“This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change.” – Barak Obama (11/4/08)
By Mark Weisbrot
The nation’s capital came alive after 11 p.m. on election eve, as thousands poured into the streets to celebrate a victory that everyone was calling historic. Car horns blaring, whooping and shouting, high fives all around, multi-racial crowds celebrating joyously. Historic it is, most obviously in the election of an African-American president, in a country where millions of black people could not even vote when the new president-elect was born. The rapper Jay-Z elegantly expressed the Obama campaign’s connection to the long struggle for equality, along with the enthusiasm that it generated: “Rosa Parks sat so that Martin Luther King could walk. Martin Luther King walked so that Obama could run. Obama’s running so that we all can fly.” Continue reading After Four Decades, Finally: The Beginning of the End
By Joe Ombuor
Barack Obama Senior, an economist at the Treasury in the late 1960s, rubbed officials of Kenyatta’s Government the wrong way when he angrily demanded an explanation on Tom Mboya’s death, moments after the Minister for Economic Planning and Development was assassinated. Continue reading Obama’s father and the origin of Muslim name
MSNBC and Associated Press
In the final hours of the campaign, bogus fliers, e-mails and calls increase
In the hours before Election Day, as inevitable as winter, comes an onslaught of dirty tricks — confusing e-mails, disturbing phone calls and insinuating fliers left on doorsteps during the night. Continue reading Dirty tricks increase as Election Day nears
By Joe Ombuor
Barack Obama Senior, an economist at the Treasury in the late 1960s, rubbed officials of Kenyatta’s Government the wrong way when he angrily demanded an explanation on Tom Mboya’s death, moments after the Minister for Economic Planning and Development was assassinated.
Continue reading Obama’s father and the origin of Muslim name
Never has one generation spent so much of its children’s wealth in such a short period of time with so little to show for it as in the Bush years.
The Bush team leaves us with another debt — one to Mother Nature. We have added tons more CO2 into the atmosphere these last eight years, without any mitigation effort. As a result, slowing down climate change in the next eight years is going to require even bigger changes and investments in how we use energy.
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Published: November 1, 2008
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By R. Jeffrey Smith
The White House is working to enact a wide array of federal regulations, many of which would weaken government rules aimed at protecting consumers and the environment, before President Bush leaves office in January.
Continue reading A Last Push To Deregulate: White House to Ease Many Rules
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Last week I attended a meeting with staff members from Speaker Pelosi’s office. One of their requests was for people’s stories of the specific impacts of the economic crisis on their lives and their communities. I turn to you for help with this.
Continue reading A Call for Stories