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Joe Peyronnin


Romney vs. Obama

Joe Peyronnin | Posted July 15, 2012

For the next six months Americans will experience the most expensive, thanks to Citizens United, and most negative presidential campaign ever waged in this country. No doubt, many will think this is not just bad politics, this is morally wrong. But nothing will stop it.
Leslie Reece Schichtel


There's Danger in Playing Chess with Politics

Leslie Reece Schichtel | Posted July 15, 2012

The object of a game of chess is to vanquish one's opponent. To do so, both players strategize each piece's trajectory to eventually lock the opponent's king in a checkmate, and thus win the game. However, there's a certain danger in attempting to checkmate the opponent in the realm of...
Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm


Women: We Want You on the Political Battlefield

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm | Posted July 15, 2012

If Maggie Hassan, a Democratic candidate for governor in New Hampshire, isn't elected, there will be zero Democratic women governors in the United States. Not one.
Harvey Rosenfield


Identity Theft in the Matrix

Harvey Rosenfield | Posted July 15, 2012

Sure, we still have the right to vote. But the choices we are offered are usually determined by a political establishment mostly dominated by corporate money and a vast apparatus of election consultants, public relations hacks and lobbyists.
Elizabeth Debold


The War on Women -- and the War Within Women

Elizabeth Debold | Posted July 15, 2012

"Femininity" is women's past, and "feminism" is our present. What I mean by this is not what you might think -- I'm not pitting family and children against career and culture, or wanting a push-up bra versus wearing no bra.
Robert Reich


Romney Has Public and Private Morality Upside Down

Robert Reich | Posted July 15, 2012

Mitt Romney doesn't want to regulate where regulation is necessary -- at the highest reaches of the economy. Yet he wants to regulate where regulation is least appropriate -- at the level of the individual, in bedrooms and other intimate spaces.
Dr. Peggy Drexler


Obama and the Bully: The Cornering of Mitt Romney

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted July 15, 2012

To a generation of current and future voters, Barack Obama has deftly offered a choice: a respectful and inclusive voice of the future; versus a schoolyard tormenter aligned with the intolerant voices of the past. Not bad for a community organizer.
Peter J. Woolley


Fox News Does Not Make You Dumb: Researchers Respond to Critics

Peter J. Woolley | Posted July 15, 2012

NPR and Jon Stewart's Daily Show came out on top as the most informative, making the schadenfreude all the more delicious for Fox-haters, and the twisting of the liberal knife-in-the-back all the more painful for Fox fans. But how did it come to that?
Nancy K. Kaufman


Celebrating Women's Health Week as a Grandmother

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted July 15, 2012

On Sunday, I celebrated my first Mother's Day as a grandmother, so the celebration of National Women's Health Week this week has new meaning for me. It means that thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA, the 2012 health reform law), my daughter, who gave birth via Caesarian section, cannot...
Peter Hart


The Only Beltway White Guy Pundits Too Hot for the Sunday Shows?

Peter Hart | Posted July 15, 2012

Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann are well-known in the Beltway. They work at big-time think tanks, appear on television chat shows, and write books and op-eds that powerful people pay attention to. Lately, though, it seems they've become dangerous men.
Paul Szep


The Daily Szep -- A Wall St. Banker

Paul Szep | Posted July 15, 2012

Margie Omero


Marriage Equality: Can Polling Tell Us What It Means for Obama?

Margie Omero | Posted July 15, 2012

Obama's support is already in the single digits with Republicans. How much less likely to vote for him can Republicans be?
Joe Winkler


On the Resurgence of Occupy Wall Street: Five Must-Read Books

Joe Winkler | Posted July 15, 2012

Not only do mainstream outlets simply disregard or grossly simplify important events and ideas in the Occupy Wall Street movement, but they also neglect to mention the publication of important books that clarify, criticize, buttress, and provide a holistic view of the movement.
John Feffer


America the Serial Killer

John Feffer | Posted July 15, 2012

Dexter is all about U.S. foreign policy and the moral calculus of a superpower. Our government has likewise been on a killing streak, and there's no end in sight. But we are also, as a country, conflicted about this propensity toward murder.
Carl Gibson


Game On, GOP

Carl Gibson | Posted July 15, 2012

The 2012 election is a field full of bratty, intolerant, whiny kids on the field who want to have everything their way and nothing our way. Let's stop giving them legitimacy and play our hardest until we win. It's game time. Batter up.
Mary Phillips-Sandy


Four Myths About Politics and Comedy

Mary Phillips-Sandy | Posted July 15, 2012

Writing a 3,000-word feature on campaign spending is hard. Writing ten funny jokes about campaign spending is also hard. Some people are good at the former, some people are good at the latter and some people are good at both, but those people are unicorns.
Kevin P. Chavous


A Personal Commitment to Educate All Kids

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted July 15, 2012

We can't wait for schools to get better while we continue to lose kids. We must act now by immediately implementing education reforms for kids in low-performing schools.
William Hartung


Posturing on Plutonium

William Hartung | Posted July 15, 2012

The last thing we should be doing at this point in our history is indulging Turner's "proliferation posse." At a time when our safety depends on reducing global nuclear arsenals, their ideas are dangerous, unnecessary and unaffordable.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson


Why Romney Will Pick a Boring White Guy for Vice President

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted July 15, 2012

The 2012 presidential election will be a nail biter. But even if it was a potential runaway for either Obama or Romney, the vice presidency would still be important. Obama knew it and picked Biden. McCain missed it and picked Palin. Romney won't miss this and will pick a boring white guy.
The Brennan Center for Justice


The Narrowing of Tarek Mehanna's Liberties Has Consequences for Us All

The Brennan Center for Justice | Posted July 15, 2012

When it comes to matters involving national security, the government seems intent on shielding Americans' impressionable minds. When it is a crime to translate our enemies' propaganda, the government will have the last word on who is dangerous.
Jonathan Schwarz


Colin Powell Gets Mad at Me

Jonathan Schwarz | Posted July 15, 2012

The evidence is overwhelming that Colin Powell knew much of what he said in front of the Security Council was false.
Michael B. Keegan


Let Me Guess: Mitt Romney Has Gay Friends

Michael B. Keegan | Posted July 15, 2012

Having gay friends doesn't absolve one of anti-gay prejudice any more than loving one's wife and daughters absolves one of defunding Planned Parenthood. Even if you'd be happy to have gay people over to dinner, that doesn't give you a pass to deny them fundamental rights.
Mark Siegel


Red to Purple to Blue -- The Collapse of the Republican Electoral College Base

Mark Siegel | Posted July 15, 2012

Demographics and politics are creating a new America, different from any of the Americas we have ever known or studied in the past. With the "blue-ing" and " purple-ing" of America, the elephant may soon become a dinosaur.
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.


The Weight of the Nation

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted May 15, 2012

We now must act boldly to combat the obesity epidemic. There are many opportunities across the lifespan, but it will require a shift in social norms and an unprecedented social movement for obesity prevention.
Mark A. Calabria


JPMorgan Losses Do Not Make the Case for Regulation

Mark A. Calabria | Posted July 15, 2012

President Obama and others have used the recent $2 billion loss by JPMorgan Chase as a call for more regulation. What the president and his allies miss is that recent events at JPMorgan illustrate how the system should -- and does -- work.
Eric Griego


Wall Street Bankers Who Broke the Law Belong in Jail

Eric Griego | Posted July 15, 2012

In Washington, I will fight to hold Wall Street accountable.
Janet Walsh


The Breastfeeding Brouhaha

Janet Walsh | Posted July 15, 2012

The question isn't who is "mom enough" as the TIME title suggests, but whether policymakers are smart enough to devise sound policies for breastfeeding, work, and paid family leave.
Bethany Blankley


How Protestantism Redefined Marriage

Bethany Blankley | Posted July 15, 2012

The sanctity of marriage would be best preserved if marriage were left to the authority of the church. Instead, most Bible-believing Christians find themselves defending a religious practice that was never designed to be governed by a secular institution.
Jamal Abdi


House Voting to Shift U.S. Redline for War with Iran

Jamal Abdi | Posted July 15, 2012

Today the House is planning to take up H.Res.568 -- a resolution that shifts the U.S. redline for war with Iran -- on a suspension vote. There has not been a single hearing on this measure and no debate about its very serious implications.
Lincoln Mitchell


A Win on Marriage for Obama

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted July 15, 2012

Obama's position on marriage equality changes the policy debate on this issue, probably permanently. Not only is it good to see that the president supports equality for all Americans, but Obama's statement throws down a challenge for future bigots and enshrines marriage equality as the Democratic position.
Richard (RJ) Eskow


Talking With Krugman: He's Anti-Austerity, Pro-Peter Gabriel, and "Not That Cosmic"

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted July 15, 2012

Paul Krugman's book is called End This Depression Now! (exclamation point included). If that sounds like a self-help book -- the sequel to Listening to Prozac, maybe, or something by Dr. Wayne Dyer -- that's not altogether inappropriate in this age of collective near-despair.
Eric Schoenberg


A Tale of Two Loopholes: The President's Taxes and Mine

Eric Schoenberg | Posted July 15, 2012

A comparison of the president's tax return with my own shows that growing wealth gaps are also occurring within the top 1 percent, and that our supposedly progressive tax system is making the problem worse.
Liaquat Ali Khan


Kansas Legislature Does Harm in Barring Islamic Law

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted July 15, 2012

The bill shows disrespect for the state judiciary, erects unnecessary barriers against international investments, and condemns the religion of Islam inflicting distress on Muslim citizens of Kansas.
Gary Hart


Convergence in the Garden of Government Influence

Gary Hart | Posted July 15, 2012

The influence business is no longer about votes up or down on particular measures that may emerge in Congress or policies made in the White House. This is about setting agendas, deciding what should, and should not, be brought up for hearings and legislation.
BJ Gallagher


How Do You Hire a Good President?

BJ Gallagher | Posted July 15, 2012

When a candidate isn't well-liked by members of his own party, that tells us he has a Character problem (not to mention a significant lack of interpersonal skills). In hiring a president, you want both Competence and Character -- as well as great people skills.
Mark Hannah


An Open Letter to My Catholic Parish RE: Its Opposition to the Affordable Care Act

Mark Hannah | Posted July 15, 2012

Three weeks ago, while sitting in my church pew and skimming through the weekly bulletin, I came across a church-hosted workshop that would demonstrate the moral and Constitutional shortcomings of the health care reform legislation.
Debra Ollivier


Valerie Trierweiler And Francois Hollande: Why The French Don't Say 'I Do'

Debra Ollivier | Posted July 15, 2012

With the inauguration of Francois Hollande, France will have a new First Lady -- sort of. Valerie Trierweiler is Francois Holland's partner -- a 47 year-old, un-Botoxed but beautiful, twice-divorced working mother of three teenagers who downplays her unmarried status to Hollande.
Marjorie Cohn


Romney the Bully

Marjorie Cohn | Posted July 15, 2012

When most people list the qualities they want to see in their president, "bully" is not one of them. Yet evidence continues to emerge that Mitt Romney is a bully.
Brian LaSorsa


Making Politics Fabulous

Brian LaSorsa | Posted July 15, 2012

An astonishing discovery was revealed to the Obama administration this week: gays, too, like the government to leave them alone. The president sat down for the interview on Wednesday, at which time he announced his support for gay marriage. He concluded, " is important for me to go...
Andy Ostroy


Mitt Romney's Chuckle-Heard-Round-the-World

Andy Ostroy | Posted July 15, 2012

The real issue here is not solely what Romney did as kid, but more so how he's handled questions about it as an adult, as someone who's running for the most important job in the world. It speaks to Romney's character.
William J. Astore


The National Security State Wins (Again)

William J. Astore | Posted July 15, 2012

Despite his record as a "warrior-president," despite the breathless "Obama got Osama" campaign boosterism, common inside-the-Beltway wisdom has it that the president has backed himself into a national security corner.
Brian J. Siebel


Marriage Equality Now Another Reason to Oppose Mitt Romney

Brian J. Siebel | Posted July 15, 2012

There are panoply of reasons to back the reelection of President Obama and oppose Mitt Romney, but last week provided one of the starkest contrasts between the two men. Just a day after North Carolina became the newest state to pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and civil...
Gideon Resnick


Gay Rights as Told by Obama and Romney

Gideon Resnick | Posted July 15, 2012

If gay rights truly is one of my generation's biggest issues, shouldn't our political predilections in some way reflect this?
Wm. Robert Irvin


Ten Most Endangered Rivers of 2012 (PHOTOS)

Wm. Robert Irvin | Posted July 15, 2012

If Congress slashes clean water protections, more Americans will get sick and communities and businesses will suffer. We simply cannot afford to go back to a time when the Potomac and rivers nationwide were too polluted to use.
Steve Lombardo


Election Monitor: Obama Campaign Sets Out to Define Romney

Steve Lombardo | Posted July 15, 2012

In the last 10 days, team Obama has gone on the offensive, using a two-pronged issue strategy: one economic, and one social, that for about 48 hours put the Romney campaign on its heels.
Michael Carmichael


David Parker Resignation: N.C. Democrats Reject Chair's Decision To Step Down

Michael Carmichael | Posted July 15, 2012

Inside North Carolina, a political storm of hurricane proportions has been brewing since Friday the 13th of April that involved allegations of sexual harassment and a cover up within the staff of the Democratic Party.
Rick Lowery, Ph.D.


The Bible and Marriage Equality

Rick Lowery, Ph.D. | Posted July 15, 2012

How do we decide what to keep and what to ignore when we use Scripture to make moral judgments? Why would we say that it's an "abomination" for a man to lie with a man, but it's OK to wear a wool-blend suit, have a tattoo or eat hybrid fruit?
Ellen Brown


Indentured Servitude for Seniors: Social Security Garnished for Student Debts

Ellen Brown | Posted July 15, 2012

U.S. taxpayers now pay nearly half a trillion dollars annually to finance our federal debt. By financing the debt itself rather than paying interest to private parties, the government could divert what it would have paid in interest into tuition, jobs, infrastructure and social services.
Leo Hindery, Jr.


Re Jobs, Pick the Low Hanging Fruit (Part 2)

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted July 15, 2012

With the largely jobless recovery continuing -- only 115,000 new jobs created in April -- it's far past time for both Houses of Congress to work with the Obama administration to get really serious about large-scale job creation.
Don C. Reed


"Fight for Each Other": Paralysis Cure Research Bill Hangs in the Balance

Don C. Reed | Posted July 15, 2012

"People must fight for each other", said the lady in the elevator. She and I had on a twelve-story elevator ride together, and I had just been telling her about my paralyzed son Roman Reed, and our decade-long fight to help California scientists cure paralysis. We parted at...
Bruce Reyes-Chow


Why Romney's High School Prank Matters

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted July 15, 2012

Yes, I was a boy. I did stupid, youthful "boys-will-be-boys" things -- drinking, smoking and blowing up dog poop with firecrackers, just to name a few -- but never did I lead a group of boys to hold another boy down against his will and cut off his hair.
Eli Lehrer


The Best Flip-Flop He Could Make: Romney Should Support Gay Marriage

Eli Lehrer | Posted July 15, 2012

While some voters would certainly be turned off by a Romney endorsement of gay marriage, many people concerned enough to vote against a rock-solid conservative like Romney over gay marriage alone might also vote against Romney for his Mormon faith.
Jeff Danziger



Jeff Danziger | Posted July 15, 2012

Menachem Rosensaft


The Case for Same-Sex Marriage: Striving for the Moral Absolute of Equality

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted July 15, 2012

Let's assume a presidential candidate had come out against interracial marriage. How many of us would be inclined to vote for him or her? Until 1967, supporters of such a ban used pretty much the same theology-based arguments their ideological heirs use today to rail against same-sex marriage.
Maribel Hastings


Republicans on Immigration: The Pot Calling the Kettle Black

Maribel Hastings | Posted July 15, 2012

The questions facing these Republicans are simple: if Obama had, in fact, introduced an immigration reform bill, would Republicans have supported it? Do they support comprehensive immigration reform now? The answers are also simple: a resounding no.
David Bier


The Flawed Case Against Immigration

David Bier | Posted July 15, 2012

We all know the buzzwords--no amnesty, no unfunded mandates, no immigrant welfare. Opponents of sensible immigration policy repeat these lines so often you'd think that they really believed them