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The Vicious Cycle of Partisanship

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

Some have said that the two party system is what makes us strong. They say it helps create a balance of power with one side keeping tabs on the other...

Gross Failure of the Media

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Cenk Uygur

How can over a quarter of the country believe something that is patently untrue, utterly ridiculous, and lacking even one iota of proof?

A War of Absurdity

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Scheer

It's time to declare victory and begin to get out of Afghanistan rather than descend deeper into an intractable civil war that we neither comprehend nor in the end will care much about.

The Twisted and Dangerous Republican Record on Terrorism

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

We all understand that Americans have a short attention span, and an even shorter memory, but the Republicans are really counting on it as they exploit the post-underpants bomber freakout.

Giuliani the Brave

Dan Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Collins

The outcry against trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York is strange. The same people who tell us to stand up to terrorists feel it's too scary to have them in a U.S. courtroom. Giuliani is livid at the idea.

A New Year: Where We've Been And Where We're Going

Jim Selman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Selman

We've lost a lot of our our innocence in only 10 years. From Al Quaeda to Bernie Madoff, we're waking up to the realization that the American Dream is just a dream if we aren't responsible for it.

That Something Is Published Does Not Make It True

Judith M. Bardwick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Judith M. Bardwick

I'm not on anyone's list to receive emails or blogs or even solicitations for money from extremely right wing, politically conservative organizations ...

Mad Men and the Decline of America

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

As Don Draper reminds us again and again, love is something a guy like him creates to sell us nylons. We buy, we consume, we dream, but we need to build something real again.

Upholding the Constitution

David Vines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Vines

There is no "oh, well, except for terrorists" clause to the Sixth Amendment. And that is what makes our country so great.

Sam Stein

Glenn Beck Compares Derailing Health Care To Preparing For 9/11 | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The latest lunatic fringe talking point equates Democratic-led efforts at health care reform with the 9/11 terrorist attacks on American soil. During...

Downtown Dispatch: Fear and Anxiety Grip Lower Manhattan as It Braces for the Terror Trials

Julie Menin | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Julie Menin

Emotions bubbled to the surface in lower Manhattan this week. Neighborhood activists lambasted Eric Holder's decision to hold the KSM trial in the shadow of the World Trade Center site.

Can the UN Save Afghanistan?

Stephen Schlesinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Schlesinger

Given the UN's extraordinary and continuing role in Afghanistan, it would seem appropriate at this time that it might consider guiding President Obama toward a resolution of the dilemma he now faces.

Thomson Prison Will Likely Be Next Stop For Gitmo Detainees, Says Obama Administration

Washington Post | Peter Slevin and Peter Finn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Despite opposition from congressional Republicans, the Obama administration is signaling that a state prison in rural Thomson, Ill., will p...

This Week in Headlines

Katie Halper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Katie Halper

Michael Steele tries to appeal to the Republican base through racial slurs, saying: "Our platform is one of the best political documents that's been written in the last 25 years. Honest Injun on that."

The Speech Obama Should Give Tonight

Adam Hanft | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Hanft

Churchill was an orator who knew the power of the simple declarative: "The news from France is very bad." In that spirit, I stand before you tonight and say the news from Afghanistan is very bad.

No Justice Can Come From Guantánamo Military Commissions

Talat Hamdani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Talat Hamdani

The military commissions, which will continue to be tainted by the dark legacy of Guantánamo, will always be doubted and cannot achieve the justice that 9/11 family members and all Americans deserve.

Educating for Democracy: Mayor Giuliani's "Memory Hole"

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joel Shatzky

I wonder exactly how far Giuliani and other right-wing politicos are going to go in trying to underestimate the intelligence of the American voters. Pretty far, I'd guess.

New York's Tough Enough for Terrorist Trials

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Winship

Most of us who live not far from Ground Zero, and who were here on 9/11, see New York as an appropriate and just venue, and aren't afraid that the trial will result in terrorist retribution.

After the Peace Prize, Give War a Chance

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

Afghanistan represents the opportunity for Obama to serve the American people brilliantly and, along the way, demonstrate that he deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.

Terror in Mumbai -- One Year Later

Dan Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dan Reed

Cell phone recordings allow us, for the first time ever, to see right inside the workings of the minds and methods behind the Mumbai terrorist attacks, which killed 166 people last November.

Maureen Dowd: New Year's Eve With Janet Napolitano | MAUREEN DOWD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Janet Napolitano and I hadn't planned to spend New Year's Eve together. But there we were on this soggy Thursday, sitting in her office on the outs...

Jason Linkins

WaPo's Public Enemy Correction Inspires Hilarious Twitter Meme [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Post published an article reporting rap legends Public Enemy referred to 9/11 as "a joke," when in reality they were referring to emergency number 9-1-1. Happily, something is being done about it!

Obama In Flux

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

As he embarks on his first big trip to Asia, President Barack Obama's strategies are in flux in many areas.

Thwarted Plane Bombing Shows Continuing Threat and Diversity of Jihadist Radicalism

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Brian Levin, J.D.

A worldwide struggle by a transnational movement aided by the Internet and social media enables would-be "lone" fanatics anywhere to market themselves to terror groups as recruits.

Global Beat Fusion: Norah Jones and Goodness from Benin & Martinique

Derek Beres | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Derek Beres

Two albums have recently exploded into my inbox that are strong contenders for the "Best of" list for '09. Ironically, they are "albums" made in the '60s-'70s in lands overseas and from other time zones than Brooklyn.