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Tell Us Why We're At War, Candidates

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.25.2016 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

When I was a kid, successive presidents told us we had to fight in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, because if we didn't fight them over there, we'd have to fight them on the beaches of California. We believed. It was a lie.

Understanding Trump: It's Still The Authoritarianism, Stupid

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 08.04.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Last September, I argued that the-then seemingly mysterious rise of Donald Trump to front-runner status in the race for the GOP nomination for preside...

Primaries, Conventions, And Nominations! Oh My! If We Only Had A Brain.

Stephen Rosa | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics
Stephen Rosa

Is this a presidential election or a bad version of The Wizard of Oz? The long and perilous journey along the yellow brick campaign trail to the November election is almost over.

Obama Is More Popular Than Reagan, But Will it Help Clinton?

John A. Tures | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

It's hard to believe it, but Barack Obama today is more popular than Ronald Reagan was at this juncture in his last year of office, in 1988. But will it help Hillary Clinton secure another term for the Democrats? A look at the evidence produces a surprising finding.

THE WILDCATTERS: Peasants or Bankers? What Does "Make America Great Again" Teach Us about Voting Behavior

Kirby Goidel | Posted 05.30.2016 | Politics
Kirby Goidel

Presidents and their parties live and die on the performance of the economy. Every incumbent president defeated for reelection since World War I confronted a bad economy. Perceptions of economic health and economic opportunity shape voter choices and candidate strategies.

Trump and the Triumph of Pabulum: Why?

Pierre Guerlain | Posted 05.17.2016 | World
Pierre Guerlain

In the May 12-May 25, 2016 issue of The New York Review of Books Jeremy Bernstein has a most interesting article entitled "The Trump Bomb" in which he shows how clueless and ignorant Donald Trump is about foreign policy.

California Law Attacks Rehab Facilities

The Fix | Posted 04.21.2016 | Los Angeles
The Fix

By Zachary Siegel and Allison McCabe Photo via Shutterstock Earlier this year, a small handful of state legislators began what can only be described a...

The Unwitting Father of the American Progressive Movement? Ronald Reagan

Steve Jarding | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics
Steve Jarding

At this critical point in our nation's history, a true political leader could have pulled America back on course. Instead we got Ronald Reagan.

Media Matters

Murray Fromson | Posted 03.15.2016 | Media
Murray Fromson

The superficial news media, in particular but not entirely the broadcast elements, ought to be placed on the carpet for its incessant coverage of Donald Trump and its hyping every story with an excitable voice as if the world was coming to an end. Let's be realistic.


Keith Gaddie | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Keith Gaddie

If you start getting irritated with political science professor friends during this campaign, it's because of the discipline and what it was meant to do -- understand and defend democracy and avoid the failures of civic culture.

Trump's Talk Of Penis Raises War Mongering Red Flags During GOP Debate

DeeDee Garcia Blase | Posted 03.04.2016 | Women
DeeDee Garcia Blase

A historic moment happened during the GOP Debate yesterday when Donald Trump mentioned his penis size during what is supposed to be a serious event as...

How Reagan's 'Touch the Face of God' Speech after the Challenger Disaster 30 Years Ago Paved the Way for Space X

Ned O'Gorman | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Ned O'Gorman

In these and other adventures lie proof that Reagan's hopes for the commercialization of space travel survive, now a full 30 years after the Challenger disaster.

Politicians Should Not Call Their Enemies "Evil"

Volney Gay | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Volney Gay

When politicians speak about evil their comments have far-reaching consequences. Beginning in the 1980s with President Reagan, American politicians of both major parties lapse into phrases like "The Evil Empire," "Evil is on the march," and "the axis of evil."

9 Painfully Cute Photos Of A Toddler And Dog Wearing Matching Outfits

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 01.27.2016 | Parents

Eric and Sandi Swiridoff's dog, Reagan, is very much a part of their family. The Australian Labradoodle has a special bond with the Oregon couple, as ...

The NYT Reportage on Government Lands Forgets a Chapter

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Steve H. Hanke

The recent "occupation" of government-owned lands in Eastern Oregon by disgruntled ranchers' motivated Quoctrung Bui and Margot Sanger-Katz of the New York Times (NYT) to produce an edifying essay on January 6.

A Presidential Round Table

Renee Fisher | Posted 12.16.2015 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

(the actual, still-alive, Harold Bornstein) Those of you who have not been rendered unconcious by attempting to carry all the large Amazon parcels b...

Baby, It's Warm Outside

John A. Tures | Posted 12.14.2015 | Green
John A. Tures

Unless you're a Southerner, you probably wouldn't think those temperatures were unusual. But the average high for Atlanta this time of year is 50, with a low of 37. The low today here was 63.

The Man Who Saved a President

Michael Putzel | Posted 10.11.2015 | Politics
Michael Putzel

He waved to the small crowd with his right hand, then his left, and seemed to be turning toward me as six quick shots peppered the president and those around him. The smile on Reagan's face disappeared as Parr reached for the president's left shoulder and shoved him forcefully down and toward the open back door of the presidential limousine.

Jeb Bush's "Free Stuff" Racial Insult Was a Shrewd Calculation

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush knew exactly what he was doing when he insulted African-American voters by alleging that the Democrats buy their votes with "free stuff." In fact, it was no accident that he hurled his slur at Democrats at a campaign stop in South Carolina.

GOP Debate Will Honor Reagan and Ignore His Disastrous War on Drugs

Tony Newman | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
Tony Newman

It is predictable that many will gush over Ronald Reagan tonight. But let's remember that Ronald Reagan amplified a war on people of the United States that continues to haunt us today. And it is time for our leaders to find an exit strategy from this unwinnable war.

The Republicans Have Finished With Reagan's 11th Commandment

Nicholas Sheppard | Posted 08.05.2016 | Entertainment
Nicholas Sheppard

With all the stress, high-stakes, public scrutiny, simmering ideological resentments and cabin-fever from constant interaction in the Senate and at debates, what sort of things will the Republican presidential hopefuls be saying and alleging of one another, months down the track?

Alien Invaders Support Arctic Drilling

David Helvarg | Posted 07.28.2016 | Green
David Helvarg

Today we're closer than ever to transforming your frigid tree infested blue marble planet to a more temperate 185-degree sandy orange dune world. As one of our oily front groups once stated, a slightly warmer planet will mean fewer heart attacks from shoveling snow.

Would Ted Cruz Blame Reagan for the Failed Iran Hostage Rescue?

John A. Tures | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

We could blame Ike for starting the Korean War, knock George W. Bush for not stopping the USS Cole bombing, accuse Bill Clinton of not stopping the L.A. Riots of 1992 or even blame Reagan for the 1980 recession. Or presidential candidates could learn to see when the job that they aspire to actually begins.

Frank Sinatra: All or Nothing at All on HBO

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.04.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

But the premiere was a night for celebration, and not only for Sinatra. Turns out, director Alex Gibney, with his recently aired Going Clear, his film about the Church of Scientology, broke records for HBO. So after the 2-hour first half of Sinatra, a happy crowd filed into Porterhouse for Italian themed specialties of burrata caprese, filet mignon, spumoni and cannoli in abundance.

Obama's Foreign Policy: Continuity Rather Than Contradictions

Pierre Guerlain | Posted 05.31.2015 | World
Pierre Guerlain

Alliances of convenience are the staple of foreign policy as any reader of Machiavelli knows. Obama wants a deal over Iranian nuclear capabilities for it would be a major success of US foreign policy.