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Can Hillary Break the Clintons' Iowa Jinx?

William Bradley | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

In 2008, as you'll recall, the overwhelming frontrunner finished third in Iowa behind Barack Obama and John Edwards. She ended up just a weekend of furious Bill Clinton campaigning in New Hampshire away from being stampeded from the race at its very beginning.

Gaza and Obama's Castigation of Israel: A Sign of the Growing Insignificance of the 'Jewish Vote' in American Politics

Steven Kurlander | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

Despite the fact that 98 percent of Jewish voters go to the polls, Israel is not a primary concern to American Jews -- and the White House and powerful liberal lobbies know it.

New Poll of Cuban Americans Confirms Growing Support for Engagement With Cuba

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
William M. LeoGrande

A bold U.S. president now has an opportunity to establish a legacy no less historic than Nixon's opening to China, and to do so at relatively little political cost.

Can Hillary Clinton Run on Her Foreign Policy Record?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

If Hillary does in fact run for President a second time, she will no doubt push her tenure as Secretary of State to buttress her credentials as a strong leader who is both willing and able to make hard decisions. Still, she is not entirely immune on the foreign policy front.

On Libido

Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Daniel N. Nelson

Right-wing Republicans are obsessed with sex. Perhaps that says more than we want to know. Freud did not know he would have such an effect in 2014. ...

An Odd, Intriguing Year Ahead

William Bradley | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

President Barack Obama's vacation schedule reflected the reality of this holiday season in which Christmas and New Year's Day each fell upon a Wednesday, with long weekends bleeding into long weekends. Now he's back and so is the working new year, at last functionally upon us, which will be odd and intriguing.

Time to Revive JFK's 'Ask Not' Call

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

Central to the Kennedy ideal is the idea of self-sacrifice for the greater good. In this day of political intransigence and not only inter-party, but also intra-party strife, blame seems to supplant earnest dialogue, and Kennedy's call appears long forgotten.

2016 Score Sheet: Shutdown Edition

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

The presidential election is three years away, but the recent government shutdown and the way aspirants responded to it will be a key metric for partisans choosing their next nominee. So how did they fare?

Analysts Report America Added 1.1 Million New Millionaires During Obama's First Three Years

Posted 02.22.2013 | Business

Debate over the strength of the U.S. economy has been at the heart of much of this year's presidential election. Mitt Romney has continually slammed P...

Hating the President

Keith Gaby | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Keith Gaby

The important truth is that a significant minority is almost always going to hate whomever is president. And before we get nostalgic, it happened to Jefferson, Lincoln and FDR, too.

Your Obnoxiously-Political Facebook Friends: 5 Tips for Dealing With Them

Andrea Bonior | Posted 11.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Andrea Bonior

We've all got them, no matter how left or right you lean. They're the Facebook friends who can't post a single status update without making it political, or who seem to share every last bit of oversimplified propaganda they come across.

Why I'm Finished With Presidential Politics

Stanley K. Sheinbaum | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics
Stanley K. Sheinbaum

I must sound like a grouchy old man. Well, sometimes I am a grouchy old man. But if I am grouchy, it's because it seems so obvious to me that a functional democracy needs involved citizens and that these citizens need to care about each other rather than tear each other down.

Jon Ward

Election 2012: The War Over Women Voters Heats Up In Ohio | Jon Ward | Posted 07.25.2012 | Politics

COLUMBUS, Ohio -– The war over women is on. The Obama and Romney campaigns both reached out Tuesday to women voters, the key voter demographic th...

Why the Clintons Need Obama to Win: Uncertainty as Hillary Pushes the Big Geopolitical Pivot

William Bradley | Posted 09.12.2012 | World
William Bradley

If Hillary Clinton is to have the option of running for president in 2016, she needs a strong legacy as secretary of state, by far the most important post she's ever held.

Occupy Wanes, Ignoring 'Regime Change'

Arthur Bruzzone | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
Arthur Bruzzone

Occupy protesters have held Obama blameless. That's not the case for Occupy's distant cousin, the Tea Party movement. They actively opposed Republican candidates across the nation -- which gave way to campaign politics. They found an end game.

At 'Big Tent' Politics, Lincoln Was the Best

Grant Calder | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Grant Calder

Succeeding at "big tent" politics requires a sense of timing and flexibility. Some refer to the latter as "flip-flopping," but only when their opponents do it.

Have Scientific Questions? There Are No 'Answers in Genesis'

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.04.2012 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

When we permit theology to define our science, we end up with gibberish, but not even consistent gibberish.

The Great Socialist Deception

Ben Daniel | Posted 03.19.2012 | Religion
Ben Daniel

When Republican presidential aspirants wish to discredit Barack Obama's policies, they call him a socialist. But is he? Of course not.

GOP: Do the Right Thing and Forfeit

Gavin Shulman | Posted 03.11.2012 | Comedy
Gavin Shulman

We should be focusing on the things that really matter. Like Justin Timberlake's new beard. Love it or lose it? Now that's a poll worth participating in.

It's A Wonderful -- Newt?

Paul Stoller | Posted 02.15.2012 | Politics
Paul Stoller

If the glut of corporate money continues to poison our political system, it is possible that we could elect Newt "Mr. Potter" Gingrich to the presidency. How would someone who seems to know and care so little about poor people govern our country?

No Rocking Chairs for Me! A 100-Year-Old's Retrospective on Presidential Politics

The Relentless Conservative | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
The Relentless Conservative

Esther Tuttle has seen a lot of history. After all, she turned 100 years old on July 1st of this year. The Presidents Mrs. Tuttle "loved" were: FDR. Truman, Eisenhower, JFK, Carter and Reagan. An eclectic bunch if ever there was one.

History Will Judge the Next President Primarily on Global Warming

Rev. Jim Ball | Posted 11.23.2011 | Religion
Rev. Jim Ball

When it comes to overcoming global warming, we are in kairotic time; our global warming kairos moment has arrived, and it won't last forever.

Rick Perry Is A Daddy Brand

Brian Hardwick | Posted 10.22.2011 | Politics
Brian Hardwick

I can't help think that despite the amazing amount of logical arguments that have emerged over the last week undermining Rick Perry's candidacy, he re...

Celebrity Culture, Media and Presidential Politics

Paul Stoller | Posted 10.18.2011 | Media
Paul Stoller

In this media environment, many pundits are compelled to reflect upon the nonsensical, which, in the end, gives the nonsensical a degree of public credibility.

The Real Reason Sarah Palin and Donald Trump Get Along

Eric Deggans | Posted 08.01.2011 | Media
Eric Deggans

The Donald and Palin occupy a unique space in today's media and political culture -- a fact-free zone where they earn millions shamelessly reflecting the world as they and their fans choose to see it, regardless of actual fact.