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Town Hall Meetings

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.

Health Care: I Hate Everyone, Part 1 in a Series

Nato Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nato Green

The anti-health care stormtroopers demonstrate that you can get a long way with no argument if you sell it. It seems like the Town Hallers are all seeking revenge on an uninsured ex.

The Health Club at the Corner of Chimera and Mirage

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Obama the Developer wants to build a health club. Something classy, that's what he's thinking, with all the latest equipment, and enough room so everyone in town can join.

No One Wants to Talk About Their Idiots

Bill Shireman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Shireman

We need a third political movement in this country -- not today's ideological right or left, who pander to idiots, but a group of radical centrists who step past their initial ignorance, fear, and prejudice, and actually think through solutions to our problems, borrowing ideas from all sides.

Town Halls: 7 Tips for Handling Conflict

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

"These town hall tirades and guys carrying guns outside them 'because they can' are driving me crazy," Marnie told me during her consultation session....

Would You Want To Live To Be 100?

Dr. Judith Rich | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judith Rich

Can you imagine yourself as a really, really old person? I'm talking really old, like 100 years or beyond? In fact it's not only possible you could ...

Dose of Truth: Five Facts About Health Care Reform

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

My favorite outrageous lie about health care reform is the "gay conspiracy", whereby reform will not only put our elderly out to float on icebergs, but adorn those icebergs with men in leather chaps and feather boas.

Bogged Down By Special Interest, Health Care Reform Becomes a Political Tool Instead of a People's Right

Dr. Erika Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Erika Schwartz

Do not allow America to continue being manipulated by special interest groups and help the people of America understand that they must control their own fate.

Do the People Really Understand Health Care Reform?

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lance Simmens

The opposition forces are strong, but the forces for change are stronger. We must arm these forces for change with arguments and rationales that are understandable and persuasive.

The Dangerous Joining of the Far Right and Far Left

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

When the far left and the far right join in the Politics of Hate and Demonization, it is time for the vast center-left and center-right of this country to speak up and call them out equally.

Americans Want Universal Access to Graveyards

Julia Gorin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Julia Gorin

I've often been astounded to hear the following sentence from Americans after they've learned that I escaped from the Soviet Union: "But at least everyone had medical coverage there."

Why Michael Vick Should Be Forgiven

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

you can be forgiven for the bad you did once you have shown a capacity to reorient your life and practice ongoing good, particularly in the area where you caused harm.

Dear President Obama: A Modest Medicare Proposal

Thom Hartmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thom Hartmann

Most of us will do damn near anything to get out from under the thumbs of the multi-millionaire CEOs who are running our current insurance programs. Sign me up!

Is Obama the Change President -- or the Republicans' Best Manchurian Candidate?

Marshall Auerback | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marshall Auerback

By taking the Rubinite path, Obama leaves government exposed as the lightening rod for everyone's problems. If he had taken a more populist tack, public anger could have been directed at the right people from the start.

Do Progressives Have What It Takes To Win?

Tom Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Sullivan

Conservatives believe -- with justification -- that if they get angry enough and loud enough, liberals will back down from fights like this one.

Have Patience: Republicans Are Working Their Way Through the Five Stages of Grieving

Michael Hais and Morley Winograd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Hais and Morley Winograd

Suffering from a series of unexpected and unexplainable defeats, Republicans are likely to go off on a prolonged period of silence and eventually die for lack of political support.

RIP Robert Novak

Ron Mwangaguhunga | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ron Mwangaguhunga

Novak, aware of that natural weakness in his personality, never tired of seeking a more harmonious sense of being. That, I think, is what made Novak ultimately a good man.

We are Mortal - Grow Up and Plan Accordingly

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

National leaders deliberately sparked fear and anger over a consultation about death and sensational media threw fuel on the fire.

Not All Bitter, Not All Clingy -- In Defense of "Whitey"

John Ridley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Ridley

Instead of blaming white men for all that's wrong with America, let's try walking a mile in their frustrated, little shoes.

Aug. 17, 2009, News Update

Richard Valeriani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Valeriani

Town hall meetings on health care reform....Debate or Debacle? Media make sure squeakiest wheels get the grease.

Your Town Hall Screamfest Handbook

Bennet Kelley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

The sad reality is that the current town-hall screamers are being embraced by Republicans not as champions of free speech, but rather as cannon fodder in their fight to block any bill.

Whether Gates or Health Care, Race Matters

Abby L. Ferber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Abby L. Ferber

Discussions of race are not merely a distraction from more important matters; they are essential to understanding political mobilization around many of the significant policy issues facing us today.