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Presidential Election

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.