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The Republicans Are Revolting

Ken Solin | Posted 11.25.2015 | Fifty
Ken Solin

In the Republican debates Jeb Bush had the gall to claim that George W. Bush kept us safe, even though more than 3,000 Americans perished nearly a year into his brother's Presidency.

Donald Trump's 10 Rules for Book Writing -- Based on His New Book, 'Crippled America'

The National Book Review | Posted 11.19.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

Trump sets out his plan for dealing with ISIS: "We would hit them so hard and so fast in so many different ways they wouldn't know what happened."

Dr. Ben Carson: The Most Dangerous Man in Politics

Steve Nelson | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Steve Nelson

Carson's popularity among white and black conservatives is a dire threat to racial and social justice. Like Clarence Thomas and other black conservatives, Carson advances the myth that we live in a post-racist society.

A Conversation With Johari Osayi Idusuyi, The Hero Who Read Through A Trump Rally

Jezebel | Taryn Finley | Posted 11.13.2015 | Black Voices

The identity of the woman who perfectly expressed a sane person’s reaction to being at a Donald Trump rally by whipping out a book and ...

Is Donald Trump a Double Agent?

Tom Gerdy | Posted 11.10.2015 | Entertainment
Tom Gerdy

Could Donald Trump be a double agent? If he weren't trying to break up the Republican Party, why would he insult voters, colleagues, women, party members, Mexicans, and the media? He is that school kid that talks about someone being fat or ugly because of his insecurities.

Free Speech Not Always 'Unwelcome' on Campus

Jane Swift | Posted 11.02.2015 | College
Jane Swift

For the ninth year in a row, I will serve as a Distinguished Lecturer in Leadership Studies at Williams, teaching a seminar course called Political Leadership. As a former Republican Governor, my mere presence at Williams should be controversial, at least according to common wisdom.

The GOP: Our First Postmodern Party

Spencer Critchley | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

The Grand Old Party's political strategy is no longer guided by traditional conservative figureheads like Edmund Burke, or William F. Buckley, but by radical French intellectuals. Ironic, isn't it?

GOP's Serious 2016 Alternatives Have Serious Problems of Their Own

Karl Frisch | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
Karl Frisch

The country is in a fundamentally different place than it was 15 years ago when the Supreme Court handed George W. Bush the White House. If Kasich is able to win the Republican nomination -- that will be tough since GOP voters have no appetite for emotions other than anger -- his attempts at expressing empathy in the fall will be unconvincing when Americans learn about his record in Ohio.

Is Politics a Profession?

Terry Newell | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

We don't hand over the controls of jetliners to just anyone. Nor should we hand over the controls of the presidency to political beginners.

Marco Rubio's Pathetic Excuse For His Terrible Voting Record

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

For Marco Rubio, a U.S. Senator who is setting his sights towards a higher office on the opposite end of Pennsylvania Avenue, there is a lot more to the job than simply casting a vote and walking back to your office.

If You Don't Want to Be President, Get Out of the Race

Christopher Lamb | Posted 10.25.2015 | Politics
Christopher Lamb

Bush didn't say what cool things he would do if he weren't running, but given what we know about him, it isn't likely to be anything cool people would do. If you don't want to run for president, get out of the race, and don't let the door hit you on the way out.

It Is Time to Get on Board, Progressives!

Bob Herbst | Posted 10.19.2015 | Politics
Bob Herbst

After electing three Presidents with little or no Washington experience, paying them to learn and make their mistakes, we now have in Hillary Clinton a long-time Washington hand with substantial executive and legislative experience.

Poetry, Prose and the Presidency

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.14.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The power of the Presidency is the power of persuasion, and a strength born of, and only of, unity of purpose. The President is Persuader-in-Chief. The only true source of power is consensus.

President Donald Trump Holds First News Conference

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 09.30.2015 | Comedy
Arnold Steinberg

My lawyer is Jewish. I like Jews. Many of them, just like the Saudis, buy apartments from me. I can unite Jews and Arabs. I know how to do it! And the biggest Chinese bank is one of my tenants. I love the Chinese. They love me. Mel Gibson has a Trump condo, but many Jews work for me. Ivanka works for me. I love Israel.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.26.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, the nation was transfixed by the radical humility of Pope Francis. In the midst of an ugly campaign season already marked by xenophobia, scapegoating, and cruelty, this very different Pope brought a very different message. While addressing a joint session of Congress, and again at the United Nations, he urged leaders to see the humanity of those affected by their actions, or lack of action. They should view refugees "as persons... trying to respond as best we can to their situation." He cited the Golden Rule, but expanded it for his Congressional audience, urging the politicians to "seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves." At the UN he called for "an examination of conscience," and asked that "real human beings take precedence over partisan interests." It was a master class in true leadership, and the awesome power of humility. Let's hope the Pope's spirit lingers long after he leaves.

Where Can You Find Out All You Need to Know About the Presidential Candidates? Right Here

Christopher Lamb | Posted 09.24.2015 | Comedy
Christopher Lamb

Our democracy depends on an informed citizenry. But where you find out all you need to know about the different candidates?

Will Trump Be the Reasonable One in the Debate Bunch Tonight?

Dave Johnson | Posted 09.16.2015 | Entertainment
Dave Johnson

When "Jeb!" Bush started campaigning for president, people starting asking, "Wait, was W. the smart one?" Now the rest of the Republican candidates are causing people to ask, "Wait, is Trump the reasonable one?"

The Second GOP Debate: It's Finally Time To Whack The Trump Piñata

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics

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In Backing Kim Davis, Republican Candidates Betray the Rule of Law

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics
Clay Farris Naff

Kim Davis may be deluded, shrewd or both. Whatever her motives, the thrice-divorced upholder of godly marriage is small beer. The real trouble is brewing in the Republican presidential field.

Report from Purple America: Can the Top 'Values Candidates' Predict Who Will Be the Next President?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

Many Republican politicians call themselves "values candidates." What does that really mean? Is there another way to talk about "values" that expands the definition and lends more predictability to the success of the 2016 presidential election?

Bernie-Bullying and Other Campaign Shenanigans

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

At a time when apathy reigns and far too many think it's someone else's job to figure out what's happening with our government, our laws, our policies, and our representatives, I think it's critical that as many people as possible get informed. But my problem? Zealots. Fanatics.

Thank You, Donald -- How Trump Could Determine the Outcome of the Presidential Election

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.20.2015 | Entertainment
Peter Dreier

As a political scientist, I am reluctant to make predictions about elections, especially about the behavior of a single individual. But I'm willing to make an exception this year, because the presidential campaign is turning out to be such an exceptionally crucial (and entertaining) one.

An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders and His Supporters

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

I have tried to look for areas in which you and Hillary have real disagreements, and they are hard to find. So what I hope you and your supporters do through the rest of the primary season is continue to focus on and speak out on the issues you care about. Direct your verbal attacks toward the clown car of Republican candidates looking for their party's nomination.

A Tale of Three Presidential Hopefuls and One Horrendous Economic Development Program

William Werkmeister | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics
William Werkmeister

This economic development program, called the Certified Capital Company, was legislated in seven states and D.C. The program allocated insurance tax credits, billions of credits, to venture and economic development funds that invested in early-stage businesses in those states.

Donald Trump Blames Jeb Bush For Chief Justice Roberts' SCOTUS Appointment

The Huffington Post | Samantha-Jo Roth | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics

WINTERSET, Iowa -- Distraught by last week's Supreme Court decision that upheld Affordable Care Act subsidies, Donald Trump said former Florida Gov. J...