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Biography of an American Voter

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

There's a substantial pool of older voters who voted for the winner in every Presidential election since 1960. But given the huge ideological differences involved, how can this be?

Obama Poll Watch -- May, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Will Obama's presidency wind up charting a similar course as Carter, or will he recover as Reagan did? Only a fool would even contemplate making such a prediction at this point, that's all that really can be said.

Obama and Rudy Giuliani: What the President Should Learn From Rudy's First Term

Matt Littman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Littman

Here's the thing about Rudy in that first time: if there was a crime, Rudy was on the scene. He was like Batman. If there was an issue, maybe it wasn't Rudy's business, but Rudy made his voice heard.

Archbishop Oscar Romero: Thirty Years and Little Learned

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph A. Palermo

Despite the actions of the mighty Texas Board of Education to erase his memory, Archbishop Romero will be long remembered as a friend of the oppressed and a champion of the poor.

Israel Settlement Announcement: Good for Bibi?

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

It's not only that Netanyahu is opposed to any meaningful Israeli-Palestinian talks; he and his neoconservative supporters in Washington regard Obama as a threat to their long-term goal of placing the Palestinian issue on the backburner.

Michele Bachmann Overdrive: GOP Accelerates Down Fallacy Lane

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Reality does not treat conservatives well, so they create a parallel universe in which truth is defined as anything stated more than once by more than one pundit in one news cycle.

Is Barack Obama Becoming A New Jimmy Carter?

Foreign Policy | WALTER RUSSELL MEAD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Neither a cold-blooded realist nor a bleeding-heart idealist, Barack Obama has a split personality when it comes to foreign policy. So do most U.S. pr...

Obama Poll Watch -- Scraping Fifty Percent

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

November wasn't a particularly good month for President Obama in the polls. Not disastrous by any means, but not very cheerful either. For the first time, Obama's numbers flirted with going below 50 percent.

Phil Carter Resigns: Key Pentagon Appointee Worked On Gitmo Detainee Issues

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Phillip Carter, the top detainee affairs policy appointee at the Pentagon, has quit his post after just seven months on the job, a Defense Department ...

Jimmy Carter Apologizes To Jews In Open Letter

AP | GREG BLUESTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ATLANTA — Former President Jimmy Carter apologized for any words or deeds that may have upset the Jewish community in an open letter meant to im...

The Vicious Cycle of Partisanship

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

Some have said that the two party system is what makes us strong. They say it helps create a balance of power with one side keeping tabs on the other...

Jimmy Carter and the Race Card

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lance Simmens

Racism is not the sole explanation for the hateful rhetoric that has been leveled at the President, it may not even be the driving rationalization, but to suggest that it plays little or no role is both wishful thinking and naïve.

Jimmy Carter: Wilson Comments 'Based On Racism'

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ATLANTA (AP) -- Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst to President Barack Obama during a speech to Congress ...

Thanks Glenn Beck -- This 'Socialism' Sounds Great!

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Capitalism has been given a pass while Americans struggle. When will capitalism be a word as dirty as socialism?

Have We Become Numb to War?

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joan E. Dowlin

What has happened to the anti-war movement of old? Why have we as a nation allowed two simultaneous wars to be waged in our name?

How We Can Pay Teddy Back

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

True health care would be the lasting and greatest legacy for all. A final gift from a generation of Kennedys that gave us the moon and so much more.

From JFK to Obama Without Malaise

Gershon Hepner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gershon Hepner

Since the economy has melted, like Bush, Obama will be pelted, unless he rids us of malaise, for which he may have means and ways.

Some Country for Grumpy Old Men

Chris Norwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Norwood

In a media saturated nation, the more off base the pronouncements of those who are both senior and prominent are, the more they are considered "good copy."

Carter: Hamas Critical To Mideast Peace

AP | ALBERT AJI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria — Former President Jimmy Carter Thursday reiterated that there can be no peace between Israel and the Palestinians without invol...

First 100 Days Retrospective: Ford, Carter, Reagan

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What is striking is how often the media gets it wrong when measuring up new presidents. Journalists should approach judging a president's first 100 days with some humility.

Reading The Pictures: The Ex-(And Soon To Be Ex-)Presidents

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2009-01-08-shaw_presidents.jpgObama M.O.: Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. (Check it out. He just loves working the other side of the fence.)

Keep the White House Drapes: Bring Back the Solar Panels

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Loeb

What if Obama, instead of redecorating the White house, took a powerful symbolic stand by using the already allocated money to bring back solar panels to make the White House more energy efficient?

Long History of Debates?

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Kelly

With the fate of tonight's first presidential debate still uncertain, it is a good time to look back at when the tradition of holding presidential deb...

Colombian President Uribe Misleads Press About Carter's Intentions - Jimmy Carter NOT In Favor of FTA

Dan Kovalik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

Though it has received scant press here, the Colombian media recently and enthusiastically reported that Jimmy Carter, after allegedly "resolving his...

President George W. Bush Made Obama Possible

Seth Swirsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Seth Swirsky

Americans could only consider an Obama, because of the remarkable success of President Bush, through his decisive actions, in ratcheting down the fear Americans felt for many years after 9/11.