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The Multi-Ring Republican Nomination Circus

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The sheer size of the Republican field, even at this early date, is downright astonishing. By some calculations, there are over two dozen valid possibilities for the Republican nomination.

Kid President Is Here To Pump You Up About The Future

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 01.23.2015 | Black Voices

It's time to think about your future, man. Kid President, aka Robby Novak, is back just one week after telling the inspirational story of Dr. Marti...

The State of the Pentagon Budget Is Uncertain

William Hartung | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

President Obama spoke about a lot of things in his hour-and-10-minute State of the Union address last night, but there's one thing he didn't mention: the caps on Pentagon spending required by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

Politician Random Accountability Test (P-RAT)

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 01.21.2015 | 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?

Republicans Control Both Houses of Congress; Democrats the Presidency: So What Does the Future Hold?

Gerry Myers | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

While Hillary will most likely be the Democratic nominee, Bernie Sanders is thinking of running as well. His middle class values, outspoken commonsense and experience will capture a lot of attention from far left Democrats. With all those possibilities still pending, I have a couple of words of wisdom for both parties.

Making Sense of Selma

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Julie Leininger Pycior

Alas the film's LBJ piece is inaccurate in a fundamental way, leaving the impression that Johnson supposedly was not a fan of voting rights legislation -- had to be convinced -- when that is not true.

My 2014 'McLaughlin Awards' Part 2

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Best Idea for 2014 was requiring police to wear body cameras. This idea was so good it actually cut across the lines of the protestors and the supporters of police. Many on both sides of that divide support the idea, for what boils down to the same reason: the camera doesn't lie.

Husband Surprises Wife Who Beat Cancer 3 Times With Offer To Help Decorate White House

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 01.05.2015 | Good News

After battling cancer three times, this woman's loving husband gave her a holiday surprise she'll surely never forget. Patty Goethals of Newport B...

My 2014 'McLaughlin Awards' [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Loath as we are to admit it, there was no single Biggest Winner Of 2014, because the award must be handed, collectively, to the Republican Party. A case could be made for Mitch McConnell, since he will win the biggest prize of any Republican next year: control of the United States Senate.

Jason Linkins

So You Want To Run For President? Congratulations! Here Are The Stages Of Your Quest

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics

As you may have heard, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) announced that he was going to “actively explore the possibility of running for President of...

"Christmas Letter 2014"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 12.10.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

Since I am in the holiday spirit (and, having just consumed a mug of hot toddy, a glass of eggnog and a nip of cheer, the holiday spirits are in me), ...

Romney vs. Nixon: Tale of the Tape

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Mitt Romney is leading the field of potential Republican candidates in a recent national Quinnipiac University survey. While this might sounds impressive, it is important to recall that Mitt Romney faces long odds to being elected president in 2016.

Putin or Obama for Lunch?

Ana Garcia | Posted 01.24.2015 | Travel
Ana Garcia

Pushkin, Russia is a long way to go for a bowl of beef stroganoff, but if you want to eat a meal fit for a Russian President, it's the place to go.

Did Bush, Obama Squander Their Presidencies?

Matthew Dowd | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

Americans have voted for two presidents in a row whose main campaign message was they were going to bring the country together, fix the divisiveness in D.C., and build consensus across the aisle. And in the aftermath of Obama and Bush, the country is coming away more polarized and governance more dysfunctional.

5 Reasons Liberals Tired of War Should Vote for Rand Paul Over Hillary Clinton.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Red, blue, liberal, and conservatives should mean nothing when 3,000 American soldiers were just sent back to a war that we lost.

Democratic National Committee Needs a Shake-up -- Who Does the Shaking?

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

The issue isn't what Wasserman Schultz said with regard to a 'top to bottom assessment' but rather who will do the assessment. If it is the same people who planned the mid-terms' non-message we are in for the same problems next time around.

The End of Shared Sacrifice Set in Stone: Yale As Metaphor

Paul Gunther | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Paul Gunther

It behooves Americans not only to pause and consider their war dead, even if just doing so by pondering the anonymous tale of a single lapidary name, but also to think about a contemporary society where the whole concept of such binding sacrifice is equally dead.

College Football and Tuesday's Elections

Glen Browder | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

Three of my political science colleagues conducted research showing that winning/losing that Saturday game could boost or cost the incumbent party and its gubernatorial candidate an average of 10 percent in the Tuesday election.

We Laughed. We Cried. We Met Hillary Clinton.

Joanne Spataro | Posted 12.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Joanne Spataro

The experience of meeting Hillary is even more special because I did it with my old partner-in-crime. Ben, I can't wait until Hillary invites us for brunch in the Diplomat Room someday.

The Importance of a Nonpartisan Surgeon General

Richard H. Carmona, M.D. | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Richard H. Carmona, M.D.

We should act to strengthen the Office of the Surgeon General by protecting it from political manipulation. In our hyper-partisan political world characterized by gridlock and great political poetic license in the interpretation of science to support preconceived political biases, who will have the responsibility to speak scientific truth to power?

This Message from Hillary Clinton Could Win the Senate

Paul Abrams | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

This message has the virtue of being, well, true, a vanishing quality in American politics. But, it is also optimistic, future-oriented, and provides the context for voters' choices.

Obama Should Appoint a Surgeon General Right Now

Jerry Lanson | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Jerry Lanson

Congress is in recess. The American public is freaking out about Ebola. Sen. John McCain is leading a growing cadre of Republicans calling for an "Ebola czar." So what's wrong with this picture? CBS News got it right when it wrote, "As calls for Ebola 'czar' grow, where's the surgeon general?"

Hillary Rodham Clinton Represents the Unfinished Business of Our Democracy

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

This is the Hillary Rodham Clinton who, if she runs and is elected president in 2016, will move us another giant step toward forming a "more perfect union" and finishing the business of our democracy.

Profiles In Cowardice

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The United States Congress is currently abdicating one of its most solemn duties: declaring when America is at war, and with whom. This is nothing short of disgraceful, and every member of Congress who didn't actively push their leadership to hold a vote should be ashamed of themselves right now.

Constructing a Black President

Craig Carpenter | Posted 11.25.2014 | Arts
Craig Carpenter

The similarities between Barack Obama and Louis Ortiz extend beyond being a parent, and struggling in a new job. The most obvious similarity, and the most life altering for Mr. Ortiz, was his physical resemblance to the former freshman Senator from Illinois.