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Lester Feder

Entries by Lester Feder

Grassley to Limbaugh: Keep Distorting Health Reform

(10) Comments | Posted March 20, 2009 | 2:32 PM

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Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, and others recently launched a smear campaign against a provision in the stimulus bill designed to gather research that will help doctors and patients choose the treatments that work the best, and avoid unnecessary spending....

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NY Times Blows It On McCain Op-Ed

(20) Comments | Posted July 23, 2008 | 9:17 AM

“It would be terrific to have an article from Senator McCain that mirrors Senator Obama’s piece” on the Iraq War, wrote New York Times op-ed page editor Michael Shipley in an email to the McCain campaign on Friday. Strangely enough, Shipley was writing to reject an opinion column...

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McCain Ally Counsels Alarmist Attack On Health Care

(3) Comments | Posted July 21, 2008 | 5:08 PM

Political consultant Dick Morris today recommended John McCain use alarmist distortions to get off the defensive on health care. Morris offered this counsel days after Al Hubbard, architect of President Bush's health care plan now touted by McCain, compared Americans' use of the health care system to shoppers...

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Whining Americans Choose Caviar Health Care

(141) Comments | Posted July 19, 2008 | 2:05 PM

Al Hubbard, architect of the Bush-cum-McCain health plan, compares Americans' use of the health care system to shoppers who indiscriminately buy caviar while someone else foots the bill, just as Senator Phil Gramm exits as co-chair of John McCain's presidential campaign after calling America a "nation of whiners" in...

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McCain's Aging Cocoon

(2) Comments | Posted July 17, 2008 | 4:23 PM

"Six-packs, automatic transmissions, and the American Express card were all introduced after he was born, not to mention computers which McCain admits he doesn't use," begins the AP's Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar in an analysis of voters' concerns about the Republican presumptive nominee's age, seventy-one. Thirty-eight percent of voters recently told AP-Yahoo...

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The Myth of Hillary Clinton and the Angry White Women

(61) Comments | Posted June 23, 2008 | 2:06 PM

It's a sure sign of trouble when a writer interrupts an argument to apologize for invoking a cliche. So it is a mystery why Rebecca Traister did not delete her reference to Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus in her article seeking to explain "Why Clinton...

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Dreams of My... Grandparents? Obama's Campaign Ad Omits All Mention of His Father

(21) Comments | Posted June 20, 2008 | 2:22 PM

A version of this post was originally published on, the website of the Columbia Journalism Review.

On Wednesday, the New York Times ran a story about the Obama campaign’s tightening image machine. Exhibit A was an incident at a Detroit rally on Monday when two Muslim women in...

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McCain's "Incoherent" Environmentalism

(3) Comments | Posted June 19, 2008 | 5:34 PM

In a press release last month, Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign touted various media reports, like this one from the Los Angeles Times, spotlighting his environmental policies:

"Distancing himself from President Bush, John McCain pledged a new era of environmental stewardship Monday as he...

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Explaining McCain's Success Among Evangelicals

(21) Comments | Posted January 20, 2008 | 2:18 PM

As South Carolina Republicans headed to the polls Saturday, an all too-simple storyline emerged in the press. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a Southern Baptist minister who won the Iowa caucus, would have the evangelical vote, while Arizona Senator John McCain, a Vietnam War hero, would win defense conservatives. "It's...

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Huckabee Campaign Divided on Environment and Evangelicalism

(12) Comments | Posted December 31, 2007 | 10:50 AM

The only policy issue Mike Huckabee singles out on a page devoted to "Faith and Politics" isn't abortion or marriage. "My faith doesn't influence my decisions, it drives them," writes the GOP presidential hopeful. "For example, when it comes to the environment, I believe in being a good steward of...

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Will the Real Mike Huckabee Please Stand Up?

(38) Comments | Posted December 23, 2007 | 4:44 PM

Des Moines -- Mike Huckabee began a bold denunciation of gay marriage in Ames, Iowa, Wednesday night, but quickly checked himself with stuttering caveats:

"We have to also realize that the strength of our nation really does come down to our families, and that's why, without apology -- I'm, I'm...
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