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Carla Seaquist: Define "Change"—Or It’s Perpetual Pendulum for America

Feeling whiplashed by the midterm elections? No wonder: We’ve literally been through the ringer—360 degrees of change in two very short years. In 2008 Democrats voted, by wide margin, for the “change” candidate, Barack Obama. Truth be told, Mr. Obama was none too specific about what kind of change he was advocating, but we were desperate for anything-but-Bush, a 180-degree turn away from, and Mr. Obama, who also sounded the siren call of hope, seemed the ideal pilot. Then, in the midterms just concluded, Republicans, being nothing but savvy, picked up the non-specific “change” banner and voters, beaten down and
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Steve Clemons: Note to Hillary Clinton: Time to Do Israel/Palestine the DoD Way

Hillary Clinton just met with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and here is the pro forma “read out” of the meeting which the State Department distributed: Prime Minister Netanyahu and Secretary Clinton had a good discussion today, with a friendly and productive exchange of views on both sides. Secretary Clinton reiterated the United States’ unshakable commitment to Israel’s security and to peace in the region. The Prime Minister and the Secretary agreed on the importance of continuing direct negotiations to achieve our goals. The Secretary reiterated that “the United States believes that through good-faith negotiations, the parties can mutually agree
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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 by Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), a Blue Dog who has been barking his way to retirement, and they want to pare down federal spending and work more with Republicans. Then there are Democrats spoiling for the fight that President Barack Obama never had. Obama’s many
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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 had. I saw this passage that just seemed to be part of Bush’s typical reckless swagger: In 2000, our October Surprise had come in the form of the DUI revelation. In 2004, it came from Osama bin Laden. On October 29, the al Qaeda leader
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Report: White House Planning New Internet Privacy Protections, Watchdog Agency

The Obama Administration is preparing a stepped-up approach to policing Internet privacy that calls for new laws and the creation of a new position to oversee the effort, according to people familiar with the situation. The strategy is expected to be unveiled in a report being issued by the U.S. Commerce Department in coming weeks, these people said. The report isn’t yet final and could change, these people said. In a related move, the White House has created a special task force that is expected to help transform the Commerce Department recommendations into policy, these people said. The White House
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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 efforts in campaign finance and broad election reform. He was the epitome of a “radical centrist” when he was the straight-talk express John McCain. If John McCain had beaten George Bush in the 2000 primary, I would have strongly supported his campaign. But something has
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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 election, some of the people who are supposedly encouraging him to run told the Chicago News Cooperative on Thursday that it is, in fact, Giannoulias who is promoting himself. From The Huffington Post
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Reproductive Justice: Black Church Denounces Anti-Abortion ‘Genocide’ Lies (VIDEO)

By Reverend Dr. Carlton W. Veazey, President and CEO, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice As a black man born in the South in the 1930s, I vividly remember the devastation caused by illegal abortion, the hardships and indignities suffered by black women and poor women faced with an unwanted pregnancy and the tragedies of infertility and death due to illegal procedures. The powerful five part series on Laura Flanders show on GriTtv called “Conspiracy Tactics” recalls the injustices of those times — the harassment and the restrictions that overwhelmingly hurt black women and poor women — and alerts us to
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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 World War II – the 192-member General Assembly has been unable for three decades to agree on a reform proposal. The gridlock was evident during a debate Thursday: Supporters of three rival proposals to reform the council showed no signs of budging. Since 1979, the
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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 had a “a friendly and productive exchange of views on both sides” and “agreed on the importance of continuing direct negotiations to achieve our goals.” But there was no sign that the talks, which have been on hold since mid-September in a dispute over Israeli
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