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Getting the Government We Seem to Want

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Gary Hart

The current turmoil in Colorado politics and beyond, marked by resignations of senior elected officials, has many lessons. First among these is: "It isn't fun anymore."

On Not Having Kids -- Because You Don't Want Them to Grow Up in a "Communist" Country

Colin Delany | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Colin Delany

Somehow it came up that her own son and his wife were reluctant to have children, which in itself is nothing unusual, but their reason blew my folks' minds: it was because they didn't want their kids to grow up in a "communist" country.

Inspired Democracy: The Debate Table

Alexia Parks | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alexia Parks

"What have you done in your own community since Obama was elected president?" they challenged the audience. So I picked up the card and wrote down: "I hosted a Democracy Debate Table."

Rep. Schauer Challenged from Left and Right at Town Hall

Chris Savage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Savage

Schauer, who narrowly defeated the very conservative Tim Walberg in 2008, represents a swing district.

New York Review: The Blog

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The New York Review of Books, our content partner, Is teasing its new site by giving us a peek at their brand new blog section today. As usual it is f...

Children's Books Inspired by the Health Care Debate

Chris Holt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Chris Holt

When that kindergartener tells your child that his/her opinions on single payer insurance and the trigger are "for doodoo heads," it can be a teaching moment. Here are some books to make the current political climate fun!

Why Majority Support Does Not Guarantee Health Reform (and Why This Isn't All Bad)

Elizabeth Rigby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Rigby

A full defense of the public option requires moving beyond the basic arguments for reform. It requires reform proponents to take seriously the fears of opponents, even if they make up only a minority of the American public.

All Aboard! The Right's Fox News Gravy Train Rolls On

Karl Frisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karl Frisch

Perhaps it's the rallies or the fundraising or the demonstrably false attacks that have kept Obama from appearing on Fox. Regardless, the right's gravy train rolls on undeterred, facts be damned.

What is the "Message" Behind Increased Gun Sales?

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association, thinks Americans are stockpiling handguns, assault weapons and ammunition because they are going to be "attacked by politicians"?

Obama Talks About the Rights of Children

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alexia Parks

Of the 193 countries who have signed the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, only two countries in the world, the United States and Somalia, have refused to ratify it.

What A Real Town Hall Looks Like

Alex Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alex Green

Can this be done anywhere? Yes. Is it without difficulty? No. But is it easier than we think to organize 25 political figures over four weeks with a small group and no money? Yes.

Republicans' 2010 Campaign Message: Vote For Us Because Obama Can't Magically Fix in a Year What it Took Us Eight Years to Destroy

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

So, what's the real 2010 Republican campaign message gonna be?: "Watch out Democrats, we're gonna be nastier, dirtier, more unethical and deceptive than ever.

DNC Sued By Man Ousted From Town Hall

The Huffington Post | Elyse Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the aftermath of an incident that occurred at a health care town hall held by Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-Ohio), attendee Thomas Quigley Jr. is suing th...

Secesh 3.0: Fear Of A Black President

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

When the Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) disrupted the President’s health care address before a joint session of Congress, it was not the first time th...

Am I Free to Speak?

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

We have, for some decades now, been in an era that the framers did not anticipate, in which the reach and influence of money could shape the political landscape like never before.

Help Heal Manhattan: How Health Care Will Impact New York

Nelson Montana | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nelson Montana

When a congressman can actually heckle a presidential speech it's time to admit the political has been reduced to the same shouting and name calling that has become prime time entertainment.

Immigration Reform Forum in Aurora, Colorado

Morgan Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Morgan Carroll

Michael Bennet attended and said that it is unacceptable to have 12 million people living in the shadows of our laws and that we need comprehensive immigration reform.

Billy the Kid and the Town Hall Meeting

Susan L. Travis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan L. Travis

Despite the political backdrop, our town hall meeting was mercifully spared the guns and swastikas of the six o'clock news.

Discussing Gun Violence Prevention in Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

My experiences speaking around the country about gun violence have been the exact opposite of the contentious "town hall" protests we've seen on television over the summer.

My Coffee with Rep. Jared Polis

David Thielen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
David Thielen

I met with Rep. Jared Polis this afternoon at Canyon Mine Coffee in Lafayette. I swear, Jared has so much energy that if we could plug him in to the p...

Defending Unpatriotic Racism

Robbie Gennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

They say the best offense is a good defense. Our only real defense against right wing insanity is to put them on the defense and keep them there.

America, Then and Now

Athena Andreadis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.

In the thirty years following Reagan, the Overton window steadily moved to the right and the bottom, resulting in today's baboon shrieks from talk show hosts, financiers and politicians.

Obama and the Gun Lobby: A Policy of Appeasement?

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Is it a stretch to envision President Obama as the Neville Chamberlain of the gun issue? Consider the record so far.

Health Care Reform is the New Gay Marriage

Morgan Warners | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Morgan Warners

Gay marriage and our increasingly obvious interconnectedness present threats to traditions and ways of doing things that many of us think should change. In that regard, health reform is the new gay marriage.

An Honest Display of Lying

B. Jeffrey Madoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
B. Jeffrey Madoff

What's the point of having a discussion with someone when you already know the outcome? "So, what did you think of your boy Obama's speech the other night?" I was asked on the train.