Julia Kurnik is also a co-author of this Guide.
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It was one year ago today that Hillary Clinton announced plans to suspend her campaign for the Democratic nomination, and urged her supporters to unite behind Barack Obama.
Rather than preach, build or spread democracy, we proved that our system works. By winning, Obama did more to teach the Iraqis about democracy than four years of nation building has done.
Eight years ago, the country was experiencing an entirely different sort of Inauguration Day. On January 20, 2001, people were outraged.
I've lived in Oslo for eleven years and, although I've rarely feared for my physical safety as an American abroad, I've taken pains not to advertise my citizenship.
After eight years of failed American policy in the Middle East, President Obama has the chance to reassert constructive American leadership in one of the most complex geopolitical regions of the world.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu called the Obama win "a new era" for all Americans and echoed the words of Martin Luther King saying Obama has brought a message of hope.
Democrats' ambivalence about aggression has been as much their downfall in prior elections as their irrational commitment to rationality -- their belief that good ideas sell themselves.
Pleasant emotions like hope, inspiration, joy, and well-earned pride literally open us. As the blinders of negativity fall away, we take in more of what surrounds us.
With the post-election analysis season almost over, it's worth taking one final look at some of the characters who ensured President-elect Obama would make it to the White House.
Does this 2008 Presidential election represent a realignment that puts Democrats in a commanding position for at least a generation?
In a poll commissioned by Planned Parenthood, Catholic voters' number-one response on family planning concerns were "too many unwanted children in America whose parents can't take care of them."
As our next President was elected, the entire world cheered with us, and what does the Prime Minister of Italy do? He described Senator Obama as "tanned."
I feel the Republicans' pain. I've been there. We all have And I remember it well. Not only the sour taste of defeat, but the desperation of despair.
We are crying because grandmas who were born into segregation and fought for the right to vote not just as women, but also as black Americans voted for our next president.
Unmarried women's crucial role in electing Obama is underscored by the "marriage gap" between their political preferences and those of married women.
On both values and issues, moderates line up with liberals to form a strong majority that isolates conservatives. Conservatives have had their day. This is a center-left, not a center-right nation.
It's clear that Obama is more knowledgeable about India than any previous American president. But there are those who argue that Obama would not be "good for India" in the way Bush has.
Though Europeans generally rejoiced in Barack Obama's election as 44th President of the US, a number of leading European lawmakers and journalists have made "foot-in-mouth comments."
Some soldiers' opinions I recently wrote about are theirs to have, even though they may be highly unpopular. Being unpopular does not, however, make their opinion any less valid nor criminal.
How long is the honeymoon going to last?
In selecting his team, Obama should look to future opportunities -- to how he can help solve the critical problems of the nation and the world -- and not to past obligations.
Obama's election represents a promise that in America, one can prosper and succeed in spite of, rather than simply because of, class, race or ethnic background.
President-Elect Obama's election affirms every child's life is of equal value and each child can strive to achieve at the highest level that his or her talent, discipline and hard work allow.
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