Detroit Bailout

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Things are not looking good on the bailout front for GM, Chrysler, and Ford. Economist Paul Krugman argues that we should put aside gripes about private jets and multi-million-dollar CEO pay because a $25B "bridge loan" to Detroit would protect 1-3 million jobs. Twenty-four-year-old Lennon just got a degree in ...

McCain: Supporters on the Street

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 24th, 2008

Amanda Warren, a college student and photography editor in Eastern Pennsylvania, saw these two wanna-be plumbers in Downington, PA. [minus the amanda / Flickr] Note the overalls.

Third Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 17th, 2008

Mccain, Joe the plumber, Obama [Mike Licht, / Flickr] Watch or read the third presidential debate here, if you missed it on Wednesday night. A lot of bloggers seemed relieved -- to put it mildly -- that debate season is now over. Here, with equal relief, is a last post-debate roundup. On the ...

Vice Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, October 5th, 2008

[Bright_Star / Flickr] If you weren't among the 70 million or so who watched the blockbuster VP debate live (not counting those who streamed it), you can see or read it here. By all accounts the night was primarily a referendum on Sarah Palin, so these comments focus largely on her: The ...

John McCain’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 5th, 2008

A wordle word cloud of McCain's and Palin's speeches [mattlehrer / Flickr] It's been a long two weeks of conventioneering. And so without further ado, here are three reactions to the very last speech: John McCain's. Lori is a Republican "Army brat" who has settled into Arizona and its dating scene. The whole ...

New G.I. Bill for Education

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 31st, 2008

[Jayel Aheram / Flickr] About a month ago, Congress passed and President Bush signed a new GI Bill proposed by Senator Jim Webb. This is a bill that Bush threatened to veto and McCain opposed (and didn't vote on) because they were afraid it would encourage people to leave the military. ...

Alternative Terrorism

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 31st, 2008

James Pence of Glendale, Kentucky, doesn't mince words. He explains here, in a calmly biting commentary on the Bush administration's handling of the economy, healthcare, civil liberties, and other issues central to the election, how he -- if he were a terrorist -- would undermine America: That rocking chair somehow takes ...

Gas-Tax Math for McCain

Posted by Katherine | Friday, May 2nd, 2008

This sarcastic engineer is armed with a calculator, and he's no fool. He tells John McCain that his proposed summer "gas-tax holiday" (which Clinton supports and Obama opposes) is ridiculous. The engineer figures it will save each American a grand total of 30 dollars. Which, compared to what we'll be ...

Farewell, Fair Tax

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

[trialkat / Flickr] This picture by trialkat was taken at a Fair Tax rally in Jacksonville, FL, where Mike Huckabee played his bass. The boy is holding a dollar bill autographed by Huckabee, and the photo seemed a fitting adieu to the candidate, who, after last night's primaries, conceded the GOP ...