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Hot Dogs and Beans: Obama and the American Dream

(47) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 1:58 PM

Unlike President Obama, I am going to be straight with you: The jobs are not coming back. A high unemployment rate (not even including the under-employed) will be with us for at least a decade to come. It will take that long before investment in research and development and a...

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Burning Jesus: Religion in the Shadow of American Society

(62) Comments | Posted September 10, 2010 | 11:19 AM

A combination of ignorance and righteousness is just as much a danger to American society as the corruption of power in business and government. But for the last half century it is only the latter that has garnered the attention of investigative journalism, in both legacy and new media. The...

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He Is Not One of Us

(322) Comments | Posted September 9, 2010 | 10:32 AM

The roots of the "Obama is a Muslim" delusion/lie here: in the grain of truth to the story, which inadvertently the official Barack Obama hagiography has nourished; in the character of American Christianity, which began to change in (yet another) Great Awakening forty years ago; in the failures of American...

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Obama, the Middle Class and Pundit Myopia

(227) Comments | Posted August 27, 2010 | 5:17 AM

Just as much as conservative, right wing Americans, lefty pundits cluster like moths around false but glistering untruths about President Obama. One such untruth that has had some currency among liberals this summer is that "Obama is out of touch with the middle class." This misperception is particularly confounding because...

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That Hopey, Changey Thing Comes to the California Republican Party

(67) Comments | Posted August 23, 2010 | 11:49 AM

SAN DIEGO. Hope and change, part of the universal human condition, have arrived on the doorstep of the Republican Party in California. I spent this past weekend listening to and talking with Republicans at the state party convention in San Diego, trying to get a bearing. We know who Republicans...

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Tea Party Talk: Racism, Palin, and the Hostile Takeover of the Republican Party

(734) Comments | Posted July 19, 2010 | 9:22 AM

Sunday, July 18 was going to be wrap day for the Las Vegas Tea Party Convention, with speakers from Newt Gingrich to Sharron Angle, the Tea Party Express candidate who triumphed over a gaggle of Republicans for the privilege of taking on Nevada Senator Harry Reid in November. Instead, yesterday...

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Taking the Me From Social Media

(8) Comments | Posted July 12, 2010 | 1:26 PM

Like many writers, I am madly in love with Twitter. At the same time, I approach my beloved only with extreme caution since the T-whale, like all social media, is quite the temptress. And I have a jumble of insider knowledge, pointed but cruel observation and sheer bubble-headed fatuousness that...

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Seduction and Betrayal: McChrystal and the Misapprehension of Journalism

(226) Comments | Posted June 25, 2010 | 9:40 AM

Journalism is an act of seduction. Many times I've done the seducing, in writing big stories and small; I've also been the seduced, slammed with the gut-wrenching morning-after upon reading stories written about me. So I know just how both Michael Hastings and Stanley McChrystal (& staff) are doing right...

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Personal Democracy Forum 2010: Losing Faith in Obama and Big Government

(21) Comments | Posted June 7, 2010 | 10:21 AM

The most telling inflection point (to use buzzword currency) at the 2010 Personal Democracy Forum conference in New York was the way attendees engaged with John Perry Barlow and began to build upon his suggestion that the renaissance of the city-state may be the saving of...

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A Citizen Journalist Covers an Obama State Dinner [PHOTOS]

(25) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 1:07 PM

"Executive producers. They're all assholes to me." A couple of camera guys are shooting the breeze in the White House press briefing room while we all wait to be herded into the Rose Garden for the Calderon-Obama press conference. Who are we? The White House press corps, their Mexican counterparts...

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Is Jerry Brown the California John McCain?

(37) Comments | Posted April 20, 2010 | 2:30 AM

At the California Democratic Party 2010 State Convention, Jerry Brown tossed a bone to the press when he called for a series of debates with Republicans Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner, trailing behind Whitman nearly 50 points in recent polls. Some reporters snapped, some...

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Afghan Women Talk About Obama and Plan B

(7) Comments | Posted April 13, 2010 | 11:00 AM

"Do you have a Plan B?" I asked the Afghan women diplomats. "For yourself and your families?" After all, they had assumed some risk--even in Kabul--by answering the call to serve in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Suddenly everybody wanted to speak. Voices that had been soft and hesitant...

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The Canaries of SXSW

(8) Comments | Posted March 16, 2010 | 1:25 PM

What did I see and hear this past weekend at SXSW? Coming and going? From different altitudes and perspectives? Canaries. And I don't mean the twitter species, even though swarms of SXSW (myself included) obsessively tweeted. No, I saw and heard canaries of the coal mine variety. The word on...

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Will Meg Whitman Win?

(164) Comments | Posted March 4, 2010 | 2:04 PM

The biggest obstacle Meg Whitman faces in her run for the governorship of California is not Jerry Brown. And certainly not Steve Poizner, her Republican primary opponent who trails her in the polls. Her hurdle is the urban state press, as well as the gray-beards among...

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Bill Clinton's Mistress: The Story That Never Was

(92) Comments | Posted January 12, 2010 | 8:34 AM

In February, 2008, while I was covering the Texas Democratic primary for HuffPost's OffTheBus, I voluntarily passed on an opportunity to write about former president Bill Clinton's longtime mistress. With considerable amusement, therefore, I anticipate reading Game Change, Mark Halperin's and John Heilemann's salacious new book about the 2008 presidential...

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The Obama Holiday from Hell

(13) Comments | Posted January 4, 2010 | 12:29 PM

With the Senate still in snowy session, President Obama and his family could not leave for Hawaii until Christmas Eve. Aboard Air Force One, Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton, en gaggle, told the traveling press "not to anticipate any possible announcements or news-making events." Wasn't this just asking for trouble?...

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Did President Obama Bend History in Oslo?

(4) Comments | Posted December 11, 2009 | 1:30 PM

President Obama yesterday in Oslo delivered the memorable speech of his first year in office, eleven months marked by overexposure in appearances and speeches, as well as a public rhetoric that has become too familiar. Now one great speech a year is no small accomplishment. And surely the president was...

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Some Straight Talk on Afghanistan

(261) Comments | Posted December 6, 2009 | 12:32 PM

"I was really depressed when I learned he [Obama] was going to say it's all about al Qaeda," Marvin Weinbaum said. Weinbaum is a scholar-in-residence at the Middle East Institute and an Afghanistan expert who visited the White House during the months President Obama was crafting his new AfPak policy....

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A Few Small Questions About Obama's Afghanistan Surge

(29) Comments | Posted December 2, 2009 | 10:37 AM

President Obama did not enlighten me about his Afghanistan-Pakistan plan last night. Nor from the expressions on their faces were the captive audience of the West Point cadets given much guidance beyond the inevitable conclusion that many of them will eventually be landing at Bagram Air Base. These fine-looking young...

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The New Strategy for Obama's War: Precision Power

(10) Comments | Posted November 17, 2009 | 4:05 PM

Barack Obama owns Afghanistan. If our President said it once he said it a hundred times in 2008 on the campaign trail: "We have to win in Afghanistan." He did not hedge. He did not say "do better" or "shape a clearer policy." We have to win in Afghanistan. Did...

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