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The One Political Stand My Fox News Mom and I Can Take Together

Holly Robinson | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Holly Robinson

My mom is a staunch Republican, a Fox News junkie and the widow of a Navy commander. I have always voted the liberal ticket; I'm an NPR listener. But when Obama became the first president to declare his support for same-sex marriage, Mom shocked me silly.

The Art of Debate

Greg Jacobs | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Greg Jacobs

There is really nothing more exciting than watching politics in action, at least there is nothing more exciting when the media builds it up to be the be all end all of our political existence.

Sorry Conservatives, The Polls Are (Probably) Right

Eli Lehrer | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

My Facebook feed, email inbox, and the chatter I hear in conservative meetings are all telling me the same thing: the polls -- all of them -- are wron...

Marriage Markets Explain Sexuality - And the Tea Party!

Nigel Barber | Posted 11.28.2012 | Science
Nigel Barber

That is the gist of a new Discover article by Robert Epstein. He presents evidence that Americans are more sexually liberated when there is an excess of women relative to men at peak marrying age. Political liberalism goes along with liberated sexuality.

The Rain on Our Parade: A Letter to My Dismal Allies

Rebecca Solnit | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Rebecca Solnit

Every four years we hear that in presidential elections we are asked to choose the lesser of two evils. Now, this is not an analysis or an insight; it is a cliché, and a very tired one.

Frustration, Disillusionment, and the Bigger Picture

Cory D. Byrom | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics
Cory D. Byrom

We have a Republican candidate who believes that 47 percent of the population are freeloaders and that he doesn't need to worry about them, and meanwhile huge chunks of America are not being given the same rights as their countrymen. Is there any question as to how Romney will treat them?

Don't Get Fooled Again: Why Liberals and Progressives Should Vote Enthusiastically for President Obama

Sanford Jay Rosen | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Sanford Jay Rosen

Let's not let hubris put us at risk of electing the wrong candidate again. The stakes in this election put our values at risk, possibly more than we can imagine.

Art Imitating Life: Will Ferrell's "The Campaign" and Presidential Elections

Sofia Aguilar | Posted 11.24.2012 | Latino Voices
Sofia Aguilar

The Republican campaign is a mess, the Mexican campaign was a mess, when the media manipulates the audiences they make a mess, but I'll just say that unlike Mexico, the voters in the United States still have a choice.

In 'Secret' Video, Mitt Romney Repudiates Ronald Reagan

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

So, are these folks -- as Mitt Romney characterized them -- "victims" who refuse to break free of government dependence and take responsibility for their own lives? Is that what being someone who benefits from the EITC means?

In Defense of Conservative Thought

D. Robert Worley | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

There is no reason to choose between progressive and conservative thought. Progressivism allows for purposive change from an unacceptable status quo; conservatism introduces caution. The mature country would embrace both.

Texas Conservatives Creating Professor 'Watch List' Of 'Communists,' 'Neo-Conservatives'

Posted 09.13.2012 | College

UT’s Young Conservatives of Texas chapter is compiling a watch list to identify professors who it decides are inappropriately politicizing the class...

That's My Kind of Church!

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
Rev. Chris Glaser

Last week I found a church to my liking -- of all places, a megachurch in the South on television. Or maybe I should say, a "congregation," because it included people of many faiths, including atheism.

Paul Ryan's Favorite Liberal?

Doug Bradley | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Doug Bradley

While the other folks gathered around Paul Ryan either gave Ted Kinnaman a wary eye or completely ignored him, he walked right up to Rep. Ryan, who turned to greet him. "I came to see how the other 1 percent is doing," Kinnaman said to Ryan.

Are Republicans Lying? Are Democrats?

Bill Shireman | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Bill Shireman

I deal with conflicts between the right and left every day. I see how false realities emerge, and how interest groups use them to manipulate true believers on both the right and left to advance status quo agendas, as if they were their own.

Facts Are Not a Liberal Bias

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 11.05.2012 | Media
Jon Hotchkiss

When conservative commentators and Republican politicians tell you they are under-represented in the media, that their views don't reach Americans in the way that liberal ideas do, that they are NOT the mainstream media, they are lying. Conservative media IS mainstream.

Are Conservatives Really More Charitable? Or Just More Religious?

James Peron | Posted 10.28.2012 | Impact
James Peron

Since donations to religious groups, even uncharitable ones, count as "charitable giving," then it is no surprise that religious people give more to charity. Simply put, the study shows that non-religious people don't donate to religion.

Let's Just Say It: Progressives Are Right

Aemilia Scott | Posted 10.22.2012 | Comedy
Aemilia Scott

When Democrats slip up, they sound like they just pushed open the door of a VW Microbus and came out through a haze of the finest medical-grade Indica smoke. When Republicans slip up, they sound like they're auditioning for a role in Guess Who's Coming To Dinner.

The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy Is On Your Screen

New York Magazine | Posted 08.20.2012 | Entertainment

Two decades ago, conservative anger against popular culture burned so intensely that it seemed at the time that Hollywood had come to fill the space i...

Taxing and Spending: A Conservative Challenge and a Liberal Response

Alan Krinsky | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics
Alan Krinsky

After all, governments are made up of individuals, and how could these individuals have a better incentive than I do to spend my (hard-earned) money? Indeed, they have much less at stake, much less incentive not to squander this money.

Election 2012: What We Can't Talk About

Terry Newell | Posted 10.13.2012 | Politics
Terry Newell

You know a relationship is in trouble when the serious issues that confront it are the very ones people can't, or won't, talk about. Welcome to the American electorate in 2012.

Professors Admit Given The Same Skill Set, They'd Prefer Hiring A Liberal Over A Conservative

Inside Higher Ed | Posted 10.13.2012 | College

Numerous surveys have found that professors, especially those in some disciplines, are to the left of the general public. But those same -- and other ...

The Most Liberal Colleges

The Huffington Post | Anna Susman | Posted 08.17.2012 | College

For most of these campuses, it's easy to tell where the political ideology rests. And in Beyonce's words (though politics wasn't the conversation, exa...

Public Opinion on Voter ID Laws: Strong Support, Shaky Foundation

David C. Wilson | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
David C. Wilson

The latest public opinion poll I've conducted with colleagues at the University of Delaware's Center for Political Communication (CPC) finds that Americans strongly support voter identification laws. But we also find that support for the laws depends on how they are presented to the public.


The Huffington Post | Crystal Bell | Posted 07.17.2012 | Entertainment

Depending on your political leanings, you will either find yourself chuckling at the following tweets or weeping for humanity. Perhaps, you'll even do...

Fear of Climate Change May Finally Be Trumping Ideological Denial

David Ropeik | Posted 09.10.2012 | Green
David Ropeik

The brain relies on several instincts to help us survive, and sometimes they conflict. One fear can literally contradict another. That's the case with climate change. The bad news is that at this point, the wrong ones are winning. The good news is, things may be changing.