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Republicans Invented the "Woman Card"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.01.2016 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The Republicans know the "woman card" well since they're the ones who invented it. They've been playing it since 1984 when the Democrats nominated Geraldine Ferraro for vice president, the first woman to make it onto the ticket of a major American political party. The Republicans had to deal with the unprecedented event of the sitting vice president, George Herbert Walker Bush, debating the first-ever woman vice presidential candidate. Since 1984, the GOP has seen women as little more than adornments to be used as political slings and arrows. Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are only the latest manifestation. If Hillary Clinton is the nominee the cunning Republican strategists are guaranteed to turn up the volume to eleven on their sexist attacks. They can't help themselves.

The 25th Anniversary of the U.S. Invasion of Panama

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

With a thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations we might have an opportunity to come to terms with the long and sordid history of the United States' actions in the Caribbean divorced from the anti-communist hyperbole we still hear from some politicians and pundits.

The Gary Webb Story: Still Killing the Messenger

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 12.20.2014 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

For the first time the true story about the courageous investigative journalist, Gary Webb, is being told in movie theaters across the country where people can draw their own conclusions unhindered by the noise and static of establishment naysayers in the corporate media.

An Oak Ridge Boy and a Carter Girl: Conversations With Joe Bonsall and Carlene Carter, Plus a George Michael Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.08.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

You have a new album, Carter Girl, that takes you back to your roots. What does being a Carter Girl mean to you?

President Hugo Chavez and America's "Backyard"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.06.2013 | World
Joseph A. Palermo

Hugo Chavez defied this history of power relations in the hemisphere. And for that defiance elite voices will vilify him, but a far larger number of people will see him as a hero.

Kerry and Hagel, Vietnam and Iraq

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Kerry and Hagel (like Colin Powell) missed their historical moment. Had they opposed Bush's war they might have made a difference. Now perhaps they can use their cabinet posts to implement a policy or two of atonement.

The Real Reason for the Right's Wrath Against Candy Crowley

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 12.18.2012 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

The hate brigades have taken aim at Ms. Crowley not because she showed "bias" or was "wrong" about the facts or exceeded the role of moderator, but because she performed a genuine act of journalism in front of 65 million viewers.

Romney's 5-Point Plan: Very Primitive Economics

Harlan Green | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
Harlan Green

Policies that starve government of what is needed to govern effectively starve all of the U.S. Need we say more?

A Billion Dollars Can't Make the Republican Party Palatable

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

As a Democrat watching the Republican Party, I am amazed at the transformation taking place before my eyes. I an only imagine the angst and hurt that ...

The Fed's Paralysis -- Who Will Do the Right Thing?

Harlan Green | Posted 10.31.2011 | Business
Harlan Green

Why so much emphasis on debt, rather than recovery? It is because of timidity on all sides, from the White House and Congress.

GOP's Climate-Change Prober Thinks It's a "New World Order" Conspiracy

Will Bunch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Bunch

Instead of legislation aimed at reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases in the United States, some leaders of the incoming GOP majority have called for McCarthy-style hearings going after leading climate change scientists.

John McCain's Choice of Sarah Palin Telegraphs His Misogyny

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

I've always believed that George Herbert Walker Bush's appointment of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court was an example of white supremacy. Here's ...

Ronald Reagan's speech to schoolchildren: Eddie Murphy and Tokyo Disneyland good, dictatorships and drugs bad

Westword | Westword | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The White House has released the text of President Barack Obama's address to U.S. schoolchildren, scheduled to take place later this morning, and thos...

Obama and the Berlin Wall

Lester Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lester Sloan

Susan turned to me and said, "Obama's election was like the fall of the Berlin Wall." Given that she has three history degrees, including a Ph.D., I felt that she spoke with some authority.

A Vicious Man

Jonathan Leigh Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Leigh Solomon

Bob Woodward wrote one book about the Clinton administration between '92 and 2000. Bush years? Four books. It was as if he, as with all of us and our examinations of Bush, could somehow diminish his power.

Obama To Have Lunch With Bush, Three Living Former Presidents

CNN Political Ticker | Lauren Kornreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Talk about a power lunch. President Bush, President-elect Barack Obama and three living former presidents will meet in the Oval Office for a private g...

Race at 150 mph? Sure.

Lea Lane | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lea Lane

When the opportunity came to partner with a race car driver around a grand-prix track at 150 miles an hour in a supercharged, ground-hugging, open to the elements hell-on-wheels speedster in Austin, Texas, I said "sure."

Hear This Barack --no Bush, no Baker, no Corporate War Maker. We've Had Enough!

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Milazzo

If Barack Obama is to be the "change we can believe in," how can he seriously consider using men who represent failed administrations and failed policies in his own administration?