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Town Hall Protests

Sam Stein

GOP Reps Screen Questions, Duck Out In Secret At Town Halls | Sam Stein | Posted 06.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The wave of town hall protests targeting House Republicans, and aided by labor and progressive groups, is forcing lawmakers to put restr...

Amanda Terkel

Wisconsin Protesters Flood Town Hall Meeting In Governor's Hometown | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Protesters unhappy with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposals forced a GOP congressman to shut down a town hall meeting on Mond...

The Funniest Protest Signs Of 2009 (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Alex Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Three months ago, we set to work to find the funniest (whether intentionally so or not) protest signs of the year. Because of all your help and consta...

Is Racism To Blame For The Angry Discourse In America?

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

The question remains: How do we deal with the mounting anger in America before it's too late and we have another national tragedy on our hands and souls? Are we mature enough as a country to have an honest discourse on the roots of anger in America today?

Rep. Schakowsky's Town Hall Dominated by Anti-Reform Minority

Nancy Bruski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Bruski

Somehow, despite the clear and large majority of pro-reform supporters in the room, reform opponents ended up being the ones to ask two thirds of the questions.

Sam Stein

Race-Based Protests Directed At Obama Go Beyond Health Care Town Halls | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Race-based attacks and criticism of President Obama have been on the rise during the dog days of August. And they're not just happening at health care...

Anti-Abortion Activist Randall Terry Thrown Out Of Health Care Town Hall (VIDEO)

HuffPost's Eyes & Ears | Matthew Palevksy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Representative Jim Moran fell victim to a vigorous maligning from out of town teabaggers last night during his town hall in Reston, VA. Howard Dean w...

"Protester Does Shocking Thing": The Tyranny of Anecdotal Evidence

Stefan Sirucek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Stefan Sirucek

How many town hall meetings have gone peacefully, constructively and without a hitch? We don't know. What we've heard about again and again are these scattered incidents cherry-picked for their shock value and presented as genuine and meaningful patterns.

The Truth About Nazis

Jeanne Devon (AKMuckraker) | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeanne Devon (AKMuckraker)

As the greatest generation becomes a memory, it is up to the generations that follow them to keep "Hitler" and "Nazi" out of the clutches of those who would make them political buzzwords.

Our Insane Summer: Is There a Way Out? Plus an Open Letter to the Secretary of Education [UPDATED]

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Milewski

As we enter the back-to-school phase of the calendar, I want to share some good news and offer some unsolicited advice to our nation's education top cop.

Man Who Brought Assault Rifle To Obama Rally Was Part Of Radio Stunt (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

On Monday, a dozen people packing heat -- including at least one man carrying a semi-automatic assault rifle -- were spotted at a pro-health care rall...

The Funniest Signs From Town Hall Protests (PICS)

Huffington Post | Alex Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

We scoured the Internet looking for funny protest signs (you know, the ones that don't make you want to curl up in a ball and cry) from the town hall ...

Man Carrying Semi-Automatic Assault Rifle And Pistol Outside Obama Event

Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A man was spotted Monday afternoon carrying a semi-automatic assault rifle and a pistol at a pro-health care reform rally next to the Veterans of Fore...

Sam Stein

Clyburn: Town Hall Protests Like Horrid Anti-Civil Rights Demonstrations | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The third-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives on Thursday compared the disruptive protesters at recent health care town halls to people w...

Chris Matthews To Town Hall Protestor: Why Did You Bring A "God Damn Gun" To A Presidential Event? (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Tuesday's Hardball with Chris Matthews, Matthews' guest was William Kostric, the man who brought a gun earlier in the day to protest President Obam...

Jon Stewart Vs. Town Hall Crazies (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Alex Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

If you're taking a break from crazy this August and refuse to watch cable news, you may have missed some town hall kerfuffles lead by the least-inform...

Conservative Activist Gets In Fight At Health Care Town Hall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over the last few days, a conservative activist in St. Louis named Kenneth Gladney seems to have become something of a cause celebre in far-right circ...

Health Care Is a Moral Obligation (VIDEO)

Sen. Michael Bennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Michael Bennet

When I held a town hall on Saturday, I was greeted by a self-described "mob" with chants of "Health care...NO!" and "I hate Obama-nation." We cannot back down to these intimidation tactics.

Sam Stein

McConnell: Dem Reaction To Town Halls Shows We're Winning | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democratic grumbling about disruptive protests at health care town halls is simply an attempt at distraction and and admission of weakness, Senate Min...

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.

Health Care Smackdown

Prof. Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Prof. Joe Peyronnin

It is time for President Obama to assume more of a leadership role on health care or he and America will suffer a serious defeat.

Sam Stein

Obama-Allied Unions Threatened With Gun Violence For Town Hall Participation | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the country's largest unions has been hit by a wave of hostile calls and even death threats from people upset with its involvement in town-hall...

Ann Kirkpatrick Town Hall Overrun By Protesters

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) was forced to cancel a town hall after it was overrun by protesters, Politico reported. Kirkpatrick, a freshman, was u...

Truth-telling and Responsibility in Health Care

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Misinformation and angry mobs are not how democracy functions. Freedom of speech and assembly are certainly our rights, but they must be exercised with responsibility and accountability.

Anti-Reform Group Takes Credit For Helping Gin Up Town Hall Rallies

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Conservatives for Patients' Rights, the operation that's running a national campaign against a public health care option, is now publicly taking credi...