Obama’s Public-Works Plan

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

[woodleywonderworks / Flickr] Over the weekend, Obama outlined his vision for a large, job-boosting investment in public infrastructure. Andrew Samwick is a Dartmouth economics prof who studies retirement and was chief economist of the President's Council of Economic Advisors in 2003-2004. He likes Obama's plan even though he doesn't see job creation ...

Belt Tightening

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, November 29th, 2008

On the economy front, this week brought the Citigroup bailout and the addition of Paul Volker and Austan Goolsbee to Obama's new Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Meanwhile, across America, people and businesses are cinching their belts. Adrian Lai in NYC spotted this "Recession Sale" on the streets of the Big Apple: [thedrun ...

Happy Campaign-08 Halloween!

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 31st, 2008

Is there always this much pumpkin art during campaign years? Mechanical engineer Gabriel Edwards took this photo -- and presumably was involved in the carving: [glxedwards / Flickr] For this pumpkin, origamidoc used a template created by Aidenag, which was in turn based on Shepard Fairey's now-famous poster. (You can see Aidenag's orignal ...

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 ...

First Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Weighing in [mrdorkesq / Flickr] OK, it's several days after the fact. You've probably heard all you care to about McCain refusing to look at Obama, Obama stumbling over the name of the soldier on his bracelet, or general cluelessness/mindfulness on the financial crisis and the middle class. (If you'd like ...

LGBT Rights

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender rights, like abortion, is one of those normally core political issues that hasn't broken through into high visibility in this presidential race. Yet, anyway. Online, though, you can of course find riches. Let's start by rewinding a few months to New Hampshire, where Dennis Kucinich was approached by Harvard ...