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American Impunity Abroad and at Home

Ethan Casey | Posted 12.10.2014 | 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 12.02.2014 | 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 11.20.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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.

My 3 Favorite Republican Senators

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The pack is out of session for the next seven weeks campaigning for another term. So perhaps this is a good time to get a little reflective and sentimental before campaign season really heats up in October.

9/11... A Rude Awakening

David Kanegis | Posted 11.11.2014 | Fifty
David Kanegis

Prior to this heinous series of events, the historical question most often asked of Baby Boomers was, "do you remember where you were when President Kennedy was shot?" I don't know a single one of my contemporaries who doesn't.

The Difference Between Barack and Hillary

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Thomas Friedman and Jeffrey Goldberg, two well-respected and widely read foreign policy journalists, struck a goldmine over the weekend when the two veterans landed exclusive, one-on-one interviews with America's two most famous politicians.

Medicare: It's Only Getting Better with Age

Richard Fiesta | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Richard Fiesta

Medicare is a promise this nation has made, not just to me, but also to my children and grandchildren. I'm skeptical of anyone who says that the only way we can save Medicare for future generations is to radically change it.

Gays, Politics and the 2014 Midterms

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 09.26.2014 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

If you want your voice to matter and your vote to count, get off your couch, leave your parents basement and find the office of your local political party.

Here's What Happens At The World's Largest Nautical Wargames

The Huffington Post | Clarke Reilly | Posted 07.25.2014 | World

When most people think of Hawaii, they think of a relaxing tropical vacation digging their toes in the sand and snorkeling in crystal blue waters. But...

Heartless Hypocrisy From GOP Extremists Greets Fleeing Children

NCLR Action Fund | Posted 09.16.2014 | Latino Voices
NCLR Action Fund

Time for a pop quiz: Who is responsible for the law that says unaccompanied children from Central America apprehended at the border cannot be immediately deported back to the violence they are fleeing?

Japan And U.S. Navies Are Getting Along At RIMPAC

AP | AUDREY McAVOY | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — U.S-Japan naval cooperation is deepening, top U.S. and Japanese admirals said Monday as they met on the sidelines of the...

Got Science? Reasons for Hope About Political Polarization

Seth Shulman | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Seth Shulman

In America, science and democracy were forged together from the start. It's no accident that Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, and George Washington were all citizen scientists. It has proved a powerful partnership ever since.

Robert Reich: How To Save Capitalism

The European | Martin Eiermann | Posted 07.10.2014 | World

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich urges us to save capitalism from its own excesses. He sat down with Martin Eiermann of the European re...

Which Side Are You On? Inequality and the Case for Unions

Tim Koechlin | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Tim Koechlin

Republicans tell a tired, cynical story about all of this, insisting that union busting is, somehow, good for the economy and good for workers. It's the same old trickle down nonsense. Democrats, on the other hand, have done too little to defend unions and worker rights.

America's Late Imperial Paradox

Ian Buruma | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
Ian Buruma

The much-vaunted "liberal order" policed by the U.S. was a product of World War II and the Cold War. Germany and Japan had to be kept down, the Communist powers had to be contained, and the old countries of Europe had to learn to live with one another under unifying pan-national institutions. All of this was made possible by American money and military might. As a result, the Free World, in Western Europe and East Asia, became a US dependency. This cannot go on forever. Indeed, the arrangements are already fraying. But then comes the old imperial paradox. The longer others remain dependent on the U.S., the less capable they will be of taking care of their own affairs, including their security. And, like an authoritarian parent, the U.S. itself, despite its admonitions to its allies to pull their weight, is often loath to let go of its increasingly unruly dependents.

The House Armed Services Committee Has Spoken

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

No one said the "sausage-making" of public policy is interesting to watch, but it is nonetheless a vitally important part of the legislative process.

China Needs To Lighten Up. America Needs To Tighten Up.

Nathan Gardels | Posted 06.29.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

As governing systems, both China's autocracy and America's democracy are facing crisis. In many ways, their crises are the mirror image of each other -- and so are the solutions. To fix itself, China needs more re-politicization -- robust popular feedback and accountability to aerate its hidebound mandarinate. American democracy needs more de-politicization --stronger meritocratic, non-partisan and deliberative practices and institutions -- to escape its capture by the populist, short-term horizon of voters, organized special interests and the paralyzing gridlock of its adversarial political parties. Our two political cultures are as distinct as our economies are intertwined. Yet both have much to learn from each other's strengths as well as weaknesses. In short, China needs to lighten up; America needs to tighten up.

Dropping the Second Shoe on Election Spending

Frank Askin | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Frank Askin

On Wednesday the five-man U.S. Supreme Court majority dropped the second shoe hard on the notion of political democracy. The first shoe was dropped four years ago in the Citizens United case.

Being Muslim in Congress: Rep. Keith Ellison on Race, Religion and Lawmaking

Keosha Varela | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Keosha Varela

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) is not shy about discussing his faith, even as the first-ever Muslim elected to the US Congress. Ellison -- also the first African American elected to the House from Minnesota -- discussed both race and religion, as they relate to lawmaking, at a recent Aspen Institute event in Washington, DC.

What Crimea Means for US-Russian Relations

Raeesah Kabir | Posted 05.26.2014 | World
Raeesah Kabir

Ultimately, Russia's annexation of Crimea leaves the US and European allies beholden to react according to Putin's continued re-imagining of territorial boundaries, without deference to the UN or the international community, at large.

Congressman Becerra: Your Party, or Our Immigrant Families?

Erika Andiola | Posted 05.26.2014 | Latino Voices
Erika Andiola

Using the lives of millions of undocumented immigrants for political gain is wrong. Holding influence and power as a Latino, yet not caring about people like my mother is wrong.