Thomas Jefferson Street

October 2009


Does Money Buy Access to the Obama White House?

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By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

For a president who promised his inauguration was the beginnings of a period of post-partisanship, the level of Barack Obama's permanent campaign activities is somewhat surprising.

Obama was the victim of the perennial cheap-shot earlier in the week when ...

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Obama, Barack

2012 Fault Lines in NY-23 House Special Election

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

The special election race taking place in upstate New York has been described variably as a GOP civil war and a battle for the soul of the Republican Party. To the extent that those assertions are true (and they are, as I argue in my column), it ...

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2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Gingrich, Newt
Huckabee, Mike
Romney, Mitt
Pawlenty, Tim
Palin, Sarah

Children of Fallen Troops Find Solace in Snowball Express

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By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

As de Tocqueville wrote nearly two centuries ago, America's greatness can be found in the spiritedness of its volunteers. It was the volunteer spirit that built this country and it is the volunteer spirit that has sustained it through some of its darkest ...

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Iraq and Afghanistan Strategy Debates Need to Remember the Troops

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By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

DALLAS—The debate over the continued U.S. military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan is reduced too often to arguments about numbers and throw weights and force projections and politics. And, almost secondarily and from the level of about five miles up, the ...

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

McChrystal’s Afghanistan Chattiness Does Obama and the Nation a Disservice

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By Jamie Stiehm, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Chatty generals who share innermost thoughts with reporters and in speeches didn't learn their civil-military lessons well at West Point. In general, it's best to have the strong, silent type at the army's helm, especially in wartime. That means those ...

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McChrystal, Stanley
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
military
national security terrorism and the military

ACORN Scandal Could Embarrass Obama

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By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Democrats portrayed Barack Obama's background as a "community organizer" as a plus, something to be admired, something that established his connection to regular people. Even though most people were unable to explain ...

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Acorn