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Kerry Staffer Called to Serve in Iraq

In just a short couple of weeks, John Kerry and his staff will “bid farewell to Setti Warren, the deputy director of his Massachusetts office.” Warren is headed to Iraq, is “leaving to spend the next year in Iraq as a Navy intelligence officer.” Peter Gelzinis reports in the Boston Herald and catches perfectly the […]

Kerry Offers Plan for a 21st Century Economic Strategy

Today, in Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall, Senator John Kerry laid out a plan for a 21st Century economic strategy for America’s middle class in a globalized world. His plan included universal health care, tax reform, green jobs, home ownership, and a renewal of the international labor movement. Note to the ’08 Democratic candidates for president… […]

The Healy Conundrum: What’s Behind the Attacks?

Patrick Healy (photo above), known for his assaults on Democratic politicians, recently wrote a particularly disturbing piece in N.Y. Times about Hillary Clinton’s laugh, which he labels a “cackle.” Stepping offstage, she took questions from reporters, and found herself being grilled about whether she was moderating her own pro-choice position. And suddenly it happened: Mrs. […]

Kerry to Deliver Major Economic Speech at Faneuil Hall on Monday

John Kerry will deliver a major speech on Monday, October 1, offering a 21st Century economic strategy for America’s middle class. The speech will be delivered at Faneuil Hall in Boston at noon. Steve LeBlanc reports for AP News: President Bush is leaving a tarnished economic legacy that will haunt the middle class and their […]

The Paradox of ‘Magic’

I just finished reading the great piece on Bruce Springsteen’s new album “Magic“, that is in the Sunday N.Y. Times. “In Love With Pop, Uneasy With the World” describes Springsteen’s journey through music and the world of politics. “Magic” is, musically, one of the most upbeat, accessible records he has made, even as its themes […]

Rush Indignation

Rush indignation… it’s everywhere… from TPM Election Central: Breaking: White House Faults Rush Limbaugh Over “Phony Soldiers” Comment… That’s right… Even the White House didn’t get Rush’s back on this: Here’s a round-up of posts on Limbaugh’s “phoney soldiers” smear: Media Matters: Limbaugh falsely recasts “phony soldiers” smear TPM Election Central: Exclusive: Dem Rep To […]

Bruce Springsteen: “Last To Die”

Stuart Levine reviewed Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band’s new album, “Magic” for MSNBC , a couple of days ago. Levine notes, “The most political song is clearly “Last to Die,” an ode to what John Kerry said as American troops were leaving Vietnam.” Not to get picky here, but Levine should have said […]

Bush Declares War on Bipartisan Bill to Provide Health Insurance to Children

John Kerry says all there is to say and then some, about Bush’s plan to veto the SCHIP bill… Four days from now, a wildly successful effort to provide healthcare to 6 million low-income children will disappear. This summer, in a rare moment of bipartisanship, Democrats and Republicans in Congress came together to expand the […]