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The Vitality of American Promise

Andrew Sargus Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Sargus Klein

After a year focused on health care, procedure and polling, the House's passage of HR 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, late Sunday night clearly alleviated a great amount of strain.

Obama Poll Watch -- February, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The president's approval and disapproval numbers are within kissing distance. When will Obama turn this around? Will he turn this around?

Understanding Dick Cheney: The Power of the Undefeated Ex-VP

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Dick Cheney occupies a historically unique position: He is an ex-VP who left office electorally undefeated and has not sought the Presidency. As a result, he retains some of the trappings of an undefeated elder statesman.

Lessons in American Leadership, on Presidents Day 2010

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nigel Hamilton

Almost every president we have elected in the past seven decades has sought to advance the fortunes of the US empire and the free world. Their lessons in governance, for good and ill, are our lessons.

Obama Poll Watch -- January, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.03.2010 | Politics
Chris Weigant

After taking a look at Obama's numbers for the month, we continue our march backwards through history, this month serving up a comparison between Obama and Richard Nixon's term-and-a-half.

Obama Must Reframe The Debate

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on, the premier source for youth-generated news throughout the globe. By: Will Nelligan In just a few hours, Pre...

Great Speech, Mr. President: But Are You Ready to Deliver?

Steven Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Hill

Call it the "audacity of governing." It's time for battle. If Obama cares about the country as much as he says, and believes in his ideas as much as he professes, he will pull out all the tools at his disposal.

The 41 Percent Majority

Kara Vallow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kara Vallow

So much for reconciliation -- apparently, when the GOP uses it, it's a legitimate legislative tool, but the Democrats refuse to touch the one potent weapon at hand.

The Last Great Bartender

Ted Goeglein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ted Goeglein

To channel Andy Rooney, did you ever notice how local publications are obsessed with covering "The Best (fill in the blank: pizza, pedicure, pediatrician, Pad Thai, pet-walker, etc.) in Chicago!"

Thankful, Well Not So Very Much

Chris Durang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Durang

I have many things I feel thankful about in my life. But in terms of our country and our planet -- hmmm. Not feeling so confident, so up, so grateful. And about Barack Obama -- well I feel very disappointed. There, I've said it.

Dem Leaders in 1965: "Filibuster Threat Is Too Daunting -- So Let's Just Drop This Civil Rights Crap"

Martin Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martin Lewis

It's March 16, 1965. We have a Democratic President. We have large Democratic majorities in both the House and the Senate. It's long been part of the progressive and liberal platform...

Bill Moyers Plays LBJ Tapes, Draws Similarities With Obama

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Friday night, Bill Moyers played clips from the Lyndon B. Johnson tapes on his PBS television show. Moyers drew correlations between the factors f...

Health 'Opt-Out': Brilliant Maneuver or Crippling Compromise?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The opt-out is a hard blow to the public option, and potentially a crippling one. When a solution sounds too good to be true -- we can compromise and still get everything we want! -- it probably is.

Ryan Grim

Battle Between Broder And Reid Heats Up: Broder Comments 'Mind-Boggling' | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

David Broder simply doesn't understand the way that today's Senate operates, Jim Manley concluded on Wednesday. Manley, the senior communications advi...

The Kennedy Assassination: New Details About the Transfer of Power

Steven M. Gillon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Steven M. Gillon

Exactly when did doctors give up their efforts to save Kennedy's life? And when did Lyndon Johnson learn that JFK was dead?

The Cowardice of Machismo

Philip Slater | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Slater

Men are mentally crippled by the overwhelming irrelevancy of traditional male gender training, which robs them of the mental flexibility necessary to deal with the complex world we actually inhabit.

Health Care Reform Struggle Will Not End This Year

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

No matter what healthcare bill passes, it is not going to remain static. It is going to be revisited again and again over the next few decades. That's how lawmaking works.

In 1963, A First State Dinner For The Record Books

Meathead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

LBJ's first state dinner was a barbecue in Texas for West German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard. No politician ever used the conviviality and informality of eating outdoors better than the 36th president.

Texas, the Eyes of Justice Are Upon You

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Moyers

While so many Texans have fought and are fighting the good fight in the Judge William Wayne Justice tradition, others believe in the law only when it sides with them.

Because Bipartisanship Is Dead Until 2011: A Defense of Senate Moderates

John R. Bohrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John R. Bohrer

The GOP cannot even claim credit for bringing the bills to the middle of the road -- the Democrats are hogging all of it. And that is a good thing, despite what some may think.

The Time The President Didn't Intervene

John R. Bohrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John R. Bohrer

In the first year of his first elected term, Lyndon Johnson made the presidency look easy. Landmark bills on education, health care and civil rights were flying through Congress. But he stayed out of New York politics.

To Succeed, Obama Needs to Channel His Inner LBJ

Steven Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Hill

When it comes to Obama lining up votes from recalcitrant members of his own party, LBJ's brawling, Southern style of trench politics is the one best suited for the current health care reform challenge.

President Obama will Pay Lip Service to the Public Option in his Congress Speech, and Scrap it Later

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The mixed signal from Obama and the flat rejection by Baucus is simply the latest in the long line of neon bright warnings that the public option will go when it's crunch time.

Have We Become Numb to War?

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joan E. Dowlin

What has happened to the anti-war movement of old? Why have we as a nation allowed two simultaneous wars to be waged in our name?

Calling Mr. Smith, Not Mr. Rogers

Dan Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Siegel

We are starved for a leader who can express righteous indignation against the corrupt forces who have emptied the public purse while bidding for the powers that be.