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Our Elections Have Always Been Dumb

The Huffington Post | Eliot Nelson | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics

The following is adapted from the recently released The Beltway Bible: A Totally Serious A-Z Guide to Our No-Good, Corrupt, Incompetent, Terrible, Dep...

Learning From History How to Curb Corruption

Richard L. McCormick | Posted 11.06.2016 | Politics
Richard L. McCormick

Americans are heirs to a long tradition of fighting to abolish political practices that stand corruptly in the way of solutions to the country's most serious problems.

Power Drain

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The U.S. now stood alone. Initially, Washington was stunned. After all, as one observer put it, "the end of history" had been reached -- and there, amid the rubble of other systems and powers, lay an imperial version of liberal democracy and a capitalist system freed of even the thought of global competitors and constraints. Or so it seemed.

The Absolute Best Way to Reflect on Nixon's Resignation

Lester & Charlie | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Lester & Charlie

On this anniversary, let's remember one great -- but too often overlooked -- Lesbian African-American House Representative from Texas who steered us through a Constitutional crisis 40 years ago with logic and passion.

Princeton's Haitian Taxi-Driving Entrepreneurs

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

"I was born a slave, but nature gave me the soul of a free man." - François-Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture As one who believes passionately i...

The Rise and Fall of the Nation's Largest Student Movement: the Students for Democratic Society

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Steve Mariotti

Today, the student-activist organization Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) is being reactivated on college campuses around the country as the New SDS. Yet, how many of its new members are aware of SDS's complex past and the role of its legendary leader, Carl Oglesby?

The Art of Political Pandering

Rich Rubino | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

While voters may say they want our presidential candidates to say what they think, if the candidates do not offer opinions palatable to voters, the electorate is unlikely to reward them come election day.

The Schlesinger Legacy

Stephen Schlesinger | Posted 12.28.2013 | Politics
Stephen Schlesinger

As a public intellectual, a Democratic Party stalwart, and a renowned American historian, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. plunged into the ideological battles of his day in an effort to push for progressive changes during a professional career that lasted from 1945-2005.

Back to the Future?

Mark D. Weinberg | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Mark D. Weinberg

Neither Reagan nor Clinton (Bill, at least) will occupy the Oval Office again. But it might be worth thinking about what made them successful when we choose their future successors.

Let's Hear It for 'Bullshit!'

Norman Lear | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Norman Lear

If anybody can tell me that there are another two syllables that can express what lies just beneath the consciousness of most Americans at this minute -- and all Americans when they know what they are angry minute about, I want to know what that is.

10 Studly Pictures For Abraham Lincoln's 204th Birthday (SLIDESHOW)

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

An icon of freedom and hope, 16th President Abraham Lincoln would have turned 204 today. From modest beginnings to his Emancipation Proclamation i...

Oh, Where Have You Gone, Mr. Roosevelt? Our Nation Turns Its Angry Eyes to You

Jon Knokey | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Jon Knokey

The partisan political environment in America provides opportunity for the next generation of American leaders. Don't believe it? Just ask Theodore Roosevelt.

An American First and a Republican Afterward

Lynne Olson | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Lynne Olson

A highly polarized country. A savagely partisan Congress. A brutal presidential race, which ended with the Democratic incumbent defeating his Republican challenger, an ex-businessman. This was America in 1940 and early 1941.

Election 2012: Echoes of Truman's 1948 Campaign

Ken Blackwell | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

The 2012 election resembled Harry Truman's come-from-behind "Give `em Hell" campaign of 1948. That year, too, Republicans could almost taste victory. But Truman was a scrapper. He didn't mind winning ugly.

PHOTOS: Presidential Hotel History

Oyster | Posted 01.06.2013 | Travel

Given how much time presidents spend on the road, it's no surprise how many noteworthy events -- famous and infamous both -- have taken place at hotels.

Why Most Second Term Presidents Fail -- and What Obama Can Do to Beat the Odds

Alfred J. Zacher | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Alfred J. Zacher

Only 19 U.S. presidents have been elected to a second term. Out of those, only seven avoided a troubled or failed second term. Should this second-term curse enter into the decision to vote for Barack Obama?

Stumbling With No Stick: The GOP Betrayal of Teddy Roosevelt

Charles B. Schudson | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics
Charles B. Schudson

Roosevelt declared that the GOP must stand "for the rights of humanity, or else it must stand for special privilege." Addressing the GOP convention in 2012, he would be sickened.

Caro Is Right About LBJ: I Know, I Was There

Newton N. Minow | Posted 07.22.2012 | Politics
Newton N. Minow

Simply put, the LBJ I knew hungered for power, and knew he knew how to use it. The Kennedy I knew grudgingly but genuinely admired LBJ's ability. Robert Caro's book reminded me of a sad conversation I had with LBJ during the time he was languishing in the vice presidency.

The Most Divisive Political Campaign in History

Warren Adler | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Warren Adler

Whatever your political affiliation, this election season will be both virtual and geographic ground zero for making one's voice heard. The objective as always will be to make the message attract as much media and Internet attention as possible.

Don't Tweet on Me! The Founding Fathers and Twitter

Scott Shamberg | Posted 05.28.2012 | Politics
Scott Shamberg

Imagine giving our Founding Fathers, some of the most learned and intelligent men in history, a tool like Twitter. Would humility win the day or would the draw of casting immediate stones outweigh etiquette?

The Dangerous Allure of Political Promises

Terry Newell | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Terry Newell

Our minds -- and those of politicians -- feed on overconfidence. We want to believe not only the promise but that the person who made it can deliver. A recent book by Nobel-winning economist/psychologist Daniel Kahneman helps explain this.

Obama Faces "The Crunch"

Ken Blackwell | Posted 05.19.2012 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

It was Winston Churchill who first used that term, "the crunch," in that way. It means, of course, that crisis when a leader has to make a judgment. It is when lives, perhaps millions of them, hang on the outcome of the decision the leader makes.

That's the Ticket: From Bush to Biden, Vice Presidents Are No Longer Figureheads

Stewart J. Lawrence | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics
Stewart J. Lawrence

With the assassination of JFK, the resignation of Nixon, the near-assassination of Reagan and the impeachment of Clinton, the question of presidential "succession" looms larger than ever. And as a result, voters and the national media are scrutinizing VP qualifications like never before.

Rick Santorum and John F. Kennedy

Abner S. Greene | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics
Abner S. Greene

While religious freedom sometimes permits a role for religion in politics, other times it requires the opposite, a lawmaking process based in secular justifications, without formal church involvement.

Dangerous Moral Cynicism Rears Its Head on Both Sides of the Aisle

Byron Williams | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Byron Williams

It is rather arrogant and contradictory to run for Congress, proclaiming one's hatred for the institution that is Washington, D.C., vowing not to compromise, while promising to change the political tone.