2012 Election

The Afghanistan Paradox

This war has come to be inexorably linked to this President. He likes to say that he’s “taking the fight” to the terrorists because it’s “fundamental to the defense of our people.” His strong supporters include Karl Rove, John McCain and Sarah Palin. In Congress, Democratic leaders grate at the idea of granting him more …


From TIME’s Sophia Yan:

Ripples of protesters, thousands of them of all ages, lined Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to the Capitol Saturday. Deafening chants could be heard, from “You lie, you lie!” 
echoing South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson’s outburst during President Obama’s Wednesday speech to plaintive

Teddy’s Letter

After the jump, the text of Teddy Kennedy’s letter that President Obama cited in the speech. Also, Obama will host a group of bipartisan Senate centrists tomorrow — including, Michael Scherer reports from the Hill, Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson — at the White House to talk about health care.

Obama’s Remarks

Read along after the jump. Members named: John Dingell, John McCain, Ted Kennedy, Orrin Hatch and Chuck Grassley.

If You Repeat A Lie Often Enough…

It’s still a lie.

Sarah Palin is back on “death panels” in the Wall Street Journal.

UPDATE: Worth reading her circular logic in this justification for making things up. Apparently, it was okay to spread a falsehood, because people actually believed it: Establishment voices dismissed that phrase, but it rang true for many Americans.

The Rise And Fall Of Levi Johnston

I fell into watching “Don’t Look Back” last night, the great documentary of Bob Dylan’s 1965 tour through England. Dylan never cared much for the press, even though, as the movie showed, he read the tabloids voraciously and spent a ton to time giving interviews. (He expresses this view in an extended verbal assault on a TIME magazine …

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