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Where Are We?

Stephen Gyllenhaal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Gyllenhaal

I was deep in a bad traffic jam last night, wondering how many of us nowadays just work too damn hard -- lemmings -- barely having time to breathe -- ...

The Second Coming

Kyle Shamberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kyle Shamberg

The left has moved farther left, the right has moved farther right, and all lines of communication between the two sides have been cut off. This is a dangerous trend, and one that we must reverse.

Where Miliband Meets Obama

Indra Adnan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Indra Adnan

Obama and Miliband have this in common: despite their strong left-wing credentials, neither are wholly committed to the historical, ideological frameworks of their parties.

VIDEO: Obama is Just a President

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tina Dupuy

Tyrannical super genius? Mythological fix-it-all? Who is Barack Obama!? I've discovered through exhaustive research America voted for and got a presid...

The Blame Game

Adam Neiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Neiman

I don't blame the "professional left" or Robert Gibbs or Obama or even Rahm Emmanuel. I blame me. I was one of the last pragmatic progressives that swung from Hillary to Obama.

"Solutions for America" Offered

Ernest Istook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ernest Istook

Liberal critics will doubtlessly assail Heritage's latest 128 policy recommendations. But nobody should pretend that conservatives are devoid of good ideas. And America would be better by listening to them.

8 Reasons Leftists Should be Pro-Israel

Alan Krinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alan Krinsky

It is time for Leftists to become outraged not over Israel, but over the distortions and demonization of Israel on college campuses and at the United Nations and throughout the media and politics.

Gordon Brown Offered Role on 30 Rock

Ruth Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ruth Fowler

Gordon Brown's '30 Rock' moment was sublime. Like Liz Lemon ranting while still on mic, Gordon smiled and told the woman he had just visited, to "take care," before clambering into his limo to complain, "She is just a sort of bigoted woman."

Julia Gillard: Australia's First Female Prime Minister

Alex Rafalowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alex Rafalowicz

Thursday in Canberra, Julia Gillard emerged from a meeting of the parliamentary Labor Party ('the caucus') as the new leader of the Australian Labor Party (ALP).

In Berlin, Cars Burn as Neighborhoods Change

David Dagan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Dagan

Fikret Arik had owned his BMW for less than two years when he watched it go up in flames last October in the courtyard of his apartment building. The blaze was no accident.

Professors: Being Unbiased In Classroom 'Impossible'

Vermont Cynic | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

At a school known for both its liberal students and professors, some students question whether their tuition money is paying for the facts or a profes...

'Free Speech': Who's Listening?

Jim Selman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Selman

One of the paradoxes of a free and democratic society is that it only takes a few committed and fanatical people to screw up the system for every one.

Liner Notes for a Freedom Seder: 4 Questions for the Jews This Passover

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

Before Passover is over, then, let's not pass over the would-be pharaohs of the present age. Let's ask (at least) four more questions, and in asking, remember what history asks of us:

A Recipe for Civil Political Discourse

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jim Taylor

Is it even possible to have a civil and substantive conversation about politics between people of differing (opposing!) ideologies these days?

The New York Times Buries the Lead

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

I have never believed that The Times news reports were shaped by its editorial positions. But, the lame headline on Thursday's Taliban story, gives fair-minded readers every right to question the influence of The New York Times' editorial board on its news pages.

Windows and Mirrors

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

Any house we want to inhabit should have numerous windows and mirrors. The windows are needed so we can see what is going on outside the house and mirrors so we can reflect for self-improvement.

Watch Long Island For the New Right Wing Groundswell

B.D. Gallof | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
B.D. Gallof

Today we will see the crawl, but next year we will see the running. The bouillabaisse of discontent has been churning, and this year's minority will be a movement looking to step up.

Down with Demonology: The Left Can Do Better

Nancy Wadsworth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Nancy Wadsworth

In my division at DU of over 70 professors, I can count the number of tenure-track faculty of color on one hand. In DU's service and maintenance position ranks, the demographics are reversed.

Remembering August

Vanessa Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vanessa Carmichael

It would be great if senators listened to all the polls the left likes to cite when defending the public option. I suppose polls are hard to pay attention to when August is still vivid in your mind.

Talk Radio Inciting Violence? What Happened to Listener Discernment?

Michael D. Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael D. Brown

We should never refrain from expressing our opinions with emotions and passions for fear that the nut case will hear it wrong and act out violently.

Cedric Perrier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cedric Perrier

In the last six months alone, we have begun to see the rise of the electronic electorate and with it a real prospect for the growth of Referendum politics.

Obama and the Left, Part 432 (And Counting)

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

We need progressive groups in regular in-depth policy meetings with the administration, even if that means they have to soft-pedal their criticisms some of the time to keep that access.

A Reasonable Observer's Response to the Torture Memos

Martha St Jean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martha St Jean

The Bush torture memos have provided more questions than answers. Where were the "reasonable observers" who should have given dissenting viewpoints based on legal and moral ramifications?

The Immorality of Intolerance and Inconsistency

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

The inconsistent standards by which Gingrich, Cheney and Republicans are judging Obama are troubling.

The Left isn't Leaving Obama -- Yet

Rupert Russell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rupert Russell

Pundits have criticized last week's announcements on the new bank bailout and Afghanistan. Yet, a crack up of the Democratic coalition or fracturing of the progressive movement it is not.