You would have to be living in a bubble to have missed the news that Beyonce cut a reported $50 million deal with PepsiCo. Although the deal may meet Beyonce's and Pepsi's mutually-beneficial marketing needs, it does not serve the best interests of the U.S. public.
We need coherent policy platforms that are anchored in the proper periodization of time. For as a country and as an economy we are not just at any random moment in history.
Barack Obama's approval ratings are creeping upward, both because the public likes a jaunty, resolute leader, and because Republican policies are out of sync with public sentiment. Obama pushed Republicans' backs to the wall when they tried to hold hostage tax increases for everybody to a tax cut for the top 1 percent. Obama reminded the public just what a bad idea that was. The Republicans caved. He made it clear that he was not going to allow pay a ransom in exchange for the Republicans relenting on the debt ceiling extension. The Republicans caved again. He came out of the box strong on immigration, insisting on a comprehensive reform package with a path to earned citizenship, and on gun control. On both issues, Republicans are losing the battle for public opinion, and the president has immense powers to move public opinion -- if he will use them.
In a week of big headlines and big anticipation of a second Inaugural -- only the 5th in 50 years -- Arianna and Mary are at odds over the President's new aggressive leadership style on guns and debt. Mary sees a swaggering demagogue while Arianna likes his trajectory.
Celebration of Obama's second inauguration is already being dampened by news of his mulling the commencement of more drone bombing of Mali, destabilized and engulfed in violence, in no small part due to spillover of the violence from U.S.-NATO bombing of Libya
On this third Tuesday of January, I will indeed be filled with hope: hope, not in perfection but in perfectability; hope in the ability of our nation and our world to learn from our mistakes and turn from our excesses.
All inaugurations have their special moments, but they can also be expensive, exhausting, and bitterly cold.
When Obama is sworn in on Monday, the encore will elicit one last acknowledgement of our personal and collective accomplishments. Afterward, thousands of volunteers will fan out, returning to their respective corners of the nation, fired up and ready to keep moving forward.
Dr. King's principles and methodology of nonviolence outline a path to social change that still holds true.
Organizers have asked us (!) to harness our most patriotic and poetic instincts (!) with the hashtag #prezpoem. At times, we might come off as a little too earnest, and we might go a little crazy with our adjectives, and we might not even take the time to spell "thru" correctly, but don't judge us.
I don't know what a faggot means, really; don't even know about sex yet. All I know is she's talking about me, me; and whatever I am, is bad, very bad.
He always come in the back entrance; we decided we need to rename it the "BaRack entrance" he came so often.
The Commander-In-Chief has laid his head to rest in some of our favorite hotels around the globe.
Did Facebook just usher in a new era of personalized search? Facebook's big reveal this week wasn't the rumored Facebook phone as some had hoped, but...
On Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, President Barack Obama will take the oath of office, marking the 57th formal presidential inaugural ceremony. In all, U.S. presidents have been sworn in 70 times, which includes both private and public ceremonies.