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The 2016 Presidential Race: Dr. Strangelove? Or Queen Jezebel?

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 10.19.2016 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

This is a bizarre time in U.S. presidential politics. American voters are faced with an unsavory choice between two presidential candidates, neither of whom would be viable if the other party offered a credible alternative.

The Candidate

Terence Clarke | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Terence Clarke

I feel badly for my white male compatriots who feel so hurt these days because they are not being paid attention to. They whine that politics and society have left them behind. They grump about their lost opportunities, the ones their fathers had in such abundance fifty years ago, mostly in manufacturing.

Remembering the Values Our Vets Fought For

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 06.01.2016 | Media
Stuart Muszynski

In 2009, while in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, a video crew and I interviewed vets who had just returned from a deployment to Iraq. We asked several of them and their families what America stood for and what values they felt they fought for.

'Extreme Prey' Is Extremely Readable

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 04.29.2016 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Michael Connelly has his Harry Bosch; Jeffery Deaver his Lincoln Rhyme; James Patterson his Alex Cross and John Sandford his Lucas Davenport. All of t...

Hey Mr. Trump, Stop Acting Like a Sore Loser

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Donald Trump may not like how the system is working for him right now. And, to tell you the truth, it wouldn't be surprising to learn that many Americans agree with him.

Reflecting on what we have lost

Robert M. Randolph | Posted 03.09.2016 | College
Robert M. Randolph

Middle age refers more To landscape than to time: It's as if you'd reached The top of a hill And could see all the way To the end of your life, So you...

Republicans wouldn't lie, would they?

Terence Clarke | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics
Terence Clarke

Since the Christian faith is dedicated to soulful kindness, the integrity of one's deepest beliefs and, above all, truth-telling, I have been followin...

Donald Trump: The New George Washington?

Carla Gardina Pestana | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
Carla Gardina Pestana

Donald Trump supporters explain the logic behind their admiration for the candidate in terms that fans of George Washington would understand. The styl...

Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump: Religion and Presidential Politics

Carla Gardina Pestana | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
Carla Gardina Pestana

The United States has always been religiously diverse, with the scoop of that diversity steadily expanding over the last 240 years. Yet with an electorate drawn from an increasing array of faith traditions, presidents over those decades have not reflected the general population.

Sorry Sarah Palin, Holy Rollers and Rock 'n Roll Don't Often Mix

Carla Gardina Pestana | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
Carla Gardina Pestana

Whether Palin coupled the two terms knowing she swam against the current of her own religious tradition is probably beside the point: she aims to appear part of particular religious milieu, but feels no apparent obligation to be well-informed about it.

Michele Bachmann Tells The Story Behind THAT Newsweek Cover

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the summer of 2011, then-Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) had improbably started to gain traction in her run for the Republican nomina...

Marco Rubio's Pathetic Excuse For His Terrible Voting Record

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

For Marco Rubio, a U.S. Senator who is setting his sights towards a higher office on the opposite end of Pennsylvania Avenue, there is a lot more to the job than simply casting a vote and walking back to your office.

Feelin' the Bern: Why Hillary Really Didn't Win That Debate

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 10.16.2016 | Politics
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

The pundits went coo-coo for Clinton after the first Democratic debate. But the public, according to lots of data, "felt the Bern," to borrow a catch phrase from Sanders supporters.

Trump's War on 'Anchor Babies' Ignores the Law

Bill Blum | Posted 09.01.2016 | Entertainment
Bill Blum

In the face of the overwhelming legal authority against them, you might expect Trump and his minions to let anchor babies off the hook and declare a truce in the war against them. Don't count on it.

Politics on a Stick

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 08.23.2016 | Politics
Allen Schmertzler

I continue to be fascinated at the powerful allure of food-on-a-stick mentality and how it correlates as a predictive quality of an America that insanely seems to have evolved into a politics-on-a-stick nation.

Donald Trump Means Business

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 08.21.2016 | Entertainment
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

I keep thinking that people, fellow Republicans, Democrats, Independents and the general populace - ought to quit signing Donald Trump off as a fluke in the upcoming presidential election. Like it or not, he is a real contender and he will continue to be.

Report from Purple America: Can the Top 'Values Candidates' Predict Who Will Be the Next President?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 08.10.2016 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

Many Republican politicians call themselves "values candidates." What does that really mean? Is there another way to talk about "values" that expands the definition and lends more predictability to the success of the 2016 presidential election?

As the GOP Debates Begin, Three Factors Explain This Year's Presidential Clown Car

Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 08.07.2016 | Politics
Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D.

Today, Republicans' love of crown princes hasn't entirely disappeared: runners-up from two prior primary battles -- Rick Santorum from 2012 and Mike Huckabee from 2008 -- have joined this year's fray. And, of course, the field also includes the next-in-line member of the Bush family and the son of another previous contender, Rand Paul.

The Quantum Theory of Presidential Politics

Marty Kaplan | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Our 44th president wanted to be No Drama Obama. But that hasn't stopped us from turning our experience of him into a story -- a melodrama -- whose future keeps changing its past, whose ending we don't know and whose reality will continuously be remade until, inevitably, no one who's around now will be left to find out what happens next.

Should Hillary Clinton Be Blamed For Libya's Mess? The Short Answer: Not for All of It

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

As in all matters of war and peace, the buck stops at the president's desk: it wasn't Hillary, but Barack Obama who ultimately gave the orders.

Hillary Clinton and the Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy

Paul Alexander | Posted 05.25.2015 | Media
Paul Alexander

At her recent press conference at the United Nations, the first question posed to Hillary Clinton, asked by a Turkish reporter, had to do with whether she felt she was being treated differently because she was a woman.

Cruz Warfare

Jonathan Richards | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


Mitt Romney Slapped Around By His Fellow Republicans

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Ever since Mitt confided to his friends and mega-donors in a fancy New York apartment a little over a week ago that he is "seriously considering" a third bid for the presidency, Romney 3.0 is all anyone is talking about.

Rand Paul's Message on Foreign Policy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Whether you love him or hate him, Rand Paul is succeeding in doing something that other Republican candidates have not done in a very long time: broaden the foreign policy debate within the Republican Party in order to encompass a growing libertarian streak among younger Americans.

Gary Hart's Waking Nightmare Marked Media Devolution

William Bradley | Posted 09.24.2014 | Media
William Bradley

The storyline has long been that Hart challenged the press to follow him around and, in the post-Watergate spirit of enterprising investigative journalism, the press did just that, fearlessly uncovering, well, er, what?