornel West and Barack Obama: Prophet and President

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Walter Moss: What West fails to fully recognize is that Obama by necessity is a politician, not a prophet.

The Romney Chronicles: Partying Like It’s 1865

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Suckle the masses on the belief that having a choice of one hundred pair of Nike shoes is democracy and you’ll have them for a penny or a trashy reality show.

‘Always the Opposite of Obama’: One Tricky Platform

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Tina Dupuy: If Barack Obama had been the Democratic president who said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” Republicans would call it capitulation. “Obama surrenders to America’s enemies!”

Unlike Mitt Romney, Most Americans Want to Cut Military Spending

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Lawrence Wittner: In the context of severe budget cutting by Congress, popular domestic social programs are being sacrificed to support the U.S. military budget — so much so that it currently consumes more than half of the U.S. government’s discretionary spending.

Remembering Alex Okrent

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Unai MOntes-Irueste: Alex Okrent was the awesome embodiment of the words that made Barack Obama famous in 2004.

New Israeli Deputy PM Undercuts Strategy of Pressure on Obama

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Gareth Porter: Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz has undercut the Benjamin Netanyahu government’s carefully planned strategy to get U.S. President Barack Obama to threaten war against Iran if it doesn’t give up its nuclear programme.

The GOP’s Tired, Poor, Huddled Masses

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Sikivu Hutchinson: The contrast between the immigrant trajectory of seized opportunity (and earned citizenship) versus the resident black population’s essential otherness, is a subtext of the GOP’s anti-government platform.

Relax, ‘Mitt,’ Just Be Yourself

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Tina Dupuy: Mitt Romney’s off-the-cuff comments are starting to seem like Barack Obama’s bowling: Not good. Kind of spectacularly bad. Kitsch on a kind day.

People Respond to Conviction

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Dick Price: Obama showed conviction with his stances on marriage equality and justice for DREAMers — and that has paid off. We can only pray for more of the same

Welcome to the New Normal America

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Joseph Palermo: Wall Street banks should be pouring money into Obama’s reelection since he’s been so good to them, and the neocons should be rejoicing in his establishing precedent for more unchecked executive power.

How Democrats Exploit Occupy

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Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: The 99% Spring is the latest effort by those close to the Democrats to take advantage of Occupy, but the results were less than spectacular.

Corporate Raider Not a Good Model for Public Service

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ou can’t run government like a business anymore than you can run business like a government. GOP presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney, burned corporations to the ground then made millions selling off the charcoal. This private sector experience is being touted as his qualification to be president. This expertise of bankaneering—corporate raiding—is so sexy to Republicans they [...]

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Carl Matthes: Obama kicked public awareness/acceptance of marriage equality into high gear. The covers of the nation’s major magazines competed for which could best portray Obama’s historic announcement.

Memorial Day Thoughts on National Defense

President Barack Obama greets veterans before the Carrier Classic basketball game between the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and Michigan State Spartans on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson, docked at North Island Naval Station in San Diego, Calif., Nov. 11, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Robert Reich: We spend billions on Cold War weapons systems like nuclear attack submarines, aircraft carriers, and manned combat fighters that pump up the bottom lines of defense contractors but have nothing to do with 21st-century combat.

Can Obama Stop Casino Capitalism?

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Shamus Cooke: The banking oligarchy is so intertwined with the political and economic establishment that real regulatory change cannot happen until the system itself is transformed from below, by a powerful social movement. Pleading to politicians to fix so-called Casino Capitalism is increasingly naive.

U.S. Hard Line in Failed Iran Nuclear Talks Driven by Israel

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Gareth Porter: Iran nuclear talks with the United States and other members of the P5+1 group ended in fundamental disagreement over the position of the P5+1 offering no relief from sanctions against Iran.

The Age of Rove

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Tom Degan: The Grand Old Party is willing to destroy this country in order to obtain and retain power. They’ll stop at nothing in order to achieve those ends – even if there is nothing left for them to govern.

Republican Extremism: The Campaign from Hell

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Brent Budowksy: It is Republicans who deviate to extremism of politics and obstructionism for partisanship from historical norms of American political discourse and practice.

Black Ministers Follow Obama on Same-Sex Marriage Stance

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Rev. Irene Monroe: For African-American ministers, the liability of Obama losing his 2012 re-election bid is far greater than being publicly outed for not being in lockstep with their homophobic brethren.

The Dog That Didn’t Bark: Obama on JP Morgan

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Robert Reich: Obama can can take on Romney and the system that allows private-equity managers to continue to make huge profits at the expense of average Americans.

10 Most Read Articles — May 5 to 12

This week’s 10 most read articles leads off with David Love’s conjectures on the effect Condi Rice would have on the presidential race and Mitt’s changes in November were he to “balance” his ticket with Condolezza Rice.

Obama’s Evolving Position on Same-Sex Marriage Similar to Lincoln’s Evolution on Antislavery

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Like Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama has been “tardy.” Pushed by developments beyond his control, Obama’s public positions on marriage equality have continued to progress, though gradually.

Convincing Young Voters Obama Was the Change Candidate Obama Promised

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Anthony Samad: The President must tell more of what he’s done, where it becomes evidence that Candidate Obama went to work for the people once he became President Obama.

U.S. Treasury Claim of Iran-Al-Qaeda “Secret Deal” Is Discredited

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Gareth Porter: Treasury Department claims of a “secret deal” between Iran and Al-Qaeda, which had become a key argument by right-wing activists who support war against Iran, have been discredited by former intelligence officials

Obama’s and America’s Remarkable Evolution on Gay Rights

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Peter Dreier: Historians will no doubt view President Barack Obama’s announcement Wednesday favoring same-sex marriage as an equally historic statement, parallel to those of FDR on workers’ rights and LBJ on civil rights.

The Genius of Barack Obama: Why We Must Organize Independently to keep Hope of Change Alive

President Barack Obama with ABC's Robin Roberts making same-sex marriage announcement.

Mark Naison: Together, the President’s actions cemented my conviction that he was one of the most brilliant politicians I have seen in my lifetime, equaled only by Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan, and surpassing even his sometimes rival, sometimes ally Bill Clinton.

“I Think Same Sex Couples Should Be Able To Get Married…”

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Carl Matthes: “I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”

Cinco de Mayo, The Symbolic Latino Outreach Holiday

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Victoria DeFrancesco Soto: Romney is simply at odds with the majority of Latinos on the two most important issues to this electorate—the economy and immigration.

Haiti: Not Buying a Ticket for Obama’s Show

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Ezili Dantò: Obama will most likely win again because denial is easier than the hard reality of Obama’s betrayal of Main Street and championing of corporate welfare for Wall Street.

U.S.-Afghan Pact Won’t End War – Or Special Ops Night Raids

President Obama and President Hamid Karzai (Photo: Pete Souza)

Gareth Porter: The disparity between the reality of the agreement and the optics created by administration press briefings recalls Obama’s declarations in 2009 and 2010 on the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq.

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