Archive for September, 2010


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Exit Rahm. Left Turn Ahead.

September 30, 2010 | Comments Off on Exit Rahm. Left Turn Ahead. | Peter Beinart

On his last day as chief of staff, Emanuel said that he believes “the whole country is better” for his service. Peter Beinart on the left turn Obama will take under Emanuel’s successor Pete Rouse now that the liberal-baiting Rahm is gone.
Rahm…

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How U.S. Jews Stymie Peace Talks

September 27, 2010 | Comments Off on How U.S. Jews Stymie Peace Talks | Peter Beinart

Mideast talks fall apart, as Israel lets West Bank settlements begin anew. Peter Beinart on how American Jewish groups tie Obama’s hands-and work against peace.
This just in, for anyone in the United States who still cares: Israel has not renewed…

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After Summers, More Brawling

September 21, 2010 | Comments Off on After Summers, More Brawling | Peter Beinart

The departure of Larry Summers leaves a power vacuum in Washington. Look for Obama’s Chicago circle to fill it-and watch the gloves come off.
Larry Summers has succeeded. We don’t yet know whether historians will judge the economic policy that he…

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Palin Is the New McGovern

September 20, 2010 | Comments Off on Palin Is the New McGovern | Peter Beinart

Go ahead, pull your party to the far right, Sarah. But your ideological purification drive will spell doom soon. Peter Beinart on what the GOP should learn from 1972.
This weekend, Sarah Palin again played footsie with a 2012 presidential run. Maybe…

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Make Everybody Vote

September 15, 2010 | Comments Off on Make Everybody Vote | Peter Beinart

The country didn’t swing right Tuesday night. Only the hard right bothered to vote. Peter Beinart on how compulsory balloting could prevent the next Christine O’Donnell.
I just got back from Australia. Nice country; it’s like California, but solvent….

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The New McCarthyism

September 12, 2010 | Comments Off on The New McCarthyism | Peter Beinart

The politics of mosques and Korans show America to be in the worst spasm of paranoia and bigotry since the Cold War. Peter Beinart on the political roots of the enemy within.
With each new attack on a mosque, each new anti-Muslim slur by a prominent…

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Obama's Foreign Policy Has Failed

September 6, 2010 | Comments Off on Obama's Foreign Policy Has Failed | Peter Beinart

He was supposed to change Washington. But the president’s strategy in the Middle East and Afghanistan has lacked courage and creativity-and pales in comparison with Bush’s.
Just over three years ago, acclaimed author and campaign adviser Samantha…