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Mitch McConnell Discusses The Current State Of American Politics

The Huffington Post | Madeline Diamond | Posted 07.12.2016 | HuffPost Live 321


Trumps Of The World

The Huffington Post | Howard Fineman | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump was not the first. Nor is he alone. Nor will his message fade, even if he loses big in November. In the U.K., he’s pro-Br...

WATCH LIVE: Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Sits Down With Howard Fineman

HuffPost | Kira Brekke | Posted 06.14.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

Join Howard Fineman, the global editorial director of The Huffington Post Media Group, as he sits down with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.29.2016 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week Donald Trump crossed the delegate threshold he needs to secure the Republican nomination. And the nation crossed the danger threshold of electing the most unstable, unready and extreme president in U.S. history. But not to worry, says Paul Manafort. In an interview with HuffPost's Howard Fineman, the Trump campaign manager assures us Trump will show America he can "fill the chair." And that ban on Muslims? "He's already started moderating on that," Manafort said. "He operates by starting the conversation at the outer edges and then brings it back towards the middle. Within his comfort zone, he'll soften it some more." The problem is that softened racism, xenophobia and misogyny are no less dangerous. Though the media, which has already retreated to horserace coverage, won't call Trump out, others will. Sheila Foster Anthony, sister of the late Vince Foster, spoke up about Trump's airing of conspiracy theories about her brother's death. "It is beyond contempt," she wrote, "that a politician would use a family tragedy to further his candidacy." But that's where Trump lives. And it should never be a part of America's comfort zone.

Hillary Bets Big On Kentucky's Democratic Derby

The Huffington Post | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- If the Kentucky Democratic primary were the Derby, Hillary Clinton would be racing around the track a dozen times right now, passin...

The Real New York Results Are Already In -- And The Winner Is Nastiness

The Huffington Post | Howard Fineman | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Even before votes are counted in the primary here, the future of the 2016 race is clear: Big wins by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will...

Trumpism Is At Large In The U.S. -- And Around The World

The Huffington Post | Howard Fineman | Posted 03.16.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- “Then came Paris,” said Donald Trump, by way of explanation. He was speaking Tuesday night, after taking his largest step yet toward...

In A Houston Megachurch, Bad Omens For Trump And The GOP Come November

The Huffington Post | Howard Fineman | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics

HOUSTON -- If today’s Republican Party had a mother church, it might be Joel Osteen’s suburban Lakewood Church, an evangelical outreach machine wi...

Bernie Sanders Was Already Running In 2014

The Huffington Post | Howard Fineman | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On an early summer day in 2014, I got a call from Mike Briggs, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ press secretary. Briggs had been a reporter in an ...

The 2-Party System Is Supposed To Stop People Like Trump. It's Not.

The Huffington Post | Howard Fineman | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- France and the United States think of themselves as sibling founders of modern republican democracy -- and of a two-party system that sh...

Planet Politics: More Than We Admit, Trump Is Us

The Huffington Post | Howard Fineman | Posted 07.27.2015 | Entertainment

WASHINGTON – In person, Donald Trump is a bit larger than life. He is tall, and his shelf of tangerine hair makes him appear taller. He exudes a cal...

What You Should Really Be Celebrating This 4th Of July

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.04.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is presumably what you're celebrating on Independence Day this Saturday -- and hot dogs, beer and fireworks...

Why Gay Marriage Poses A 'Difficult' Problem For Pope Francis

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion

One of the most seminal moments of Pope Francis' papacy thus far was his response to a question about gay priests in 2013. His answer: "If someone is ...

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Planet Politics: What The Iran Deal Means For Obama's Foreign Policy Legacy | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- His hair almost fully gray now, his tone somber but earnestly hopeful, President Barack Obama stood in the White House Rose Garden Thurs...

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The Presidential Bid Of Ted Cruz, The Reddest Meat Of The Right | Howard Fineman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The audience should have belonged to Sen. Rand Paul. After all, the thousand or so clean-cut millennials in the D.C.-area ballroom were ...

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Planet Politics: The U.S. Is Back, But Still Cautious In The World | Howard Fineman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics

The speech is, after all, called the State of the Union, not the State of the World. So perhaps President Barack Obama can be excused for dwelling on the American economy in his remarks Tuesday night, and all but ignoring the economic and political crises of the planet. There was lots of talk about how the U.S. has come back from the Great Recession, and about the president's plan (which the Republican-dominated Congress is likely to reject) to use new government programs and tax cuts to make up for the troubling stagnation of middle-class wages. But however assertive Obama was about the durability and creativity of the U.S. economy, he had little to say about global matters -- from economics to terrorism to the environment.

Is Charlie Hebdo's Newest Cover Since The Massacre 'Brilliant' Or 'Soft'?

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 01.14.2015 | Media

The highly-anticipated Charlie Hebdo cover released on Monday featuring the Prophet Muhammad holding a sign that reads "Je Suis Charlie" yielded vario...

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Planet Politics: America's Bloody Conscience | Howard Fineman | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fourteen years ago, Sen. John McCain took his wife and son with him back to Hanoi, Vietnam, where he had spent six years as a suffering ...

What It's Really Like To Grow Up In The White House

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

Speaking ill of the first daughters resulted in the resignation of a GOP staffer this week, reigniting the conversation about when it is and is not ac...

Inside The Complex Climate Of European Politics

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 11.10.2014 | World

The Huffington Post is in the unique position of having editors all over the world who can offer their perspectives and expertise on the most relevant...

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Dear World: No, America Is Still Not United | Howard Fineman | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- It would be nice to think that, after years of ever-deeper anger, division and paralysis, the U.S. government would unite -- out of exhau...

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Mitch vs. Alison Isn't Over Yet | Howard Fineman | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Coal miners used to take canaries with them underground, where a dying bird would signal the presence of poison gases. In Kentucky’...

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Iowa Probe: A Ditch For Mitch? | Howard Fineman | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The five words a senator least likes to hear are not “you have lost the election.” They are “the federal investigation is ongoing....

With Nixon's Resignation, an Era of Division Began

Keith Runyon | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Keith Runyon

Our long national nightmare may have ended on August 9, 1974, but many more very bad dreams were yet to come.

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Middle Kingdom In The Middle | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

BEIJING -- Vladimir Putin is coming to China this week. So is Ban Ki-Moon, the secretary general of the United Nations. Not to mention Hassan Rouhani...