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A Message For The Republican Party (From A Former Republican)

Tammy Bleck | Posted 10.02.2015 | Fifty
Tammy Bleck

I am sickened by your bigoted intolerance of gay and lesbian people marrying. It's not all about you. It's about humanity and doing the right thing. And stop blaming God for every narrow-minded thought you cannot suppress. God, my friends, is about love, acceptance and forgiveness.

I Was Invited to See the Pope at the White House

Susan Shaer | Posted 10.01.2015 | Impact
Susan Shaer

Of course I would go. The White House itself is a draw on a beautiful fall day. I finally arrived on the south lawn with the green grass expanse between the White House rear balconies and the Washington monument. Magical.

Calling Out Corruption

Judy Frankel | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Only three candidates are willing to say that the system is corrupt: Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Lawrence Lessig. But Trump has no solution to the problem, while the other two do.

Yes, We Live in a Place Called the World

Nida Khan | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact
Nida Khan

We are at an interesting crossroads right now. For a country that was founded on the slaughter of natives and the brutal enslavement of innocents, we have obviously made progress and strides in society. But our biggest challenge now -- that is in some ways even more difficult -- is eradicating institutional racism and inequality.

Kenya at a Crossroad: Can the Country Learn From President Obama's Visit And The Trajectory of His Life?

Washington Osiro | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

Overlooked in the frenzied excitement over President Obama's visit to his father's birthplace is the inconvenient reality: That long after the sheen from hosting the world's most powerful man is gone, Kenyans will return to the hustle and bustle of their daily lives in a society facing a fork in the road towards its future.

Presidential Race or Reality Show?

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 07.20.2015 | Entertainment
Chaker Khazaal

Of all the "game-changing political leaders" in the ring, reality television host, investor and American business magnate Donald Trump Sr. has emerged as the main contender. Trump seems to be more focused on tainting the opposition's character rather than championing his own cause.

POTUS Barack Obama Set to Visit Kenya - His Father's Homeland

Washington Osiro | Posted 07.01.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

Another incontrovertible fact is that American President Barack Obama has Luo blood flowing in his veins. This fact is as much a thorn on the sides of those who hold onto tribal allegiance as it is a source of pride for those who've felt shut out of the spoils of Kenya's independence i.e. "matunda ya uhuru."

Conservatives Are the Real Winners This SCOTUS Season

Russ Baruffi | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Russ Baruffi

Obamacare's Exchanges are free markets where private companies compete for customers - the essence of market capitalism and the genesis of all innovation and cost efficiency.

A Respect Reset

Michael Smerconish | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Michael Smerconish

Obama leaves the White House in 18 months, and while there appears no prospect that his treatment will change in the interim, we should view the election as a reset of the way in which we treat our chief executives.

Never Underestimate Bernie

Judy Frankel | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Will voters choose a president based on gender? Or on the issues?

Obama Tweets Back To Girl's Awesome Letter About World Peace, Marriage Equality

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 05.27.2015 | Good News

A 5-year-old has some suggestions for how to solve a couple of global issues, and the leader of the free world has responded. Last week, Yasmeen, ...

President Obama May Have Blocked A Meninist Twitter Account

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 05.27.2015 | Women

@POTUS is on Twitter, and he wants nothing to do with "meninists." According to an image tweeted out by the account @MeninistTweet, it has been bl...

My Advice to President Obama for His New Twitter Account

David Vaughn | Posted 05.19.2015 | Comedy
David Vaughn

Hello, Mr. President! Welcome to the wonderful world of Twitter! A lot has changed in the tweeting world since you stepped into office. Now we can have banners atop our profiles that no one ever sees.

No Room for Gray Areas in Obama's Deportation Guidelines

Juan Escalante | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Juan Escalante

Yes, President Obama highlighted that his administration would appeal the judge's ruling during a nationally televised immigration town hall last week, but what exactly does that mean for the beneficiaries of the DACA+ and DAPA program in the meantime?

How to Deal With ISIS

Frank A. Weil | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

If ISIS were surprised often enough by effective paramilitary incursions, we could tilt the scale of advantage quite quickly.

9 Donald Trump GIFs for You, Mr. Speaker

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

Speaker Boehner recently questioned President Barack Obama's plan to provide free community college for America's students. Instead of asking how our nation can afford this, we should be asking how our students can afford not to pursue higher education.

Photo of Barack Obama's Irish Immigrant 3rd Great-Grandfather, Fulmoth Kearney, Discovered

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

It was seven years ago when I identified Fulmoth Kearney of Moneygall, Ireland as the most recent immigrant on the maternal side of Barack Obama's family tree. Inheriting land in Ohio from a brother, Fulmoth's father, Joseph, left Ireland for the United States in 1849.

Fulmoth Kearney, President Obama's Irish Immigrant Ancestor, Gets a Tombstone

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

Back in 2007, I researched then-candidate Barack Obama's roots and identified one of his third great-grandparents, Fulmoth Kearney of Ireland, as the most recent immigrant on his mother's side of the family.

Black, Male, Mad As Hell

Kelsey Minor | Posted 01.29.2015 | Black Voices
Kelsey Minor

We must listen to each other and we must be willing to hear the difference within each other and seek common ground. We must stop the finger pointing because it gets us nowhere. If we want the change we seek we must all be willing to have and open and honest conversation.

What Obama's Immigration Announcement Means to My Parents

Juan Escalante | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Juan Escalante

Two years later, pending on my DACA renewal, I am no longer obsessively checking the status of my second USCIS application. Rather, I spend time thinking about what will happen to my parents.

Dear Mr. President, If You Sip One Bourbon, Make It...

Fred Minnick | Posted 01.06.2015 | Taste
Fred Minnick

Mr. President, I cannot think of a better bourbon for you to enjoy than the 2013 Parker's Heritage "Promise of Hope." Yes, it's a limited edition and not easy to find, but I imagine you can pull some strings.

Movie Review: Citizenfour -- Sound the Alarm

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.21.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

What is most astonishing, as you watch Laura Poitras' Citizenfour, is how calm everyone is. At least at first.

The Importance of President Obama and Men Speaking out Against Domestic Violence

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 12.12.2014 | Women
Tanya Young Williams

We must encourage men to have a voice in this discussion because while the majority of domestic violence victims are women, every year in the U.S., about 3.2 million men are the victims of an assault by an intimate partner.

This Is What Happens When You Invite President Obama To Your Wedding

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 06.05.2014 | Weddings

Is it a pipe dream to think President Obama will actually show up to your wedding if you invite him? Yes, yes it is. Is it a pipe dream to think h...

Two Years Later, Deferred Action Is Renewed Without Future Guarantees

Juan Escalante | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Juan Escalante

Let us stop and reflect on where we are, how we got here, and where we are headed. Despite the fact that some of us being able to breathe a sigh of relief, the work to achieve a sensible reforms that will bring about change to immigration laws is far from over.