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Entries by Howard Fineman from 11/2010

Barbour Rising: Haley Is Last Night's Big Winner

Posted 11.03.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- He is the antithesis of President Barack Obama: a short portly white conservative from a small town in the Deep South. But for that very...

GOP's Health Care Strategy: Fight Shadow War Rather Than Make Painful Cuts

Posted 11.04.2010 | Politics

Even though Republicans won a share of power because of voters' concerns about the economy, GOP leaders want to put something other than jobs, taxes or budget cuts per se at the center of their plan to retake the White House. It's repeal of the health-care law. Having watched Obama spend a year's worth of political capital on the measure -- a move that even many Democrats regarded as questionable -- the GOP seems eager to do the same. But for a number of reasons, the GOP thinks it can get more mileage out of the issue than almost anything else they can try.

Obama Tends To New Hampshire With Eye On 2012

Posted 11.05.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The morning after his "shellacking," President Barack Obama made an unusual but crucial congratulatory phone call, not to a winning Demo...

'Ben Bashing' Begins As Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich Take On Bernanke

Posted 11.09.2010 | Politics

Ben Bashing has begun, and this time it's not a fringe issue, but a central focus of our frightened, blame-spreading Great Recession politics. At this point in America, you can tell when a new Enemy of the People has arrived: when Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich race onto Twitter to denounce him. They've now done that to Ben Bernanke, and the whole flock of Republican presidential wannabes is sure to follow.

Decision Points - The Obama Version

Posted 11.10.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Obama left town and promptly got backed into the deepest corner of his still-young political life here. He now -- finally, una...

White House Gives In On Bush Tax Cuts

Posted 11.10.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's top adviser suggested to The Huffington Post late Wednesday that the administration is ready to accept an acros...

Obama Clarifies Tax Cut Position As Hill Dems Look For Deal

Posted 11.12.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Speaking to reporters in Seoul, South Korea, President Barack Obama sought to clarify his position on the expiring Bush tax cuts. In doi...

Michael Bloomberg & Joe Scarborough: The Independent Odd Couple

Posted 11.16.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There's no campaign yet, and there may never be, but New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and MSNBC's morning talk-show host Joe Scarborough...

'Lame Duck' Becomes Bird Of Prey

Posted 11.19.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON - This Lame Duck, it turns out, is a Bird of Prey. The post-election Congress, which will return after Thanksgiving and remain in town u...

Lame Duck May Well Ignore Deficit Hawks, Obama Lobbies Boehner On Michelle's Obesity Bill

Posted 11.23.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After his "shellacking" and before he left for India, President Obama called speaker-to-be John Boehner for a chat. Rep. Boehner doesn'...

Sarah The (Iowa) Farmer

Posted 11.24.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tease-in-Chief Sarah Palin, forever stoking speculation about a presidential run, now is touting her Alaska "farm" experience on the eve...

Ann on Thanksgiving

| Posted 11.25.2010 | Healthy Living

At first glance, my grandmother was not a central casting, Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving grandma. But she cared about making and serving the meal with a fervent devotion that bordered on the religious.

The Politics Of WikiLeaks

Posted 11.29.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Americans believe in the power of the presidency. The job contains no magical powers, but we like to think it does. It's fatal for a pre...

Scarborough Attacks Palin, Agrees To Help Launch Centrist Civility Group

Posted 11.30.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- TV's Joe Scarborough, who today dismissed Sarah Palin as a symbol of "anti-intellectualism" with a "dopey dream" of being president, wil...

Chris Dodd's Goodbye

Posted 11.30.2010 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Connecticut Democrat Chris Dodd finished his farewell address in the Senate Tuesday, visitors witnessed an almost unimaginable sigh...