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Andrew Malcolm Andrew Malcolm's immigrant parents repeatedly stressed the importance of active participation in a democracy. Early lessons included learning the alphabetical list of states by watching televised roll calls of national political conventions. That childhood exposure led to a lifelong fascination with politics, including 40-plus years of covering them and a brief stint practicing them as press secretary to Laura Bush in 1999-2000. A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Malcolm served on the Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four.

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Andrew,

I am curioius as to why the transcrip doesn't accurately reflect what the President said regarding the inefficiency of Medicare. In the video he says that it is not because of benefits, FOR NOW. But in the transcript the "FOR NOW" is not included.

Does the White House provide the transcript??

I reread the transcript and reviewed the video. They are similar and I stand corrected. However, at the town hall meeting the President said that Medicare benefits, AT THE MOMENT, are not the issue. What does he mean by "at the moment"?

Nice to see some effort in balancing your viewpoints
a refreshing contrast to MSNBC

Glad to have been following you on Twitter Andrew. It's always a pleasure to catch your tweets in my stream.

Mr. Malcolm, I heard you today on POTUS and stayed in the car to listen to your interview. It was fascinating and great to listen to. As an Iowan who pays a lot of attention to politics all four years, not just one out of four, I appreciate your perspective and look forward to following Top of the Ticket. Thank you!


(Great news, Jennifer. Hope it wasn't too hot in the car. :-D )

Not everyone knows that Ramadam is the 9th month nor cares. Today we were greeted with the image of another Muslin mass murderer being feted by a joyous Muslim crowd, this time as he arrived in Tripoli from Scotland. Last week Christian women and children were being burned alive in their own homes by screaming Muslim crowds. Religion of peace? Not so much.

It is interesting that only comments that say how "wonderful" you are are posted. I'm sure this one won't make it either, but 6 posts is a big number for all the followers you have. At least this site is killing trees.

Thanks for the Twitter follow! I look forward to your tweets. :)

Top of the Ticket is the best blog on the Internet. Hands down.

Andy rules...

They are excluding and smearing Ron Paul


Hey' BLUE HAIR.
Yau you BLUE HAIR.

You should really watch your tone when trying to smear Dr Paul.

You should look on YOUTUBE at the video of Shawn Hannity running down the street screaming like a little b----
While Ron Paul supporters chased him all the way back to work.
It was quite funny.

Point is, you dont want to piss the Ron Paul people off, they will show up on your door step.

Yes Dr Paul got screwed by the Media, and was ripped off airtime.
Go back and look at the Republican debate at the Reagon Library. Dr Paul and Mike Hauckabee were both excluded from the debate while McCain and Romney were allowed to bicker with each other and suck up all the time.
CNN got millions of email complaints about the rigging of the event, if that tells you anything just ask Anderson Cooper...

With the Economy getting worse and Obama's broken promises of change thrown in the face of the Middle Class not to mention his poll numbers are dropping as fast as the Balloon Boy.

People have had enough and they really dont want to vote for either party anymore. With these factors in place, you can expect this time to see Dr Paul's numbers rise massively.

The country is on the verge of a Revolution and it is going to take real severe change to stop it from happening.

If your going to write about Dr Ron Paul, be sure to include in your articles his VOTING RECORD FOR 30 YEARS, and check it against Obama or anyone running against him.

To not include that is deception.

My god

I just read the posts here. You people are pathertic.

Glad to see your tweets Andrew. Following you on Twitter Andrew.
Glad to catch your tweets in my tream.

Are you people insane?????

If your looking for someone to idolize, check out GOD.

GET A LIFE FOR GOD's SAKE

Your blog is quite possibly the dumbest thing I have ever seen in a major newspaper. It would be embarrassing on a right-wing publication simply because you're stupid, not funny, and most likely senile.

But the fact that it appears in a newspaper that purports to be nonpartisan...that is just disgraceful.

The only solace I can take is that the LAT will go under in a few years, and from the looks of your picture, you may not have that much time left either.

I can't figure out if your beginning comments in EVERY Palin story is just "clever" sarcasm or suppressed rudeness disguised as clever sarcasm. To quote, "Wow, for somebody who's supposed to be such a political joke, an Arctic ditz and eminently dismissable as a serious anything except maybe a stay-at-home hockey mom" and another "Not that it matters politically because obviously she's a female Republican dunce and he's a male Democrat genius". If you support Palin then just come out and say it. If you don't support her then just come out and say it. Speak plainly and don't treat your readers like morons.

Good piece, but you spelled "shibboleth" wrong...you spelled it "shibboloth."

Havent heard you weigh in on Ron Paul recently. Wouldnt mind seeing some ink about his bill. Its the hottest legislation that Americans have gotten behind... perhaps the only that both sides of the isle enjoy co-sponsoring. I believe his Audit the Fed bill has garnered 313 sponsors...

Thats news.

ps.

I usually enjoy your snarkiness when addressing Paul. Im a huge fan of his and youve been pretty fair. Please dont paint all of Pauls supporters with the same brush. I noticed some of the other comments below...

Ya gotta admit though, Paul has some the most ardent supporters in America.

sir, why do u ask such questions of that homeless person's cell phone? what if he was given it as a gift, and someone is paying his bill? what if he just found it, and doesn't make calls? if he just uses it for taking pics? please don't judge, lest u shall be judged, as the Good Book says.


(No judging here. Just asking questions. You're the one being defensive about the presumed answers.)

In your 2/18/10 article about the Department Of Energy's weatherization program, you infer that the $5 billion allocated for this program is evenly split amongst each home that is weatherized, arriving at the sum of $57,362 per home. While your math is correct, your logic is obviously failing you. You know full well that the $5b is not split evenly amongst the homes weatherized because in the very same article you talk about the need for the DOE to calculate a prevailing rate to pay for weatherization--which they have since done for over 3,000 counties nationwide.

I can only assume you have an anti-Obama Administration bias based on the tags you have put on your article: "Democratic Politics" "Scandal"

The only 'scandal' here is that someone of your intellect would knowingly peddle this falsehood that the government is spending $58,000 per home for weatherization.

I agree with you, Zumaguy in every word. That's really a great comment. You said everything I wanted to say!

Why do we have to put up with people as stupid and useless as Andrew Malcolm?

Is the Times really this desperate? What happened to this once great paper?

Here's a guy who wastes our time with a snark on Al Franken because he used
a prop in the Senate, where half the members are unconscious 90% of the time.

The Times is a toilet lately, and what we find floating around in it should not come as a surprise, but it still does.

I agree with Drew from Oklahoma because he basically made all the best points. I think that as more time goes on that things will change more and more.

Havent heard you weigh in on Ron Paul recently. Wouldnt mind seeing some ink about his bill. Its the hottest legislation that Americans have gotten behind... perhaps the only that both sides of the isle enjoy co-sponsoring. I believe his Audit the Fed bill has garnered 313 sponsors...

(AM responds: There are thousands of bills with lots of sponsors. If something happens to move it along, we'll likely do something. Meanwhile;
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2010/05/rand-paul-ron-paul-kentucky.html
Thanks for checking in.)

Hi,

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p.s Item 11 is a regularly updated list of charities, hotlines and online/media groups you can join for news on what you can do to help. If you have anything we should/could add to that list, please let me know.

Rumors - Is it true that Emmanuel is out of the country at the same time as the possibility of testifying in the former mayor's case?

the andrew malcolm gentleman leans right on most issues.

he posts favorable slants on republican news coverage yet attaches insults, snide comments and rude phrases when he covers democrats(has more than once refused to use the president's name and instead called him all kinds of childish terms).

for a MSM reporter it's curious that he is so rude in dealing with elected officials. youu know people don't mind critique of their elected officials. but it bothers me when it gets personal.

everyone has family and is worthy of respect from the LA Times.
your rude comments about president obama disturbs me because i stay away from petty cable shows and don't expect to read petty comments in the LA Times.

over time people are losing respect for many institutions that are necessary for democracy.

your column, mr malcolm andrew doesn't do much for your industry. like helen thomas, you will be your own undoing and retire in disgrace.


(AM responds: Well, obviously you are a loyal reader and we are delighted to have you here, though if you think an online politics blog is MSM, maybe you should read a little closer. Don't worry about our business. We're getting more readers every day for the information. Glad you've been among them.)

Nice to see some effort in balancing your viewpoints
a refreshing contrast to MSNBC

Taken from my early comment on this mornings posting on Obama and the oil spill response: "(AM responds: Seriously, it's taken you this long to realize we are over here? Finally, time to bookmark The Ticket and become a regular so you won't be so shocked. Thanks for reading.)"

With your spunk, I most definitely will read your commentaries more... :D BTW, the 'you' was in general, not personal... and I really did enjoy your commentary.

(AM responds: Well, Katie, really did appreciate your comment and meant what I said too. Thanks again. Feel free to spread the word.)

Buahaha... I was reading some of the comments here... and all I have to say is, If you don't like someone's view point then don't read/listen to it... is it really that hard to do? I know I can do, I do it over at the Huff&Puff and even in my own local newspaper all the time. But calling people names because you don't agree with another's point of view or opinion just shows the ignorance, intolerance and insecurities of the person writing the insults. It's one thing to counter a point (respectfully) but it's just childish to mudsling.

After coming across one of your articles elsewhere and being very impressed with it, I went looking for you, Mr. Malcolm, online. FOUND YA - and looking forward to reading more articles from you. Thanks for telling it like it is.

The Truth Will Set Us Free.

(AM responds: Hey, SW Gal, thanks for your kind words and for checking us out. Trust you bookmarked this page and will come back often. And leave comments on anything you like,. See you then,. And thanks again for reading.)

Thanks for sharing the information. That’s a awesome article you posted. I found the post very useful as well as interesting. I will come back to read some more.

YOU ARE EXACTLY RIGHT.THE MORE WE GET TO KNOW THIS GUY, THE LESS WE LIKE. CAN'T WAIT TO VOTE THIS LIBERAL, ARROGANT, IMPERIAL , FAUX-GRAVITAS TAX AND SPENDER OUT OF OFFICE.

I am very disappointed in MSNBC's decision. They are intelligent and consistently back their commentary with facts, including video. When they make an error, they apologize on air. Faux "news" spews crap consistently (note their lunatic ravings about the President’s trip to India – ALL of it lies) – their people laugh all the way to the bank at the stupidity of people who believe their rants. Even Rush’s ex-wife backs this up. Read Glenn Beck’s book…he calls himself a “rodeo clown”. People who believe this nonsense need to start using that thing inside their skull…their brain!!! MSNBC…I will boycott your network (there are LOTS of other things to watch) and any sponsors I can identify.

Hey Andrew !
Just a few words to say how much I enjoy reading you every day.Up here in Québec,we are subject to so much lefty media,Keith Olberman would be considered right wing.

(AM responds: Well, thank you soo much. Great to hear. I wrote The Canadians so know a little of what you say. Hope to see you here often. )

Andrew,

Any chance on an update on the 10 Sept piece regarding back taxes owed by White House aides and federal employees?

(AM notes: That's an IRS annual audit kind of thing.)

Wanted to say that it's nice to know that someone else also mentioned this as had trouble finding the same info elsewhere. This was the first place that told me the answer. Thanks...

Not everyone knows that Ramadam is the 9th month nor cares. Today we were greeted with the image of another Muslin mass murderer being feted by a joyous Muslim crowd, this time as he arrived in Tripoli from Scotland. Last week Christian women and children were being burned alive in their own homes by screaming Muslim crowds. Religion of peace? Not so much.


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