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Books: William Seward -- The One Man Hated Even More Than Lincoln

Michael Giltz | Posted 11.19.2012 | Home
Michael Giltz

Writer Walter Stahr gives William Henry Seward his due in this intelligent and illuminating biography of one of the most important political figures of the 19th century.

Happy 151st Birthday, Federal Income Tax!

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Thanks, Federal government, for the funny circular scar on my arm from my childhood vaccination. It means that I, and a lot of other kids, didn't get polio and wind up severely disabled or dead. Don't think I don't appreciate it. And thanks for the Internet I'm using right now.

Why I Still Think President Obama Can Bring Us Together

John Thompson | Posted 10.29.2011 | Education
John Thompson

I used to think that Barack Obama would follow Abraham Lincoln in bringing us together. I read he adopted a balanced, "team of rivals" approach to foreign policy and domestic challenges. Now, I think I know why his education policy is the big exception.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Lands Role Of Historical Proportions

Posted 07.06.2011 | Entertainment

Renowned historian Doris Kearns Goodwin named her best selling volume on the Lincoln Presidency, "Team of Rivals," after the incredible group of advis...

Does George W. Bush Love Books?

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lev Raphael

The press surrounding George Bush's memoir reminded me of Karl Rove's claim from a few years ago that the two of them had a "book competition" for three years. Did Bush really have time to read?

Time for Team B -- And a Movement

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Obama should invite in about six or eight smart people who have a very different view of how he should be leading, and he should give them an extended opportunity to make their case, without his usual advisers in the room.

Reading the Pictures: Obama's Wars (And That's Just at the Office)

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2010-09-23-shawpull.jpgIf Mike Allen thinks Woodward's book is a net positive for Obama, the cover surely isn't.

Oh, What a Week It Was!: Healthcare Reform, Student Loan Reform, Nuclear Arms Reduction, Rising Iran Sanctions Possibility, Tough Love to Israel

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Without diminishing the skills and hard work of those who brought all these matters to this point, one cannot overstate the impact that this President's election, perspective, and persona had on these outcomes.

Lincoln's Birthday: 9 Essential Books On Our 16th President (PHOTOS, POLL)

The Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt and Philip B. Kunhardt III | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

It's Abraham Lincoln's birthday today, and to celebrate the life of our 16th president, we've collected some of the best, most essential books about L...

How Abraham Lincoln's "Hot Letters" Can Keep You From Going All Alice Hoffman

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Quigg

We all have our limits. Abraham Lincoln's limit is that he left behind no wise counsel for the man who finds himself garmentless at 30,000 feet. But he did leave something for the Twitterers.

Lincoln Would Not Have Voted for Obama

David S. Reynolds | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David S. Reynolds

Old Abe is everywhere. TV specials, conferences, books, pins, figurines, and other Lincolnalia celebrate the Illinois Railsplitter's Big 2-0-0. The problem is, the real Lincoln gets lost in the hoopla.

Howard Dean for HHS or Health Czar

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

There's no way that Rahm Emanuel's animosity toward Dean can be explained away if they pass over him again, especially given his tremendous success at the DNC.

Will Barack Obama Commit Industrial Policy?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Obama may soon find that he is committing a big sin against one of the major premises of the reigning ideology, and will create a head-on collision with one of the cherished dogmas of market fundamentalism -- "free trade."

Obama Reading Biography of Vlad the Impaler. May Decide to Insert Sharpened Sticks Up Rivals' Asses.

Jerry and Joe Long | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry and Joe Long

An Obama spokesperson was quick to dismiss any thoughts of impaling. Though, off the record, expressed a wish that at some point they might come upon Joe Lieberman in the act of bending over.

Trouble Buying That Illinois Senate Seat? (A Cheaper Alternative for Holiday Gift-Giving)

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

I cannot be bought. Not for less than 20 bucks. So there's no need to worry that my judgment has been tainted by the fact that a publisher sent me a ...

Jason Linkins

The Most Unlikely Bedfellows In Politics | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Ever since the Season of Transition began, it hasn't escaped the media's attention that President-Elect Barack Obama has been signing up his political...

How a Team of Rivals Collaborates

Mike Bonifer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Bonifer

A lot has been made of Obama's casting of the key roles in the new administration. There is astonishment aplenty that he's put together a team of strong personalities and former rivals.

The Real Rivalry In the Team: The Cabinet vs. The Campaign Promises

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Obama's team will likely mean constant if subtle pressure on him to water down his policies. In short, he won't be surrounded by yes men -- he'll be surrounded by no men.

You're Not Back, Sarah Palin -- Hillary Clinton is Back

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Donahue

Today is a demonstration of disciplined power. Both rivals, and their spouses, gave up some power to negotiate Secretary of State Clinton's new role.

Two Generations

Joshua Schoen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joshua Schoen

With the imminent selection of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, the major question that emerges is, how will she and Barack Obama work together?

"Better Than Cats!" Neocons, Republicans and War Criminals Rave About Obama's 'Team of Rivals.'

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Scahill

As Barack Obama's opus, "Team of Rivals," continues its rolling debut, the early reviews are in and the "critics" are full of praise for the cast.

Obama's Big Gamble

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

It's imperative that Obama run a tight ship, and if need be, make an example out of someone early.

Clinton-Richardson: Benefits of a "Team of Rivals"

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

Mr. Obama so far has shown the same laudable self-confidence and humility of Lincoln in being willing to invite such Democratic rivals for the party's presidential nomination into his Cabinet.

Team of Rubins

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

There is no denying the plain fact that only progressive remedies, of large scale public spending and stringent government regulation, will fix what's broken.

The Obama Administration: An End to Dynastic Politics?

John McQuaid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John McQuaid

Obama's early moves to co-opt former adversaries Hillary Clinton and Joe Lieberman signal a different way of doing business than we've seen over the past 20 years.