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Obama Suddenly Sides with the Egyptian People

At a hastily staged appearance this evening at the White House, President Obama called for restraint on both sides in Egypt, calling on both demonstrators and the government to avoid violence. But the president, who as far as I can remember has been pretty much silent on the rights of the Egyptian people and reform of the government, made clear tonight that he sides with

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Obama’s Jimmy Carter Moment

Make no mistake about it. If Egypt goes down, and the Islamists seize power, Barack Obama is Jimmy Carter. And he will achieve the same electoral success with his reelection effort. Hosni Mubarak has now called out the army to stem the unrest. We’ll see if they’ll fire on their own people. No discussion of his private urgings toward Mubarak to reform politically will save

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Biden: I’m Already on the 2012 Ticket

Sorry Hillary. Vice President Biden told the PBS Newshour that he’s already signed up to run on the ticket with President Obama. Here’s what he told host Jim Lehrer He asked me if I would do that over a year ago. And I told him I would, yes. First question: Is Jim Lehrer a thousand years old? It seems like he was already kind of old

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Obama to Mubarak: “I Told You this Would Happen!”

With protests in Egypt escalating following Friday prayers, President Obama is running fast to gain the high ground with the Arab Street, shaking his head and tut-tutting Hosni Mubarak for digging his own grave. Here’s Obama in a YouTube interview yesterday. I’ve always said to him that making sure that they are moving forward on reform – political reform, economic reform – is absolutely critical

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Rahm is Back on the Ballot

The Illinois Supreme Court emphatically placed Rahm Emanuel back in the race for Chicago mayor, nearly ensuring that the former White House chief of staff will soon rule the city. Emanuel has an overwhelming lead in both money and in the polls, and now appears unstoppable. The unanimous decision reversed a 2-1 appellate court ruling that said Rahm couldn’t run because he hadn’t met the

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