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Leftist Victory in El Salvador Closes an Historic Cycle

(48) Comments | Posted March 16, 2009 | 9:08 AM

The apparent victory of leftist candidate Maurico Funes in Sunday's presidential election in El Salvador finally closes out the Cold War in Central America and raises some serious questions about the long term goals of U.S. foreign policy.

With Funes' election, history has come full cycle. Both El Salvador and...

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Chavez Wins: "Socialism" Or Death!

(100) Comments | Posted February 16, 2009 | 11:19 AM

During the days of the Pinochet dictatorship there was that joke about the Chilean dictator going on a state visit to Bolivia, a long-time rival of his own nation.

At a state dinner, the Bolivian President introduces his Chilean counterpart to Senor so-and-so, Secretary of the Bolivian Navy. Feeling slightly...

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Wild Strawberries: Taiwanese Student Movement Stirs Anew

(4) Comments | Posted December 8, 2008 | 7:07 AM

Taipei, Taiwan - A defiant, peaceful march by 5,000 protesters to the grounds of the Presidential Palace yesterday marked the first month's anniversary of a renewed and re-invigorated national pro-democracy student movement.

The protesters, some wearing mocking costumes of former emperors and current mainland Chinese Communist officials, demanded that the...

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What President Obama Means

(10) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 10:54 PM

Las Vegas, Nevada - My good friend Micah Sifry framed this historic day perfectly right about noontime. "The hands that picked the cotton are the hands that are picking the next President of the United States."

Barack Obama's election tonight is laden with so much significance it seems an impossible...

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Hope. Not Faith.

(13) Comments | Posted November 3, 2008 | 3:34 AM

I'm clinging to hope. Not about who's going to win on Tuesday. I am absolutely certain Barack Obama will be the next president-elect of the United States.

Hope, says the dictionary, is about our desires. Faith, on the other hand, is about confidence. I've got tons of the former. And...

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Actor Tim Daly Enlists in Obama's Battle for Nevada

(29) Comments | Posted November 2, 2008 | 3:37 PM

Las Vegas, NV -- Actor Tim Daly, known for his roles on the popular Private Practice and Sopranos dramatic series, officially enlisted Sunday in the Barack Obama campaign to capture the state of Nevada and, with it, the U.S. presidency.

"I realized that my grandfather walked with Martin Luther...

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Obama Blitzes Nevada

(69) Comments | Posted November 1, 2008 | 3:06 PM

Las Vegas, NV - With thousands of Californians pouring over the border to assist in a last-minute door-to-door ground blitz, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama revved up a crowd of 15,000 local supporters Saturday morning saying that "there's only 3 days left before we change America."

Long lines of rally...

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McCain's Own 60's Radical Pal

(88) Comments | Posted October 5, 2008 | 1:46 PM

The McCain campaign shows no shame in engaging in a tired guilt-by-association tactic as Sarah Palin accuses Obama of "palling around with terrorists." This desperate calumny derives from Obama once serving on the same non-profit board as former 60's radical Bill Ayers, one of the founders of the Weather Underground.

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Publish Your Presidential Election Coverage Through HuffPost's OffTheBus

(28) Comments | Posted October 4, 2008 | 11:52 AM

As Campaign '08 comes to a dramatic close are you as bored, frustrated and often outraged as we are about the blizzard of totally predictable media bloviating that seems to blanket us 24/7? Then help fight back by enlisting in the growing army of HuffPost's OffTheBus citizen reporters. After...

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Daughter Dearest: You'll Never Be Vice-President

(40) Comments | Posted September 10, 2008 | 11:21 PM

Daughter Dearest,

It is with great pain and a certain measure of shame that I write you this note. Having grown up in the '60s and watched, sometimes at glaringly close range, the emergence of the women's liberation movement, I had always harbored great dreams and aspirations for you.


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Gustav Postpones RNC...And Ends Reagan Revolution

(111) Comments | Posted August 31, 2008 | 3:32 PM

When the post-mortems are written on the now diseased McCain campaign and -- more generally-- on the demise of the Reagan Era, the three top contributing factors of death will be listed as Katrina, Sarah, and Gustav.

As I wrote at the time, the ebbing flood waters of New Orleans...

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Help Cover The Convention With Maximum Exposure

(1) Comments | Posted August 24, 2008 | 6:07 PM

We need you right now -- today, tomorrow, this week -- to help us cover the Democratic National Convention.

Our OffTheBus reporting project has joined with the USC Center on Communication Leadership to launch the history-making Maximum Exposure -- an unprecedented citizen photo-journalist effort to cover the these...

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Requiem For Pope Russert

(29) Comments | Posted June 13, 2008 | 7:29 PM

Tim Russert is dead. Long live Tim Russert!

It should come as little surprise that, precisely at a time when the sanctimony of the Old Media stands threatened by blasphemes, bloggers and an increasingly agnostic public, the choirboys, priests and cardinals of the Media Church should treat the passing of...

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Hillary And The Commies

(331) Comments | Posted April 16, 2008 | 11:06 PM

Read more reactions from Huffington Post bloggers to ABC's Pennsylvania Democratic debate

During Wednesday night's Pennsylvania debate, George Stephanopoulos didn't flinch from trying to smear Barack Obama by association with former 60's radical Bill Ayers. Too bad George didn't ask Hillary about her own summer spent working for...

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We, The O-Boomers

(206) Comments | Posted March 21, 2008 | 1:21 PM

Obama's speech on race this week came at the precise moment when I'd been mulling over his appeal to my generation of boomers. It's been somewhat staggering for me to encounter the number of close friends of my own '60s-generation cohort who, in the past few weeks, have been rather...

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Ian Williams on Iraq: "The War Isn't Present in the Media"

(42) Comments | Posted March 15, 2008 | 11:15 PM

As the war in Iraq completes its fifth year this week, The Huffington Post is featuring interviews with and essays by those journalists, elected officials, policymakers and former military officials who spoke out early and boldly against what they saw as an inevitable disaster. They join our Iraq Honor Roll.

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Counter-Attacking Fox

(282) Comments | Posted March 14, 2008 | 2:11 PM

Mention the words Barack Obama and the eyes in the heads of the Fox News talking heads began to twitter and roll backward. It's one thing for the conservative news outlet to snipe away at a candidate like Obama. It's quite another to conduct an all-out viral smear campaign.


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John R. MacArthur On Iraq: "We're Seeing a Lot of Self-Censorship"

(45) Comments | Posted March 14, 2008 | 11:35 AM

As the war in Iraq completes its fifth year this week, The Huffington Post is featuring interviews with and essays by those journalists, elected officials, policymakers and former military officials who spoke out early and boldly against what they saw as an inevitable disaster. They join our Iraq Honor Roll....

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Eliot and Bill: Soul Mates

(128) Comments | Posted March 13, 2008 | 12:49 PM

We learned almost immediately that Client 9 was Eliot Spitzer. And that his $1000 an hour rent-a-gal "Kristen" was really 22 year-old Ashley Dupre. But that 800 lb. pink polka-dot elephant lurking in the shadows of The Mayflower's room 871 turns out to be none other than Bill Clinton. Not...

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The Torturous Logic of The New York Times

(96) Comments | Posted March 9, 2008 | 7:09 PM

With President Bush's veto this weekend of a bill to outlaw the CIA's use of waterboarding, torture now becomes officially codified U.S. policy. But you'd never know it from the reading The New York Times.

At least, not the news pages. Yes, there was a prominent Times story this...

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