Illinois Supreme Court Rules For Rahm Emanuel Ballot Inclusion

By: Thursday January 27, 2011 3:34 pm

The Illinois supere Court has reversed the ruling striking Rahm Emanuel from the ballot and has ruled him fully eligible to be elected and serve as Mayor of Chicago.

Rahm’s Ballot Eligibility Case Appeal and White House Interference

By: Tuesday January 25, 2011 7:05 pm

President barack Obama and his White House have interjected themselves into the state and local ballot litigation in an attempt to influence the pending determination by the Illinois Supreme Court, and have coordinated and conspired with Rahm Emanuel to do so.

On Gate-Keepers and Pragmatists

By: Friday January 7, 2011 6:09 am

At the beginning of Obama’s term, when he talked about governing as a pragmatist, I perhaps foolishly believed he meant not pragmatism as DC understands it–as a principle-less squishy middle–but as the Pragmatist school of philosophers would mean it–as someone fundamentally open to and respectful of the ideas and viewpoints of all. Mind you, it [...]

A Signing Statement to Protect Presidential Powers Obama Won’t Commit to Use

By: Monday January 3, 2011 11:07 am

That’s the short version of this Dafna Linzer story on Obama Administration plans to combat Congressional efforts to keep Gitmo open forever. Obama will include a signing statement with the appropriations bill asserting that limits on what he can do with Gitmo are unconstitutional [see update below]. Obama administration officials say they plan to reject [...]

Obama’s EO on Indefinite Detention: Wanting Bud McKeon’s Cake and Eating It Too

By: Wednesday December 22, 2010 1:26 pm

I plan to do some more reading on Obama’s proposed Executive Order on Indefinite Detention (not least, once an EO becomes public). But here are some preliminary thoughts after having read Adam Serwer’s very good summary of the debate thus far. The biggest reason to do this, IMO, is to head Lindsey Graham (who wants [...]

“The President Ultimately Made the Call”

By: Friday November 12, 2010 4:07 am

GQ has another of those articles describing Eric Holder’s failed efforts to restore DOJ’s independence and sustain rule of law as Attorney General. There are a few new details in there — such as details of what torture was described in the CIA IG Report but must be among the redactions (notably, strangling of one [...]

Torture? Check. Covering Up Torture? Check. Rule of Law? Nope.

By: Tuesday November 9, 2010 2:25 pm

I think it was the timing of the end of the torture investigation that hurts most of all. Just days ago, Harold Koh was boasting of the Durham investigation to the UN. Then Bush started his dog and pony show, including his proud admission to have ordered up torture. All of which made today’s announcement, [...]

Team Auto Never Talked to Team Healthcare Reform

By: Thursday November 4, 2010 11:31 am

In Steven Rattner’s book, he describes newly elected Barack Obama asking his advisors “Why can’t [the US automakers] make a Corolla?” Implicitly, of course, he was asking “why can’t they make a Corolla in the United States.” His economic advisors, according to Rattner, admitted they didn’t know: “We wish we knew.” The correct answer to [...]

As Axe Slams Rahm from One Side, Greg Craig Slams from the Other

By: Monday September 27, 2010 9:17 am

I trust it’s not a coincidence that at the same time David Axelrod is skewering Rahm from within the White House, Greg Craig is getting picked up on a live mike (oops!) skewering him from the outside. “The great thing about it, if Rahm goes to run for mayor, is that Eric survived,” Craig said, [...]

National Cathedral Thinks “Fuck the UAW” and “Fucking R****ds” Will Heal National Discourse

By: Wednesday September 8, 2010 10:22 am

Faiz Shakir tweeted this: Our national discourse is becoming increasingly shrill. We are faced with complex economic, social, and foreign policy questions that need a safe atmosphere in which to explore solutions that will work for the long term. Partisan attacks have taken hold in Washington and throughout the country, and reasoned analysis is harder [...]

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