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Hillary vs. Joe? It Wouldn't Be Pretty

Daily Beast writer says it could get pretty 'acrimonious,' actually

(Newser) - The rumor mill has been in overdrive that Joe Biden is seriously considering a presidential run, especially after he lunched with Elizabeth Warren over the weekend. But if the VP does indeed jump into the fray, it could be a "game-changer," Michael Tomasky writes for the Daily Beast... More »

Dems Should Boycott Latest Benghazi Circus

'Shameless' political circus continues: Michael Tomasky

(Newser) - A new round of Benghazi bluster is upon us, with Republicans forming a new committee to investigate events surrounding the attack. This time, the Democrats should take a stand: "They absolutely must boycott this absurd, insane, sickening, repulsive, shameful, and at the same time shame-less circus," writes Michael... More »

Colorado Secession Vote Is an Omen of Things to Come

Cultural divides increase odds of new states someday: Michael Tomasky

(Newser) - Don't expect the state of North Colorado to start forming tomorrow; even if Colorado counties pass a secession measure—and such measures do often pass—the US congress won't approve it. But the vote still points to a fracturing population, and in the Daily Beast , Michael Tomasky suggests... More »

Assad Comes Out on Top in Syria Deal

Putin now 'US ambassador to Syria': GOP senator

(Newser) - Following the US-Russia agreement on Syrian chemical disarmament, plenty of political insiders are furious with the Obama administration—but the White House has its defenders. What the media is saying:
  • At Bloomberg , Jeffrey Goldberg sees a major victory for Bashar al-Assad: "The US has in a perverse way made
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You Won't Remember Today's Speech

Inaugural speeches nearly always forgettable: David Frum

(Newser) - Planning to watch President Obama's speech today? Don't get your hopes up. After all, how many inaugural speeches can we remember from the entirety of American history? Just a handful of lines from a few addresses, writes David Frum at CNN . That's in part because presidents use... More »

McCain Must Fall on His Sword Over Benghazi

His attacks on Susan Rice went too far: Michael Tomasky

(Newser) - Now that John McCain's merciless criticism of Susan Rice over Benghazi seems off-base—at least according to CBS —should he fall on his own sword? "Live by the moral sword, die by it," writes Michael Tomasky at the Daily Beast . In an angry article, he criticizes... More »

Dear Dems: Get Angry if ObamaCare Goes Down

Michael Tomasky wants President Obama to fight back

(Newser) - President Obama "needs to stand up there and get mad" if the Supreme Court strikes down some or all of ObamaCare, writes Michael Tomasky in The Daily Beast . "The law may be unpopular , but he and the Democrats are stuck with it, and being stuck with it, they... More »

Obama 2012 Is Getting Dangerously Cocky

His advisers would do best to remember this isn't a done deal

(Newser) - For months, Michael Tomasky has been telling people that Barack Obama will win reelection easily. "But now I'm jumpy," he writes in the Daily Beast , "because everybody else, and I mean everybody, seems to think this now, too." And that, sadly, includes the Obama campaign,... More »

Ron Paul Must Address Racist Newsletters

Michael Tomasky doesn't think Paul has settled the questions

(Newser) - Ron Paul’s 20-year-old racist newsletters have come back into the spotlight recently, particularly thanks to a CNN interview that he walked out of . Paul insists that he didn’t write or even read the newsletters, that he disavows the statements, and that “anyone who knows me” can attest... More »

It's Rick Santorum's Turn

Michael Tomasky predicts the next big turn in the race

(Newser) - Michael Tomasky was delighted with the latest Iowa poll . Not because Ron Paul was on top, but because "my man Rick Santorum has made it to the promised land of double digits." Sure, he claimed just 10%, but Tomasky thinks it’s finally time for a Santorum boomlet,... More »

House Progressives Release Their Own Budget

Ends Bush tax cuts, adds public health care option

(Newser) - As the budget debate continues, the House Progressive Caucus has released a plan of its own—and it's all about taxes. Their proposal would end the Bush tax cuts, add new tax brackets for millionaires, and raise corporate taxes. It would also add a public option to health care... More »

Obama-Bashing Is Manchurian Candidate Crap

Claims he has an anti-US agenda go well beyond Bush-loathing

(Newser) - Liberals questioned George W Bush's legitimacy and wanted him to fail, writes Michael Tomasky, so what's the difference between those Bush haters and the birthers, teabaggers, and "paranoid" “committed conservatives” who Tomasky writes are way “off the continuum” of political debate over Barack Obama’s presidency? No... More »

Swallow It, Liberals: Obama Needs to Compromise

Pragmatic president must reassure his supporters tonight, Tomasky writes

(Newser) - "The summer has been a bummer for American liberals," writes Guardian America editor Michael Tomasky; after the heady optimism of President Obama's first 100 days, "reality has set in, and with force." Not only is conservative opposition "as Leninist as ever," but liberals... More »

Blame Founding Fathers for Paralysis on Climate Change

Minority's outsize power prevents real change: Tomasky

(Newser) - Barack Obama's narrow victory last week, when the House passed the climate change bill by just 7 votes, raises the question of why it's so tough to get change enacted even when the president is popular and his party has majorities in both houses of Congress. The problem Democrats face... More »

Clinton Vows Review of Exec 'Power Grab'

Guardian America launches with Hillary chat on presidency

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton has vowed to launch a review of executive powers "expanded" by President Bush if the job becomes hers, she says in an interview with Guardian America, the Guardian's new US website. Referring to Bush and Dick Cheney, the senator told the Guardian's US editor, Michael Tomasky, "... More »

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