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No Social Security Cuts

Brent Budowsky | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Democrats should fight for jobs programs and pay equity for women, not fight to cut Social Security. Democrats should realize that when the winds of national opinion are at our back, it is folly to sail against these winds and disaster to downsize the legacy of our party.

Movie Review: Hyde Park on Hudson

Curtis Roosevelt | Posted 06.11.2013 | Entertainment
Curtis Roosevelt

To play with history as the background for a good story is one thing. To reach into history and snatch out well-known historical figures and make them say and do what you want to produce a sexy film is quite another.

Hillary '16, Obama '14

Brent Budowsky | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

It is time to pass the torch from the extremism, division and obstruction of Republicans to the leadership of opportunity and aspiration that was ignited with the election of Obama -- and would be culminated by the election of President Hillary Clinton.

The Last Lion Keeps Roaring -- A Book Review

Bill Marriott | Posted 06.10.2013 | Books
Bill Marriott

Writer Paul Reid took Manchester's volume of work and has just completed the final work. It's very long -- 1,053 pages and small type and very, very few chapters -- but well done.

In Politics It's the Charm, Stupid

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.26.2013 | Books
Tom Alderman

We've had several presidents whose personalities were a primary sell. Think both Roosevelts, Eisenhower, Kennedy and -- Democrats, hold your breath -- Ronald Reagan. If you listen to or read, Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan by Del Quentin Wilber, you'll begin to get it.

Trash-Talking America

William E. White | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics
William E. White

If we ever hope to sponsor a productive debate in this country, we will have to spend as much time listening as we do talking. Grandstanding, posturing, and trash-talking the country is not helping.

The Second Battle of Marathon

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 05.01.2013 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

In 490 BCE, Athenians and Plataeans defeated a vastly larger invading Persian army, thus keeping Greece and Europe free from Persian occupation and slavery. The war and resistance of Greece to Italians and Germans in WWII also saved Europe from Nazi German occupation and slavery.

The Strange Gods of Fearful Americans: FDR, Obama, and the Gullible Allure of The Onion

Tyler Wells Lynch | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Tyler Wells Lynch

When I read this book I was struck by a feeling that was at once relieved, but then clouded by a greater fear for the American character.

The Real State of the Union Requires a Stronger Government

David Woolner | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
David Woolner

If we examine the state of our union honestly, it not only becomes apparent that we are indeed a society where "chance of birth or circumstance" decides our destiny.

The State of Jerry Brown's Status: After the State of the State

William Bradley | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

There is no shortage of kudos now for Governor Jerry Brown, who with his State of the State address last Thursday tied the late Governor-turned-Chief Justice Earl Warren for the most such addresses in California's history. Does he have things sewn up politically in the battered but brightening Golden State?

Memo to Gun Rights Advocates: Take Note of What Reagan and Scalia Had to Say

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Menachem Rosensaft

President Obama himself recognizes the need for a rational middle ground and urges "advocates of gun control... to do a little more listening." Fair enough. But those on the gun rights side of the debate would be well advised start by listening to none other than Ronald Reagan.

Social Security Is Not the Problem

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
Rep. Hank Johnson

Now is the right time for a discussion about the deficit and debt, but Social Security does not contribute to either, and so cuts to the program should be off the table. Any discussion of Social Security's finances should take place separately from discussions of the federal debt.

A Look Back At Inauguration Firsts

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

Since President George Washington's first ever inauguration in 1789, the location, date and celebration of the event has transformed. Obama's first...

Leading From Behind Is No Way to Lead: What a Second-term Obama Can Learn From FDR

David Woolner | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
David Woolner

The sad fact is that we now live in a society where the income disparity between the rich and the rest of us now stands at its worst level since the late 1920s -- just before the onset of the Great Depression.

She's Not Dead Yet

Courtney Garcia | Posted 03.09.2013 | Comedy
Courtney Garcia

When I went home for the holidays this year, I overheard my mom and uncle discussing arrangements for my grandmother's funeral, which struck me off-guard since my grandma's not dead.

Let the Republicans Leap Off the Fiscal Cliff and Just Say Goodbye: An Open Letter to President Obama

Alan Singer | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

With tax policy, federal spending, social insurance, and the national debt ceiling being held hostage by radical right-wing Tea Party demands, it is time for what FDR called "bold, persistent experimentation" and executive action to solve the economic crisis facing the nation.

What Would FDR Do?

Frances Causey | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Frances Causey

If FDR were president today, my guess is he would not meet in secret with the House speaker to cut a backroom deal that would further hammer the 99 percent by reducing Medicare and Social Security benefits. Instead, FDR would call it like he saw it.

What the GOP Does Not Understand About the Fiscal Showdown

Arshad Hasan | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Arshad Hasan

As folks inside the beltway battle over the fiscal showdown, it gave me pause to think what this fight is really all about. And it all boils down to if you believe in community or not.

ReThink Review: Hyde Park on Hudson - Infidelity and Hot Dog Diplomacy

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.06.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

It's not a biopic nor is it a dense procedural like Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, but instead showcases the politics of perception and interpersonal relationships, contrasted with quieter, more intimate moments away from the media and others.

Political Religion Mangles Politics And Religion

Charles Redfern | Posted 01.19.2013 | Religion
Charles Redfern

We're beyond the mere need for civil discourse. Our minds are askew. We actually believe our own rhetoric as an article of faith. We no longer know how to talk because we no longer know how to think.

Oliver Stone's Untold, Unboring History of the United States

Jonathan Schwarz | Posted 01.13.2013 | Media
Jonathan Schwarz

You're not going to see a glowing review of Oliver Stone's new book and 10-part Showtime series, The Untold History of the United States, in the New York Times anytime soon. It's just too interesting.

Exit Noise, Enter . . . ?

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Jack Schimmelman

I assure you that this president will go on to become one of our greatest. After denial has fled our shared amnesia, history will once again see that it was this tall, thin young man who stood between us and disaster and had the courage to do what was necessary.

Harry Reid Soars, Elizabeth Warren Shines

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

This column is about four senators who will have extraordinary roles to play in the coming hours and years, and what they tell us about the state of the union as 2012 comes to a close.

The Democrats Are the True Pro-Life Party

Robbie Gennet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

This election, the stakes are higher than ever and I'd like to encourage you to vote pro-life: vote for Democrats.

We're Only Halfway Toward Real Freedom

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 12.19.2012 | New York
Peter A. Georgescu

On a brilliant, bright sunny day in New York City, in the shadow of the United Nations building that Roosevelt worked so hard to create, I was moved by FDR's four freedoms. Four values which set good apart from evil.