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Trump-Bondi: the Scandal the Press Has Been Waiting For

Ryan Casey | Posted 09.09.2016 | Politics
Ryan Casey

In this crazy circus election, no single story will completely dominate the race, at least for long. But Bondi-Gate just might have the right ingredients to really drive this narrative all the way into November.

A Tale Of Two Conventions: Hate Vs. Hope

Mark Green | Posted 07.31.2016 | Politics
Mark Green

In Philadelphia Democrats had two goals: expose Donald as an erratic bully and elevate Hillary as trustworthy. Helped by Trump liking Putin more than the Khans, it appears that they succeeded in both. BSN was on site cramming the equivalent of 24 cable hours into one 60 minute show interviewing Schumer/Steele/Dionne as well as a leading gay/veteran/congressman/Bernie-or-Buster. Conclusion: HRC will be back to 6+ up by this coming week.

REVIEW: Why Are the Republicans Acting So Crazy -- and Will They Ever Be Sane Again?

The National Book Review | Posted 01.26.2017 | Home
The National Book Review

The Grand Old Party is dead - and Republicans have killed it. The party's decline, and how it might be able to find its way once again, is the story Washington Post political columnist E.J. Dionne tells in Why the Right Went Wrong.

Q&A: Columnist E.J. Dionne on the Future of the Increasingly Radicalized Republican Party

The National Book Review | Posted 01.21.2017 | Politics
The National Book Review

I can still remember falling in love with politics when I was eight years old during the Kennedy-Nixon campaign. I didn't understand much, but I knew it was exciting, and important, too. And I grew up in Massachusetts where the things that mattered were politics and the Red Sox.

How to Combat Child Poverty in the U.S.

Bruce Lesley | Posted 05.28.2016 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

It's not something that just afflicts people of one color or ethnicity. It's striking families who never imagined that they could find themselves telling their kids that they don't have any food or that the electricity has been shut off.

Friday Talking Points -- McConnell For Sale!

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Pennsylvania's pornography scandal just keeps getting worse. So far, four people employed by prosecutors' offices have been forced out. Next in line is a member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Justice Seamus McCaffery.

ISIS Is Evil, Evil, Evil... So?

Pierre Whalon | Posted 11.15.2014 | Home
Pierre Whalon

We have justifiable pride in our democracy, but without better understanding of the world today, including our own country, we will decline.

Catholics and Religious Progressivism

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

We seem to stand at the threshold of the re-invigorating of progressivism. This is true in the secular as well as the religious world.

Dozing Through 'The Great Moving Right Show'

David Coates | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
David Coates

The greatest danger currently facing all of us in America, and particularly progressives, is one of drift. As an economy, the United States is drifting along a low-growth path that is acclimatizing all of us to levels of unemployment which only a decade ago would have been treated as an outrage. As a society, the United States is drifting towards levels of income and wealth inequality so large that, if left unchallenged, will soon become irreversible. And as a political system, the United States is drifting towards a Republican sweep of both the House and the Senate in November unless the democratic left acts now to reverse what is in truth a carefully orchestrated and heavily funded great moving right show. Those of us of a progressive predisposition are drifting towards a political defeat of historic proportions -- one underpinned by an economic and social settlement of a highly conservative kind -- and we are doing so with what would appear to be only the slightest sense of alarm.

Howard's Daily: Attracting Good People to Government

Philip K. Howard | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

Let's agree on this: Getting able people into government should be a core goal. They should be honored, and treated fairly, and paid reasonably. Public service should be a noble career. But how do we achieve that?

Friday Talking Points -- Bullygate

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The big news at the end of this week was New Jersey's Chris Christie trying to navigate a bridge over some very troubled waters. Is Christie now no longer a viable candidate for the 2016 Republican nomination?

Individualism vs. Social Science

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

NPR's social science maven reported that President Obama may have undermined the success of gun control legislation when he stated that "We are responsible for each other." Americans, Shankar Vendantam stated, care about individual rights and liberty, not the common good.

Jason Linkins

Debt Ceiling Crisis 2013: How Did The Sunday Shows Do In Presenting The Stakes? | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics

The Sunday morning political talk shows from this past weekend had two big pieces of obvious chat-show schtick to choose from: the first being the pag...

Getting to Maybe: The Critical Need for Compromise in Congress

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

We are not delusional or naive enough to expect that getting to maybe will be an easy task. We recognize that over the past few years, compromise in Congress has become an oxymoron and bipartisanship a dirty word.

It's Time for 21st-century Citizenship

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Which vision and version of citizenship is correct? The answer should be both. Early in this 21st century, however, where partisanship has been elevated to the new art of war it appears that neither may be.

What Happened To Conservatives' Care For Community?

The Washington Post | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics

To secure his standing as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney has disowned every sliver of moderation in his record. He’s m...

Does the Invisible Hand Really Know Best?

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 06.24.2012 | Home
Jeffrey Abelson

Is the free market really free? Or does it come at the expense of civic values we neglect at our peril? That's one of many questions I found myself pondering after reading What Money Can't Buy by Michael J. Sandel.

Faith in Crisis and Easter Hope

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 06.11.2012 | Religion
Rev. Larry Hollon

At the root of this yearning is a search for the holy. We are asking why we are here and how we find meaning and purpose. These are faith questions.

Weekly Audit: Massive Protest In Wisconsin Shows Walker's Overreach

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger About 100,000 people gathered in Madison, Wisconsin to protest Gov. Scott Walker's new anti-collective...

On Afghanistan, Michael Steele Speaks for Me

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Brad Woodhouse and the DNC owe all of us an apology for attacking Michael Steele on his Afghanistan remarks, but I would settle for a commitment not to engage in this sort of behavior in the future.

Aspen Ideas Fest 2010: Stars Come Out For Intellectual Summit

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Aspen has long been known as a playground for the rich and famous. During the Aspen Ideas Festival, that maxim may be more true than ever. The July ...

White House Holds Off-The-Record Meeting With Columnists To Defend Oil Spill Handling

Yahoo! News | Wed May 26, 4:16 Pm ET | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The White House, continuing its effort to push back against negative media coverage of the government's handling of the oil spill, held an on-the-reco...

Friday Talking Points [114] -- When Will Rahm Go? Place Your Bets!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The debate outside the Beltway (and, increasingly, inside the Beltway as well) is whether Rahm Emanuel should leave his job sooner, or later.

Orrin Hatch Schooled By E.J. Dionne On Reconciliation

The Washington Post | E.J. Dionne Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For those who feared that Barack Obama did not have any Lyndon Johnson in him, the president's determination to press ahead and get health-care reform...

Seeking A Bore

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Harry Moroz

Obama's proposed fee on bonuses for U.S. bankers allows the administration to boast a scalp from the financial sector even in the absence of real reform.