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06.11.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
President Obama’s holding a town hall meeting in Green Bay right now, taking questions from the crowd. But in his opening remarks, he recommitted to making a “public option” a mandatory part of his health care reform plan. Interestingly, he also deviated from his prepared speech in some important places. I’ll have his comments up on the site as soon as I can type them up. But, in th...
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009

A political victory without democracy

On Aug. 4, President Barack Obama celebrated the anniversary of his birth, an event that occurred 48 years ago in the state of Hawaii. This is an indisputable fact, as sane critics on the right, such as the editors of the National Review and the veteran pundit Patrick Buchanan, acknowledge.
Monday, Aug. 3, 2009

Obama should make use of his political skills

In his struggle to change the nation's health care system, Barack Obama again faces certain obstacles that almost stopped his amazing march to the presidency. Aside from the Washington chattering class and the right-wing media, which always oppose progressive reform, Mr. Obama is losing his grip on the middle...
Friday, July 31, 2009
For those still clinging to quaint notions of the American ideal, these have been a faith-shaking 10 years. Just as evolutionary science once got in the way of Creationists' catechism, so has politics now undermined patriots' naive belief that the United States is a functioning democracy.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Rally for Obama, counting votes and contributions

Sunday’s standing-room only Organizing for America rally at American Serb Hall helped to galvanize support for President Barack Obama’s broad plans for health care reform. Without getting bogged down in details, the crowd called on members of Congress to support Obama's...
Friday, June 19, 2009
Most of the great advances we remember involve re-imagination and dreams, not merely tweaks and tinkers. The Wright Brothers' plane wasn't a newfangled horse and buggy, Einstein's theories weren't a simple update of old physics, and Edison's creations didn't aspire to make a brighter-burning wax candle. It's been the same thing in politics...
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Obama and Congress seek to balance quality, choice, affordability and access

It’s now or never. President Barack Obama has argued that the country cannot wait any longer for the health care system to be reformed: Congress must act this summer and implement its plan in the coming years. “We need health care reform because it’s central to our economic future..."
Monday, June 1, 2009

Obama outmaneuvers predictable right-wing attacks

Choosing Sonia Sotomayor as his first nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court will allow Barack Obama to prove three important things. As a politician, he is not afraid of a fight. As a constitutional lawyer, he is willing and able to defend his conception of that living document. And as president, he is prepared to brush aside the phony...
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...

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