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Lyndon Johnson

A Transcendent Man

John Bridgeland | Posted 06.13.2012 | Impact
John Bridgeland

Bipartisan outpourings are rare in Washington these days. So when they happen, they should make news. The occasion was the birthday celebration of eight decades of service by Harris Wofford.

Romney Versus Romney

Peter J. Ognibene | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Peter J. Ognibene

George Romney stood up to the GOP's right-wing extremists, including his party's presidential candidate, while his son trembles before the loutish Limbaugh. Though Mitt Romney may carry his father's DNA, he failed to inherit his father's spine.

Poverty in America 50 Years After Michael Harrington's The Other America

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Today, Harrington is almost a forgotten figure. Contemporary historians and sociologists still cite Harrington in their studies of poverty, but few Americans under 50, including most activists with unions, community organizers and civil rights groups, have heard of him.

That's the Ticket: From Bush to Biden, Vice Presidents Are No Longer Figureheads

Stewart J. Lawrence | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics
Stewart J. Lawrence

With the assassination of JFK, the resignation of Nixon, the near-assassination of Reagan and the impeachment of Clinton, the question of presidential "succession" looms larger than ever. And as a result, voters and the national media are scrutinizing VP qualifications like never before.

Celebrating Learning, Teaching, and Parenting On Presidents' Day

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 04.17.2012 | Education
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

While the racial gap has been shrinking, there is a widening achievement gap between affluent and poor students that is threatening to weaken education's equalizing effects.

Many Are Like Romney -- 'Not Concerned' About Very Poor

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 04.08.2012 | Politics
Rev. Jesse Jackson

We need targeted intervention by our federal government to provide jobs for our people -- an FDR-like program that hires our youth, our returning soldiers, our chronically unemployed.

New Hampshire's Penchant for Surprises

Al Eisele | Posted 03.11.2012 | Politics
Al Eisele

Whatever the outcome, it won't come close to the historic impact of the 1968 New Hampshire Democratic primary, a catalytic event that changed the American political landscape and the way we elect our presidents.

Accomplishments of Recent Presidents Worth Remembering

Byron Williams | Posted 02.15.2012 | Politics
Byron Williams

From Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush, each commander-in-chief has made lasting accomplishments that warrant our collective praise.

'Nut Country' 48 Years Later

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

"We're heading into nut country today," President John F. Kennedy said to his wife as he showed her an ad, bordered in the black of a funeral announcement, that the John Birch Society had placed in the Dallas Morning News.

Bill Moyers Speaks at LBJ Library

Elana Estrin | Posted 01.18.2012 | Media
Elana Estrin

Two days after Gabrielle Giffords was severely injured in a Tucson shooting, renowned journalist Bill Moyers found himself sitting in a radiology lab awaiting an MRI for a torn muscle.

What's Happening to Poor Is Warning to Us All

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 01.15.2012 | Chicago
Rev. Jesse Jackson

In 2010, one out of every 15 Americans were living in extreme poverty, defined as those with incomes of 50 percent or less of the poverty level. Now, new poverty measures adopted by the Census Bureau indicate the numbers may be worse.

The Nihilist Party: Republicans Who Believe in Nothing

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 12.16.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Nothing in nihilism's long intellectual history has prepared the world for its latest incarnation as the 21st century Republican party, or in its ultimate flowering in the likes of Mitt Romney and Herman Cain.

Paul Blumenthal

You Won't Be Able To Escape Attack Ads In 2012 | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If you turned on the radio in Missouri over the summer, you may have heard ads attacking Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) for her support o...

Poverty Is America's Taboo Word

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

News of rising poverty makes headlines one day. And the next it is forgotten. This year is no different.

The U. S. Government's Largest Means-Tested Anti-Poverty Program Has Severe Problems

Robert Auerbach | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics
Robert Auerbach

During these dire times for millions of people, many of whom have been unemployed for long periods, the nation's safety net is mangled and inefficient.

Apology Statutes Preserve Relationships

Brad Reid | Posted 10.17.2011 | Business
Brad Reid

A lack of an apology in tort claims causes some persons to sue to vindicate their sense of injustice and to ease their emotional pain. An apology may facilitate healing pain and preserve relationships.

'Explosive' Jackie O Tapes to Be Released

Posted 10.08.2011 | Style

There are reports that secret recordings offer stunning revelations into Jackie Kennedy, in particular who she thought was involved in her husband's a...

Texas Two-Step: Is America Ready for President Perry?

Robert Guttman | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics
Robert Guttman

After criticizing in detail the federal government and arguing that his goal is to save the people from the Supreme Court, one wonders why in the world the governor would want to move to the nation's capital if it is so terrible.

Medicare: 45 Years and Going Strong -- We Must Protect It

Rep. John D. Dingell | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Rep. John D. Dingell

For the Republicans to say they are reforming Medicare, not ending it, is like putting feathers on a fish and trying to say it is a duck; you aren't fooling this poor Polish lawyer into believing it is the same program.

Guns and Butter

Daniel Krotz | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Daniel Krotz

Ever since the Reagan administration both liberal and conservative members of Congress have shared the belief, if for different reasons, that military...

When First Ladies Dance: From Michelle Obama's Dougie to Jackie Kennedy's Twist to Betty Ford's Bump

Carl Sferrazza Anthony | Posted 07.09.2011 | Style
Carl Sferrazza Anthony

Michelle Obama is hardly the first to enjoy gliding over the waxed parquet on the wide, open East Room floor. Her "Dougie" is but the latest link in a history of popular American dance within first lady history.

Understanding Our Foundational Premises

Brad Reid | Posted 07.04.2011 | Religion
Brad Reid

Groups engaged in religious, political, and social discourse are increasingly unable to engage in a discussion of the merits of a position because each group possesses entirely different fundamental premises.

Jon Meacham: Allow U.S. Citizens Not Born In America To Run For President

PBS | Jon Meacham | Posted 06.15.2011 | Politics

Donald Trump made me do it. Those are not words I ever expected to say, but, as Margaret Thatcher once observed, it’s a funny old world. For severa...

The Most Successful Security Pact in History

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joe Cirincione

Despite the power and allure of nuclear weapons, only nine nations in the world today have nuclear arsenals.

Ranking the Presidents Since WWII

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nigel Hamilton

If, on Presidents Day 2011, I had to rank the last twelve presidents since America became the world's most powerful empire in World War II, I'd put them in the following order.