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White House Health Care Reform Proposal

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

The White House health care reform bill is a modest policy proposal based on the senate bill. It frames a bold political gamble that the summit on Thursday will cut through the rabble-rousing rancor.

American Flag Protocol: Stars and Stripes Forever

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Mirza Grotts

Does anyone look at the American flag in the same way since September 11? Now, it's even more important not to take the stars and stripes for granted.

Clinton And The Mortality Of The Democratic Party

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By: Will Nelligan In 2004, after he under...

Remembering What's Important In Life

Mark Joseph | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mark Joseph

The most recent edition of Esquire Magazine has a remarkable story written by Ted Kennedy about a poignant family scene he witnessed.

Sarah Palin for President

Dave Hackel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Hackel

I think "Palin For President" has a nice ring to it. And I've got a lot of reasons.

Friday Talking Points [110] -- Left Still Waiting For Rahm Apology

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats need to realize that they still have the biggest majority in both houses of Congress that they are likely to see in their lifetimes.

Obama's Call for Civility Amid Prayer Breakfast Controversy

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning, with a plea for civility in our political discourse. He spoke specifically about the response to the recent earthquake in Haiti.

Obama Should Hold Press Conference Soon

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama has spent less than an hour in front of the media since his last formal primetime press conference back in July. He needs to hold another -- both for the public's sake and for his own.

Obama Short on Environmental Issues

Cindy Letchworth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Cindy Letchworth

Obama has improved some of the areas that the past administration left in decay. He has made steps to better the natural world, but we are still falling short of seeing the big picture.

Holla At Me, Mr. President

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By: King Anyi Howell After a full year of...

Rep. Fattah's Mandate for Health Care Reform Was the 2008 Election, Not Massachusetts

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

The day following the Massachusetts special election, Fattah spoke with me about the necessity for Democrats to push forward with the mandate he believes Obama received a year ago.

Blue Shield Cares -- About What?

Wendy Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendy Block

"Doesn't it suck that even when you have health insurance, you can't afford to see the doctors you really trust?" --Favrile, Sherman Oaks CA hairdress...

Friday Talking Points [108] -- Obama's Pivotal Week

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Since Democrats are taking some time to figure out what to do next, we shall do the same here, and skip over the entire health care reform subject, after highlighting two hilarious commentaries on the situation.

Scorned Mistress Hits Tech Giant With Midtown Billboards

By Helen Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York


Why Michelle Obama's Initiative to Reduce Childhood Obesity Will Fail

Hemi Weingarten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hemi Weingarten

I'm sorry, First Lady. Your plan, while commendable, doesn't have a fighting chance. The food industry will outspend the government and nonprofits to keep kids munching and slurping away on junk food.

The "Let Obama Be Obama" Moment

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's about time to start fighting for the little guy and against the fat cats. It's about time to start fighting, when it comes right down to it.

Guest Authors: Two Young Americans On What Obama's Inauguration Meant To Them

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Today marks the one-year anniversary of President Barack Hussein Obama's term in office. I thought long and hard about how to mark this event, especi...

Obama's First Year: The Bubble Descends

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It is significant that President Barack Obama's true first anniversary in office is about to be overshadowed by a special election to fill a Senate seat in Massachusetts.

The Kennedy Assassination: New Details About the Transfer of Power

Steven M. Gillon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Steven M. Gillon

Exactly when did doctors give up their efforts to save Kennedy's life? And when did Lyndon Johnson learn that JFK was dead?

Is Obama Keeping His Promises?

Newsweek | Anna Quindlen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

History will judge Barack Obama over the long haul. But we've learned something in the short term that is simple, obvious, and has less to do with him...

Debbie Wasserman Schultz for President/Vice-President in 2016?

2morrowknight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Could a female candidate be the answer for Democratic longevity in 2016? If so, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, with her toughness and ability to net the Dems Florida might be that female.

My 2009 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome once again to our year-end wrap-up and awards ceremony. Honesty dictates that I immediately genuflect to The McLaughlin Group, from whom I have stolen all these award categories.

Afghanistan: A Whole New Approach

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

When you massively intervene in a country as much as the U.S. has in Afghanistan, you can't responsibly just walk away. We must lead with what works -- development.

Lessons for the President on the Art of Diplomacy

Mark Lamster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mark Lamster

The painter Peter Paul Rubens has a good deal in common with Barack Obama, and the Old Master's life offers lessons that the president might well find instructive.

It's Time to Control America's Big Bankers

Pat Choate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Pat Choate

My question is whether imposing a massive federal tax on the bank's earnings and the bankers' bonuses is the correct response. I think not.