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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.

American Impunity Abroad and at Home

Ethan Casey | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Ethan Casey

It's human nature to want to believe in the rightness of our own actions and intentions. But it's precisely human nature that is the problem; the fact that human evil is predictable does not make it excusable. We must be willing to consider ourselves culpable, and to put ourselves at risk.

America: Now What?

Ethan Casey | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Ethan Casey

One of the strongest impressions my 18,000-mile, 3 1/2-month road trip left me with was that not only are we Americans not all on the same page (to put it mildly), and not only do we not even want to be on the same page, but we live in different worlds.

Six Bullets

Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Daniel N. Nelson

We have very little time before the cumulative effect of socioeconomic inequality and racial bias take an irrevocable toll on the United States. Please, Mr. Obama, end your vacation not for Iraq but for America.

Renewing the Spirit Behind Gingrich's 'Contract With America'

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

As the 2016 presidential election approaches, I feel uninspired by the Republican candidates who appear most likely to be pursuing the nation's highest office. With Democrats having at least one candidate who will likely be able to unite their base, I fear that Republicans may once again be without a visionary leader.

Obama's 'Let's Have Tea' Approach to Foreign Policy

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

Compare the "let's have tea" depiction of American foreign policy to the classic image of President Theodore Roosevelt's "big stick" diplomacy and it's clear that something is terribly wrong with America's approach to crises around the world.

Floor Pizza and the New Mediocrity

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 09.26.2014 | Business
Joseph A. Domino

As the quality of life continues to decline in America, I've been wracking my fevered brain for the single, perfect image to represent our downward spiraling dystopia. Like the "Grand Unification" theory sought by physicists.

D'Souza's Shameful Treatment of Conservatives Highlights Need for a Renaissance of Intellectual Conservatism

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

Conservative doctrine can no longer afford to fall victim to poorly constructed books and films or, for that matter, "talking heads" who risk negating the very real contribution that this political philosophy has and can continue to make to our society.

America's Late Imperial Paradox

Ian Buruma | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
Ian Buruma

The much-vaunted "liberal order" policed by the U.S. was a product of World War II and the Cold War. Germany and Japan had to be kept down, the Communist powers had to be contained, and the old countries of Europe had to learn to live with one another under unifying pan-national institutions. All of this was made possible by American money and military might. As a result, the Free World, in Western Europe and East Asia, became a US dependency. This cannot go on forever. Indeed, the arrangements are already fraying. But then comes the old imperial paradox. The longer others remain dependent on the U.S., the less capable they will be of taking care of their own affairs, including their security. And, like an authoritarian parent, the U.S. itself, despite its admonitions to its allies to pull their weight, is often loath to let go of its increasingly unruly dependents.