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Let's Get Theological on Health Care and Warfare

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Anyone care to provide a theological foundation for the Republican policy preferences for the rich and for war? I would really like to see it.

Health Care and Bipartisanship in the Balance

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

President Obama, this is your moment for political courage, vision, leadership, and faith. We urge you to take heart and move meaningful health care reform forward.

Concentric Circles of Service

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jeffrey Abelson

There's a missing link in our quest for a good and equitable society. In addition to volunteering, we must educate ourselves and impact our government to achieve lasting change on prominent issues.

It's Time for a Progressive Revolution

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Only 8% of Americans want their representative in Congress re-elected. Normally, you need a boat load of cash to run against a member of Congress. Right now, all you might need is to just not be an incumbent.

Diversionary Dangers of Amending the Constitution

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

Post Citizens United vs. FEC, Americans should be less concerned with who spends money on campaigns and more concerned by ill-informed citizens who enable that spending to have a profound effect.

Can We Still Believe in That Change Obama Ran On?

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

President Obama State of the Union speech shows little understanding of the time we're in or of the daily experience of real Americans. Maybe it comes...

Seeking Civic Virtue in "Citizens United"

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

If this is the end of democracy as we know it, I say good riddance, because that is precisely what's brought us to this present moment of gridlock and polarization and corruption.

The Corporatist Explanation for Obama's "Failed" Presidency

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anis Shivani

Obama, more than Al Gore, George W. Bush, John McCain, or Hillary Clinton, has been the most fully realized CONSENSUS CORPORATIST CANDIDATE of the las...

Campaign Finance Outrage: Democracy for the Highest Bidder

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Corporations can now directly intervene in campaigns with candidate-specific ads. The only requirement remaining is that they not be coordinated with a campaign. But that's a requirement more of form than substance.

Weekly Mulch: Murkowski Vs. the EPA

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

Weekly Mulch: Murkowski Vs. the EPABy Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger On Thursday afternoon, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) pulled out a rarely-use...

The Senator From Exxon-Mobil?

Bob Kerrey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Kerrey

As the Supreme Court throws open the floodgates to unlimited corporate money in campaigns, the time for real reform is now.

Left, Right & Center: Is America Ungovernable? Plus: Men, Women and History

HuffPost Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

Are moneyed and special interests so entrenched that we cannot govern of, for and by the people? Is history made by great men and women? Or is it the reverse: Does the moment make the man/woman?

Lobbyists On Pace For Record Year

Politico | VICTORIA MCGRANE | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Main Street has had a tough year, losing jobs and seeing little evidence of the economic revival that experts say has already begun. But K Street i...

Obama Slaps Congress, Lobbyists In Push For Consumer Protection Agency (VIDEO, REMARKS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The White House on Friday renewed its push for a consumer financial protection agency with President Obama and a senior economic official warning Cong...

The Fight For Biogenerics

Hilary Kramer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hilary Kramer

You know a health care bill isn't right for the American people when it carves out a legal monopoly for Big Pharma and Botox. Our Congressional leaders should be capable of more.

Democracy 3.0

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jeffrey Abelson

We -- The People -- need a radical upgrade in the way we practice democracy.

Left, Right & Center: Is America Ungovernable? Plus: Men, Women and History

HuffPost Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

Is America ungovernable? Are moneyed and special interests so entrenched that we cannot govern of, for and by the people?

In Defense of Obama's Bowling for Dollars

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Heilbrunn

The president, far from curbing excesses, is slipping into nefarious old Washington practices. Reportedly, Obama has been doling out favors to donors that include (gasp!) the use of the White House bowling alley.

Lobbyists Urge Lawmakers To Raise Country's Debt Level

Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Some of the nation's most influential lobbies are urging the Senate to lift the nation's debt limit above $12.1 trillion, reports the Hill. An associ...

The U.S. Climate Change Bill: International Trade Implications & China

Elizabeth Lynch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Elizabeth Lynch

Will additions to the Climate Change Bill maintain the competitiveness of U.S. industries, or are they attempts by certain industries to protect their profits?


Wendy Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendy Block

Big Pharma, Big Oil, Big Milk. All special interest patrons of America's Big Money bordello. What are good progressives to do? Either we get lobotomies or we fix the way the country finances politics.

Bill Clinton Slams Health Care Obstructionists: "They're At It Again"

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an email sent out by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this morning, President Bill Clinton slams Republicans and special interests f...

Joe Klein: How Special Interests Could Block Reform

TIME | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the most difficult things to do in a democracy is react to a problem that is real, but not immediately threatening. Obama is trying to do this ...

Obama's Agenda: Hope, Change and Lobby-Centricity

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

Obama's self-imposed rule against lobbyists in his administration, and the method whereby he is now implementing his progressive agenda, hews toward a rather perverse irony, if not hypocrisy.

A Model for Universal Health Care Coverage

Gavin Newsom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gavin Newsom

Our experience in San Francisco is proving what most Americans already know -- it is much less expensive to keep people well than it is to treat their sickness.