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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 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.

Can American Muslims Become a Cohesive Political Force in the 2016 Election?

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Muqtedar Khan

Given the turmoil in the Arab world, devastated by wars and civil wars, it will be difficult to bring all the Arabs and Muslims under one political banner. What are the common political goals of Yemeni and Egyptian Arabs today in the U.S.? How do we unite Pakistanis and Arabs ?

I'm a liberal. I eat at Applebee's.

David Akadjian | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
David Akadjian

People laugh when I profess my love of Applebee's. My liberal friends make fun of me because it's a chain restaurant. My conservative friends laugh because it goes against stereotype.

The New American Order

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Based on developments in our post-9/11 world, we could be watching the birth of a new American political system and a way of governing for which, as yet, we have no name. The evidence of this is all around us, and yet it's as if we can't bear to take it in or make sense of it.

The Two-Party System vs. the Tea Party

Jeff Freedman | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Jeff Freedman

There will be no Republican President as long as the Tea Party is part of the Republican Party. As soon as their leadership recognizes this, and comes to this conclusion, the Tea Party's days of de facto importance in American politics will become a footnote, however lengthy.

Matt Yglesias: American Democracy Is Doomed

Vox | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics

America’s constitutional democracy is going to collapse. Some day — not tomorrow, not next year, but probably sometime before runaway climate c...

An Under-Examined Angle on Money-in-Politics: 'Winner-Take-All' Elections

Brian Boyko | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Brian Boyko

There is a broad understanding among the American people that there's too much money in American politics and that the dependence on their donors to provide that money leaves elected officials without the autonomy to properly represent their constituents.

Yanis Varoufakis: The Un-Politician We've Been Waiting For?

Nancy Kotting | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Nancy Kotting

I believe Yanis Varoufakis represents the grounded, value-based intellectual of a leader who has what it takes to survive the relentless demands for transparency in today's environment of global connectivity.