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George W. Bush and the Verdict of History

Eli Lehrer | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

George W. Bush made mistakes while in office. But he also did some things right. And the verdict of history may treat him kindly.

Good Idea: Immigration Reform, Bad Idea: Restricting Health Care

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Kathy Ko Chin

Offering everyone -- immigrants and native-born Americans alike -- the same opportunity to get affordable health insurance is not a "benefit" for a deserving few, it is the sound and conservative solution for a nation with staggering rates of uninsurance.

How the 'Me, Me, Me' Generation Has Freed Purpose

Simone N. Sneed | Posted 07.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Simone N. Sneed

In many of the recent articles on millennials, there is a critical narrative that has emerged and has lead to what I believe is the beginning of a cultural zeitgeist, and that narrative is about purpose.

The Common Sense Entitlements of Thomas Paine

Ian Ruskin | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics
Ian Ruskin

Thomas Paine would be appalled by the continuing lack of equality in America, by the ever-growing power of corporations and the ever-increasing difficulty of maintaining life as a "middle class" American.

Disputes Benefit Seniors At The Expense Of Others

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With Congress increasingly unable to resolve budget disputes, federal programs on automatic pilot are consuming ever larger amounts of g...

5 Unconscious Habits That Block Your Inner Peace

Pamela Dussault | Posted 07.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Pamela Dussault

There are many different ways to attain inner peace, tranquility and serenity. Practicing meditation, affirmations and breath work are a few good ones. However, sometimes hidden blockages exist that may prevent you from attaining that inner calm you seek.

Why Cutting Social Security Benefits Is Such a Big Deal

Rep. Keith Ellison | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Rep. Keith Ellison

This is real money to seniors who are already struggling. Democrats should not propose policies that hurt middle class families in the hope that Republicans will suddenly cooperate in solving our budget challenges.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Spitzer and Matalin on Weiner, Clinton, Newtown v. NRA

HuffPost Radio | Posted 06.14.2013 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgEliot Spitzer and Mary Matalin clash over four hot topics: Can Weiner run after his spectacle of contrition? Does dynasty = destiny for Caroline, Chelsea, Hillary? Is Obama now entitled to a grand bargain? Will Newtown parents out-lobby the NRA?

One Piece Of Economic News You Really Must Hear

Michael Hodin | Posted 06.14.2013 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

Yet for all the humbug and melancholy, the ratings agency Standard & Poor's has some unexpected good news in its new report. Contrary to what your Twitter feed may suggest, a number of nations are making notable progress in reforming fiscal and economic policies to account for population aging.

GOPer Breaks From Party's Leaders, Slams Obama Proposal

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) broke from Republican leaders' rhetoric on Wednesday, criticizing President Barack Obama's decision to include entitlement c...

Dave Jamieson

Major Ally Rips Obama Budget: 'Unconscionable'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Obama hasn't formally proposed his "compromise" budget plan yet, but the White House can already see cracks forming among its ...

Obama Responds To Budget Criticism

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says his soon-to-be released budget, already criticized by friends and foes, is not his "ideal plan" but off...

Why Is Generation Y So Easy to Bamboozle?

Bill Frezza | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
Bill Frezza

Watch out, fellow Baby Boomers. If the day comes when the youth of this country wake up to understand their own interests and make their voices heard, there will be hell to pay.

Obama's Disastrous Failure To Use The Bully Pulpit

Eric Zuesse | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

What we needed when a new President was sworn in on 20 January 2008 was another Franklin Delano Roosevelt. What we got was just mush.

A Bitter Moment in Obama's Presidency

Eric Zuesse | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

Ending the sequester cuts would require virtual political suicide for whichever party caved, because there really is no achievable middle-ground here, not within a million miles.

Dave Jamieson

Organized Labor Willing To Buck White House On Entitlements

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the White House showing openness to cuts in Social Security, officials with the AFL-CIO labor federation said Friday that they woul...

Take Shelter From the Cuts on Tax Day

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

Here's a pop quiz for Congress: If you cut food assistance for needy families by $333 million, and allow corporations to dodge $183 billion in federal taxes in the same year, how much did you end up reducing the deficit?

Where Does The U.S. Rank In Retirement Quality?

The Huffington Post | Anthonia Akitunde | Posted 03.07.2013 | Fifty

Retirement as the previous generation has known it is taking a beating thanks to diminished incomes, a need to tap into 401(k)s early and ongoing batt...

Washington Debate Ignores Crucial Facts

The New York Times | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

The debate over reform of Social Security and Medicare is taking place in a vacuum, without adequate consideration of fundamental facts....

The Tyranny of the Average

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.07.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

The problem with historical average of revenues and outlays as shares of GDP as a guide toward the future is obvious: there have been fundamental changes in our society and economy that make it an unreliable benchmark going forward.

Adviser: Obama Raised Entitlement Reform In Budget Talks

Reuters | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics

* Obama speaks to Republicans, Democrats * President wants more revenues to help reduce deficits * Government shutdown i...

Rights Are Not Entitlements

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

As Americans discuss our system of social supports, we constantly hear the word "entitlements" and rarely the word "rights." Of course, in America the word "entitlements" is not a neutral word.

And Now for Something Completely Different

John Krifka | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
John Krifka

NOBODY ever expects the Sequestration... ...

A Win-Win Solution to Stop the Sequester

Brian Levin | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

All 200 Democrats and 15 Republicans could come to the House floor, while the remaining Republicans stay home. Since there are currently three vacancies, the House of Representatives requires a quorum of 215 votes in order to vote on a bill.

Eventually a Bargain on Medicare -- Grand or Otherwise

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

The Republicans may not deserve it, but the President still wants one and has the leverage to get a grand bargain including Medicare spending reductions on favorable terms.