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Showtime Getting In On 2016 'Circus' With Weekly Documentary Series

The Huffington Post | Michael Calderone | Posted 12.15.2015 | Media

NEW YORK -- As the political world's attention turns to Iowa in early 2016, Showtime will launch a new weekly series that promises to take viewers beh...

On the Shoulders of Dwarfs

James Moore | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
James Moore

We can assume that we are not as far along as we would be in the effort to provide equality if Mehlman, Rove, Bush, and McKinnon were as interested in their country as they were their own craven self interests and ambitions for power and money. Forgive them if you wish. I cannot.

Could Ryan's Choice Put the House in Play?

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If the Republicans' fears are true, could it mean Democrats have a much better chance at taking the House back in the upcoming elections? To put it another way, will we see "Speaker Nancy Pelosi" again next year?

Michael Calderone

Obama Skips Sunday Shows Amid Local Media Push | Michael Calderone | Posted 08.05.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- One afternoon in July, President Barack Obama sat down for eight interviews with local TV anchors -- the same number he's had with the nat...

The Slick "No Labels" Plan to Duck Debate, Cut Social Security and Coddle the 1%

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

No Labels is the creation of overpaid political insiders who work hand-in-glove with longtime opponents of Social Security and Medicare, pushing the agenda of the wealthiest among us by exploiting the public's understandable frustration with gridlocked government.

BOTH SIDES: SCOTUS 'Hearts' POTUS on Health & Hispanics, But Confuses Metaphor With Reality on Personhood

HuffPost Radio | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgWas this week a political inflection point because of decisions on ACA, Arizona "papers please" and corporations as "people"?

Join Me and the President and Make Your Voice Heard on Marriage Equality

Jonathan_Miller | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics

President Obama got us to the tipping point. It's up to the rest of us to make marriage equality a reality.

Michael Calderone

Team Obama Hits The Airwaves | Michael Calderone | Posted 12.09.2011 | Media

NEW YORK -- Two top campaign advisers to President Barack Obama hit the media circuit this week to help shape a general election narrative against pot...

CNN Doesn't Bat An Eye When Guest Swears On Air

Posted 06.18.2011 | Media

CNN anchor Howard Kurtz showed his unflappability when he let a guest's expletive go by unmentioned. The guest on Kurtz's "Reliable Sources," forme...

On the Significance of the Roemer Announcement

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Buddy Roemer has announced that he is launching an exploratory committee to consider a run for the presidency. He has also announced a campaign different from the campaign of every other candidate. A president, Roemer says, "must be free to lead": free of commitments to anything save the principles he commits to. So Roemer's campaign will take no PAC money. It will take no more than $100 in contributions from any individual. And everyone who contributes anything regardless of how small will be disclosed. This should be emulated across the board.

Countering the Labels Movement with No Labels

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

The idea of No Labels is to appeal to those who believe that rarely does anyone have a corner on the truth, that the strongest result is usually obtained by taking the best from all the arguments.

The UnConvention

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

The Coffee Party you say? Still in its infancy, it was born with a single post on Facebook, its founder conveying deep dismay at what passes for political discourse in this country.

The New "Greed Is Good"

Cindy Handler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cindy Handler

Now, just in time for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the GOP leaders are insisting that, vast evidence to the contrary, we all need to support the inequitable policies that favor rich white men.

Amanda Terkel

Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Debate? | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

There are few traditions more central to political campaigns than debates between the candidates. In the biggest races, they're nationally televised e...

Call For Review of 14th Amendment Endangers American Electorate

Yuna Shin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yuna Shin

This call for a review of the 14th Amendment is not only un-American, it treads on dangerous paths: a path back to pre-1868 slavery, a path back to the period of darkness in American history.

Former Bush Aides Bash GOP's New Stance On 14th Amendment As 'Offensive,' 'Embarrassment'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former aides to the George W. Bush Administration are retaliating against a recent flurry of Republican calls for a repeal or readdressing of the 14th...

Barack Obama Golf Trips ALREADY Outnumber Bush's

The Daily Beast | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

News flash: President Obama hasn't held a formal press conference in almost a year (274 days and counting) yet has golfed 32 times since he was electe...

Scarborough For President? Mark McKinnon Floats The Idea On Hardball (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Joe Scarborough could be a great Republican presidential candidate in 2012, according to Republican strategist and media adviser Mark McKinnon. McKin...

Republican Strategist Backs Miller Over "Disrespectful Partisan Idiot"

The Daily Beast | Mark McKinnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former Bush and McCain strategist Mark McKinnon wants the congressman who shouted at Obama out of office and out of his party--and he's donating $1,00...

Republicans Fear "Crackpots" Becoming Face Of Party

POLITICO | Andie Coller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Joe Wilson's outburst Wednesday night earned more than a personal rebuke from the president and a dagger-eyed gasp from the speaker of the House; it d...

TwitNotes from #PDF09

Eric Kuhn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Kuhn

Over 1,000 people descended upon the annual Personal Democracy Forum earlier this week. Here are some of my notes -- taken on Twitter, of course -- from the two day conference.

Jason Linkins

Scritti Politti: February 27, 2009 | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I quite liked Mark McKinnon's piece in The Daily Beast, today, about Twitter "jumping the shark." I especially liked his admonition that we all must ...

Mark McKinnon Declares: Twitter Jumped The Shark This Week

The Daily Beast | Mark McKinnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Twitter is not a business. I know its founders would like to think it is. It is, for the most part, a diversion. It's part of the web 2.0 nonsense tha...

Should President Obama Be More Optimistic?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

If Obama is truly committed to change, being more optimistic may not help him in that effort. Americans voted for Obama because they were acutely aware of the problems the country faces.

McCain Speechwriter To Obama: Be Optimistic

Daily Beast | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

OK, Mr. President, enough with the doomsday talk already. We get it. Things suck. And they're going to get worse before they get better....