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January 8, 2009

Bush's mate Howard back in Washington

The upcoming inauguration has taken an Aussie turn. Barack Obama's displacement from Blair House was caused by former Australian Prime Minister John Howard who is to receive the US Medal of Freedom from his mate George W. Bush. U.S. bloggers were outraged apparently. Australian bloggers were just as vocal.

December 5, 2008

Obama: new neo-con?

Aggregated from: Antony Loewenstein

My latest New Matilda column is about the incoming Obama administration and its likely foreign policy: Will Obama resist Zionist pressure and reveal his progressive side on Israel? Writing from the US, Antony Loewenstein isn’t optimistic I’m currently in the US on a book tour and Iâ...

November 25, 2008

Who are Obama’s economic team?

Aggregated from: catallaxyfiles

Written by Jason Soon Obama’s core economic team has been revealed to consist of New York Federal Reserve Bank President Timothy Geithner as Treasury secretary, Larry Summers as White House economic director, Peter Orszag as head of the Congressional Budget Office and Christina Romer as head...

November 23, 2008

Obama Koala Hijinks

Aggregated from: Beyond The Fringe

Fresh from the talented pen of Joel Watson from HijiNKS Ensue - his efferverscent comics are well worth following. [Republished with permission] Wonder what Obama thinks of Oz’s rather more fiercesome drop bears?...

November 22, 2008

Obama: Fortune tellers - past and presentThis is a Video post

Foretelling political fortunes is risky at the best of times - almost as hard as economic predictions. Remember the warnings of oil at $200 a barrel before the end of the year? Kevin Rennie, from Australia, takes a closer look at predictions for the Obama administration.

November 12, 2008

So Now What?

Aggregated from: Antony Loewenstein

My latest New Matilda column is about a necessary reality check on President-elect Barack Obama: Talking about morality in international affairs is easy. What about action? Antony Loewenstein examines the tough foreign policy challenges facing the President-elect An unprecedented amount of hyperbo...

November 9, 2008

Three economists and a hoyden

In Australia, where the general euphoria over Obama's election has worn off, this ensemble of (mostly) economic bloggers are beginning to ponder what issues the new administration will address. Also: What is a hoyden, anyway?

November 6, 2008

Australia welcomes Obama, well most

Australian bloggers found their voices after being glued to the media or live-blogging the election for most of Wednesday our time. Kevin Rennie zooms in on reactions from Down Under.

November 4, 2008


Aggregated from: DUCKPOND

The hours are winding down to the final day of polling and the resolution of the long campaign of almost two years. It has been a grueling and exacting course for the candidates and their campaigns. They will I suspect be both pleased when it is over. Someone raised the question as to whether the...

November 1, 2008

Why Pennsylvania?

Aggregated from: The Tally Room

1 November, 2008 by Ben Raue  John McCain’s campaign has focused much of its energy on Pennsylvania, despite remaining well short of winning the state in most polls. At first glance, the state appears to be a tough ask, which it is, but McCain’s Pennsylvania strategy reflects his...