iOS app Android app

Town Halls

Congressional Twitter Town Hall Invitation: #AskDems Anything About the Budget

Rep. John Garamendi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. John Garamendi

We're focusing on budget issues and spending priorities. I hope you'll join us tomorrow to talk about the jobs problem, and more importantly, the jobs solution.

A Town Hall in Your Pocket, A Smartphone With a Front Row Seat

Rep. John Garamendi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Rep. John Garamendi

I'm honored to continue in this tradition by becoming the first Member of Congress to host a live mobile video town hall -- or as Josh Richman at the Oakland Tribune coined it, "Garamendi on the Go."

Boehner's Dilemma: Decency vs. Depravity

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

Now that Republicans in the House are the object of their own campaign ire (they're now "the government"), they need to reject the malevolent commentators on the sidelines and stand up for our institutions of civil governance.

Educating Our Way Out of the Economic Crisis: Everyone College-Ready

Janet Murguía | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Janet Murguía

For many Latino parents, witnessing their child's college graduation is the embodiment of the American Dream. But without the tools to properly equip...

Jason Linkins

Dems Skipping Town Halls? Not Really | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Jeff Zeleny reported that Democrats were avoiding town hall appearances to avoid "voter rage." Is it true? Well, your definition of "avoiding town hall meetings" would have to be "holding a lot of town hall meetings." So: no.

Tea Party Movement Split On New Town Hall Push

CQ-Roll Call | Ambreen Ali | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The town halls are back but with far less hype. The fiery outbursts that replayed on national media during last August's town hall meetings on heal...

What if the Right was Right? A Reflection on the "Christian States of America." (Updated)

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Boaz

I am not saying that Jesus was a Stalinist or even a communist, just that it's very clear from his teachings that he believed that people were happier and healthier when they shared with each other.

GOP Desperately Trying To Gin Up New Town Hall Anger

Politico | MANU RAJU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republicans are looking to resurrect the angry town halls of August in the last few weeks of November. Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar ...

A Critical Mass of Thinking on Health Care Reform

Robert Hoopes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Hoopes

On healthcare reform, we need more critical thinking -- we need a critical mass of thinking.

Civil Discourse Is Alive and Well ... in Colorado

Carol Hedges | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Carol Hedges

We've come a long way from Tocqueville's engaged America. I am happy to report, however, that thoughtful, respectful and civil discourse still thrives in the great state of Colorado.

Bill Clinton On The Daily Show: Negotiating With North Korea, Lunch With Obama, And How Health Care Is "Bankrupting" America

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Bill Clinton returned for his fifth appearance on The Daily Show on Thursday night. During the 20 minute, wide ranging discussion, Clinton dished on ...

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.

Joe Wilson: Just Another Heckler in the Crowd

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Once you've spent day after day among the constituents -- hearing the president being called a Nazi, a commie, a socialist tool, a terrorist mole -- calling Barack Obama a liar must have seemed almost quaint.

Wilson Is the Poster "Child" for the New Republican Party

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The other night, Joe Wilson etched his political legacy into the wall of American history. He will forever be the poster child that symbolizes the new Republican Party.

It's War. Media War

Sue Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sue Wilson

Wake up, Democratic Leadership: We have been at war over facts for decades, and our democracy is suffering because of it. Only you can save us, and it's about time you get into the fight.

Right Like Me

Steven Weber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Weber

I used the unnaturally plentiful gifts that made me arguably the greatest actor in modern times, gifts which propelled me to the highest level of achievement, to assume the guise of a Right Winger.

Health Care & Town Halls

George Mitrovich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Mitrovich

There was fear in the middle school gym Saturday, palpable fear; fear of what the government might do to impose by fiat health care on the nation -- but it was driven by lies and distortions.

"...And to the Republic for Which it Stands..."

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Shouting at town hall meetings may vent anger, but it is not sufficient to eliminate corruption in American government. Exercising popular sovereignty through constructive civic duty, though, would be a start.

New GOP Tactic: The Counter-Town Hall

Politico | MICHAEL FALCONE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republican challengers across the country have found a new way of capitalizing on the roiling emotions surrounding congressional health care town hall...

Ryan Grim

Senate Republican Leaders Plan Closed Health Care Forum | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Republicans may have found a way to keep public health care meetings at home from getting out of control: keep the public out. On Monday, Sena...

Stop the Teabaggers, Give Them Green Jobs: Lessons From the Coalfields of West Virginia

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Elk

To know the story of West Virginia is to know why the progressive movement is failing to win over white working class voters. Because of their primary concern: jobs.

Arthur Delaney

Politics In The Doctor's Office? | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Shirley Rish of Mesa, Ariz., met with an orthopedic specialist earlier this month hoping for relief from some pain in her wrist. Instead, she received...

Health Care Reform? Yes We Can!

Lucia Brawley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lucia Brawley

Health care reform supporters don't grab the same level of publicity as the right, unless Howard Dean attends an event, because we agitate rationally. It's time for us to get a tad more theatrical.

Media: Angry Right-Wingers Are Important; Angry Libs Are Annoying

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Suddenly this summer, as right-wing mini-mobs turn health care forums into free-for-alls, as unhinged political rage flows in the streets, and as the Nazi and Hitler rhetoric flies, anger is in.

The Public Option, Who Makes Decisions to Treat Us, and Tort Reform

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

We are not in a room crafting health care legislation, so we have to rely on the words of those we elected to public office to truthfully tell us what they say, and how which bill will best benefit our lives.