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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.

New Book Reveals Another Side Of Jacqueline Kennedy

AP | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics

By Associated Press NEW YORK -- It's a side of Jacqueline Kennedy only friends and family knew. Funny and inquisitive, canny and cutting. In "Ja...

JFK Scorned Notion Of LBJ As President, According To New Book

AP | BETH FOUHY | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK — President John F. Kennedy openly scorned the notion of Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson succeeding him in office, according to a ...

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.

Remembering Reagan

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

23 years after leaving office, almost seven years after his death and 100 years after his birth, Reagan is a legitimate icon. While the elements of his legacy can, and must, be challenged, it remains true that in death, Reagan remains largely Teflon.

Ryan Grim

New Doc Shows Rumsfeld Challenged LBJ On Vietnam War | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Donald Rumsfeld will be remembered as the architect of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, but as a fledgling member of Congress, the future two-...

Obama Is America's Third Greatest Presidential Orator in Modern Era

Richard Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Greene

Just six and one half years ago, a young state senator spoke for 16 minutes and 11 seconds (just 4 seconds longer than the real "King's Speech," Marti...

Unfortunately, Anger Works

Dave Helfert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Helfert

If its horror can lead us to constructive change in ourselves and our society, a glimmer of silver lining might yet emerge from the attempted political assassination in Arizona.

Obama's Opportunity

Joseph A. Califano Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Califano Jr.

LBJ pressed Congress to enact his gun control proposals as a legacy for Robert Kennedy in the wake of that assassination.

LISTEN: Lyndon Johnson Orders Pants With Roomy Crotch, Belches

Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

Today in TMI: a study in how Lyndon Johnson likes hit pants to fit. Put This On came across a highly real 1964 recording of the former president order...

Why IBM's Watson Is Smarter Than Google

Stephen Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Stephen Baker

The most common question I encounter about IBM's Jeopardy-playing computer is this: Doesn't Google already answer questions? The short answer is no.

Thoughts on White House Events

Connie Lawn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Connie Lawn

I have been fortunate enough to cover the White House since the Lyndon Johnson Administration, in 1968. I guess that makes me senior correspondent.