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Arianna Huffington | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week proved Ebola panic spreads much, much faster than the disease itself -- with the former needing only contact with cable news, talk radio, social media, or political ads to proliferate. But with President Obama appointing an Ebola czar on Friday, we can question our preparedness without legitimizing the fear-mongering. As Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, told HuffPost's Sam Stein, without a "10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would've gone through clinical trials and would have been ready." What will it take to put an end to the short-sighted gutting of scientific research in the name of deficit reduction?

Can Republicans Scare Democrats Into Voting for Them

Nigel Barber | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Nigel Barber

In the current election campaign, Republicans are organizing their message around a theme of fear. That is hardly surprising given scientific evidence that the brains of conservatives are more strongly reactive to threats.

Republican Right Embraces Its Long, Hypocritical Tradition of Pandering to Fear

Robert Creamer | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Republicans have made questions of how safe we are -- from disease, terrorism or something unspoken and perhaps more ominous -- central in their attacks against Democrats. But this is nothing new.

Glenn Beck as 'The Music Man,' Playing on the Fears of Parents

Andy Schmookler | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

On Tuesday, July 22, Glenn Beck spoke from some 700 movie screens to Americans who paid admission to hear him attack the "Common Core."

Friday Talking Points -- The Debate Debate

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republican-on-Republican fear-mongering is such a treat to enjoy. In this case, establishment Republicans vs. the Tea Party.

Are You Scared Yet?

James Peron | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics
James Peron

Our politicians serve up endless entrees of panique du jour. Of course, what we are supposed to be terrorized about differs, depending on whether you're looking at the left-hand page of the menu, or the right.

Republicans Can't Handle the Truth About Bin Laden

Bob Cesca | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Regarding the campaign commercial, yes -- more like that, please. It's an important distinction that's crying out to be defined: while the Republicans might be good at coming up with scary bumper sticker slogans, the Obama team can actually do the job.

The Message We Aren't Getting From Our Politicians: Tolerance, Acceptance, Compassion and Unity

Walter E. Jacobson, M.D. | Posted 03.20.2012 | Home
Walter E. Jacobson, M.D.

We have lost our way. We have lost our universal identity as a brotherhood of people. So caught up in the distinction of skin color, races and nations, we have lost our true connection with God.

Are We All Victims of Emotional Terrorism?

Judith Acosta | Posted 08.01.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Acosta

There is a slow, steady drip of terrorism in the United States. But it is not just where we think it is, ensconced somewhere in the Middle East. It is all around us, all the time.

Combating E-Islamophobia

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

The blogosphere, and the critical mass of Islamophobes who inhabit it, now has profound consequences for politics and the public perceptions that underlie it.

Seven Steps to Civility This Election Season

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

This week, a group of more than 130 former legislators, both Republicans and Democrats, released a letter urging for civility and encouraging candidates, once elected, to focus on cooperation to face our country's greatest challenges.

The Proposed Lower Manhattan Islamic Center Deserves Nuanced Discussion, Not GOP Fear Mongering

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

When you throw religion, politics and a seminal tragic event in modern American history into a pot, it's going to get sticky, messy and potentially unpleasant. Such a cocktail requires a thoughtful discussion.

Glenn Beck: the Televangelist Con Man Selling God's Plan for America

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bob Cesca

If religious zealots blur the line between what happens in the pulpit and what happens in Congress, it's that much easier for Congress to tax and regulate what happens in the pulpit. Be careful what you wish for, Beck and Palin.

Death at the Border: Bringing out the Worst in the Immigration Debate

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

The victim, Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca, was either "a straight-A student" or a "repeat juvenile offender" with a "history of involvement with human smuggling," depending whose story you believe.

Eco Etiquette: Do You Have Green Fatigue?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at eco.etiquette@gmail.com. Questions may be edited for length and clarity. It seems like all you hea...

The Terrorists Next Door

Tom Gerdy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tom Gerdy

We have crossed over to the dark side when political posturing is more important than solutions to our problems. The end results can not be positive if the truth is cast aside in favor of fearmongering.

The Twisted and Dangerous Republican Record on Terrorism

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

We all understand that Americans have a short attention span, and an even shorter memory, but the Republicans are really counting on it as they exploit the post-underpants bomber freakout.

Reading the Pictures: 100% of Your Weekly Dose of Terrorism Panic

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

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The Arrogance of Fear and What to Do About It

Karen Luniw | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Luniw

Whether it's a reformed health care system, a new job, a new place to live or to solve a business problem -- in order to get something new, we have to change.

Our Insane Summer: Is There a Way Out? Plus an Open Letter to the Secretary of Education [UPDATED]

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Milewski

As we enter the back-to-school phase of the calendar, I want to share some good news and offer some unsolicited advice to our nation's education top cop.

Germs Don't Care If You Are Legal Or Not

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Do you really want to limit vaccinations only to people who have legal documents, or would you rather everyone get inoculated? Remember, those you exclude will likely have some sort of contact with either you, your kids, or the food you eat at some point.

We are Mortal - Grow Up and Plan Accordingly

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

National leaders deliberately sparked fear and anger over a consultation about death and sensational media threw fuel on the fire.

The Last Story on Reforming Health Care: We Have Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

The debate over health care reform has turned to politics of fear and fear-mongering, instead of focusing on facts and reality.

Reflections on Health Care Reform: Now or Never

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

All we want is to be cared for at a price that we can all afford. But if we cannot afford and access our doctors and nurses, then the healthcare system fails us.

Jason Linkins

O'Reilly Rages Against Joan Walsh Over Tiller Murder (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Joan Walsh went on the O'Reilly Factor Friday night having publicly vowed to be well-prepared to defend the reproductive rights of women and the legality of Dr. Tiller's clinical practice, and truly doled out some major ownage.