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Paul Ryan Says He And Steve Bannon Are 'Different Kinds Of Conservatives'

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 02.09.2017 | Politics

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) downplayed tensions with White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Wednesday, but conceded they’re “different ...

Trump Unshackled

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.15.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Donald Trump has a new answer for why he's about to lose in a landslide. It's all a vast left-wing conspiracy. No, really.

Friday Talking Points -- Trump Backs Up Titanic, Hits Iceberg Again

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.01.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Trump backed his personal Titanic up again and again, and tried to just ram through the iceberg, over and over. He was even up early this morning, providing yet another day's legs for this story.

Friday Talking Points -- GOP's 'What Would Lincoln Do?' Moment

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

When in the past have you ever heard the term "unendorse" used? We haven't checked, but we believe it just got coined and added to the political lexicon.

Friday Talking Points -- Is Trump Bigger Than Liam Neeson?

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.05.2017 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A nationally-televised presidential debate stage is, indeed, neither the time nor the place, one would think. This year, however, all the rules have been thrown out and we've got Donald Trump and Marco Rubio comparing relative penis sizes in their effort to become the so-called leader of the free world.

The Big Classroom That Is the News

Blair Forlaw | Posted 02.25.2017 | Education
Blair Forlaw

I've lost track of the other students in Miss Rankin's social studies class, but I would be interested to hear their reflections on our shared experience. Perhaps a few would agree with me: while we were busy memorizing all those counties, we missed some of the most important lessons of our day.

What Can Michael Gerson Be Thinking?

Andy Schmookler | Posted 01.11.2017 | Media
Andy Schmookler

Does Gerson really believe that the Republican Party in which Trump has risen to be the frontrunner embodies "respect for institutions"? What world is he living in?

Born in the U.S.A.

Bruce Lesley | Posted 09.04.2016 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

If we wish to continue to be a world leader in a global economy, we must embrace all of our nation's children -- regardless of their gender, race, income, parents' immigration status, etc.

No, Gay Marriage Wasn't a Conservative Win

James Peron | Posted 07.03.2016 | Queer Voices
James Peron

That conservatives such as Gerson didn't notice it, doesn't mean it didn't happen. Gay couples have been fighting for the right to marry for decades; it isn't some new fad. It was happening before any "public intellectual" was willing to take a stand on the issue.

Grace in the Media

Martin Marty | Posted 06.28.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

Now and then we do stop to notice some of this "soft news," which surfaces in explicitly religious comment and, shall we call it, "theology," which is what it is.

I Give America 75 Years... 100 at Most

Jim Moore | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Jim Moore

There is a more present death awaiting Americans, and it, too, involves entropy and ultimate hopelessness.

Seriously? Republicans Target Birthright Citizenship Again?

Randy Borntrager | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Randy Borntrager

Not only have Republicans blocked comprehensive immigration reform when it had a real chance of passing, they're now trying yet again to bring up unconstitutional bills to drive their point home.

Friday Talking Points -- McConnell For Sale!

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Pennsylvania's pornography scandal just keeps getting worse. So far, four people employed by prosecutors' offices have been forced out. Next in line is a member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Justice Seamus McCaffery.

Sam Stein

Rand Paul's Anti-Foreign Aid Policy Attacked By Fellow Republican

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- GOP speechwriter Michael Gerson argued Sunday that Republican Sen. Rand Paul's position against foreign aid could create heavy humanitar...

Ask Not! JFK's Legacy Denied. Ask Why Not! JFK'S Legacy Defended.

Frank Islam | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

Yes, as we come to the end of this "Kennedy Half Century," let us make the commitment to carry on his legacy, to assume our own responsibility for the future, and to ask why not. Why not keep America the land of dreamers and doers rather than deniers and defilers?

Friday Talking Points [278] -- ...And the Law Won

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This week will be seen as a turning point in the future. Ted Cruz and his band of merry Tea Partiers fought the Obamacare law, with every ounce of energy they could muster. And the law won.

At Aspen Ideas, GOP Has No Idea Whatsoever

Michael Conniff | Posted 08.27.2013 | Denver
Michael Conniff

ASPEN, COLORADO--In a panel here devoted to the "Future of the Republican Party," the skeptical might have at least expected the Know Nothings to know...

Gerson and Wehner: GOP Wins In 2010 'Now Seems More Like An Aberration'

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

Former Bush White House advisers Mike Gerson, who was W's top speechwriter, and Pete Wehner, who worked on policy and strategic initiatives, are out t...

The Republicans' League of Their Own: Reasons, Responses, Recommendations

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

It's important because a vibrant two-party system makes our republic stronger. It provides the basis for compromise, forward momentum and progress. If the Republicans continue to play in a league of their own, they and our democracy will be worse off for it.

The Romney Campaign's Situational Demagoguery

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 09.24.2012 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

Worse than Swift Boating and worse than Willie Horton, Mitt Romney is running the most craven, dishonest, and hypocritical campaign we've seen in contemporary American politics.

America Has a Class Problem

Peter Edelman | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Peter Edelman

Gerson calls for improved educational opportunities beginning with early child development, and that's all good. But markets have two dimensions: supply and demand. We certainly need to improve the quality of the supply and do that inclusively across the population.

Does the Invisible Hand Really Know Best?

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 06.24.2012 | Home
Jeffrey Abelson

Is the free market really free? Or does it come at the expense of civic values we neglect at our peril? That's one of many questions I found myself pondering after reading What Money Can't Buy by Michael J. Sandel.

Out Come The Knives: Conservative Pundits Slam Gingrich

Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

As Newt Gingrich's surge in the polls continues, the backlash against his campaign for president has begun. Prominent conservatives like Ann Coulter, ...

The Disappearance of the Compassionate Conservatives

Jim Wallis | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The compassionate conservative space is vital to the health of the nation and the future of the poor, and therefore preserving it is essential. Republicans returning to it might further open up the space for the kind of bipartisan cooperation we desperately need.

Arianna Discusses The American Dream At The 'Opportunity Nation' Summit

Posted 11.25.2011 | Politics

On November 4th, Arianna participated in the "Opportunity Nation" Summit in New York City. Fareed Zakaria, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and o...