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Reading the Pictures: Obama's Jobs Address -- Key Optics

Michael Shaw | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2011-09-09-jbospp.pngThis frame leaves me wondering how the political cycle will be any different from before: a deft speech leading to appeasement leading to mostly a brick wall.

Whatever Happened to 'the Vision Thing', Revisited

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 11.04.2011 | Politics
Peter Smirniotopoulos

I no longer harbor any quixotic notions, as I did two-and-a-half years ago, about the president stepping forward to articulate a bold vision for America's future: But somebody sure needs to... and soon.

Should States Raise Revenues by Expanding Legal Gambling?

Dana Radcliffe | Posted 10.30.2011 | Politics
Dana Radcliffe

Many officials around the country are convinced that a dire fiscal situation warrants legalizing forms of gambling now barred in their states. Does it?

It's Not Bernanke, It's Congress

Daniel Hough Jones | Posted 10.27.2011 | Business
Daniel Hough Jones

I think our state of affairs is nonsense. We the People are standing around allowing Congress to run us onto the rocks. We are stupid. We should stop being stupid and solve the problem. We should fix the situation.

Unions Approve Deal To Close Budget Gap In Connecticut

AP | SUSAN HAIGH | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut's unionized state employees overwhelmingly ratified a labor savings and concessions agreement Thursday in a second...

Federal Agencies Warned To Prepare For More Cuts

AOL Government | Wyatt Kash | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics

Federal agency and department leaders should plan for a 5 percent reduction in discretionary spending in fiscal year 2013, and prepare for more cuts -...

GOP Governor Looks To Stop Effort To Repeal Controversial Anti-Union Law

AP | JULIE CARR SMYTH and ANN SANNER | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. John Kasich and top Republican lawmakers said Wednesday they're offering to discuss weakening a new law limiting coll...

Vermont Governor Marries Lesbian Couple

AP | JOHN CURRAN | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Making good on a campaign promise, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin married a lesbian couple in a small ceremony in his office. The...

Jordan Howard Says It Won't Ban Third-Party Ads That Discourage Job Applications From The Unemployed | Jordan Howard | Posted 10.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The parent company for the employment website, Monster Worldwide Inc., is taking action to get the progressive advocacy grou...

Compromise Is Not a Dirty Word

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

Compromise, contrary to popular opinion, does not mean selling out one's principles. Compromise means working out differences to forge a solution which fits the diversity of the body politic.

Glenn Beck and Danny Danon: An Unholy Alliance?

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics
Marcia G. Yerman

While other nations witness how divisive American politics currently is -- with Glenn Beck at the forefront of the over-the-top rhetoric -- it remains to be seen why Israel would allow itself to be a staging ground for his extreme brand of political theater.

Reducing Air Pollution Is Well Worth the Cost

Josh Nelson | Posted 09.10.2011 | Green
Josh Nelson

The air quality improvements of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule will be tremendous, with the number of counties in violation of federal standards expected to drop from 207 to just two as soon as 2014.

Why Do Some Local TV Stations Have Political Beat Reporters When Most Don't?

Jason Salzman | Posted 09.04.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

If you watch local TV news in different cities around the country, and I'm not suggesting you do so, you see that a small number of stations have political beat reporters, but most do not.

Campaign Death Watches -- Even for Newt Gingrich -- Are Premature

Asher Smith | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Asher Smith

The Gingrich campaign self-immolated out of the gate. A glitter bomb, snarling confrontation with an Iowa voter and epic John Lithgow recitation later, Newt's campaign is already being written off as 2012's Mike Gravel. That is to say, the comic relief.

Eunuch Sought for IMF Presidency

Peter G. Miller | Posted 07.19.2011 | Comedy
Peter G. Miller

"We're looking for someone with the swagger of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the tact of Mel Gibson, the honesty of a Wall Street banker and the compassion for the poor you would expect from any Republican presidential candidate before the Iowa primary."

Assessing the Republican Field

David Helfenbein | Posted 06.20.2011 | Politics
David Helfenbein

There are four real contestants in the Republican primary. They are as follows, and in no particular order: Mitch Daniels, Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, and Tim Pawlenty.

Why Donald Trump Is No Wendell Willkie

Asher Smith | Posted 06.17.2011 | Politics
Asher Smith

Is Donald Trump Wendell Willkie, the 1940 presidential candidate plucked from the private sector during the 1940 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia? The comparison is tempting.

On May 5, Will Birthers Be Asked for a Show of Hands?

Asher Smith | Posted 06.03.2011 | Politics
Asher Smith

What happens if 2012 GOP hopefuls are asked to raise their hands if they have doubts about Obama's birthplace? There's a greater potential for backlash for candidates providing the "correct" answer.

In the Case of David Wu, Mediocre Representation Beats No Representation

Asher Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Asher Smith

Dealing with government offices is already difficult enough, and this burgeoning trend of vanity resignations primarily works to throw more wrenches into the process.

Memo to Fox News: Science and Politics Don't Mix

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Nelson

This piece was co-written by Ryan Koronowski, Alliance for Climate Protection Research Director and Josh Nelson, Alliance for Climate Protection Direc...

Muslim 'Radicalization' Hearings Are Wrong And Misguided

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

An effort is currently underway to hold a public hearing in Congress on the "radicalization" of Muslim Americans. This is both troubling and dumbfounding.

The Poetry Of Wikileaks: How 1830 Cables Became Haikus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

# As is typical, the Pope stayed above the fray and did not comment. 00HARARE5461.txt # Whether such tactics will have a chilling effect remains...

Scott Sisters Freed! Gov. Barbour Wants a Kidney for their Freedom

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Papa

I wish the Scott Sisters the best in their regaining their freedom and hope they lead fruitful lives. And I pray that Governor Barbour does not use the freedom for organs tradeoff anymore in the future to save the state of Mississippi tax dollars.

What Does Richard Holbrooke's Death Mean for Afghanistan?

Matt Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matt Kane

Though a devoted statesman and a very intelligent man, Holbrooke seemed to be either outright ignored by top administration officials both at home and abroad or simply appeased by domestic officials while other plans were undertaken anyway.

When it comes to health reform, Dr Tom Coburn: First, do no harm

Larry Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Larry Cohen

Community prevention is the essence of local control. It's about helping neighborhoods to work together with local businesses, community groups and ...