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Explaining The Debt Ceiling Debate

Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics

2011-07-12-jason.pngHere's a chart that explains all of modern politics -- and especially the debt ceiling debate.

The Dems' Decision to Go the Super PAC Route Is Wrong

Pearl Korn | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Democrats need to give the American people a reason to support their party, and in my mind they can do that by supporting the public financing of elections and passing an amendment canceling out the Citizens United decision.

Political Parties Restrict Americans' Freedom

Dinkar Jain | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics
Dinkar Jain

Consider three Americans: a gay businessman who wants to lower taxes; a scientist who teaches evolution but opposes amnesty for the illegal; an agnost...

Weiner vs. Bayh: Which One's A Bigger Scandal?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.07.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Anthony Weiner wanted to get off, while Evan Bayh wants to get rich. Weiner serviced himself in public, while Bayh's abusing his public service. Guess which one will be a pariah in Washington and which will still attend all the right parties?

Committing to a New Generation of Public Servants

Tik Root | Posted 08.03.2011 | Politics
Tik Root

My generation is itching to make a difference, but we need guidance in order to fully utilize our largely untapped potential.

Finally, Obama Leads on the Deficit

Donald Kaul | Posted 06.18.2011 | Politics
Donald Kaul

In 1993, President Bill Clinton raised taxes and lowered the deficit. The economy took off and produced a budget surplus. Enter George W. Bush. The budget descended into the red again and hasn't recovered yet.

Friday Talking Points [163] -- The Ads Just Write Themselves

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.15.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Something the media largely missed in the midst of multiple budgetary battles this week was the fact that this is what bipartisanship looks like.

Replicating the Bipartisan Economic Successes of the 1990s

Dean Garfield | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
Dean Garfield

As with the 1990s, there are real opportunities in front of both parties to enact genuine, meaningful, pro-growth reforms that will energize the nation's high-tech economy, create American jobs and build a more prosperous future.

Diluting the Tea Party: The Importance of Supping With a Long Spoon

David Coates | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Coates

The President's pursuit of points of agreement with opponents who are set on his political destruction allows the ideological formations of the extreme right to frame the public conversation.

Cowards in Congress: Do They Have No Shame?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

At a time when the world is riveted by the courage of protesters, our so-called leaders are giving away the farm that generations of working Americans purchased with their own blood and treasure.

Dan Froomkin

White House Economist Hopes GOP Will Discuss Budget 'In An Adult Way' | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of President Barack Obama's top economic advisers on Tuesday called on Republicans to "hold hands and work together" with the White House on budge...

Jason Linkins

Obama Said to Be "Playing the Media Like a Fiddle" | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The American media has more or less abandoned a substantive discussion of the effects of policy, because they are -- for a lot of reasons -- averse to the idea of coming down on one side or another. Many Beltway media types don't want to do this, for fear of coming across as biased. The rest literally cannot do this because they lack the chops. That's why when major events happen, like the ongoing revolt in Egypt, most of the political media cannot muster up any sort of analysis beyond how those events will effect everyone's reelection hopes back home.

Money Changes Everything: Will the Battle Over the Budget Derail All Bipartisan Cooperation in 2011?

Eileen McMenamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eileen McMenamin

A collection of senior lawmakers gathered at a Washington panel last Wednesday to reflect on the possibility of cooperation across party lines in the 112th Congress.

A Teacher's Suggestion for the State of the Union Address

John Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Thompson

America needs an education policy that is Of the People, By the People, and For the People.

The F Word: No Solutions at State of the Union

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Obama will deliver his take on the State of the Union tonight, and while Congress has bickered about bipartisan seating, it doesn't matter where anyon...

The Kumbaya State of the Union?

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

I'm not sure if we mature or if we just get older. If the latter is true, voluntary integration might be a great move for our motley crew of legislators.

The Right Tone for the State of the Union

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

There are no easy options open to Obama, but this remains an important speech, as it is his first address of this kind to a Congress that his party controls, and it comes on the heels of what might have been his best eight weeks in office.

What Will Obama Say? Play Our State Of The Union Bingo Game!

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Looking for a last minute State of the Union watch party? Why not meet up with other HuffPost readers! To participate, find a HuffPost Meetup near y...

Bipartisanship Starts With Oversight

Robert Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Robert Schwab

There was a triple-whammy lesson in bipartisanship on the front page of the Denver Post, starting with a call for a state audit of the Public Utilities Commission by two Republican state senators.

Congress Divided Across Party Lines Over Who Is Displaying More Unity

Robert Lanham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Robert Lanham

Amidst criticism that mixed seating at the State of the Union is an empty gesture, Democratic and Republican lawmakers find themselves competing to express bipartisan unity.

Fatal Triangles

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

President Obama is now Mr. Reasonable Centrist -- except that in substance there is no reasonable center to be had. Just how far right do we have to go for Republicans to cut any kind of deal?

The Barack Obama 2011 State of the Union Drinking Game

Will Durst | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Will Durst

Rules of the Game: Every time Barack H. Obama mentions the Chinese president by name, the last person to ask "Hu Dat?" has to drink 2 shots of beer.

Kirk, Durbin Plot Bipartisan Seating Arrangements For State Of The Union Address

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

When Sen. Mark Kirk was elected, he vowed to reach across the aisle and put aside partisan politics for the sake of the American people. While that wa...

Return Civility to Washington

Mark Udall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Udall

Last week, I called on Congress to make a symbolic gesture of national unity by abandoning the traditionally partisan seating at the President's State of the Union address -- and the idea is catching on.

Partisans Like Us: How History Polarized Our Politics

Alex Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alex Becker

I was bothered by Krugman's reliance on what has become the political left's go-to explanation for the perceived increase in Washington's partisan polarization over the past few decades.