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Mandela & South Africa: Inspirations for Freedom

Sam Sasan Shoamanesh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Sasan Shoamanesh

Nelson Mandela's personal life story and moving declarations have resonated with people from all walks of life and in all countries, giving hope wherever oppression reigns.

In The Public Interest: Healthy Ways to Cut the Deficit

Larry McNeely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry McNeely

The Affordable Care Act is affordable not just for consumers; it's also affordable for taxpayers. The Deficit Commission should not have to re-fight last year's health care debate.

'Soul Of A Citizen': The Redeemable Spark: Reaching Out To People Whose Actions May Appall Us

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

When we're building coalitions or negotiating with political opponents, we don't always get to choose our ideal political partners.

In The Public Interest: Health Care Reform - A Down Payment, Not "Broken Promises"

Larry McNeely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry McNeely

Health reform opponents want to spook policy-makers into backing down from implementing the new law and thereby delivering to American health care consumers the new rights and options they deserve.

Ryan Grim

House Progressives Push Reid To Put Public Option Back On Table | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

EDITOR'S NOTE: The story below includes references to polling conducted by the firm Research 2000. The reliability and accuracy of Research 2000's pol...

Wellpoint Lobbyists Axed Key Protections for Breast Cancer Patients From Health Care Bill

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

It's shameful that Wellpoint lobbyists were successful in keeping key protections for those with serious illnesses out of the Senate bill. But it's even more shameful that Harry Reid has no intention of fixing it.

Afghanistan: Has Hamid Karzai Already Joined the Taliban?

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

Endgame: WikiLeaks Video Right On Target

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alexia Parks

WikiLeaks and Reuters should receive an award for their work in bringing this video into the public spotlight. The public should demand that all war zone videos be placed in the public domain.

Glenn Beck and Jim Wallis Meet to Discuss Social Justice (VIDEO)

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jim Wallis

Though many think I'm on vacation with my family this week, footage has been obtained of a top secret meeting between me and Fox News commentator Glenn Beck!

Memorial Day - What Have We Wrought?

Marcia Meier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia Meier

I went to the cemetery yesterday. Sat by the garden and looked up at the brass plaque on the mausoleum wall that marks my parents' last resting place....

Afghans Not 'Very Hopeful' for Kabul Peace Jirga

Abdulhadi Hairan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Abdulhadi Hairan

Both insurgent groups -- the Taliban and Hizb-e-Islami -- as well as Karzai's challenger in the last presidential election, Abdullah Abdullah, have explicitly said that they won't participate.

Ryan Grim On The Next Step For The Public Option (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

Huffington Post congressional correspondent Ryan Grim appeared on the Democracy Now! news program this morning to discuss the recent passage of health...

In The Public Interest: Health Reform's Trump Card

Larry McNeely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry McNeely

Congress has a responsibility to ensure consumers have the information they need under the new law. Every American consumer should know they will have substantial new protections this year.

House Health Care Vote Completes Package: Senate Reconciliation Bill Passes House 220-207

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Capping an epic struggle, congressional Democrats put the final touches Thursday to historic legislation enshrining health care as ...

Congress Gives College Aid A Boost

AP / Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

WASHINGTON -- More needy college students will have access to bigger Pell Grants, and future borrowers of government loans will have an easier time re...

Ryan Grim

Senate Dems Pass Health Care Reconciliation Package | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE 3/25 9:47 PM It wasn't easy and it wasn't pretty, but the congressional debate over comprehensive health care reform ended Thursday night with ...

The Bank Lobbyists Behind the Senators Voting "No" on Reconciliation

Kevin Connor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Connor

In a hopeful sign for American college students, the original coalition of Senators that rallied around the student loan industry now appears to be splintering.

Ryan Grim

DeMint: 'We Have Not Yet Begun To Fight' | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Jim DeMint, the tactician who led Senate Republicans in unanimous opposition to health care reform, declared early on that a defeat for Obama would be...

Ryan Grim

Byrd Rule To Send Health Care Back To House, Rules Parliamentarian | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Republicans succeeded early Thursday morning in finding two flaws in the House-passed health care reconciliation package. Neither is of any sub...

Weekly Pulse: Obama Signs Health Reform Bill, Backlash Begins

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Yesterday, President Obama signed health care reform into law. As Mike Lillis explains in the Washingt...

What Change Looks Like

Nancy Cronk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Nancy Cronk

Romanoff appears to be so willing to sabotage Bennet that he is willing to risk health care reform for 32 million Americans to score a few political points in his campaign.

Why Senate Dems Should Approve Republicans' Public Option Amendment

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Senate Republicans may propose a "public option" amendment to the health care bill. If they do, Senate Dems plan to vote it down in order to keep the bill identical to the one that passed Sunday -- they should give this a sober second-thought.

Now That Health Care Is Law, a Vote Against Reconciliation Is a Vote for the "Cornhusker Kickback"

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

If Senate Republicans actually succeeded in killing the entire reconciliation bill, they will not have stopped health care reform. That is law. Instead, Senate Republicans will have saved the "Cornhusker Kickback" and the "Gator-aid."

Now Is the Time to Act

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

The American people have had enough of this double standard. The Democrats were elected to govern and to address the horrendous problems this country faces. It is time for the Democrats to use the reconciliation rules.

Student Loan Overhaul Tied To Health Care Bill

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

WASHINGTON — Riding the coattails of a historic health care vote, the House on Sunday also passed a broad reorganization of college aid that aff...