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Good-Minded People Are Losing Ground to Shouting Race-Baiting Hooligans

Sabria Jawhar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sabria Jawhar

Good-minded people who see a need to teach tolerance and engage in civil discussion are cowed into submission by the shouters.

Malkin and Fox News Are Stalking Children Again

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

The right-wing satellite of crazy has evolved from being a silly assembly of sore losers to a dangerous posse -- a rabble of misinformed cranks who have no problem targeting children.

A Good Day for Health Reform

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

One of the fascinating dynamics to this battle is the extent to which Obama seems to be resisting some of his advisers' desire to give up on the public option. This is the Obama we've been waiting for.

Shouting Matches Between People, Straw Men at Town Halls

Ross Hyzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Ross Hyzer

There are patriots among us who realize that a battle is raging. These foot soldiers of freedom have seized our town halls to loudly, incoherently speak truth to power.

Outside Portland Town Meeting, Things are Sunny

Tom D'Antoni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom D'Antoni

Rep. David Wu (D-Oregon) is holding a town meeting at this moment. There were seats for only sixty and I was not able to get in. People started lining...

Gun Crazy or Just Plain Crazy?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

So is this what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they adopted the Second Amendment---that anyone or everyone (with few exceptions) could stand along a presidential parade route armed with a handgun!

What if Those Crazies Are Right?

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanton Peele

Americans are looking for a bail-out from reality - some actions the President and Congress can take to restore the United States to its former econom...

What Should Obama's Strategy For the August Recess Be?

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

To lose now would be a huge setback for Obama's entire presidency, because it will signal to everyone that the kind of change he promised in his campaign has not come to Washington.

Question for GOP Leaders: What Would It Take for You to Condemn the Hatefulness?

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

With all of this hateful and violent rhetoric going on, I haven't seen one Republican leader asking for people to cool their rhetoric, or heard them condemn any of these tactics.

11 Habits of Highly Effective Lobbyists

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

It seems that grassroots lobbying is getting a bad rap these days, but that shouldn't discourage animal advocates from being in touch with their members of Congress.

The New Voice in Health Care Reform: Voters

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

Voters are not like policy wonks. Only when they get really riled up do they send their message -- loud and clear -- to public officials. Hence the growing public debate over reform.

Disrupting Democracy

Robin Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robin Lakoff

Liberals have devised ways to help the economically impoverished. Now we have to figure out what to do about the discursively impoverished.

Is the Republican Jihad Making the Party More Popular and Electable?

Howie Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howie Klein

The Republican playbook on disinformation, obstruction and disruption hasn't been working. In fact, the newest state by state polling data from Gallup, shows it's been backfiring.

A Note to White Folks: You're Embarrassing Me

Tom D'Antoni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom D'Antoni

This is nothing new. It started in my family. Like when my father told me he wanted to go to the fights "to see the Nigger get beat." And then my moth...

Fox News, SyFy Channel to Merge

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

Roger Ailes, chairman of the new combined network known as SciFox, said that it would roll out a slate of new shows in the fall, including Bill O'Reilly's "Galactica Factor."

Economic Intelligence: 5 No-Brainer Risks

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Likosky

It's time to broaden our network of town hall meetings to turn national economic security problems into global sustainable solutions.

Obama Should Do the Town Hall Debates with McCain

James Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Love

The financial crisis provides a good opportunity for Obama to reverse the bone headed decision to not have these debates. It would also allow him to insist on more debates between Palin and Biden.

War Was Out of Sight, Out of Mind at McCain Town Hall

Dave Tiffany | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Tiffany

With 155,000 U.S. troops in Iraq facing mortal danger daily and dealing with the toll of repeated tours, you'd think that the war might warrant at least one question at John McCain's Town Hall.