What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted


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200 years of Presidents and pop culture.

Obama’s Big Government Problem


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The president doesn’t seem to grasp when too much is a bad thing.

California’s Book Ban


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A Golden State lawmaker pushes for ban on new Texas textbooks.

Mojave Cross’s existence poses problem for historical revisionists


It was touch and go for a while, but the ACLU’s failure to produce a time machine convinced the Supreme Court that a 76-year-old Latin cross in the California desert was not erected by today’s fanatical, right-wing Christian theocrats who are trying to force religious tyranny upon historically godless America.
“I’m very disappointed,” said the Rev. [...]

Joe Klein Reads Off His Napkin: Beck and Palin “Rub Right Up Close To Being Seditious”


Times columnist Joe Klein never misses an opportunity to make a fool of himself.  His latest bufoonery was displayed on NBC’s April 18 edition of “The Chris Matthews Show.”   
I did a little bit of research just before this show – it’s on this little napkin here. I looked up the definition of sedition which is conduct [...]

Mea culpa: MSNBC apologizes for implying Pope was child molester


I’ll leave it to others more patient (and frankly, more interested) than I am to debunk the media malpractice coverage of the latest Vatican/sex abuse stories.
And “malpractice” isn’t too strong a word:
The Associated Press ran a story about how the mentally unstable man who shot Pope John Paul II believes that Benedict should resign.
Anyhow. I’ve [...]

Bracing Brew


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Bring on the tea parties!

NewsReal Blog Interview with John Yoo, Part 3: Good Presidents Make Their Own Rules


John Yoo is currently a professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley. From 2001 to 2003 he was a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Council at the U.S. Department of Justice. It was during this time that he co-authored the Bybee memo defining torture and American Habeas [...]

The Carter Syndrome: Why Obama Must Reconcile His Inner Jefferson with His Inner Wilson – Foreign Policy


By Walter Russell Mead Neither a cold-blooded realist nor a bleeding-heart idealist, Barack Obama has a split personality when it comes to foreign policy. So do most U.S. presidents, of course, and the ideas that inspire this one have a long history at the core of the American political tradition. In the past, such ideas […]

Seven Miracles that Saved America – by David Forsmark


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A new book examines the overwhelming odds the U.S. beat to become a nation.