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The Republican Candidates' Muted Positions on Technology

Ryan Hagemann | Posted 11.02.2015 | Technology
Ryan Hagemann

Republicans -- the party most ideally poised to capitalize on this cultural environment -- have failed to win over Silicon Valley's techies. This is something that needs to change if the party ever hopes to catch up with Democrats in the increasingly important technology space.

Librarians Don't Like CISA

Christian Zabriskie | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Christian Zabriskie

Librarians care an awful lot about your privacy. It's not really all that surprising, we have always been the trusted keepers of secrets, the nonjudgemental face at the reference desk.

Taking Marijuana Reform Seriously

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The concept that the federal "War On Weed" needs to end is now about as mainstream as it gets, and after the people have led so admirably on the issue in the past decade, the politicians are finally deciding it is safe to follow this trend.

"Give Measles a Chance" - an Anti-Vaxxer Protest Song

Roy Zimmerman | Posted 09.23.2015 | Comedy
Roy Zimmerman


5 Ways Leaders Survive Election Season at Work

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.18.2015 | Business
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Yes, election season is upon us, and believe it or not, it is possible to survive election cycles with your leadership integrity and the trust of your team intact. Use these five practical tips to avoid sabotaging your team's success with your own personal political biases.

What Do You Love? Politics Is Spirituality Demonstrated

Robin Koerner | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
Robin Koerner

I have had the honor of speaking to many extraordinary guests on my radio show. Perhaps none has touched as many lives as Neale Donald Walsch.

Rand Paul, Libertarian?

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

Sen. Rand Paul has made safeguarding civil liberties a cornerstone of his presidential campaign, and he hasn't been afraid to take on his own party in that fight. But when it comes to the question of abortion, Rand Paul believes government should be making our most intimate decisions for us.

Delusion in the Desert

Robert Kuttner | Posted 07.12.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

A year ago, the script for 2016 was sealed -- Clinton II versus Bush III: advantage Clinton. But Jeb Bush's nomination is far from certain and Bernie Sanders is giving Clinton a run for her money. Indeed, her money is more liability than asset. If Rubio can win over the Republican base, he'd likely be the most trouble for Democrats.

Rand Paul and Obama: Together Again on Common Core, Subsidies and Drug Laws?

Richard Brodsky | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

Intellectual consistency has never been an attribute of American politics. Life is complicated, and voters want different things at different times. But real social progress is a function of ideas and leaders who stick by them. Where Republicans and Democrats can find compatible intellectual grounds, there are all kinds of possibilities.

The American Economy Is a Buffalo Jump

Fred Lundgren | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

A "Buffalo Jump" is a cliff where Native Americans killed bison in mass quantities. They stampeded the bison over the cliff while others waited below to kill the disabled animals with spears and bows.

Why Is Rand Paul Wooing Liberal San Francisco

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.15.2015 | San Francisco
Lincoln Mitchell

Mr. Paul is betting that the essentially Libertarian ideology of the new tech economy will soon have a political impact in San Francisco, a city that for decades has generally been understood to be the most left-of-center metropolis in the country.

Why Europeans and Asian Communities Shake Their Heads at How Americans Choose a President

Mary Buffett | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Mary Buffett

The issues that emerge in American political campaigns leave many of my foreign contacts puzzled. Instead of thinking through big issues, we focus on the trivial. The female problems that bedeviled Gary Hart and Bill Clinton would barely raise an eyebrow outside of the states.

Friday Talking Points -- Free Ponies Getting Into the Weeds

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The obvious choice for this week's Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week is none other than America's new Attorney General, Loretta Lynch. Lynch was finally confirmed by the Senate in a 56-43 vote.

Rand Paul's Wife: 'Of Course I Think He's Hot'

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 04.14.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

When Rand Paul's wife Kelley Paul stopped by HuffPost Live to discuss her new book True and Constant Friends, host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani shared ...

On Pentagon Spending, Will the Real Rand Paul Please Stand Up?

William Hartung | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

Rand Paul announced his candidacy for the presidency last week under the slogan "Defeat the Washington Machine, Unleash the American Dream." Yet he seems to be ready to give the biggest Washington machine of all -- the Pentagon -- a free pass.

Jonathan Cohn

Rand Paul's Political Views Make Perfect Sense When You Look At His Medical Background | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics

The doctor is in. The senator is out. Rand Paul, the ophthalmologist and Republican senator from Kentucky, officially launched his presidential ca...

Ending the Federal Government's Doublethink on Marijuana

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Seen as a whole, the current federal attitude towards marijuana can truly be described as "doublethink." There are so many contradictions in the government's attitude that they are indeed hard to accurately count.

Iowa GOP Lawmaker: Rick Perry's Involvement With Bakken Fracked Oil Pipeline 'A Bad Idea'

Steve Horn | Posted 05.05.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Everyday Iowa voters are less likely to caucus for former Texas governor and potential presidential candidate Rick Perry "because of his involvement" with a controversial oil pipeline proposal, according to an influential state lawmaker who has made eminent domain one of his signature issues in the Iowa House of Representatives.

The Real Message Scott Walker Is Delivering for the Kochs

Mark Olmsted | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

Walker may have found the message that takes him all the way to the Republican nomination. By choosing such an anti-union politician to groom for power, the Kochs are trying to conflate organized labor and government dependency in the minds of the Republican primary voter.

Vaccinating Kids: Rand Paul v. Hillary

Richard Brodsky | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

Hillary and Rand Paul are now nose-to-nose on the theory and practice of childhood vaccinations. It's a classic example of how a grassroots political uproar finally reaches the political class.

MEvangelicals: Faith in the Rand Scheme of Things

Russ Pierson | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics
Russ Pierson

Reagan-era conservatism is a far cry removed from the Ayn Rand-infused Libertarian ideals the MEvangelicals often flirt with these days.

A Primer on Compromise for Libertarians

Robin Koerner | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Like it or not, it is almost impossible to discuss political effectiveness without an understanding of the nature of compromise. Speaking as an insider of the liberty movement, I believe we have a particularly uncomfortable relationship with it, which we must examine if we are going to cease to be political outsiders.

What Do Libertarians Think of President Obama's Immigration Plan?

John A. Tures | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

It's becoming clear to political observers that libertarians are emerging as a key swing vote, if not an official party. Republicans may have won a number of close races by appealing to these libertarians, so their views on policy cannot be ignored.

Guns and Cigarettes: How We Measure Liberty

Richard Brodsky | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

Both guns and tobacco are intrinsically dangerous. Either might have redeeming value to be sure (defense and social pleasure, respectively), but an imaginary world in which there were no guns and no tobacco would be, well, safer. And neither should be the focus of the debate on American liberty.

Liberty Is the Politics of Love

Robin Koerner | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Robin Koerner

You know you love someone when you want for them what they want for themselves. The three little words that really convey this sentiment are not, "I love you," which can mean all kinds of things to all kinds of people; rather they are, "As you wish."