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The Radical Politics of Mister Rogers: 10 Fascinating Facts

Michael G. Long | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Michael G. Long

Fred Rogers was a gentle soul who liked us just as we are. But if we place him in historical context, we can see that he was also politically progressive and fiercely dedicated to sharing his values of radical nonviolence and justice.

I'm a liberal. I eat at Applebee's.

David Akadjian | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
David Akadjian

People laugh when I profess my love of Applebee's. My liberal friends make fun of me because it's a chain restaurant. My conservative friends laugh because it goes against stereotype.

Liberal Hypocrisy on Religious Freedom?

Charles Kolb | Posted 04.07.2015 | New York
Charles Kolb

Some Midwest pizza parlor is put out of business because an employee hypothetically suggests that, if asked, they might not prepare pizzas for delivery at a gay wedding, but in midtown Manhattan wealthy co-op boards "routinely" discriminate against whomever they want with impunity. Double standard?

Here Are the Most Conservative and Liberal States in Congress

FindTheBest | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics

Texas and California are frequently used to epitomize America's red and blue divide, but they're not actually the most partisan states when considering how the population votes in congressional elections.

Rebuilding The Liberal Brand

Bob Burnett | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Once she secures the Democratic nomination in Philadelphia, Clinton will lead a Party that has a mushy identity: "We're not as crazy as the Republicans." Like MacDonald's, Democrats must recognize that for their brand to prevail it has to connect with "new generations."

Obama's Indulgent Victory Lap

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Adam Kirk Edgerton

I can't help but think it's too late for this Obama to show up now. 2015 isn't the second debate with Romney. Obama should have had the guts to stand up back during the midterms when it would have mattered to Democrats struggling to defend his record.

How Do I Turn My Slacktivism Into Activism?

Molly Fosco | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Molly Fosco

As the new year starts to settle in, and most people begin to realize which of their resolutions they're actually going to keep, I have noticed a trend in the type of goal-setting my friends have listed as priorities for 2015.

How Pope Francis Helps Liberals

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

The pope's visit to America in September 2015 will have a dramatic impact on the public discourse and issue debates of the presidential and congressional campaigns that will formally begin in January 2016, to the advantage of liberals.

Could Your Politics Get You Canned?

Richard Zombeck | Posted 02.09.2015 | Business
Richard Zombeck

What's surprising and disconcerting about this is that the fear and trepidation is fairly new. So while the threat and odd lack of protection against it has always been there, the sense that it could actually happen is fairly recent.

Don't Bother Winning Thanksgiving Arguments

Richard Zombeck | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Richard Zombeck

It occurred to me that afternoon as I was heading toward a stroke that no amount of facts or evidence was going to change this guy's mind and that neither of us was going to leave unscathed. I took the easy way out and said, "I'm sorry, but I've stopped arguing with people who are impervious to reality," and left it at that.

Kathleen Turner on Molly Ivins, Hollywood and Acting

Greg Archer | Posted 01.23.2015 | San Francisco
Greg Archer

There she is: The incomparable Kathleen Turner in a pair of fiery red cowboy boots and an oversized denim button-down shirt. She sits on the floor,...

A Tax System That Works for Donald Trump (and Nobody Else)

Duncan Hosie | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Conservatives claim Mayor de Blasio wants to redistribute income. Yet unregulated market forces are already redistributing income in New York, as wealth trickles up from the middle and working class to the rich.

Democrats Ran Away From, and Against, Everything

Richard Zombeck | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Richard Zombeck

It's up to either party to educate the public with regards to their respective platforms, courses of action, and vision of the future. And if they don't give us something to vote for, can they really expect us to keep voting against something else?

There's Only One Real Difference Between Liberals and Conservatives

Galanty Miller | Posted 01.11.2015 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

Conservatives don't want to be blamed for Ted Nugent. Liberals don't want to be blamed for Rosie O'Donnell. Nobody wants to be blamed for the Kardashians.

Hillary Clinton And The Progressive Pursuit Of Perfection

Taylor Marsh | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

The season of progressive discontent over Hillary's coming 2016 candidacy is upon us.

Mix-and-Match Politics Plague College Conversations

Miranda Richard | Posted 11.30.2014 | College
Miranda Richard

There are places where I avoid talking about politics: first dates, holiday visits with my Bill O'Reilly-loving grandmother, job interviews, etc.; but there are also places where I love to talk about politics.

Boehner's Constitution Of Convenience

Duncan Hosie | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Ironically, Speaker Boehner resorted to the American justice system to sue President Obama, the very system he has worked relentlessly to underfund for indigents. Instead of suing Obama, he should start fixing the system he and his colleagues broke.

Boiling It Down: The Right and The Left

Harold Nonken | Posted 10.12.2014 | Comedy
Harold Nonken

It is common knowledge that our politics are incredibly polarized. We have the right wing! We have the left wing! But if you are a bird, and only flap your left wing -- or your right wing -- you fly in circles and go nowhere.

10 Irreparable Democrat and Republican Flaws - An Opening for a New Party?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 10.10.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

Is the veneer cracking? Is the ground shifting? Are the two major parties unwittingly collaborating in bringing forth a third party? Are they slitt...

This Is Where You Don't Want Your Tax Dollars Going

Danielle Higgins | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Danielle Higgins

Though I surely did not become more conservative with age or my first paycheck, I found a few things that I do not want my tax dollars funding. Unless we stand up for our values and make an attempt to have some say in where our tax dollars are going, we are complicit in the very types of oppression to which we are ideologically opposed.

Behind the Madness in Iraq

Tom Hayden | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Tom Hayden

The U.S. had no business invading Iraq. We left behind a vengeance-driven Shiite regime aligned with Iran. Now the sectarian war in Syria is enlarging into a regional one.

How to Talk to a Conservative About the Environment

Robyn Camparo Purchia | Posted 06.25.2014 | Green
Robyn Camparo Purchia

Not too long ago, environmental reform was a bipartisan, no-brainer issue. President Richard Nixon, a social conservative on many issues, established the Environmental Protection Agency. What happened?

Ryan Budget More Fuzzy Math and Magic Asterisks

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 06.08.2014 | Black Voices
Rep. Hank Johnson

Programs like food stamps, unemployment insurance, Medicaid, and job retraining help Americans get back on their feet when they are down and out and laid off through no fault of their own. The Republican budget uses these programs as punching bags for their reckless agenda of cut, cut, cut and gut, gut, gut.

'Nobody Wants a European Super-state'

The European Magazine | Posted 05.25.2014 | World
The European Magazine

Guy Verhofstadt is the Liberals' leading candidate for the European elections and a strong advocate of a federal Europe. He sat down with Max Tholl to talk about a ban on political visions, why Ukrainians understand Europe better than Europeans do, and the craziest idea one could ever have.

Gallup Poll Finds Democrats More Compassionate; Republicans More Psychopathic

Eric Zuesse | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

Gallup headlined on 28 January 2014, "Democrats and Republicans Differ on Top Priorities," and reported that the biggest difference between supporters...