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Ransom for Hostages: Have We Forgotten Ollie, Fawn and Iran Contra?

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics
Bill Lichtenstein

Let's see if I can remember this correctly: Ronald Reagan not only agreed to pay ransom for 66 Americans being held hostage in the Mideast (Iran).

Obama Isn't Weak, He's Simply Emulating Reagan

H. A. Goodman | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Aside from the various economic and political similarities faced by both leaders, there's one thing that critics fail to remember when evaluating the current president: Obama's uncanny ability to emulate Ronald Regan.

Did Robert Gates Manufacture the Iran Crisis?

William O. Beeman | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
William O. Beeman

Aside from the intriguing clues to Robert Gates' probable role in constructing a false picture of the Iranian nuclear danger, Porter's book is essential reading for all Americans wary of manufactured paths to war that have become a major theme in U.S. foreign relations after World War II.

Iran-Contra Prosecutor Who Investigated Reagan Officials Dies

Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics

BY PETE YOST, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — In a criminal investigation of the labyrinth that became known as the Iran-Contra affair, ch...

Obama Poll Watch -- January 2014

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As I accurately predicted last month, Obama was set to have a pretty good January -- and he did. To be fair, in absolute terms, this still is pretty dismal territory for Obama's polling. If you don't count the previous two months, Obama's January numbers would be the worst of his entire presidency.

The Teachings of Texas on Political Payback

James Moore | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics
James Moore

Chris Christie would never make it as a pol in Texas. He leaves too many fingerprints. Victims are not supposed to know who stuck the knife in them. T...

Strategy Anatomy: Plays Behind the Obamacare Rollout

Alan Kelly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Alan Kelly

When corporations and administrations get in a fix, conventional wisdom is to pat down the negatives. (Rarely do they leverage them, but that's another story.) And if they're listening to crisis counselors, the other imperative is to get ahead of the bad news.

Apples and Oranges

Mark D. Weinberg | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics
Mark D. Weinberg

Predictably, some pundits are drawing comparisons between President Obama's professed lack of knowledge of several major scandals -- IRS investigating...

When Fans Become Constituents: The Injustice of Being a Non-Political Public Figure with Political Views

Samantha Paige Rosen | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Samantha Paige Rosen

Let's return to the democratic values our country was founded on and stop penalizing the Dixie Chicks for preserving their belief, however unpopular at the time, that the Iraq War and the violence it caused was un-American.

The IRS and Justice Department Could Become Problems for Obama

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The news this week about the DOJ looking at the phone logs of journalists covering the White House, and of the IRS scrutinizing the tax returns of various right-wing groups, is bad for the Obama administration. They are also much more likely to stick than the Benghazi story.

GOP Senator Blasts Obamacare Move As Potentially 'Illegal'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) suggested Saturday that Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius may have broken the law by seeking donation...

Ronald Reagan Is Not George Washington

The Message | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
The Message

2012-07-18-Screenshot20120718at12.04.14PM.jpgIs Ronald Reagan really worthy of the hero-worship that Mitt Romney and other Republicans have indulged in? Not so fast.

Former Nicaraguan Contra Leader Dead

AP | OCTAVIO ENRIQUEZ | Posted 08.03.2012 | World

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Adolfo Calero, who led the largest force of U.S.-backed rebels against Nicaragua's Sandinista government in the 1980s and f...

Ryan Grim

Ron Paul Was Right In CIA Conspiracy Theory

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- According to a former aide, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has long been drawn toward conspiracy theories. Eric Dondero, who...

So You Say You Want A Revolution?

Cliff Schecter | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cliff Schecter

It was only a matter of time before someone would emerge from the shadows to proclaim President Bush was responsible for the sudden flowering of revolution and democratic potential across the Middle East.

Remembering Ronald Reagan -- The Man Not the Icon

Terry Newell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

If we wish to remember President Reagan on his 100th birthday, we could do no better than to recall that he did what he felt was right for America, even if that meant angering some in his own party.

"Bomb Power," or How the Atomic Bomb Ended a War, Increased Presidential Power and Eroded the Constitution

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Tom Alderman

While the bomb ended World War II, it also started a chain reaction that exploded into America's permanent secret security state -- with emphasis on the word 'permanent.'

Credit Suisse Circumvents Iran Sanctions to Make Money

Damien Hoffman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Damien Hoffman

Will the US strip Credit Suisse of their charter to do business in the US? Of course not. We live in the wild, wild west. If you pay a fine, you can jump right back into screwing people over again.

The Vicious Cycle of Partisanship

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

Some have said that the two party system is what makes us strong. They say it helps create a balance of power with one side keeping tabs on the other...

Colin Powell Endorses Bloomberg. Honest!

Jarrett Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jarrett Murphy

The mayor has praised Colin Powell as a man of ability, integrity and independence. It's been said before, and it will be said again, regardless of what Powell's record actually suggests.

Honduras... The Big Backstory

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

The White House denounced the action in Honduras as "illegal." But that call requires Washington to cut off all but humanitarian aid and could jeopardize the big Soto Cano base outside Tegucigalpa.

Post-Election Iran: What America Must Do Now

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

The Iranian Republic requires American antagonism to uphold its regional influence and its stranglehold on the Iranian people - the United States should deprive it of this gift.

My Friend Ian Browde's Right Brain Reflections

Yvonne R. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yvonne R. Davis

With the election of Barack Obama as U.S. president, the world has entered a new economic context, "social or community capitalism," which will become our paradigm by 2015 - 2020.

Executive Accountability: A Constitutional Amendment for the Next Congress

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Excluding from the pardon power persons who have worked for the administration will prevent the president from covering up illegal acts -- making it less likely that officials will carry out illegal acts in the first place.