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Why the Clintons Need Obama to Win: Uncertainty as Hillary Pushes the Big Geopolitical Pivot

William Bradley | Posted 09.12.2012 | World
William Bradley

If Hillary Clinton is to have the option of running for president in 2016, she needs a strong legacy as secretary of state, by far the most important post she's ever held.

FDR's 1936 Lessons for Obama

Stephen Schlesinger | Posted 07.13.2012 | Politics
Stephen Schlesinger

A Democratic president is in trouble. Few observers give him much of a chance. Yet he goes on to win in a landslide. That president was Franklin Delano Roosevelt; the year was 1936.

Austerity? Stimulus? Or Happiness?

Curtis Roosevelt | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
Curtis Roosevelt

What the business and financial people driving the economy have forgotten is that the gains they derive from profits produced by enterprise must be shared if our society is to function with any cohesion.

Fear Itself: Why the Republicans Hate FDR and Why Obama Must Become Him - Part 1

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The parallels between what happened during the Great Depression and what is happening now are striking. You would think that we would learn from history and apply some of the solutions that worked before. You would be wrong.

U.S. Jobs Report For June Shows Continued Economic Stagnation; This Is Not The "New Deal"

Sheldon Filger | Posted 09.05.2012 | Business
Sheldon Filger

It must be pointed out that even the exceedingly poor job creation figures of the past several months have been purchased at a very high opportunity cost.

The 'Fair Shot' vs. the 'To Do List' -- A Big Revealing Blah in the Presidential Race

William Bradley | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Naturally, what Romney is offering is not a Fair Deal, a New Deal, or even a TR-like Square Deal. It's not a deal at all, for there is a social compact inherent in such. It's a shot. Or a shake. Like one roll of the dice, or a turn at the roulette table of the Big Casino Economy.

Corporate Primacy Causes People Poverty

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Do Americans want a government of the people by the people for the people? Or do Americans want a government of the corporations by the corporations for the corporations, one dedicated to the proposition that the rich are better than everyone else?

The River Runoff Phenomenon

Frank A. Weil | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

Most citizens in advanced modern societies need and want many things, but also complain loudly and bitterly that they are surrounded by excesses, even...

Midway: 70th Anniversary of One of History's Most Pivotal Battles Came in Midst of Obama's Big Strategic Pivot to the Pacific

William Bradley | Posted 08.09.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Despite the lack of a glamorous locale, Midway was absolutely central to our past and present. And the big geopolitical pivot, again centered on the Pacific, now underway looks to be central to our future.

A Look Back at How Far We've Come

Douglas A. Staples | Posted 08.08.2012 | Impact
Douglas A. Staples

While most of the country is familiar with the name March of Dimes, few know the full scope of what this remarkable, uniquely American institution organization has done and is doing to create a healthier future for our children and our grandchildren.

Is It the Beginning of the End for the War on Pot?

Anthony Gregory | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Anthony Gregory

A clear majority of Americans now want to see marijuana legalized. What's more, the trend has been moving towards the pro-legalization position, and continues to do so.

Obama's and America's Remarkable Evolution on Gay Rights

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Peter Dreier

Historians will no doubt view President Obama's announcement favoring same-sex marriage as an historic statement, parallel to those of FDR on workers' rights and LBJ on civil rights. But like FDR and LBJ, Obama's endorsement was due to a combination of personal belief and political opportunity.

Fixing Gross Inequality Is Not Socialism

Curtis Roosevelt | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics
Curtis Roosevelt

Democrats are again in an excellent position to take a risk like FDR took with the New Deal. They might give themselves some identity other than that of modest centrists, constantly worried about offending one constituency or another.

The Assault on Civil Liberties Continues

Allan Brawley | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Allan Brawley

Assaults on our constitutional protections are not new. They have been a recurring phenomenon for at least the last hundred years.

Basic Scientific Research and Its Transformational Potential

James M. Gentile | Posted 06.30.2012 | Science
James M. Gentile

As our nation's leadership in scientific and technological innovation is challenged as never before, federal funding of basic scientific research remains essential, but that research should be potentially transformational.

Elizabeth Warren Will Lead

Brent Budowsky | Posted 06.26.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

In a Washington full of revolving-door sellouts who effortlessly glide between special-interest sinecures and government jobs earning personal fortunes on the payroll of the 1 percent, Elizabeth Warren will never sell her public conscience for private wealth.

Franklin D. Roosevelt: Socialist or "Champion of Freedom"?

David Woolner | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
David Woolner

For Roosevelt, government intervention in the economy was not about destroying individual liberty; it was about restoring individual liberty. This is a good reminder for President Obama.

C-SPAN Is America

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.21.2012 | Media
Brent Budowsky

While our politics have become a shouting match of pander and slander, name-calling and talking points, celebrity media and instant misanalysis, C-SPAN shines as an exemplar of what a free press in a free nation should be.

Mike Sacks

Why Supreme Court Conservative Majority Doesn't Mean Health Reform Smackdown | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics

The Supreme Court will not overturn health care reform. At least if the five-justice conservative majority that brought the country Citizens United an...

Many Are Like Romney -- 'Not Concerned' About Very Poor

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 04.08.2012 | Politics
Rev. Jesse Jackson

We need targeted intervention by our federal government to provide jobs for our people -- an FDR-like program that hires our youth, our returning soldiers, our chronically unemployed.

130 Years After His Birth, We Still Live in FDR's World

David Woolner | Posted 04.01.2012 | Business
David Woolner

There comes a time in the life of every people when the only way to take on the forces of "economic tyranny" -- whose callous behavior has twice in the past century nearly brought our country to ruin -- is to turn to "the organized power of government."

Ben Hallman

Mitt Romney's Tax Returns Offer Clues To His Character | Ben Hallman | Posted 03.27.2012 | Business

The tax returns of prominent officeholders are scrutinized not just for details about the individuals' financial lives, but for clues about their char...

The "State" of the Union? How About a "Vision" Instead?

Todd Brewster | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
Todd Brewster

Why should the one moment each year when the president has the attention of the Congress and the rest of the nation be squandered on trivialities and partisan chest-thumping?

FDR Gets A New Badass Side In Wild New Flick

Posted 03.19.2012 | Entertainment

President Franklin Roosevelt wasn't just commander-in-chief of the American forces that defeated the Nazis; he also track them down and shot their fac...

Working With Roosevelt

Frank A. Weil | Posted 03.06.2012 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

In an effort to learn more about the magic of presidential power and style, I came across a book which deserves real attention again, more than 50 years after it was published. Working with Roosevelt is an intimate and granular retelling of FDR's skills, methods and inside life.