John A. Farrell


November 2008


Remembering the Troops This Thanksgiving

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There will be turkey tomorrow, brought in under fire by helicopter, if necessary, and served with sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and gravy. The military does Thanksgiving well.

There will be phone calls home; a lot of messages sent on the Internet; much loneliness, some fear.

Back here in the ...

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holidays
military
Iraq war (2003-2011)
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
national security terrorism and the military

A Visit From My Dead

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I had a visit from my dead yesterday.

It is, perhaps, an occupational hazard for biographers. The dead come by and haunt you.

You show up at an archive, open a box of documents and meet them, in the graceful, hopeful handwriting of their youth; follow them through the tempests of their love affairs ...

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Team of Rivals? No, Team of Superstars. Why Obama Tapping Clinton for Secretary of State Makes Sense

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Tom Friedman's thoughts on Hillary Clinton's prospective appointment as Barack Obama's secretary of state are typically provocative.

And, in other times, I might agree with him. There is no denying the benefits of a close partnership between a president and a secretary of state, nor the dangers of a ...

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Obama transition
Clinton, Hillary
Obama administration
Obama, Barack

When Pork Barrel Met Pork Barbecue

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Like Calvin Trillin, I am a man who takes my barbecue seriously. All those years on the road as a national political reporter have allowed me to search the country for good ribs, and sauce, and brisket.

I have been known, after getting a gristle-y serving at Gates in Kansas City, to dump it in the ...

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politics

Allow Gay Marriage

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Keith Olbermann had a fine commentary the other night, on the passage of Proposition 8 in California, which denied gay couples to right to marry.

I had hoped to link today to a piece I wrote in 2004, as a columnist for the Denver Post, sharing my own thoughts on gay marriage. I wrote it after ...

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LGBT rights
marriage

The Barack Obama Administration Should Make Change Gradual

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A few weeks after the 1994 election—the one in which the "Republican Revolution" ended six decades of Democratic rule in the House of Representatives—I got a chance to interview the new House speaker, Newt Gingrich.

The Republicans had seized the House, in part, because Bill and Hillary Clinton had ...

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Obama, Barack
Obama transition
Obama administration
Gingrich, Newt
Republican Party
Democratic Party

Best and Worst From Election 2008

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Awww. Why not? There are award shows for everything else.

And so...to while away the final hours... 

The award for Worst Candidate in the 2008 Republican presidential race goes to...Rudy Giuliani. We knew he was going to chirp "9/11, 9/11, 9/11" like a nuthatch. But who knew he would run such an ...

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TAGS:
McCain, John
Obama, Barack
2008 presidential election
Giuliani, Rudolph
Huckabee, Mike
Edwards, John
Palin, Sarah

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