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Howard Fineman

Howard Fineman

Planet Politics: The U.S. Is Back, But Still Cautious In The World | Howard Fineman | Posted 01.21.2015 | 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...

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The Rise Of Corruptionism | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics

SIEM REAP, Cambodia –- In a courtyard of Angkor Wat, the famous 12th century Hindu/Buddhist temple here, a policeman approached me as I was taking p...

Is 'House Of Cards' Just 'Power Porn'?

Posted 02.19.2014 | TV

For some people, "House of Cards" is entertaining binge candy, and for others, it's power porn. Howard Fineman, editorial director of the Huffingto...

Here's Why Joe Biden Could Never Be Like Frank Underwood

The Huffington Post | Byron Kittle | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics

Joe Biden has made headlines for some questionable gaffes and eyebrow-raising behavior during his tenure as vice president, but would he use the quest...

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Senator Earns Historic Spelling Bee Victory | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Every year, children around the U.S. gather up their courage to compete on the biggest of stages in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. F...

If We Are Political Extremists, How Can We Make That Work?

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Molly Alexander Darden

Coming to terms with sharply opposing viewpoints is neither easy nor quick but, for the good of us all, we must try. It takes patience and the strong will and determination to resolve our differences, and we can use a particular set of communication skills to facilitate the process.

Fineman: Bachmann's 'Got A Point' On Syria

The Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics

HuffPost Media Group Editorial Director Howard Fineman didn't have kind words for Michele Bachmann when it came to her feud with Karl Rove, but he adm...

Political Read: Psy, Katy Perry And Journalism In DC

Howard Fineman | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics
Howard Fineman

WASHINGTON -- Lord help me, but I like Katy Perry. She had that one album of pop as perfectly synthetic as Cheez Whiz and as hooky as Neil Sedaka in h...

Obama's Cultural Power

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics

President Obama has the kind of power that most politicians can't touch: cultural power. In my piece today on the relationship between the preside...

Confessions of a Lowbrow

Susan Orlins | Posted 04.21.2013 | Comedy
Susan Orlins

I like Oprah not Opera. Country not Classical. I prefer Silence to any Music at all. I choose Breakfast at Tiffany's over My Dinner With Andre. I'm a...

WATCH: Arianna Discusses The Challenges Of Obama's Second Term

Huff TV | Posted 03.17.2013 | Media
Huff TV

On Tuesday, Arianna appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to discuss The Huffington Post's new reporting series, "The Road Forward: Obama's Second-Term Ch...

Race to the Bottom

Howard Fineman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Howard Fineman

I had my first sit-down with Barack Obama in his Senate office. The sun was streaming in. He came around from behind his desk with that beaming smile, his tie loosened. He sat in a deep chair, his feet up on the coffee table. I was taken with his confidence, talent, grasp of the issues and buoyant charm: the real deal. That was early in 2007. Later that year I sat down with Mitt Romney on the Republican primary-season campaign trail. I had interviewed him years earlier, at his suburban Boston home. He hadn't changed a bit: chilly smile, wary but gracious, well informed, a mix of a steely mind, ferocious ambition and earnest Mormon good will: a class act. Today I ask: where did those two men go? Or were they mirages? The way both have campaigned this year makes me wonder. Is there something about the presidency -- or the pursuit of it -- that attacks the character of men and women under its spell?

Race To The Bottom

Howard Fineman | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Howard Fineman

It has been a good ol' American war over Who Gets What.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Huffington & Matalin on Mitt's Do-or-Die Debate in Denver

HuffPost Radio | Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpg Arianna and Mary differ on Obama's new lead and preview the first debate: Arianna thinks Romney needs to surprise us with humor and details while Mary suggests a Q for Obama.

Critical Musings on the RNC From a Tampa Resident

Gary Stein | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Gary Stein

The buses have finally left, the barricades are being sent to wherever they came from, and Tampa is getting back to normal, whatever that is. I took ...

I Get Breathing Lessons At HuffPost Oasis, Then A Shouting Match On 'Hardball'

Howard Fineman | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Howard Fineman

So first I got soothing breathing lessons. Then I got into a televised shouting match on "Hardball." I'm not sure whether there is a relationship between the two events. Maybe New Age therapy made me do it. Here's the story.