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The Old Mule Did It!

R.O. Blechman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
R.O. Blechman

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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.

Obama: Globalization of Joy

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Diane Francis

Chicago's Grant Park was filled to the brim with half a million happy, cheering Americans from every socio-economic slice of America's multicultural society.

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.

The Vision of the Hip-Hop Generation

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Russell Simmons

The election of Barack Obama, a resounding progressive voice, is a clear reflection of hip-hop politics, and a beautiful testament to the American collective consciousness that is flowering.

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?

Pro-Choice Victories in the 2008 Election

Nancy Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Keenan

Last night, while standing just a few feet from the podium from which our next pro-choice president spoke, I was overcome with pride and emotion.

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.

The Mortgage Crisis: A Modest Proposal

Howard Schweber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Schweber

In dealing with the mortgage crisis it is critical to keep people in their houses. To do that we have to have ways to renegotiate their mortgages.

How About Those White People?

Susan Madrak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Madrak

Elections aren't about intellect. They're about emotion. That's why people so often vote against their own interests.

The Long Exhale

Sasha Abramsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sasha Abramsky

The tears running down my face last night and this morning were of something so much more than happiness, so much more than simple relief. They were an exhalation.

So We Finally Exhaled. And it is a Glorious New Day.

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

Obama has truly brought all of us hope for a new tomorrow -- free from hate and fear. He is the catalyst for our hopes, wishes and dreams.

Big Election Winner: Indy Media

Jeff Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeff Cohen

Of all the factors contributing to Obama's victory -- luck, economic crisis, Bush, Palin -- a major factor is now so second-nature to us that we may overlook its transformative impact since just four years ago: the Internet and the progressive online boom.

History on Cuba - Hidden in Plain View - In Florida's Election Returns

Sarah Stephens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah Stephens

In the election returns, hidden in plain view, is license for President-elect Obama to fundamentally rethink U.S. policy toward Cuba and expand on his incremental approach.

Obama! By The Content of His Character

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

We must understand one more thing -- how successful President Obama will be in transforming America in a progressive direction will depend on us, as well as on him.

My Letter to Barack Obama

George Stevens, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Stevens, Jr.

I wrote to Barack several days later. Here's the letter. Looking back, it seems as if today was somehow written in America's destiny.

Republican Steals All of Neighborhood Obama Signs

Philip G. Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip G. Baker

Our neighborhood has had many more Obama lawn signs than McCain, by a a ratio of almost 10:1. Today someone drove through this part of the town and stole all of the Obama signs.

U.S. Election Fever Grips Arab Media

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Lebanese citizens interviewed on Lebanon's Future TV News channel were mostly for Obama, while Iraqis were waiting for the election's results to determine their country's fate, according to an FTV report.

Tonight, Tonight Was Not Just Any Night

Alison Rose Levy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alison Rose Levy

As a member of the sixties generation, whose vision of America was shattered by the three assassinations of that time, it was bitter indeed to witness the devolution of the last eight years.

The First President Who is Black

Paul Finkelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Finkelman

In the end Obama is not America`s first black president -- he is America`s first president who happens to be black. The difference is huge.

A New America

Sheryl Crow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Sheryl Crow

We are now finally waking up and realizing the damage that was done while we were in a asleep at the wheel. As evident in this election time, we are now a nation impassioned with possibility.

Liveblogging the Election from Amman, Jordan

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

The Middle East is divided between disbelief and excitement as well as apathy. Many can't believe that America will indeed elect a black man with African roots and a Muslim father as president.

Hooray for Pennsylvania

Chris Durang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Durang

You know what, I'm shell shocked. I can't feel glad yet, that's a quirk of mine, it's hard for me to celebrate.

Mondale's Revenge

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Glenn Hurowitz

To be sure, the failing economy provided Democrats the context they needed. But a candidate with a little backbone gave them the ability to convince voters to take a chance on change.

Real Change Depends on Stopping the Bailout Profiteers

Naomi Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Naomi Klein

The first order of business -- and one that cannot wait until inauguration -- must be halting the robbery-in-progress known as the "economic bailout."