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Dogs and Backyards

Marthina McClay | Posted 10.05.2016 | HuffPost Home
Marthina McClay

Dogs that live in backyards full-time, and are never allowed in the house, tend to disassociate from their family members and are often under-socialized. They also don't learn to live in the house and learn house rules.

Imagining Obama's Next State of the Union

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Call me a cock-eyed optimist if you will, but I couldn't help wondering how different next year's State of the Union speech will be if Democrats have a much better year than expected and not only hold the Senate but win control of the House.

Truth, Justice, and the American Way

Frank Dwyer | Posted 09.01.2012 | Comedy
Frank Dwyer

Congress cites Eric

Holder for contempt, and for

being uppity.

Primary Defeats Spotlight Disappearing Center in American Politics

Rob Richie | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

Clearly winner-take-all amplifies partisanship and polarization in Congress; it is therefore antagonistic toward the goal of achieving a more collaborative and collegial legislature.

Amanda Terkel

Blue Dog Democrats Lose Big In Pennsylvania Primary Races | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was a not-so-super Tuesday for Pennsylvania's Blue Dog Democrats. Reps. Tim Holden (D-Pa.) and Jason Altmire (D-Pa.), both members...

Is It Time for Southern Democrats to 'Walk Out on the Porch, Pee, Pull the Light Chain, and Go to Bed'?

Glen Browder | Posted 06.22.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

Southern Democracy -- defined as entrenched regional rule -- is no more. Republicans now reign throughout most of the South. The best that Southern Democrats can hope for is restoring their party to competitive parity in a two-party system.

"Southern Democracy": Can Yellow Dogs and Blue Dogs Rekindle Their Romance?

Glen Browder | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

I firmly believe that it takes both Yellow Dogs and Blue Dogs for Democrats to win in most Southern elections. The hitch is that there are few Blue Dogs left out there to be wooed.

Do Southern Democrats Want to Be Politicians or Preachers?

Glen Browder | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

It may sound like a cynical summarization, but the major problem is that these Democrats are struggling with a tough choice between practicality and ideology in a pretty red region -- with each course representing an uncertain gamble.

Is "Southern Democracy" Dead?

Glen Browder | Posted 05.28.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

As the current, unfolding election season demonstrates, the excitement and energy of partisan politics lies mainly in Republican campaigns in the South, while the historically-dominant Democrats mainly sit and stew in envy.

Battleground North Carolina: Midnight Madness & the Southern Backlash

Michael Carmichael | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics
Michael Carmichael

While there is a growing progressive trend supporting vetoes of radical right-wing legislation, there is a definite backlash against centrist, populist, Blue Dog-style Democrats in North Carolina and all across the South.

Tea Party, Corporate Front Groups Urge Democrats to Cave on Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 06.05.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Net Neutrality, the First Amendment of the Internet, has come under withering attack from the Astroturf lobby -- corporate front groups that are determined to hand control of the Internet to companies like AT&T and Comcast.

Amanda Terkel

Blue Dog Democrat Votes For Speedy Afghanistan Withdrawal | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When it comes to congressional alliances, progressive Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and Blue Dog Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) aren't usual...

Rep. Don Young and Domestic Terrorists Sitting in a Tree

Cliff Schecter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

It's time for the NRA to stop playing footsie with domestic terrorists and those who plot to kill cops and judges, just to pad their bottom line.

A Helpful Idea for a Great First Lady

Frank Dwyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

Bullying summit? Michelle, please teach Barack how to defend himself.

I Love DFA and ActBlue: Why I'm Not Sending a Donation to Help Run the Ad in Wisconsin

Frank Dwyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

I've just received an email solicitation from Charles Chamberlain at DFA, asking that I contribute to help keep the ActBlue ad running in Wisconsin. ...

Friday Talking Points [152] -- A Palin-Free Month?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

With some regularity, this column excoriates the mainstream news media for all sorts of continued idiocy in the way it conducts its business. But eve...

Congressional Democrats Should Take a Hint From Obama

Ronnie Shows | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ronnie Shows

The president, by reaching out to business, is helping get millions of Americans back to work and at the same time increasing his chances of being elected to a second-term in the White House.

Sam Stein

Blue Dogs Tell Pelosi To Pass 'Essential' Tax Deal As-Is | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A major swath of the conservative Democratic Blue Dog caucus has written a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi asking for neither "delay" nor...

Time to Give Thanks for Profiles in Political Courage

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

This Thanksgiving, I want to thank those Democrats from moderate districts who voted to do what they thought was right for the country, even though they knew there might be negative short-term political consequences.

Slaughterhouse 2010 -- So It Goes

Cliff Schecter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

Two years ago, a post-Bush Republican Party that couldn't find itself on Google Maps was thoroughly thrashed for the second time in as many elections....

In Blue Dog Battle, Progressives Are (Half) Right

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

The Blue Dogs are right about campaign strategy in some conservative districts -- but they greatly overstate their case. Granularity is usually lost in our political narrative, and the numbers suggest subtle, diverging politics.

Why Nancy Pelosi Should Be House Minority Leader

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

I've never been a huge Pelosi fan, but there's no denying the success she had as speaker, not least in keeping a rather disunited party together, and, with Republicans itching for a fight, she may just be the best person for the job.

What "Center?"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Any pundit who advises Obama to "move to the center" must be required to define exactly what he or she means by "center." The political "center" of American politics is a moving target.

The Fightin' Side of Nancy Pelosi

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It's a little ironic that Harry Reid's keeping his majority leader role while Pelosi's losing hers. In a very real sense, the House was punished for the sins of the Senate. The loss of Pelosi's leadership would be a victory for ugliest impulses among us.

Lessons of the Blue Dog Blowout

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

The Blue Dog caucus was literally cut in half yesterday, from 54 to 26 members. Now people can argue whether that is good or bad -- but no serious political observer can say the strategy worked.