Demagoguing Feminism for Fun and Profit

By: Tuesday July 15, 2014 7:48 am

Genuinely curious to see if left ideological solidarity protects @DianeRavitch from backlash for this blatant sexism — Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) July 15, 2014 @janehamsher @jaketapper @DianeRavitch Got it. I'll put you down for "yes." — Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) July 15, 2014 This morning we’re all treated to a feminist screed by John Chait about [...]

Poll: Should Susan Rice’s TransCanada Investment Disqualify Her from Secretary of State Job?

By: Monday December 3, 2012 6:58 am

The White House has grown quite mum over the recent revelation by the NRDC that Rice owns between $300,000 and $600,000 of TransCanada stock, the company that is currently using strongarm tactics against activists as they construct the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Health Care Law as Popular as a Pepperoni and Broken Glass Pizza

By: Friday March 11, 2011 2:01 pm

For some reason, one of the most bizarrely persistent myths on the left is that the specifics of the new health care reform law are actually popular. The myth was again brought up today by Ezra Klein: You saw this a lot during health-care reform, where the specifics of the law were popular but the [...]

Egypt, Obama, Clinton, AIPAC and Twitter

By: Tuesday February 8, 2011 8:59 am

In the end, if Obama truly wants to install Suleiman, he probably can. He’ll engineer one of those “make me do it” moments, where he just has to accept that the thing his administration has been working tirelessly to achieve is the best thing for Egypt. But the minute that happens, and the stories start leaking out about young demonstrators being “disappeared” by Suleiman’s thugs, he’ll have to explain to the social media generation how it was all worth it for “stability in the region.”

And this time, he won’t be able to blame it on the need for “60 votes.”

A Tale of Two Acronyms: What Fierce Advocacy Actually Looks Like – START vs. DADT

By: Thursday December 16, 2010 2:28 pm

President Obama, like all presidents, often says he “wants” or is even “fighting” for something, but in fact puts no real effort into actually making it happen. It could be he doesn’t want to spend political capital because he thinks it is a lost cause, thinks it is fairly unimportant, or even doesn’t really want [...]

Korea Free Trade, Here We Come

By: Wednesday November 10, 2010 9:46 pm

The proposed Korean “free trade” agreement would be a truly horrific blow to whatever is left of American manufacturing at a time when unemployment is rampant. But from a political standpoint, fighting for another so-called “free trade” agreement right now has got to represent some kind of death wish for the Democratic party. I don’t have any other way to explain it.

John McCain And The Comedy That Is Rape

By: Wednesday July 16, 2008 10:45 am

Well, we already knew he liked to hang out with fundraisers who make rape jokes. But we didn’t know he liked to make them himself. Now we do.

Obama/Clinton Unity Rally In New Hampshire Friday

By: Monday June 23, 2008 12:11 pm

This Friday in New Hampshire, Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton will be together for a unity rally, which party members I spoke to are hoping will finally put the bad blood behind. From an email:

FRIDAY: Senators Clinton and Obama to Campaign Together in Town of Unity, New Hampshire

Candidates received 107 votes apiece in Granite State town

Barack Obama’s Labor Pains Linger

By: Thursday June 19, 2008 10:53 am

As The Washington Post reports, yesterday Barack Obama had a meeting with a number of labor leaders in the AFL-CIO, important in that some of their major affiliates (such as AFSCME) endorsed his rival Sen. Hillary Clinton during the primary.

As the piece puts it:

Several of the largest unions in the AFL-CIO supported Sen.

Patti Solis Doyle Officially Joins The Obama Campaign

By: Monday June 16, 2008 2:05 pm

We had heard the rumors about Solis Doyle joining Team Obama for a while, but now it is official. I checked in with a friend, a super-delegate and former confidante of the Clintons. He echoed what this Huffington Post piece says, which is with her selection as chief of staff to the eventual vice president, Clinton’s chances of getting on the ticket now have pretty much been eliminated, as Solis Doyle