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Campaign 2008

What Hillary Didn't Say

Linda Hansen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Linda Hansen

But, at the end of the evening, I was left wanting something. The impossible something. I want that bell unrung and, if I could have written part of Hillary's speech, here's what she'd have said to us...

Questions Republicans For Obama Want To Ask Obama

Chuck Lasker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Chuck Lasker

While we understand that Barack Obama is a Democrat, we're encouraged by many of his policies that are conservative in the truest sense. There are some questions, though, that we'd like Senator Obama to answer.

A Noun, A Verb, and P.O.W.

Mary Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Lyon

Joe Biden is already a pretty effective giant-killer, and he may just have killed another giant -- a giant bummer among Democratic partisans concerned about the backbone of their party.

Coming from 'NYT' on Sunday: Why McCain's Attacks on Obama as 'Celebrity' May Backfire

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

In a piece coming this Sunday in The New York Times magazine, Matt Bai suggests that, despite recent gains in the polls, John McCain's charge that Bar...

McCain Thinks the Media is Out to Get Him...Try Not to Laugh

Paul Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Paul Waldman

Many journalists decided long ago that McCain is just different from other politicians. They declare McCain innocent of all sins associated with other members of his profession, no matter how often he commits them.

Obama Website Gets Mini-Makeover

Christina Bellantoni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Christina Bellantoni

Basically the new site is much more blue, and the home page tools for getting organized were pushed way down the page. I poked around and don't see much else missing.

Election 2008: Nobody Knows Anything

Marta Evry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Marta Evry

Forget everything you've heard and read. Whether it's Fox, MSNBC, NPR, the New York Times or the Huffington Post. Suburban Republicans, southern blacks, Army brats, believe me, you can't poll the stuff I've seen on the trail.

Pass S. 223!

Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Blumenthal

Thanks to outdated rules, Senate campaign finance information takes weeks, if not months, to reach the public after it is disclosed. Now it's time to change that.

McCain's Internet Muscle Revealed In New Study

Attributor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Despite John McCain's self-described computer "illiteracy" and dearth of popularity among young voters, web tracking company Attributor recently revea...

Reading The Pictures: The McCain Buffalo Chip (Un-)Cover-Up

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2008-08-06-shaw.jpgOnly the wildly hypocritical McCain could have escaped any blowback from the debauchery and female exploitation in Sturgis. And, as an act of collusion, the visual media totally blinked.

McCain's Conspicuous Consumption

Linda Hansen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Linda Hansen

John and Cindy McCain made roughly $6.5 million last year. Of that $6.5 million, $23,000 came from social security. That's right, the millionaire McCains draw steadily on a system he says is disgracefully broken.

Aw Nuts, Jesse Jackson, You Can't Say That On Television!

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Is America strong enough to handle the violent wishes of Jesse Jackson toward Barack Obama's pair? Probably -- last I checked, "nuts" wasn't one of George Carlin's 7 words.

"Nuts" Case: How Media Handled Jackson's "Crude" Word

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

When a major political figure or celebrity utters a newsmaking, off-color, remark it is always interesting to observe how different news outlets handle the offending word or words.

Obama: Give $, Win a Seat at My Nomination Speech

Christina Bellantoni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christina Bellantoni

Team Obama made it official this morning - he'll accept the nomination from Denver's Invesco Field at Mile High, home of the Denver Broncos. Instead...

Jason Linkins

A Reminder For Senator Obama: Fortune Favors The Bold | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For too long, there has been an assumption that there's a Cracker Jack prize somewhere at this magical "center" -- that playing it safe nets you the fifty percent-plus-one you need to win.

My Interview with Matt Taibbi on His Book, the Media, the Election and His Spat with Erica Jong

Ben Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ben Cohen

Matt Taibbi: "I think there was a lot of real anger there and I got caught up in that, I think unfairly because I'm not a misogynist, I'm a misanthrope."

Memo to McCain's Pastor Hagee: Did God Have to be so Rough on the Jews?

Jon Wiener | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jon Wiener

McCain's Rev. Hagee has a tough God. Instead of putting Jews on trains to Auschwitz, couldn't He have gotten them bus tickets to Tel Aviv? Next question: why does McCain think God sent us Hitler?

Clinton Campaign Looks Rusty In Gary, Indiana

Dan Treul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dan Treul

Despite a perpetual, misty cold, Genie Kastrup, political director for the SEIU Illinois Council, said more than 350 SEIU, Change to Win, and Obama campaign volunteers showed up to canvas the Steel City.

On citizen journalists and the validity of accounts

Christine Escobar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christine Escobar

The value in the citizen journalist's account comes partly as a result of its being free. They are beholden to no one. They cover and opine and observe subjects but from their own perspective.

Report: Prison-Packing Politics A National Disaster

Lecia Shorter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lecia Shorter

The costs of citizen incarceration and prison spending have skyrocketed and recidivism remains high. At last, policymakers are questioning the wisdom of tough-on-crime campaign rhetoric.

Breaking News: Obama Met Palestinian Intellectuals Ten Years Ago

Jon Wiener | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jon Wiener

Ten years ago, Barack Obama went to a lecture by Columbia Professor Edward Said, the prominent Palestinian intellectual. That rates Page One news today for the LA Times.

Obama Website Design Inspires Young Artists Support and Votes

Kristin Gorski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kristin Gorski

"By placing such an emphasis on building a visually appealing brand, Obama is validating the importance of design in communication. This in turn builds support from the design community, who might feel that a design-conscious candidate best represents their personal beliefs," Aw says.

Hillary Wins; Limbaugh is Laughing

Jon Wiener | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jon Wiener

Tuesday night was a good night for Rush Limbaugh. "I want Hillary to stay in this," he said on Fox News, because "I want the Democrats to lose. They'...

NEA to Democrats: Come and Get It

Michele McNeil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michele McNeil

As Democrats continue to fight over who should be their nominee, the nation's largest teachers' union, the National Education Association, wants to re...

Live Iowa Campaign Journal -New Year's Eve

Marc Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Marc Cooper

Chasing around Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, I traveled from Davenport to Eldridge to Knoxville and finally back to Des Moines. And while it was only a couple hundred miles mostly along I-80, it might as well have been hopping from one world to another.