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  • What has the administration been up to?

    By Pol Observer

    April 3, 2008 | 7:04 am

    “The Justice Department sent a legal memorandum to the Pentagon in 2003 asserting that federal laws prohibiting assault, maiming and other crimes did not apply to military interrogators who questioned al-Qaeda captives because the president’s ultimate authority as commander in chief... read on

  • Pol Observer Raphael Sonenshein is a noir video star!

    By JewishJournal.com

    March 28, 2008 | 1:43 pm

    This blog’s Grand Poobah, Raphael Sonenshein, was a featured guest at the Society of Professional Journalists L.A. mixer/meeting last night, and we have videos to prove it.

    Here’s the first of six very dark and poorly-lit videos from the evening. Raphe’s political wisdom shines, however!

    Go to Edward Headington’s YouTube Channel for the rest of the evening’s vids.

    —The Web Guy

  • Democrats—stop your worrying!

    By Pol Observer

    March 24, 2008 | 3:32 pm

    The current flavor in politics is that Democrats should be extremely worried that their nomination battle is going to doom the party to defeat in the presidential election.  I’d like to make the case that all this worrying is a waste of time and energy.

    Now let’s remember that... read on

  • Richardson endorses Obama: Another turning point?

    By Pol Observer

    March 21, 2008 | 4:10 pm

    Today, New Mexico governor Bill Richardson endorsed Barack Obama for president. I’d call this a turning point for sure, if all previous turning points hadn’t simply turned out to be wrong turns that take us who knows where.

    But it certainly changes the chemistry of this race one... read on

  • What the heck is Hillary up to?  Part II:  Ruthlessness

    By Pol Observer

    March 16, 2008 | 1:48 pm

    In the 1990s, the political aggressiveness of the Clintons, what some would call “ruthlessness,” was a tonic for Democrats used to being savaged by Republicans in national campaigns.  Several weeks ago, Democrats had to face the fact that the Clinton ruthlessness was now being... read on

  • What the heck is Hillary up to?

    By Raphael Sonenshein

    March 11, 2008 | 11:18 pm

    “I think you’ll be able to imagine many things Senator McCain will be able to say.  He’s never been the president, but he will put forth his lifetime of experience. I will put forth my lifetime of experience. Senator Obama will put forth a speech he made in 2002.”

    This quote... read on

  • I was right!  Now what?

    By Pol Observer

    March 5, 2008 | 8:10 pm

    I was right on the button about Tuesday’s results when I swore that I had absolutely no clue what was going to happen.  But now that it has happened, and Hillary Clinton has had a really big night, we can certainly try to make sense of where things go from here.

    The main story is... read on

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Raphael J. Sonenshein (born 1949 in Nutley, New Jersey) was a political science professor at California State University, Fullerton. He is also served as chairman of the...

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