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Mr. President-Elect: Judge Abner Mikva Is Right About Sen. Clinton as Secretary of State

Al Giordano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Al Giordano

There are many annoying aspects of the noise machine that is blaring that arrogant and cacophonous yet familiar mantra: "Clinton is inevitable." We heard it for all of 2007, and we're hearing it all over again.

U.S. Secretary of State: A Cautionary Tale

Al Giordano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Al Giordano

In Latin America, as everywhere, the doctrine of Human Rights, begun in the Carter administration but left to atrophy by all administrations since, walks hand in hand with any pro-democracy agenda.

Caroline Kennedy: "No Drama" Before "No Drama" Was Cool

Al Giordano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Al Giordano

Anybody who underestimates Caroline Kennedy, who wants to view her as somehow lightweight or just a celebrity name inside a business suit, does so at the risk to his and her sense of reality.

Escalation Without A Plan: Top U.S. Officials Admit To Having No Plan for Afghanistan, | By Katrina Vanden Heuvel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Does this sound familiar? "We have no strategic plan. We never had one." That's how a senior US military commander described the war in Afghanis...

Obama Invited To Address House Republican Conference

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Republicans have invited President-elect Barack Obama to speak before the entire GOP conference, hoping to set a different tone to the partisan ...

Obama Is First Independent President: John Heilemann

New York Magazine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The 55 inaugural addresses before the one Barack Obama will deliver next week have run the gamut from poetic (rarely) to prosaic and platitudinous (of...

Obama Team Using Campaign Tactics To Sell Stimulus Plan

Bloomberg | Lorraine Woellert and Hans Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President-elect Barack Obama's top political aides are transplanting their campaign tactics to the policy arena, using data from polls and focus group...

Monday January 19th - Barack It Forward

Linda Bergthold | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Linda Bergthold

If you can't get connected with something organized Monday, January 19th, you could still have an impact by your individual actions.

Obama's 'Super-Cabinet' Could Lead To White House Chaos

Washington Post | Michael D. Shear and Ceci Connolly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President-elect Barack Obama is assembling a new and influential cadre of counselors just steps from the Oval Office whose power to direct domestic po...

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...

Happy Health Care Reform New Year

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Why will 2009 be different from 1993? Obama is not making the same mistakes the Clintons did, and that is good news for all of us.

An AZ Wish List

Marlene H. Phillips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marlene H. Phillips

The Mexican/U.S. Border is a complicated, difficult issue that ain't gonna be fixed by platitudes and walls; we desperately need a long-term approach that addresses all sides.

CNN Poll: Obama Leadership Rates High As Bush's After 9/11

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A national poll suggests that three-quarters of the public thinks President-elect Barack Obama is a strong and decisive leader, the highest marks for ...

How the Independent Movement Went Left by Going Right

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

Gone are the days when independent voting was the province of the "conservative white male." It's estimated that more than 20% of the independents who voted for Obama are people of color.

Obama, Pelosi To Discuss Economic Recovery Plan On Monday

Washington Post | Michael D. Shear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President-elect Barack Obama will meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday as Congress prepares to reconvene and debate a massive re...

What to Expect from an Intelligent President

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Brace yourself. It's going get rocky soon. We are about to have a very bright man as our president. And we've been away from that territory for a very long time.

Santa Claus Arrived This Year In a Battered Bus Called "OPEC"

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

What does the difference of $147/barrel and $35/barrel mean to us (and just remember those OPEC Bus Company sponsors at Goldman Sachs who were predicting $200/bbl)?

This Christian Believes Pastor Warren Should Put a Sock In It

Scott Foval | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Foval

Rick Warren, what you are doing by turning to attack your critics as "Christophobes," is manipulating the core message.

Is Rick Warren a Vampire?

Leah McElrath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leah McElrath

The best way to understand Warren's remark about supposedly loving "gays" is to look at his own church's policy statement about lesbian and gay people.

My 2008 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome to our annual awards! For the past three years, this column has paid homage (translation: "ripped off their gimmick") to the McLaughlin Group...

Bridge Project Spans Gap Between Business and Green

Green Inc. | Libby Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

President-elect Barack Obama's recent promise to make "the single largest new investment in our national infrastructure since the creation of the fede...

White House Still "Gathering Information" While Detroit Suppliers go Bankrupt

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Even Bush doesn't want to go down in history as the man who oversaw the destruction of GM, Ford and Chrysler (I hope), and I'd guess Obama wishes he could install his own new team now and fire Paulson.

Obama has taken 48 questions

Christina Bellantoni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christina Bellantoni

First published at I wrote a story last month noting that President-elect Barack Obama had broken the record for number of press ...

Mumbai Is Quiet, But What's Next?

Yvonne R. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yvonne R. Davis

Beyond the Mumbai attacks, the larger issue looms of what to do and how the U.S. is going to deal with global terrorism.

Economist: Obama "May Be A Nightmare" For Afghanistan's Karzai

The Economist | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BARACK OBAMA has promised to make Afghanistan his foreign-policy priority. But on the streets of Kabul his electoral triumph has been greeted with jad...