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What Do We Do Now?

Avi Sinensky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Avi Sinensky

For the first time in my life I got a glimpse into what it must have felt like for my grandparents in 1948: to witness with their own eyes the realization of an impossible dream.

History

Trey Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Trey Ellis

I love history and had often whined that I wasn't lucky enough to have lived during a more exciting age: I could have been a Tuskegee Airman, Buffalo Soldier, or beatnik. But last night history came to me.

"New Energy for America" Trumps "Drill Baby Drill"

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Barack Obama's transformational victory points to a future based on renewable energy, advanced biofuels, efficiency, and low greenhouse-gas-emitting technologies.

How to Come Down From Euphoria

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

President-Elect Obama is clearly a very smart guy and a very good politician. Unlike the last Dem with those credentials, he's also exceedingly disciplined. Those qualities will come up against a couple of very major problems.

America 2008, Or Berlin 1989?

Andrew Gumbel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Gumbel

With a black man pulling off the astonishing feat of rising to the presidency in a land riven by racism for more than two centuries, there was a sense of extraordinary release, and even more extraordinary empowerment.

Yes We Did! But There Is a Lot More to Do

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Obama has not hit a home run; he has merely earned the right to step into the batter's box.

A Whole New Reality

Pamela Gerloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pamela Gerloff

The "everything is possible" mantra is no longer viewable as just a naïve belief, open to scoffing by cynics and pessimists. It's no longer just an idea, a possibility. It happened.

Renewed Hope for Peace

Steven Crandell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Crandell

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation President David Krieger is drafting a special First 100 Days program. Dr. Krieger has already completed a briefing for the new president.

Obama's Big Bang in France

Beth Arnold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Beth Arnold

The truth is -- and some Americans don't understand this -- the French also wanted the best for us.

REM's Santiago JumboTron Shows HuffPo Results

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Live from Santiago, Chile, there was an election night shout out from R.E.M. for the Huffington Post's election coverage.

What Palin and Obama Share (And So Do the Other Two)

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lenore Skenazy

John McCain had just given his concession speech and everyone from the anchors to the pundits agreed there was only one word for what the man showed: grace.

Notes from a Dad of Children Like Barack

Roderick Spencer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Roderick Spencer

The proof of my children's lack of anxiety over their racial identity, is the amused, slightly puzzled way they watched their parents bawling our eyes out in front of Barack Obama's victory speech last night.

A Winning Night for Women

Cecile Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cecile Richards

It is hard to overstate the landslide victory for women last night. For too long, our health and rights have been used as a political battering ram.

A Contrarian Open Letter to Black America

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

The reality of politics and race are such that having a black president will mean little if there are no changes in the material conditions of Black America.

A Transformational Presidency?

Katrina vanden Heuvel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Katrina vanden Heuvel

With the country at an ideological watershed, Obama has a historic opportunity to reshape the ruling paradigm of American politics.

Environmental Groups Congratulate Obama on Victory

Maura Judkis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Maura Judkis

Among the many celebrating Barack Obama's victory today are environmentalists. Here's what some have to say:

A Victory For Progressive Change

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

I look forward to working with the entire progressive community in the months to come as we turn our focus away from elections and toward governing so we can quickly get our nation back on track.

Global Reactions to Obama Victory from Moscow to Beijing to Muslim World

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathan Gardels

Here are some comments I gathered on what Obama's victory means for America's image in the world, from thinkers such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Tariq Ramadan, and Garry Kasparov.

Obama Win Helps Tech, Could Hurt Hollywood

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Brodsky

From top to bottom, the Obama/Biden plan has just about everything the tech/Internet industry could ask for. But Hollywood is at a crossroads as it decides how to leverage its usual influence within a Democratic administration.

Wall Street Journal: Racism is a Myth

Mark Winston Griffith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Winston Griffith

Perhaps the biggest threat to the social progress of this country is to blind oneself to how much further we have to go before racism as a barrier to achievement is a thing of the past.

Election Shows States Moving Forward with Progressive Agenda

Joel Barkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joel Barkin

The table is set to wipe away the legacy of decades of failed conservative ideology, but what becomes of that opportunity is up to us.

The Night Robert Kennedy Finally Won

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Menachem Rosensaft

Forty years after his assassination shattered dreams and brought his quest to change America to a sudden, brutal halt, Robert Kennedy reached the goal that had been denied him in life.

When Your Best Speech is Your Concession, What's Wrong?

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

If the only time you can actually speak from your heart is when you have lost, then why are you running? What good are you doing anyone, including yourself?

The Obama Victory: America Enters the Energy Future

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

An advocate for the environment will be the next US president. We may be eight years late, but America is finally poised to enter the 21st century.

A Change is Gonna Come

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

My son will be growing up in a world my father didn't, a world with more possibilities open to him than existed before; closer, at least, to the world as it should be than the world as it was. Or is.