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Afghan Women Talk About Obama and Plan B

Mayhill Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mayhill Fowler

If the future of Afghanistan is unclear, one point on which everyone is agreed is that the establishment of governance and civil society will take many years.

A Disastrous Week For The Afghanistan War

Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sahil Kapur

War has become a fact of life for post-9/11 America -- a permanent fixture of the Washington establishment that can hardly be challenged, lest anyone with insufficient pro-war credentials be dismissed as unserious and naive.

Remembering What a Military Is For

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

Tea partiers and residents of the Gulf Coast take note: could it be that we've so scorned and dismantled our government that the only loved and well-functioning institution left is the military?

Dueling Pro-, Anti-War Victories in the Senate

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

Eighteen Senators Back Timetable for Afghanistan Withdrawal

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Just a handful more of co-sponsors for McGovern's resolution would establish "there should be a timetable for withdrawal" as the mainstream Democratic position, pressuring the Obama Administration to create one.

Election 2010: Media Marching Orders on Afghanistan

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Mull

Congratulations media, you've had a very successful couple of weeks. Your control over the public discourse is strong. So don't blow the whole operation and have everybody actually engaged in civics -- Western Civilization would collapse.

March Madness Strikes the Terror Debates

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Lindsey Graham's effort to get the administration to abandon legitimate federal court trials for suspected terrorists in exchange for the funding needed to close Guantanamo Bay is headed nowhere fast.

Friday Talking Points [124] -- How's That Libertarian Thingie Workin' Out For Ya?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We certainly have a lot of ground to cover this week, so let's dig right in. I'd like to start with a declaration, though: Bristol Palin is now fair g...

Health Care Reform and the Radicalization of Betsy and Robby

Mark Joseph | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Joseph

Something is happening in America: the radicalization of people like my friends Robby and Betsy that President Obama and this administration ignore at their own political peril.

A Financial War With Two Fronts ... And One Wrong General

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Quick overview: Larry Summers -- wrong about the risks; didn't see the last crisis coming. Nouriel Roubini -- right about the risks; predicted the last crisis. Who are you gonna believe?

Tommy Thompson's Greatest Hits

Senate Guru | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Senate Guru

{Originally posted at my blog Senate Guru.} Republican dolt Tommy Thompson is making noise about challenging Senator Russ Feingold this year. And Th...

Smartest U.S. Senators (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Love it or hate it, the United States Senate is home to some of the smartest (and most highly educated) legislators in the country -- at least judging...

Intelligence Community Must Build Greater Trust

Pete Contostavlos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pete Contostavlos

We must keep the trust of intelligence professionals and war fighters on the front lines in order to provide timely, accurate and relevant information to policymakers and those who need it.

Earmark Ban Being Debated By Democratic Leaders

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"As they try to reclaim the ethical high ground during a difficult stretch, House Democratic leaders are considering a dramatic move: declaring a part...

1984 in 2010: Hijacking Democracy to Spy on Americans

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

With the White House and congressional leadership supporting unconstitutional abuses threatening the very fabric of our society, the Constitution appears to have few friends left in our nation's capital.

Jason Linkins

Feingold Opponent Resurrects Town Hall Meetings, Claims Senator Is 'Not Listening' (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over at TPM, Eric Kleefield reports that one of Senator Russ Feingold's (D-Wisc.) would-be Republican opponents, Terrence Wall, is resurrecting the me...

Sen. Sanders Says Obama Is Putting His Credibility On the Line by Criticizing Wall Street, Pushing Bernanke

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

There's an increasing -- if still unlikely -- chance that enough rogue Senate Democrats will finally join with rank-and-file Republicans to vote down Ben Bernanke's renomination.

Feingold Outraged, McCain Disappointed At Supreme Court Decision

Politico | kasie hunt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Russ Feingold is seething mad. John McCain is giving more of a disappointed shrug. The senators whose names were associated with the landmark campaig...

President Obama Loses His Base: He Just Ran Out of Slack

Tom Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Sullivan

The media was quick to declare the Obama honeymoon over this summer. Yet supporters exhilarated by Obama's win in November 2008 were still willing to cut him slack. That slack just ran out.

The Right Campaign Metrics for Obama's Promises and Performance

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

Even as the results from actual, live campaigns in Virginia and New Jersey roll in, the political and media establishment is fixated on the anniversary of Obama's election.

Ride the Populist Wave: Restore Glass-Steagall!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Populism is not so much a political stance (as "conservatism" is, for instance) as it is a political tactic. Meaning it can be used equally well by either side of our current American political divide.

Sam Stein

Feingold: Why Surge Where Al Qaeda Isn't? | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

One of the fiercest critics of the proposed surge of U.S. forces in Afghanistan warned on Sunday that the policy would distract America from the pursu...

Campaign Finance: Back to the Era of the Robber Barons?

Jake Whitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Whitney

In our current political climate, this quid pro quo -- trading campaign contributions for votes -- is a serious concern. The issue is extremely important and yet no one is talking about of campaign finance.

Sam Stein

Senate Democrats Consider Nightmare Scenario On Health Care | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

There is, currently, a nightmare scenario afflicting Democrats on Capitol Hill with regards to health care reform. And it goes like this: Sometime ear...

Sam Stein

Feingold: No Public Option A "Strong Reason" Not To Support Reform | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The major point of contention between the White House and congressional Democrats is now whether a public option for insurance coverage has the 60 vot...