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Food Stamps Cuts: A Vivid Symbol In The Poverty Debate

AP | CONNIE CASS and MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Food stamps have figured in Americans' ideas about the poor for decades, from President Lyndon Johnson's vision of a Great Society to Pr...

For What It's Worth: Time to Stop the Drumbeats for Syrian Action

Jim Moore | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
Jim Moore

There are too many drumbeats building up behind some form of military action in Syria, and the tempo of those drums is reaching a nearly hysteric level. That incessant thundering drive is drowning out the public's sensible questions.

Why Innovation Can Shape Health Care Just as Much as Politics

Oliver Kharraz, M.D. | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Oliver Kharraz, M.D.

There is good news for patients. When we engage with the health care system, we no longer have to rely on the public sector. I believe we are seeing the blossoming of an exciting new era, where innovation, just as much as politics, can shape health care.

WATCH: The Week's Best Throwback Pics, Style And Cocktails

The Huffington Post | Michelle Manetti | Posted 08.29.2013 | HuffPost Home

It's Thursday and it's time to throw it all back. This week's best nostalgia posts included a look back at Pee-Wee Herman's stylish living room, Lyndo...

Happy Birthday, LBJ!

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics

President Lyndon B. Johnson would have turned 105 today. Born in central Texas, Johnson rose quickly through the political ranks, beginning with a suc...

Lee Daniels' The Butler

Dwight Brown | Posted 10.14.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

It's about time. Finally a major-release film about the African American struggle for equality, told from a black man's perspective. Why has it taken Hollywood (aka the film industry) so long to do the right thing?

Movie Review: Lee Daniels' The Butler

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.13.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I walked away from Daniels' film deeply moved. As obvious as this film can be in its messages -- bigotry and racism: bad -- it still touches on moments of history from the recent past that need to be recalled, over and over.

The Appeal of American Liberalism

Alex Reichert | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Alex Reichert

The appeal of liberalism to young, idealistic Americans is no surprise considering how liberal politics have shaped social progress in the U.S. over t...

Obama on Trayvon: One Speech Captures the Strength and Weakness of the Obama Presidency

Alan Singer | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

We all risk living in the next Detroit. A true memorial for Trayvon Martin would be a federal full employment bill with guarantees that its benefits would reach into every city and town, every racial and ethnic group, and every family and household in the nation.

Camouflaging the Vietnam War: How Textbooks Continue to Keep the Pentagon Papers a Secret

Bill Bigelow | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

Corporate textbook writers seem to work from the same list of must-include events and individuals. Thus, all the new U.S. history textbooks on my shelf mention the Pentagon Papers. But none grapples with the actual import of the Pentagon Papers.

Austin Powers, Mr. President? A History of the White House Movie Theater

Nola Barackman | Posted 08.18.2013 | Entertainment
Nola Barackman

This past weekend, The White House hosted Pixar's filmmakers for a Father's Day screening of Monster's University. The White House movie theater has been the cinema-in-chief to Presidents for the last 70 years. If those walls could talk.

When Robert Kennedy Stirred the Nation

Keith Runyon | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Keith Runyon

For the youth of 1968, the very real peril of war was not in the hills of northern Virginia, but far away in the rice paddies of Vietnam, where America's involvement in a civil war was costly, in terms of lives as well as national confidence.

What, the Department of Justice Actually Subpoenaed Reporter's Records... I'm Shocked, Shocked!

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

All this hoopla about the Department of Justice improperly obtaining two months of AP telephone records seems to me just as phony as Claude Rains' "I'm shocked, shocked" when he "discovers" gambling at Rick's Café in Cassablanca.

It's the Biggest Scandal Since...

Tom Alderman | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Tom Alderman

... fill in the blanks: Teapot Dome, Watergate, Iran Contra, Lewinsky... Benghazi? You may have noticed that every time one erupts, it's compared in heinousness to the last really big one.

Famed Swindler Dies

AP | BETSY BLANEY | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Billie Sol Estes' name was synonymous with Texas-sized schemes, greed and corruption. The flamboyant swindler became one of the mos...

WATCH: Robert Caro Reveals What Lyndon Johnson Called His Penis

Posted 05.07.2013 | Books

Robert Caro is undoubtedly the expert on Lyndon Johnson. Four of his five-part series The Years of Lyndon Johnson have so far been published, winning ...

The Platypus: Crivelli's "Saint James Major" at the Brooklyn Museum

Daniel Maidman | Posted 07.02.2013 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

Let me share with you a doubt. My doubt is that visual art has all that much of an impact on history. have written many of the essays you've been reading as if art had something to say, and as if it were important. And I believe, more or less - on good days -- that something like this is true.

Would You Have Done Any Better?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 06.25.2013 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

At the brand-new George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Texas, everybody's favorite former president, George W. Bush, wants you to know he tried really, really hard. And he seems to be asking: Would you, average American, have done any better?

Mad Men: Are You Not Entertained?

William Bradley | Posted 06.23.2013 | TV
William Bradley

Will Mad Men regain the acclaim that made it the best drama on television? Based on the response to To Have and To Hold, so far the answer would have to be no.

Let the Punishment Fit the Crime

Doug Bradley | Posted 05.20.2013 | Impact
Doug Bradley

In the end, even though he thought that Nixon's subterfuge amounted to treason, LBJ did nothing.

Forgiving Bill Clinton

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 05.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

When the former president last week urged the Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act that he signed into law in 1996, some cheered while others slammed his revisionism and failure to apologize.

Presidential Signatures On Display

Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky. | Angela Oliver | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

As Nancy Bradshaw looked through the Owensboro Museum of Science and History's collection, she stumbled upon many documents, she said. "These needed ...

Remembering the Voting Rights Act

Murray Fromson | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Murray Fromson

I find myself disgusted by the southerners and Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia who continue to nitpick at the legitimacy of the historic legislation that ensures African Americans the right to vote.

Robert Caro Awarded $50,000 Prize

AP | Posted 02.22.2013 | Books

NEW YORK -- Robert Caro has won yet another literary prize, this one worth $50,000. The New-York Historical Society announced Thursday that Caro had ...

Endless War: Becoming 'the Evil That We Deplore'

Norman Solomon | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Beyond the worthy goal of repealing the Authorization for Use of Military Force is a need for Congress to cut off appropriations for the "war on terror." A prerequisite: repudiating the lethal mythology of righteous war unbounded by national borders or conceivable duration.