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Presidential Election

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

Memo to Our Parents: We Do Care

Naomi Hirabayashi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Naomi Hirabayashi

Our social action is unrecognizable to older generations. They wonder why we spend so much time online, join Facebook groups, and tweet our lives away.

Democracy and the Inclusion of the Undocumented

Joshua Hoyt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Joshua Hoyt

For many in the immigrant communities the election of Barack Obama is a beacon of hope that our American Democracy will finally include them.

The Politics of Realignment

Jerome Karabel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerome Karabel

Barack Obama's victory could well be the third realigning election in the past century -- one that will be seen by historians as the beginning of an emerging Democratic majority.

Keeping Obama's Campaign "Army" Mobilized as a Force for Change in Peacetime

Gara LaMarche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gara LaMarche

What we have seen in the last year is a rebirth of participatory democracy, infused by the energy of millions. Imagine what this energy can do if it channeled into ongoing action.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Meet the New Christian Right

Bruce Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Wilson

Despite talks of its death following the election, within the last two decades the American Christian right has vectored outwards to become a truly global mass membership movement.

Praise God?

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Obama's election does not wipe out the vicious racism of centuries, and Prop 8 shows that there is still work to be done confronting the discrimination of Gay and Lesbian people.

The Hope of Obama

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

Posted on Alternet, Nov. 6. 2008 Barack Obama's resounding victory has brought even this cynical observer of Democratic Party politics to dare to hop...

Obama Takes His Outside Game to the Inside

Margaret Carlson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Margaret Carlson

For a day at least, let's stop and celebrate the improbable assumption of the highest office in the land by this outsider with no birthright, no connections, no mentors.