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Franklin Delano Roosevelt

What the History of the World Wars Can Tell Us About the Deeper Struggles at Work in Iraq

David Woolner | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
David Woolner

The tragic events unfolding in Iraq today are not all that dissimilar to what took place in the 1930s and '40s. Once again, we face an extremist ideology that is bent on conquest and has little respect for human life.

FDR Walks In Rare Footage Showing 'Brave Struggle'

AP | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Rare film footage featuring President Franklin D. Roosevelt walking to his seat at a baseball game helps dispel the myth that...

TransCanada Charitable Fund Launches Keystone XL "Good Neighbor" Charm Offensive

Steve Horn | Posted 06.29.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogTransCanada has taken a page out of former U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's playbook and deployed a public relat...

The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself

Jack Nadel | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business
Jack Nadel

When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his first inaugural address on March 4, 1933, he was advising an anxious nation that fear itself was the...

FDR, LBJ and BHO

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

The Democratic Party must embrace, fight for and enact economically-progressive policies. It must be the party of Main Street, not Wall Street, of the 99 percent, not the one percent. In particular, it must fight for a strong safety net to protect those of us who fall on hard times.

FDR's Lessons for the Global Fight Against Polio

Ziad Haider | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Ziad Haider

FDR provides a powerful reference point to measure the dramatically reduced reach of polio today. During his lifetime, the disease coursed far and wide including through the White House. Today it is endemic in just three countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria.

Another Book About FDR? Yes, and It's a Must Read

Al Eisele | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Al Eisele

Moe's masterful account of why and how FDR overcame his reluctance to seek reelection -- he was determined to retire to Hyde Park after two terms and write his memoir while basking in history as the father of the New Deal -- reminds us that he was a much prisoner of history as was Abraham Lincoln.

The 10 Richest U.S. Presidents

24/7 Wall St. | Ashley C. Allen | Posted 02.18.2014 | Business

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential ticket, according to most political pundits. The pr...

Bill de Blasio Lifts the Left

Brent Budowsky | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Bill de Blasio has lifted the left and is a man to watch in 2014. I have a hunch that the next Democratic nominee for president will be watching him closely, too.

The Life and Death of the World Historical Figure

Francis Levy | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Francis Levy

At the end of his short encomium to Mandela in The New York Review of Books, "On Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)," J.M. Coetzee writes, "He was, and by th...

The State of Our Union's Inequality

Sarah Anderson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Sarah Anderson

There's no doubt that President Barack Obama will make inequality a major theme of his State of the Union address, just as Franklin Delano Roosevelt did in 1935.

73 Years Later: Remembering President Roosevelt's Four Freedoms

William J. vanden Heuvel | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
William J. vanden Heuvel

On January 6, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed a struggling nation. He described his vision for a country built on four essential freedoms. They are as true and essential today in this time of shaky economic recovery and shifting global political dynamics as they were more than 70 years ago.

Bill de Blasio, the FDR of New York

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Don't get carried away analyzing the presence of Bill and Hillary Clinton at the de Blasio inauguration. Starting this week, it is de Blasio who is the big show, not the Clintons.

A New Deal for Christmas

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

As the GOP abruptly ends unemployment benefits, Republicans intend to slash food aid as well. They want to cut $4 billion a year from the food stamp program that many jobless families depend on for meals. This will occur as struggling food pantries report bare shelves.

Machiavelli Needed in The White House

Francis Levy | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Francis Levy

As we approach the 500th anniversary of Machiavelli's death (in June of 2027), we can rest assured that his influence is alive and well and that he's...

'FDR and the Jews'

Paul Rockower | Posted 02.11.2014 | Books
Paul Rockower

FDR and the Jews is an excellent book for its complete examination of Roosevelt in the context of the period he loomed so large on the public stage.

FDR Gave This Speech After Pearl Harbor. Hopefully There Will Never Have To Be Another Like It.

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.06.2013 | Politics

Saturday marks the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and a day that President Franklin D. Roosevelt presciently predicted would "live in...

Sam Stein

Here's What Happened When FDR Tried To Mess With Thanksgiving

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 11.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Before Obamacare, Hurricane Katrina, Monica Lewinsky, Iran Contra, Watergate and Vietnam, there was "Franksgiving." Seventy-four turk...

Marine Who Guarded FDR Dies At 93

AP | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics

SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Dante J. Orsini Sr., a former Marine who guarded President Franklin D. Roosevelt during his "Day of Infamy" speech af...

Washington Post Gives Nation a Look at Illinois' 'Family Feud'

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.20.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

I would imagine all of this Democratic in-fighting comes as a big surprise to most Washington Post readers, who know Illinois mainly as a state so blue that presidential candidates don't bother campaigning here.

Matt Damon Is Right

Brent Budowsky | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

When the great actor Matt Damon recently said that President Obama "broke up with me," he hit the jackpot of telling political truth in the eyes of many progressive Democrats and independents.

Bill Clinton For Mayor

Francis Levy | Posted 09.25.2013 | Comedy
Francis Levy

If the qualifications for high position in New York municipal government are a history of sexual peccadillos then why not elect someone with some rea...

Bill Clinton's Legacy: An Inconvenient Irony

Brian Czech | Posted 09.21.2013 | Green
Brian Czech

Thanks in no small measure to the win-win legacy of Clinton, these days it seems everything good for the environment has to be premised upon economic growth or it won't even be considered.

On This Day In 1940, FDR Went Where No President Has Gone Before

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

On this day in 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt made history when he was nominated for an unprecedented third term in office. Roosevelt would ...

WATCH: Rare Footage Of FDR In Wheelchair

AP | CHARLES WILSON | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics

INDIANAPOLIS -- A professor at an Indiana college says he has found film footage showing President Franklin Delano Roosevelt being pushed in his wheel...