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North Carolina's Undervote Problem

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In Florida's "butterfly ballot" debacle of 2000, voters in Palm Beach County were so confused by the odd layout that many appear to have voted for the...

The Subversion of Irreversibility: Bush's Final Assault on Endangered Species

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Plants and animals currently protected by law from the impacts of dams, highways and other large-scale projects will no longer be if Bush has his way on his way out.

Hillary Clinton: Why She is Uniquely Qualified as Secretary of State

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Donahue

To pick Clinton would send a message indeed: that the U.S. is a leader on women's rights across the world. Clinton also has the bona fides to match any other contender on foreign policy issues not related to human rights.

Ten Chumps Who Helped Elect Barack Obama

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

With the post-election analysis season almost over, it's worth taking one final look at some of the characters who ensured President-elect Obama would make it to the White House.

A New Era Begins with Obama

Stephen H. Dinan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen H. Dinan

A more enlightened President can catalyze great growth in our citizenry, which is a change that can endure for generations.

The Lasting Lesson from Election '08: Deliver on the Hopes for Change That Led Unmarried Women to the Polls

Page Gardner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Page Gardner

Unmarried women's crucial role in electing Obama is underscored by the "marriage gap" between their political preferences and those of married women.

The Honeymooners

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

How long is the honeymoon going to last?

Not Everyone in Europe Happy America Has Black President

Sean Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sean Jacobs

Though Europeans generally rejoiced in Barack Obama's election as 44th President of the US, a number of leading European lawmakers and journalists have made "foot-in-mouth comments."

The Center Left Nation

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

On both values and issues, moderates line up with liberals to form a strong majority that isolates conservatives. Conservatives have had their day. This is a center-left, not a center-right nation.

What We Need Now: An Ungrateful President

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alan Dershowitz

In selecting his team, Obama should look to future opportunities -- to how he can help solve the critical problems of the nation and the world -- and not to past obligations.

A Moment to Reflect

Scott Kesterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Kesterson

Some soldiers' opinions I recently wrote about are theirs to have, even though they may be highly unpopular. Being unpopular does not, however, make their opinion any less valid nor criminal.

Post Election: How To Restore Your Personal Operating System

Kay Goldstein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kay Goldstein

The election season has been a long and sometimes difficult journey. Many of us have been training our minds and bodies to get into some pretty self-defeating habits.

Prop 8 and Rethinking the Amendment Process

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

A change in the amendment process for states will not always ensure the protection of minority rights. But it will encourage consistency. It will deter attacks on specific groups of people.

Kathleen Parker, Now Hailed by Liberals, Questioned Obama's Americanism Back in May

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

Kathleen Parker earned plaudits from liberals during the fall campaign by speaking out against the Palin pick, but allow me to point out that in May she strongly questioned Obama's patriotism.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

In the wake of Obama's overwhelming victory, and Democratic gains in the House and Senate, conservatives are desperately trying to convince the world that these results are meaningless. "Democrats should not make the mistake of viewing Tuesday's results as a repudiation of conservatism," insisted John Boehner. "Barack Obama understands this is a center-right country," claimed Karl Rove. "This country remains every bit as center-right as it has for a generation," parroted Brent Bozell. And David Brooks dreamed of an Obama administration that understands "this was an election where the middle asserted itself." Drunk on self-delusion, a staggering GOP whistles past the electoral graveyard, missing the whole point of this election: the center has shifted, and positions that used to be considered left-wing -- on healthcare, on global warming, on corporate responsibility, on Iraq -- are now solidly mainstream.

Europe's Usurpation of the Obama Triumph

Andrei Markovits | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrei Markovits

Europe is rejoicing in the Obama victory and claiming it as a direct result of their moral superiority over Americans while at the same time hiding their own shortcomings and intolerances.

Obama the Figurehead

Andrew Sargus Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Sargus Klein

Prop. 8 passed, after Obama's speech. It was a bitter pill for progressives to swallow and a reminder that no matter who is president the public faces many significant issues on its own.

I Suffer From Campaign Withdrawal

Joel Schwartzberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joel Schwartzberg

It's true. I miss Candidate Obama and Candidate McCain. I miss the debate and primary nights. I miss the moronic focus groups and their silly reaction meters. I want David Gergen to be my grandfather.

Score One for the Polls

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip N. Cohen

Skepticism about science is good. But instead of turning us off scientific information altogether, skepticism should lead to its more careful consumption.

Congratulations, Homophobes, You've Prevailed in Florida, Arizona and California!

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Religious fanatics rejoice! You did it! You won! You've succeeded in getting amendments passed in Florida, Arizona and California banning same-sex marriage! This is your crowning moment!

A New Faith Coalition

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Further polling results will help to answer the critical question of why religious voters cast their ballots the way they did. But three factors are likely key to understanding the religious shift.

A Democrat's Advice to the GOP For the Future: My Top 20 Suggestions For a Winning Strategy

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

3. Stop being so partisan. Some things (global warming, supporting the troops) are black and white, not red or blue.

Barack Obama And Sam Cooke on Election Night

Kerry Candaele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kerry Candaele

Bill Ayers was not Barack Obama's touchstone; rather, it was Sam Cooke and his never-ending refrain, Change is gonna come. And now change has arrived, and we embrace it.

Re: Scott Kesterson's "The Other Side of Paradise"

Sean Gilfillan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sean Gilfillan

The one thing that all US Army personnel have in common is their choice to wear the uniform and volunteer to serve the nation, regardless of who is in charge and regardless of if they agree.

Election Reflection: Good News and Bad News for Women and Families

Judy Patrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judy Patrick

Sadly, many voters did not see past their fears to understand how denying LGBT people rights is cut from the same cloth of discrimination that made Obama's election such a poignant event.