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What Today's Predicted Outcome Will and Will Not Mean

Brendan Nyhan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan Nyhan

There is little reason to think that a pro-GOP shift today will be any more permanent than Democrats' gains in 2006 and 2008. Regardless of what happens tonight, the dynamism of American democracy will continue.

The Election of 2010: Obama Needs Marc Antony to Set it Right

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Russnow

There's still time to stop the madness and give the leaders we elected the proper time frame to accomplish what needs to be done.

Football Helmets As Weapons...Time to Ban the Kickoff?

Joe Lapointe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Joe Lapointe

Any football viewer knows that a disproportionate amount of serious head and spinal injuries occur on kickoffs when large, aggressive and armored athletes charge toward each other from great distances.

Our Fourth Instinct

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John Bridgeland

It is no surprise then that service has been the golden thread of American democracy. Like democracy itself, service has to continually reinvent itself to meet the needs of the modern age.

War on Poverty Over, Poverty Wins

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

In September 2010, the United States Census Bureau announced that the war on poverty was finally over -- and that poverty had won.

How to Order Pants like a President

Jack Hidary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jack Hidary

You would think that the leader of the free world wouldn't even have to think about where his or her pants come from, but you would be wrong. In th...

To Honor Dr. King, Bring the Troops Home Now

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Wasserman

Much has happened since then to frustrate Dr. King's dream of true social equality. But nothing of more significance than Lyndon Johnson's horrific decision to escalate the war in Vietnam.

Obama Poll Watch -- July, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

July had some political successes for Obama, but the public once again didn't give him any credit for passing Wall Street reform, or any of the other achievements Obama chalked up.

Is WikiLeaks' Release of the War Logs Afghanistan's Cronkite Moment?

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

There comes a time when you have to recognize when something isn't working. It's not just the War Logs, but how they crystallize lessons we have been learning over the last year in Afghanistan.

Mr. Obama's Vietnam: The New Pentagon Papers

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

The extraordinary WikiLeaks dump of some 91,000 classified reports into the public sphere on America's war in Afghanistan may be the game-changer in American support for a war that continues to worsen.


Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Baker

Amid the constant fracas of daily political life, it is often hard to see the big picture of power in America (and, for that matter, the world.) In re...

Of Presidents and Men

Barry Bortnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Barry Bortnick

Now that the Ruskies are once more spying on the United States and using their sex-crazed models to destroy Mel Gibson, America must rely on strength and power to save our precious union.

Reagan and Two Bushes: The Only Growth of Debt/GDP Ratios in Post-War History

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

If the country is really looking for a recipe to reverse growth in debt/GDP ratios, bowing at the altar of St. Ronald is not exactly the economic religion we need.

Civil Rights Movement Reassembles to Ask: What's Next?

Saul Landau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saul Landau

On February 1, 1960, four black students took seats at a lunch counter at the Greensboro, North Carolina, Woolworth's. The white waitresses ignored th...

Why Doesn't Ken Auletta Want My Money? (the Case for Selling Books by the Chapter)

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Quigg

Ken Auletta recently noted, without any apparent evidence to support his claim, "no one, with the possible exception of students, will want to buy a single chapter of most books."

New York Times Does Not Understand Main Street

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Don McNay

Reporting that Main Street was complicit in the financial meltdown is like blaming a murder victim for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act -- 45 Years Later

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis Van Roekel

The ESEA is once again facing reauthorization in Congress, and we are at another turning point. Now is the time to recommit ourselves to the promise of ESEA, and the very real needs of our children.

What Would Jefferson Davis Do?

Martin Nolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martin Nolan

When Republicans gather after the November election to seek a scapegoat, they needn't bother with Michael Steele. The man who has diminished the party's chances is Bob McDonnell -- the governor didn't make a mistake. He blurted the truth.

Obama Poll Watch -- May, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Will Obama's presidency wind up charting a similar course as Carter, or will he recover as Reagan did? Only a fool would even contemplate making such a prediction at this point, that's all that really can be said.

Recycled Rhetoric From the Vanguard

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Likosky

Why do Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and others attempt to label President Obama as both a redistributive Socialist and a Nazi Fascist? The two labels s...

The Poor Feel Poorly

James S. Marks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James S. Marks

In the long run, each life that is diminished by poor education, and diminished goals and achievements drains growth, innovation and health at the expense of our nation's future.

The Opportunity to Hate

B. Jeffrey Madoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
B. Jeffrey Madoff

The principles that Helms stood for were bigotry, hatred and fear. Obama passed health care reform, something both Republicans and Democrats have tried to do for decades.

Mayor Daley Called LBJ After King Assassination: 'We're In Trouble'

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Never-before-heard recordings of Daley, father of Chicago's current mayor, and Johnson discussing sending troops to the city were released Tuesday by ...

A Bomber Jacket Doesn't Cover the Blood

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

During his first presidential trip to Afghanistan, Obama stood before thousands of American troops to proclaim the sanctity of the war effort. He played the role deftly, while wearing a bomber jacket.

"Bomb Power," or How the Atomic Bomb Ended a War, Increased Presidential Power and Eroded the Constitution

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tom Alderman

While the bomb ended World War II, it also started a chain reaction that exploded into America's permanent secret security state -- with emphasis on the word 'permanent.'