Barack Obama

The Real Bill Ayers

December 7, 2008 by Staff
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BILL AYERS: In the recently concluded presidential race, I was unwillingly thrust upon the stage and asked to play a role in a profoundly dishonest drama. I refused, and here’s why. Unable to challenge the content of Barack Obama’s campaign, his opponents invented a narrative about a young politician who emerged from nowhere, a man of charm, intelligence and skill, but with an exotic background and a strange name.

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Iraq Pact Challenges Antiwar Movement

December 5, 2008 by Staff
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TOM HAYDEN: What does the US-Iraq Security Pact mean for the antiwar movement? It certainly may cement an American perception that the war is finally over, stranding the peace movement as public opinion turns its attention to the economy and the Obama administration. If the Pact’s terms are maintained, President-elect Obama will be acquiescing in a doubling of his 16-month deadline for withdrawal of combat troops, but also for the first time accepting a date for removal of so-called residual American forces–since “all” means all counter-terrorism units, advisers, trainers and back-up forces that could total 50,000 or more.

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Obama and the Movement

December 3, 2008 by Staff
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Though many on the left put forth an analysis that appreciated the importance of defeating McCain and the Republican party, few of us were prepared for the raw emotion that surfaced in the wake of Barack Obama’s victory on November 4th. Cities across the US celebrated spontaneously in the streets and it seemed like the whole world celebrated with them. People’s feelings of joy can be attributed to a wide range of reasons, but a few of them seem primary.

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Mumbai to Obama: End Bush’s War on Terror

November 29, 2008 by Staff

The terrorist attacks in Mumbai call out to President-elect Barack Obama and his advisors to rethink the signature blunder of George W. Bush’s eight years in office – the so-called War on Terror. As US intelligence reports have made clear, the centerpiece of the supposed campaign against terror, the military occupation of Iraq, has increased the likelihood of more attacks like those in Mumbai, Madrid, London and Manhattan.
by Steve Weissman

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Let’s Get Smart About Obama

November 28, 2008 by Staff

MARK RUDD: Just the mere mention of the names Hillary Clinton and Lawrence Summers alone conjure up a litany of horrendous right-wingers appointed to top level positions. Betrayal is the name of the game.
But wait a second. Let’s talk about a few things:

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Enough of ‘Barbituate’ Left Cynicism, Obama Is a Victory over White Supremacy

November 26, 2008 by Staff

We don’t need the “everything sucks” analysis; Obama has mobilized millions of activists and that energy is looking for an outlet.
By Tim Wise

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Weapons Come Second – Can Obama Take on the Pentagon?

November 25, 2008 by Staff

For all the rolling up of sleeves and “everything is going to change” exuberance, however, taking on the Pentagon, with its mega-budget and its mega-power, may be the hardest task he faces.

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Why Obama’s Futurama Can Wait

November 18, 2008 by Staff

Schools and Hospitals Should Come First in Any Stimulus Package By Mike Davis / TomDispatch.com / November 18, 2008 America’s “Futurama” is defunct. The famous walk-through diorama of a car-and-suburb world, imagineered by Norman Bel Geddes for General Motors at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, has weathered into a dreary emblem of our national […]

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Dispatch From St. Thomas

November 5, 2008 by Doug Porter

Obama Victory Strikes Home in the Caribbean St. Thomas, USVI–The woman’s wail cut through the walls of my room. It was after midnight on election day and I’d returned to my hotel room after leaving an election party at a bar down by the beach. Tired of waiting for the moment of triumph amidst an […]

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The Opening that Barack Obama Saw

November 3, 2008 by Staff

Obama Is the First Truly 21st Century Figure In American Politics By E. J. Dionne Jr. / The Washington Post / November 3, 2008 A good politician triumphs by adapting to the times and taking advantage of opportunities as they come. A great politician anticipates openings others don’t see and creates possibilities that were not […]

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Hate’s last stand

October 30, 2008 by Staff

It’s racism and homophobia, neck and neck, down to the wire. Can they hang on? By Mark Morford / SF Gate Columnist / October 29, 2008 Let’s not get carried away. Let’s not go so far as to suggest we’re about to enter into some sort of fluffy utopian tofu puppy happyland where nipples fly […]

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Barack Obama and the Fear of Socialism

October 27, 2008 by Staff

by glamatron / The DailyKos / Oct 26, 2008 My open letter to everyone who is bustling around the internet telling everyone who will listen that Obama is a socialist! A socialist! And then standing back, waiting with gaping mouth, for people to rush out and change their votes. If you enjoy having weekends off, […]

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Neo-Nazi Plot to Assassinate Obama Is Foiled by AFT

October 27, 2008 by Staff

Two Neo-Nazis held in Tennessee, allegedly also targeted Black high school WASHINGTON – A plot by two Neo-Nazi skinheads to assassinate Barack Obama and kill dozens of other African Americans has been foiled, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said Monday. Daniel Cowart, 20, of Bells, Tenn., and Paul Schlesselman, 18, of West Helena, […]

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150,000 Show Up for Obama in 2 Colorado Rallies

October 26, 2008 by Staff

Obama stirs up supporters in Colorado: 100,000 plus in Denver, 45,000 in Ft. Collins By Ben Feller / October 25, 2008 DENVER (AP) – Roaring toward the finish, Barack Obama presided Sunday over two Colorado rallies that together drew about 150,000 people, a startling turnout in a key swing state. In Denver, the city where […]

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100,000 Rally With Obama In St. Louis

October 20, 2008 by Staff

This was the largest U.S. crowd ever to see Barack Obama.  It was reported that on the same day, 75,000 turned out in Kansas City.

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Will the ‘Bradley effect’ bring down Barack Obama?

October 17, 2008 by Staff

by William Bradley / The Huffington Post / October 17, 2008 Barack Obama has won all three presidential debates over John McCain. He has a solid lead in the polls. What could go wrong for him? Well, many say the polls could be wrong, skewed by a hidden racist vote. The “Bradley effect” — the […]

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Sacramento GOP Says It’s Okay to Waterboard Barack Obama

October 15, 2008 by Staff

Sacramento Republicans puts politics of fear on display on their website Thanks to Rick Nadeau, our Sacramento-based writer, for the heads-up on this article. By Marcos Bretón / Sacramento Bee / October 15, 2008 Apparently, the local Republican Party thinks it’s OK to promote the idea of torturing Sen. Barack Obama. The Sacramento GOP sees […]

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The Man Behind the Whispers About Obama

October 13, 2008 by Staff

By Jim Rutenberg/October 12, 2008 The most persistent falsehood about Senator Barack Obama’s background first hit in 2004 just two weeks after the Democratic convention speech that helped set him on the path to his presidential candidacy: “Obama is a Muslim who has concealed his religion.” That statement, contained in a press release, spun a […]

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Runnin’ with the Obama kids

October 12, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

OCEAN BEACH, CA.  The short, older woman aimed for me, and without breaking stride, passed by, and in a stage whisper, rasped, “He’s a dirty Muslim.” She kept going without looking back. I didn’t respond at all. I was in the parking lot of a San Diego market, raising money for Barack Obama and the […]

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The Race Card (McCain Gets Really Desperate)

October 6, 2008 by Doug Porter

Internal polling in the McCain operation reportedly shows the candidate continuing to lose ground, both in battleground states and in states long understood to be safe for the campaign. States that voted for Bush in the 2004 campaign are now being aggressively targeted by the Obama campaign, including: Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Nevada, New Mexico, […]

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AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka on Racism and Obama

October 4, 2008 by Patty Jones

Very powerful indeed. Thanks dougbob for pointing it out. Posted by cameo9876 on YouTube

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How Forgotten Iraq May Elect the Next President

September 30, 2008 by Staff

Whose War Will Win the Election — McCain’s or Obama’s? By Ira Chernus/ TomDispatch.com / September 30, 2008 In 1932, in the midst of a disastrous economic meltdown, Franklin D. Roosevelt made “the forgotten man” the centerpiece of his presidential election campaign. Far more than we suspect, this year’s election may turn not on a […]

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Omitting cell phone users may affect polls

September 25, 2008 by Staff

People with only cell phones may differ enough from those with landlines By Alan Fram / Associated Press / Sept. 25, 2008 WASHINGTON – People with only cell phones may differ enough from those with landline telephones that excluding the growing population of cell-only users from public opinion polls may slightly skew the results, a […]

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Obama: Find Your Inner Populist

September 17, 2008 by Staff

Obama needs to denounce the those scoundrels from both parties who got us in this financial mess. By Robert Scheer / The Nation /  September 17, 2008 Gag me with a spoon, as Valley girls used to say. Did you see that McCain-Palin ad promising “tougher rules on Wall Street to protect your life savings, […]

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Obama’s Youth Movement

September 16, 2008 by Staff

By Peter Dreier / The Nation /  September 15, 2008 Twenty-year-old Tobin Van Ostern finished his sophomore year last spring at George Washington University, but this fall he’s enrolled in the Barack Obama campaign as a full-time organizer. The Richmond, Virginia, native started Students for Obama on his campus last year as a Facebook group. […]

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McCain and the Depression of 2008

September 15, 2008 by Gregg Robinson

“The Fundamentals of the American Economy are strong.” John McCain before the 2008 election “Prosperity is just around the corner.” Herbert Hoover just before the 1932 election At a time when this country faces the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, the American people seem set to elect the modern version of Herbert Hoover. […]

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Troops Deployed Abroad Give 6:1 to Obama

September 9, 2008 by Staff

Published by Luke Rosiak / OpenSecrets.org /  August 14, 2008  During World War II, soldiers crouching in foxholes penned letters assuring their sweethearts that they’d be home soon. Now, between firefights in the Iraqi desert, some infantrymen have been sending a different kind of mail stateside: two or three hundred dollars — or whatever they […]

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Obama raises $10 million after Palin speech vs. GOP raising only $1 million

September 4, 2008 by Staff

Associated Press / updated 6:20 p.m. PT, Thurs., Sept. 4, 2008 ST. PAUL, Minnesota – Barack Obama’s presidential campaign said it raised $10 million Thursday following the Republican National Convention speech by rival John McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin. Obama spokesman Bill Burton said Palin’s address, heavily laced with digs at Obama, prompted an outpouring […]

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The Problem Is Empire

September 2, 2008 by Staff

Tom Hayden delivered these remarks to a gathering of activists at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. by Tom Hayden Let me tell you some of my story and lessons I have learned over these past five decades. I have always tried to improve my country, always trying from the places around me.I was smart […]

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Obama Babies and the Ten Per Cent Solution

August 21, 2008 by Gregg Robinson

Grow up! When I listen to the squabbles between those on the left that support Obama and those that don’t I feel like I should drag out an old copy of Dr. Spock (for those of you not old enough to have heard of him, Dr. Spock was the baby doctor who wrote a book […]

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