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Presidential Election

Obama and Democrats Fighting Hard on GOP Turf

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

All told, 20 states are currently at high risk of loss by the Republican party in either the presidential election, the Senate race, or both. How is that for expanding the playing field?

The Presidential Debate Drinking Game

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Nelson

Every time McCain says "my friends", spit out your drink and shout "I am not your friend" at the TV. When NATO is mentioned, clink glasses with everyone around you and attack anyone who refuses to clink.

Side Stepping Statement? Take Drink. Depressed About Country? Take Drink. Blog!

Natasha Vargas-Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Natasha Vargas-Cooper

END. FINAL. OVERRRR. Well, this debate was a pretty grueling exercise in tedium but I think I'm going to call it for Barack. He needed to come off pr...

McCain and Obama Prepare for a Showdown: Deja vu?

Jerry Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Weissman

Tomorrow night is the night when Senators John McCain and Barack Obama are scheduled to meet in the first of three presidential debates. Whether it ta...

Let The Politics Of Anger Prevail

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lance Simmens

Fear versus anger, defense versus offense, past versus future, insecurity versus hope. These are the trademarks of the current decisions Americans must make in the next six weeks.

It's Not Always the Economy Stupid

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

If McCain can create enough doubt about who's really to blame, and convince voters that he can reverse the economic free fall as well as Obama, the election again may not be about the economy.

Suckering The Fundamentalists, Again

Christine Wicker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christine Wicker

The Christian kingmakers forced McCain to pass up more experienced candidates. They won and, heady with their victory, the faithful rushed back into the Republican fold, and they'll get nothing again as a result.

Why the Financial Meltdown Reflects the Fundamental Failure of the Bush-McCain Economic Philosophy

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The American mortgage market now provides us with another clear example of how the fundamental premise of right-wing economic thought is dead wrong.

Why the Political is Personal(ity)

Aimee Liu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Aimee Liu

There are seven basic traits that we all have in common, and our own personalities influence how we respond to Obama and Palin. This election season we would do well to understand how these seven traits affect our actions and reactions.

Please Barack Say It's Nonsense that You Tried to Stall Troop Withdrawal Until after the Elections

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The alleged reason for the Obama request for a foot drag on troop withdrawal says the New York Post was to give him an election boost.

McCain: Same As He Ever Was

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

At some point it becomes hard to blame the traditional media for its improper coverage. Clearly, the McCain/Palin lies have not gone unnoticed -- yet, there is barely a blip in the polls.

The Divided States of America: One Nation Under Two Gods

Michelle Haimoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Haimoff

These diametrically opposed, partisan visions of America can never be reconciled because both parties feel that they are fundamentally saving the other party from itself.

Dubious Praise for The Daily Show

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Norman Solomon

If -- as the New York Times soberly reported -- "straight news programs cannot" tackle the "big issues of the day" while "speaking truth to power," we should ask a key question: Why not?

Old Jews, Young Jews, Red Jews, Blue Jews

Robin Maxwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robin Maxwell

Tell me I'm dreaming! It can't possibly be true -- the People of the Holocaust, the most persecuted group in the history of the world are refusing to vote for a man because he's black?

Frightened by McCain's Post-Convention Bounce? Three Things You Can Do Personally To Affect the Outcome of the Election

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Take personal responsibility to do the two things that will win -- persuade swing voters, and mobilize people who won't vote unless they are motivated to do so.

I'll Cover Chuck, Man to Man

Doug Apatow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Apatow

Don't let the title confuse you... I'm no pro basketball player, nor am I a farmer. I was born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in suburbs of NYC (Nausau ...

What McCain's Advisors Tried to Accomplish by Choosing Palin -- Why They Will Fail

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

I originally thought that Palin's choice would take the question of experience off the table in this race. Now I believe it will put that question back on the table -- in reverse.

My Advice To John McCain -- Be John McCain

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

I moved to Tucson seven years ago and I have voted for and supported Senator John McCain since I became an Arizona resident. I got to hear and talk wi...

Libertarian Candidate Bob Barr: A Day Late And A Few Million Short

Judah Freed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Judah Freed

I favor libertarian stands on civil liberties and limited government, so I eagerly read the Libertarian Party emails. Yet I base my view of reality on logic and evidence. Sadly, I'm not seeing much of either from the Barr campaign.

Progressives and Obama

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

We're in great need of willingness to acknowledge contradictory truths, to sort through them as a means of finding the best progressive strategies for the here and now.

Drop Bibles, not bombs

Christine Wicker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Wicker

The idea of demeaning another religion by encouraging conversion offends us. It's playing dirty pool. Imperialism of the worst kind. Isn't that strange? Dropping Bibles seems more offensive than dropping bombs.

McCain's Problem with White Voters

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

It is McCain who needs to score exceptionally well among white voters, better in fact than any other Republican presidential candidate in the past 20 years, including George H. W. Bush.

Stand and Be Counted

Karen Stabiner And Sarah Dietz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Stabiner And Sarah Dietz

Thanks to Obama's introduction of Kanye West at Lollapalooza, even my mother will be there bopping along to "Golddigger." And if that isn't a change, I don't know what is.

Jesse's Obama Problem: He Needs Barack More Than Barack Needs Him

Eric Deggans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Deggans

If tradition civil rights leaders are stuck on the outside when Obama gets elected president, what does that mean for them and for the struggle to free black folks from oppression?

Progressives Must Guard Against Helping to Promote Republican Narrative That Alleges Obama "Flip Flops"

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Progressives who disagree with Barack Obama but at the same time don't want to help Republicans usher in a third Bush term need to remember these three things.