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Who's To Blame For The Gap Between Obama's Rhetoric And Reality On Human Rights? Corporations.

Amol Mehra | Posted 09.21.2016 | Politics
Amol Mehra

The incredible capture of our democratic systems and processes by powerful corporations and elites has significantly impacted the way all levels of our government are protecting the rights of individuals, including the most vulnerable.

Let's Hear It for Tax and Spend

Robert Kuttner | Posted 04.24.2016 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Sanders and Clinton have criticized each other for raising some taxes on the non-rich, but this criticism is misplaced. There are taxes that are good and necessary policy, even they fall partly on the middle class. Examples are payroll taxes that finance Social Security and Medicare, taxes on tobacco that deter tobacco consumption and taxes on carbon. The issue is not whether taxes should ever be levied on the non-rich. Rather, the question is offsets and benefits. High taxes on sugary drinks and on tobacco make sense to deter unhealthy consumption. If they fall heavily on the working class, that impact can be offset with other benefits. Higher payroll taxes to finance universal health insurance make sense, because the result over time will be lower costs and a more efficient system. That said, not everything in Sanders' program makes good sense as tax policy. But the idea of a big and long overdue increase in public outlay deserves mainstream consideration.

What Do Republicans Stand For?

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The GOP domestic-policy vacuum is evidence of a deeper problem: Republicans don't have a plan to move America forward.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Americans Expect The 2016 Elections To Focus On Foreign Policy | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics

For most voters, the 2014 elections revolved largely around economic issues. But with views of the nation's economy generally growing more favorable, ...

Holly Smith, Author of Walking Prey and Sex Trafficking Survivor, Shares Advice and Her Story

Jane Mosbacher Morris | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
Jane Mosbacher Morris

Holly is indisputably courageous for sharing her personal story, which helps to illuminate that children (and adults) from all walks of life, can be the target of traffickers.

America Is in Transition -- and So Is Its Foreign Policy

Xenia Dormandy | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Xenia Dormandy

America is changing. So too is the rest of the world. But will America's internal changes carry broader implications for its role in the world, the influence and power it wields, and the foreign policy choices it makes?

The Kids' Policy Academy

Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Daniel N. Nelson

My 7-year-old daughter recently inquired, while leaving (I admit it) a McDonalds, how much money people made who work at that "restaurant" (I add the ...

The Odd Republican Vision of the United States

Marco Cáceres | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

To finance a more militarized government, most -- if not all -- of the candidates sought looking for savings in the federal budget by targeting domestic programs.

Nirvana in the Supermarket, DOMA on the Line

Emmett Rensin | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
Emmett Rensin

As oral arguments over California Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act begin before the Supreme Court, I can't help feeling that marriage equality will soon follow indecency and rock and roll into the halls of blasé consensus.

"American Exceptionalism": Are We a Victim of Our Own Conceit?

Dan Bimrose | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Dan Bimrose

The term American exceptionalism and its meaning have evolved over many generations. What it may have meant in the past is not important, what it has come to mean today though, threatens to cripple our future.

Dan Froomkin

Progressive Activists: The Idealists | Dan Froomkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Four years ago, on the day Barack Obama was elected President of the United States, the world seemed full of possibilities -- particularly for the peo...

Students Call for Politicians to Stop Ignoring Them Like a Text From a One-Night Stand

Posted 10.26.2012 | College

College: sure, it’s parodied as four years of avoiding real work while your parents support you to improve beer pong skills. But the truth is, the c...

Is That All There Is?

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

Four years later, these remain the best reasons for my decisions, which I don't regret. However, it is mortifying to find that there aren't more substantive reasons for supporting this administration, and a negative reason for changing my vote to the other side.

Less Than 30 Days to Election 2012

Christopher Burgess | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Christopher Burgess

Is there a way to review the campaign issues without the spin? My colleagues at Atigeo and I created a way to bring big data analysis of the social media feeds of the candidates and their respective party's content to the electorate. No spin and no sales.

A Declaration for Independence

Al Checchi | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Al Checchi

We, the people, consistent with our nation's founding principles and in keeping with our sacred duties, in national association declare our independence from the politics of the two major political parties.

Inside A Shaken And Divided White House

The New Republic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Within the administration, the split over whether to mount a tax-cut offensive broke down largely along wonk-operative lines. The wonks spent the last...

Joe Klein: 'Righteous Burghers' Obsessed With Debt Are Ignoring The Economy

TIME | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Again, I'm not opposed to long-term deficit reduction, so long as it's equitable. But I do wonder why these righteous burghers are leading the charge ...

GOP Searching For Dems To Help Battle Health Care Reform

Politico | JENNIFER HABERKORN | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Newly empowered congressional Republicans plan to chip away at the health care reform law next year -- and they're hoping a handful of at-risk or mode...

Obama Signals Compromise With GOP On Tax Cuts

TIME | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

(WASHINGTON) -- A chastened President Barack Obama signaled a willingness to compromise with Republicans on tax cuts and energy policy Wednesday, one ...

How The Age Of Austerity Will Remake American Politics

The New Republic | Thomas Edsall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In this election, you can glimpse the brutish future of American politics. This new age of brutishness may or may not include the Tea Party. But, even...

Tea Party Could Be Catastrophic For Climate Change Legislation

New York Times | JOHN M. BRODER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Skepticism and outright denial of global warming are among the articles of faith of the Tea Party movement, here in Indiana and across the country. Fo...

Could The Courts Outlaw The Minimum Wage?

TIME | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It sounds like a bizarre argument to make. The federal minimum wage has been around since Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act in...

Jim DeMint: Obama Ready To Extend Tax Cuts For The Wealthy

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A leading Senate conservative said Thursday he believes President Barack Obama is ready to embrace the notion of keeping Bush era tax r...

Arthur Delaney

Republican Study Committee Recommends Cutting Welfare Program That Already Expired | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Republican Study Committee on Monday recommended reducing the deficit by cutting a welfare program that lards the federal budget with $2.5 billion...

Election Day: The 74 Million Americans Who Had No Voice

Mark Shriver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Shriver

We are a nation of 74 million kids. But because kids don't vote, don't host shows on Fox or MSNBC, don't run PACs or host fundraisers, their priorities simply aren't met in Washington, D.C. or the states.