Ari Melber: In Blue Dog Battle, Progressives Are (Half) Right

So Democrats are still debating what happened in last week’s “shellacking.” Two camps have emerged. Some Democrats think voters punished them for deploying too much government, too quickly, in too many areas beyond the economy. As the old Grateful Dead song goes, “Maybe you had too much, too fast.” These “Shakedown Street” Democrats are led […]

Steve Clemons: George W, Michael Moore & Osama bin Laden?

The publicists of George W. Bush‘s memoir, Decision Points, have not put me on their distro list so I don’t yet have the book. I may wait until it gets really cheap on Amazon’s used bookseller list, but in the mean time, i leafed through a copy that someone on my Abu Dhabi bound plane […]

Steve Clemons: On Gay Bullying and DADT: Cindy McCain vs. John McCain

April 1, 2008 — Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America Over the years, this blogger has expressed admiration for some of the principled issues that John McCain stood by when his Republican Party was off course. He was gay friendly then and had lots of gay staffers in his campaign. He was backing serious […]

Alexi Giannoulias Mulling Mayoral Run?

Just when it looked like the names of every possible mayoral candidate had been tossed about and largely discarded, now comes scuttlebutt linking Alexi Giannoulias to the fight to succeed Mayor Richard M. Daley. While the outgoing state treasurer claimed that aldermen and donors are trying to draft him for mayor in the Feb. 22 […]

Obama Spotlights Failure Of U.N. Reform

UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama’s support for India’s bid for permanent membership on the U.N. Security Council put the spotlight on the failure of the United Nations to reform its most powerful body. Despite widespread agreement that the Security Council needs to reflect the 21st century world – not the international power structure after […]

No Breakthrough In Clinton-Netanyahu Israel Settlement Meeting

NEW YORK — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held lengthy talks here Thursday but failed to break an impasse that has stalled Middle East peace negotiations. After multiple meetings over seven hours, some one-on-one and others with aides, Clinton and Netanyahu said in a joint statement that they […]

U.S. Fails To Finalize Stalled Trade Deal With South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea and the United States failed to score a breakthrough on a long-stalled free trade agreement and will keep negotiating, their presidents said Thursday, in a sharp setback to hopes of speedily ratifying the ambitious accord. The two sides have been holding negotiations this week to jump-start the deal to […]

Michael Steele Could Face Major Opposition Effort From RNC Members

Michael Steele’s path to a second term as chairman of the Republican National Committee is getting increasingly tangled, as reports Thursday suggest that the effort to recruit a viable replacement has expanded considerably. According to Hotline On Call, the mobilization effort to draft a Steele challenger is contingent on one main condition: Those who want […]