Posts tagged "Barack Obama"

U.S.-Cuba Relations: The Times They Are a-Changin

U.S.-Cuba Relations: The Times They Are a-Changin
Changing America’s Cuba policy has traditionally been considered electoral suicide for aspiring politicians. Their thinking has been based on a simple premise. Florida – and the state’s 29 electoral votes – has played kingmaker in the last five elections. And good luck taking Florida without taking a hard line on Cuba. South Florida is loaded with senior... Read more »

Real Politik's 2012 Endorsement: Four More Years for Barack Obama

Real Politik's 2012 Endorsement: Four More Years for Barack Obama
Few things have been as disappointing about Barack Obama’s first term as his bid for re-election. It has been thoroughly underwhelming to watch the candidate of Hope and Change embrace politics as blood sport. During the 2012 campaign, Mr. Obama has spent more time attacking Mr. Romney than laying out a vision for his second... Read more »

The Presidential Election: Obama and Romney's Forgotten Issues

The Presidential Election: Obama and Romney's Forgotten Issues
With less than two weeks to go before the 2012 presidential election, the campaign’s statistics speak for themselves: Three debates Hundreds of speeches Ten of thousands of advertisements Hundreds of millions of dollars of campaign donations Nonstop television coverage Given the tabloidization of American politics and the immense saturation of political media (including this blog)... Read more »
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The Fighting Obama: Good Politics, Lackluster Policy

The Fighting Obama: Good Politics, Lackluster Policy
After seeing his poll numbers hit record low marks last year, President Obama and his team of advisers adopted a more aggressive public posture towards Republican opposition, as well as a born-again populist agenda around the theme of economic justice that appeared front and center during the President’s State of the Union address. The Fighting... Read more »

The Problem With Herman Cain

The Problem With Herman Cain
          There has been a lot of talk about why Herman Cain is unfit to be President following the suspension of his campaign amidst revelations about his 13-year extramarital affair. Unfortunately, the most troubling aspect about the Herman Cain saga has nothing to do with Mr. Cain’s sexploits or political Hari... Read more »

Memo to OWS: It's All About Campaign Finance Reform

Memo to OWS: It's All About Campaign Finance Reform
          Like the Tea Party before it, Occupy Wall Street has defied popular expectation and become a major force in American politics. As of this post, OWS protests have raged from coast to coast for more than two months. Time will tell what becomes of the movement, but OWS has definitely... Read more »
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You Say You Want a Revolution...

Kambiz is an Iranian journalist living in exile. I first met him on a train in Hamburg, Germany in 2005. I was traveling to Berlin on a backpacking trip and he was living there for a brief while contemplating moving his family to Europe. We struck up a conversation about politics that lasted from station... Read more »

The State of the Union... in Roscoe Village

As President Obama prepared to address the nation on Tuesday, Chicago residents from across the city poured into the Village Tap on Roscoe and Hoyne, one of Roscoe Village’s favorite watering holes, to attend the official Organizing for America (OFA) State of the Union viewing party.  President Obama’s State of the Union was well-received in... Read more »

Election Coverage of Illinois' 9th Congressional District: Schakowsky vs. Pollak

The midterm elections are less than a week away. While the emergence of the Tea Party and lackluster economy have inspired everyone within reach of pen or microphone to predict the death of the Democratic party, the reality is that the House and Senate are both up for grabs. The race for Illinois’ 9th Congressional... Read more »
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The Tea Party Rocks GOP Primaries

Last week was good for the Tea Party, but a potentially devastating one for the GOP. Two Tea Party candidates emerged victorious in primary races over their more moderate Republican colleges. Carl Paladino edged out Rick Lazio to become New York’s GOP gubernatorial candidate and, more significantly, Christine O’Donnell upset Mike Castle in the race... Read more »