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Trump vs. Kelly: Just Who's the 'Bimbo'?

Stephan Richter | Posted 08.12.2015 | Entertainment
Stephan Richter

The 2016 Republican presidential race brings a lot of surprises with it. For this author, perhaps none is bigger than that he would find himself in the position to defend a blonde, female Fox News anchor against the charge raised by Donald Trump that she is a "bimbo."

The Perception Primary

Maguire Mealy | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Maguire Mealy

The public's perception of a candidate -- as a flip-flopper or as a Socialist, as a nervous wreck or as a statesman -- matters more in elections than those substantive characteristics and beliefs which define the president that candidate will become.

Re: #BlackLivesMatter, Aretha Was Right -- It's All About R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Steve Bhaerman | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Steve Bhaerman

One of the "great" things about polarized, identity politics is that each side excels in bringing out the shadow side of the other. And ... at the same time refuses to face its own shadow because that would be giving ammunition to the enemy.

Ted Cruz Just Disqualified Himself for President, Part II

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

One can argue whether President George W. Bush and President Barak Obama's policies are wrong or foolish, but you can't argue the fact that both men exhibited the characteristics of patience during times of crisis or confrontation. Can we say the same thing about Ted Cruz?

The Lexus and the Lemon: Inside the Deal With Iran

Matthew RJ Brodsky | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Matthew RJ Brodsky

The White House didn't drive the hardest bargain they could to get the best deal. In essence, Barack Obama drove into the dealership with a Lexus and left with a Yugo.

Does China Produce More Competent Leaders Than America?

Daniel A. Bell | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
Daniel A. Bell

BEIJING -- "A person with Barack Obama's pre-presidential professional experience would not even be the manager of a small county in China's system."

What Comes Next In Cuba?

Brin-Jonathan Butler | Posted 06.14.2015 | Sports
Brin-Jonathan Butler

One $64,000 question, now that President Obama has taken the radical measure of normalizing relations with Raul Castro and Cuba, is what happens next for over a billion dollars' worth of human capital currently on baseball fields and inside boxing rings in Cuba?

Can Britain's Conservative Landslide Cross the Pond?

Julianne Shinto | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Julianne Shinto

The victory hangovers have yet to wear off for my colleagues in the U.K. But my U.S. counterparts are already asking, "How can we replicate the sweeping conservative victory here, in the States?" I have the answer and I haven't been quiet about it in the least.

What Freddie Gray Says About Exclusion

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Julia E. Sweig

Unlike Ferguson, Baltimore's tragedy is not a story of white on black police abuse. Baltimore's is a story about class, demographics and geography, as well as race. Having a running start matters: The stories of something from nothing are few and far between.

Should Hillary Clinton Be Blamed For Libya's Mess? The Short Answer: Not for All of It

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

As in all matters of war and peace, the buck stops at the president's desk: it wasn't Hillary, but Barack Obama who ultimately gave the orders.

The Radical Politics of Mister Rogers: 10 Fascinating Facts

Michael G. Long | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Michael G. Long

Fred Rogers was a gentle soul who liked us just as we are. But if we place him in historical context, we can see that he was also politically progressive and fiercely dedicated to sharing his values of radical nonviolence and justice.

In Koch We Trust: Shadow Politics and the New Democracy

Maguire Mealy | Posted 06.13.2015 | College
Maguire Mealy

While each of the major political parties seek to serve the interests of constituent voters, the Kochs' network only serves to further the interests of its billionaire founders. The opacity of super-PACs and other independent-expenditure organizations does not bring the same level of accountability to the Koch network as in the Republican and Democratic parties.

Ted Cruz Just Disqualified Himself for President

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Ted Cruz, the junior senator from Texas the entire Democratic conference loves to hate, officially kicked off the 2016 Republican presidential primary season with his March 23 announcement on the campus of Liberty University.

Jewish Voters: Values Trump Interests

Bill Schneider | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Bill Schneider

Jews have conservative interests and liberal values. Most Jews vote their values. So do a lot of other voters whose interests pull them one way and their values another way. For instance, a lot of working-class voters have liberal economic interests and conservative social values. They, too, tend to vote their values.

Next Time, Hillary, Issue a Call to Action

Andrea Dew Steele | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Andrea Dew Steele

If I could sit down with Hillary, I would ask her to imagine 2016 as the election that catapulted women to positions of power all over this country. Imagine having women candidates up and down the ticket to seriously galvanize women voters.

This Is Why Americans Hate Washington

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 04.26.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

When you hear the common refrain about Americans hating Washington, they aren't talking about the city in general. Rather, they are referencing the politicians, lobbyists, campaign staffers, and the black-and-white, us-versus-them partisanship of U.S. politics.

Boteach's Choice

Jeremy Ben-Ami | Posted 04.04.2015 | Religion
Jeremy Ben-Ami

The way that Mr. Boteach has jumped on my willingness to say "I'm sorry" is political gamesmanship at its finest - and I accept that from a partisan political hatchet-man. I find it far harder to accept such behavior from someone who self-identifies primarily as a spiritual leader of the Jewish community.

Mitt Romney Slapped Around By His Fellow Republicans

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Ever since Mitt confided to his friends and mega-donors in a fancy New York apartment a little over a week ago that he is "seriously considering" a third bid for the presidency, Romney 3.0 is all anyone is talking about.

American Impunity Abroad and at Home

Ethan Casey | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Ethan Casey

It's human nature to want to believe in the rightness of our own actions and intentions. But it's precisely human nature that is the problem; the fact that human evil is predictable does not make it excusable. We must be willing to consider ourselves culpable, and to put ourselves at risk.

Nonprofit Advocates Making Big Change, Millions of Vehicles at a Time

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 02.01.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

Did corporate and governmental leaders play a part in achieving this success? Absolutely. But would it have happened at all if not for the tenacity and savvy work of environmental NGOs and their supporters? Not a chance.

Notes from a Liberal University

Harry Elliott | Posted 01.19.2015 | College
Harry Elliott

Driving a wedge between political ideologies backfires when the people you ostracize feel cut out and move further away from the centre than before.

America: Now What?

Ethan Casey | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Ethan Casey

One of the strongest impressions my 18,000-mile, 3 1/2-month road trip left me with was that not only are we Americans not all on the same page (to put it mildly), and not only do we not even want to be on the same page, but we live in different worlds.

Will There Be a Backlash Against Torture?

Peter J. Woolley | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Peter J. Woolley

The Senate intelligence committee hopes to release soon a redacted summary of its 6,300-page report on the CIA's interrogational torture program. As we wait, the committee is wrangling with the CIA over redactions that the CIA is demanding.

Climate Change: More Disasters Needed to Motivate Individual Behavior Change?

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 11.26.2014 | New York
André Corrêa d'Almeida

It is certainly very timely to pressure global leaders to take action on climate change, but it is also good to remember the impact that individual behavior have on this process.

Obama Should Send John Boehner a "Thank You" Card

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

In making his off-the-cuff statement to the Times on Thursday morning, Speaker Boehner has given the administration several more months before making that decision.