Election 2008: Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics

This Democratic victory should be seen primarily as a rejection of the sectarian conservatism of the George W. Bush Administration. There is certainly a mandate to reimpose sensible regulation on the economy, to do something (exactly what is not so clear) about a failing health care system, and to find a way out of Iraq. […]

Can You Feel It?

David Sirota’s prescient new book, The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington is coming to life and we’re in it! It’s been a terrifying and illuminating few weeks living amidst the fury of millions of Americans from left, right and center. Many of us are accusing our elected […]

Welcome To Next Great Depression

Buddy, can you spare a Prozac? Oh, wait. This kind of depression won’t be cured with a pill. And a dime doesn’t buy as much today as it did in 1930. Watching the House vote on a package to rescue the economy fall apart this afternoon was as traumatic as seeing Wall Street brokers leaping […]

Paulson, Bernanke, Try Hustling Congress

Wimpie

Here we go again. As the Bush administration did with the Patriot Act and Iraq War resolution, Henry Paulson and Ben Bernanke spent today trying to hustle Congress into new territory using the familiar administration tactic of hysteria. Fortunately, this time it looks as if more than a few members have read the fine print […]

For An Iraq War Memorial

Why shouldn’t there be a war memorial on the National Mall in Washington to commemorate those who have died in the Iraq war? It could be a simple concrete wall five stories high onto which the photographs of those killed in Iraq would be projected. After dark, somewhere between the illuminated Capitol and the Lincoln […]

Mr Russert – Will YOU Ante up for War Victims Like YOU Asked of Scott McClellan?

Tim Russert

Mr. Russert, last Sunday (June 1, 2008), on “Meet The Press” you had as your guest former George W. Bush Press Secretary Scott McClellan. You asked him the following question: “Some have suggested because you were part of the propaganda machine that sold the war, that many people have died and been injured because of […]

Have We Forgotten About Iraq?

Vietnam Battle Field

Now slogging through its sixth bloody year, America’s invasion and occupation of Iraq is much on my mind this Saturday afternoon. On the television in the next room, the Democratic Party’s Rules and Bylaws Committee ponders the Florida and Michigan delegations, just now reaching its compromise.

The “I Didn’t Do It” Letter

George Bush and Andrew McClellan

Scott McClellan’s new confessional that’s pointed the finger at Bush administration figures in the Valerie Plame scandal reminds me of something my husband got in the mail, in the autumn of 1983. We called it the “I Didn’t Do It” letter. It arrived unexpectedly one afternoon from the offices of gold trader Alan Saxon, the […]

My Conversation with Murtha’s Office

Last Friday morning, I called Congressman Murtha’s office to communicate my outrage that Murtha, Pelosi, Hoyer and the rest of the House leadership planned to push through another $170-billion dollar Iraq War supplemental, some $70 billion more than Bush requested — all with no timelines or benchmarks or any semblance of accountability or restraint. Murtha’s […]

Petraeus and Crocker: The Endless Bummer

petreus-crocker

Petraeus has spoken again. And somehow I feel like I did listening over the years to friends of mine whose dreams were just sure to come true someday, and whose ships were just bound to come in. They were, after all, promised this — over and over and over. For some of them it was […]

When “Oops” ISN’T Enough

Bush Cartoon Railroad Tracks

Erich Segal, the author of “Love Story,” once put the phrase “Love means never having to say you’re sorry” into the official collection of favorite American catch-phrases. Up until very recently, we’ve had to suffer under a latter-day perversion of that: “The ‘War on Terror’ means never having to say you’re sorry.” Now, however, comes […]

The Winter Soldier Returns

Fighter Pilot

What is Winter Soldier? In 1971, a group of veterans—current Massachusetts Senator John Kerry prominent among them—staged a protest called “Winter Soldier” that helped end the Vietnam War but that also unfairly saddled the Democrats with a “soft on defense” label that dogged the Party for decades.

A Cab Ride with Xavier Becerra

Xavier Becerra

War, trade policy, immigration, and the need to show voters that government has a role to play and solutions that work were much on Congressman Xavier Becerra’s mind on a recent cab ride to the airport from Capitol Hill. In response to survey results asking for more contact with officeholders representing Northeast Los Angeles, we […]

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