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Obama Backtracks Calling Police Action Stupid: Was It Moderation or Is Obama Becoming the First Wimp?

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Russnow

The fact that our president won't stand behind his words when they become controversial makes me quite concerned about his future.

Leadership in Peril: Iranians Won't Wait Out Recount

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Thanks to these demonstrations, Mousavi is now firmly coming into his own as the leader of the opposition, and unless Ayotollah Khamenei acts fast, Ahmadinejad won't be the only one who has to step aside.

Iranian Election: Massive Campaign Rallies Are Reminiscent Of The Revolution

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

The street gatherings that are taking place in the last days and nights before the Iranian election are reminiscent of the sorts of rallies and demonstrations that were eventually called the Revolution.

The Detention Election Game

Anne-Marie Cusac | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anne-Marie Cusac

Obama wants to win in November 2012. It's never too early for a campaigning Democrat to get tough on crime.

Iran's First Female President: Not Gonna Happen

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

In a society where about 70% of the university population is female, the election vetting process is a sad comment on the true condition of Iran's girls and women: second-class citizens.

Are Some Top Republicans Conceding Obama's Second Term?

Senate Guru | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Senate Guru

{First, a cheap plug for my blog Senate Guru.} Any list of potential 2012 Republican Presidential candidates can be broken down into the die-hard win...

Persistent Efforts to Counter a Persistent Nuclear Threat

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

A generation has come of age when "Fall Out Shelter" signs are nothing but rusty remnants of a time long past.

Historic Power Shift in El Salvador (VIDEO)

The Real News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
The Real News

Just over 17 years since the 1992 Peace Accords brought an end to El Salvador's vicious civil war, the country has seen its first peaceful transfer of power.

Professor Obama

Marcia DeSanctis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia DeSanctis

Rather than preach, build or spread democracy, we proved that our system works. By winning, Obama did more to teach the Iraqis about democracy than four years of nation building has done.

Holder, Race and Obama's 10% of the White Alabama Vote

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

The complicated picture of how America came to vote for its first black president reflects the country's multifarious attitude towards race

An Entirely Different Inauguration Day

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

Eight years ago, the country was experiencing an entirely different sort of Inauguration Day. On January 20, 2001, people were outraged.

The Obama Money Machine

Daniel Lubetzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Lubetzky

I am so enormously turned off by all the emails I keep getting from the Obama "campaign" asking me for more money! What are they going to do with this money?

President Obama: Israel Is Ready for You

Yoav Sivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yoav Sivan

After eight years of failed American policy in the Middle East, President Obama has the chance to reassert constructive American leadership in one of the most complex geopolitical regions of the world.

The Dangers of Outsourcing Activism: An Open Letter to Gay Civil Rights Advocates

Gary Cohan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Cohan

Why has the gay community -- and the organizations that supposedly represent us -- embraced "outsourced" activism as our central political strategy in recent years?

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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."