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August Madness: Politics, Money and Discontent

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

Somehow we are locked into the drama of health insurance reform while so many moving parts are ignored. How did we get here? And more importantly, how do we change the conversation?

What the Hell Is a Jobless "Recovery?"

Daniel Denvir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Denvir

The government, media and establishment economists are measuring recovery by the GDP and stock prices, the same measures used to qualify our previous bubbles as reflecting real economic well-being.

My Dog Just Watered Your "Tree of Liberty"

Michael Seitzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Seitzman

It's time for all of us to stop trying to get the opposition to realize how wrong they are and how right we are. Stop trying to apply reason to the profoundly unreasonable. Enough is enough.

The Wizards of "No"

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

The American people have not consented to the continued control of our lives, environment, and economy that is currently enjoyed by the coal and oil industries.

Democracy in the Mirror of Afghanistan

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Gary Hart

The U.S. has an enormous military, political, and economic presence in Afghanistan, trying to bring Afghans the kind of government against which Americans have been screaming in so-called towns meetings.

Mark Kirk To Host Health Care Townhall

Daily Herald | Russell Lissau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As the battle over President Obama's health care reform plan continues to roil, U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk today will hold the Northwest suburbs' first town ...

The Modesty of Hope

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

Since the dawn of the Industrial Age, and even before, there has been a deep strain of exceptionalism in the American character.

Firing Squads and Death Panels

B. Jeffrey Madoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
B. Jeffrey Madoff

My grandmother was one of the first people a pacemaker was used on. A lot of very sincere people believe that if Obama's health care reform bill passes, old people will essentially be facing death panels and denied care.

On 'Town Halls' and Health Care Reform: Wasn't Hitler the One With the Gun?

Tanya M. Acker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tanya M. Acker

Waving swastikas and brandishing weapons does not a "guardian of liberty" make.

New Protest Signs at Town Hall Rallies

Robbie Gennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

If you haven't seen them, some clever folks started showing up at these town hall protests with faux signs that make light of these Fox-fed people ranting and raving about Nazis and whatnot.

Lessons in Leadership: Why Obama Needs to Brush Up on His FDR

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

The president, though a dedicated student of history, has failed to learn the lesson of our nation's most significant political confrontations.

Health Care Protesters: "I'm All Right, Jack"

Tom Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Sullivan

There is no "we" in the protester's view, no welcome for your tired, your poor, your huddled masses of fellow Americans, much less immigrants. There is only my family, my friends, my neighborhood, my church and my ethnic group,

Man on The Street: The Vote Wants You To Get Out for It on Health Care

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

I stood outside of a town hall meeting the other day to interview people who had participated and recorded this really amazing interview with one of the more influential speakers on health care reform.

It's Time to Stop Carrying Guns to Town-Hall Meetings

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Here's the bottom line: there are only two reasons for carrying a gun in America -- to protect yourself or go hunting. There is no valid reason for carrying a gun to these town hall meetings.

Guns, Guns, Everywhere

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

It is important not to treat these incidents of public gun-carrying as merely the misguided behavior of a few. It is more than that; the acting out of central tenets of the extremist "gun rights" ideology.

Freedom from Fear

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

The rise of gun-toting protesters at town hall meetings has put citizens' right to bear arms in direct conflict with their right to attend public political meetings without fear of physical retribution.

A News Fast Interrupted

Matt Budd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Budd

The Obama proposed health care plan is not even fully flushed out yet all the people are up in arms screaming about things that prove to be completely untrue.

'Whites are People Too': Why Some White People are Stating the Obvious

Carol M. Swain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol M. Swain

Hadassah's is one of many such e-mails I have received over the years from whites who confess to having been raised in liberal democratic- homes, but who are now flirting with white nationalism.

You Thought That Was Bad? 22 More Reasons to Fear Health-Care Reform

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

On page 311 of the health care reform bill: Forced "sterilization" of all surgical tools. One more step toward forced sterilization of everyone.

Forget Glenn Beck: The Problem is Murdoch

Adele Stan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Adele Stan

Color of Change has done a remarkable thing: One by one, they have moved Beck's advertisers to pull their ads, the latest being Walmart. No small feat. But I'm not sure how much Beck's bosses really care.

Dear GOP: Watch Your AstroTurf, We're On to You

Kase Wickman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kase Wickman

Dissent is essential to democracy, and freedom of speech and the right to assemble are vital and not reserved for one party or the other. The problem is this Republicans: you're doing it wrong.

Hey Kids, It's Comedy Hour With Barney And Rush!

Julie Farby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julie Farby

Barney Frank doesn't like being interrupted. And he certainly doesn't like having his town hall discussion disrupted by a seemingly normal looking woman who's actually bat crazy.

Democracy in the Crosshairs: Guns at Town Halls

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

Assault rifles haven't replaced placards yet outside presidential townhalls on healthcare reform, but their emergence serves as another disturbing symbol of where political discourse is heading.

Guns That Talk

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

We must check our weapons, but not our ideas, as we enter the debate.

The Health Care Debate the Media Missed

Dr. Jon LaPook | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jon LaPook

Last weekend I was in Vermont on vacation when I heard that Senator Bernie Sanders was hosting a town meeting on health care. I grabbed my video camera and went to the meeting.