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Evil in America? U.S. Fundamentalist Group to Burn Koran on 9/11

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

One need not journey to the mountains of Afghanistan or Pakistan to discover evil. We have our own home-grown variety of dangerous extremism here in ...

Mosque Debate Reminds Us of Uncomfortable Nature of Freedom

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Morris W. O'Kelly

Freedom is working when it is most "uncomfortable," and the U.S. Constitution is at its best when it's tremendously inconvenient. Don't confuse something being uncomfortable with something being unfair.

The Sound of Silence

Terry Newell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

The far right, the far left and special interest groups are well-funded, articulate, and exercise their democratic rights to shape public opinion. The rest of us either can't find our voice or can't get heard.

Liberal Voting Record Released: 2009 Mirrors 1961

Michael J. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J. Wilson

In politics, just like in baseball, you really do need a scorecard to get the most out of the exercise.

Focus on the Mission: Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Rachel Laser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rachel Laser

They serve in Iraq. They fight in Afghanistan. Their names are etched in marble at Arlington National Cemetery. And three out of four Americans believe they shouldn't be forced to lie to serve the country.

Politics: The Reason to Reason

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

Unless those in the middle rise up and assert themselves we will all continue to have one thing in common. There is but one word for that: "Disgust."

All in on Health Reform

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

There's something poignant about Obama's attempts to reason with Republicans. As the health summit showed, they haven't worked, but a frustrated public will probably appreciate the effort anyway.

Evan Bayh's Retirement Signals Disappearance Of Moderate Middle In Congress

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN and HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The moderate middle is disappearing from Congress. Evan Bayh is just the latest senator to forgo a re-election bid, joining a growi...

Evan Bayh Packs It In

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

Bayh's decision to pack it in, after 12 years, is a loss to his party, and even more to his country. Most of all, it's a withering rebuke to Congress, which seems to have lost the knack for governing. What Cost?

Susan Bevan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Bevan

Like it or not, abortion is a legal medical procedure and a decision that has to be left to doctors and families. Why are women being singled out and denied coverage, even through private plans?

"Informed Sources": What Really Happened When Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin Got Into Upstate New York Politics

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

The latest tempest involved New York's 23rd Congressional district, where the Republican candidate was forced out of the race because of her positions on gay and abortion rights.

The Big Confusion: "Moderates" and "Independents" Are Not the Same Thing

John Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Zogby

In a recent New York Times piece, David Brooks divided the electorate into liberals, conservatives and independents. This view mistakes a lack of party affiliation for ideological innocence.

Obama's Aces Over

Matt Bennett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Bennett

Right now, the President may appear to have a meager stack of chips in front of him, but it's because his entire bankroll is in the pot. And as it turns out, he's holding a couple of aces.

Another GOP Swipe Against Women

Candace Straight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Candace Straight

As a Republican, I favor limited government. But the Republican senators who voted against the anti-rape measure ignored common decency and basic human rights.

Mandatory National Service as a Political Tool

Nicholas Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicholas Brown

I'm probably not going to get around to joining the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps or the armed services anytime soon. I have a career to consider. So -- and I'm talking to you here government -- I want you to force me.

Because Bipartisanship Is Dead Until 2011: A Defense of Senate Moderates

John R. Bohrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John R. Bohrer

The GOP cannot even claim credit for bringing the bills to the middle of the road -- the Democrats are hogging all of it. And that is a good thing, despite what some may think.

Obama to Join the Republican Party?

Dave Astor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dave Astor

Barack Obama has tried to make the GOP happy. He appointed Republicans to high posts, expanded the U.S. presence in Afghanistan and never pushed for a single-payer health plan

Nothing Centrist About Them

Katrina vanden Heuvel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Katrina vanden Heuvel

So-called "centrists" are far from the center of the health care debate. They are, in fact, out of touch and out of the mainstream -- like the rest of their conservative brethren.

RNC's Michael Steele Becomes Union Man

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Steele can perch that white hard hat atop his head, but he's going to have to labor at learning some hard philosophical lessons before becoming a real steelworker, a true union man.

Have You Ever Heard of the 'Muslim Effect'?

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

An American list of the top 100 intellectuals was dominated by Muslims in the top 10; the only other American list dominated by Muslims is the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list.

Specter: Loyal Opportunists

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

There is little doubt that the country has made a political left-turn, leaving opportunistic moderates from both parties scrambling to find their cherished middle.

The Radical Middle Wins in Iowa -- Gay Marriage and the Power of Progressive Centrism

Bill Shireman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Shireman

The Iowa decision illustrates that progress is possible when principled people on the left and right set aside their cultural preferences, and examine their beliefs at a deeper level.

Swingers: The New Voting Bloc That Could Change Politics Forever

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Giltz

Swingers are the moderate middle. They don't vote based on the tiny letter next to a candidate's name. They vote based on the policies that person puts forth.

The Center Left Nation

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

On both values and issues, moderates line up with liberals to form a strong majority that isolates conservatives. Conservatives have had their day. This is a center-left, not a center-right nation.

The Substance Election

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

Much will be made of McCain's "mistakes" in his campaign, as conservatives will seek to blame his performance for their shrinking minority status, to shift blame away from their own policies.