Hillary Clinton might be a liberal icon to some, but in reality, she's the only candidate with neoconservative advisers and a hawkish foreign policy. If you dread more American involvement in the Middle East, perhaps Clinton might not be your choice for president.
One hopes that the recent events in Paris (at a time when ISISphobia has replaced Francophobia) will begin the process of forging a new trans-Atlantic sense of solidarity with America's historic enemy and perhaps remove some of the allure of French-bashing among the American Right.
I thought about the intertwined recent histories of our two countries and how much the French really loved the Americans, which made me all the more ashamed of the Republicans under George W. Bush who ridiculed that country and its people.
So students are all on the same page, I would start the lesson with a list of headlines, but would avoid video coverage. Based on these headlines from the New York Times and what you know from media coverage, what happened in Paris, France this weekend?
If only young people in this country knew and cared half as much about politics as they do fantasy football, we'd be twice the democracy that we are today. In a true democracy, we'd demand more qualified candidates. We'd demand more substantive debates. We'd demand a political process that works for all of the people
In the wake of the horrific Paris attacks that claimed the lives of at least 153 innocent people, FOX News and some Republican presidential hopefuls wasted no time to fear monger and stir up some good-ol-fashioned Islamophobia.
These slavery analogies betray a profound indifference to, if not ignorance of, the tragic plight of bondsmen and women. Yet Americans--from Patriots and Loyalists during the Revolution to Ben Carson today--have felt comfortable likening human bondage to high taxes, unjust laws, black enfranchisement, or, in Carson's case, national healthcare and abortion.
I am hoping to see LGBTQ Republicans publicly bring to the fore how being anti-LGBTQ in 2015 is a huge political liability for any Republican candidate, especially one seeking the highest office in the land.
Payday lenders spent more than $15 million during the last election to lobby and elect Members of Congress. If the CFPB comes down hard on the industry with tough new rules as is expected, you can bet they will spend even more during this election.
If you wanted a debate where no one actually answered any questions, well, you got it! There were so many great moments from the latest GOP debate out of Wisconsin, but we wanted a video that was under 4 minutes. These were our favorite out of Donald Trump, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Jeb!
While it may feel like it has been going on forever, the 2016 election is one year from now. The presidency is at stake, of course. Control of the Senate, of state legislatures, and even (theoretically) of the House of Representatives is up in the air. But in basic ways, the very integrity of our electoral system is on the ballot, too, next year. Alarmingly, we don't even know the basic rules that will be in place -- and there is more in flux than in any recent presidential year. Republican-controlled states have passed dozens of new laws since 2011 to make it harder for many Americans -- especially the poor, minorities, students and the elderly -- to cast a ballot. Those who care about democracy have a lot to do to make sure that the election of 2016 is free, fair, and reflects the will of the people.
In a TMFS Rant, we discuss how at the Fox Business Channel Republican Presidential debate, Donald Trump, said he is against raising the minimum wage and, in fact, thinks wages are too high!
The conditions seem perfect for a real political debate between two candidates who differ from each other on many key issues.
Have Democratic presidents been perfect? Of course not. Have they vanquished economic inequality and created paradise on earth? No president can. However, Democrats have a positive record to run on.
I see it happening all the time -- women who went to Ivy League schools and who held highly-demanding, high-status, high-pay jobs -- deciding to stay at home after they have a baby. They all thought carefully about their decisions, weighing the pros and cons. Instead of the prison of a 9 to 5 work culture, they preferred to keep their brains sharp and stay connected by volunteering and sitting on boards.
One great thing about a Sanders presidency is that Americans will be able to trust a person who never had to evolve towards progressive stances on war, foreign policy, Wall Street, and environmental issues like Keystone XL.