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

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 04.21.2015 | 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 04.15.2015 | 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 04.13.2015 | 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 03.31.2015 | 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 03.21.2015 | 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 03.06.2015 | 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.

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.