MCCAIN ON NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION… From the NYT: “Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, distanced himself from the Bush administration on Tuesday by vowing to work more closely with Russia on nuclear disarmament and by calling for a reduction in tactical nuclear weapons in Europe. In what his campaign promoted as a major speech… Read more »

Warning: Schadenfreude Ahead!

MSNBC (h/t): “Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain’s national campaign general co-chair was being paid by a Swiss bank to lobby Congress about the U.S. mortgage crisis at the same time he was advising McCain about his economic policy, federal records show. “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” reported Tuesday night that lobbying disclosure forms, filed by… Read more »

E Pur Si Muove!

Ben Smith puts the fact that 10% of Americans believe that Obama is a Muslim in context: “Large minorities of Americans consistently say they hold wildly out-of-the-mainstream views, often specifically discredited beliefs. In some cases, those views should make them pretty profoundly alienated from one party or the other. For instance: 22 percent believe President… Read more »


Hillary Clinton has an op-ed in the NY Daily News called “Why I Continue To Run.” In addition to lamenting the fact that an unnamed “some” took her remarks about Bobby Kennedy’s assassination out of context, she makes two points that are worth remarking on. First: “I am running because I believe staying in this… Read more »

Taking Tough Action

The NYT has a story headlined ‘Worries in G.O.P. About Disarray in McCain Camp’. It contained this rather astonishing passage: “The string of departures from the campaign was prompted by questions about lobbying activities by aides and advisers to Mr. McCain and a new policy, which he dictated, that active lobbyists not be allowed to… Read more »