All Articles on Ronald Reagan

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Obama and the Transformation Illusion
The US president's floundering overshadows himself when the real problems seem to be avoided
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Major Test for Israel Lobby As Obama Leans to Hagel for Pentagon
With President Barack Obama reportedly primed to nominate former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to head the Pentagon early next week, the powerful Israel lobby, led by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), faces a major dilemma. If it mounts a vigorous campaign to fight Hagel’s...
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Django Unchained: Tarantino Tells the South to Go Fuck Itself
I knew there was more to it than just being a movie when, for several days between Christmas and New Years, I watched Drudge implicitly trashing “Django Unchained” on his hard-right website. Drudge is pretty famous for portraying Black politicians, and particularly President Obama, in ways that...
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2012 Outlined America’s New Political Reality
The great lesson from 2012 is that America is no longer an evenly divided country. Democrats and Republicans threw everything they had at the election for the presidency. Both sides spent in excess of $1 billion on campaigns that — in the first presidential race since the Supreme Court’s mad...
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Schwarzkopf and US Hegemony in the Middle East
Gen. Norman H. Schwarzkopf is dead at 78 . He died of pneumonia. Schwarzkopf was among the military leaders who repositioned the United States as a Middle Eastern hegemon. The US had interests in the Middle East from World War II forward, but the region was frankly on the back burner. The central...
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We Lost Michigan
When you examine the history of organized labor—the birth, growth, trajectory—you have to be shocked and mortified by what just happened to the great state of Michigan. They went from being one of the strongest, most celebrated union bastions in the country (the UAW was formed in 1935, the same...
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Why Does Obama Want to Spend $8 Trillion on Defense in the Next Decade?
Washington is in a fiscal panic, yet surprisingly few people are asking an obvious question: Why in the world is the Obama Administration proposing to spend $8 trillion on security over the next decade? Included in that giant sum is not just Pentagon spending, but also outlays for intelligence,...
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A Grand Bargain is a Grand Betrayal: The Forgotten, Lonely World of Facts
That the United States is center-right and Obama needs compromise on slashing the welfare state is a myth
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A Mandate to Raise Taxes on the Rich? Election Numbers Say 'Yes'
Joe Scarborough asks in his latest comment on the politics of the fiscal cliff: “Mandate? What mandate?” The former Republican congressman turned able MSNBC host poses the question in order to examine whether rational Republicans might feel “bound by the same mandate Barack Obama presumes he owns”...
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Same Day Voter Registration a "Problem" Scott Walker Intends to Fix
As the final votes are tallied, it is becoming clear that Barack Obama won reelection November 6, 2012 with a higher popular vote than Ronald Reagan enjoyed in 1980, thanks in part to near-record turnout from young people and people of color. High voter turnout is celebrated in some quarters as a...
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