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How Hispanic Triangulation Can Help the U.S. Innovate in Foreign Policy

Josue Lopez Calderon | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Josue Lopez Calderon

As the relationship between Latin America and emerging regions such as Asia remains strong, the argument for optimally engaging America's largest diaspora, Hispanics, in U.S. foreign policy has never been more essential.

The Dangers of Obama's Centrism

David Coates | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics
David Coates

With Republican intransigence on the tax side of the current budget equation now losing the Party support -- including from major business interests -- this is not the time to offer yet more concessions to a bankrupt philosophy.

California: Where the Democratic Governor Triangulates Against Democrats

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 08.17.2011 | Los Angeles
Joseph A. Palermo

Governor Jerry Brown's veto of the budget passed by the Democratic majority in the legislature, (as draconian in terms of gutting public resources as any in the nation), has tipped his hand: Jerry's triangulating.

'Pocket Dialer' Calls 911 Over And Over, Gets Arrested

AP | Posted 11.16.2011 | Weird News

BANGOR, Maine -- Police in Maine say a man wanted for failing to pay fines accidentally helped officers find him when he repeatedly "pocket dialed" 91...

Why President Obama Attacked his Own Education Policy

John Thompson | Posted 06.01.2011 | Education
John Thompson

The problem is that the Obama Administration has pressured districts to double or even triple bubble-in testing, thus encouraging more of the educational malpractice that he has criticized.

Who Is Influencing Obama's Budget Proposal? Follow the Funders

Rob Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Johnson

The president seems content to conform to the prevailing suspicion of government. And that suits many in the top three percent of the wealth distribution just fine.

Fatal Triangles

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

President Obama is now Mr. Reasonable Centrist -- except that in substance there is no reasonable center to be had. Just how far right do we have to go for Republicans to cut any kind of deal?

Redefining "the Center" to "the New True Center"

Norman Goldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Goldman

To democrats, "the center" means being the same as corporatist Republicans: explicit, actual Republicans, but just slightly less so. This is not "the center;" this is mimicry.

The Voodoo Economist: Obama Plus Clinton Equals Politics Minus Policy

Larry Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Abrams

As Karl Marx once said, history repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. It wasn't so surprising then, to see old Bill Clinton, a.k.a. the...

What Can Obama Learn From Bill Clinton?

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Danny Groner

Bill Clinton's brief appearance last week excited both members of the media and Washington, but the question now is whether Clinton's presence can help Obama turn things around.

Obama Cements the Reagan Legacy

Paul Hogarth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Hogarth

In January 2008, right before the Nevada Caucus, Hillary Clinton slammed Obama for making comments to the conservative Reno Gazette Journal that appea...

Two Reaganite Presidents: Bill Clinton and Barack Obama

Andrew Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Levine

Barack Obama understands the evils of Reaganism even better than Bill Clinton. He also knows what ought to be done and what he, as President, must do to get it done. Shame on him, therefore, all the more.

Tax Cuts and Trade: Is Obama Triangulating?

Mark Engler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Engler

As long as unfinished "free trade" deals remained bogged down in negotiations and are not an administration priority, I am willing to judge the situation as no harm, no foul. But it's a different story if the White House starts investing any real political capital in advancing these deals.

Shameless liberal bloggers vote to extend tax cuts for the rich

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

It's really been cracking me up to witness the extent denialists are willing to go to blame the House Democrats' defeats on liberal bloggers -- as if ...

Takeover Takeaways

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

Congressional Republicans who think the outcome of this election is a mandate for their view of governance are overstating the case and run the risk of the kind of overreach some say the hurt the Democrats.

A Letter From a Progressive to President Obama

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stu Kreisman

Dear President Obama, I'll vote for you in 2012, but you're not making it easy to do so. Your administration's communication skills are, to be honest, horrible. And now we're in for two years of gridlock and hell.

Republican House Musings

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Republican Party's approval rating is the most dismal of all, clocking in lower than even the Democratic Party's approval. In other words, the voters are about to vote into power a party they like less than the party currently in power.

November and the Calculus of American Centrism

Dennis Santiago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis Santiago

The ensuing aimless frustration and fury in politics are the cards that excite the media as the pursuit of ratings turns everything into reality television. But where are the voices of the American center?

Triangulation by Dummies

Eric Schmeltzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Schmeltzer

Obama's spending freeze holds down the total amount of discretionary spending, but allows cuts in one program to pay for increases in another. Rather than attract supporters from both sides, it manages to piss off pretty much everyone. It's triangulation by dummies.

Is Your Mother-In-Law Smart Enough to Be Manipulative?

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

Your boss or mother-in-law may be a Machiavellian genius. But it's more likely that their annoying commentary is their own unconscious brain chatter, not a well-crafted strategy to mess with your mind.

Blue Dog Democrats and Republican Triangulation

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

We must not allow the Blue Dogs to slow down President Obama's momentum or water down the sweeping reforms the nation needs in these trying economic times.

Obama's First Fifteen Days

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

The expansion of SCHIP is a historic health care development and is a reminder that despite the drama, President Obama is able to deliver the change he promised.

The Next New Yorker Cover

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert Koehler

The moral perspective of the New Yorker cover was buried at the bottom of the table of contents on page two -- fiendishly understated, you might say.

Bipartisan Partisanship -- Not An Oxymoron

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

McCain and Obama can can get our politics back into the fact-driven solutions business, listening to ideas from liberals and conservatives to pick among them based on what works, not what is ideologically correct.

It's 1968 Revisited, And It's Not The Liberals' Year

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Sachs

To elect a far-left liberal in 2008 would be like Reagan getting elected in 1968, or FDR in 1924. The country simply isn't ready yet. The liberals' time will come again -- just not this year.