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60 Years in Journalism: 40 Years Since the Fall of Saigon

Irv Chapman | Posted 04.07.2015 | Media
Irv Chapman

I spent three months in the ABC Saigon Bureau in 1971, coming not from the States but from Moscow. An election was in progress. Vietnam had some 30 newspapers, all but one complaining that the voting was rigged, quite a contrast with the press in Soviet Russia.

12 Reasons Why Mitt Romney Should Not Have Run

John A. Tures | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

When Mitt Romney made his announcement that he wouldn't make another presidential run (for now), it didn't take long for pundits to add their thoughts. Some pointed out that Reagan won on his third presidential campaign. But the other 12 who tried since 1952 didn't.

My Son, a U.S. Marine

Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Gary S. Chafetz

Even though my radical liberalism has softened over the years, I've never come close to voting Republican. So I was stunned when my then 17-year-old son announced that he wanted to join the Marines.

Is Mitt Romney the Political Reincarnation of Hubert Humphrey?

Rich Rubino | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

A 2016 Romney candidacy seemed a bit farfetched in the immediate aftermath of 2012. Should Romney run for president again, he would be on the same trajectory as Democrat Hubert Humphrey. Will Romney suffer the same fate should he declare a third presidential candidacy?

Gary Hart and Richard Nixon, Pt. 1

Ken Toltz | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Ken Toltz

As a 1974 high school junior, I couldn't envision that a day would come 10 years later where I would join Hart's initial 1984 insurgent presidential campaign challenging establishment candidate VP Walter Mondale.

"I Question America" -- Remembering Fannie Lou Hamer's Famous Speech 50 Years Ago

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

To understand both the progress America has made, and the many challenges it now faces, in terms of racial justice, it is useful to remind ourselves of the battle that occurred a half century ago and the life of Ms. Fannie Lou Hamer.

When a Political Gaffe Torpedoes a Political Candidate

Rich Rubino | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

It is easy for even the most seasoned candidates to make a mistake. A political gaffe normally results in a few days of being taken off-message, defending or backtracking from one's comments. However, on rare occasions the gaffe is so major that a candidate cannot recover.

Eugene McCarthy Now a Non-Person in St. Paul

Al Eisele | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Al Eisele

The Saint Paul Grill has declared Gene McCarthy a non-person and you can no longer swill your favorite drink while he gazes over you. I wish I could hear what he would say about it. Too bad for a city that prides itself as one that pays homage to its history.

Jim Oberstar: Another of Minnesota's Iconic Figures

Al Eisele | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Al Eisele

Oberstar, 79, who died in his sleep May 3 at his home in Potomac, Maryland, joins a long line of Minnesotans who left their mark on the world.

All the Way on Broadway

Rob Taub | Posted 05.04.2014 | Arts
Rob Taub

My father told me many stories about LBJ, and I've read even more, so I can't imagine anyone better than Bryan Cranston playing him.

LBJ, BBQ Diplomacy, And The Great BBQ That Never Happened

Meathead | Posted 04.26.2014 | Taste
Meathead

Barbecue has been used as a tool in American political campaigns for more than 150 years.

Four Places of Honor in My Personal Archives

Al Eisele | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Al Eisele

I'm reading too many obituaries these days, but was struck by three that appeared in The Washington Post on Oct. 10 - which soon will publish its own obituary following its sale to Jeff Bezos.

In Politics, Loyalty to Your Boss May Be Hazardous to Your Political Career

Rich Rubino | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

This year marks the 45th anniversary of Vice President Hubert Humphrey's historic speech in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he broke with President Lyndon B. Johnson over U.S. policy in Vietnam.

The Establishment is Not Quite as Established as One Might Think

Rich Rubino | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

While an establishment candidate benefits from institutional support and an existing army of benefactors, they usually downplay this significant asset, trying to present themselves as independent-minded. However, once insurgents are elected, they become the face card of the establishment.

1968: A Dirty Election During a Dirty War

Conrad Black | Posted 08.10.2013 | Books
Conrad Black

2013-06-06-Conradbookcover.jpgIn a tragic time, with 400 conscripted servicemen dying every week in Vietnam and violence all over the country, the sacred privilege of the ballot was exercised at the end of a spectacularly reprehensible effort to manipulate the 1968 election.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Talks New Autobiography, 'Total Recall,' in Google+ Hangout (VIDEO)

Shira Lazar | Posted 12.08.2012 | Celebrity
Shira Lazar

Action superstar, influential political figure and all-around pop culture icon Arnold Schwarzenegger took to Google Plus Friday to promote his new tell-all autobiography, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.

What We Can Teach Our Kids About the Conventions

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

I fell in love with politics as a kid when I first heard the soaring cadence of John F. Kennedy's acceptance speech when he was nominated for President in 1960. I became a political junkie right then and there.

Lessons from a Happy Warrior for Social Justice

Eric Schwartz | Posted 07.20.2012 | Politics
Eric Schwartz

While President Obama and Mitt Romney have very different ideas about how to promote progress for those at the bottom of the economic ladder, the fact that prominent Democrats and Republicans are now debating inequality and social mobility is a welcome sign.

Eric Holder v. Rick Perry: Voting Rights v. States' Rights

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 09.11.2012 | Black Voices
Ian Reifowitz

Eric Holder, Attorney General of the U.S., and the Department of Justice have vowed to fight for the right to vote by oppposing the Texas Voter ID laws, as well as the restrictive voting laws passed in Florida and other states.

The Obama Defection: Former Supporters Turn On the President

Danny Schechter | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics
Danny Schechter

Obama is under fire from his own supporters for failures and perceived betrayals linked in large part to his foreign policy, not health care or advocacy for it sex marriage or immigration reform.

Pragmatic Snowe's Departure From Senate a Shock but Not a Surprise

Jim DiPeso | Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics
Jim DiPeso

Olympia Snowe's ethic of reaching across the aisle to solve the nation's problems seems a relic of a bygone time, when politics was the art of the possible rather than trench warfare.

'Don't Shoot: We Are Your Children'

www.salon.com | Posted 11.30.2011 | Fifty

Conventional wisdom guru John Heileman suggested yesterday in New York magazine that the next phase of the Occupy Wall Street movement might be "about...

Jon Ward

Former Pawlenty Colleagues, Mentors Don't Recognize The Man Running For President

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON – Those who have known Tim Pawlenty for a long time are stumped by a simple question: What happened to him? It's not just his presiden...

Medicare: 45 Years and Going Strong -- We Must Protect It

Rep. John D. Dingell | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Rep. John D. Dingell

For the Republicans to say they are reforming Medicare, not ending it, is like putting feathers on a fish and trying to say it is a duck; you aren't fooling this poor Polish lawyer into believing it is the same program.

Sins of Commission: The 40th Anniversary of the Illustrated Presidential Report of the Commission on Obscenity and Pornography

Robert Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Robert Brenner

I used to housesit for this hippie couple when I was a teenager. While they were away, I searched their home for porn. This was the early 1970s; you c...