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To Be Born a President

Justin Curmi | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Justin Curmi

No one is born a leader, but there are two types of leaders, one who was taught and circumstantially produced. One can be taught to be leader as anyone can be taught any other occupation, thought, and so on.

Will America Succumb To Trumpism? The World Is Watching.

The Huffington Post | Howard Fineman | Posted 01.21.2016 | World

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When Left and Right Meet

Mark Gerzon | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Mark Gerzon

National organizations ranging from No Labels to the National Institute for Civic Discourse, as well as grassroots organizations like Public Conversations Project and Living Room Conversations, are working boldly on this frontier where Left and Right find common ground.

Good-Bad Intentions

Justin Curmi | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
Justin Curmi

Before asserting more should be done to battle sexist or racial fights, people should think about the effectiveness of strategy. By constantly repeating the same strategy, is anything effectively achieved?

Americans Can Be Taxing on Taxes

Justin Curmi | Posted 12.28.2015 | Politics
Justin Curmi

As tax season nears in the United States of America, the idea of taxes should be explored. Some politicians install fear about taxes and the absurdness of them into the general public.

Is American Politics Destroying Itself?

Wayne Hsiung | Posted 12.28.2015 | Politics
Wayne Hsiung

The internet has always been a ruthless place. But recent episodes of political cyberbullying (in some cases driving people to suicide) have left me pondering: Does history always repeat itself?

What Do Donald Trump and ISIS Have in Common?

David Mochel | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
David Mochel

Rhetoric is an interesting thing. On one hand, it is just a collection of words. On the other hand, it is an expression of values and intentions. I do not know Donald Trump personally. I can only use what he says publicly to guess at his values and intentions. And, I am increasingly stunned by his choice of words.

This Isn't What a Working Mother Should Look Like

Jessica Shortall | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Jessica Shortall

Our lack of comprehensive maternity leave says as much. Maternity leave, in America, is not for all working mothers. Put simply, the American approach to maternity leave ignores some basic facts about our economy.

Marco Rubio and the Shallow Pit of American Politics

Paul Stoller | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Paul Stoller

Politicians like Pat McGrory, Rick Scott and alas, Marco Rubio seem to consider the general pursuit of knowledge not only a waste of time but a waste of taxpayer dollars.

American Kabuki and the Politics of Irrelevance

Adam Klugman | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics
Adam Klugman

The political dialogue in this country is absurd - an utterly meaningless, terminally distracting American Kabuki of suited clowns, power junkies and money freaks. I'm sorry. But you know I'm right.

The Nervous Breakdown of U.S. Politics

The Huffington Post | Howard Fineman | Posted 11.06.2015 | World

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The Night the Candidates Were Speechless

Michael Winship | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate brings to mind one of the most memorable TV snafus in history: the 27-minute loss of audio during the first presidential debate between incumbent Republican President Gerald Ford and Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter.

Environmental Denial and Votes, an Odd Relationship

Justin Curmi | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
Justin Curmi

In theory, politicians receive benefits by denying the effects humans have on the environment because this creates a new voting demographic, the blue-collared.

An Open Letter to the Candidates for the Presidency of the United States of America

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 10.23.2015 | Black Voices
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

Remember that you're running for one of the world's most powerful positions, and this brings with it responsibility to all of us. Without genuine representation of the people by the people, the American Dream may soon find itself on life support.

ClearerThinking's Fact-Checking 2.0

Stefan Schubert | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Stefan Schubert

Research shows that fact-checking actually does make a difference. At the same time, the fact that falsehoods and misrepresentations of the truth are still so common shows that this deterrence effect is not particularly strong.

The Martian and Our Better Nature

Marci Auld Glass | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Marci Auld Glass

The Martian reminded me we don't have to be the way we've been. It reminded me what we can do when we come together to solve a problem. I'm weary of divisive politics. I'm weary of only seeking consensus when we want to wage war.

Cock-and-Bull Candidates

Marty Kaplan | Posted 09.28.2015 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Did you make it through Sunday's lunar eclipse okay? If truth can protect us from jaguars, dragons, demons and preachers, why can't it protect us from presidential candidates whose stories rank right up there with the Incas' and the Mundas'?

Trump's Spitwads or Francis' Generosity -- Which Will Americans Choose?

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

I'm wondering, will Pope Francis' visit lead Americans to rethink the vitriolic spitwads they've been throwing at each other lately -- in public, in private and online? Pope Francis' patient, respectful speaking style puts to shame folks like the invective-spewing Donald Trump.

Don't Let Donald Trump Freak You Out... Yet

The Huffington Post | Howard Fineman | Posted 09.16.2015 | Entertainment

WASHINGTON -- Political junkies around the globe are worried that we crazy Americans are about to anoint a clownish, racist, authoritarian billionair...

Code Pink Uses Iranian Culture to Promote Peace

Marissa Beale | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics
Marissa Beale

In the midst of discussions about the nuclear deal with Iran, CODEPINK, a women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars, called for a celebration of Iranian culture in front of the White House, on July 23 in an event they dubbed "Dancing With the Enemy."

Buckley and Vidal: Best of Enemies and the Dawn of Theatrical Journalism

Jon Eig | Posted 06.22.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

The realization that two such brilliant minds -- the brightest of their generation -- could allow personal hatred and the burning desire to win at all costs completely derail any semblance of useful debate is the real heartbreak of Best of Enemies.

How Radically To Uproot The Root Of Our Political Misery

Living Room Conversations | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

We here at LivingRoomConversations.org consider ourselves "radicals." Radical doesn't mean vandal or hooligan. It means, literally and operationally, "from the root."

Why Hillary Clinton Should Be Like George Washington

Pythia Peay | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Pythia Peay

America should not be in the business of establishing family monarchies. It should be in the business of building lasting democracies.

The Real Hillary... Really!

Jill Iscol | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Jill Iscol

For those of us who have had the opportunity to spend time with Hillary Clinton behind the scenes, away from the cameras, it's time to rally against those who want to create an image of her that suits their agenda and not the real woman.

Jewish American Exile

Jesse Bogner | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
Jesse Bogner

How can we ensure the survival of the American Jewish identity? And further, is it important? In my humble opinion, the survival of the Jewish people around the world is nothing short of a miracle.