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How I Conned the Taliban

The Taliban can be fooled too -- as I learned during my own top secret mission deep in the deepest valleys between the highest mountains of the Hindu Kush.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  11-30-2010  |  War

The Strange Tradition of Washington's Political Turnovernew

Presidential transitions are odd times any time there's a change of parties in power, but after the last eight years, this one may be even more so.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Brian Morton  |  11-25-2008  |  Commentary

Hey, Guess What! Obama Won!new

Barack Obama's election has sparked international wonder. His task, however, is great.
Boston Phoenix  |  Editorial  |  11-06-2008  |  Commentary

Dress the Vice Presidential Candidatesnew

Forget the $150,000 that the Republican National Committee spent on Sarah Palin's campaign wardrobe: Now you can dress the veep hopefuls for much, much less, and in styles that best reflect their inner vice president.
INDY Week  |  Lisa Sorg  |  10-30-2008  |  Commentary

My Time Driving Mr. Bidennew

When I started working as Biden's driver, he intimidated me. I lived my first few months on the job afraid each day would be my last, not because of anything I did, but because of who he was and the reputation he had.
New Haven Advocate  |  Josh Zembik  |  10-28-2008  |  Commentary

'Veeps' is an Irreverent Guide to the History of the Vice Presidencynew

There are three people on the blue side of the political spectrum who benefited from the selection of the profoundly terrifying Sarah Palin as a vice-presidential candidate: Tina Fey, Bill Kelter, and Wayne Shellabarger.
The Portland Mercury  |  Alison Hallett  |  10-24-2008  |  Nonfiction

Sarah Palin and Fascism's Winning Smilenew

Palin takes over for Reagan in painting Republicans as something they're not.
Pasadena Weekly  |  Ellen Snortland  |  10-14-2008  |  Commentary

Joe Biden's Tears Rememberednew

In 1972, after Sen. Joe Biden's wife and child died, I wrote him a note of condolence. That letter is long gone, but not his response to me, which arrived later that winter.
INDY Week  |  Steven Petrow  |  10-10-2008  |  Commentary

What Did Gwen Ifill Do Wrong?new

As the candidates prep for the final debate, it's a fitting time to ask: why do some journalistic conflicts of interest become scandals, while others get almost no attention at all?
Boston Phoenix  |  Adam Reilly  |  10-09-2008  |  Commentary

Sarah Palin Tries to Out-Cutesy a Traumatized Nationnew

While her debate performance against Biden may not have been the total catastrophe we'd all been hoping for, it reinforced the catastrophic choice by the McCain campaign to have Palin play hide-and-go-fuck-yourself with the media for the past month.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  David Faris  |  10-06-2008  |  Commentary

Joe Biden is My Lovernew

I, like God, love me some Old Handsome Joe. There is a true kindness, a true goodness, which he wields like a weapon, hiding that big sexy brain behind his Simple Joe grin, and rope-a-doping 'em better than anybody I know.
Los Angeles CityBeat  |  Rebecca Schoenkopf  |  10-03-2008  |  Commentary

Hard Questions for Joe Biden: A Face-to-Face with the VP Candidatenew

We could have asked a bunch of questions about Sarah Palin, and how she's a moose-hunting wrecking crew aimed at the Democrats' heads. Instead, we asked about Philly.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  Tom Namako  |  09-23-2008  |  Politics

Idiots, Idioms, and Presidential Elections in the Age of Republicansnew

The election is not about John McCain and Sarah Palin or Barack Obama and Joe Biden. It's just about Republican strategists trying to hold the ball and run the clock out, buying two more days of distraction from the real campaign issues with manufactured controversy.
Artvoice  |  Michael I. Niman  |  09-22-2008  |  Commentary

Michelle Obama's Night Out in

Michelle delivers her remarks as Sarah Palin is set to give her RNC address, and Michelle gives an indirect reference to Palin, noting that her husband is "not afraid of smart people."
L.A. Weekly  |  Patrick Range Mcdonald  |  09-12-2008  |  Politics

Biden's Smart Reaction to Palin Hubbubnew

Over the longer term, the Palin pick will probably collapse under the weight of its own lightness, and Biden is entirely correct not to react to her in any significant way.
C-Ville Weekly  |  Alan Zimmerman  |  09-10-2008  |  Commentary

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