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Is Democracy Sick?

Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes | Posted 03.09.2015 | World
Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes

Democracy is based on the premise that all people are equal and all have the right to vote and whoever gets the most votes wins. But what happens if the politicians, in order to get elected, make promises which are disastrous for the country?

Marijuana Grows Up

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Marijuana is now the nation's fastest-growing industry. The legal marijuana industry brought in $2.4 billion last year, so it's certainly no longer any sort of laughing matter. That figure represents an increase of a whopping 74 percent in one year's time, and it is estimated that the total legal market could be worth $11 billion as soon as 2019.

What You Need To Know About Alexis Tsipras

HuffPost Greece | Katerina Prifti | Posted 01.27.2015 | World

Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the Greek Coalition of the Radical Left -- best known by its acronym, Syriza -- is the focus of attention in Europe afte...

D.C.

Marcia Liss | Posted 01.26.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Politician Random Accountability Test (P-RAT)

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Perhaps I have this wrong and I am hopelessly naive (or idealistic), but even though President Obama was elected as a Democrat, once elected isn't his constituency the entire American population, and isn't he supposed to serve all of them to the best of his ability?

We Have Cure for What Ails State of the Union

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

We've finally emerged from the crash of 2008. We've had 58 consecutive quarters of job growth. Unemployment is declining. Productivity is up. Yet, most Americans aren't exactly high-fiving each other. Never mind the state of the union; the state of their households isn't great.

Illinois Remembers the Life of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.09.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka died Dec. 10 at the age of 70 after suffering a stroke the day before. She had just been elected to her second term as comptroller in November and was the only woman in Illinois to ever hold two constitutional state offices, as comptroller and treasurer.

Thanks + Giving -- Makes Ya' Feel Good!

David Kanegis | Posted 01.26.2015 | Fifty
David Kanegis

As I sat waiting to be called in I thought about Thanksgiving, its origins and about how lucky I am. My life like most has challenges, yet I pride myself on virtually never complaining. Then I had an aha moment.

Ebola

Jonathan Richards | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

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Politicians Are No Scientists On Climate Change, But They're Happy To Give Medical Opinions On Ebola

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

"I'm not a scientist, but …" has become something of a cliché among politicians who want to weigh in on climate science without actually having to ...

A Question for Voters: What Does it Take to be a Leader?

Tim Ward | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact
Tim Ward

With elections forthcoming -- mid term in the US, and local elections in Canada -- the question "What does it takes to be a leader?" ought to be on our minds.

Should a Transhumanist Run for US President?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

I'm in the very early stages of preparing a campaign to try to run in the 2016 election for US President. I'll be doing it as a transhumanist for the Transhumanist Party, a political organization I recently founded that seeks to use science and technology to radically improve the human being and the society we live in.

10 Ways Politicians And Toddlers Are Alike

April McCormick | Posted 12.07.2014 | Parents
April McCormick

With midterm elections less than a month away, politicians are ramping up the TV ads, the mudslinging, name calling and well, bullsh*t. Below are 10 ways toddlers and politicians are alike, especially around election time...

Kalabagh Dam - A Pivotal Need for Pakistan?

Mariam Khan | Posted 11.30.2014 | World
Mariam Khan

Only if the discrepancies are kept aside and the general good of the people of the nation be focused upon, then only can the Kalabagh Dam be erected which can effectively put to rest a great number of problems faced by the citizens of Pakistan.

Five Reasons Why Democracy Hasn't Fixed Inequality

Sean McElwee | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

In a market economy, the median voter's income will invariably be below the national average creating an apparently compelling opportunity for a politics of redistribution. This makes the sustained increase in income inequality in the United States and other developed countries a bit of a puzzle.

Invisible Fences Of Our Lives And Politics

Matthew Dowd | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

Big donors and interest groups with agendas of all political persuasions try to keep convincing many politicians that they will be shocked if they venture too far afield. And these elected officials accept this story of an invisible fence line.

The Time Is Ripe for Elected Leaders to Come Out for Marijuana Legalization

Tony Newman | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

As discerning analysts like Nate Silver have been noticing, there's a particularly large gap between elite and popular opinion on marijuana policy. It's long past time to close that gap. Marijuana legalization is far from a risky position -- in fact, it's smart politics.

Civil Rights Clash: Transhumanists Prepare to Challenge an Anti-Cryonics Law in Canada

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

British Columbia has a law on the books that prohibits the marketing or sale of services for cryonics. The stage is being set for a civil rights clash. Cryonicists say they will challenge the law in court, citing it as a human rights violation that threatens their ultimate transhuman goal of trying to live indefinitely.

Politicians React To Hobby Lobby Decision

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

Numerous politicians reacted on Monday to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. The Court, in a 5-4 decision, ru...

Anthony Weiner for President?

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

That got your attention. But I'm not being entirely facetious. Having watched Weiner kick some serious butt twice on one of my favorite bleeding heart liberal talk shows, I'm beginning to like this guy.

Junior Varsity Politics: SCOTUS Finalizes NLRB v. Noel Canning

Victor Williams | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Victor Williams

Justice Stephen Breyer warned of the danger when Supreme Court Justices are perceived as "junior-varsity politicians" on May 20, 2014. President Franklin D. Roosevelt -- almost exactly 79 years earlier -- blasted the Court for playing such politics after it repeatedly crushed needed New Deal reform programs.

The One Phrase Obama Cannot Stop Repeating In His Speeches

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach & Ben Craw | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics

Nobody is more committed, concerned, frustrated, offended or madder than the President. At least, that's according to President Barack Obama's spe...

The Power of Questions to Fix Political Reputation

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Disappointingly, though perhaps not surprisingly, voter turnout in Portugal has collapsed from 91.5 percent in 1975, the year of the first democratic elections, to 58.1 percent in the 2011 parliamentary elections.

Politicians React To The Death Of Maya Angelou

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics

Beloved poet and activist Dr. Maya Angelou died on Wednesday at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at the age of 86. Politicians took to Twi...

Presidents, Products and Brands: Three Critical Lessons

Bob Deutsch | Posted 07.02.2014 | Media
Bob Deutsch

What lessons can we reflect on when pondering the every-four-year spectacle of the wrestling match between the Democratic and Republicans contenders, and what can those teachings tell us about branding in general?