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10 Things Obama Can Do ASAP

Randi Rhodes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randi Rhodes

President Elect Obama (smiling broadly) should do ten things as soon as possible: 2. Speak publicly about his regulatory intentions for banks and send a transition team to Treasury.

The Other Side of Paradise, Part 2

Scott Kesterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Kesterson

Talking about the election, the Staff Sergeant said to me, "If there is anything I take away from this, it is that change is fearful."

Community Organizer of the World

Joan Garry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan Garry

Obama stands today as the president-elect of the United States because of his credential as a community organizer. What a delicious irony.

Obama!

Peter Clothier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Clothier

As a man whose very humanity is a complex blend of national and racial identity, Obama has the look of a person who transcends the old categories we must now discard.

Election NYC

Susan Sawyers | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Sawyers

Instead of long lines and/or a "dark side," I met a handful of people who were excited and hopeful about a change in administration and international perception of the United States.

Supposedly Safe GOP House Seat in CA Too Close To Call

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

Despite voting with George W. Bush 94.4% of the time, this fall Calvert distributed mailers without a single mention that he belonged to the Republican party, proclaiming himself "An Independent."

Can We Please Have A Pro-Choice, Pro-Environment Secretary of State?

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

The new Secretary of State will deal with whatever replaces the Kyoto agreement. Hagel has a 9% 2008 rating from the League of Conservation Voters. Lugar scores 18%. Are they really the best people for the job?

Obama Takes His Outside Game to the Inside

Margaret Carlson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Margaret Carlson

For a day at least, let's stop and celebrate the improbable assumption of the highest office in the land by this outsider with no birthright, no connections, no mentors.

Obama's Grammatically Incorrect Election Victory

Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

The past tense of "Yes, we can" is not "Yes, we did" but "Yes, we could." But that just sounds weird. The correct phrase should be "Yes, we were able to," but that just sounds too clunky and verbose.

A Landslide Victory for Obama In Antarctica

Todd Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Todd Carmichael

The main reason I voted for Obama is because of the effects of climate change I've witnessed first-hand here in Antarctica.

A Night of Tears

Charles Warner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Charles Warner

A few moments after 11:00 p.m. MSNBC projected the winner, and I began to weep uncontrollably. I can't remember ever crying so hard.

Yes We Can

Nancy Chuda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Chuda

President Obama will build that bridge everywhere he goes -- he will connect, one person to another --giving them the ability to leap from faith to future.

The Winners and Losers of Campaign '08

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Winners: The Davids - Axelrod and Plouffe: they spearheaded a near flawless campaign. Katie Couric: her multi-part interview with Sarah Palin was the turning point in how the country saw Palin -- and by extension John McCain. And she did it in a way that left no room for accusations of being unfair or playing "Gotcha!" Michelle Obama: smarts, grace, style, charm, and a serious "good mommy" vibe -- she's got the whole package. Losers: Joe Lieberman: failed to deliver Democrats, independents, or Jews. And on the way to losing his committee chairmanships. Liddy Dole: her "Godless" ad will be taught in What Not To Do poli sci classes for a century. Joe the Plumber: the clock just hit 15 minutes, and the wakeup call will not be pleasant.

Letters to President Obama from Fourth Graders in Harlem

Lauren Rubinfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lauren Rubinfeld

Dear President Obama, My name is Shareef and I am writing to you to say congratulations on being the first black President. Your wife must be very proud of you.

Yes We Did!

Marianne Williamson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marianne Williamson

The Obama phenomenon did not come out of nowhere. It emerged as much from our story as from his; as much from our yearning for meaning as from his ambition.

Yes Business Can

Howard Schultz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Howard Schultz

In tough times like these, many believe that investments in people and training can wait; that corporate social responsibility can be put on the back burner. I believe passionately that this is precisely what American business leaders should not be doing today.

A Victory For Progressive Change

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

I look forward to working with the entire progressive community in the months to come as we turn our focus away from elections and toward governing so we can quickly get our nation back on track.

The Vision of the Hip-Hop Generation

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Russell Simmons

The election of Barack Obama, a resounding progressive voice, is a clear reflection of hip-hop politics, and a beautiful testament to the American collective consciousness that is flowering.

When Your Best Speech is Your Concession, What's Wrong?

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

If the only time you can actually speak from your heart is when you have lost, then why are you running? What good are you doing anyone, including yourself?

Obama: Globalization of Joy

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Diane Francis

Chicago's Grant Park was filled to the brim with half a million happy, cheering Americans from every socio-economic slice of America's multicultural society.

A Transformational Presidency?

Katrina vanden Heuvel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Katrina vanden Heuvel

With the country at an ideological watershed, Obama has a historic opportunity to reshape the ruling paradigm of American politics.

Pro-Choice Victories in the 2008 Election

Nancy Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Keenan

Last night, while standing just a few feet from the podium from which our next pro-choice president spoke, I was overcome with pride and emotion.

How About Those White People?

Susan Madrak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Madrak

Elections aren't about intellect. They're about emotion. That's why people so often vote against their own interests.

The Long Exhale

Sasha Abramsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sasha Abramsky

The tears running down my face last night and this morning were of something so much more than happiness, so much more than simple relief. They were an exhalation.

The Mortgage Crisis: A Modest Proposal

Howard Schweber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Schweber

In dealing with the mortgage crisis it is critical to keep people in their houses. To do that we have to have ways to renegotiate their mortgages.