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Andrew Young, talks Politics and Obama

Nov 3, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Politics

Latest Obama AD Mocks Cheney Endorsement

Nov 2, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Politics

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Nov 2, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Opinions, Politics

By FRANK RICH
Source Link: http://www.nytimes.com

AND so: just how far have we come?

As a rough gauge last week, I watched a movie I hadn’t seen since it came out when I was a teenager in 1967. Back then “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” was Hollywood’s idea of a stirring call for racial justice. The premise: A young white woman falls madly in love with a black man while visiting the University of Hawaii and brings him home to San Francisco to get her parents’ blessing. Dad, a crusading newspaper publisher, and Mom, a modern art dealer, are wealthy white liberals — Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, no less — so surely there can be no problem. Complications ensue before everyone does the right thing.

Though the film was a box-office smash and received 10 Oscar nominations, even four decades ago it was widely ridiculed as dated by liberal critics. The hero, played by the first black Hollywood superstar, Sidney Poitier, was seen as too perfect and too “white” — an impossibly handsome doctor with Johns Hopkins and Yale on his résumé and a Nobel-worthy career fighting tropical diseases in Africa for the World Health Organization. What couple would not want him as a son-in-law? “He’s so calm and sure of everything,” says his fiancée. “He doesn’t have any tensions in him.” She is confident that every single one of their biracial children will grow up to “be president of the United States and they’ll all have colorful administrations.”

What a strange movie to confront in 2008. As the world knows, Barack Obama’s own white mother and African father met at the University of Hawaii. In “Dreams From My Father,” he even imagines the awkward dinner where his mother introduced her liberal-ish parents to her intended in 1959. But what’s most startling about this archaic film is the sole element in it that proves inadvertently contemporary. Faced with a black man in the mold of the Poitier character — one who appears “so calm” and without “tensions” — white liberals can make utter fools of themselves. When Joe Biden spoke of Obama being “clean” and “articulate,” he might have been recycling Spencer Tracy’s lines of 41 years ago. (more…)

Chuck Todd breaking down the numbers

Nov 1, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Politics, Polls

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Dick Cheney Endorses McCain/Palin

Nov 1, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Politics

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Source Link: http://www.timesonline.co.uk

Barack Obama’s ‘Auntie Zeituni’, found by The Times living on a Boston housing estate, appears to have made an illegal contribution to her nephew’s presidential campaign because she is not a US citizen.

Following the revelation, Obama’s campaign issued a statement saying that Senator Obama had no knowledge of his aunt’s immigration status, and that he believed all appropriate laws should be followed in dealing with the issue.

Zeituni Onyango, 56, the half-sister of Mr Obama’s Kenyan father, gave a total of $260 to the Obama campaign during the third quarter of this year, records show.

US election rules require that individuals making presidential campaign contributions be US citizens, and political campaigns are required to make “best efforts” to verify that, a Federal Election Commission spokesman said.

The Associated Press reports that Ms Onyango is living in the United States illegally after an immigration judge rejected her request for asylum four years ago.

There are an estimated 10 million illegal immigrants in the US. (more…)

Northern Star Rising

Oct 31, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Opinions, Politics

Source Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com
By Eugene Robinson

My view of Sarah Palin has changed in the two months since John McCain named her as his running mate. I’m guessing that McCain’s view of Palin may be changing, too, and not entirely in a good way.

I thought Palin was a lightweight; she’s not. I thought she was an ingenue; she is, but only as long as her claws are sheathed. I thought she was bewildered and star-struck at her sudden elevation to national prominence; if she ever was, she isn’t anymore. I thought she was nothing but raw political talent and unrealistic ambition; it turns out that she has impressive political skills. I thought she was destined to become nothing more than a historical footnote; I now think that Democrats underestimate her at their peril.

At this point, only McCain’s most loyal lieutenants could have been surprised when Palin told ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas that she’s already looking beyond Tuesday’s election toward her own political future. Asked whether she would just pack it in and go back to Alaska if she and McCain lose, Palin replied: “I think that, if I were to give up and wave a white flag of surrender against some of the political shots that we’ve taken . . . I’m not doing this for naught.”

No, she’s doing it for Sarah — and doing it increasingly well.

It’s tempting to think of Palin as a kind of pop star, the latest flash in the pan who rockets to the top of the charts and then fades to obscurity — Alec Baldwin referred to her as “Bible Spice” the other day. But that smug assessment ignores the evidence that she has the chops to be much more than a one-hit wonder.

Palin’s introduction to the nation was disastrous, at least in terms of appealing to a constituency beyond the conservative wing of the Republican Party. It was obvious from the beginning that she wasn’t remotely prepared for high national office. The red-meat Republican base was energized, but others saw McCain’s decision to put her on the ticket as cynical and irresponsible.

Palin herself must have realized that her debut was premature. But as Vernon Jordan likes to say, “Opportunity is never convenient.” (more…)

Somalia’s Pirates Flourish in a Lawless Nation

Oct 31, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: News, Politics

By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
Published: October 30, 2008

Farah Ismail Eid, a jailed pirate, spoke of government collusion. More Photos >

BOOSAASO, Somalia — This may be one of the most dangerous towns in Somalia, a place where you can get kidnapped faster than you can wipe the sweat off your brow. But it is also one of the most prosperous.

Money changers walk around with thick wads of hundred-dollar bills. Palatial new houses are rising up next to tin-roofed shanties. Men in jail reminisce, with a twinkle in their eyes, about their days living like kings.

This is the story of Somalia’s booming, not-so-underground pirate economy. The country is in chaos, countless children are starving and people are killing one another in the streets of Mogadishu, the capital, for a handful of grain.

But one particular line of work — piracy — seems to be benefiting quite openly from all this lawlessness and desperation. This year, Somali officials say, pirate profits are on track to reach a record $50 million, all of it tax free.

“These guys are making a killing,” said Mohamud Muse Hirsi, the top Somali official in Boosaaso, who himself is widely suspected of working with the pirates, though he vigorously denies it.

More than 75 vessels have been attacked this year, far more than any other year in recent memory. About a dozen have been set upon in the past month alone, including a Ukrainian freighter packed with tanks, antiaircraft guns and other heavy weaponry, which was brazenly seized in September.

The pirates use fast-moving skiffs to pull alongside their prey and scamper on board with ladders or sometimes even rusty grappling hooks. Once on deck, they hold the crew at gunpoint until a ransom is paid, usually $1 million to $2 million. Negotiations for the Ukrainian freighter are still going on, and it is likely that because of all the publicity, the price for the ship could top $5 million. (more…)

Growing Doubts on Palin Take a Toll, Poll Finds

Oct 31, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Politics, Polls

Source Link: http://www.nytimes.com/
By MICHAEL COOPER and DALIA SUSSMAN

A growing number of voters have concluded that Senator John McCain’s running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, is not qualified to be vice president, weighing down the Republican ticket in the last days of the campaign, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

All told, 59 percent of voters surveyed said Ms. Palin was not prepared for the job, up nine percentage points since the beginning of the month. Nearly a third of voters polled said the vice-presidential selection would be a major factor influencing their vote for president, and those voters broadly favor Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee.

And in a possible indication that the choice of Ms. Palin has hurt Mr. McCain’s image, voters said they had much more confidence in Mr. Obama to pick qualified people for his administration than they did in Mr. McCain.

After nearly two years of campaigning, a pair of hotly contested nominating battles, a series of debates and an avalanche of advertisements, the nationwide poll found the contours of the race hardening in the last days before the election on Tuesday. Twelve percent of the voters surveyed said they had already voted. These were among the findings:

¶Mr. Obama is maintaining his lead, with 51 percent of likely voters supporting him and 40 percent supporting Mr. McCain in a head-to-head matchup. (more…)

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