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Lyndon Johnson

Proof That Nixon 'Monkey-Wrenched' Vietnam Peace Talks

Michael Putzel | Posted 01.10.2017 | Politics
Michael Putzel

In the fall of 1968, as Americans turned against the far-away war in Vietnam, President Lyndon B. Johnson desperately sought a peace agreement to stop the fighting before his war-scarred presidency was to end on January 20, 1969.

If Only She'd Used Two Smartphones ... Or, Two Cheers for Hillary Clinton

William Bradley | Posted 11.01.2016 | Media
William Bradley

Thoughts of what might have been with Hillary Clinton, and what was with Ralph Nader ... If only Hillary Clinton were not so notoriously, well, non-...

Trump's Vulgar Apocalypse

Brennan Breed | Posted 10.07.2016 | Religion
Brennan Breed

In short, Trump is a purveyor of apocalyptic visions that are as vulgar as his taste in home decor. And that is a new thing for American politics, at least from a major party's nominee for president.

To Endorse, Or Not To Endorse--That Is The (Wrong) Question

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 09.14.2016 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

What if "endorsement" is a political red herring? "Endorsing" suggests approval, but for a lot of us that option is closed. But, hey, we still have to choose--we must choose because democracy itself is at stake today.

Federal Regulation Saves Millions Of Lives

Ralph Nader | Posted 09.09.2016 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Fifty years ago this month (on September 9, 1966), President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety laws that launched a great life-saving program for the American People.

Partisan Politicking Has No Place in America’s Pulpits

Rabbi Jack Moline | Posted 09.09.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Jack Moline

To listen to clergy on the Religious Right you would think that government agents were sitting in the pews of houses of worship across the country rea...

"We Will Not Be Part of this Unjust, Immoral, and Illegal War": Remembering the Fort Hood Three

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

The trio had been stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, and they had just been informed they were going to Vietnam. They were given a 30-day leave before they had to embark. The G.I.'s convened the press conference to perform a bold act: they intended to refuse their orders to go fight.

Review: McConnell's Engaging 'The Long Game' Still Comes Up Short

Keith Runyon | Posted 06.09.2016 | Home
Keith Runyon

In his introduction to "The Long Game," Mitch McConnell's memoir of a life in politics, the Kentucky senator proudly boasts that "until now ... no one...

It's Not That Trump Is an Alpha Male...

John C. Wathey | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
John C. Wathey

...It's That He's So Little Else Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images True to their primate heritage, people are easily seduced by conf...

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.

The Limits of Lyndon Johnson

Elizabeth Drew | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Elizabeth Drew

The rampant Johnsonization of the Civil Rights Act, a law that was in fact achieved through the efforts of many people and in a more interesting and impressive way, has been taking place on Broadway, in Robert Schenkkan's popular play, All the Way, now being released as a film on HBO.

The Ghosts of '68 Haunt the Election of 2016

Michael Winship | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

Watching the mad, mad, mad, mad world that is the 2016 presidential campaign, I was trying to remember a presidential campaign that was as jaw-dropping, at least in my lifetime, and easily settled on 1968.

The Poor Are Getting Poorer

Marc Joseph | Posted 05.03.2016 | Impact
Marc Joseph

Today 83% of people living in poverty are either children, elderly, people with disabilities, students, people taking care of family members, or peopl...

Mississippi Needs Inside Agitators

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

Mississippi's current political leaders travel to the beat of a different dumber. Whenever another state does something particularly outrageous that threatens to lead it to claiming the title of worst, Mississippi can be counted on to save it by doing something worse.

In Conversation: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics [AUDIO]

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Bill Moyers

This week, I sat down with Rick Shenkman to talk about the brain of the American voter, and what is firing its synapses during this extraordinary primary season.

Senator McCarthy's Campaign Had a More Profound Impact Than Sanders' Revolution

Rob Hahn | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
Rob Hahn

While there are similarities between the two campaigns - namely the underdog factor, an incendiary issue and the involvement of young voters - the McCarthy campaign of 1968 still claims a much more profound impact on electoral politics not only in its less-than-one-year existence but for generations that followed.

60 Years in Journalism: Thoughts on Covering Politics

Irv Chapman | Posted 04.13.2016 | Media
Irv Chapman

Every four years, as the snow flies, politicians who would be President come storming into caucuses, with reporters in their wake. And it can be hard work. Covering nominating conventions entailed four long concentrated days.

Memo to Mitt Romney: A "Brokered" Convention Won't Solve Your Trump Problem

Kenneth D. Ackerman | Posted 03.12.2017 | Politics
Kenneth D. Ackerman

It is almost painful to hear Republican "establishment" leaders like Mitt Romney openly wish for a "brokered" or "contested" convention in 2016 to pic...

A Republican President and Democratic Vice President?

Michael Zucker | Posted 03.10.2017 | Politics
Michael Zucker

A Republican Party that rejects Donald Trump after he had led the entire field by substantial margins for almost a year could stimulate a seismic political revolt leading to a third party campaign. Trumpites would legitimately complain that the nomination had been stolen from him.

The Voting Rights Act at 51

Ryan Haygood | Posted 03.06.2017 | Black Voices
Ryan Haygood

Regrettably, 51 years after 600 people risked their lives on Bloody Sunday to expand democracy for people of color, and with the 2016 Presidential election fast approaching, too many voters of color here in New Jersey, rather than experiencing increased political participation, are losing their voting rights daily.

All the King's Men

Francis Levy | Posted 02.23.2017 | Home
Francis Levy

In Roman times Julius Caesar was famously murdered when he wouldn't play ball with the powers that be. Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men found a...

LBJ and HRC: New Hampshire Waterloos

Sanford D. Horwitt | Posted 02.11.2017 | Politics
Sanford D. Horwitt

What is the handwriting on the wall for Hillary Rodham Clinton after her devastating 22-point landslide loss to Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire? Are voters telling her that she is the wrong person for our times?

The Bernie Campaign: The Democratic Party's Biggest Insurrection in Decades

Norman Solomon | Posted 01.31.2017 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Many of the same media outlets and overall corporate forces that denounced Eugene McCarthy in 1968, George McGovern in 1972 and Jesse Jackson in 1988 are gunning for Bernie Sanders in 2016. We shouldn't be surprised.

When President Johnson Called Me a Liar

Al Eisele | Posted 01.10.2017 | Politics
Al Eisele

Lyndon Johnson didn't actually call me a liar, but he said there was no truth to my story that Foley, who died Dec. 30 at the age of 87 at his home in Whitefish, Mont., had submitted his resignation as Assistant Secretary of Commerce and director of the Economic Development Administration in 1966.

Donald Trump: RHINO (Republican in Name Only) and Agent Provocateur

Howard Barbanel | Posted 12.10.2016 | Politics
Howard Barbanel

Trump will actually drive more female voters into Hillary's arms. He has such as trail of verbal aggression towards accomplished women that Hillary will trump Donald with the "first female President" card and his hostility towards women.