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Exit Noise, Enter . . . ?

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Jack Schimmelman

I assure you that this president will go on to become one of our greatest. After denial has fled our shared amnesia, history will once again see that it was this tall, thin young man who stood between us and disaster and had the courage to do what was necessary.

Harry Reid Soars, Elizabeth Warren Shines

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

This column is about four senators who will have extraordinary roles to play in the coming hours and years, and what they tell us about the state of the union as 2012 comes to a close.

The Democrats Are the True Pro-Life Party

Robbie Gennet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

This election, the stakes are higher than ever and I'd like to encourage you to vote pro-life: vote for Democrats.

We're Only Halfway Toward Real Freedom

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 12.19.2012 | New York
Peter A. Georgescu

On a brilliant, bright sunny day in New York City, in the shadow of the United Nations building that Roosevelt worked so hard to create, I was moved by FDR's four freedoms. Four values which set good apart from evil.

The U.S. Is Not 1 Nation, But 2

The New Republic | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics

This election, we’ve heard a lot about divisions that define America. First it was the 99 percent and the 1 percent. Then it was the moochers and th...

How to Reduce Our Big Fat Deficit? Romney's Austerity Diet vs. Obama's New Deal 2.0 Work Out

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 12.06.2012 | Politics
Lisa Kaas Boyle

When Americans vote this November we are choosing between two plans to get America back in shape: a safe and proven 'work out' plan or an extreme diet that could leave the 1 percent fat while the rest of us starve.

Government: The Essential Safety Net

Vivien Hoexter | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Vivien Hoexter

Who do we think is going to provide the skills training that is needed for these workers to make successful transitions to new careers? And who will help with financial assistance while the training takes place?

Bill Clinton to Treasury

Brent Budowsky | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Today the economic pain in the nation is real, but for many Americans there has been an economic recovery. America has come a long way since Obama took office.

The Simple Message Dems Are Missing

Ira Chernus | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Ira Chernus

Barack Obama needs a good elevator speech. So does every political activist. It's the quick little speech you give a stranger you meet on an elevator about your group's goal, why it matters, and why that stranger should support you.

A New Beginning... Is It Possible?

Curtis Roosevelt | Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics
Curtis Roosevelt

It would be useful to begin a new Obama term with a firm critique of the first four years. What went wrong? Why was the president defeated at the mid-term elections in 2010?

First Lady Baby Naming Effect: Jacqueline vs. Hillary

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 10.27.2012 | Parents
Howard Steven Friedman

This striking effect of many American parents avoiding naming their children Hillary is a reflection of how polarizing a figure Hillary Clinton was (and still remains today) despite her current high approval ratings as Secretary of State.

The Gravy Trainwreck

Daniel P. Malito | Posted 10.13.2012 | Politics
Daniel P. Malito

Come on with me and take a trip back in time to see just how much we spent at some of the worst times in this country's history.

Obama's 'New Deal': Why the Republicans Hate FDR and Why Obama Must Become Him - Part 2

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

Republicans today, as in FDR's time, are not interested in economic recovery for the nation but in wealth creation for themselves and their campaign donors.

Why the Clintons Need Obama to Win: Uncertainty as Hillary Pushes the Big Geopolitical Pivot

William Bradley | Posted 09.12.2012 | World
William Bradley

If Hillary Clinton is to have the option of running for president in 2016, she needs a strong legacy as secretary of state, by far the most important post she's ever held.

FDR's 1936 Lessons for Obama

Stephen Schlesinger | Posted 07.13.2012 | Politics
Stephen Schlesinger

A Democratic president is in trouble. Few observers give him much of a chance. Yet he goes on to win in a landslide. That president was Franklin Delano Roosevelt; the year was 1936.

Austerity? Stimulus? Or Happiness?

Curtis Roosevelt | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
Curtis Roosevelt

What the business and financial people driving the economy have forgotten is that the gains they derive from profits produced by enterprise must be shared if our society is to function with any cohesion.

Fear Itself: Why the Republicans Hate FDR and Why Obama Must Become Him - Part 1

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The parallels between what happened during the Great Depression and what is happening now are striking. You would think that we would learn from history and apply some of the solutions that worked before. You would be wrong.

U.S. Jobs Report For June Shows Continued Economic Stagnation; This Is Not The "New Deal"

Sheldon Filger | Posted 09.05.2012 | Business
Sheldon Filger

It must be pointed out that even the exceedingly poor job creation figures of the past several months have been purchased at a very high opportunity cost.

The 'Fair Shot' vs. the 'To Do List' -- A Big Revealing Blah in the Presidential Race

William Bradley | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Naturally, what Romney is offering is not a Fair Deal, a New Deal, or even a TR-like Square Deal. It's not a deal at all, for there is a social compact inherent in such. It's a shot. Or a shake. Like one roll of the dice, or a turn at the roulette table of the Big Casino Economy.

Corporate Primacy Causes People Poverty

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Do Americans want a government of the people by the people for the people? Or do Americans want a government of the corporations by the corporations for the corporations, one dedicated to the proposition that the rich are better than everyone else?

The River Runoff Phenomenon

Frank A. Weil | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

Most citizens in advanced modern societies need and want many things, but also complain loudly and bitterly that they are surrounded by excesses, even...

Midway: 70th Anniversary of One of History's Most Pivotal Battles Came in Midst of Obama's Big Strategic Pivot to the Pacific

William Bradley | Posted 08.09.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Despite the lack of a glamorous locale, Midway was absolutely central to our past and present. And the big geopolitical pivot, again centered on the Pacific, now underway looks to be central to our future.

A Look Back at How Far We've Come

Douglas A. Staples | Posted 08.08.2012 | Impact
Douglas A. Staples

While most of the country is familiar with the name March of Dimes, few know the full scope of what this remarkable, uniquely American institution organization has done and is doing to create a healthier future for our children and our grandchildren.

Is It the Beginning of the End for the War on Pot?

Anthony Gregory | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Anthony Gregory

A clear majority of Americans now want to see marijuana legalized. What's more, the trend has been moving towards the pro-legalization position, and continues to do so.

Obama's and America's Remarkable Evolution on Gay Rights

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Peter Dreier

Historians will no doubt view President Obama's announcement favoring same-sex marriage as an historic statement, parallel to those of FDR on workers' rights and LBJ on civil rights. But like FDR and LBJ, Obama's endorsement was due to a combination of personal belief and political opportunity.