Our first post-media presidency

During the campaign, everyone kept referring to it as Obama’s ground game. Now, mainstream media deride it as Obama’s bully pulpit. In both instances, I think they are missing the point. Team Obama’s fusion of grassroots and community organizing principles with emerging technology in an effort to...

Wrongful convictions spark ban in New Mexico on executions

So, Gov. Bill Richardson announced recently he would stop putting people to death in New Mexico. One of the primary reasons for his change of heart is he has lost faith in the criminal justice system. Over the years, roughly 400 people have been wrongfully convicted and later exonerated by DNA testing in...

The whole enchilada — health care, climate change and the economy

So packaging it all into one massive vote: Taking on energy, climate change, health care and the economy. Why does it seem to elude so many people that these issues are interconnected? Working-class Americans have been increasingly taking on the burden of insurance premiums. And premiums have been rising...

What does Obama’s NCAA picks say about his governing style

We have dissected everything about the man — from his cabinet picks to the choice of schools for his girls. So, let’s ponder about his NCAA picks. And what they might tell us about Obama. One thing is universal when it comes to sports fans: They were all players before they became fans. When...

Will AIG bonuses derail economic recovery?

Obama gave financial insurer AIG a massive tongue-lashing on Monday, after it was reported the flailing company distributed $165 million in bonuses to derivative traders as part of its “retention program.” Then, on Tuesday, came the smack down — a pledge from the administration that it would do all it could...

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