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Do Gun Purchases Go Up After Mass Shootings?

The Conversation US | Posted 12.07.2016 | Crime
The Conversation US

by Lacey Wallace, Pennsylvania State University After Adam Lanza opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, public debate focused on how to...

What President Obama Meant to Say After the Oregon Shooting

Jarrett Hill | Posted 10.02.2016 | Politics
Jarrett Hill

To those of you that will lose your own life or a loved one's life, my deepest condolences... in advance of your loss. Whether it'll happen to you at work, at school, in a grocery store, a shopping mall, in your home, wherever it happens, I'm terribly, terribly sorry.

The Problem With Exceptionalism

Marci Auld Glass | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Marci Auld Glass

Lawmakers in Oklahoma are seemingly in the process of enthusiastically banning Advanced Placement U.S. History classes in Oklahoma schools because they don't teach American "exceptionalism."

Hell to the Chief! Preying on the National Prayer Breakfast

J. Randall O'Brien | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
J. Randall O'Brien

In the interest of fairness to the President of the United States, I would like to offer an eye-witness, ear-witness, soul-witness to the President's words and spirit shared at the National Prayer Breakfast. My wife and I were in attendance as guests of our U.S. Congressman, and esteemed friend, the Honorable John J. Duncan, Jr., R-TN.

'My, Oh My, President Obama, I Do Declare!'

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Well, President Obama has given his State of the Union address and the Republicans and political pundits are having a field day. And I'm pretty sure that even many of the Democrats who were disenchanted with him and his low ratings are now enthusiastically supporting him.

Alleged Leak of Obama's Immigration Plan Reveals It Would Endanger LGBT Lives

Caroline Dessert | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Caroline Dessert

We need the president to go beyond familial ties and deliver a broad executive order that recognizes all the distinct barriers that uniquely vulnerable LGBT immigrants face. When deported, many LGBT individuals experience threats, violence, rape, and even death in their countries of origin. They need a safe haven, not a return to the persecution they fled.

Iraq's Army Has 250,000 Troops. Europe Has Eurofighter Typhoons. U.S. Soldiers Have Done Enough Against ISIS.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

"We still seek no wider war" is a line Americans have already heard before; with tragic consequences. We've already fought ISIS when it was named "Al-Qaeda in Iraq" and U.S. troops, and their families, have made enough sacrifices in the name of our national security.

So Done With Unequal Pay! #NoMoreMadMenPay

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Confession: I grew up believing that women had mostly achieved equality in the workplace and the world. But when my first child was born, I quickly learned that I was mistaken. For too many, motherhood is a barrier to equality, to pay, and to economic security.

Where Are the Better Angels of Our Nature?

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Most Americans want civility in our politics. Most. But not all. U.S. Rep. Randy Weber was busy being uncivil before the speech even began. I wanted to respond to this as a minister and American -- and did so.

State of the Union Or State Of Obama?

Danny Schechter | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Danny Schechter

Obama may not have won much support but it seems clear that the main conflict in Washington has moved from the Republican-Democratic axis to a food fight among Republicans.

The Double-Edged Message of Cory Remsburg

Stanton Peele | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Stanton Peele

No one can fail to be awed by, and to appreciate, the sergeant's courage and sacrifice. But what was he sacrificing for?

President Obama and the Politics of Inclusion

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

This State of the Union was all about inclusion. The President acknowledged that the economic gains after the Great Recession have gone largely to those at the very top, excluding most of us.

Amanda Terkel

White House: Just Because Obama Didn't Mention ENDA In SOTU Doesn't Mean He Doesn't Care | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House insisted Wednesday that although President Barack Obama didn't mention the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in his Stat...

Joshua Hersh

State Of The Union Omits Egypt, Country's Second Snub In A Week | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

BEIRUT -- For the second time within a week, a major policy speech by a top Obama administration figure passed without mention of what was once a lead...

Michael McAuliff

State Of The Union Was 'Gigli' For GOP | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans may have been expecting a liberal horror flick when they showed up for the State of the Union address Tuesday night, but the...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

State Of The Union Poll Gives Obama Positive Marks | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- CNN's instant polling among Americans who watched Tuesday's State of the Union found an overwhelming majority reacting positively to Pre...

Jon Ward

Rand Paul Avoids Speechifying, Delivers Webinar On How To Improve Economy | Jon Ward | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) delivered a concise, lawyerly response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night, choos...

Howard Fineman

Obama's Big-Time Small Ball | Howard Fineman | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics

The polls say that President Barack Obama is at a low point, but you couldn’t tell it from the tour de force of his State of the Union speech. He was standing at the podium, but seemed to have a spring in his step. His smile was winning; his enthusiasm for America’s future infectious.

Here's Obama's State Of The Union Address In Two Minutes

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama delivered the 2014 State of the Union address on Tuesday. In his address before a joint session of Congress, Obama spoke on ...

GOP Rep. Gives Republican Response To State Of The Union Address

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) gave the GOP response to President Barack Obama's 2014 State of the Union address. McMorris Rodgers touched o...

See Video Of Obama's State Of The Union

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama delivered the 2014 State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 28. Obama's speech touched on income inequality, the minim...

Matt Sledge

Obama Says Exactly Zero Words About Pot, Drug Policy Or Criminal Justice Reform In SOTU | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama didn't mention criminal justice, drug policy or marijuana in his 2014 State of the Union address at all. Obama recently told...

Jon Ward

Republicans Respond To Obama With A Soft-Focus Human Interest Speech | Jon Ward | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A top Republican lawmaker on Tuesday made a vague pledge that Congress will work toward immigration reform this year, in the party's of...

Amanda Terkel

Government Shutdown Barely Mentioned In Obama's SOTU Speech, In Contrast To Clinton In 1996 | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In 1996, President Bill Clinton went before the nation and shamed congressional Republicans for shutting down the government. It was his...

Steve Stockman Walks Out Of Obama's State Of The Union Address

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

The always outspoken Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) walked out midway through President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, the Dallas Morni...