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Everett Dirksen

1964/2016 -- The Bay Area and Cleveland

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

In four weeks, there will be loud sounds erupting in Cleveland, but they are unlikely to be so joyous. They, too, will in a sense be coming from the Bay Area, as an echo from 52 years ago.

Sixty Years in Journalism: Covering JFK

Irv Chapman | Posted 05.26.2016 | Media
Irv Chapman

Any American who is old enough can remember where he or she was when President John F. Kennedy was murdered. I was in a downtown Washington deli, where I stopped enroute from Capitol Hill to the ABC News bureau to get a carry-out sandwich.

You Can't Make the Congress Do Anything

Washington Spectator | Posted 05.08.2015 | Books
Washington Spectator

Clearly written and brimming with telling historical details and sharp insights, The Fierce Urgency of Now is essential reading not only for those who want to understand the Great Society but for everyone concerned with how it might be preserved or expanded.

60 Years of Sound Bites to Remember

Irv Chapman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Media
Irv Chapman

A good sound bite packs emotion, opinion, news value and personality, and leaps into a reporter's ear.

Civil Rights, 1964 and What We've Lost

Preeti Vissa | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

American society has progressed in many ways since 1964, and much of that progress stems directly from the Civil Rights Act. But we've lost something profound as well, particularly in the way our government functions.

The Role Moderate Republicans Played in Passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Keith Runyon | Posted 07.30.2014 | Books
Keith Runyon

The fire that swept America in early 1964 was a derivation of the one that incinerated the nation in 1861: the scourge of slavery and the curse of segregation that followed the Civil War.

Charlie Crist Is Not the First Politician to Ideologically Reinvent Himself

Rich Rubino | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Changing positions is not always the death knell in American politics. The fact that a candidate is ideologically malleable can actually work to a candidate's advantage.

Maddow's Mission

D. R. Tucker | Posted 11.04.2013 | Media
D. R. Tucker

Maddow has become for this generation what William F. Buckley Jr. was for a previous generation -- the embodiment of the American public intellectual. Of course, because her politics are the opposite of Buckley's politics, this fact drives the right wing up the wall.

LA Port Strike: 'A Billion Here, A Billion There...'

James Bryson Hyatt | Posted 02.04.2013 | Media
James Bryson Hyatt

$1-billion-a-day figure estimating the costs of the Port of Los Angeles/Port of Long Beach strike was trotted out quickly and promoted widely, because it's attention-getting. And possibly, because it serves certain political objectives. But it's not accurate.

A Call for Bipartisanship

Mike Quigley | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics
Mike Quigley

It would be difficult to imagine, because it rarely happens. Grandstanding occurs far more frequently than compromise. That may be good for cable news and bloggers. But for the rest of the people? Not so much.

F-35 Update: Who's Keeping the Books?

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

Once again, Inside Defense and Defence iQ have reported on the latest doings involving the still-problematic F-35.

No Liberty Without Order

D. R. Tucker | Posted 06.09.2012 | Politics
D. R. Tucker

There is no liberty without order, no liberty when economic policies aren't rational, no liberty when citizens are not treated equally, no liberty when the planet has been polluted. That's a truth Republicans used to acknowledge.

Dirksen, Kennedy Nuclear Compromise Would Be Called Treason By Today's Zealots

The New York Times | JAMES WARREN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democrats are riding a tiger, as a friend put it, and best not be naïve about positive aspects of the Tea Party victories. They seem weak, unfocused,...

The Republican War on Reality

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Loeb

Today's Republicans are far from their predecessors. Beyond political differences with Obama and the Democrats, they've been making war on reality itself, which should be a major issue of the campaign's final days.

Ryan Grim

Battle Between Broder And Reid Heats Up: Broder Comments 'Mind-Boggling'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

David Broder simply doesn't understand the way that today's Senate operates, Jim Manley concluded on Wednesday. Manley, the senior communications advi...