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Harold Hodge v. SCOTUS: Has the First Amendment Become an Exercise in Futility?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Clearly, the government has no interest in hearing what "we the people" have to say. Yet if Americans are not able to peacefully assemble outside of the halls of government for expressive activity, the First Amendment has lost all meaning.

Let's Talk: Democracy Depends on Civility

Jennifer Gennari | Posted 04.02.2012 | San Francisco
Jennifer Gennari

These days, self-government is under assault. Unfortunately, a minority faction is overtaking town halls around the nation and suppressing any discussion at all. In the Bay Area the problem is particularly acute.

Facing Opposition, Congressmen Skip Out On Town Halls

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP/The Huffington Post) -- Too much yelling, not enough listening. Facing organized, often raucous confrontations at political e...

Tyler Kingkade

Democrats Target Vulnerable House Republicans Over Town Hall Protests | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans have taken a lot of heat from constituents at home during the August recess after a bitter showdown with Democ...

Tyler Kingkade

Iowa Democrats Slap At Activists For Town Hall Antics | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Iowa Democratic Party is lashing out at one of the Hawkeye State's most politically active progressive groups, potentially alienatin...

GOP Rep: Pay 'Not So Much'

The Huffington Post | Jordan Howard | Posted 10.26.2011 | Politics

According to the U.S. Census Bureau the median household income in 2009 was $49,177, almost $98,000 less than what a member of the House of Representa...

Amanda Terkel

GOP Congressman Seizes Cameras At Town Hall Event | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After banning and confiscating cameras at his town hall events, Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) is taking heat from all sides -- including fr...

Amanda Terkel

WATCH: Protesters Confront GOP Congressman Over Public Town Hall | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Confronting mounting pressure and protests, Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) has agreed to hold a public town hall at the Duluth airport at ...

GOP Congressman Distributes Activist 'Watch List' For Town Halls

Orlando Sentinel | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics

U.S. Rep. Dan Webster said he simply wanted to share some friendly advice with other members of Congress about how to manage town-hall meetings and th...

Arthur Delaney

Paul Ryan's Office Calls Cops On Jobless Protesters | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics

Staffers for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called police on Thursday evening to disperse unemployed protesters staging a sit-in at his Kenosha, Wis., office...

GOP Town Halls Hit With Progressive Messages

Firedoglake | David Dayen | Posted 10.16.2011 | Politics

Two years ago, a concerted effort by a corporate-funded Tea Party movement to get conservatives out to town hall meetings changed the dynamic in Washi...

After Months of Tea Party Attacks on the Environment, Glimmers of Sanity Emerge

Frances Beinecke | Posted 10.09.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

A growing number of GOP lawmakers are starting to question the Tea Party's reckless overreach. They realize that anti-environmental efforts do not reflect the wishes of the American people.

Representative Moran (and 25 Others): Conned by Concord Coalition

Eric Lotke | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics
Eric Lotke

Concord is an honest advocacy group and entitled to advocacy towards its ends. But our elected officials should not dress it up in government clothes and present it to constituents as a town hall forum.

What the World Needs Now: Obama's Town Hall Twitter?

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

The President yesterday conducted a town hall meeting by Twitter. For the many people who do not tweet, including me, this "tweet meet" was a curious ...

Ryan Grim

Obama Quizzed On 14th Amendment At Twitter Town Hall | Ryan Grim | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During a Twitter town hall Wednesday, President Obama was asked whether he would consider invoking the 14th Amendment to pay government ...

Why Barack Obama Loves the War on Drugs

Stanton Peele | Posted 08.03.2011 | Politics
Stanton Peele

Do you remember the scene when Barack Obama opened the government to suggestions from the audience (the American public) in the first ever Internet To...

The Tea Party's 10 Ways to Survive Town Hall Meetings

Andy McDonald | Posted 07.31.2011 | Comedy
Andy McDonald

A Tea Party group known as FreedomWorks has provided new GOP congressmen and women with talking points that will help them survive budget-focused town hall meetings which have recently been very confrontational for conservatives.

Medicare, Other Issues Have Republicans Suppressing Social Media

Hal Donahue | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

Congressmen Barletta and Marino are adopting the tactics of former Egyptian President Mubarak: no electronic media will be allowed during town hall and public meetings except by recognized press.

Stop, Think and Contemplate: BP Anniversary, Fukushima Disaster & Fracking... Are Our Lives in Jeopardy?

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 07.20.2011 | Green
Mitchell J. Rabin

I'd rather stop, think and contemplate a beautiful sunrise really, a powerful, yellow ball rising above the horizon by the shore. Or a sunset with a ...

Jason Linkins

Anti-Ryan Town Hall Rage Suffers From A Hype Deficit | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.22.2011 | Politics

As noted earlier, House Republicans have lately had to contend with a taste of the town hall rage and bitterness that roiled throughout the summer of ...

Jason Linkins

GOP Reps Host Town Halls, Get Yelled At | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics

During 2009's long summer of angry town halls, it was very common for Democrats touting the benefits of health care reform to constituents to be met w...

Riots, Jobs, and Innovation

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

With the people of Egypt in open defiance of a corrupt autocratic regime, using new tools of social media to foment a resistance to government tyranny, it's important to understand that innovation isn't just about iPads. It's about freedom.

Ted Brassfield's Camelot is Still Alive

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

During last week's Washington town hall meeting about the economy, Ted Brassfield, a recent Indiana University Maurer School of Law graduate asked Pre...

Coming Face to Face with Obama and the Vanishing American Dream

Daphne Wysham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Wysham

An invitation to participate in Barack Obama's Town Hall forum arrived in my inbox; I was to show up at 9 AM sharp. But afterward, I couldn't help but feel sad and a bit used. And I imagined Obama felt the same way.

Why Doesn't Obama Love Us Anymore, Mommy?

Edward Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Edward Murray

Don't pretend your kids' educations or your small business loan would be paid for if Obama was doing a better job or if McCain/Palin won. Think you're exhausted now? Imagine how tired you'd be from being so pissed off if Obama lost.