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The Obama imperative

Two things stand between almost certain economic and social catastrophe: the prospect of the Democrats maintaining — or expanding — their majority in the Senate, and the reelection of President Barack Obama.

By EDITORIAL  |  November 02, 2012

War crimes

Secretary Clinton's quest.
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  June 08, 2012

Up in smoke?

Ten months after President Obama took office, his Justice Department issued a remarkable directive.
Obama is threatening a medical marijuana crackdown in Rhode Island and across the country. Should Governor Chafee call his bluff?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 15, 2011

Larry Flynt on the end of days, and why politicians can't keep it in their pants

Larry Flynt is no stranger to religious freaks. He's been one himself — converted aboard his private jet, back in 1977, by Jimmy Carter's sister.
Great hustle
By SCOTT FAYNER  |  May 20, 2011

Libya: Why Obama is right

That the nation is apprehensive and ambivalent about President Barack Obama's military intervention in Libya is natural, even healthy.
What's wrong with saving lives?
By EDITORIAL  |  April 01, 2011

Agents of change

The highly publicized turmoil at Central Falls High School is but the leading edge of a major crisis in urban education in this state.
City Year Rhode Island is engaged in an ambitious assault on the urban education crisis. But the push has required the group to engage in a transformation that raises unsettling questions about diversity and public service
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 04, 2011


Reed on the Arizona shootings, the Tea Party, and why Bob Gates might stick around

Just days after the Arizona tragedy, the Phoenix sat down with Senator Jack Reed for a Q+A about the shooting, the Tea Party, and some troubling news out of Pakistan.
Ask the Senator
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 14, 2011

A new beginning?

Obama augurs a fresh start, even with a stock of Clintonites
Obama augurs a fresh start, even with a stock of Clintonites
By PHILLIPE + JORGE  |  December 22, 2008

Guest Blog Pundit Matthew Sawh: The Psyche Vs. The Practical -- Understanding Ms. Rodham and Her Veep-List

The most important decision task in front of Hillary is that she needs to strike the right balance between winning and governing (if she wins).  ...
By Importer  |  April 01, 2008

Guest Blog Pundit Johanna Wald: Tell Hillary the Party is Over

The party’s over.  Only, apparently, no one is brave enough to tell Hillary Clinton.   Granted, I pay more attention to “momentum” and to trends in...
By Importer  |  March 25, 2008

In Mississippi, Obama Holds Serve

    Sporting analogies are overdone in politics but this year's Democratic campaign -- with its clear demographic contours -- is a bit like a tennis...
By Importer  |  March 12, 2008

Tote Board Column -- 3/6 -- "Giant Step"

    This week's column looks at the problems ahead for the Democrats and why Hillary Clinton could well be the stronger general election candidate.
By Importer  |  March 06, 2008

Clinton Wins Big on Mini-Super Tuesday Which Means Big Problems for Democats

    As we anticipated in earlier posts and columns, the Democratic race is now headed to a train wreck, on the heels of Hillary Clinton's...
By Importer  |  March 05, 2008

What's At Stake in Tonight's Primaries

    What's at stake in tonight's primaries? Actually, it's pretty straightforward. If Obama sweeps Ohio and Texas, it's over. If Clinton sweeps, she'll still trail...
By Importer  |  March 04, 2008

Preview of Mini-Super Tuesday: Don't Assume the Obama-Clinton Race is Over

    The press has been approaching the upcoming contests in Ohio and Texas (with two other states voting) as the end of the line for...
By Importer  |  March 03, 2008

Guest Blog Pundit Vic Sholis: The Battle for Texas

    This is it, folks.  After months of skirmishes acrossthe country, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are inTexas for the next two weeks, waging what...
By Importer  |  February 22, 2008

Ted Van Dyk on Last Night's Austin Debate

    One of the Democrats' great senior wise men, Ted Van Dyk, former aide to Hubert Humphrey, George McGovern, and others, sent me this wrapup...
By Importer  |  February 22, 2008

Will Clinton Go Super-Negative in the Debate Tonight?

    There is another Democratic debate tonight and Clinton partisans are undoubtedly hoping it marks the beginning of her comeback. There's some anticipation that she...
By Importer  |  February 21, 2008

Tote Board Column -- 2/21 --"Civil War"

    This week's Tote Board column, "Civil War," opines that if Hillary can come back in Ohio and Texas on March 4 --a better possibility...
By Importer  |  February 21, 2008

Instant Analysis of Tonight's Wisconsin Democratic Primary Results: Clinton Loses A State She Should Have Won

    Both Fox and CNN have called Wisconsin for Obama. The exit poll data showed, for example, that only 40% of the Wisconsin Democratic electorate...
By Importer  |  February 19, 2008

Clinton Fails to File Full Delegate Slate for Pennsylvania On Time: This Campaign is So Disorganized It Doesn't Deserve the Nomination

    More evidence of the Clinton campaign' inept negligence, of the sort we wrote about in last week's column: There are reports today that the...
By Importer  |  February 19, 2008

Preview of Tonight's Wisconsin Democratic Primary: More Than Meets the Eye

    Tonight's Wisconsin primary isn't going to determine who wins the Democratic nomination, though in a race this close everything counts. But it bears watching....
By Importer  |  February 19, 2008

Tote Board Column 2/14 -- Losing It?

    This week's column shows how Clinton's ineptitude in running her own campaign may well show she is hardly prepared to be president.
By Importer  |  February 14, 2008

For Clinton, It's Win Ohio and Texas on March 4 -- Or Else

    The delegate race is still close. And, yes, Clinton can come back. But she'll have to win Ohio and Texas on March 4 or...
By Importer  |  February 13, 2008

On Tuesday Night, Obama Slated to Pass Clinton in Delegate Count!

    If the present trends continue, Barack Obama will pass HIllary Clinton in most unofficial delegate counts on Tuesday night -- after the so-called Potomac...
By Importer  |  February 11, 2008

Democrats and Demography

    The Democrats and demography: The Tote Board on WBUR/NPR.
By Importer  |  February 08, 2008

Preview of Tonight's GOP Debate -- and Tomorrow's Democratic Debate Too, For That Matter

    The Tote Board may have acquired a severe case of campaign fatigue because, for once, we agree with Bill Kristol. Tonight's GOP debate is...
By Importer  |  January 30, 2008

The Clintons Begin to Lose the Establishment

    With the Obama endorsement of Ted Kennedy following in the footsteps of endorsements from party luminaries such as Claire McCaskill, Janet Napolitano, and Kent...
By Importer  |  January 29, 2008

Obama Wins SC In a Blow Out -- Clinton Finishes Way Back in Second, and She's Lucky to Have That

    Barack Obama has won a huge victory tonight over Hillary Clinton -- so much so that he apparently will  go over 50% and Clinton...
By Importer  |  January 26, 2008

Clinton Headed to Narrow Nevada Caucus Win Over Obama -- Edwards Is So Far Back, His Campaign is Over

    With about two thirds of the precincts counted, Clinton has a narrow 50%-45% lead over Obama, with Edwards way back at 5%. The CNN...
By Importer  |  January 19, 2008