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October 24, 2008
PEOPLE KEEP SAYING this is an historic election, the most important in half a century. And it is. In concrete terms, the United States is faced with a range of crises - economic, military, diplomatic - that are increasingly complex, that defy ideology and demand an uncommon, united effort. Failure to address them in the past has put the well-being of our children and our planet in doubt. Failure to address them now will, we fear, seal their doom. But history also includes things that are less prosaic, more poetic: We could be on the verge of picking a president who symbolizes what our country stands for. Opportunity.
NEWS
April 17, 2008
THE CHOICE in Tuesday's Democratic presidential primary is not only the one between a white woman and a black man. It's a choice between the past and the future. More specifically, the nation must decide how to face the future racing toward us in the form of slumping home sales, unstable financial markets and increased joblessness - and staring at us from the Green Zone in Iraq and the beds at veterans hospitals. Should Democrats choose someone who will employ hard-won - even bitter - experiences gained in a past Democratic administration, or reach beyond political truisms toward a new (and untried)
NEWS
March 1, 2010
RE THE letter from Lawanda Horton (Feb. 15, "Obama Held to Higher Standard"): Of course it's the white person who makes more money than his black counterparts, but I do have a question. I'm not Jewish, but how were the Jewish people, after being persecuted by just about everybody, able to be successful in the tough world we live in? And what about the Koreans who came with nothing, but arise at 4 a.m. to load up their food stands by 6 a.m., and most don't go home until 7 p.m.? Lenny Serlen, Audubon, N.J. Lawanda Horton, I'm in total agreement with you concerning this country being so racist and bigoted toward President Obama.
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June 4, 2012 | Charles Krauthammer
A very strange story, a 6,000-word front-page New York Times piece on how, every Tuesday, Barack Obama shuffles "baseball cards" with the pictures and bios of suspected terrorists from around the world and chooses who shall die by drone strike. He even reserves for himself the decision of whether to proceed when the probability of killing family members or bystanders is significant.   The article could have been titled "Barack Obama: Drone Warrior. " Great detail on how Obama personally runs the assassination campaign.
NEWS
April 20, 2008
The Democratic presidential primary Tuesday presents Pennsylvania voters with a choice that is more about style than substance. On the issues, there's scant difference between Sens. Barack Obama of Illinois and Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York. The biggest difference comes down to their styles of leadership. Obama wants to bring about change by inspiring people to accept his vision of social justice. Clinton bills herself as the more competent leader, who knows how to effect change incrementally, due largely to her extensive government experience.
NEWS
June 10, 2008
SORE LOSER"; " . . . lead rather than pout"; "Any other candidate would have faced reality with grace and pragmatism"; " . . . a campaign that became even more divisive and dishonest. " You call Hillary Clinton every name in the book, and she's supposed to endorse Barack Obama, because if she doesn't she'll "jeopardize the team's chances . . . "? What is this - everybody in the world owes Obama, and if you don't support him, you're either a racist or stupid or worse? Here's one lifelong Democrat who's sick of this Obama worship from the press, and the misogyny from the Daily News toward Hillary.
NEWS
November 27, 2011
Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency By Randall Kennedy Pantheon Books. 336 pp. $25.95 What It Means to Be Black Now By Touré Free Press. 288 pp. $25 Reviewed by Gerald B. Jordan Herman Cain started it. He blustered that "I was po' before Barack Obama was poor," then he segued into more schoolyard signifying about who's really the "black" candidate. Ann Coulter couldn't stay out of it. Her broadside about "our blacks are so much better than their blacks" fixed African American Republicans with the uncomfortable grimace of having overindulged in five-alarm chili.
NEWS
November 5, 2008
WE HAVE HOPE. Of course, that word was the cornerstone of Barack Obama's campaign, but it took his historic victory yesterday to make us realize how much of it we have been missing. Steadily, over the years, we have felt the erosion of hope for a country united on the principles of democracy and fairness, a country that could once again lead the world based, not on military might, but on a steadfast defense of human rights. For so long, we have missed the hope that ordinary people could join together to bring about change.
NEWS
July 2, 2012 | Michael Smerconish
David Maraniss reminds us that there is no substitute for primary-source reporting in his new book, Barack Obama: The Story. Last week, Maraniss told me that he spent nearly four years researching and writing the book, during which time he logged 50,000 miles, conducted close to 400 interviews, and searched libraries on three continents. The result is a biography of more than 600 pages that ends with Obama's acceptance to Harvard Law School.   While Maraniss told me that his goal was not to vet the president's own memoir, many readers will be tempted to focus on the contradictions between The Story and Dreams From My Father.
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August 15, 2016 | John R. Lott Jr
Was Donald Trump calling for Hillary Clinton's assassination when he spoke on Tuesday in North Carolina? The New York Times sure seems to think so. This was Trump's apparently offensive quote: "Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don't know. " Suppose the phrase Second Amendment people had been replaced with any other special-interest group.
NEWS
July 29, 2016
I WAS THINKING of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama a few weekends ago, when my husband and I spent an afternoon biking around Washington. "Y'know," I said as we pedaled along the Potomac, "if Hillary wins, I really want us to come back here for the inauguration, the way we did for Obama. " We had taken our then-young daughter and her friend to Obama's first inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009. We practically lost our fingers and toes on that frigid day as we jammed onto the National Mall with more than a million others to witness America's first African American president taking the oath of office.
NEWS
July 29, 2016
HILLARY RODHAM Clinton (or, if you're a Donald Trump fan, Hillary "Rotten" Clinton) is busing across Pennsylvania on Friday and Saturday, evidence that she sees the Keystone State as key to winning the White House. She's not alone. For months, and especially during the last two weeks, pundits, pols, and pollsters have been touting Pennsylvania as THE state to win. In Cleveland last week, state Republican Party Chairman Rob Gleason said, "If you win Pennsylvania, you will be president of the United States.
NEWS
May 4, 2016
'When you become famous," the famous political consultant James Carville once said, "being famous becomes your profession. " It's a sign of the stunning success of Donald Trump's crossover act that we no longer even think about this campaign's most revolutionary effect on our politics: the demolition of the line between celebrity and political achievement. Of course, success in politics can itself breed celebrity. Carville earned his by combining his eccentric sense of humor with actual skill in helping Bill Clinton become president in 1992.
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April 28, 2016 | By Julia Terruso and Tricia L. Nadolny, STAFF WRITERS
They were with her - the fervent crowd of familiar Philadelphians and unknown fans standing in the Convention Center on Tuesday night as presidential candidate Hillary Clinton declared victory in the Keystone State. "Thank you, Pennsylvania! I want to thank everyone," Clinton told the crowd just after 9:10 p.m. - only to be drowned out again and again by chants of "Hillary! Hillary!" from hundreds of supporters waving blue "I'm With Her" signs. Clinton recounted stories of people she had met in the so-called Acela states over the last month, including the mothers of victims of gun violence she sat with last week.
NEWS
April 23, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
Lizette Alicea cast her first vote for Bill Clinton in 1992. On Wednesday, the West Philadelphia mom nearly lost her voice cheering for Hillary Clinton at a rally in Fishtown. "The Clintons, for me, have always been a part of my political DNA," Alicea, 46, said. Political DNA that she did not pass on to her son. He inherited her brown eyes, taste for Puerto Rican food, and love of Pearl Jam's music. But when it's time to pull a lever, he's for Bernie Sanders. "I think Bernie is the first thing where we're on totally opposing sides," said Enrique Hernandez, 29. "I know not to talk to her about it, because it just seems like it leads to a bad conversation.
NEWS
April 22, 2016
AN OUT-OF-LEFTFIELD candidate arrives and with a combination of charisma, message, and promise of a populist movement, captures something in the national psyche that, beyond all reason, propels that candidate to victory. In 2008, that candidate, Barack Obama, won the White House. In 2016, one of those candidates, Donald Trump, is the Republican front-runner. Another is Bernie Sanders. This phenomenon is not new; one could argue it's at the heart of all presidential elections.
NEWS
April 18, 2016
1992 June 13: In a speech to the Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition, Bill Clinton says: "You had a rap singer here last night named Sister Souljah. . . . She told the Washington Post about a month ago, and I quote, 'If black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?' . . . If you took the words 'white' and 'black' and reversed them, you might think [former KKK leader] David Duke was giving that speech. " Nov. 3: Bill Clinton defeats Republican incumbent George H.W. Bush in the general election for president while receiving 83 percent of the African American vote, according to exit polls.
NEWS
April 7, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Sestak offers experience, leadership I've been a strong supporter of the Obama administration, but I was surprised to see President Obama and Vice President Biden jump into the Pennsylvania Democratic primary for U.S. Senate ("Obama and Biden endorse McGinty," Thursday). Snubbing Joe Sestak was a big mistake. He served two terms in the House of Representatives for the Seventh District, which traditionally is held by a Republican. Sestak was a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act and other progressive bills, and he knows the issues.
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March 1, 2016 | By Charles Krauthammer
State of the world, Year Eight of Barack Obama: China.  In the South China Sea, on a speck of land of disputed sovereignty far from its borders, China has just installed antiaircraft batteries and stationed fighter jets. This after China landed planes on an artificial island it created on another disputed island chain (the Spratlys, claimed by the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam). These facilities now function as forward bases for Beijing to challenge seven decades of American naval dominance of the Pacific Rim. "China is clearly militarizing the South China Sea," the commander of the U.S. Pacific Command told Congress on Tuesday.
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