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“Success in Iraq is possible and can be achieved on a realistic timetable,” said Mr. Khalilzad. Iraq can be “in a very good place in 12 months,” said General Casey.
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Oh, good, Karl Rove started his own WikiLeaks. A conservative WikiLeaks. This WikiLeaks is about “transparency” and exposing malfeasance by the Obama administration. It’s also not about “leaks,” at all: It is made up of documents obtained via FOIA requests, that citizen journalists (vetted by Rove’s Crossroads GPS group, obviously) will sift through and analyze. It is called “Wikicountability.”
Years ago, you described “American Buffalo” as being about “how we excuse all sorts of great and small betrayals and ethical compromises called business.” In this book, you defend enormous payouts to C.E.O.’s working for failing corporations. You seem to have changed radically.
2008 Presidential election results by county. Blue denotes majority Democratic votes and Red Republican. Map from New York Times . Hale County in west central Alabama and Bamberg County in southern South Carolina are 450 miles apart. Both counties have a population of 16,000 of which around 60% are African American.
Last week, the Gallup Organization released a poll suggesting that, on average, Americans estimate one in four people in this country to be gay or lesbian. If that number seems high, it's not just you. Calculations of the population vary, but most recent surveys place the percentage of gay and lesbian Americans at around 3.5 percent. Neither are such wild overestimations new to the era of Lady Gaga and Glee . In 2002 , Gallup asked the same question and found similar results: the average estimate then was that 21 percent of men were gay and 22 percent of women lesbian.
The American Civil War began 150 years ago this week. How should you mark the occasion? We'd suggest reading a book, touring a battlefield, or just spending a few moments in quiet contemplation. Not everyone shares our sense of propriety.
Via Miller-McCune's Emily Badger : in an test of the Supreme Court's recent campaign finance decision--and its logic that corporations should be treated as people, when it comes to political money--a Maryland-based progressive PR firm is planning to run for Congress. Murray Hill, Inc. announced its candidacy in a press release on its website; it plans to enter the Republican primary to challenge Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen in the state's eighth congressional district, as a corporation. "Until now," the firm says in its release, "corporate interests had to rely on campaign contributions and influence peddling to achieve their goals in Washington.
I watched the O'Donnell-Coons Delaware "debate" last night. I started watching the Harry Reid - Sharron Angle Nevada version tonight. After the opening statements, I realize: I am not that brave.
No, not the one about how he was born in Kenya, or Indonesia. We know, of course, that he was born in Kenya and Indonesia at the same time. He was always quite the overachiever! No, the myth I'm talking about is the myth that President Obama doesn't believe that America is an exceptional country, one with exceptional capabilities and exceptional responsibilities.
The new Republican majority's agenda is pretty clear when you look at their list of legislation this Congress: H.R. 1 -- decimate the programs that millions of middle-class families across the country depend on. H.R. 2 -- repeal the landmark law that expands health care to millions of Americans and prevents big insurance companies from discriminating against people when they get sick.
Two narratives have begun to emerge from the 2006 Congressional elections. The first is that Democrats didn’t win so much as Republicans lost. The second is that the Republicans who lost were beaten by a bunch of conservative Democrats. There’s some truth to the first one: The election was a negative referendum on President Bush and the Republican Congress, specifically their mismanagement of Iraq, their ethical problems, and their inability to balance the federal budget or refrain from trying to distract Americans public with noisy wedge issues rather than provide solutions to more pressing problems. But the second narrative is a fiction. And it is puzzling that Republicans and conservatives are the ones peddling it.
Newt Gingrich is saying if Republicans win back control of Congress and reach a budget impasse with the president, they should shut down the government again. GOP pollster Dick Morris is echoing those sentiments, as is Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R. Ga), and Alaska GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller.
It's almost Easter! You know what that means: chocolate, bunnies and the White House's radical agenda of "vegetable oil-based inks." Some of the president's political opponents may sit around patiently waiting for a policy position in which they have a sincere disagreement.
Let’s be clear: Birtherism itself has everything to do with race . It encourages — and feeds off — emotional, culturally driven resentment of President Obama, a sense that he’s not “one of us.” But as Obama seeks to put all of the zany conspiracy theories to rest for good, it’s worth remembering that there’s a broader phenomenon that birtherism grew out of: the right’s instinctive, aggressive rejection of Democratic presidents. Think back to the late months of 2007, when it was taken as a given that Hillary Clinton would be the next Democratic presidential nominee.