Category Archives: politics

What just might happen if Obama loses in 2012

Less than four months from now, the mid-term elections will determine if the Democrats lose control of the Senate and their ability to set the national agenda. The November balloting will also lay the foundation for President Obama’s next two … Continue reading

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The South’s Confederate mindset is always stunning to ‘Northerners’ like me

The news that Virginia’s governor is embracing Confederate History Month has stunned civil-rights leaders, and why not? The proclamation makes no mention of slavery or the long fight to end the slave trade – an omission that today’s Washington Post … Continue reading

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Money isn’t everything: A Top 10 list of rich people who tried to be elected

Almost $60 million. That’s how much Meg Whitman has committed so far — of her own money – to be California’s next governor. Whitman, who announced today that she’s lent herself another $20 million, can afford it. She’s a billionaire … Continue reading

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I look like a liberal – but on this day, I said ‘no’ to the liberal cause

Out with my eight-year-old son at a basketball court in the park, we were having a great time — he shooting baskets, me rebounding the shots — when a stranger interrupted our fun. I could see him out of the … Continue reading

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Jerry Brown, the once (and future?) Democratic savior, reaches anew for higher office

The last time Jerry Brown had a sustained national audience, it was the winter and spring of 1992, when he challenged Bill Clinton for the Democrats’ presidential nomination. Much has changed in those two decades, but Brown – a former … Continue reading

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Race in America: Does racism explain the ‘tenure shooting’ and Tea Party movement?

In November of 2008, a prime debate was whether the United States – with Barack Obama’s election – lived in a post-racial society. Fifteen months later, the answer is a resounding, “hell, no.” The proof: last week’s shooting in Alabama, … Continue reading

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Sunday news shows: Who won, who lost on a day of political football

The hard hits. The sneaky play-calling. The spectacle of it all. Who wouldn’t love the Super Bowlish news shows that preceded the real Super Bowl? Like the game itself, the news shows made for enticing TV – and rabid partisanship. … Continue reading

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