Biden vs. McChrystal

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We all know that President Obama held a three-hour meeting at the White House yesterday on the situation in Afghanistan. The spinning has begun inside the beltway. The Washington Post leads with ” White House Eyeing Narrower War Effort: Top Officials Challenge General’s Assessment . . . . Continue Reading »

The Progressive Thing To Do

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On Wednesday, according to a Washington Post article, ” Students, Supporters Rally to Save Vouchers “, former House Minority Leader John A Boehner (R—Ohio) joined D.C. council member Marion Barry and others at the Capitol in support of the D.C. school voucher program. The federally . . . . Continue Reading »

The Prophetic Advocacy of Sojourners

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Here’s the latest fundraising letter from Jim Wallis and the folks at Sojourners: The echoes are reverberating. After a week of “Tell the Truth” e-mails to share the real stories of health-care reform with media shock jocks, we’re still hearing the echoes of the 100,000-plus . . . . Continue Reading »

Human Rights and Iran

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The Washington Post has treated us to three op-eds by four authors in two days each advocating that the U.S. make concerted effort to pressure Iran on the issue of human rights. Today, Robert Kagan argues in ” Forget the Nukes: The Most Fruitful Target is Iran’s Weakening Regime . . . . Continue Reading »

Obama and his Incivil Critics

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The incivility and name-calling by the talking heads and others on the right has to stop. In a short six paragraph article of 442 words, they managed to call President Obama and his White House aides liars and cowards, and the American Civil Liberties Union others in the “civil liberties . . . . Continue Reading »

Unilateral Action Against Iran?

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Howard L. Berman is a Democratic Congressman and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. In an editorial,” Dealing With Iran’s Deception “, Berman informs us that Congress has to get moving to impose, should negotiations fail, what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has . . . . Continue Reading »

Race and Same-Sex Marriage

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Before everyone gets tired of “playing the race card” game with Jimmy Carter, it might be worth noting that even though over fifty-four percent of the population of Washington, D.C. is African American, the white minority is not all that anxious to let the black folks vote on a . . . . Continue Reading »