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Does Obama Need to Really "Want It" to Be a Good Leader?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

There's a reason the current president promised to be "no-drama Obama." It's a promise he's delivered on, and that has served the country well. Those who want to know what a re-elected Obama is likely to do should not be distracted by his underwhelming recent performances. They should look back at his first-term record and note how consistent it is with his pragmatic and moderate personal character: an effective, but ultimately modest, balanced stimulus that's helped turn the economy around; the achievement, at long-last, of near-universal healthcare using an idea originating in conservative circles; the comeback of that emblem of American capitalism, the auto industry; winding down two wars and killing al Qaeda's leader in a bold but limited strike that deployed smart power rather than chest-thumping militarism; advancing and protecting reproductive and LGBT rights.

Friday Talking Points -- Convention Talking Points

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Defending free speech is easy when everyone agrees with the speech -- it's defending odious and reprehensible speech that is always the harder path. More on this subject next week.

Conventional Thinking

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Many have already commented how the national nominating conventions have morphed over time to become nothing more than protracted infomercials for each party. 'Twasn't always thus, however.

A Delegate Balance

Roy Zimmerman | Posted 11.11.2012 | Comedy
Roy Zimmerman

Paul Ryan is an AK-47 of lies. He lies with a such pathological glee that even North Koreans are calling him the "Dear Misleader."

Four Years Ago: Better or Worse?

Del Phillips | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
Del Phillips

Was this tragic foreshadowing for my future? It didn't take long for that tanking economy on Wall Street to trickle down to Main Street. Three days after Inauguration Day 2009, I lost my job.

For Convention Junkies: The Flawed Past and Perilous Future

Jay Sterling Silver | Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics
Jay Sterling Silver

A closer look at past Republican and Democratic conventions reveals a significant flaw in the history of our democratic process: brokered conventions in the event no candidate garners a majority of delegates in the primaries and caucuses.

Zach Carter

DNC Raises Afghanistan Withdrawal Hopes For Key Senator | Zach Carter | Posted 09.06.2012 | Politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said that the Democratic Party needs to make a speedy withdrawal from Afghanistan a major priority, crit...

A History of Barack Obama on YouTube (VIDEO)

Shira Lazar | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Shira Lazar

The chronological mashup stretches all the way from 2008 to present, covering the top viral moments of Obama's time in the media spotlight.

GOP-fest, Day Two

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Day Two was the Day Of The Attack Dog. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

The Chris Christie Tour

Tom Falco | Posted 10.28.2012 | Comedy
Tom Falco

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Larry King Talks YouTube Politics, Suspenders, and HBO's Newsroom (VIDEO)

Shira Lazar | Posted 10.27.2012 | Media
Shira Lazar

Iconic radio, television, and now Internet host Larry King enjoyed his first-ever "geek out" in the What's Trending studio, where we talked about his show on Ora TV, upcoming coverage for YouTube's Politics channel, and rapidly evolving Internet pop culture.

Something Conservatives & Liberals Can Agree On: Let Sarah Palin Speak at the Republican National Convention

John Hawkins | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics
John Hawkins

Sarah Palin is the most prominent woman in the Republican Party and the finest feminist role model currently walking on terra firma. Is there anybody who comes closer to realizing that feminist maxim "You can have it all" than Sarah Palin?

Sights, Sounds, and Celebrities of PopConLA 2012: My Day at PopCon Part 2

Clarissa Burt | Posted 09.09.2012 | Entertainment
Clarissa Burt

Truly, this was a weekend and a convention to be remembered. PopCon is over now, but I have a feeling it will be back next year. So, whether you're a convention veteran or this will be your first time, make sure you keep your calendar open for the next time it comes to town.

My Experience at UNCF's Inaugural Convention

Faith Toran | Posted 08.14.2012 | Black Voices
Faith Toran

Thus far, the leadership conference has reaffirmed my call to service. My hope is that this experience will allow me to become a beacon of hope and an agent of change to combat the educational inequalities in Washington, DC and the world.

Discovering Denver

Erin Harper | Posted 04.28.2012 | Travel
Erin Harper

The magnificence of the mountainous backdrop and the modern architecture throughout the city, make it impossible to turn a corner without being greeted by a breathtaking view.

PHOTOS: The Wild Costumes of Katsucon 18

The Huffington Post | Megan Arellano | Posted 02.21.2012 | DC

OXON HILL, Md. -- In the now-glamorous world of comic-cons, anime conventions like Katsucon are perhaps the neglected younger sibling. But every y...

A Chicago Media BlackOut

Zack Isaacs | Posted 10.03.2011 | Chicago
Zack Isaacs

For the past week, the national media has been buzzing about two black males in Chicago having their words taken out of context. Both incidents involve the highly sensitive issue of race but in very different ways.

WATCH: The Body As A Canvas: Inside The NYC Tattoo Convention

Posted 07.19.2011 | Arts

It is no secret that the popularity of tattoos has been steadily increasing over the last few decades. According to a 2006 American Society of Dermato...

Managing China: Stimulating Creativity in a Sea of Convention

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

To liberate ambition -- the dragon in the heart -- latent in every Chinese, a leader must perform the hat trick of making subordinates feel safe enough to dive into shapeless seas.

Face It: The More We Know the Better We Look?

Michele Willens | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michele Willens

Do I look as young as I feel? Of course not. I walk around the campus and smile at the cute guys and expect for a moment they might see me as I looked four decades ago.

4 Reasons Sarah Palin Loves Jews

R.J. Fried | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
R.J. Fried

The Jewish people have found their Moses and her name is Sarah Palin. During Palin's pitch perfect speech at the National Tea Party convention in Nas...

Hopey Changey Stuff

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Donahue

I feel like the lone voice calling for the White House to wake up and go nuclear -- attach health care reform to the budget, which will only pass along party lines anyway, and get the job done.

EXCLUSIVE: Palin's Tea Party Crib Notes

Stefan Sirucek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stefan Sirucek

Closer inspection of a photo of Sarah Palin, during a speech in which she mocked President Obama for his use of a teleprompter, reveals several notes written on her left hand.

Anniversary: Chicago '68

Michael Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Michael Kaplan

All things converged to one night: tonight, forty-one years ago. The police found the fuse and lit it.


Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The following is the transcript of Senator Edward Kennedy's speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.