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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

And Bush kissed the Saudi king

Few aspects of American politics are as ridiculous and dangerous as the right-wing urge to substitute macho posturing for foreign policy. That irrepressible habit surfaces constantly now that President Obama is in the Oval Office, most recently when he shook hands with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at the Summit...
Monday, April 20, 2009

Republicans still offer nothing new

If conservative leaders no longer even try to offer serious solutions to national problems, nobody should underestimate their capacity or their will to mobilize angry Americans. Behind the April 15 "tea parties" rallying against President Barack Obama's economic program-promoted as a new phenomenon by Fox News Channel and right-wing bloggers-stands a phalanx of Republicans whose ideology...
Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Obama inherited Bush’s mess, period

As Barack Obama’s economic advisers confront choices that vary from bad to worse in their mission to revive the financial sector and the broader economy, it is worth remembering that those choices were in essence inherited by the president, who is still new to his office. Listening to his critics, especially on the right...
Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Buen Apetito:

More than 200 foodies poured into the Milwaukee Public Market to see Rick Bayless, Mexican cuisine guru, Obama’s favorite chef and owner of Chicago’s Frontera Grill and Topolobampo restaurant. The MPTV Friends organized the quickly sold-out event, coordinated by MPTV’s Marina Tanzer and Jill Nickerson, the Public...
Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Radio talker's speech distills conservatism to its essence

In his "first ever address to the nation" delivered to the Conservative Political Action Committee last Saturday, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh electrified attendees of the conference by distilling conservative ideals down to their essence- the freedom of every American to achieve greatness through individual effort, unencumbered by "onerous taxes, regulations, and too much government".Not surprisingly, liberal pundits and commentators heard a speech that was, according to CNN commentator Bill Schneider, "Angry, mocking, bullying, harsh, and full of contempt."
Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Progressives can't dismiss his influence

I first started listening to the Rush Limbaugh program during the Clinton Administration, or as Rush liked to call it “America Held Hostage.”  Regardless of what you may think of his political views, you must admit that the guy can be funny and charismatic in a way that Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity are not.
Monday, March 2, 2009

Obama won over the public and won the debate

With President Barack Obama’s signature affixed to the economic stimulus bill, his landmark victory can be put in proper...
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009

Don’t let your critics frame the debate

Having allowed his Republican opponents to dominate the economic debate for two weeks as his stimulus proposal languished, President Obama used his first news conference to rebut them—coolly and civilly, yet without leaving any doubt that he can strike back harder if necessary. He drew the lines that had...

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