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Where You Stand on the Culture War Issues, and Why!

David Ropeik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Ropeik

We label ourselves Republicans or Democrats, Conservatives or Liberals, and we argue our selective view of the evidence, but the truth is -- our minds are not informed by the evidence.

In a Democracy, Freedom of Assembly Trumps "Free Enterprise"

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

It's illegal in America to buy or sell a human being, but a recorded conversation between a Republican governor and a guy he thought was a billionaire shows that it's still possible to own a politician.

Michele Bachmann Versus Michelle Obama: A View of the Nanny State War

David Coleman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Coleman

Are Ron and Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin on the side of employers? Or are they on the side of Americans who, the Tea Partiers argue, have a birthright to engage in any personal behavior they wish to do as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else?

The Founding Fathers Were Not Libertarians

Daniel Cluchey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cluchey

While I strongly disagree with the modern libertarian movement, I understand why my government-averse friends believe the things they believe, as opposed to, say, my friends who are Yankee fans.

Ron Paul and the Wealth Gap

Cheryl Wills | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cheryl Wills

A burning issue facing all potential candidates in 2012 is the growing wealth gap. It's like a sleeping serpent and it's getting wider and deeper by the day.

Can Boehner Count Votes?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

John Boehner is having a rough week, but the real fight within the Republican Party has only just begun.

Why Rand Paul Is Wrong on Public Housing

Peter G. Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter G. Miller

If you think public housing is a bad idea, then no public housing is a worse idea. Unlike jobs, we can't ship the poor overseas.

Taking a Look at How We Look At Our World and at Ourselves

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell J. Rabin

Looking at how we think, see or perceive as in a reflective exercise is just not something we humans really like to do. We'd rather actively assert t...

Wrong Revolution for a Hungry Planet That's Heating Up

Jan McGirk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jan McGirk

A little guidance wouldn't hurt the growing portion of US voters who confuse the weather with the climate. A cold snap inevitably brings out the global warming deniers, and this should give us all the shivers.

The TSA Protests: Hypocrisy in Action?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

I didn't fly anywhere for Thanksgiving. This was obviously a good thing, as incessant news reports have informed me that TSA agents are groping Americ...

It's Thanksgiving -- Frisk You

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael B. Laskoff

Let's consider five things far worse than having your 'junk' examined in the airport.

Anti-Libertarian Presidents

Jeffrey A. Miron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey A. Miron

Liberals and conservatives are equally bad for libertarians, just on different issues. Voters who want more libertarian government -- and many do -- should vote for gridlock. Or for a real libertarian, if they can find one.

Rand Paul on BP & Head Stomper: Accidents Happen

Katie Halper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Katie Halper

It is so touching to see Rand Paul put his neck out for the little guy against the man, Obama, who is so unAmerican he guilt trips BP, as if BP didn't already feel bad enough!

What If John Boehner Smoked Marijuana?

Robbie Gennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

Boehner's statements on cigarettes have a strong Libertarian slant. If that's true for lethal and addictive products like cigarettes and alcohol, why wouldn't it be true for recreational use of non-lethal, medicinal cannabis?

The Tea Party Is the GOP's Problem

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

In backing challenges to GOP moderates, the Tea Party looks like a looking-glass version of the "netroots" progressives who backed Howard Dean in 2004 and Ned Lamont's primary challenge to Sen. Joe Lieberman.

Shadow Elite: The Small Government Lie - How Both Parties Stood By as Our Government Burned

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

Our government, on the federal level, has already been upended by small government ideology, beholden to private interests as never before in our memory. But we can't just blame the Tea Party.

What Does Joe the Plumber Want?

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

Amidst the Tea Party and GOP's purposeful vagueness, they have found it best to stick with the populist theme of Joe the Plumber, first invented by the McCain-Palin campaign in 2008.

It's Time to Grow Up

Ben Tripp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ben Tripp

We can call it libertarianism, patriotism, conservatism, or anything we want, but the truth is this: an ideology of selfishness has gripped the nation.

Throw the Bums In!

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

When the economy stinks, and CEOs are getting millions in bonuses for firing enough of you, and you can't toss GE's Jeffrey Immelt out on his ear, but...

What the Heck Is a Libertarian?

Julie VerHage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julie VerHage

Libertarianism has come to be one of the most misunderstood political parties of my generation. Many of us actually agree with this party on several issues without even realizing it.

Treacherous Politics

James Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Miller

Anyone who has read Founding Brothers, or any other great read about the men who founded this country, can't help but be blown away by how different p...

Ryan Grim

Google Accepts Pot Ads That Facebook Rejected | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Google has accepted pro-pot-legalization ads similar to those rejected by Facebook, a spokesman for the Just Say Now coalition told HuffPost Wednesday...

Colorado Springs Now Outsources Its Outsourcing Efforts

Colorado Springs Independent | J. Adrian Stanley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

No matter how you describe it, Colorado Springs' attempt to "be more efficient" by looking at outsourcing many basic city services to private companie...

If Gay Marriage Wins...

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If the Perry v. Schwarzenegger decision stands, it means that "sexual orientation" will be a protected classes of people. Not only would the battle for gay marriage be over, but all the legal battles gays now face would be over.

Three Out of Ten?

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Dr. Philip Neches

It is often said that the Ten Commandments form the basis of our legal system. So I thought I would do a quick review to see how that founding basis fares in contemporary American legal practice.