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Obama Transition

Podesta Gives His First Interview

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yesterday, ThinkProgress provided our readers an opportunity to ask John Podesta questions pertaining to his service on the Obama transition team. You...

Dropping Family Planning Funding Is the Right Move

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

Ready access to contraceptives for low-income citizens is an essential part of creating a stable, informed and healthy population. There should be a bill aimed at openly supporting this policy.

Eliot Spitzer on Obama, Paterson, Wall Street and Madoff

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

In his first interview since his resignation, Eliot Spitzer has some sharp criticism of Wall Street, ideas for the new president, and waves a cautionary flag for his successor.

Childish Things

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

It's so easy to speechify -- that is to say, to lie -- about the great ideals of America and humanity. When the rhetoric soars, can the missiles be far behind?

World to Obama: Thanks for Giving Us Back Our America

Rebecca Novick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rebecca Novick

It's the immigrants who really know the fragility of liberty; how it can be won and lost, and won and lost again. For them freedom is not a parade. It's a flower in a storm.

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...

Obama Market: Trading is Heavy, Hearts are Light

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

The souvenir sector is way up but the tie-in sector may be doing even better! Obama-brand paint rollers, up 43%. Obama-brand breath mints, up 52%. Obama-brand breakfast cereals, up 59%.

Obama or FDR: Whose Strategy Will Work Better?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

One significant difference between the Roosevelt transition and that of Barack Obama is the swiftness with which the Obama transition team has moved to address the nation's economic crisis.

The First Hundred Days

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

On Change.gov, the top-rated publicly-submitted question asked the incoming president whether he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate "the gravest crimes of the Bush Administration."

Bush: Perhaps the Most Toxic Leader of Our Time

Jean Lipman-Blumen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jean Lipman-Blumen

As Bush exits the White House, the trail of destruction he leaves behind bears many earmarks of a toxic leader: incompetence, arrogance and stubbornness.

What This Transition Means to Me

Andrew Sargus Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Sargus Klein

As exhausting as the campaign season was, and as historic as Obama's victory is, nothing throws Nov. 4 into sharper relief than the events we are facing right now.

Obama To Keep All U.S. Attorneys 'For The Time Being'

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President-elect Obama has asked all U.S. Attorneys to "continue to serve for the time being" and is not demanding immediate wholesale resignations of ...

Worse Than We Thought: Unemployment Numbers May be 10-15% Higher than Stated

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
C. Nicole Mason

The numbers also fail to consider the number of individuals employed in the shadow economy who have become unemployed as a result of the economic downturn.

Is the Problem with Finger-Pointing That We're Using the Wrong Finger?

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

Help me. I'm confused. Are we supposed to ignore the past, forget finger-pointing and blame-gaming and look forward? Or are we supposed to demand accountability? Or some third option?

Media Time on the Potomac: Waiting for Obama, Pt. 2

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danny Schechter

The Obama campaign built a ten million person email list with millions of phone numbers that can be texted. What a potentially powerful political resource if put to use.

The Mantra to End DADT: Yes We Can!

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

There is no question that our next president is facing a host of truly awful problems. Cut the Administration some slack regarding Don't Ask Don't Tell, yes -- but not too much.

Can I Stop Giving Now?

Carine Fabius | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carine Fabius

People are stressed about money. So, why is the president-elect still asking me to send in donations? You got elected. Can you stop asking me to give you money now?

Harry Reid and the Perennial Weakness of the Democrats

Aram Khayatpour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aram Khayatpour

After years of rubber stamping Bush's policies he is now saying that he is going to use his political power to obstruct Obama? When the Democrats are the minority they are irrelevant.

Show Obama The Money

Scott Thill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Scott Thill

Rather than get the thing off the ground, the Senate may have to work through its own President's Day holiday to hammer out a compromise on the stimulus package. Please.

Republican Death Wish

Peter A. Ubel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter A. Ubel

There are many reasons we can hope that Ted Kennedy will overcome his brain tumor. But now there is a new reason to hope for this -- the longer he lives, the more he can soak up Republican ire.

Who Will Save Israel from Itself?

Mark Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Levine

Obama has been ridiculed for being a messiah-like figure. It's hard to imagine anyone less saving Israel, the Palestinians, and the world from another four years of mindless violence.

CIA: The Panetta Pick and the Feinstein Factor

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Feinstein's call for the appointment of a CIA director who can be linked to the practices Obama has made clear must end demonstrates how out of touch she is on intelligence.

Who Cares About Playing Nice -- Play Real Instead

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Susan Corso

If our federal elected community wants to play nice, they will. If they don't, they won't. Call it reflexive partisanship, call it cantankerous cronyism, call it Ishmael. Really, who cares?

FCC Commissioner Julius Genachowski: Obama Selects Former Harvard Classmate

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has selected Julius Genachowski, a technology executive and former classmate from Harvard Law School, to lead the Fe...

This Time's Going to be My Fifth

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Lurio

My first inauguration was back in 1977. I went to the offices of several Republicans and asked if they had any tickets left. They had plenty, since almost nobody back home wanted to see Jimmy Carter become president.