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America Is Awesome

Michael Shammas | Posted 12.25.2012 | College
Michael Shammas

America has problems that should be fixed, but the fact is that in much of the world -- including the war-torn country my parents come from -- people would kill to have our problems.

The Race to The White House -- Choosing a Candidate Through Critical Thinking

Steve Siebold | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
Steve Siebold

If you're one of those people who still haven't decided who you're going to vote for, it's time to make a decision. The best way to do this: use critical thinking.

If You Succumb to Cynicism, the Regressives Win It All

Robert Reich | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

This is for those of you who consider yourself to be progressive but have given up on politics because it seems rotten to the core. You may prefer Obama to Romney but don't think there's a huge difference between the two, so you may not even vote. Your cynicism is understandable, but it's a self-fulfilling prophesy.

As the Election Approaches, I'm Glad Nothing I've Ever Done Has Been Influenced By Hormones

Dan Treadway | Posted 12.25.2012 | Comedy
Dan Treadway

Yes, there are women suited for leadership -- binders full of them even -- but this study has made it clear that their emotional instability is a huge hurdle.

Who's Got a Bigger Operation?

Donnie Fowler | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Donnie Fowler

Sounds vaguely pornographic, huh? I did some research on the Romney & Obama field operation for my regular appearance with Jennifer Granholm's War Ro...

Our Voting Problem

Daniel Koas | Posted 12.25.2012 | College
Daniel Koas

We need to ask ourselves why high turnout is so significant. The answer is simple: legitimacy. An election with high voter turnout underscores the strength of democracy and demonstrates that the elected government is in power because of the will of its people.

Support Obama Like Your Life Depends on It

Gregory Floyd | Posted 12.24.2012 | New York
Gregory Floyd

Don't forget that we tried the other side's approach for many years -- where we cut taxes and business regulations and let the rich do what they want -- and it failed.

How to Work Around the Electoral College -- Without Amending the Constitution

Eric Black | Posted 12.24.2012 | Politics
Eric Black

Notwithstanding the worshipful attitude that most Americans have toward the Constitution in general and willingness to believe in the near-perfection of the Framers and their vision, most Americans, by a stable and very wide margin, would prefer a simple national popular vote system.

The Youth Vote: Déjà Vu All Over Again

Samuel Best | Posted 12.24.2012 | Politics
Samuel Best

These headlines fit well with the conventional storyline that young adults participated in large numbers in the "wave election" of 2008, but may not duplicate that effort in 2012. However, should we deduce from the Harvard poll that the youth vote will desert President Obama in 2012?

Si Votamos, Ganamos - Awakening the Sleeping Giant That is the Latino Vote

Led Black | Posted 12.22.2012 | Latino Voices
Led Black

On November 6th we have to not only come out to vote but we must pour forth in a deluge of biblical proportions. We must speak loud and clear, we must roar and we must claim our due. We must tell the world, the GOP, the Tea Party, that this is our country too.

What a Cray Cray Election! (Just Vote Honey Badger!)

Randall | Posted 12.24.2012 | Comedy

In case you were wondering, Honey Badger does care about some things! Since everyone got all slap-happy with their political ads this year (there's one every second! I poop you not!), here's one for the Vote Honey Badger campaign.

The Invisible Canine Constituency

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Shaffer

For millions of Americans pets play an important role in everyday life but politically they're invisible. Sooner or later some aspiring office seeker will realize that a bonanza of support is waiting for the person who finds a way to bring our furry friends into the election narrative.

Election Shocker: Chicago Voters Denied Rights

Mark Steinberg | Posted 12.23.2012 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

The importance of the volunteers cannot be overstated. In particular, their familiarity with the quirks of Chicago's antiquated voting machines enabled confused voters to do what they had come to do.

GOP Voter Suppression Efforts Are a Crime and a Shame

Debbie Hines | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Debbie Hines

With Republicans' schemes to cheat and deny voters their right to vote, little has been done to punish or prevent future acts. And their antics will have a far reaching and chilling effect on our democracy, if not stopped.

No Way to Elect a President

Dan Glickman | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Dan Glickman

With 80 percent of the states effectively disenfranchised from the system, the essence of our participatory democracy is at stake.

With Debate Won, One Final Task for Obama: Get Out the Vote

Mike Lux | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

The president fired up the Democratic troops last night. Now it is up to the troops to deliver. In the battleground states, we have to not only do the crucial mechanics of turning out the vote, we have to fire our people up and get them motivated.

The Debate Trilogy, Part III: Still Waiting for the Return of the Jedi

Mickey Costa | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Mickey Costa

This year's debates were just like they always were, but for some reason I expected something different. Debates offer the candidates a rare opportunity, one outside of the arena of platitudes and skewed facts in advertising, to directly make their case to undecided voters.

The Night Goes to the Decideds

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Will this win for the President change the trajectory of the election? YES. Not just because it appears to have swayed some of the ubiquitous Undecideds, but because, at this point, we're now done pandering to them.

US Election 2012: Down to the Wire

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Aiko Stevenson

Most elections get billed as the most important in a generation, but with America teetering on a fiscal cliff in an era of profound climate change, this one really is. And, in Obama's own words: "Only you have the power to move us forward."

Voting Wrongs vs. Voting Rights

Brandon Hill | Posted 12.22.2012 | College
Brandon Hill

There is a great American irony here. Why is it that in the world's epicenter of democracy, we have for the past two centuries spilled so much blood, shed so many tears, and spent so much time debating which Americans should and should not get the right to vote?

Stand Up for America on Election Day

Craig Newmark | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Craig Newmark

Hey, the Founders of the U.S. tell us that everyone is equal in the eyes of the law, meaning that citizens have the right to vote. However, there ar...

The Mis-Education of the Negro Pastors Urging Congregants Not to Vote

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 12.20.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

The fact is neither party truly cares about Christian morality, certainly not based on Old Testament scriptures. What seems instead to be driving both is power and control. Republicans care about power and control for the wealthy, while Democrats care about power and control for the not-so-wealthy.

Congressman Joins Dance Craze

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 10.19.2012 | Politics

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) is the latest politician to dance his way into a pop culture craze. Lewis, a civil rights-era veteran, is shown dancing Ga...

Making America America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.19.2012 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

As election season winds to a close, candidates from all sides are still making their final promises about what they want America to be. Those of us who share Dr. Harding's vision -- for a just, compassionate, multiracial, joyful nation which cares for children and elders -- must work to make that reality.

Leigh Owens

Color Of Change Petitions Clear Channel Over Controversial Billboards | Leigh Owens | Posted 10.19.2012 | Black Voices

Color of Change, the nation's largest online civil rights organization, is taking on media heavyweight Clear Channel over billboards that the advocacy...