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Don’t Hide the Fudge!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 29th, 2008 5:33 am by HL

Don’t Hide the Fudge!
Okay, this one’s just for fun. You know, John McCain’s been having a rough few days on the image and message front. Had to cancel the visit to New Orleans and the Gulf Oil rig because of the recent oil…


Dionne: ?Obama?s Bush Doctrine.?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 29th, 2008 5:32 am by HL

Dionne: ?Obama?s Bush Doctrine.?
The Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne argues, “In electing Barack Obama, the country traded the foreign policy of the second President Bush for the foreign policy of the first President Bush.” Noting Obama’s willingness to heed the advice of Defense Secretary Robert Gates and former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft, Dionne says Obama’s realist foreign policy […]

The Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne argues, “In electing Barack Obama, the country traded the foreign policy of the second President Bush for the foreign policy of the first President Bush.” Noting Obama’s willingness to heed the advice of Defense Secretary Robert Gates and former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft, Dionne says Obama’s realist foreign policy mindset resembles that of the elder Bush:

Obama’s national security choices are already causing grumbling from parts of the antiwar left, even if Obama made clear six years ago that while he was with them on Iraq, he was not one of them.

Ironically, Obama is likely to show more fidelity to George H.W. Bush’s approach to foreign affairs than did the former president’s own son. That’s change, maybe even change we can believe in, but it’s not the change so many expected.


Obama’s Choice of Elected Officials for Administration Leaves Seats Vulnerable

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 29th, 2008 5:31 am by HL

Obama’s Choice of Elected Officials for Administration Leaves Seats Vulnerable
President-elect Barack Obama’s speed in naming Cabinet nominees and top White House staffers has drawn praise from many within his party but also has left a series of likely vacancies that could endanger Democratic electoral prospects in the coming months and reduce diversity within party ranks.


American Cultural Imperialism

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 28th, 2008 5:39 am by HL

American Cultural Imperialism
(Fremantle W. A.) November 28, 2008 Stella, from Great Britain, was disconcerted (and a bit intimidated) when she arrived in Australia and folks took to shouting (or pretending to yell) her name. Someone finally explained to her that they were imitating Marlon Brando in the movie “Streetcar Named Desire.”The anecdote points out an unusual paradox […]


Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 28th, 2008 5:38 am by HL

Happy Thanksgiving!
President-elect Obama will spend Thanksgiving in Chicago with Michelle and their daughters and nearly 60 guests. Vice President-elect Biden and Jill are continuing their long-standing tradition of spending the holiday with their family in Nantucket. 

President Bush will spend Thanksgiving at Camp David with his family.

No public events are scheduled.

Have a great holiday!


Late Late Nite FDL: Old Crow Medicine Show

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 28th, 2008 5:37 am by HL

Late Late Nite FDL: Old Crow Medicine Show
Whether you are thanking your lucky stars you have a little pork to put in your pot of beans this week or your gravy boat runneth over, take a few minutes and enjoy, The Old Crow Medicine Show.

The Old Crow Medicine Show “I Hear Them All”

The Old Crow Medicine Show with Gillian Welch “The Weight”

Whether you are thanking your lucky stars you have a little pork to put in your pot of beans this week or your gravy boat runneth over, take a few minutes and enjoy, The Old Crow Medicine Show.

And do tell us all, what’s on your mind tonight?


Economic Downturn Hits Women the Hardest

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 28th, 2008 5:36 am by HL

Economic Downturn Hits Women the Hardest
Women are being disproportionately affected by the U.S. mortgage crisis and economic plunge.


Election Central Morning Roundup

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 28th, 2008 5:35 am by HL

Election Central Morning Roundup
This Morning: Another Obama Press Conference Barack Obama is holding a press conference today at 10:45 a.m. ET — his third presser in three days — centered around the economy. As we posited yesterday, Obama appears to be trying to…


Last Chance

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 28th, 2008 5:34 am by HL

Last Chance
Today’s the deadline for applications for our Fall cycle TPM internship. Find all the details here….


Iraqi parliament approves new security pact.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 28th, 2008 5:33 am by HL

Iraqi parliament approves new security pact.
After weeks of contentious debate, the Iraqi parliament approved the long-delayed security pact “that lays out a three-year timetable for the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq.” The New York Times reports: For Iraq and the United States, the pact’s passage through Parliament by a large majority — more than 140 of some 200 […]

After weeks of contentious debate, the Iraqi parliament approved the long-delayed security pact “that lays out a three-year timetable for the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq.” The New York Times reports:

For Iraq and the United States, the pact’s passage through Parliament by a large majority — more than 140 of some 200 lawmakers present voted in favor — marks a watershed moment, heralding an increase in Iraqi sovereignty over American and other foreign troops on its soil. […]

The pact gives Iraq considerable say in what operations American troops can undertake in the country, and sets limits on the Americans’ ability to search homes and buildings, and hold suspects that they detain.

Peter Juul, a Research Associate at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, recently argued that despite the Bush administration’s claims, the SOFA includes treaty obligations and therefore requires congressional approval. In the weeks leading up to the pact’s approval, the Bush administration refused to release an English-language version of the proposed agreement. The text of the agreement is now available HERE.