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A Martin Luther King Needs a Malcolm X

George Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Davis

Unforgiveness as National Policy There is a problem with the kind of forgiveness as national policy that I described in a blog post back in November: ...

Commercial Real Estate Is an Impending Disaster

Jerry Chautin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jerry Chautin

Many of us know of people who have lost their homes through foreclosure. To a lesser extent we hear about struggling commercial properties vying for a limited pool of tenants.

Obama Administration Needs to Take a Stand on Cluster Bombs

Donald Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Donald Steinberg

Cluster munitions are particularly evil weapons. On falling to the ground, these bombs and shells separate into dozens of small bomblets, exploding on the enemy and civilians.

Why Republicans May Be Barack's Best Buddies at the Stimulus Luau

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

House and Senate Republicans are doing Obama a huge favor. Congress is setting up places for the Stimulus Luau, and though it pains me to say it, our folks are doing making pork the main course.

Gibbs Gives Insider Look At Obama's First Days: "He Loves It"

US News & World Report | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs generally arrives at his spacious but unadorned office in the West Wing (he hasn't had time to decorate yet) ...

The Latest Pay to Play Scandal in the Senate

Bill Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Press

Judd Gregg apparently demanded a Republican Senate appointment in return for a Cabinet post. That's just as bad as Blagojevich.

Eric Holder Sworn In, First Black Attorney General

AP | DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — On Attorney General Eric Holder's first day on the job, he signaled a clean break with past policies of the Bush administration and...

Senator Gregg's Nomination Requires Close Scrutiny

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

Gregg's record of previously voting to abolish the Commerce Department and his attempts to block President Clinton's efforts to secure adequate funding for the 2000 census raise troubling concerns.

James Carville To Conservative Bloggers: My Secret Strategy Sessions With White House Don't Exist

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Conservative bloggers have managed to create a big stink over this Politico story reporting that White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel privately tal...

Gregg Issues Conditions For Joining Obama Cabinet

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to nominate Sen. Judd Gregg as commerce secretary on Tuesday, the White House confirmed on the eve of ...

ACLU To Obama: Release Secret Bush Memos

Raw Story | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is calling on the Justice Department to release Bush administration documentation pertaining to torture, sur...

Obama Signals Shift in Governing Philosophy

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

He is not just saying we need to improve government operations. He's saying we need to put this issue front and center and then he is taking real action.

Bush Climate Change Denier Burrows Into National Science Foundation

Talking Points Memo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Bush administration's participation in the personnel tactic known as "burrowing" has been well-reported in recent weeks. The practice isn't unique...

Obama Names Disaster Response Expert To Head CDC

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration has appointed an infectious disease and disaster preparedness expert as acting director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Contr...

Obama's Stem Cell Policy Should Be Enacted Through Legislation, Not by Executive Order

Ralph Dittman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ralph Dittman

Obama guaranteed he would ensure that all research on stem cells is conducted "ethically and with rigorous oversight." Now, how does he implement this change in stem cell policy?

Podesta: Rivals In Obamaland "Iced Out"

Chicago Sun Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President-elect Barack Obama will be able to do things at "warp speed that no other president has been able to do in a long time," John Podesta, the c...

The "Barack Obama 2.0" Political Machine

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As Barack Obama builds his administration and prepares to take office next week, his political team is quietly planning for a nationwide hiring binge ...

Obama Will Retain Bush's War Czar Douglas Lute

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President-elect Barack Obama will be keeping another holdover from the Bush administration on his national security team -- Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute, ...

Obama, Bush Team Up For Fake Emergency

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Senior officials in the Bush administration and members of President-elect Barack Obama's staff teamed up at the White House Tuesda...

On Science and the Obama Administration

Bill Nye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Nye

President-elect Obama, in contrast with his predecessor, is fundamentally in favor of science. This is the best news possible, not just for niche workers like me, but for everyone.

Obama Picks Renowned Chicago Legal Scholar As Chief Regulator

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Cass Sunstein, a longtime University of Chicago legal scholar and prominent author, is set to take up a key cause in the Barack Obama administration: ...

Ten Progressive Policies Whose Time Has Come

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

It seems illogical to tackle some of the roots of inequality -- education and discrimination -- without taking on the central economic issue: wages.

Lost In The Shuffle: What Is Biden's Role?

New York Times | Helene Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The day before Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s birthday last week, Barack Obama surprised him after lunch with candlelighted cupcakes. Within hours, the photogr...

A new day for all people--but young people, let's not forget tomorrow

Morgan Warners | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Morgan Warners

In college we learn to be skeptical of claims like the ones being made about Barack Obama's historic victory. For today, forget it. His win really doe...

Obama Must Get Running Start, Confront Financial Crisis, Wars

Bloomberg News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Barack Obama won't have time to catch his breath. Having won the longest election in U.S. history, toppling two formidable rivals and succeeding in h...