Chris Murphy Senate,
Mayor Richard Moccia,
Norwalk, CT: The heated election cycle brings out the big hitters of their respective parties out to stump for their down ticket candidates. Connecticut, that teeny but wealthy state lodged between New York and Rhode Island, gets more than its share of national attention and with less than 40 days...
President Barack Obama,
Josh Fox Gasland,
The 99 Percent,
As activists, we need to think seriously about what language we use to describe ourselves and other people who have experienced any form of violence, including the violence of having a home poisoned by a gas company or a son killed by indifference to worker safety.
If the country undertakes a smart, knowing, and well-targeted campaign, it will pay for itself many times over in wars that are not fought, embassies that are not destroyed, a national reputation that is not trashed, and a competitive advantage for American business.
We want our progress to be transparent and want our partners to ask us hard questions. They can expect that we will do the same.
Romney's statement about his father presumes that "Mexican" and "American" are racially defined categories.
Barack Obama 2012,
Obama Campaign Promises,
In the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama was full of promise -- 508 of them to be precise. But with just six weeks to go until Election Day 2012, President Obama has made few new promises and is not repeating many of the original ones.
Barack Obama Speech,
I would have paid to see someone ask: "How can you sit here and tell me Obama is a great debater, when you've been mocking him for four years as a man who is incapable of speaking without a TelePrompTer? Were you lying to us then, or are you lying to us now?"
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UK Politics News
The values that he holds are so overtly American that there seems little leeway for consensus, even with Democrats. He's moved to the right of his moderate Massachusetts governing since entering the election race, sure, but it appears his Americo-centrism has ballooned also.
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UK Politics News
The stakes are huge for the former governor. He must win back his fleeing electorate by convincing them he is a viable candidate for '100%' of the people as well as show he has a 'specific' plan for America.
The deficit hysteria and the "fiscal cliff" are all about cutting government and the things We, the People do for each other, so that the billionaires can have more.
Every Democrat remembers well the pain experienced after election night 2010. That night the results left Democrats shaken and Republicans emboldened.
We should not once again leave ourselves at the mercy of events or inadequate public debate. War may in fact need to come, but the time to adequately consider that need is now, not when the immediacy of the moment renders rational discussion and debate emotionally, or practically, impossible.
I'm on the road this week, out east, not in Minnesota. Not doing anything about the fast-approaching election. I've had a little time to reflect from a different angle.
Blasphemy Rights Day,
Freedom Of Speech,
As long as we condemn a video before we condemn a violent reaction to it, we'll always be bestowing power upon those who wish to pass the kind of anti-blasphemy law being pitched at the UN.
America has talked socialized medicine for decades but that's as far as it went. It threatens the American principle of freedom of choice, a mantra the GOP likes to claim as its own but it is one few really disagree with.
Mitt Romney 47 Percent,
I'm disgusted by loud, rich white men complaining about the meager "entitlements" received by the silent poor. Who exactly is "entitled" here?
"I have to wait here for 20 years before I can apply for the waiver," Ramos said. "And it all depends if they want to accept my application." By the time she's eligible for re-entry into the United States, her children will be adults.
The 2012 presidential campaign has turned from a referendum on economic issues -- have Obama's policies worked? -- to a question of comparative trust. It's not that we want candidates who are just like us, but we ask: Will they fight for us?
Chief Justice John Roberts,
US Supreme Court,
Supreme Court 2013 Term,
We're told that the court's docket is dominated by civil rights issues, but the justices have one major bit of unfinished business that's getting almost no attention, and deserves plenty: the court's own ethics.
More than any other candidate or issue, the election of 2012 is all about the extraordinary legacy of America's most overlooked, complicated, liberal and legislatively productive president, Lyndon B. Johnson and his Great Society. Barack Obama is the first African American to occupy the highest office in the land. Can...
No On Prop 8,
California Prop 32,
Prop 32 Labor,
Gay Voices News
It's time for the LGBT communities to line up to oppose Prop. 32. You may have mixed feelings about labor unions, but the evidence is clear: If we lose organized labor as a funded political ally in California,the LGBT movement is in big trouble.
Jim Talent Coal,
Jim Talent Lobbying,
Jim Talent Mitt Romney,
Money In Politics,
Jim Talent, who oversees coal industry lobbying and then endorses coal in a Romney policy paper, symbolizes how Romney's "No Apology" mantra might play out in Washington -- as president, it seems, Romney could hand over public policy to special interests.
Are your finances better off now than they were four years ago? If you live in a hotly contested "battleground" state, your answer may have special significance to the presidential race.
Clean Air Act,
These men want the most important job in America. That requires facing tough questions. And it means giving us straight answers on climate change.
When Congress passed the Budget Control Act last year, it launched a "sequestration" process mandating massive spending cuts if it failed to reduce the deficit by the end of 2012. The full federal fiscal year officially begins today.
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Vice Presidential Debate,
There are reasons to think we are now at a tipping point and headed back to some semblance of greater equity and common sense. The unfairness has become too blatant to ignore and its economic consequences too devastating to accept.
George H.W. Bush,
The Romney that poked his head out of the ground last week was not the Romney that Republican activists presumed that they nominated. We saw glimpses once again of the Romney that once was -- and that Romney's primary opponents long warned against.
The Denver, Long Island and West Palm Beach metro housing markets are just about as different as could be -- and each would give the candidates a very different backdrop for a debate about housing. Let's compare them in order of the debates.
There are two faces of Romney -- the one he wants to show the public, and the real Mitt, who was outsourcing jobs, raiding companies, and laying off workers as CEO of Bain Capital, just so he could line the pockets of his already-rich investors.
As in past years, the presidential debates on Wednesday are not designed to provide concrete or detailed policy proposals. But, at the least, we want to see more from our two presidential candidates than pandering to voters with baseline moral arguments around fairness and justice.
Islamic Republic Of Iran,
Mek Terror List,
I've been reporting on the MEK for The Huffington Post since last summer, and members of the group have threatened my house and hacked my email. Still, I believe the State Department's decision Friday to remove the MEK from the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations was a good one.
If, as is much said these days, Mitt Romney needs a big win in the presidential debates starting on Wednesday, he has done it before. Just before the Florida primary eight months ago Romney faced the most serious threat of his bid for the GOP nomination as Newt Gingrich emerged...
Why is the number of Twitter followers he has even part of the discussion? By this logic, Lady Gaga (with almost 30 million Twitter followers, approaching the entire population of Canada) would have the U.S. election in the bag if she decided to run.
The only thing which will improve our present condition is the taming of our fear. We must act on courage. Courage to think differently, speak loudly, and challenge directly the systems which we know to be unjust.
Lawsuits are common in politics, but there was one filed last Friday that is not common at all: someone has brought an antitrust suit, alleging that the major political parties have monopolized politics, and it is not exactly some crackpot who did it.
OK guys. I'm officially sick of the letters you are writing me when you pretend to be Joe Biden or Michelle Obama. I know Joe Biden, and you are no Joe Biden.
What do you call a sexual relationship when the woman can't say no? When the woman is an underling -- not just an employee but a foreign one who absolutely cannot afford to quit?
The extreme polarization of the Democrats and the Republicans on this issue is a symptom of the failure to recognize that healthy dependency and healthy independence are inextricably intertwined.
President Obama has underscored that the prevention of slavery is the responsibility of government and the private sector and consumers. As a result, he reframed the issue into one not of us and them but us - period. We, the collective we, are the solution to human trafficking.
Mitt Romney's at it again -- shading the truth on CBS News' 60 Minutes. He's perpetuating the false Republican narrative that President Obama should have gotten more done during his first two years in office because he had a supermajority in the Senate.
Mitt Romney's at it again -- shading the truth on CBS News' 60 Minutes. In this video he's perpetuating the false Republican narrative that President Obama should have gotten more done during his first two years in office because he had a super-majority in the Senate. A super-majority is a filibuster-proof 60 or more Senate seats, allowing one party to pass legislation without votes from the other, Don't forget: the president needed a super-majority because of the Republicans' unprecedented use of the filibuster as an obstruction tactic -- they've used it more than 400 times. But here's the deal - the real deal - there actually wasn't a two year super-majority. This timeline shows the facts. President Obama was sworn in on January 20, 2009 with just 58 Senators to support hisagenda. He should have had 59, but Republicans contested Al Franken's election in Minnesota and he didn't get seated for seven months. The President's cause was helped in April when Pennsylvania's Republican Senator Arlen Specter switched parties. That gave the President 59 votes - still a vote shy of the super majority. But one month later, Democratic Senator Byrd of West Virginia was hospitalized and was basically out of commission. So while the President's number on paper was 59 Senators - he was really working with just 58 Senators. Then in July, Minnesota Senator Al Franken was finally sworn in, giving President Obama the magic 60 - but only in theory because, Senator Byrd was still out. In August, Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts died and the number went back down to 59 again until Paul Kirk temporarily filled Kennedy's seat in September. Any pretense of a super-majority ended on February 4, 2010 when Republican Scott Brown was sworn into the seat Senator Kennedy once held.Do you see a two-year super-majority? I didn't think so. Originally aired on The War Room with Jennifer Granholm. The War Room airs weeknights at 10 p.m. EST on Current TV. Follow Jennifer Granholm on Facebook and Twitter, and The War Room on Facebook and
Production Tax Credit,
Republican Study Committee,
If we can identify which members of Congress attended certain meetings, we can ask them about their interest in cutting wasteful fossil fuel subsidies first, given they are far larger than the cost of policies that support the growth of new clean energy sources.
Only 19 U.S. presidents have been elected to a second term. Out of those, only seven avoided a troubled or failed second term. Should this second-term curse enter into the decision to vote for Barack Obama?
Governor, when I was part of your campaign, you told us -- when others meanly denigrated your Mormon beliefs that you would not respond in kind. The principle remains as true as ever. Will you abide by it?
2nd District Court Of Appeals,
Judge Raymond Lohier,
National Defense Authorization Act,
Obama NDAA Injunction,
What Is Ndaa,
The NDAA is typically a mundane bill that appropriates funding for the military for the current year. However, c allows anyone including American citizens to be detained indefinitely by the military...no trial, no charges, no day in court.
D'Souza's primary argument is that Obama is carrying out a deliberate "anti-colonial" agenda. Never mind that this is a real stretch, but what is much more disturbing is D'Souza's own agenda -- of promoting colonialism.
Bain Capital Key Airlines,
Mitt Romney 2012,
Mitt Romney 47 Percent,
From the start, Bain Capital had support from the government. We all built that. Just don't ever mention that in public.
A campaign that had been locked at even for many months has changed to advantage-Obama. Democratic Senate candidates have begun to surge. The odds of Democrats gaining more seats in the House have risen and Democratic control of the House is increasingly plausible. Why?
Current Supreme Court doctrine would give the states broad leeway to enact these restrictions. But, in light of the broad First Amendment protection given to political spending, isn't it time for the Court to re-examine its method of analyzing restrictions on the voters themselves?
Conservatives tend to believe that the 2010 midterms showed that the majority of the country had "figured out" who Obama really was and had rejected him. That is simply a false presumption.
The American people are finding they can't run and can't hide from the insidious impacts of global warming. Political candidates should not be allowed to hide from the issue, either.
Mitt Romney Obamacare,
Mitt Romney Campaign,
Mitt Romney 2012,
Mitt Romney News,
Presidential Election 2012,
Mitt Romney's problem, other than saying something offensive to 47 percent of Americans every few days, is that he's running in the wrong party. Sounds crazy, but here's why.
I thought our country had had this conversation. There was a time in our not too distant past that we allowed businesses to hang signs on their doors that said "Whites Only," where businesses were free to refuse service to individuals based solely on the color of their skin.
As the presidential debates draw nearer, we need to have a national conversation about the economy and the needs of everyday Americans who make this country great - not just the billionaires who profit from them.
Harlem Children's Zone,
The Obama Administration could provide a national focus for all these efforts with a signature program to close the achievement gap, not displacing the contributions of community and business but facilitating and focusing them. Why not?
To be sure, significant challenges remain. There is no one-shot (or one-click) panacea to the world's patent issues. But what is frequently lost in the public discussion is that tremendous positive changes are already underway.
Healthy Families Act,
National Work And Family Month,
Paid Sick Days,
At a time when more than 40 million hardworking Americans can't earn any paid sick time to use when they get stomach flu or need a medical test -- and millions more can't earn paid sick time to care for an ailing child -- it's a question we all need answered.
No one wanted DIVX. It was just a wish list from the studios. But you can see why they tried it. "I get everything and you get nothing" isn't much of an proposition, but it's worth a shot. Mitt Romney's the same offer, in political terms.
Once a strike is settled -- win, lose, or draw -- the full-time, invested workers get their jobs back, and the temporary workers leave. The jobs they've been poaching don't belong to them.
This question originally appeared on Quora. By Michael Oates Palmer, writer My father, Charles F. Palmer, a law school classmate of Bill Clinton, took the photo. via
My Facebook feed, email inbox, and the chatter I hear in conservative meetings are all telling me the same thing: the polls -- all of them -- are wrong about Mitt Romney's chances on Nov. 6. Romney, the story goes, is actually tied or leading even though most...
We recently saw for the first time in recent memory that the Democrats -- not Republicans -- blocked an immigration reform measure that many legislators in both parties say they support, in fact.
It's time for a more coordinated message from Democratic Congressional Candidates, House and Senate alike, to link themselves to passage of President Obama's programs supporting the middle class.
2012 Presidential Election,
America At Midlife,
Jung And The American Psyche,
Psychology 2012 Election,
The American Identity,
In search of insight into the deeper forces shaping the presidential election, I turned to American Jungian psychoanalyst Murray Stein, Ph.D. Stein lectures on analytical psychology and its applications in the contemporary world.
Working moms, and increasingly working dads don't want a government handout, but they do need a hand up. What is at the top of the list?
Largely missing from the Voter ID debate is the "what-comes-after" for the victors, that is, the Republican Party. Assuming that nearly all of the multi-state Vote ID amendments will pass, it shouldn't take a fiction writer to imagine a bitter harvest.
The GOP hopeful likes to portray himself as a self-made man, who inherited nothing and counted every penny. But he's his father's son, and so much of what he has -- from his frugal ways to his many privileges -- comes straight from George Romney.
Political advertising is a medium long associated with dishonesty and cheap shots--not the most persuasive stuff. But today's ad wars are wasting ad dollars. The skyrocketing sums would be better spent on talking policy without mentioning any party or any hot-button political words.
This little screed is the introductory installment in an ongoing series that will bravely seek to explore the connection between the news and the olds, between what's bothering us now and the system in which the botherances are, at least in many cases, rooted.
Farmers have a hard enough job as it is. Add an unpredictable supply of labor, and farmers are downright vulnerable. We need an immigration process that is responsive to our economic needs. That means a stable and skilled agricultural workforce.
2012 Presidential Election,
You're the one in the Oval Office. Commander in Chief. Leader of the Free World. You're the one who must be responsible, engaged, disciplined, restrained, sensitive, dignified and diplomatic. Let Romney continue to show irresponsibility, impulsiveness, political opportunism and a lack of empathy.
As long as journalists accept the political establishment's battle lines, marginal differences balloon into polar extremes. The reality is that little separates the two parties. The fundamental changes America needs will only be implemented if we reject such a narrow policy debate and demand real options.
Five big things will decide what this country looks like next year and in the 20 years to follow, but you're not going to hear about them in the upcoming presidential debates. And yet, on those five subjects, a little reality would go a long way.
The distasteful fundraiser in Florida was a window into a worldview that shocked many people. But we don't need hidden-camera videos to reveal a philosophy devoted to protection for the powerful and contempt for everyday people.
To protect consumers and combat unfair rate increases and hidden fees, Obama signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act shortly after taking office.
Can we do anything useful to stop sexual assault in conflict, and, if so, is the United Nations the entity to do it? To the first question, the answer is a resounding yes.
As today's leaders seek to overcome the challenge of reaching consensus on economic policy and national security, they would benefit by studying the achievements of Chuck Manatt and Frank Fahrenkopf at the "Making Democracy Work" exhibit in Washington, DC.
Affordable Care Act,
Dr. Donald Berwick,
If you want to get a clearer understanding not only of why the U.S. health care system fails so many of us but, more importantly, how we can transform it to make it the best in the world, go to the movies this weekend.
Fifty years ago today, James Meredith made his way across the University of Mississippi campus through mobs of enraged whites. His offense? Daring to enroll at the historically white institution. Sadly, the integration Meredith and many others risked their lives for still does not exist in schools in the U.S.
But the fact that Komen founder Nancy Brinker sits atop this pyramid is a disgrace, and we need to ratchet up our calls for her to quit Komen for good.
2012 Presidential Election,
Barack Obama 2012,
Here's my new favorite fact: whoever is leading two weeks after the last convention has never relinquished the lead in the last 15 presidential elections. It's way past two weeks since the last convention and President Obama doesn't have a small lead, he has a huge lead.
The recent attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi likely represents a subtle but meaningful shift in the extremist threat to American interests. Withdrawing from the world is every bit as implausible as treating every militia as if it is al Qaeda.
Election 2012 "Romney Headquarters" "Romney Strategy" "Romney And China",
Romney And Libya,
You Decide 2012,
Romney's numbers may be slipping, but Romney's people are still confident. There's just one thing he needs to get right back in it...
Green Bay Packers,
Monday Night Football,
Nuclear Regulatory Commission,
Nfl Replacement Refs,
Republicans' reaction to last week's Monday Night Football debacle was record-breaking given their decades of hating on union workers.
Cecil B. DeMille,
Harry G. Frank,
Samuel L. Jackson,
The Lie Factory,
The New Yorker,
Judicial Coup d'Etat,
Tax Cut For The Rich,
If we won't let our children lie or BS us and get away with it, surely Republicans should be held to the same standard. Cow dung has good uses, but not in political campaigns. Cut the CRAP.
Consider the missing aspect of Romney's famous denunciation of the 47% -- jobs. A careful reading shows that Romney implicitly embraces the myth that the wealthy are rich because they are morally superior to the lazy poor and that the poor are not employed because they are lazy.
With 36 days until the presidential election, I'm delighted to introduce Firsthand, a project that uses all the tools at our disposal to expand the conversation, puts the spotlight on what really matters most in people's lives and allows you to share the ideas and images that tell the story of our country during this campaign season, as you see it. Every month, drawing on reader input, we will ask a broad question -- for example, how a certain challenge or trend is affecting your community. Using HuffPost's platform, you'll then be able to share your response. It might be an Instagram photo with two sentences of explanatory text; a brief video clip; or a scan of a flyer that is landing on car windshields in your neighborhood. The result will be a vivid multimedia mosaic that captures the everyday events that are a testament to the changes underway in American communities.
We grew up with the kindness of the nun we called Sister Evil and the sadistic presence of a Father Edwards and eventually we left the Mission boarding school trying to find ourselves. Many of us never did.
In the upcoming election, 21.2 million young people will be voting for the first time. My research finds that most of them will vote, will be an influential and progressive bloc, and may prove to provide the margin of victory for President Obama and other Democratic candidates.
As Election Day approaches, much of the nation must surely be experiencing Percent Fatigue. Permit me to inject one more into the mix in an effort to bring this cycle to its necessary fruition: In the end, this election is about the 100 Percent.