How Obama Can Win Big

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*+-Brent Budowsky: Obama 2.0 is singing on key to the real America, talking about matters they care about, battling for policies that will better their lives, championing the American notion of fair play and taking to voters a narrative that is clear, consistent and compelling.

The GOP Is Occupied with Amending the Constitution

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*+-Tina Dupuy: English author Samuel Johnson famously said patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. For Republicans, talking about amending the Constitution is the first defense against having actual policy discussions.

U.S. Uses Peace Talks to Divide Taliban from Pakistan

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*+-Gareth Porter: Senior Obama administration officials hope to use the talks to sow suspicion between the Taliban and their main ally, thus weakening the Taliban resolve to negotiate on a peace settlement only if the United States offers a timetable for troop withdrawal.

“So This Is America?”

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*+-Tom Degan: Please, if you’re looking for an authentic American hero, you need search no further than Ray McGovern. He is holding up a mirror for all to see.

2011: Year of Upheaval

*+-Brent Budowsky: Prediction – Sarah Palin will issue a Sherman statement declaring she will not run for president in 2012, and will instead host a one-hour political talk show on network or cable television that will become the highest-rated political talk show in TV history.

Midterm Choice: Profiteers or Bureaucrats

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*+-Tina Dupuy: When Republicans talk about freedom, they don’t mean the freedom to be able to drink clean water piped into your home. When they talk about freedom, they don’t mean a job that pays enough to live on. When they talk about freedom, they don’t mean not being a victim of predatory lending.

The Taliban: Forced Into Negotiation While Winning?

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*+-Ivan Eland: Although David Petraeus, the top American commander in Afghanistan, recently peddled the notion that senior Taliban chieftains had made contact with senior Afghan government officials about the possibility of starting reconciliation talks, such talk of peace in our time is likely to be hype.

Reporting for Duty in Vietnam

*+-Chicken Hawks Talk like tough guys. They’ll send your kids to war but they never reported to duty themselves and they make sure their own kids don’t serve duty.