August 2004 Archives

August 30, 2004

The Backyard Blog Offers a Variety of Views on This Political Season

The National Political Observer highly recommends the BackYard Blog, The Seattle Times' "group online journal for this election season." The Times people "asked a broad array of people with deep ties to the [Seattle] region to share their views on politics during the 2004 campaign." Some of those views were posted today.

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Howard Dean's New Book Scheduled for September 21, 2004 Release

"You Have the Power: How to Take Back Our Country and Restore Democracy in America," former Vermont Governor Howard Dean's new book, is schedled for release on September 21, 2004. However, some Seattle residents can buy copies on August 31, 2004, during Dean's visit to Seattle, according to The Seattle Times. The paper said Dean's publisher made an exception specifically for the visit.

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New York Magazine Profiles Opinion-Maker James Taranto

The current issue of New York.Com has an insightful article on James Taranto, a political conservative whose Best of the Web Today column in the Wall Street Journal has, in the words of New York writer Duff McDonald, made Taranto "a new sort of opinion-maker for the information age."

"And he gets an ever-wider hearing in a new marketplace tailor-made for polemic conflict," McDonald wrote. "According to a June study by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, 36 percent of Americans now prefer a take on the news that reflects their own politics. Among conservatives, that viewpoint is even more pronounced, at 43 percent (compared with a third of moderates and liberals)." Click here to read more.

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GOP Will Also Use Athletes, Actors as Speakers

Football Player Jason Seehorn and his wife, actress Angie Harmon, a former assistant district attorney on Law and Order, will be speakers at the Republican Convention opening today in New York, according to the AP. You can see them on Fox News, CNN, PBS, MSNBC and C-Span. The AP says ABC, CBS and NBC "will not have any coverage today."

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