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Facing Opposition, Congressmen Skip Out On Town Halls

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP/The Huffington Post) -- Too much yelling, not enough listening. Facing organized, often raucous confrontations at political e...

Voter ID Laws Disenfranchise Women 91 Years After Suffrage

Debbie Hines | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics
Debbie Hines

Requiring voters to present some form of identification as a requirement to vote will place unreasonable burdens on many women who may be unaware of the difficulty they could face when casting their vote in the 2012 election.

Clean Energy Is A Political Winner

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

There is a name for avoiding certain issues in politics: avoiding the "third rail." Senator Reid ignored the risk of clean energy being a "third rail."

Maryland Petitions For Voters' Decision On Measure Allowing Aliens In-State Tuition

Posted 09.22.2011 | Education

Opponents of a Maryland bill that would allow some illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition have collected enough signatures to force a referendum t...

Americans Deeply Pessimistic About Economy

Reuters | Posted 09.12.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans are deeply pessimistic about the future as economic concerns rise and White House talks on raising the U.S. debt limi...

The 'Surprises' of the Japanese Crisis and the Investment Lessons to Learn

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 10.26.2011 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

Surprise consequences to the earthquake in Japan have revealed significant weaknesses in both the worlds of politics and business and from an investment point of view, there are lessons we can learn.

Wisconsinites Strike the First Blow

Jim Worth | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics
Jim Worth

The Supreme Court election in Wisconsin was the first battle in a protracted fight for democracy. Wisconsin voters, angered by recent political devel...

DTS Voters: A Return to Nonpartisan Normalcy?

Edward Headington | Posted 05.30.2011 | Los Angeles
Edward Headington

The average Angeleno does not live, eat and breathe politics. Partisanship is the last thing on their minds, and it is probably easy to understand why registration for independent voters is climbing.

Democracy Day: A Call For Civics In Our Classrooms

Heather Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Heather Smith

Rock the Vote and the National Education Association are celebrating the first annual Democracy Day, and hundreds of teachers around the country will teach Democracy Class to their students.

The Appeal of the Repeal Amendment

Mark Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

There are several efforts under way to gut last year's landmark health care legislation. The best known of these is the lawsuit brought by the attorne...

We Should All Vote by Mail Because I Love Cauliflower Soup

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

I love cauliflower soup, what is the problem? I love Cauliflower soup. I am not prone to hyperbole. I truly love it. I lose track of time when I'm ea...

Why Do So Few of Us Vote?

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

Last week I arrived in the Los Angeles City Hall parking lot to visit a high-ranking, elected City official. When I told the parking attendant who I was there to see, she had absolutely no idea who I was talking about.

Voter Ignorance Threatens Deficit Reduction | BRUCE BARTLETT, the Fiscal Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

It is a well-known fact among budget analysts that Americans have long had cognitive dissonance about government spending. They say they want it cut a...

Bloomberg Says: Tweet Your Election Day Complaints | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

MANHATTAN -- Got a problem with your ballot? Get on Twitter or call 311. That's the advice of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who announced Thursday via T...

Make This a DREAM Act Christmas

Rep. Luis Gutierrez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Luis Gutierrez

Senators, stand with those immigration opponents who defend the deportations and stonewall the DREAM Act if you want to -- but you better enjoy it while you can.

An Immodest Proposal

Ben Tripp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ben Tripp

It appears Congressional Democrats have unenthusiastically swallowed President Obama's tax deal with the Republicans more or less whole, somewhat as if they were swallowing a hand grenade.

Fear Rules: Why Washington Will Continually Fail America

Aaron Harber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Harber

Many Americans wonder why their political leaders cannot get along and appear to be unable to solve the tough problems facing the country. The reason...

Voters Turn Their Backs On Both Democrats, Republicans As Election Nears

The Washington Post | Chris Cillizza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an Associated Press poll released last week, 38 percent of respondents approved of the job Democrats in Congress are doing, while 60 percent disapp...

The Decline Of The Middle Class And Lobbying Boom Of The 1970s | James Kwak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In "Third World America," Arianna Huffington cited Tocqueville's observation that democracy should promote the interests of "the greatest possible num...

Define "Change" -- Or It's Perpetual Pendulum for America

Carla Seaquist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Feeling whiplashed by the midterm election? No wonder: We've literally been through the wringer -- 360 degrees of change in two very short years. In...

Republicans About to Show True Colors

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Jesse Jackson

Republicans ran as wolves in sheep's clothing this year. But now voters will see the sheep garb discarded and the wolf come out. Remember the talk about deficits? Forget about it.

Power in Words

Marge Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Marge Baker

Berry and Gottheimer put each speech of Obama's speeches in the context of his ultimate journey toward the presidency, while also revealing details about the behind-the-scenes thought and preparation.

Do as I say, not as I Vote

John Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Rogers

Barring a significant grassroots mobilization that might change the political calculus in California, the outlook for school reform remains bleak at the dawn of Brown's third administration.

No One Hit the Mark With Young Voters

Andy Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Bernstein

I think what was really missing this year was getting young America talking about the election via social media. 2010 was the year of the double rainbow and a two-year old smoking, not the midterms.

Gun Violence Victims Deserve "Do Something" Congress

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

If there is one thing the new Congress and President Obama ought to agree on, it's that gun violence victims deserve their support, their leadership, and their determination.