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At the Crossroads: Floods, Fires and Another Teachable Moment

William S. Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
William S. Becker

Like the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the extreme weather events occurring worldwide offer a teachable moment on the need to address climate cha...

Friday Talking Points [153] -- SOTU-palooza

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The past week in politics was, quite obviously, dominated by President Obama's "State Of The Union" speech to Congress. For those of you who may have...

Independents to Obama: Show Me Don't Tell Me

Michael Maslansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Maslansky

Independents are not back on the president's team. But they are willing to listen -- and watch. If he wants to continue to earn back their trust and, more importantly, their votes, he's going to have to deliver.

Obama's New Ideas

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama proposed a number of ideas last night, amongst the continuation of themes or policies he has pushed previously. The following are the proposals that stuck out as being truly new ideas for him, and thus worth examining.

State of the Union Predictions

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama is likely to lean more heavily on "reaching out" to Republicans. He knows full well that if anything legislative is going to get done in the next two years, Republicans are going to have to be on board.

Friday Talking Points [152] -- A Palin-Free Month?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

With some regularity, this column excoriates the mainstream news media for all sorts of continued idiocy in the way it conducts its business. But eve...

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Vietnam Speech

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last week, a Defense Department official made a rather startling statement, to the effect that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have supported America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.Let's see what King really would have said.

Friday Talking Points [151] -- Obama's Speech

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

To honor the fallen this week, we're going to refrain from our usual heated political rhetoric here for a change. It's only fitting, really, after su...

President Obama in Tucson: Yes, He (Still) Can

Eddie Reeves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eddie Reeves

At a time when we seem at greatest peril of ripping ourselves irreparably asunder, Barack Obama's deft rhetorical genius pulled us together yesterday in a way that perfectly symbolizes what the promise of America is all about.

The Rules of Language for an Autistic Child

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ariane Zurcher

Emma, like many autistic children is a stickler for rules, she is comforted by them. All the more so when she is the one imposing them.

Obama's New Theme: A Sputnik Moment

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While Obama may indeed be right about America being in serious danger of falling behind on a worldwide scale, this Sputnik moment simply doesn't have a Sputnik. There is no one overarching threat.

The Art of the Receiving Line at Official Functions

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lisa Mirza Grotts

A receiving line is the perfect opportunity for guests and hosts to meet one another at a large event. They are only essential for groups of fifty or more, when it's otherwise impossible for the hosts to greet everyone individually.

Friday Talking Points [138] -- "Candidate" Obama Returns

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

America (as, likely, everywhere else) always has a seamy underside, crawling with metaphoric maggots, to anything that is mostly seen as good by the m...

The War in Iraq: At What Cost?

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

The president asked the nation to "turn the page" last night. But what makes me so sad this morning is the enormous human cost of the war in Iraq; and how a massive number of people and families -- in America and Iraq -- have had their lives ended or changed forever because of this war and will have a hard time turning the page. So was the war in Iraq worth the enormous human cost?

Obama Reframes Mosque Debate

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama showed that the "Ground Zero mosque" argument is not a simple one, and in fact has two major segments. The first is whether or not the mosque "should be allowed" to be built. The second is whether it "should" be built.

Obama's Iraq Withdrawal Timeline

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I have wondered why the White House hasn't been making some political hay over the success of the withdrawal timetable in Iraq. But I now see they wanted to roll this news out when people were actually paying attention.

Friday Talking Points [132] -- The DMV? Really?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last week, this column took a week off, due to an extended trip into the desert for the Netroots Nation convention. But now, we turn our sights back ...

The Power of Wise Speech

Ronald Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ronald Alexander, Ph.D.

Wise speech requires mindful attention to the power of your words and the messages underneath them.

Sarah Palin's Denver Speech: The Mashup (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Lance Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Does Sarah Palin offer anything of value to the political discourse of this country? That's a complicated question, but one thing beyond debate is tha...

More Biden, Please

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Since Biden's not president himself, he is much more free to put things in explicitly partisan terms than his boss. And he seems to be doing a rip-snorting good job of doing so.

Friday Talking Points [130] -- Who Is This "They" Obama Speaks Of?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Since we took last week off to write something patriotic for Independence Day weekend, we've got two weeks to cover today. Fortunately, every other w...

Like It or Not: America's Dirty Little Secret

John Brown | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Brown

There's a dirty little secret in America today: all too many of our young people, whatever their biological age may be, can't speak.

WATCH: President Obama's Statement On Gen. McChrystal

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

General McChrystal's resignation was accepted, President Obama announced Wednesday during a statement in the White House Rose Garden. Obama told ...

Friday Talking Points [128] -- Merry Bartonmas!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Christmas has come in June for the Democratic Party. Republican Joe Barton just delivered a huge, nicely wrapped present to Democrats. The only ques...

Friday Talking Points [117] -- Piece Of Cake

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What a week! Into the cake mix that was this week went triumphant House votes, Senate votes, and then even another House vote, just for good luck. We...