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Why Donald Trump Is No Wendell Willkie

Asher Smith | Posted 06.17.2011 | Politics
Asher Smith

Is Donald Trump Wendell Willkie, the 1940 presidential candidate plucked from the private sector during the 1940 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia? The comparison is tempting.

The First Girl Scout Cookie Drive

The History Chef | Posted 05.26.2011 | Food

So did you know that Herbert Hoover's wife "Lou" served as president of the Girl Scouts and helped coordinate one of the first Girl Scout Cookie Drive...

Starve the Beast: How the GOP's Fiscal Policies Damage our Future

Rep. Jim Moran | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jim Moran

Republicans have revealed that they are willing, in Washington as in Wisconsin, to place politics above people and exploit both real and manufactured fiscal crises to pursue ideological ends.

The Danger of Losing the Base

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Philip Neches

If you want to make money in the stock market, buy low and sell high. If you want to get and hold elective office in two-party America, secure your base in the primary and win the middle in the general.

Republican Pledge: A Rotten Egg for the Middle Class

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

In 1928, the Republicans promised Hoover's victory would assure the prosperity of "a chicken in every pot." This week, the GOP proffered a similar pledge to America: instead of a "chicken in every pot" they're pledging a salmonella-poisoned egg.

Fairy Tales and History Rhymes

Garrett Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Garrett Johnson

America needs a bold, broad restructuring of our economic system. We need systemic financial reforms, as opposed to the token effort Congress has given us.

Washington May Be Broken Now, But the Future Is Up for Grabs

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

Politics is ugly, always has been but the framers invented a government that would embody all the messy contradictions without threatening the collapse of the system.

Greenspan, Rubin, and Herbert Hoover

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Reich

On Sunday, Robert Rubin, appearing on CNN, said any further effort to stimulate the economy would be "counter productive," and that policy makers instead should craft a deficit-reduction plan. Greenspan is only partly wrong. Rubin is entirely wrong.

Hoover v. Roosevelt: Decision 2010

Daniel Cluchey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cluchey

The truth of the matter is that, no matter how craftily television's conservative bitterati attempts to discredit them, progressive leaders have successfully managed our economy and conservative leaders have not.

Leonhardt: Financial Reform Needs a Bank Tax

nytimes.com | DAVID LEONHARDT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The financial regulation bill before the Senate has the potential to do a lot of good. But it also has at least one major flaw: it would not do enough...

"The Vicious Circle of Debt and Depression: It Is a Class war

Ismael Hossein-zadeh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ismael Hossein-zadeh

Never before has so much debt been imposed on so many people by so few financial operatives--operatives who work from Wall Street, the largest casino ...

Old Drinking Song, Lyrics From 1814, a National Anthem in 1931

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

The Star Spangled Banner did not become the national anthem until 1916 when President Wilson declared it by Executive Order. But it wasn't until 1931 that it became the National Anthem by Congressional resolution.

Time to Try Government as Employer of Last Resort

Marshall Auerback | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marshall Auerback

The president still seems curiously hamstrung by his Herbert Hoover-like devotion to fiscal rectitude: he wants to spend but not add "one dime to the deficit."

Echoes of a Distant Crash

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

Eighty years ago this week, an enormous sound emanated from lower Manhattan and began to spread in waves across the nation and, eventually, the world.

Barack Obama: Left-Handed? Right-Handed? Ambidextrous? Ambivalent?

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Finkle

I suspect the convictions that seem somewhat wobbly now that Obama has attained the nation's highest office would immediately strengthen if he looked his two hands over and committed once and for all to the left one.

The GOP's Road to Perdition

Bennet Kelley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

Even life-long Republicans like Waldport and Oregon Mayor Herman Welch have left the party, citing the Beltway's Republicans placing of "worn out ideology," over the interests of the country.

What Wonders He Has Seen

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Roger I. Abrams

On Saturday, April 24, we went to Fenway Park to see Arthur Giddon, the Red Sox honorary bat boy. Also scheduled was a match bet...

John Judis at Hoover Institution: Democratic Majority for Decades?

Natasha Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Natasha Chen

In the process of fixing the country's problems, Obama has the chance to solidify a Democratic majority for decades to come.

The Future of Bush's Past

Stuart Blumin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Blumin

History will identify the Bush-Cheney administration as the last holdout of the Age of Carbon, using its crucial eight years to block every effort to end the reign of fossil fuels.

Frank Rich: Herbert Hoover Lives As The GOP Goes AWOL

New York Times | Frank Rich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ERE'S a bottom line to keep you up at night: The economy is falling faster than Washington can get moving. President Obama says his stimulus plan will...

Retro-Hooverites All

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The Republicans voted against their country today. Their fellow citizens needed them to act on their behalf and instead they chose to abandon them. Theirs is an ersatz patriotism.

In With the New

Michael DeJong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael DeJong

Presidents come in various shapes and sizes, ages, disciplines and principles. But what many of them seem to have in common is their unwavering obsession with cleanliness...literally or figuratively.

Countdown to Emancipation

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

We're a little more than twenty-four hours away from finally awaking from a long national nightmare.

Obama or FDR: Whose Strategy Will Work Better?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

One significant difference between the Roosevelt transition and that of Barack Obama is the swiftness with which the Obama transition team has moved to address the nation's economic crisis.

The Bush Presidency: Shakespearean Tragedy or Cruel Farce?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

Unlike earlier failed presidents like Herbert Hoover and Richard Nixon, Bush does not seem to acknowledge or even recognize the destruction that he has wrought.