Considering what is happening to the Republican party today, Gerald Ford couldn't win a primary in his old congressional district.
Senator Dick Lugar,
Dick Lugar 2012,
Indiana Senate 2012,
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?
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.
Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,
Mitt Romney Detroit,
Mitt Romney Auto Bailout,
Romney Auto Bailout,
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Afghanistan Withdrawal Timetable,
François Hollande Obama,
Nato Summit 2012,
Paul Ryan Budget,
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%.
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.
Mitt Romney Vice President,
Romney Vice President,
Vice President Romney,
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.
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.
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.
The Lacey Act is common sense legislation that protects American workers and industries from illegally harvested or exported materials.
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?
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.
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.
John Wilkes Booth,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
GOP LGBT Rights,
Log Cabin Republicans,
Republican Party LGBT Rights,
Gop Gay Rights,
Republican Party Gay Rights,
Republicans Gay Rights,
Republicans Lgbt Rights,
Queer Voices News
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.
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.
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.
Western Regional Advocacy Project,
Business Improvement Districts,
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?
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.
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.
Bob Woodruff Foundation,
Born Standing Up,
Personality Disorder Discharges,
Saturday Night Live,
Beyond The Pale,
Comedian Jim Gaffigan,
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.
Mitt Romney 2012,
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.
Department Of Education,
Office Of Civil Rights,
Sheriff Joe Arpaio,
TUSD Book Ban,
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.
National Defense Authorization Act,
Service Women's Action Network,
Sexual Assault Awareness,
Sexual Assault Military,
Special Victims Unit,
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.
Work And Family,
Paid Sick Days,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If Rick Perry didn't exist, we would have to invent him. Luckily, David Frum did so in his new novel, Patriots.
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.
Federal Communications Commission,
General Services Administration,
National Telecommunications And Information Administration,
Office Of Inspector General,
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.
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.
Americans With Disabilities Act,
Pregnancy Discrimination Act,
Pregnant Workers Fairness Act,
Pregnant Women And Work,
No pregnant worker should be forced to choose between her job and a healthy pregnancy.
U.S. House Of Representatives,
World Food Programme,
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.
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.
Europeans are using democratic elections and demonstrations to send a message: Austerity is spreading unacceptable human misery.
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.
By Paul AbowdiWatch NewsThis spring has brought constant controversy for the American Legislative Exchange Council, the conservative group of legislators and corporations that...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Corporate Reform Coalition,
Corporate Social Responsibility,
Securities And Exchange Commission,
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.
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.
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.
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?