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Although Hillary Clinton has been the perceived favorite to win the Democratic nomination since the 2008 presidential race began, Barack Obama has been picking up momentum continuously for the last week and a half, starting with his unexpectedly large win in South Carolina and leading up to today’s Super Tuesday vote. Twenty-two states will hold…

Just Like Old Times….

For one reason or another when I was a student at Texas A&M University, I seemed to find myself in the student paper, The Battalion, fairly frequently–whether I was writing a letter to the editor, being quoted in a story, or reporting science news (as I did during my last semester there). It’s been a…

R.I.P. the John Edwards Campaign

Today John Edwards officially dropped out of the race for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. However inevitable this was, it was still sad to see it finally happen. Edwards fought a clean, issues-driven campaign, but it wasn’t enough to compete against the wild but justified excitement of the prospect of a formative Barack Obama or…

The Democratic Party is doing the very cool thing this year of giving Americans living abroad their own delegation to the 2008 Democratic Convention. This means that anyone currently living outside of the US can vote in the Democratic Presidential Primary for their own 11 delegates. Voting will take place online from February 5-12 and…

Last night, Barack Obama won the South Carolina Democratic Primary with 55% of the vote, doubling second place finisher Hillary Clinton’s 27% share of the vote. John Edwards came in third with a disappointing 18% of the vote. Nobody should have expected Obama not to win South Carolina, but a victory of almost 30 points…

The Jena Who What Huh?

While thousands march today in protest of modern day racial injustice, it’s pretty difficult to not be aware of the Jena Six. Certainly all of the Democratic presidential candidates are. Apparently, though, staying up to date on current events isn’t a prerequisite for the Republicans. Asked about the Jena Six case today on his way…

Barack Obama: Not Waffling on Cuba

Although he took some flack for a similar stance in last month’s CNN/YouTube Democratic Presidential Debate (see video at bottom of post), Barack Obama has an opinion piece published in The Miami Herald today in which he stresses the need for bilateral talks with Cuba and promises to “grant Cuban Americans unrestricted rights to visit…

Last week, I attended a seminar at the Oxford Internet Institute presented by J. Ignacio Criado and entitled “Political Blogging in Campaign and Political Communication: Political Leadership 2.0?” (see my announcement and the event’s abstract here). My impressions are mixed, particularly in relation to the relevance of the seminar and the methods and conclusions of…

The results of a New York Times/CBS News/MTV poll were released today, and they by and large indicate that young adults today are more progressive (based on stances on individual issues and on personal identification) than their parents’ generation. Although this liberalization has been a general tendency in America (and fits the stereotype of the…

SCOTUS: Who’s Your Daddy?

On Wednesday, when the Supreme Court upheld a federal ban on “partial-birth abortions” in its 5-4 decision on Gonzalez v. Carhart, it dealt a potentially huge setback to US reproductive freedoms. Although intact dilation and extraction makes up only a small subset of all abortions, this ruling is significant in that it explicitly does not…