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Republicans Still Mad About Health Care As A 'Right' Should Blame Reagan

The Huffington Post | S.V. Dáte | Posted 03.15.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― As the health care debate renews the “is it a right or a privilege” question, conservatives used to blaming Democrats like Lyndon J...

Donald Trump And The GOP Are Facing A Jimmy Carter Problem

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.11.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― With the election of President Donald Trump and their long-awaited attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act finally at hand, Republica...

A Word Of Pastoral Advice: Don't Trump The Johnson Amendment

J. Andrew Daugherty | Posted 02.09.2017 | Religion
J. Andrew Daugherty

Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s. --Gospel of Matthew 22:21I am a Roger Willi...

Trump Vows To 'Destroy' The Law That Bans Churches From Endorsing Candidates

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.02.2017 | Politics

President Donald Trump has pledged to repeal a 50-year-old tax law that prohibits churches and other tax-exempt organizations from participating in po...

I Marched With My Parents On The Same Streets They Protested Nixon 50 Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 01.25.2017 | Women

On Sunday morning, I woke up to a text from my dad: “Fucking amazing. So glad we did it together.” Just a few hours before on Saturday, I held han...

Hillary Plays Into Hands Of Trump With 'Basket Of Deplorables' Remark

Rich Rubino | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Trump knows that white blue-collar voters will overlook his economic portfolio if they think he understands their values and needs rather than trying to imitate them.

If Trump Should Lose The Election In A Landslide, The GOP Will Likely Survive

Rich Rubino | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Many political observers believe Trump will lose the presidential election in an electoral landslide and take the Republican Party down with him. However, these pundits and GOP soothsayers underestimate how fast the pendulum swings in American politics.

Our Nation's Unfinished Business

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Almost fifty years later historians and scholars look at the Kerner Commission Report as another reminder of how much is still unchanged and needs changing to make the promises of American democracy work for all. Division is not inevitable. When will we hear and heed and act?

"Follow The Money"--Trump, Repealing The "Johnson Amendment," And Citizens United

Terry Connelly | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Terry Connelly

Viewers of Donald Trump's coming out party for his apparent "forced choice" vice presidential running mate, Governor Mike Pence of Indiana, might rightly wonder why he spent almost as much time holding forth on the evils of something he called the "Johnson Amendment" than he did on the virtues of Mike Pence.

Integrity and A Bridge Too Far

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Though I have never supported the "sport" of boxing because I consider it a form of inhuman barbarism, I have always supported and held Muhammad Ali i...

Obama Is More Popular Than Reagan, But Will it Help Clinton?

John A. Tures | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

It's hard to believe it, but Barack Obama today is more popular than Ronald Reagan was at this juncture in his last year of office, in 1988. But will it help Hillary Clinton secure another term for the Democrats? A look at the evidence produces a surprising finding.

Anybody But Trump, Anybody But Carter, Anybody But McGovern

Rich Rubino | Posted 03.31.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

The party establishment is aghast. An insurrectionist candidate is close to securing the party's nomination. Fears arise on the part of the party establishment that this candidate will get clobbered in the General Election

If Islam Is Un-American, so Are Christianity and Judaism

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.13.2016 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

For Donald Trump or anyone else to single out the negative, destructive, and, yes, evil passages of the Quran (or how some sects or cults within Islam co-opt, distort, and attempt to hijack the overall messages) without doing so as well with the holy books of Judaism and Christianity demonstrates a hierarchical double standard.

Ted Cruz Misinterprets Ronald Reagan's 1980 Election Victory

Rich Rubino | Posted 11.22.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Cruz suggests a Republican nominee can win the presidency by waving the conservative banner and galvanizing conservatives rather than by making inroads with centrist persuadable voters. Unlike Cruz, Reagan's record as Governor of California, coupled with some of the rhetoric he used in 1980, would be sacrilegious with contemporary conservative voters.

A Legacy of 'Congressional Truancy': From Harding to Kennedy to Obama to Rubio

Rich Rubino | Posted 11.17.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Rubio hopes to be the fourth U.S. Senator to rise directly to the presidency. Rubio will likely continue to weather the Congressional truancy charge in his quest to join Harding, Kennedy and Obama as unspectacular senators who ascended directly from the Senate to the presidency.

Will The Ferguson Commission's Final Report Just Collect Dust On A Shelf?

The Huffington Post | Mariah Stewart | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

ST. LOUIS -- In the summer of 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed the "National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders" to investigate and hel...

Bryan Cranston Looks Identical To LBJ In First Photo From HBO's 'All The Way'

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 09.03.2015 | Entertainment

If you thought Bryan Cranston was finished nabbing all the Emmy awards when "Breaking Bad" finished, were you ever wrong. Cranston is headed back to t...

Donald Trump Is No 'Good Soldier'

Rich Rubino | Posted 08.24.2016 | Entertainment
Rich Rubino

Trump is proving that he is not a "good soldier" for the Republican Party. Ironically, This may actually help him with grassroots conservatives and Independent voters who themselves are conservatives first and Republicans second.

Should Biden Run for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, not Getting Endorsement of President would Not be Unprecedented

Rich Rubino | Posted 08.09.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Vice President Joe Biden is believed to be seriously contemplating a bid for the Democratic Presidential nomination. Should he enter the race, one of his opponents would be former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who served under President Barack Obama.

50 Years Of Progress Cannot Be Scaled Back: It's Time To Restore The Voting Rights Act

Janet Murguía | Posted 08.06.2016 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

Through these five decades, the VRA has remained a valuable and relevant tool because despite substantial progress in civil rights, our work is not yet done. On several fronts, Latinos continue to be the target of efforts to limit participation in the voting booth.

Some Presidential Candidates Get No Respect

Rich Rubino | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

In every presidential election there are candidates with compelling resumes who the high command of the political parties and the media rarely mention. In almost every election cycle, a formidable candidate fails to make the cut.

To Fulfill Their Rights

National Council of La Raza | Posted 06.09.2016 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

If we are to achieve true equality as President Johnson envisioned half a century ago, then we must ensure that students from low-income communities are given the necessary resources and supports. For the civil rights community, accountability must be at the forefront of our actions.

Protecting 50 Years of Child Health Progress

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.29.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

At a time when we should be celebrating Medicaid and CHIP successes, serious threats to Medicaid, CHIP and the ACA continue to surface in Congress. So, in addition to advocating for continuing improvements in children's health coverage, we must also play defense to protect the hard-earned gains made for children as well as adults.

Sixty Years in Journalism: Covering JFK

Irv Chapman | Posted 05.26.2016 | Media
Irv Chapman

Any American who is old enough can remember where he or she was when President John F. Kennedy was murdered. I was in a downtown Washington deli, where I stopped enroute from Capitol Hill to the ABC News bureau to get a carry-out sandwich.

Kentucky Republican Gubernatorial Primary One in a Litany of Whisker-Close Elections in U.S. History

Rich Rubino | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

In the recent Kentucky Republican Gubernatorial Primary, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin was ahead by just 83 votes out of over 214,000 votes cast.