John A. Farrell


September 2008


In Dealing With the GOP on the Financial Crisis and Bailout, Nancy Pelosi Should Take a Page From J. P. Morgan

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Somewhere in heaven, or that other place, J. P. Morgan is chuckling in appreciation at the spectacle of a Republican administration, literally on bended knee, asking Nancy Pelosi to bail out Wall Street.

And at the Republican House members, who are whining that she hurt their feelings with a ...

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House of Representatives
Pelosi, Nancy
JPMorgan Chase
Republican Party
Congress
politics

The Surge Worked, but Will McCain Admit the Rest of the Facts?

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As a graduate of Mr. Jefferson's university, a disciple of America's third president, and a delighted resident of Thomas Jefferson Street, I feel it is time to do the right thing, Enlightenment-wise, and place reason before passion.

And admit that the surge in Iraq has worked.

Well, it has been ...

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2008 presidential election
Obama, Barack
foreign policy
McCain, John
Iraq war (2003-2011)
Iraq
military
military strategy
national security terrorism and the military

Financial Crisis Bailout Marks End of Reagan Revolution

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Here's the dirty little secret about the Reagan Revolution: It wasn't much of a revolution at all.

Its last tattered legions lay down their arms and banners at their Appomattox on Wall Street last week, but it was just a formality. Their cause was lost long ago.

Well before last week's final ...

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TAGS:
Bush, George W.
Gingrich, Newt
McCain, John
Republican Party
Wall Street
government intervention
Reagan, Ronald

Will Sarah Palin Talk About Paychecks or Flags Tonight?

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I've watched 1.5 conventions, seen two vice presidential nominees bound to the stage, and heard historic speeches from Barack Obama, Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, and Sarah Palin.

But the words that keep dancing to the fore of my political reasoning don't come from any address, or platform, or ...

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Palin, Sarah
speeches
Republican National Convention
2008 presidential election
Republican Party
running mates

Barack Obama's Mother Was an Unwed Teenager and Other Random Thoughts About Sarah Palin

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Okay. Not the greatest launch, but not the worst either. Let's not forget, Barack Obama's mom got pregnant as an unmarried teenager, and look how he turned out.

Passing through airports on my journey home from Denver, and over margaritas on the porch last night, I've had time for further reflection ...

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TAGS:
Obama, Barack
Palin, Sarah
2008 presidential election
running mates

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