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January 13, 2009

Inaugural Committee plans 10 balls, raises $24m

Aggregated from: England for Obama

As you do. When you’re the Presidential Inaugural Committe organising Barack Obama’s inauguration. The full line-up of official balls has been revealed - and it includes a Youth Ball for those aged 18-35; a Commander-In-Chief’s Ball for wounded veterans and those serving in the mil...

Blame Australia!

Aggregated from: England for Obama

Guess who’s staying in the Presidential guest house Blair House - and thus preventing the Obamas from moving in? The delightful John Howard. Although, as Margaret Carlson says here, the 35 (count ‘em!)-bathroomed Blair House was reportedly free until recently - and Howard may well have b...

Obama’s Perestroika Challenge: US & Russia , W. George Krasnow

Aggregated from: open Democracy News Analysis - american power & the world

The challenge Barack Obama faces is being compared with that of Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the 1933 depression and of Abraham Lincoln at the start of the civil war. Another analogy suggests itself, with Mikhail Gorbachev's perestroika.  Then, in 1985, the USSR was at war, its economy s...

How Old is Too Old for Public Service?

Aggregated from: PoliGazette

Noting the minimum age criteria for the U.S.’s important elected offices, David Harsanyi of the Denver Post wonders if there shouldn’t be a maximum age limit placed on persons in positions of power and holds up one of the Congress’ most conspicuous incompetents as his straw man: An...

January 8, 2009

A Dark Past in East Timor for Obama's National Intelligence Nominee

read Citizen journalists from East Timor have been busily tweeting about the nomination of Admiral Denis C. Blair for the post of US director of National Intelligence. The nominee faces serious accusations of backing the Indonesian occupation of East Timor in the 1990's, an invasion which led to the killing of approximately 1,400 Timorese and the displacement of 300,000 people.

Republicans 2.0: A New Forum, Just for You

Aggregated from: PoliGazette

Earlier today I linked to a new blog for moderate (conservative) Republicans: Crimson Politics. The goal of the site, which is more than a blog, is to give fiscal conservatives, moderate Republicans, moderate conservatives, libertarian conservatives, etc. a place to talk politics, unite, and take ac...

All the presidents men

Aggregated from: England for Obama

This is quite something: And here they are walking and talking and such. Well, talking, at least: .msnbcLinks {font-size:11px; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #999; margin-top: 5px; background: transparent; text-align: center; width: 425px;} .msnbcLinks a {text-decoration:none !im...

Beyond cute

Aggregated from: England for Obama

The six-year-old son of the new Alaskan Senator, Mark Begich, screamed “Obama!” when he saw him in Washington on Monday (when all the new Senators were sworn in). And Obama, of course, responded to his call: ...

Obama to Dems: Get Burris seated. Pronto

Aggregated from: England for Obama

The Big Cheese hath spoken: “Obama had spoken to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday on the need to find a quick solution to defuse the dispute, according to Democratic officials. Reid was told by Obama that if Burris had the legal standing to be seated - despite controversy surroundin...

December 19, 2008

Media tries to link Barack Obama to Rod Blagojevich

Aggregated from: England for Obama

Despite Obama a) having nothing to do with Blagojevich’s crimes, b) making a call which led to his downfall, c) now demanding his resignation and d) being called a “mother******” by Balgojevich. On tape. You know, little things like that. Bob Cesca spells out what’s going on ...