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What Would Mary Do?

Pat LaMarche | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

Poor families can't forget that Christmas -- or any winter holiday -- is for children. But for tens of millions of U.S. children living in ever deepening poverty, there's literally no way for their parents to get them gifts without going to unenviable extremes.

An Audio-Visual Explanation of Why the GOP is Stuck in the 1950s

Lester & Charlie | Posted 02.01.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

We know the Republicans would like to forget how St. Eisenhower's prosperity was due in part to high corporate tax rates and massive spending on infrastructure. So what was it?

Iran's Nukes: 2 Elephants in the Room

Barry Lando | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Barry Lando

Somehow Ari Shavit, like most Israeli and American commentators analyzing the standoff with Iran, never gets around to the fact that Israel has had nuclear weapons for the past half a century.

Winning the Shutdown Battle Wasn't Enough: Democrats Must Stand United to Win the Budget Fight

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

The big question for Democrats is this: What kind of deal is worse than the sequester, which Paul Ryan has said is the Republicans' fallback position. In other words, what would make Democrats throw up their hands and say: "You want it? You got it." -- and mean it?

The Political TV Commercial as a Pivotal Component in American Presidential Politics and National Leadership by Q Score

Karl Grossman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Karl Grossman

It can be very unsettling. Consider what was widely described as a great problem for Al Gore when he ran against George W. Bush in 2000: most folks would rather, it was said, go out for a beer with Bush than Gore.

10 Reasons Why America Does Not Need to Go to War Over Syria

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

For once, I would love to hear a government official reject a call to war because it is immoral; because we have greater needs here at home that require our attention and our funds; because we're already $1 trillion poorer due to these endless, mindless wars.

War Powers and the Use of Force in Syria

D. Robert Worley | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

If President Obama follows the practice of post-WWII presidents, he may use military force without consultation or authorization from Congress.

Can Debt Ceiling Debates Be Useful? History Says Maybe.

Joseph J. Thorndike | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Joseph J. Thorndike

Are threats to oppose a debt ceiling increase ever defensible? More specifically, can they ever be justified as a form of leverage--as a tool to force...

Orson Welles' Timeless Take on American Politics

Dan Siegel | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Dan Siegel

Orson Welles' observations on American and world politics, even 30 years later, are relevant for our times.

Review -- Lee Daniel's The Butler ...Just a Minute

Carole Mallory | Posted 10.14.2013 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

While stars abound as pop ups in cameos, this story is not about celebrity, but ideals. It is about the gruesome spilling of blood unfortunately necessary to arrive at the pinnacle of the civil rights movement -- a black president.

Lee Daniels' The Butler

Dwight Brown | Posted 10.14.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

It's about time. Finally a major-release film about the African American struggle for equality, told from a black man's perspective. Why has it taken Hollywood (aka the film industry) so long to do the right thing?

Movie Review: Lee Daniels' The Butler

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.13.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I walked away from Daniels' film deeply moved. As obvious as this film can be in its messages -- bigotry and racism: bad -- it still touches on moments of history from the recent past that need to be recalled, over and over.

Obama's Second Term Feels Like Bush's Fourth

Michael Shammas | Posted 10.09.2013 | College
Michael Shammas

Obama's slogans -- "change we can believe in" and so on -- sound like empty promises. His lofty rhetoric and certainly his Nobel Peace Prize are insults to educated people everywhere.

Obama on Trayvon: One Speech Captures the Strength and Weakness of the Obama Presidency

Alan Singer | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

We all risk living in the next Detroit. A true memorial for Trayvon Martin would be a federal full employment bill with guarantees that its benefits would reach into every city and town, every racial and ethnic group, and every family and household in the nation.

Connecting Globally to Thrive Locally in the Spirit of the Alamo With Sister Cities International

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
Joshua W. Walker

I have lived the interconnectedness of our world since birth and know that America's strength comes from within and from our global diversity.

How Much To Redesign The Eisenhower Memorial?!

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 07.12.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Analysts say scrapping a disputed design for a planned Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial near the National Mall and developing an alternate ...

Israel's Invisible Nukes-Chapter 16

Barry Lando | Posted 09.02.2013 | World
Barry Lando

The story of the Argentina yellowcake sale to Israel has remained largely unknown, not just because of Israel's passion for secrecy, but because the U.S. government and its close allies kept secret for years what they knew at the time.

Camouflaging the Vietnam War: How Textbooks Continue to Keep the Pentagon Papers a Secret

Bill Bigelow | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

Corporate textbook writers seem to work from the same list of must-include events and individuals. Thus, all the new U.S. history textbooks on my shelf mention the Pentagon Papers. But none grapples with the actual import of the Pentagon Papers.

The Problem With the Frank Gehry Memorial

Traci L. Slatton | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics
Traci L. Slatton

Wednesday it was announced that a federal commission charged with building a national monument honoring President Eisenhower voted unanimously to appr...

School for the Commander in Chief

Gary Hart | Posted 08.08.2013 | Politics
Gary Hart

It is one thing for senior members of Congress to say, about complex defense questions, "I trust the experts." It is quite another thing for presidents to do so. It is impossible to be a competent commander in chief, as required by the Constitution, without preparing for that role.

As Troops Stormed Normandy, Churchill Launched a Drunken Tirade Against DeGaulle (Slideshow)

Conrad Black | Posted 08.06.2013 | Books
Conrad Black

2013-06-06-Conradbookcover.jpgOn the evening of June 5, 1944, as Roosevelt spoke to the world about the liberation of Rome, and welcomed Italy back into the civilized world, Churchill and de Gaulle were having the most severe of all their many disputes.

Former Presidential Yacht To Dock On North Carolina Coast

AP | Posted 06.01.2013 | Politics

BEAUFORT, N.C. -- A former presidential yacht dating to the 1930s is stopping in North Carolina to go on display. The Friends of the North Carolina M...

Should the Federal Government Be Giving Small Business Contracts to Fortune 500 Firms?

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 07.23.2013 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

Ever since the economy took a nosedive in 2008, I have watched with total amazement as presidents, Congress, economists and the mainstream media have totally and completely ignored the single most important factor in the U.S. economy: Small businesses create virtually 100 percent of the net new jobs in America.

A Lost Age of Fiscal Heroes? Not So Much.

Joseph J. Thorndike | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Joseph J. Thorndike

The debate over fiscal responsibility has been muddled by the Great Recession; inevitably, perhaps, arguments over long-term fiscal problems have been conflated with debates over short-term recovery programs. Both debates have suffered terribly as a consequence.

Ten Years Since 'Mission Accomplished' -- Let's Review the Imagery

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The aircraft carrier stunt was a Karl Rove P.R. production designed to provide images for Bush's 2004 re-election campaign.