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Photos Of America's Quirkiest Conventions Will Bring Out Your Inner Freak

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.18.2016 | Arts

For some of us, Thanksgiving marks the time of year when we go the distance to spend some quality time with the family. For others, it means BronyCon,...

Friday Talking Points -- A Warning For Complacent Democrats

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Will Michelle Obama follow in Hillary's footsteps and eventually run for the Senate in Illinois? We certainly hope so.

Democrats In The City Of Brotherly Love (Final Report)

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.04.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This is definitely going to be my final report from Philadelphia. I realize I'm almost a week late with it, but it was a busy and sleep-deprived week all around.

Hillz: Letter To My Millennial Daughters On The Occasion Of The Morning After

Margaret Klaw | Posted 08.03.2016 | Women
Margaret Klaw

I know you liked Bernie. I know you like Hillary, too, and that you'll happily vote for her in November. And I know you understand, at an intellectual level, the historical significance of the events of last night.

Boxing Out At The Democratic National Convention

Annie Duke | Posted 07.30.2016 | Politics
Annie Duke

Donald Trump seems to grasp the advantage of going second, repeatedly demonstrating his skill in "the art of the response" to position his reactions to opponents and events to refocus attention on himself and his message. This time, Democrats took a page from Trump's book and leveraged the advantage of the opportunity to counterpunch.

Interview With Connecticut Secretary Of State And Convention Delegate Denise Merrill

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.26.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I conducted the following interview yesterday, before the convention actually started. Denise Merrill is a Connecticut delegate (although not, as she pointed out to me, a superdelegate) and serves Connecticut as their Secretary of State. A recent achievement was the state becoming the first to pass a campaign finance reform law which created a public financing system for elections -- all the other states with such laws created them through ballot initiatives or referenda.

When The DNC Attacks: Political Storm Writer Caught Up In WikiLeak Email Expose

Jon Saltzman | Posted 07.26.2016 | Politics
Jon Saltzman

This whole incident with Lucas and the DNC shows how truly polarized we are, even for an accomplished journalist just trying to get a quote.

Democrats In The City Of Brotherly Love (Day One)

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.26.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Day One of the Democratic National Convention is now over, and tonight seemed designed to allow Bernie Sanders supporters to vent their frustrations, given the lineup of speakers.

On Ted Cruz: The Beautiful Death And Resurrection Of A Machiavellian Martyr

Peter Alexander Meyers | Posted 07.25.2016 | Politics
Peter Alexander Meyers

As Donald Trump was draping himself in the corpse of the Republican Party, Ted Cruz chose to personify a moment of political apocalypse. It was a most astonishing and narcissistic turn of anti-politics. Yet it was aimed to elevate him further. A martyr out of time with a clear vision of 2020.

Donald Trump Is A Lot Like Emperor Palpatine. No, Really.

Brian Rosenberg | Posted 07.27.2016 | Politics
Brian Rosenberg

Pundits have struggled for months to come up with the right comparison for the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump. Some mention George Wallace or ...

The Super Trump Card

David Dent | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
David Dent

Mr. President, I hope you are right . I will lean on your words and hope that the America you know will prevail in one of its biggest challenges to come in November.

Republicans Want To "Make America Work Again"? That Would Be Real Change

Dave Johnson | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Tuesday was "Make America Work Again" day at the Republican National Convention. But this day wasn't about making America work again for working people. This was, as always with conservatives, all about tax cuts for the rich and corporations, deregulation of oil and coal companies (and other paying corporate clients) and austerity cuts in the things government does to make people's lives better.

Only I, The RNC Teleprompter Operator, Can Cheer Up Chris Christie

The Huffington Post | Aaron Nemo | Posted 07.19.2016 | Comedy

My job is easy. They give me some words, I type them into a machine, and they come out displayed in large font for a speaker to read at his or her pre...

Cleveland, Day One

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I turned on the campaign coverage early today just in time to catch the big floor fight among the delegates. Call it the final death throes of the "Never Trump" movement.

It’s Not Us, It’s You, RNC: A Break-Up Note From Cleveland

The Second City | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
The Second City

Dear Republican National Convention, So… we need to talk. We’ve built some great memories together. Remember when you came here for the 1924 conve...

National Doorstep Convention Builds The Vote Against Hate And Intolerance

LeeAnn Hall | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
LeeAnn Hall

We are just days away from the Republican National Convention. Next week, the corporate elite will descend on Cleveland, Ohio, to presumably nominate a candidate whose life's work is stealing from others to build wealth for himself.

Fart Proudly In Philadelphia?

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In 1781, Benjamin Franklin wrote a satirical letter, purporting to be a proposal for a subject for European scientists to study. Franklin, an amateur scientist himself, was making a snide point about what he considered to be rather frivolous research by the Europeans.

Medical Marijuana Fails To Make GOP Platform After Vigorous Debate

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics

CLEVELAND ― Republican delegates meeting on Monday voted not to endorse medical cannabis in their party’s official platform. In the process, howev...

Friday Talking Points -- Stop All The Madness

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Stop all the madness... please. We simply have no other words to even attempt to explain or comment on all the shootings this week -- the two black men killed by cops, and the five cops killed by a racist and murderous sniper in Dallas.

Thank You, Bernie

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Thank you for reawakening a wave of excitement within the Democratic Party. Thank you for championing a list of issues that I could heartily agree with, and for refusing to be distracted from your agenda by the usual mudslinging and other negative campaigning tactics so common in politics today.

Feeling the Bern, From Beginning to End

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I can now say I have felt the Bern, from beginning to end. I have seen how the Bernie revolution began and I have also seen it entering the homestretch of campaigning during the primary season, one short week before California and a few other states become the last to vote.

Beck Headlines As The Coachella Of Politics Politicon Comes to Pasadena

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

Two weeks ago, when I interviewed Politicon, The Unconventional Political Convention founder Simon Sidi things were different: mainly, Trump had not s...


Chris Weigant | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

PUMAs, for those who have forgotten the 2008 Democratic primary race, were the supposedly-numerous Hillary Clinton supporters who refused to back Barack Obama. The name stood for "Party Unity My Ass!" which was also their rallying cry. This year, they may be replaced by the "Bernie Or Bust!" crowd, or (to coin a neologism) the BOBs.

Friday Talking Points -- Don't Panic!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Can we all just take a deep breath? I'm speaking to many Democratic voters as well as the bulk of the mainstream media here, just to clarify. Because far too many seem to currently be going off the deep end. But from where I sit, this is an overreaction to a very short-term situation.

The Trump-Ryan Summit

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Tomorrow, all eyes in Washington will be on the meeting between Donald Trump and Paul Ryan. Some Republicans hope this "summit" between two of the leaders of the Republican Party will signify how the party as a whole will move forward with Trump as the presidential nominee.