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Presidential Libraries: Taking Stock as Obama Readies His Own

Paul Gunther | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics
Paul Gunther

With the decision pending in just a couple of weeks on Library #14 for President #44, the binding force of these successive projects is the fact that there is not and never should be a single political narrative. Such shifting values rely instead on the bedrock of freedom to sustain the dynamic bonds of the social contract it upholds.

Thinking About Franklin Roosevelt

Paul A. London | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Paul A. London

Reading about Roosevelt and the New Deal as Garner saw them made me think. Garner was a man of the legislature. He believed legislative government could work. Such respect for politics and politicians is not much evident these days. Maybe it should be.

The Public Health Message of House of Cards, Season 3: A Series Review

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

House of Cards and its veteran writers and producers construct for President Underwood a domestic agenda built on the premise that joblessness is a public health emergency. Brilliant, since in fact, from a public health perspective, it most certainly is.

You Can't Make the Congress Do Anything

Washington Spectator | Posted 03.08.2015 | 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.

Teddy Roosevelt's Jiu-Jitsu Skills and 5 Other Traits that Made US Presidents Better Leaders

Bob Rosen | Posted 02.13.2015 | Business
Bob Rosen

Ask business leaders what keeps them up at night, and often, they'll say they wonder what their legacy will be. U.S. presidents are no different. They all want to know how their actions will be remembered.

Next in Ukraine and Budget? Again, Obama Decides While GOP Just Complains

Mark Green | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Mark Green

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Frum and Reagan debate the growing Ukrainian civil war and Obama's 2015 budget in a growing economy. What happens if sanctions and arms don't stop Russian-backed separatists? Can the GOP credibly complain about a wealth/income gap they created, but then oppose tax reform that reduces it?

On the Anniversary of FDR's Birth, Read His 15 Greatest Quotes

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact
Jeryl Brunner

On January 30, 1882 Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born at his parents' home in Hyde Park, New York. James and Sara's only child would ultimately gradu...

Republicans Are the Real Socialists

Harlan Green | Posted 03.15.2015 | Politics
Harlan Green

The new Republican Congress is exposing a not surprising fact. Its first actions are attempts to water down the Dodd-Frank Wall Street and Consumer Protection Act, and repealing Obamacare -- which will pass the risks of financial meltdowns and medical catastrophes back to us, the taxpayers.

The Environment and Economic Justice: U.S. Catholics Can Take the Lead

Stephen Seufert | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
Stephen Seufert

Pope Francis believes that care for creation and economic justice go hand in hand. When you destroy the environment, you impoverish people. Domestically but even more so internationally, areas with an abundance of natural resources tend to live in poverty.

Happy Days Are Here Again

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

The midterms are behind us. In 2016, one thing any Democrat running for president must do is compare the record of Barack Obama (and Bill Clinton) to that of George W. Bush.

Searching for the American Dream

Steven M. Gillon | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Steven M. Gillon

It is very likely that generations coming of age today will abandon -- out of choice or necessity -- the Dream of consumption and replace it with their own definition. The Dream is evolving, not dying.

Which Hazard Is Better Contained: Ebola or Extreme Economic Inequality?

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

Design changes in Ebola management protocols make it highly probable that the Ebola hazard in America will be successfully contained. In contrast, the hazard of wealth-concentration policies implemented by central banks is not under containment. This problem threatens the very fabric of democratic enterprise.

Yellowing Journalism

Tim Arnold | Posted 12.24.2014 | Media
Tim Arnold

It is both fascinating and disturbing to gain a peek back in time, with the grand benefit of history and hindsight, and the wonder of it all. Unfortunately -- unforgivably -- and despite great strides across the land and around the world, anti-Semitism continues to rear its ugly head to this day.

How Natural Capital Is Redefining Success

Tensie Whelan | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
Tensie Whelan

It's the idea that natural resources and healthy ecosystems are not "externalities" separate from capital, but should be considered and valued as capital assets in their own right. Valuing them appropriately is the way to make sure we don't squander them.

Think This Year's Campaigns Are Dirty? Check Out the Race That Changed Politics Forever

Greg Mitchell | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

After writing books about the 1950 contest for the U.S. Senate between Richard Nixon and Helen Gahagan Douglas and, especially, Upton Sinclair's race for governor of California in 1934, not much could happen this year that would truly shock or offend me.

#4 Not Our Finest Hour: Why Is Liberal America Falling So Far Short?

Andy Schmookler | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

In countless ways, the political force that has arisen on the right has moved this nation toward tyranny and cruelty and serfdom. Why has Liberal America in these times shown so little of the spirit of America's heroic forebears?

Senator Alexander Needs to Read the NLRA

Larry Cohen | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Sen. ​Lamar Alexander has become the newest worst expert on U.S. labor law. Instead of upholding the law as required by his oath of office, he wants to gut it while claiming to reform it.

Dogs Rescue Presidencies: Twice On This Date

John Llewellyn | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
John Llewellyn

Nixon's remarks are rated by scholars as the sixth most important speech by an American in the 20th century. FDR's speech is not as widely known; even less well-known is the fact that Nixon remembered well the Fala speech and intentionally modeled "Checkers" after it.

'The Roosevelts:' Ken Burns Closets Eleanor, Disappears FDR's Gay Sex-Entrapment Scandal in the Navy

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 11.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

I enjoyed watching Ken Burns' The Roosevelts: An Intimate History last week, keeping in mind that these PBS documentary series are usually a heavy bit of American myth-making. Still, there are a few things just too glaring to hide or treat with discretion in 2014, though Burns arrogantly thinks he can.

Who Are the Real Takers?

Harlan Green | Posted 11.18.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

Why do we have such a high poverty rate five years after the end of the Greatest Recession since the Great Depression, and the greatest income and wealth inequality since that Great Depression?

The Killing Factor: When Conspiracy Becomes the Mainstream

Robert Orlando | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment
Robert Orlando

While I plan on reading O'Reilly's take in Killing Patton, I also expect to find the rehashing of older speculations in a "bold and fresh" O'Reilly-Dugard style. An approach that can once again land O'Reilly -- God bless -- with more books sold, but very little new truth revealed.

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 3)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

We recently decided to have an extended email conversation addressing the Islamic State (ISIS) in Faisal's home country of Iraq, being called an "Uncle Tom" by white people, the existence -- or non-existence -- of a "moderate" Islam, and the one key factor needed to bring about a true Islamic reformation.

After Reading This, You'll Never Look At The Roosevelts The Same Way Again

Posted 10.06.2014 | Entertainment

If someone prompted you to name the most famous political figures in U.S. history, chances are that you would bring up the trinity of Roosevelts: Theo...

How Nixon Ruined The Relationship Between The White House And The Press

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics

The White House has become much more secretive and selective about what it communicates to the public over the years, and President Richard Nixon coul...

Where Is the Moral Outrage? A Sign of the Weakness of Liberal America

Andy Schmookler | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

If one viewed a time-lapse film of American civilization in all its dimensions unfolding over the past 15 years or so, one would see terrible damage being done.