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Franklin Delano Roosevelt

FDR's Lessons for the Global Fight Against Polio

Ziad Haider | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Ziad Haider

FDR provides a powerful reference point to measure the dramatically reduced reach of polio today. During his lifetime, the disease coursed far and wide including through the White House. Today it is endemic in just three countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria.

Another Book About FDR? Yes, and It's a Must Read

Al Eisele | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Al Eisele

Moe's masterful account of why and how FDR overcame his reluctance to seek reelection -- he was determined to retire to Hyde Park after two terms and write his memoir while basking in history as the father of the New Deal -- reminds us that he was a much prisoner of history as was Abraham Lincoln.

The 10 Richest U.S. Presidents

24/7 Wall St. | Ashley C. Allen | Posted 02.18.2014 | Business

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential ticket, according to most political pundits. The pr...

Bill de Blasio Lifts the Left

Brent Budowsky | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Bill de Blasio has lifted the left and is a man to watch in 2014. I have a hunch that the next Democratic nominee for president will be watching him closely, too.

The Life and Death of the World Historical Figure

Francis Levy | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Francis Levy

At the end of his short encomium to Mandela in The New York Review of Books, "On Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)," J.M. Coetzee writes, "He was, and by the...

The State of Our Union's Inequality

Sarah Anderson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Sarah Anderson

There's no doubt that President Barack Obama will make inequality a major theme of his State of the Union address, just as Franklin Delano Roosevelt did in 1935.

73 Years Later: Remembering President Roosevelt's Four Freedoms

William J. vanden Heuvel | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
William J. vanden Heuvel

On January 6, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed a struggling nation. He described his vision for a country built on four essential freedoms. They are as true and essential today in this time of shaky economic recovery and shifting global political dynamics as they were more than 70 years ago.

Bill de Blasio, the FDR of New York

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Don't get carried away analyzing the presence of Bill and Hillary Clinton at the de Blasio inauguration. Starting this week, it is de Blasio who is the big show, not the Clintons.

A New Deal for Christmas

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

As the GOP abruptly ends unemployment benefits, Republicans intend to slash food aid as well. They want to cut $4 billion a year from the food stamp program that many jobless families depend on for meals. This will occur as struggling food pantries report bare shelves.

Machiavelli Needed in The White House

Francis Levy | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Francis Levy

As we approach the 500th anniversary of Machiavelli's death (in June of 2027), we can rest assured that his influence is alive and well and that he's ...

'FDR and the Jews'

Paul Rockower | Posted 02.11.2014 | Books
Paul Rockower

FDR and the Jews is an excellent book for its complete examination of Roosevelt in the context of the period he loomed so large on the public stage.

FDR Gave This Speech After Pearl Harbor. Hopefully There Will Never Have To Be Another Like It.

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.06.2013 | Politics

Saturday marks the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and a day that President Franklin D. Roosevelt presciently predicted would "live in...

Sam Stein

Here's What Happened When FDR Tried To Mess With Thanksgiving

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 11.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Before Obamacare, Hurricane Katrina, Monica Lewinsky, Iran Contra, Watergate and Vietnam, there was "Franksgiving." Seventy-four turk...

Washington Post Gives Nation a Look at Illinois' 'Family Feud'

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.20.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

I would imagine all of this Democratic in-fighting comes as a big surprise to most Washington Post readers, who know Illinois mainly as a state so blue that presidential candidates don't bother campaigning here.

Matt Damon Is Right

Brent Budowsky | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

When the great actor Matt Damon recently said that President Obama "broke up with me," he hit the jackpot of telling political truth in the eyes of many progressive Democrats and independents.

Bill Clinton For Mayor

Francis Levy | Posted 09.25.2013 | Comedy
Francis Levy

If the qualifications for high position in New York municipal government are a history of sexual peccadillos then why not elect someone with some real...

Bill Clinton's Legacy: An Inconvenient Irony

Brian Czech | Posted 09.21.2013 | Green
Brian Czech

Thanks in no small measure to the win-win legacy of Clinton, these days it seems everything good for the environment has to be premised upon economic growth or it won't even be considered.

On This Day In 1940, FDR Went Where No President Has Gone Before

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

On this day in 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt made history when he was nominated for an unprecedented third term in office. Roosevelt would ...

GOP Forcibly Making Working Families Flexible

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The GOP forced flexibility act is part of a list of proposals House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) calls "Making Life Work." That's right, Republicans intend to make life nothing but work. No eight hours for sleep. No eight hours for anything you will. Just work, Gumby, just work.

Cruz vs. Clinton in 2016

Brent Budowsky | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

For Democrats this is too good to be true. While Republicans continue to try to smear former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over Benghazi, she long ago accepted her share of responsibility, and her popularity continues to tower above all national figures in American public life.

PHOTOS: You'll Never Believe What These Presidents Kept As Pets

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 02.03.2014 | DC

The sad passing of George W. Bush's Scottish terrier Barney last week got us thinking about the many animals who have kept company with the country's ...

Movie Review: Hyde Park on Hudson

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.05.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Roger Michell's Hyde Park on Hudson is half a good movie. When it focuses on the quirks and manipulations of international events, it crackles and pops -- and when it turns its attention to the soap-operatic romance, it settles into a dull hum.

Is Life Insurance an 'Entitlement?'

Donald Sutherland | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics
Donald Sutherland

If you don't think it is, then how in the devil did the Republicans manage to persuade the Democrats that Social Security is!

You Cannot Buy My Vote

Jill Robinson | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Jill Robinson

What has trapped President Obama, and all of us right now, is fear itself. The fear-driven wails for funds (one of every three emails I get) do not buy the votes we require.

Feint Praise

Paula Gordon | Posted 11.24.2012 | Politics
Paula Gordon

When the plutocrats and their minions abuse the average citizen, it is called "oppression." When the oppressed presumed to assert their rights as citizens, the Republicans call it "class warfare." We call it justice ... or, the American way. No feints in that.