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Michael Calderone

Muckraking Journalists Needed Now More Than Ever As Inequality Gap Grows

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 01.25.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -- As opulent mansions sprouted up on the Upper East Side in the late 19th century, reporter Jacob Riis journeyed through the slums downtown,...

Why I Keep Raising Hell

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 03.26.2014 | New York
Rep. Charles Rangel

When thousands of men and women work full time but need food stamps to put food on their tables, when they can't get health benefits, when they can't get paid sick days, then we must do whatever we can to stand up for them.

Jason Linkins

State Of The Union Rebuttals: What's The Point?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

As we've previously discussed in this space, State of the Union addresses are mostly useless. The pageantry is nice, and the speech itself provides ad...

Obama's State of the Union Dilemma: Pushing Fast Track for TPP Would Increase Income Inequality

Lori Wallach | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Lori Wallach

Either Obama can prioritize a battle against income inequality or he can push more NAFTA-style trade agreements and the trade authority to railroad them through Congress, but he cannot do both.

Paul Blumenthal

How The 0.01 Percent Underwrites, And Undermines, Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just four days after being named Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate in August 2012, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) made a pilgrimage ...

Sam Stein

Obama's First State Of The Union Marked A Turning Point, One His Old Advisers Now Regret

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For all of the intrigue and attention that surrounds them, presidential State of the Union addresses are often oversold affairs. Yes, th...

McMorris Rodgers To Give Official Republican State Of The Union Response

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) will give the party's official response to the president's State of the Union addre...

Jennifer Bendery

Sean Hannity To Attend State Of The Union With Louie Gohmert

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Conservative radio show host Sean Hannity will be at the State of the Union next week, thanks to Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). Gohmer...

Dave Jamieson

Fast-Food Workers Set The Table For Raising The Minimum Wage

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has made it clear that income inequality will be his defining issue in 2014. If such a strategy helps him advance...

Howard Fineman

A New Gilded Age Threatens The State Of Our Union

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The numbers are shocking -- assuming that we still have the capacity for shock -- and they will form the backdrop for President Barack O...

Most Republicans Say Government Aid To The Poor Does 'More Harm Than Good'

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Americans across both parties see a growing chasm between the wealthiest and the rest of the country, according to a Pew Research/USA Today poll relea...

Sam Stein

White House Downplays Deficit-Debt As Focus Shifts To State Of The Union 2014

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's an annual rite of passage. In the lead-up to the State of the Union address in late January, the White House teases out policy ...

2014 State Of The Union Date Set

Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has invited President Barack Obama to deliver his 2014 State of the Union address on January 28. Boehner sent a...

Obama Poll Watch -- February, 2013

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As expected, Obama's "second honeymoon" in the polls is starting to fade. The election is long over, the inauguration is fading from memory, and now the real legislative struggles of Obama's second term have begun.

Lucia Graves

'What If You've Got The Obama Pipeline And It Leaks?'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 03.05.2013 | Green

Environmentalists seeking to block the proposed Keystone XL pipeline's revised route are appealing to President Barack Obama's sense of history as muc...

WATCH: James Lipton On Marco Rubio's Performance In SOTU Response

Posted 02.23.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

James Lipton, actor, writer, and host of "Inside The Actor's Studio," believes Marco Rubio "failed" at his first major public appearance saying the Fl...

Time to Put the Climate Beyond Party Politics

Amy Davidsen | Posted 04.23.2013 | Green
Amy Davidsen

Ending climate partisanship will not be easy. But the foundation for a more honest, less divisive conversation has been set by leaders outside of Washington, and by climate disruptions already being experienced throughout the country.

Getting Republicans to "Yes"? (Well, No.)

Rick Horowitz | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Just think of it as a credit check......

The State of the Union as Rorschach Test

Deepak Chopra | Posted 04.20.2013 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

Immediately after Obama's State of the Union speech, pundits offered clashing descriptions: prosaic, bread-and-butter, Clinton-like, an extension of the liberal agenda outlined in the inaugural address, uplifting, aggressive and so on. What I heard was something really unusual.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Did SOTU Reveal an Educator/Organizer Going Big to Reduce Inequality and Transform Politics?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgSpitzer & Matalin discuss SOTU: Not bold (Nat'l Journal)? Liberal boilerplate (McConnell)? Or an historic bid to shrink inequality and leave a progressive legacy? Then: Given Rubio's flop sweat and cliches, is he old whine in a new bottle?

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 04.18.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, we found out that the State of the Union -- or at least the rhetoric about it -- is strong. To no one's surprise, President Obama delivered another good speech. Highlights included his call for an increase in the minimum wage, the announcement of steps towards fixing our broken voting system, and a promise to step up on climate change. The president also vowed that "by the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over" -- though he didn't explain why we need to wait until then. The speech's most powerful moment was Obama's passionate call for gun control. His overarching message was: I welcome bipartisanship, but if I don't get it, I'll do it myself. As the shameful GOP filibuster of Chuck Hagel showed, the odds are the president will be spending his second term in DIY mode.

Friday Talking Points -- Filibusted

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Our Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week was Representative Zoe Lofgren, who (with a Republican co-sponsor) this week introduced legislation to regulate the use of drones for domestic police work.

State of the Union: America Speaks, Marco Sips!

Susie Sampson | Posted 04.17.2013 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

It was the sip heard round the world! At least it took some of the attention off of Obama. Boy was that a long speech... was anyone really listening? And who really believes in climate change?

WATCH: Congressman Who Organized SOTU Gun Victims Was Victim Himself

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 02.15.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Congressman Jim Langevin, Democrat from Rhode Island, is the first and only quadriplegic ever to serve in Congress. Himself a victim of gun violence, ...

How the State of the Union Worked

George Lakoff | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
George Lakoff

That is how the president has changed public discourse. He has changed it at the level that counts, the deepest level, the moral level. What can make that change persist? What will allow such an ideal citizenry to come into existence?