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Peter D. Rosenstein

The Race in Michigan's Third -- Gerald Ford's Old District

Peter D. Rosenstein | July 8, 2012 | Politics
Considering what is happening to the Republican party today, Gerald Ford couldn't win a primary in his old congressional district.
Mark Meissner

Why Lugar Lost

Mark Meissner | July 8, 2012 | Politics
Tuesday marked the end of the distinguished career of Indiana's longest-serving U.S. senator ever, Richard Lugar. This shocking turn of events was unthinkable for almost all of Lugar's 36-year career in the U.S. Senate. So what happened?
Project On Government Oversight

Internal Review Shows Gross Mishandling of Military Whistleblower Reprisal Investigations

Project On Government Oversight | July 8, 2012 | Politics
We owe military whistleblowers every possible opportunity to safely expose wrongdoing, and this report shows that the system has let them down. It's imperative that we fix it.
Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm

Dear Mitt: You Did Nothing to Save Detroit

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm | July 8, 2012 | Politics
As you know, Mitt, I was governor of Michigan during that horrible time, when the financial industry was melting down and the auto industry was in free fall. So Mitt, here's my request: Just stop it.
Shawn Lawrence Otto

Shocking New Oil Propaganda Plan to Fool Americans

Shawn Lawrence Otto | July 8, 2012 | Green
If anyone doubts there is a well-coordinated, well-funded assault on science in America that is designed to fool people, look no further than this plan.
Wayne Besen

No Easy Answers for Obama on Gay Marriage

Wayne Besen | February 2, 2016 | Queer Voices
The activist side of me wants him to embrace marriage equality today. Nevertheless, the pragmatic part of me wonders whether Obama embracing gay marriage will harm his chances in the nine swing states that will decide this election.
Richard Feldman

Obama Campaign Nightmare

Richard Feldman | July 8, 2012 | Politics
The question is, will the Romney campaign understand the relationships between these two freedom- and liberty-related issues and pilot a course to maximize gun owners' fear and marijuana reformers' distrust?
Lori Wallach

TPP: What You Don't Know Will Hurt You (Video)

Lori Wallach | July 8, 2012 | Politics
Paul Szep

The Daily Szep: Karl Rove the FlimFlam Man

Paul Szep | July 8, 2012 | Politics
Renee Parsons

The Strategic Partnership Agreement and Pakistan

Renee Parsons | July 8, 2012 | World
It is fair to assume that if Congress has any role at all, it will accept the SPA in an up-or-down vote without any committee oversight hearings even as the Agreement commits the US to continued massive funding and support through 2024.
Dan Kovalik

Colombia: The Empire Strikes Back

Dan Kovalik | July 8, 2012 | World
With the intensification of the U.S. military and economic push in Colombia, we sadly can anticipate more such violence against peaceful actors in Colombia in order to make Colombian land secure for massive appropriation and exploitation.
Robert Naiman

Against War and Austerity, Hollande Is Right and Obama Should Agree

Robert Naiman | July 8, 2012 | World
A common Obama-Hollande front on ending the war and ending European austerity would be in the interest of the American 99%, the European 99%, and the Afghan 99%.
John Feffer

Waiting for Copernicus

John Feffer | July 8, 2012 | World
It's happening in Buenos Aires. It's happening in Paris and in Athens. It's even happening at the World Bank headquarters. The global economy is finally shifting away from the model that prevailed for the last three decades.
Will Durst

2012 Veepstakes

Will Durst | July 8, 2012 | Comedy
The Vice Presidency is an odd job interview. Best way to apply is to deny desiring the position. Saying exemplary things about the candidate never hurts.
Bill Bartmann

Bad News for Most Debt Collectors and Good News for Consumers

Bill Bartmann | July 8, 2012 | Money
Even with new regulations, Massachusetts and the rest of the nation still have a long way to go before we see more common sense than common criminals in the ranks of debt collectors and their accomplices.
Nathaniel Loewentheil

Scott Brown Uses Bush's Ghostwriter

Nathaniel Loewentheil | July 8, 2012 | Politics
How could you spend a $100,000 writing a book about your own life? By hiring a ghost writer. And not just any ghost writer. Lyric Winik, the very same ghost writer Laura Bush used to write her own memoir.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Truth Takes a Back Seat in Lacey Act Hearing

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | July 8, 2012 | Green
The Lacey Act is common sense legislation that protects American workers and industries from illegally harvested or exported materials.
Carol DeChant

Dear Cardinal Dolan: Is the Pope Catholic?

Carol DeChant | July 8, 2012 | Religion
Does the Pope really want to force American Catholics to choose between standing with our nuns or with a male hierarchy interrogating them for nebulous infractions, with a stated agenda of keeping their findings secret?
Steph Sherer

Why We Fight for Medical Cannabis - and How Congress Can Help Us Win

Steph Sherer | July 8, 2012 | Politics
My friend is still alive. Marijuana will not reverse the course of her illness, but thanks to high-quality cannabis products, she is alert enough to talk to her friends and family for what may be the last time.
Fred Wilson

Tolerance and Prosperity

Fred Wilson | July 8, 2012 | Small Business
Bob asserts that changing the cultural norms (and laws) of his home state are not going to be good for the local start-up scene. Bob is right and his concerns are consistent with the lesson that Paul Romer gave us yesterday. Tolerance and prosperity go hand in hand. History tells us this.
Reese Schonfeld

LBJ, Two Stories

Reese Schonfeld | July 8, 2012 | Politics
It would be a colossal bit of hubris to suggest that Robert Caro needs any help from me in researching Lyndon Johnson's presidency from 1964-68, but I have two good stories about that period, and I'd like to get them on Huffington before the book comes out.
Buster Brown

D.C. Patients Struggle From Medical Marijuana Delays

Buster Brown | July 8, 2012 | DC
Hoping to avoid abuse of the drug, the D.C. bill sponsors have created one of the country's most restrictive programs; sitting in the federal government's backyard, they feared a future Congress could reverse the law if marijuana use became widespread.
Jonathan Richards

Weather Report

Jonathan Richards | July 8, 2012 | Politics
Joe Newman

America's Shame: The U.S. Government's Human Trafficking Dilemma

Joe Newman | July 8, 2012 | Politics
This human trafficking pipeline wasn't benefiting some shadowy war lord or oppressive regime. No, these are workers who were feeding, cleaning up after and providing logistical support for U.S. troops -- the standard bearers of the free and democratic world.
Joseph A. Palermo

Political Dog Tales: Fala, Checkers, Freckles, and Seamus

Joseph A. Palermo | July 8, 2012 | Politics
The Romney-Seamus story is pretty disturbing because it represents what we might call the "anti-Checkers." Unlike Fala, Checkers, and Freckles, the Seamus incident can be interpreted as a glimpse into Romney's character.
Jamie McGonnigal

Gap Shows Paul Ryan the Door

Jamie McGonnigal | February 2, 2016 | Queer Voices
Last week an interesting item showed up on Queerty. It seemed that Gap, Inc., a longtime friend to the LGBT community, was hosting a fundraising breakfast for anti-gay Congressman Paul Ryan.
John V. Santore

What's the Definition of a Crazy Question?

John V. Santore | July 8, 2012 | Politics
Within the context of illogic and paranoia that has at times defined Barack Obama's opponents, it is tempting to write off those who make the most strident claims against him. But we shouldn't be afraid to ask big, fundamental questions about the conduct of the administration and its officials.
David Ropeik

The Heartland Billboard Embarrassment and the Dangers of Ideological Ignorance

David Ropeik | July 8, 2012 | Green
It is far less an appeal to reason, and far more a campaign to preach to the choir, to circle the ideological wagons of the members of the tribe, and rally the troops around Heartland's deeply conservative and libertarian ideals.
Michael Varrati

An Open Letter to Billy Graham

Michael Varrati | February 2, 2016 | Queer Voices
As voters in North Carolina are poised to decide whether to write a permanent ban on same-sex marriage into their state's constitution, it should come as no surprise to anyone that you, the famed Bible (mis)interpeter that you are, weighed in with your opinion.
Michael Manganiello

We Can Teach Old Drugs New Tricks -- and We Should

Michael Manganiello | July 8, 2012 | Politics
There isn't one person in this country who hasn't been touched by ALS, Parkinson's, MS, Alzheimer's, spinal cord injury, cancer, diabetes and thousands of other diseases and conditions. And for every American who is suffering, there is potentially an already approved drug waiting to be rediscovered.
Padraig McCoid

Why Democrats Should Accept and Collaborate With Gay Republicans

Padraig McCoid | February 2, 2016 | Queer Voices
Between the two parties, Democrats are the clear choice if a voter considers gay rights an important issue. The reality we must embrace, though, is that we need Republicans to pass federal protections.
Colin Delany

Introduction: How Campaigns Can Use the Internet to Win in 2012

Colin Delany | July 8, 2012 | Politics
From Egypt to Wisconsin, the Internet has become a key political battleground, and smart campaigns at all levels -- presidential to dog-catcher -- will be thinking about how to integrate digital tools into essentially all aspects of their operations.
Chris Lehmann

Why Divide Your Thanks, Mr. President?

Chris Lehmann | July 8, 2012 | Education
If declaring this week "National Charter School Week" was not a deliberate attempt to marginalize those of us who choose to teach in the public school system, then it was exceptionally poor timing.
Paul Boden

The Power of WE

Paul Boden | July 8, 2012 | Politics
Why wouldn't our government want the people being governed to be educated, healthy, well-housed and able to freely be in nature? Is it wrong to think that government should want these things for all people?
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

LGBT Rights -- Getting On The Right Side of History

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | July 8, 2012 | Religion
Progress happens when people have faith that a better world is possible and are willing to work for it. The world is becoming more and more convinced that LGBT peoples must be acknowledged and admitted into full communion with the rest of humanity, and more and more people of all background are joining the struggle. There is a right and wrong side of history for the struggle for full equality of LGBT peoples. The arc of the universe is bending towards justice for LGBT peoples. Those people who maintain anti-LGBT positions are going to be caught behind the curve.
W. David Stephenson

Two Controversies Underscore Need for Win-Win Regulation 3.0

W. David Stephenson | July 8, 2012 | Politics
The Internet of Things takes "dumb" things such as conventional pipeline valves and makes them "smart" by giving each of them an Internet Protocol address combined with wireless transmitting.
Joshua Kors

Q&A With Jim Gaffigan: 'Hot Pocket' Comedian Reaches Out to Our Wounded Soldiers (VIDEO)

Joshua Kors | July 8, 2012 | Comedy
Jim Gaffigan recently spoke with me about why he's reaching out to military families, why becoming famous has been both a blessing and a curse, and why his stand-up doesn't need swear words to hit home.
Mark Yzaguirre

Romney Should Pick Jindal, Not Rubio

Mark Yzaguirre | July 8, 2012 | Politics
While Jindal may help the Republican Party among Asian American voters (Jindal's parents emigrated from India), I think he would also help with gaining support among highly-educated voters, which is another group that the GOP has been having problems with.
Jeff Biggers

Feds Open Civil Rights Cases on Tucson Schools Under Pedicone's Latino Crackdown: "Sheriff Arpaio of American Schools?"

Jeff Biggers | July 8, 2012 | Education
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights has opened investigations into possible violations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act in Tucson. Not that TUSD has bothered to inform the district's taxpayers of the investigation.
Greg Jacob

Telling the Truth and Demanding Justice

Greg Jacob | July 8, 2012 | Politics
Today, more than 250 people will come to Washington, D.C., for a first-of-its-kind event that will inform, empower and move forward critical efforts to eliminate sexual violence within the military.
Debra L. Ness

On Mother's Day: Expecting Better for All Mothers and Working Families

Debra L. Ness | July 8, 2012 | Parents
The sad truth is that millions of working mothers in this country find themselves without the support they need to care for their families and hold onto their jobs.
Eric Segall

Our Daughters' Future

Eric Segall | July 8, 2012 | Politics
Between us, we are the fathers of four daughters and the reality is that the youngest are growing up in a country where women have less rights and personal autonomy than when the oldest was born.
Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D.

Take the Jefferson Quiz

Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D. | July 8, 2012 | Religion
Two centuries after Jefferson left the presidency, he is still the subject of competing claims about his public policy and private views, especially on religion and state.
Matthis Chiroux

Occupy-Style Repression Hits Brooklyn College, My Home

Matthis Chiroux | July 8, 2012 | Politics
Let this also be a wake-up call to administrators around the country. Let this be a wake-up call to students around the country who value their education and freedom on their campuses to mobilize and lay claim to all which they are entitled to.
David Perel

John Edwards Courtroom Still No Place to Find the Truth

David Perel | July 8, 2012 | Politics
The lawyer from Williams & Connolly was right all those years ago: John Edwards turned his life and pursuit of higher office into a private hell that is now playing out in a courtroom where there are no angels as witnesses.
James Peron

Gays Don't Take Away Parents, God Does

James Peron | February 2, 2016 | Queer Voices
One argument offered by religious opponents of same-sex marriage is that "every child has a natural right to a mother and father." The most obvious problem with this is that there is no such right, nor would same-sex marriage interfere with it if it did exist.
Jason Stanford

In Frum's Patriots, Grover Norquist's Myth is Rick Perry's Reality

Jason Stanford | July 8, 2012 | Politics
If Rick Perry didn't exist, we would have to invent him. Luckily, David Frum did so in his new novel, Patriots.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Bigoted White Democrats Are Bigger Danger to President Obama Than Romney

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | July 8, 2012 | Politics
A racial outburst in New York City, a Democratic Party bastion, points to a danger that could damage Obama's presidential drive in 2008. That's the absolute refusal of some otherwise rock-solid white Democrats to back him.
J.H. Snider

The Real Meaning of the GSA Scandal

J.H. Snider | July 8, 2012 | Politics
What accounts for the different treatment? Why is a million dollars of waste at the GSA a scandal but not tens of billions of dollars at the FCC-NTIA? I believe public ignorance and apathy are the immediate cause of blame.
Omid Safi

What Would Dr. King Say About Amendment One?

Omid Safi | July 8, 2012 | Religion
Martin's own struggles focused on racial, economic and peace concerns, and he did not opine much on gender and sexuality matters. However, there was a person very close to him who has spoken out courageously and clearly on this topic.
Dina Bakst

This Mother's Day, Stand Up for Expecting Moms

Dina Bakst | July 8, 2012 | Parents
No pregnant worker should be forced to choose between her job and a healthy pregnancy.
Ambassador Tony Hall

Congress Needs Bipartisan Friendships Now More Than Ever

Ambassador Tony Hall | July 8, 2012 | Politics
Bipartisan friendships don't erase our political divisions, but they do fundamentally change how political opponents view one another and engage with one another in the public arena.
Sen. Bill Bradley

We Can All Do Better

Sen. Bill Bradley | July 8, 2012 | Business
America's idealism, optimism, and spirit of self-reliance -- all these have created the unique American character. But the America of today is in a state of confusion. We don't see our problems clearly, or if we do, we often -- out of inertia, fear, or greed -- fail to deal with them.
Rev. Jesse Jackson

Europe's Lesson: No Time for Austerity Measures

Rev. Jesse Jackson | July 8, 2012 | Politics
Europeans are using democratic elections and demonstrations to send a message: Austerity is spreading unacceptable human misery.
Bruce W. Jentleson

The Bisectoralists: Competing in a Global Era

Bruce W. Jentleson | July 8, 2012 | Politics
Enough of the cross-demonization of the public and private sectors. Each needs to do better in its own domain, and they need to do better together. Revitalizing domestically and competing globally will require nothing less.
The Center for Public Integrity

ALEC exempted from lobbyist status in three separate states

The Center for Public Integrity | July 8, 2012 | Politics
By Paul AbowdiWatch NewsThis spring has brought constant controversy for the American Legislative Exchange Council, the conservative group of legislators and corporations that...
Stanley Weiss

An Open Letter to Mitt Romney

Stanley Weiss | July 8, 2012 | Politics
Governor, you face a choice. You can either give in to the ignorance and intolerance of tea party purists. Or you can engage in a wider, more intelligent discussion of the U.S. role in the world, the way Republican statesmen have in the past. There is no in-between.
Jared Bernstein

The Economy: Why We're Stuck

Jared Bernstein | July 8, 2012 | Business
Much of Europe is in recession and the downturn is in no small part a function of austerity measures that, like bloodletting, are making things worse, not better.
George Lucas

Education: The Single Most Important Job (Video)

George Lucas | July 8, 2012 | Education
Education is the foundation of our democracy. By seizing on what's working, and recreating those successes from one classroom to the next, we can make it better for everyone.
Noam Chomsky

Plutonomy and the Precariat

Noam Chomsky | July 8, 2012 | Politics
The Occupy movement has been an extremely exciting development. If the bonds and associations it has established can be sustained through a long, dark period ahead -- because victory won't come quickly -- it could prove a significant moment in American history.
Lisa Gilbert

CEOs Get Served by Shareholders Sick of Political Spending

Lisa Gilbert | July 8, 2012 | Business
Companies should get out of the political spending game and focus on doing what they were created to do: make a profit for their shareholders.
Greta Van Susteren

Senator Marco Rubio and Elizabeth Warren! Can We Call It Even and Drop It?

Greta Van Susteren | July 8, 2012 | Politics
I believe both Senator Rubio and Elizabeth Warren when they talk about their family histories. I believe both of them heard those stories for years in their families and just repeated them. Big deal. No one died. Let's move on to more substantive issues.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Petro Plutocracy

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. | July 8, 2012 | Green
Last week the world got a preview of America's new, post-Citizens-United petro plutocracy, with the oil lords flexing their political muscles like oil-soaked bodybuilders pumped up on a steroid drip of campaign dollars. It was all about fracking.
Paul Krugman

How Bad Things Are

Paul Krugman | July 8, 2012 | Business
If you have any familiarity with the world, in short, you know that involuntary unemployment is very real. And it's currently a very big deal. How bad is the problem of involuntary unemployment, and how much worse has it become?