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The GOP Needs to Unify its Three Factions

Robert Slayton | Posted 03.16.2017 | Politics
Robert Slayton

Things do not look good for the Republican Party this year. Split between three factions--Populists and Trump, conservatives and evangelicals for Cruz, and an establishment candidate--it looks like the GOP will split badly, possibly letting a unified Democratic Party into the White House.

Trump Repeats Roosevelt's Biggest Error

Jan Jarboe Russell | Posted 03.15.2017 | Politics
Jan Jarboe Russell

Today, as during World War II, many of our leaders, inured to the bad treatment of minorities, continue to incite mistrust and hatred. We find ourselves trapped in the same old dreary circle of fear.

Kasich a Champion for Hunger Relief

William Lambers | Posted 03.15.2017 | Politics
William Lambers

The coming primaries will decide who the Republicans will nominate for President. They would be wise to look to someone who can tackle issues of great national and international importance like hunger. For America usually goes with the candidate who shows leadership in feeding the hungry. John Kasich has.

How Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio Can Lose the U.S. Presidency

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 02.22.2017 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

Republicans have a problem. After South Carolina, Donald Trump is in the driver's seat. He may well remain there unless Rubio and Cruz decide to play as teammates rather than as adversaries.

Sanders and Trump: How the Political and Media Establishment Got 2016 So Wrong

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 02.17.2017 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

Perhaps the biggest story coming out of campaign 2016 is not the rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, but the fact that the media and political establishment never saw it coming. And the fact that they never saw it coming perfectly explains the rise of Sanders and Trump.

A Trump Candidacy Is Good for the Democrats, But Bad for America

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.16.2017 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Either Sanders and Clinton will beat Trump. That will mean that America will be in a better place, ready to address many of our problems. But the residue of that presidential contest won't entirely disappear. Trump will emerge from his losing campaign as a man on a mission with a wounded ego and a large following.

Time to Step On the Gas

Tom Allon | Posted 02.02.2017 | New York
Tom Allon

New York City, the greatest metropolis in the world, looks great on the outside. There are gleaming luxury high-rise buildings, shiny new neighborhoods and energetic tourists everywhere. But looks are deceiving.

Roosevelt, Reagan and the Sanders Moment

Brian Leiter | Posted 01.31.2017 | Politics
Brian Leiter

FDR's presidency ended in 1980 with the election of Ronald Reagan, and Reagan has ruled ever since. As we face another potentially epoch-shifting presidential election, perhaps we would do well to remember that last one.

On the Eve of Iowa

William Bradley | Posted 02.01.2016 | Media
William Bradley

Voting is finally about to begin in the Republican and Democratic presidential primary contests. That's exciting. But it may not last.

Sherlock, Seinfeld, Gillibrand and Various Fripperies

Tom Alderman | Posted 01.26.2017 | Media
Tom Alderman

California drivers tend to think their turn signals are vestigial organs, something that exists existentially but doesn't really matter, which makes d...

Shameful U.S. History Repeating Itself

Mark Baer | Posted 12.14.2016 | Politics
Mark Baer

On November 28, 2015, my spouse and I went to see Trumbo, which is based upon the life of Dalton Trumbo and how it was impacted during one of the most shameful times in U.S. history -- the McCarthy era. The film interested me because of many comparable similarities today and because the father of close childhood friends of mine had been included on the Hollywood-blacklist.

Trump Cites FDR In 'Muslim Ban,' Gets Rebutted By FDR's Granddaughter

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics

Franklin Delano Roosevelt's family is furious that Donald Trump is invoking mass Japanese-American incarceration during World War II to justify the G...

When Does Political Correctness Go Too Far?

Michael Russnow | Posted 11.23.2016 | Education
Michael Russnow

Last week some students at Princeton petitioned the school to stop tributes to Woodrow Wilson, its former university president and, more importantly, our former U.S. president, including the possible renaming of the prestigious Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Henry Wallace: America's Forgotten Visionary Politician

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.16.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Henry Wallace, who died 50 years ago this week (November, 18 1965), was one of the most fascinating and controversial political figures in American history. One of the great "what if?" questions of the 20th century is how America might have been different if Wallace, rather than Harry Truman, had succeeded Franklin Roosevelt in the White House.

Another Tea Party Assault on Democracy

Carl Pope | Posted 10.12.2016 | Politics
Carl Pope

The Tea Party wing of the House Republican party is seeking changes in the rules and procedures. Changes designed to strip the Speaker of the ability to assemble a majority within the House and enable that majority to govern. They cloak their demands in the language of bottom-up democracy. But their complaints about John Boehner's leadership give away the game. 

The Sanders Saga: Why Is 'A Half-Baked Version of Tom Hayden' Beating the Clintons?

William Bradley | Posted 09.20.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

I think socialism is becoming popular sooner than I expected. With technology inexorably solving scarcity as it eliminates good-paying jobs, a push for a more socialist approach has seemed to me to be inevitable. But it's happening faster than I thought

The Islamic State's Murder of a Modern Day Monuments Man

Robert M. Edsel | Posted 08.21.2016 | Arts
Robert M. Edsel

Khaled al-Asaad, 83-year-old retired Syrian archaeologist known admiringly as "Mr. Palmyra" for his extraordinary knowledge of that revered 2,000 year-old Roman era city, has been killed.

Ignore the Fear Mongering on Social Security, Which is 80 Years Old Today and Still Healthy

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.14.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Alf Landon, the Kansas governor running as the Republican Party's 1936 presidential candidate, called it a "fraud on the working man." Silas Strawn, a former president of both the American Bar Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said it was part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's attempt to "Sovietize the country."

What About a Jobs Program?

Cynthia M. Koch | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Cynthia M. Koch

We need to summon the political will to create -- for the first time -- an American labor force of committed citizens that reaches across boundaries of class, race, gender, and religion and involves all Americans. Only then can those in despair envision a future in which they and their children live useful lives as contributing members of our society.

On Being American

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 06.16.2016 | Media
Nigel Hamilton

I became an American on Nov. 4, 2010, at an elegant ceremony in Great Hall of Bullfinch's Faneuil Hall, Boston, beneath a vast painting of Daniel Webster debating the preservation of the Union with Robert Hayne of South Carolina.

Seeking the Four Freedoms Is as Important Today as It Was 74 Years Ago

David Woolner | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics
David Woolner

Hillary Clinton's decision to hold the first major public rally of her campaign at Four Freedoms Park in New York City reminds us not only of the many challenges the United States has faced in the past, but also the many challenges we face today as we seek to build a better future for ourselves and for our children.

Hillary Clinton Speaks

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Clinton has been a polarizing figure throughout her career. In her Roosevelt Island speech, she portrayed herself as a fighter. But, ultimately, Clinton will have to be more publicly accountable for some of the legitimate questions that have been raised around her candidacy because they are not going away.

If You Like Social Security and Minimum Wage, Thank Frances Perkins

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.30.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Perkins, who died 50 years ago this month, is one of our nation's greatest heroines. Her remarkable life should inspire us to continue the battles she fought. Many of the issues she worked on -- including wage theft, discrimination against women workers and the rights of immigrant workers -- remain problems today. Anyone who fights for social justice stands on her shoulders.

Learning From Franklin Roosevelt: Trickle-Up Economics

Preeti Vissa | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

Roosevelt understood that people who feel they have an economic future and a sense of stability are more able to spend money and participate in our consumer-driven economy. That means more business and more profits for companies selling all sorts of goods and services. Sooner or later, even the CEOs benefit. Call it "trickle-up" economics.

The Case Against Political Dynasties in American Politics

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

What does history teach us about the wisdom of going the 'easy' route and voting for candidates from political dynasties? Does being part of such a dynasty impart one with greater political wisdom or a higher level of achievement?