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Torture, Hostage Taking, and the Fundamental Immorality of Nuclear Weapons

Nobuo Hayashi | Posted 06.24.2015 | World
Nobuo Hayashi

Just as we consider torture and hostage taking unjustifiable under any circumstances, we deem the use and threat of nuclear weapons fundamentally unethical. There is a need for a political consensus on their unacceptability.

Friday Talking Points -- Obamacare Fails to Kill Jobs, Once Again

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. is this week's Most Impressive Democrat of the Week award-winner, for doing a much better job arguing the case for President Obama's interpretation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act before the Supreme Court than he did the last time around.

Was Iran's Nominee for the UN Ambassador Involved in the 1979 Hostage Taking?

Omid Memarian | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Omid Memarian

Ebrahim Asgharzadeh who was amongst the leading figures of occupying the U.S. embassy, told me in an interview from Tehran that the Iranian diplomat was not involved in any decision-making circles in the "hostage operation."

Obama Bouncing Back?

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This may all be starry-eyed optimism, I fully admit (this whole column is going to be pretty rosy-tinted, just to warn everyone). But it does have some basis in reality.

Debt-Ceiling and Government Shutdown: The Way Out

Paul Abrams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Not only do I heartily endorse the president's "no negotiation" stance, I believe I was the first to suggest it, preceding the first debt-ceiling fiasco by six months, before it was even a gleam in the Koch Boys' eyes.

Demand GOP Hostage Takers Put Down the Gun They Have Pointed at the American Economy

Robert Creamer | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
Robert Creamer

This current manmade crisis is one in a series of Republican hostage-taking episodes. In each case the GOP threatens blow up the economy if it doesn't get what it wants. We simply can't allow the GOP to force its unpopular austerity proposals on the country through these undemocratic means.

Disarm the Hostage Bomb -- Stop Governing Based on Threats, Intimidation and Lies

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics
Dave Johnson

A nation whose constitution begins with the words "We, the People" should not be governed through threats and intimidation and lies. It is time to de...

Rep. Ellison Challenges Dems: Don't Let GOP 'Stick A Gun To Our Head And Hold Us Hostage'

Posted 01.08.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) argues that progressive values should shape fiscal negotiations, and spoke to HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill on Monday ...

Don't Feed the Debt-Ceiling Trolls

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.06.2013 | Business
Dave Johnson

Our country is now governed by crisis. We go from crisis to crisis because causing a crisis and making everyone panic works. But it only works if we let it work.

Jason Linkins

David Brooks Thinks It Would Be Sporting If The GOP Would Hold Off On Threatening The Global Economy For A Year | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

Over in the op-ed pages of The New York Times, David Brooks continues his reliable Ahab act, yearning to see some sort of "Grand Bargain" harpooned an...

Republican Hostage-Taking Threat Again! Guess Who Benefits?

Dave Johnson | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Republicans are holding government hostage, trying to force through cuts to the things We, the People -- "the 99%" -- do for each other and our economy, while giving handouts to the 1%. Once again they are threatening to shut down the whole government if they don't get their way.

Jason Linkins

Beltway Media Slain By Satire | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.29.2011 | Media

Washington, D.C., was the scene of a devastating satirical attack this morning, as a tweet from The Onion, the well-known fake-news site, intersected with the most humorless residents of the most self-absorbed city in the world, touching off a tsunami of ultra-seriousness.

The Hostage-Taking Metaphor Paints Democrats As Weak

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Democrats need to stop saying, in effect, "the other guys are strong and we're weak." It's lame and whiny and no way for a party to brand itself.

Dems Should Vote for Clean Debt Limit Bill

Dave Johnson | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

As a result of Reagan-era changes, our trade deficits soared, wages stagnated, pensions disappeared, and a few extremely wealthy started getting much, much richer.

Making the Hunters the Hunted: Exploring Hostage-Rescue

Heather Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Heather Robinson

In 2004, Dan O'Shea, a Navy SEAL officer and commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves, served as Coordinator of the Hostage Working Group (HWG) in Baghdad...

The Debt-Ceiling Threat To Gut The Things Government Does For Us

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture. I am a Fellow with CAF. The country's huge debt wa...

Prevent Hostage-Taking: Add Debt Ceiling To Tax Deal!

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture. I am a Fellow with CAF. If you like your Social Se...