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Why Hasn't Obama Abrogated Bush's Controversial Executive Orders?

Simply put, no one man -- not even a nice, articulate, charismatic one -- ought to claim the right to suspend a person's constitutional rights. Not in America. Certainly no one man -- not even a young, handsome, likeable one -- should be able to have anyone he wants whacked.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  10-27-2009  |  War

How Do You Take the Rust Out of the Rust Belt?new

It's a question politicians and policymakers have been asking themselves for years. Now, with a new administration in the White House and stimulus money at the ready, local lawmakers and nonprofits are looking for ways to funnel some much-needed capital into revitalizing Great Lakes cities.
Artvoice  |  Ellen Prezepasniak  |  06-16-2009  |  Economy

Bail Out Your Own Damn Self

Bush and Obama gave $12.2 trillion to Wall Street bankers, but we don't have a damned thing to show for it. It's time to demand the Mother of All Clawbacks.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  05-20-2009  |  Commentary

Is Obama Shrinking the U.S. Military?new

Get it straight: Obama has proposed increasing the U.S. military's annual budget by $20.4 billion, from $513.3 billion to $533.7 billion for 2010.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Andisheh Nouraee  |  04-15-2009  |  Commentary

Will the Obama Administration Make Peace with Iran?new

Engagement? Mutual respect? No threats? WTF? After eight years of Bush's evil-ish/evil/evildoer schtick, Obama's language almost doesn't seem real.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Andisheh Nouraee  |  03-25-2009  |  Commentary

Another DEA 'No' for Medical Marijuananew

As the Bush administration sputters to its end, the DEA has taken a parting shot against science.
Boston Phoenix  |  Mike Miliard  |  01-16-2009  |  Drugs

What Obama's Secretary of Agriculture Pick Means for the Future of U.S. Farmingnew

Former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack is a fan of biotech and ethanol. But he also palled around with Monsanto executives, and he may be pro-cow cloning.
Weekly Alibi  |  Ari LeVaux  |  01-13-2009  |  Food+Drink

Contractor That Ended Bill Richardson's Cabinet Bid Has Burned New Mexico Beforenew

So far there's no proof Gov. Bill Richardson had a hand in a suspected "pay to play" scheme involving a state contractor, California-based CDR, and campaign contributions from its founder, David Rubin. Nevertheless, the DOJ's investigation into CDR aborted Richardson's appointment as President-elect Barack Obama's commerce secretary.
Santa Fe Reporter  |  Corey Pein  |  01-08-2009  |  Politics

Gary Hart Should Replace Ken Salazar in the Senatenew

The names have been spinning through cyberspace since the first rumor that Ken Salazar might be headed to Barack Obama's cabinet, leaving a U.S. Senate seat open. But another veteran politico whose name has yet to emerge is worthy of serious consideration: Gary Hart.
Westword  |  Patricia Calhoun  |  12-29-2008  |  Commentary

Changing D.C.'s Climate: Meet Obama's Green Dream Teamnew

On Monday, President-elect Barack Obama announced the officials he's tapped to begin reversing the environmental damage wrought by the Bushies. According to several environmental groups, the picks are inspired.
Boston Phoenix  |  Mike Miliard  |  12-18-2008  |  Environment

Take Back Baracknew

We didn't vote for Obama. We voted for Change. Obama owes progressives his election. We need to take back Barack!
Portland Phoenix  |  Jeff Inglis and Deirdre Fulton  |  12-17-2008  |  Commentary

Obama's Center-Right Cabinet Foreshadows a Center-Right Presidency

Lefties who swooned on Election Night had might as well get used to the truth: Obama isn't one of you. Never was. Never will be.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  12-01-2008  |  Commentary

Janet Napolitano: A Terrible Choice to Head DHSnew

Consorting with anti-immigrant enforcers, indulging rank opportunism, and adhering to failed policies seem an unlikely recipe for change we can believe in.
Phoenix New Times  |  Michael Lacey  |  12-01-2008  |  Commentary

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

Who Will Replace Rahm Emanuel in the House?new

The announcements of announcements of intentions to run for Emanuel's old job are coming fast and furious.
Chicago Reader  |  Ben Joravsky  |  11-24-2008  |  Politics

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