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James Freedman

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Bush Shoe-Thrower Elicits Editorial Reactions

(9) Comments | Posted December 17, 2008 | 8:58 AM

We've all seen the now famous clip of President George W. Bush bobbing and weaving to avoid a pair of shoes thrown directly at his face by an enraged Iraqi journalist. But the rest of the world was perhaps even more captivated by the "David-and-Goliath" moment. Here's what...

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The Dalai Lama Sparks Controversy In China, Taiwan

(2) Comments | Posted December 9, 2008 | 3:21 PM

"There's no need to dramatize things," said French President Nicholas Sarkozy, responding to China's criticism of his weekend meeting with the Dalai Lama. But the complaining nation is taking the perceived slight seriously, and the controversy is spreading.

After weeks of Chinese complaints and diplomatic actions related to the...

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Reflecting On Economic Meltdown, International Newspapers Hold U.S. Responsible

(15) Comments | Posted December 4, 2008 | 12:55 PM

On Monday, the National Bureau of Economic Research said the United States has been in a recession since last December. With a financial crisis of this magnitude hitting the world's biggest economy, it's no surprise that nations across the globe are also feeling the heat. Here's what some recent...

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Global Media Debate Hillary Selection

(17) Comments | Posted December 2, 2008 | 7:50 PM

After a bitterly-fought primary campaign and something of a reconciliation during the general election -- with Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) campaigning on behalf of her one-time rival -- President-Elect Barack Obama has chosen Clinton to be his Secretary of State. Coming on the heels of an election that has...

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Reflections On Mumbai

(1) Comments | Posted November 29, 2008 | 12:11 PM

In the wake of a series of deadly attacks in India's financial capital that captivated the world's attention for three days, newspaper editorials from regional and world powers weigh in.

Deadly referendum (The Times of India): The ability of a handful of "murderous psychopaths" to hold...

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Criminal Justice: One Of The Enormous Non-Issues Of Presidential Politics

(11) Comments | Posted July 23, 2008 | 6:00 PM

What happened to "the land of the free"?

In February, we reached an all-time high, with one out of 100 American adults incarcerated. Some groups are hit particularly hard; one out of every 15 African American adults were behind bars as of 2006.

In April, Adam Liptak started...

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Introducing James Freedman

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2008 | 9:52 PM

Referring Post: Introducing The OTB OpEd Editorial Team

I grew up in Los Angeles, and before heading off to college I gained invaluable journalism experience working as an intern in the fast-paced newsroom of City News Service, the largest regional wire service in America, and wrote a year-long column...

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Election Systems Upgrade: Money's Gone To Iraq

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2008 | 3:10 AM

This article is not about the absurd complexity of our current election system, although that topic is just as worthy of consideration. It is about exploring the possibility that we severely underfund the election process in the United States, leading to myriad potential and actual problems, while...

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Obama on Race vs. Romney on Religion

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2008 | 2:13 PM

To many in the media, Barack Obama's race speech yesterday morning was strangely reminiscent of a moment involving Mitt Romney earlier on in the campaign season, when Romney tried to address concerns about his Mormon faith. But is that comparison actually warranted? Let's review.

Obama spoke from...

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DNC-Appointed Superdelegates Support Clinton 3-1

(27) Comments | Posted February 17, 2008 | 6:37 PM

Hillary Clinton currently leads Barack Obama by a wide margin among superdelegates appointed by the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Clinton maintains an approximately 3-1 lead among these DNC superdelegates, although Barack Obama has recently surpassed her in pledged delegates and gained eleven superdelegates in the past week.

Superdelegates appointed...

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Obama Wins Maryland Primary

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2008 | 11:36 PM

Barack Obama won Maryland's Democratic primary yesterday, continuing his post-Super Tuesday winning streak and building momentum in a race that is still closely matched in delegates.

He won 57.4% of the vote to Hillary Clinton's 38.9%, as of publication of this article, according to results released by the Maryland...

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Allegations Of Underperformance Prompt Primary Challenges To Kucinich

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2008 | 12:17 AM

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) was still running for president two weeks ago, despite polling in the single-digits and being excluded from debates. Then, on January 25th, he formally ended his campaign, citing his determination to stay focused on Cleveland, "the community that is first in my heart."


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Ron Paul: Roe v. Wade a 'Big Mistake'

(423) Comments | Posted January 24, 2008 | 2:40 AM

Before getting elected to Congress in the late 1970s, Paul delivered more than 4,000 babies as an OB/GYN. When it comes to abortion, he believes the mother's freedom of choice is mitigated by an obligation to protect the life of the "unborn child," stating on his campaign Web site that...

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Ron Paul: No To Mandatory Immunization

(147) Comments | Posted January 23, 2008 | 12:43 AM

Ron Paul's libertarian ideology is dramatically revealed when you get him started on topics such as the War on Drugs, the FDA and forced immunization that draw on his background in medicine. Paul, a ten-term member of Congress who's hoping to pick up the Republican nomination for president, feels strongly...

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Wireless Spectrum: Why Should You Care What the Candidates Think?

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2008 | 1:11 AM

Crowded debates with low ratings, 30-second T.V. spots and the impracticality of most Americans closely studying a wide range of policy issues before entering the voting booth all lead to campaigns focused on a few key policy issues, to the detriment of many others. The allocation of the wireless spectrum...

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Our Motto Should Be Choice, Not Change

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2008 | 5:40 PM

Anyone following political news in the past week has noticed that the candidates and the media seem settled on change as the buzzword for this campaign. We, the American people, should instead select choice as the theme for this election and all others.

As a few of the candidates...

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Ron Paul: Real Conservatives Don't Start Wars, They End Them

(784) Comments | Posted December 26, 2007 | 2:21 AM

The following piece was produced by HuffPost's OffTheBus.

Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) recently gained fame for breaking one-day online donation records, but he's still considered an underdog by many because of his single-digit polling and arguably radical views on a variety of issues. For...

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