Miscoding Presidential Candidates on Iran


Someone forwarded me an email to take this American Public Media quiz that would select my preferred candidate based on my policy preferences. It’s a very appealing approach to abstract away personalities and nuance and purport to objectively measure candidates simply on the issues.

Why Did Ben Bernanke Call Hank Paulson 85 Times During Early Stage of Subprime Crisis?



Tomorrow (Wednesday) at 2:30 pm, Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson will be speaking to the Real Estate Roundtable’s State of the Industry Meeting. According to a press release, he will discuss the state of the U.S. economy and the fiscal growth package.

Race is Back. . .At Least in Publishing


. . .if not in politics (he says facetiously). The Washington Post has just launched a new website, The Root, which will attempt to provide a portal for all things cultural and political related to the African-American community. Here is a video intro.

Bush’s Forgettable Speech & The Handshake That Didn’t Happen



I just did a video log of my reactions to President Bush’s speech last night and will post in a bit — but my quick bullet point response to the evening included these items: 1. This was Bush’s least memorable speech because it may have been his least stridently partisan. 2.

Media Alert: Foreign Policy and the Elections with Terrence McNally


This evening, in about 20 minutes, I’ll be chatting with Terrence McNally on KPFK Pacifica Radio’s Free Forum with Terrence McNally. I’ll be up between 8:20 and 8:30 PM EST. Sorry for the late notice. Just before me, Tom Hayden — who endorsed Obama today — will be talking about the elections.

Pointing into the Gallery


The State of the Union address is a stuffy affair to watch — unless one is lucky enough to be sitting in the gallery (which I did one year when Bill Clinton was President).