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GOP Candidate's Surprising Spin

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics

A Republican congressional candidate in western New York is claiming a new poll shows him leading his race while it actually shows he is statistically...

Editors Advise Citizen Journalists On Covering The Conventions

Huffington Post | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Huffington Post

"The trouble with covering a convention," HuffPost's Ryan Grim tells us, "is it's almost impossible to find an actual story there." That's the challe...

The Panic In The Romney Team

Eric Zuesse | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

Reporters don't get admission into the innermost important workings of a presidential campaign until the historians do -- if ever -- but on some rare ...

New Jersey Republican Open To Tax Hikes

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 08.16.2012 | Politics

A Republican U.S. Senate candidate with close ties to Mitt Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that he's open to raising taxes on the rich....

"What is Ohio's Middle Class?"

Rana B. Khoury | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics
Rana B. Khoury

He gave up cable TV and sold his car. He has since found work in telemarketing but he has no plans to pay for cable or a car again. That's because Billy has given up on the idea of job security: "There's just no such thing." No cable, no car, no job security, and yet Billy is confidently middle class.

'Disgusted' Senior Plans Appeal Of 'Disgraceful' Law

Doylestown Patch | Sarah Larson | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics

A Doylestown great-grandmother involved in the lawsuit against Pennsylvania's Voter ID law said she is not giving up, despite a state court's ruling W...

Don't Put A Mustache On It

Lucia Graves | Posted 10.08.2012 | Politics
Lucia Graves

There's a piece of Internet wisdom known as Godwin's law that says as an online conversation grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving t...

HuffPost Announces Winners Of The Off The Bus 2012 'Cover The Conventions' Contest

Huffington Post | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics
Huffington Post

In February, Huffington Post's OffTheBus called for field contributors to send in short videos demonstrating that they have what it takes to cover thi...

Lucia Graves

‘What Does This Kind Of Negligence Do To Our Students?’ | Lucia Graves | Posted 07.24.2012 | Education

Leila Chakravarty, a seventh-grade math teacher in the Los Angeles public school system, measures the cost of austerity cuts to education not in gym s...

Obama Goof Or Republican Lie?

Eric Zuesse | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

Obama's phrase, "you didn't build that" -- which the president has repeatedly said was meant to refer to roads and bridges -- is being presented to make it look as if he were saying, "you didn't build your business." And Fox News has repeated the same attack for two days.

Cops Arrested Teenagers For Jumping Into A Swimming Pool

R.H. Lossin | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
R.H. Lossin

The Huffington Post's brief coverage of the NYPD's use of pepper spray on a minor at McCarren Park pool on Tuesday July 17 is entirely inaccurate. I w...

A Red Dawn Over Durham?

Steve Early | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
Steve Early

Durham, England -- Although their histories are quite different, the British Labour Party and our U.S. Democrats have one thing in common: both like t...

Singer: State Department Best Band Booker

Ellen Freudenheim | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
Ellen Freudenheim

After Labor Day, Mary McBride and her band take their State Department-sponsored charm offensive to Libya and Afghanistan, among other countries. For the past 12 months McBride and her band have toured their mix of country-western rock'n'roll to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Pakistan and Turkey, among other nations such as Vietnam and Laos. This spring they toured Iraq for eight days. In each trip, they do outreach concerts for abandoned and disabled people in institutional homes, hold workshops with students, meet prominent local musicians, play for international personnel, and appear on local media. "I've never felt as welcome as I have in Pakistan and Iraq," said McBride during a two-hour in-person interview in Brooklyn in June. She has the voice of a full-throated blues singer and a camp counselor's infectious enthusiasm.

HuffPost Reader Rejoices After ACA Ruling: 'Thank God! My Son Has A Future'

The Huffington Post | Lucia Graves | Posted 06.29.2012 | Politics

When Jackie Davis' son, now 25, was first diagnosed with juvenile diabetes ten years ago, Blue Cross Blue Shield told her he would be uninsurable. For...

Health Care Co-Ops: In the Heartland, Bread and Butter Trumps Ideology

Sanford D. Horwitt | Posted 08.25.2012 | Politics
Sanford D. Horwitt

When it comes to the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, apparently there is no end to partisan political sniping in Washington even when the casualties include one's own voters beyond the Beltway. Last month, five senior Senate and House Republicans fired a broadside at a heretofore relatively noncontroversial provision of the Affordable Care Act, one that provides federal start-up loans to qualified organizations across the country to establish health insurance cooperatives. The co-ops could be an appealing nonprofit alternative for individuals and small businesses, many owned, it is reasonable to say, by Republican-leaning entrepreneurs. These small-business job creators, lacking the bargaining power of big companies, have been saddled with double-digit health- insurance rate increases in recent years by for-profit insurance companies.

Can An Out-of-State Union Help Vermonters Win Single-Payer?

Steve Early | Posted 08.22.2012 | Politics
Steve Early

While the nation waits for an overdue Supreme Court decision that will decide the fate of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, another health care drama with wide implications for universal health care is just starting in Vermont. Prodded by a strong grassroots movement, the Vermont legislature voted last year for a single-payer state health care system (Act 48) where every citizen will eventually be eligible for publicly funded health care.

Democrat Aims To Be Utah's 'Gourmet Cook'

Jake Rush | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics
Jake Rush

Utah has not had a Democratic governor since 1985. The Republican incumbency advantage there is formidable to say the least. However, this year's Democratic challenger to Republican Gov. Gary Herbert, Gen. Peter Stryker Cooke, wants to change that, and has the chops to do it. Progress in Utah Already In the neighborhoods surrounding the Salt Lake City Country Club, Cooke signs dot the streets. They feature two stars, symbolizing the General's 39-year career in the Army Reserves. Their colors: red and white. 'COOKE' is emblazoned in the middle in bold, blue font. They resemble an American Flag.

How Marijuana Has Reshaped Colorado

Ryan Glasspiegel | Posted 08.16.2012 | Politics
Ryan Glasspiegel

Damien LaGoy strides down 13th Avenue towards Gyspy House, a small coffee shop in Denver, with a bounce in his step. Atop a gaunt, 110-pound frame wit...

The Three Big Lies Upon Which The Romney Campaign Is Based

Eric Zuesse | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

Republicans' being factually wrong on economics is no opinion; it itself is a fact. Saying that it's the case is nonpartisan. This is the kind of thing that science, in any field, is all about: honestly reporting the facts.

Dems Look To Recapture Obama '08 Spirit

Steve Early | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Steve Early

In 2008, millions of Obama-for-president volunteers got fired up about electoral politics in a way they hadn't been before. The incoming president's 1...

Christie Would Give Romney 'Blue-Collar Appeal'

Martin Zabell | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Martin Zabell

Chris Christie would be the perfect vice presidential nominee on Mitt Romney's GOP presidential ticket if he is who his supporters say he is. Howeve...

The Ozzie Guillen Political Correct-mess

Isabel Otero | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Isabel Otero

Are we really going to go down this rabbit hole of political correctness in which we must overreact about any and all comments that may offend those who hold our purse strings?

'Your Money Or Your Life'

Pamela Mays McDonald | Posted 05.28.2012 | Politics
Pamela Mays McDonald

As the Supreme Court, on this third and final day, weighs the future of the Affordable Care Act (AKA "Obamacare"), the saga of Kenya's journey these past few months demonstrates the life-or-death significance of the Court's deliberations.

HuffPost Citizen Journalists At The Conventions: We Are The History We Have Been Waiting For

Howard Fineman | Posted 06.27.2012 | Politics
Howard Fineman

In spite of the ever-deepening flood of candidate advertising, politics (and journalism) today are do-it-yourself, web-based and socially-connected enterprises. Which is where you come in.

Tucson School Board To Decide On Controversial Mexican American Studies Program

Pamela Powers Hannley | Posted 03.11.2012 | Politics
Pamela Powers Hannley

Members of the Tucson Unified School District Governing Board are expected to vote tonight on the fate of a controversial Mexican American Studies program. Will they accept the state's ruling that MAS violates the law? Will they vote to dismantle or modify MAS? Or will they further appeal the findings and accept the multi-million-dollar fines?