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Dorothy Height: Extraordinary American Heroine

Mike Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Green

This is a petition to the publishers, producers and editors in all the network news organizations and 24-hour cable news channels. Across the spectrum...

American History Revised -- 200 Startling Facts

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Fern Siegel

Seymour Morris's new book is eye-opening and lively. It's a potent reminder that real history, not the tabloid fodder sprayed across the nightly news, is often made far from the limelight.

Michael Tomasky's Despairing Take on American History

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Tomasky's notion that anything that happened before today cannot be adequately invoked to derive lessons or guidance negates the very idea of looking to history for inspiration, hope, and direction.

Biography of an American Voter

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

There's a substantial pool of older voters who voted for the winner in every Presidential election since 1960. But given the huge ideological differences involved, how can this be?

Obama Poll Watch -- May, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Will Obama's presidency wind up charting a similar course as Carter, or will he recover as Reagan did? Only a fool would even contemplate making such a prediction at this point, that's all that really can be said.

Mayor Daley Called LBJ After King Assassination: 'We're In Trouble'

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Never-before-heard recordings of Daley, father of Chicago's current mayor, and Johnson discussing sending troops to the city were released Tuesday by ...

The Tea Party: Is It A Revival of American Ideals or Merely Alice in Wonderland?

Wayne Trujillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Wayne Trujillo

While the movement fashioned its image to reflect the Boston Tea Party, it more resembles the Alice in Wonderland Tea Party, full of paradoxes, naivety, hypocrisy and conundrums.

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.