Reclaiming the American dream

Most Americans have simple dreams. A job that can support a family. Health care we can count on and afford. A retirement that is dignified and secure. Education and opportunity for our kids.

But today, the price of the American dream is going up.

All across the country, Americans are working harder for less. We’ve never paid more for health care or for college. It’s harder to save, and it’s harder to retire. There are things we need to do right now to give our economy a boost, but a short-term stimulus is not enough. We have to put the American dream on a firmer foundation.

Hyphens, history and hypocrites

Each week, I receive at least one letter or e-mail from a white person asking me to explain why blacks hyphenate their identity, referring to themselves as African-Americans. And each week, I receive a least one correspondence admonishing blacks for bringing up the past. “I didn’t own slaves, and I’m sick and tired of you people always whining about old history,” one man wrote the other day. “We need to be one nation and one people.”

New questions on Obama’s honesty

Barack Obama’s senior economic policy advisor threw a monkey wrench into the Democratic frontrunner’s smooth-running campaign machine recently by telling Canadian government officials the candidate’s tough talk on NAFTA was just campaign rhetoric.

The campaign turned up the spin machine Sunday in an effort to blunt a memo about the meeting, saying the Canadian official who wrote the memo misquoted Obama policy advisor Austan Goolsbee.

Suggestions of campaign doublespeak come as Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton head into crucial big state primaries in Texas and Ohio.

The corrupt skeleton in Barack Obama’s closet

As Democratic Presidential frontrunner Barack Obama heads into two crucial big-state primaries that could seal his hold on the nomination, serious questions remain unanswered about his relationship with a Syrian-born Chicago businessman and political fixer targeted by the federal government for corruption, extortion and money laundering.

Even as he claims to represent change and campaigns as an alternative to “business as usual” politics, Obama cannot escape the fact that he is a product of old-style, corrupt Chicago politics.

For Clinton, the ‘Bill’ may be overdue

From the beginning, political pros worried that Bill Clinton would be the real problem for Hillary Clinton’s quest to become America’s first woman President. It wasn’t just just the womanizing that bothered campaign strategists but they also expressed concerns about his enormous ego and desire to hog the spotlight.

Democratic candidates deadlocked in Ohio, Texas

Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are deadlocked in Texas and Ohio heading into potentially decisive presidential showdowns, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Houston Chronicle poll released on Saturday.

Clinton is fighting to save her White House candidacy in the two primaries on Tuesday. Obama, an Illinois senator, has beaten her in 11 consecutive contests to take control of the race for the Democratic nomination in November’s presidential election.

Bush aide resigns after plagiarism revealed

An aide to US President George W. Bush resigned Friday over charges he had resorted to plagiarism in his writings.

Timothy Goeglein, who served as a liaison between Bush and religious organizations, “accepted responsibility for the columns published under his name in his local newspaper, and has apologized for not upholding the standards expected by the President,” White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said in a statement.

Obama, Clinton go to war over war

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama fought Saturday over who would keep America safe and prosperous, in a furious political row as the moment of truth in their White House battle loomed.

In the most explosive moment yet of the Democratic race, Clinton launched a negative television ad dripping with Cold War-style menace Friday, suggesting Obama would be found wanting in a dead-of-night foreign policy crisis.

Hillary: From inevitable to impossible

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s once well-oiled campaign machine has devolved into a dysfunctional, bickering, petty collection of squabbles, disputes and shoutfests as the struggling Presidential candidate heads into what could be her political Waterloo on Tuesday.

Campaign sources tell Capitol Hill Blue that Clinton campaign strategy sessions turn into angry, finger-pointing blame sessions where top aides walk out.

Another Clinton campaign screwup

Inquiries from the Rocky Mountain News prompted Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign on Thursday to remove a supporter’s “Bill in blackface?” event announcement from her official campaign Web site.

The notice appeared in an “action center” section of www.hillaryclinton.com where average supporters are allowed to publicize local events that are not necessarily sanctioned by the campaign.

In this case, the notice promised “Laughter at NAFTA Rally!” on Monday in downtown Cleveland.

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