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Make Your Selfies Mindful Instead Of Mindless

Posted 01.28.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

It happens at concerts, on vacation and, apparently, at funerals. Even President Obama has been caught in the act. The selfie has reached total ubiqui...

Our Transformational President: A Mixed Legacy Thus Far

Glen Browder | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Glen Browder

Regardless of how he originally defined his mission as a transformational leader, President Obama has yet to transform America, and there are serious questions about how he will be remembered in history.

Returning To Parenting After The Campaign Trail

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 01.15.2013 | Parents

Written By John Dickerson for Slate During the presidential campaign I kept a list of questions for the candidates. "Are you wearing underwear?" w...

Does Obama Need to Really "Want It" to Be a Good Leader?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

There's a reason the current president promised to be "no-drama Obama." It's a promise he's delivered on, and that has served the country well. Those who want to know what a re-elected Obama is likely to do should not be distracted by his underwhelming recent performances. They should look back at his first-term record and note how consistent it is with his pragmatic and moderate personal character: an effective, but ultimately modest, balanced stimulus that's helped turn the economy around; the achievement, at long-last, of near-universal healthcare using an idea originating in conservative circles; the comeback of that emblem of American capitalism, the auto industry; winding down two wars and killing al Qaeda's leader in a bold but limited strike that deployed smart power rather than chest-thumping militarism; advancing and protecting reproductive and LGBT rights.

11 Complaints About Mitt Romney's Lack Of Vision

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 06.27.2012 | Politics

The complaints from top conservative voices about Mitt Romney's lack of vision -- and news stories about the same -- have stacked up over the past two...

Gingrich Loses the Media Primary

Dan Kennedy | Posted 04.02.2012 | Media
Dan Kennedy

The rough media consensus today is that the Republican contest is, in fact, over. Gingrich is described not so much as a serious contender for the Republican nomination as he is an impediment to Romney's need to unify the party and focus on Barack Obama.

Grumpy Conservatives Survey Post-Iowa Scene

Dan Kennedy | Posted 03.05.2012 | Media
Dan Kennedy

The Pollyanna award goes to Ross Douthat of the New York Times, who thinks caucus-goers did themselves proud last night. "Presented with the weakest presidential field of any major party in a generation," he writes, "they made the best of a bad situation."