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'An Open System of Closed Enclaves': Tolerance, Past and Present, in America

Richard Brodsky | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

There's a growing national consensus that fighting to the death doesn't meet the needs of modern America. Only a president can instruct the nation on the need for a re-thinking of our political values.

Saddam's Revenge on America

Stephan Richter | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Stephan Richter

Much as the U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan eventually became like the medieval holy warriors they fought, so too have the countries' political systems converged in terms of their polarization.

The Problem With Charm Offensives: If They Are Needed, They Have Already Failed

David Coates | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
David Coates

Please, Mr. President: no grand bargains with the defeated. No toleration of their scorched-earth policies. Stop inviting Republicans to dinner. Start eating them for lunch. Democratic charm-offensives focused on Republican lawmakers can come at too high a price.

The Best Path To Reconciliation Is Through The Stomach

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Obama is using hospitality as a way of breaking partisan gridlock on new taxes and spending cuts. Wasn't that what Jesus was trying to do when he invited himself to the home of Zacchaeus, a hated tax collector and notorious sinner?

Michael McAuliff

Disgusted Ex-Republican Pushes Bipartisan Caucus In Congress | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A pair of Democratic trackers didn't seem too disappointed last summer when they couldn't find Rep. Allen West at a venue on the outskir...

How Not to Be Bipartisan

Jennifer Hoelzer | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Jennifer Hoelzer

As long as both parties go into negotiations determined to make each other side look bad, they have about as much chance of reaching a meaningful bipartisan agreement as a non-floater has of beating Michael Phelps across the pool.

The Sequester Is the Failure of Washington and the Best Thing That Could Have Happened

Georges Ugeux | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics
Georges Ugeux

The world watches this absurd show of impotence with incredulity. So, the most important country in the world and a model of democracy (or at least we believe so) are unable to have a serious dialogue on a measure that they accepted over a year ago and knew they had to fix?

America Needs a New Political Party

Jeffrey E. Schwarz | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey E. Schwarz

The two-party system has a long history in America, but is no longer serving the interests of our country.

What's in a Name?

J. Travis Smith | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
J. Travis Smith

Rhetorical manipulation clouds reality. We aren't debating the facts anymore, but how the facts are delivered.

Jason Linkins

David Brooks Is Apparently Sick Of 'Stale' Debates | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics

Well, here's one for David Brooks' class on humility. In his most recent piece, the New York Times columnist moves a bit beyond his previous "I made t...

Can Obama Save Politics?

Scott Warren | Posted 04.19.2013 | Politics
Scott Warren

One of the only subjects that Democrats and Republicans agree on right now is that our political process is broken.

Chelsea Kiene

Obama's Election Commission Offers 'Business As Usual' Without Reform, Activists Say | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's creation of an independent Presidential Commission on Election Administration to address voting problems has sp...

The Nuclear Misconception

William Rose | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
William Rose

How quickly would you work to achieve a goal with an uncertain deadline if missing the deadline in question could prove fatal?

John Celock

Chris Christie Heaps More Praise On Obama | John Celock | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), in a speech designed to boost his reelection this year and a possible 2016 presidential candidacy, t...

New Mental Health Law: Future Sociopaths Required to Predict When They Will Kill People

Spencer Green | Posted 04.01.2013 | Comedy
Spencer Green

In a unanimous vote, Congress has passed The Criminal Clarity Act (CCA), a law requiring all U.S. citizens who plan on becoming mass murderers to identify themselves as such and to predict when they will kill people.

Unity: The Solution We Are Searching for

Janet Murguía | Posted 03.31.2013 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

In his inaugural address, it was no mistake that the president mentioned the word "together" not once, not twice, but seven times. If there has been one thing lacking in Washington over the past four years, it has been a willingness to work together -- and both parties share in the blame.

Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo: The Mid-Atlantic Libertarian Solution

Alex Knepper | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Alex Knepper

As the Republican Party agonizes over its ideological future and the Democratic Party wrangles over its commitment to progressivism, two exemplary Mid-Atlantic governors have emerged to set the tone for a possible consensus mode of governance.

Why I Created the Democracy Fund

Pierre Omidyar | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics
Pierre Omidyar

As a first generation American who came to this country when I was still young, I continue to be inspired by the founding vision of the American republic and believe that through innovation, dialogue, and bipartisan reform we can take steps that will help us realize that vision.

Joy Resmovits

Huntsman, Manchin Get Together To Relaunch 'No Labels' | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics

On Sunday afternoon, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) made their way from Washington, D.C. to New York -- sitting nex...

How To Have A Bipartisan Friendship

Jane Heller | Posted 03.14.2013 | Fifty
Jane Heller

Friendships are a life raft, especially as we get older. We need positive, supportive, caring people around us -- people who cheer if we get a book deal, who call to ask how we're feeling after a doctor's appointment and who won't lace into us about the debt ceiling.

What Do Both Washingtons Have In Common? Troubled Houses

Iman Baghai | Posted 03.13.2013 | Teen
Iman Baghai

If you don't like the way your legislator or Representative is acting, regardless if you support or don't support them, send them a message, start a petition, and make some noise.

Republicans Should Listen to Gingrich

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

While Newt Gingrich represents much that has been wrong with the Republican party for the last 20 years -- and is as responsible as anyone for the extreme partisanship in Washington today -- he has clearly learned some lessons from the past.

An Open Letter to Congress

Jennifer Rowe Walters | Posted 03.05.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Rowe Walters

If you were my child, I'd wonder if you were seeking my attention or testing boundaries. If you were my teenager, I'd wonder if you were feeling peer pressure or experimenting with drugs or alcohol. But, the fact is, I'm not your mother (Thank God!). And you're adults.

Talking It Out: It Will Solve (Some) Problems in Congress

Eli Lehrer | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

With approval for Congress near an all-time low, elected officials need some real change. There's no magic way to fix Washington or make it work but there is one thing that members of Congress on both sides need to do more of: talk and socialize with people from the other party.

Fiscal Cliff 2: It Only Gets Worse

Ben Ritz | Posted 03.05.2013 | College
Ben Ritz

Not only is this new cliff more dangerous, but we're also more likely to go over it.  A deal would have been much more feasible for Fiscal Cliff 1 than Fiscal Cliff 2.