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Presidential Election

The Republican Path to National Failure

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

From immigration to health care and education reform, the Republicans are arguing for restricting access not only to the poor, but chiefly to the middle class. At the same time, they are arguing for a greater concentration of wealth among the elites.

Two Romney Problems Clash: Elitism Versus Tin Ear Syndrome

Martin Long | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics
Martin Long

If Mitt Romney could only learn to show a little bit of the normal humanness that he lets out of the lock-box for his Hannity banter, perhaps he could actually communicate with people.

The Future of American Politics

Michael J. O'Neil | Posted 05.28.2012 | Politics
Michael J. O'Neil

The 2012 campaign for the Republican nomination for president has provided a clear indication of the shape of post-Citizens United politics in America.

Building a "Civil Society" in the Young American Republic

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 05.27.2012 | Books
Zachary K. Pearce

Looking at the roots of American civil society is incredibly revealing. While today's political climate may lead one to worry about the future effectiveness of our government, especially the Congress, I choose to remain optimistic.

Gray Lady Bigotry -- The Acceptable Exception

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Gary Shapiro

In her March 18 column, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote a scathing and nasty indictment of Presidential candidate Mitt Romney based on his...

The Veepstakes: Finding Romney's Mini-Me

Eli Lehrer | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

If Mitt Romney is focused on winning, one can expect him to pick a "mini-me" who he personally likes, rather than someone flashy.

"B**ches Against Romney": Female Dogs Unite To Protest Mitt Romney's Shocking Mistreatment of Seamus

Nancy Wurtzel | Posted 05.21.2012 | Comedy
Nancy Wurtzel

The Seamus story seems to have pushed Mitt to the edge. Insiders say he is growling mad about the continuing media coverage. His newest super pack (sic), Let Sleeping Dogs Die, is poised to go on the attack.

Exclusive: GQ Reveals Romney's and Santorum's Secret Service Code Names

Death Race | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Death Race

They are the best kept secrets of any presidential campaign -- until someone overhears a whispered shout into a wrist microphone. Candidates who get Secret Service protection get to choose the code word that they'll be called -- perhaps for the rest of their lives, if they're lucky.

Why the 2012 Election Cycle Sucks

Sara Haile-Mariam | Posted 05.19.2012 | Politics
Sara Haile-Mariam

We need to change the system, and in order to do that we need to be honest about how bad it's gotten. The good news? We've already shown signs that yes, we can do better.

Getting The Most Out Of Life, One Chocolate At A Time

Sam Sommers | Posted 05.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Sam Sommers

In the smorgasbord-like taste test that is your daily social existence, remember to consume each proverbial chocolate as if it's the last one you'll ever experience. Doing so just makes life all that much sweeter.

WATCH: I Have To Ask: Why Do You Think There Hasn't Been A Female U.S. President?

Posted 05.16.2012 | Women

Microphone in hand, I set out to ask perfect strangers one question that I just had to know the answer to - why do you think there hasn't been a femal...

Deep Voices Resonate With Voters, Speech Study Shows

| Karen Hopkin | Posted 03.15.2012 | Science

Listen to this Podcast As voters vacillate among the contenders for the Republican nomination, it may matter less what the candidates say than ho...

Lila Shapiro

AFL-CIO's Obama Endorsement Brings More Bodies And New Risks | Lila Shapiro | Posted 03.13.2012 | Business

On Tuesday, the AFL-CIO started off its campaign season in a familiar way: endorsing the Democratic candidate Barack Obama. What's shifting, though, i...

Super Tuesday Survey: What Do You Remember About The First Time You Voted?

Rita Wilson | Posted 05.05.2012 | Fifty
Rita Wilson

Watching my parents mark their ballots, knowing they never skipped an election, instilled in me a belief that it was a privilege to be able to vote but also that it meant something.

Crowdfunding Will Make The Next U.S. President

Kevin Lawton | Posted 04.30.2012 | Small Business
Kevin Lawton

A serious presidential contender will soon commit to a generous crowdfunding exemption. They don't have any choice. Because it's what people are demanding. And these people are the types who know how to effectively use social media.

Newsflash: Santorum Out of Touch With Catholic Theology

Roger S. Gottlieb | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
Roger S. Gottlieb

Santorum's virtual ignoring of environmental issues may be correct or incorrect, depending on your point of view. But it is not orthodox Catholicism -- at least not the morally, politically and spiritually serious Catholicism of 2012.

Don't Underestimate Santorum

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

While Democrats will decry Santorum's views on social issues, and the Republican base will rally behind him, most truly independent voters may largely ignore his extreme conservatism on social issues, simply because they don't really care about the wedge issues.

An Open Letter to Republican Women

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 04.20.2012 | Politics
Lois Alter Mark

Dear Republican Women, I have always believed in the power of sisterhood, and have taken pride and solace in the fact that women look out for each ot...

A Presidents Day Quiz: What Do You Value?

Carol Orsborn | Posted 04.21.2012 | Fifty
Carol Orsborn

Awareness of the end of shared values has never been more poignant, painful and confronting than in this Republican primary season.

Election Year Follies: The Disingenuous Jobs Debate

Scott Bittle | Posted 04.13.2012 | Business
Scott Bittle

We're being treated to a morass of slogans and glib promises. Given how crucial this issue is to most Americans, the electorate deserves a lot better. Here's a modest proposal for a franker, productive debate.

An Appeal: Winning Back Political Discourse

Faiz Siddiqui | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics
Faiz Siddiqui

Luke Hall, an ambitious 19-year-old politician from Cincinnati, strives to limit misinformation by changing the way we take in politics in the first place.

God Endorses Unknown Ohio Man for President

Spencer Green | Posted 04.10.2012 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Following months of speculation, God has endorsed Edward Brimball, a resident of Shaker Heights, Ohio, as president of the United States. "God would l...

Long Shots

Colleen Becker | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics
Colleen Becker

With every election, individuals with little or no chance of success willingly take on the significant financial burden and unyielding workload that comes with running a local, state or national campaign. Why do they do it?

Obama, Romney, Gingrich: Who's The Most Charitable? | Posted 02.07.2012 | Impact

President Barack Obama and Oval Office hopefuls Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney have all released at least one year of tax returns. And they all gave bi...

Blind Allegiance Is Good for Sports, Bad for Political Debate

Byron Williams | Posted 04.07.2012 | Politics
Byron Williams

The cable news shows that we watch, the radio stations to which we listen, the websites we visit, and the columnists we read too often are designed to merely validate our preconceived notions. It is comforting perhaps, but it is hardly a process that produces a more informed citizenry.