Bush considered attack on Syrian facility: book

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former President George W. Bush says he considered ordering a U.S. military strike against a suspected Syrian nuclear facility at Israel’s request in 2007 but ultimately opted against it. Read the full story from Reuters

Demoralized Democrats ponder the future

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Demoralized Democrats face an uncertain future after their bruising U.S. election losses, and the soul-searching and finger-pointing already have begun. Read the full story from Reuters

Obama’s signal and elections tilt Bush-era tax debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s new willingness to work with Republicans on tax policy after his Democrats were routed in congressional elections boosts the chances tax rates will not rise for any American, including the wealthiest, come January. Read the full story from Reuters

Linnie Frank Bailey: Obama Fix # 1 — Put a Woman Over the DNC

Put Kaine somewhere in the Administration, and put a WOMAN over the currently ineffective DNC. Not a Hollywood actress; not a Silicon Valley tech guru; not an East-coast fundraiser; not a news pundit or anchor. Not sure who’s left… but here are the Quals: A woman from ‘main street.’ Someone who’s raised a family, worked, […]

Christopher Brauchli: Sharia Leaves Oklahoma

You’re doin’ fine Oklahoma! Oklahoma OK. A line from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical, Oklahoma Now that the election is over it’s time to look at one state that was able to take a very important step, a step for which is has received precious little publicity notwithstanding the step’s importance. It is the state of […]

Paul A. London: Understanding Adam Smith and John Maynard Keynes

Failure to solve the unemployment problem cost Democrats the 2010 election. Fifteen million Americans are out of work. Nine million more are involuntarily working part time. Many with jobs also feel threatened. Voters don’t understand why jobs are scarce so they vote against those they believe are in power. Under similar circumstances they voted against […]

Mike Lux: The One Thing

There’s all the usual post-election palaver that happens after a Democratic loss: Republican and right wing triumphalism, the pro-corporate wing of the Democratic party and conventional wisdom pundits arguing that Democrats should “turn to the center” (by which they mean the Washington center- cutting Social Security, doing more trade deals, not antagonizing Wall Street- as […]

Miles Mogulescu: Oops, He Did It Again: Obama Already Caving in to Republicans on Tax Cuts for the Rich

Republican leaders like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are doubling down on their promises not to compromise an inch with President Obama unless he decides to adopt their policies. Meanwhile President Obama is already signaling that he’s prepared to abandon his principles and compromise with Republicans on one of his clearest and mosts unambiguous campaign […]

Fernando Espuelas: Why Did Democrats Sweep California? Ask Meg Whitman

You could almost hear Meg Whitman’s campaign coming off the rails the day she became “tough as nails” on undocumented immigrants. Faced with the accusation by her GOP primary opponent, Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, that Whitman was soft on “illegals,” the Whitman juggernaut responded with the political equivalent of a fleet of B-52’s flattening a […]