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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...

Sam Stein

Suddenly Unable To Find The Donald Trump Mattress Of Your Dreams? Try These Other Classy Products | Sam Stein | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics

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GOP Candidates Risk Turning the Gospel Into Bad News

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

Is it too much to expect Republican presidential candidates to speak about their faith in the same optimistic way -- or at least temper their scare claims with some sense of proportion? No, it's not. After all, they tell us over and over how seriously they take their Christianity.

If The Presidential Candidates' Campaign Logos Were Honest

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 06.24.2015 | Comedy


The Pope's Encyclical on Climate Change and What It Means for U.S. Politics

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Pope Francis has released a profound and inspiring encyclical on the moral obligation to confront climate change. It urges us to heed nature's warnings. And it calls on us to tackle the climate threat in the name of justice, human dignity and service to the poor and most vulnerable.

School Is Out for the Political 'Silly Season'

Ronnie Musgrove | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Ronnie Musgrove

Our highest priority in education should be to train and support great teachers. People become teachers because they want to make a difference in children's lives, and I'm living proof they can make all the difference in the world.

What Nate Silver's Analysis Misses About 2016

Greg Speed | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Greg Speed

Psychology matters in elections. Throughout my career I've seen how having confidence from start to finish impacts campaigns. Understanding your strengths puts the wind at your back. It emboldens candidates and allies, and energizes volunteers, donors and supporters. And it can set the stage for sweeping victories.

The Sleaze Hit on Hillary Won't Work

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The GOP isn't banking solely on shoveling out dirt on Hillary to render her candidacy stillborn. They also bank that the supposed baggage that Hillary carries renders her an astonishingly divisive candidate.

Humility and the Presidency

Terry Newell | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

As the field of presidential candidates grows, so does the absolute certainty with which they claim to understand what ails the nation and how to fix it.

Jeb's and Hillary's Baggage

Mike Smith | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Mike Smith

Jeb's and Hillary's Baggage

Even Boomers Deserve Better This Presidential Election Season

Ken Solin | Posted 05.07.2015 | Fifty
Ken Solin

While politics isn't my usual topic, boomers are. The next presidential race is already in full swing, and based on who's running so far, a peaceful future is doubtful.

What Hillary Clinton Could Do About the Opioid Crisis

Andrew Kolodny, M.D. | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Andrew Kolodny, M.D.

During a recent campaign stop, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton promised to make the "quiet epidemic" involving heroin and prescription opioids an important part of her presidential campaign. The world is listening right now. It's the perfect time for her to create a rallying cry against this "quiet" epidemic.

The Loretta Lynch Saga: The True Meaning & Dog Whistles

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Lynch's confirmation delay is nothing more than bells, whistles and red meat for the right-wing. It's yet another message that Blacks, women and quote "others" are expendable, and the least priority at best; they are in fact targeted by this crowd.

How the Next President Will Change the Lives of LGBTs

Matt Baume | Posted 06.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Whether we wind up with President Clinton, Cruz, Rubio or Kardashian, whoever wins in 2016 will likely appoint justices to a court that already has a precarious ideological divide. There's no way to know, for sure, what cases they'll face in a few years, but there are already some major issues that appear likely to come before the court in some form.