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In Absentia

Rich Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rich Siegel

Next Tuesday, you will get up early before work. You will skip breakfast so you can get to the polling place. And you will stand on an excruciatingly...

The Stink of Right Wing Moral Failure Is About to Overcome America

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

Make no mistake: the deep river of know-nothing sewage that flows just under the American surface is about to gush into view with the Far Right takeover of at least one part of our Congress.

Who Cares Who Wins the Elections

Andy Thayer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

Either way, we will not win on November 2nd. Sure, party hangers-on hoping for sweetheart contracts and other favors care, and are working overtime u...

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Kate Hepburn, FDR, Against Upton Sinclair

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

So far at this part in the '34 California gubernatorial race, Katharine Hepburn had refused to comment on the district attorney's investigation of political intimidation in Hollywood. But that didn't stop her father from speaking for her.

What Happened to the "Mama Grizzlies"?

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Danny Groner

One of the early narratives written during this midterm election cycle highlighted Sarah Palin's "mama grizzlies" and the power and potential of some ...

Jon Stewart's incisive Obama interview proves he deserved the President's time

Eric Deggans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Deggans

If anything comes of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Comedy Central's Daily Show, I hope it is this: People will stop griping about how su...

A Right to Bare Arms? Arm Bears? The 2nd Amendment (Civics Primer #2)

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth C. Davis

There is little doubt that the Founders and Framers expected men to have a gun at the ready to defend the country. But does that 18th century logic still hold in a country with a standing army, state militias, and local police forces?

Predicting Election Results by Viewer Preference

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

In every election of the past decade I have predicted the results based on Nielsen's cable news viewing numbers. So far, I have always gotten it right. And, if that happens again next Tuesday, the Democrats are in for a disaster.

Confessions of a Republican

Chris Ingram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Ingram

I think the GOP is worth trying to fix, and I do my part by trying to expose the hypocrisy, and self-serving special interests from within its ranks.

The UN Is Sixty Five Years Old and Going Strong

Don Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Don Kraus

The UN is of unquestionable value sixty five years after its inception, providing services from peacekeeping to smallpox vaccinations, all while functioning on a core budget smaller than the NYPD.

The Top 20 Craziest Quotes by Tea Party Candidates

Daniel Kurtzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Kurtzman

Regardless of the outcome of the 2010 elections, the Tea Party has already made history by spawning the craziest crop of political candidates America has ever seen.

Campaign Cash: How Citizens United Will Change Elections Forever

Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zach Carter

If a firm makes it known they are willing spend millions of dollars to fight anyone who opposes them on a particular policy issue, senators might begin changing their voting behavior before the company actually has to put up the cash.

Children Can't Vote but You Can -- and Must

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

We must declare a national child emergency and demand that our leaders do no harm, indeed stand up and vote to invest in the basic human needs of all of our children to shelter, food, quality education, and safety.

Question Authority, Act Authoritatively

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lance Simmens

We see candidates employing the unusual tactic of insulating themselves from the rigors of the profession, which should send a cautionary signal to the electorate that maybe they are not up to the task they seek.

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Hearst Rips Upton Sinclair, As Heywood Broun Warns of 'Fascism'

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

William Randolph Hearst was back at San Simeon after an absence of five months and ready at last to select a candidate in the California governor's race. His papers had been crucifying Upton Sinclair for the past month.

Calgary Elects Muslim Mayor

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael J.W. Stickings

Naheed Nenshi has never held elected office before, but, riding a wave of change in a city of oil and rodeos, he triumphed over his conservative rivals, winning a 40 percent plurality of the vote.

Are Progressives Fiddling While Rome Burns?

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Boaz

If fall of 2008 was "silly season", then what does that make this election cycle? We are in a critical moment (yes, I know someone says that every ...

The 2010 Freak Show

Matthew Wills | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Wills

If you see this weird, paranoid, fundamentalist, bigoted crowd, funded by the most reactionary of corporate interests, as somehow doing something better for the nation, then you're either a fool or one of them.

GOP Voter Suppression Ad Fails As Pro-Immigrant Americans Refuse to Sit Down and Shut Up

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

A GOP-linked voter suppression ad is being run by a group calling itself Latinos for Reform. Does anyone really think DREAM Act kids and immigration advocates paid money to run these ads claiming to support reform?

Political Debates: Took What I Hated and Made It a Part of Me

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

I would like to applaud Chris Matthews for his interview tonight (October 18) of Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway at the University of...

ReThink Interview: Jeff Reichert & Bill Mundell of Gerrymandering

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Republican, democrat or independent, Americans love a good political sex scandal, especially when it doesn't involve a member of their preferred party...

Election 2010 -- "Cynics 'R' Us"

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Why would someone want to trust again? Because to end up distrusting is not just to end up cynical, but to end up bitter. This is the danger of what the upcoming elections will turn the electorate into.

'It Fits Fine!'

R.O. Blechman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
R.O. Blechman

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Beyond Wyclef: What Haitians Want From Elections

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Beverly Bell

We'll participate in elections once the candidates respond to our demands, once they address the problems of people living in temps, once they stop forcing women to sleep with men who control distribution of humanitarian aid to get any.

MLK and the "Progressive Hunter"

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

I was pleased to see the MLK nonviolence pledge on Glenn Beck's website, but I cringe when I hear him boast about being a "progressive hunter," and when I hear Beck regularly demonize the people he disagrees with.