The Toll-10/3/10: Peace Talks Flounder

by Dave McGill

The peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are threatening to come to a quick end as Israel has now resumed construction of new settlement housing on the disputed lands in the West Bank. The matter was further inflamed this week when Israel threatened to evict three dozen Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem to create new housing in an Arab dominated neighborhood in that area as well.

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the contrarian – Is Obama Reaching Out Too Much?

by Dave McGill

Many Americans don’t know what to make of their new president. They’ve never seen one quite like him in their lifetimes.

He seems to have the unique idea that he represents all Americans – not just the liberals that he’s been so scathingly associated with. In the process, he’s been reaching out to conservatives, independents, business interests, war hawks, peaceniks, special interest groups, international adversaries and Republicans, among others. He has sought the advice of most and has incorporated their ideas into his efforts.

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The Toll – 6/14/09 – and “The Obama Effect”

by Dave McGill

From the U.K.’s Guardian to San Francisco’s Chronicle, and beyond, the media is attributing good and bad events to “the Obama effect.”

In the process, the election and performance of the Obama administration is being credited with influencing everything from the recent domestic terrorist attacks by the lunatic fringe of the right wing to the apparent improvement in conditions along “Wall Street.” Continue reading