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The Concern With Modern White Liberalism

Victor Burt | Posted 12.16.2014 | Black Voices
Victor Burt

The challenge must be to extend your liberalism to uncomfortable depths that not only speak to today's crises, but stand the test of time for equality in future generations.

Could Your Politics Get You Canned?

Richard Zombeck | Posted 12.11.2014 | Business
Richard Zombeck

What's surprising and disconcerting about this is that the fear and trepidation is fairly new. So while the threat and odd lack of protection against it has always been there, the sense that it could actually happen is fairly recent.

Why Don't Conservatives See Racism?

Christopher Lamb | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Christopher Lamb

We hear ad nauseam from conservative commentators, including Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Jonah Goldberg, Charles Krauthammer, and Ann Coulter, that racism doesn't exist anymore or, if does, that liberals perpetuate it for political purposes..

Can America Be Saved (Part 5): Neither Side in America is Seeing an "Evil Force" for What it Is

Andy Schmookler | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

The people on each side of America's political divide are making a fundamental error at what might be called the level of the spirit.

Revisiting the Land of Opportunity

Wray Herbert | Posted 12.06.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Fewer and fewer Americans, including many middle-class Americans, believe that they can even preserve their existing standard of living -- or that their children will do any better. But how accurate are these perceptions?

Don't Bother Winning Thanksgiving Arguments

Richard Zombeck | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Richard Zombeck

It occurred to me that afternoon as I was heading toward a stroke that no amount of facts or evidence was going to change this guy's mind and that neither of us was going to leave unscathed. I took the easy way out and said, "I'm sorry, but I've stopped arguing with people who are impervious to reality," and left it at that.

Was There a Villain in the 2014 Election?

Charles Redfern | Posted 11.25.2014 | Religion
Charles Redfern

Elections -- always rough and wearisome -- are now tawdry cartoons churned by gaudy ad agencies hired by lackluster political parties. And so it will remain unless the listless elephant arises.

Kathleen Turner on Molly Ivins, Hollywood and Acting

Greg Archer | Posted 11.23.2014 | San Francisco
Greg Archer

There she is: The incomparable Kathleen Turner in a pair of fiery red cowboy boots and an oversized denim button-down shirt. She sits on the floor,...

5 Lessons From the Midterm Elections

Bob Burnett | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Democratic partisans spread the blame around: President Obama, party leaders, lethargic blue voters, and a hostile media. Nonetheless, there are five elementary lessons to be learned from the debacle.

Democrats Need to Coalesce Around Hillary Clinton Early

Jeza Belle | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Jeza Belle

While a host of progressive issues are dear to many of us, none of these should cloud our judgment in getting behind the one person who could not only win, but effectively govern this country and keep the conservative dogs at bay...Hillary Clinton.

A Tax System That Works for Donald Trump (and Nobody Else)

Duncan Hosie | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Conservatives claim Mayor de Blasio wants to redistribute income. Yet unregulated market forces are already redistributing income in New York, as wealth trickles up from the middle and working class to the rich.

Democrats Ran Away From, and Against, Everything

Richard Zombeck | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Richard Zombeck

It's up to either party to educate the public with regards to their respective platforms, courses of action, and vision of the future. And if they don't give us something to vote for, can they really expect us to keep voting against something else?

There's Only One Real Difference Between Liberals and Conservatives

Galanty Miller | Posted 11.11.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

Conservatives don't want to be blamed for Ted Nugent. Liberals don't want to be blamed for Rosie O'Donnell. Nobody wants to be blamed for the Kardashians.

The Left Has a Radical Agenda and Democrats Should Embrace It

Mike Mennonno | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Mike Mennonno

Democrats are adrift again. Liberal and progressive commentators have been saying we're winning the culture war for years now, and yet even when Democrats manage to win elections (which is rare enough these days) it doesn't translate into political victory.

Kate Sheppard

Conservatives Don't Hate Climate Change, They Hate The Proposed Solutions | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics

Conservatives who reject the science of climate change aren't necessarily reacting to the science, according to a new study from researchers at Duke U...

Mythbusters: Bill Maher Edition

Omar Sarwar | Posted 11.06.2014 | Religion
Omar Sarwar

Since his highly controversial exchange with Ben Affleck and Nicholas Kristof on October 3rd, Bill Maher has insisted that he's simply stating the unpleasant facts about the Muslim world. But there are two particularly noxious myths that need to be debunked.

Duck and Cover: Surviving the Republican 'Purge' to Come

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

My liberal friends and I prepared for Election Day like survivalists. Or like some folks did back in the "duck and cover" days when people had those bunkers supposedly filled with provisions enough to last 'til the radioactive dust settled after the nuclear holocaust we were so sure was just around the corner.

Is Bipartisanship Possible?

Bob Burnett | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Voters in many communities continue to be subjected to wave after wave of negative political ads. The obvious solution is to take big money out of politics, but another tactic would be to promote bipartisanship, to somehow dispel the rancor between Democrats and Republicans. Is bipartisanship possible? Or is the U.S. too polarized?

Elections in the Time of Ebola

Rob Brooks | Posted 10.31.2014 | Science
Rob Brooks

If disgust sensitivity and out-group fear are components of our evolved behavioral immune system, then this brand of cynical right-wing tribalism would appear to constitute the metaphoric equivalent of an auto-immune disease.

Are You About to Get Dumped by a Liberal Friend?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 10.30.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

A Pew Center's stunning new report reveals that liberals are more prone to dropping friends who spout conservative dogma than the other way around.

WASHPOST: Warren 'The Modern Liberal Movement's Political Godfather'

The Washington Post | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) brought her populist message Saturday to this small college town to rev up the final weeks of Sen. Al Franken's reelec...

Krugman Writes In Defense Of Obama

Rolling Stone | Paul Krugman | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics

The Nobel Prize-winning economist, once one of the president’s most notable critics, on why Obama is a historic success. ...

Political Values Are Dividing Us Over Basic Facts, Not Just Policy Choices

Justin Reedy | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Justin Reedy

If people are seemingly able to develop false factual beliefs without any help from ideologically driven media messages, and if efforts like news media fact-checking are failing to correct shoddy facts, then what hope do we have for a vibrant, meaningful public debate?

Ethics, Accuracy and Perspectives on Michael Brown and Ferguson

Ben Spielberg | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Ben Spielberg

If we evaluate viewpoints using the veil of ignorance and a thorough analysis of the facts, we will more easily identify the root causes of disagreements. We will also be forced to focus our conversations around ethical considerations and honest dialogue.

Could Islamic State Defeat the U.S.? Yes - If the Left and Right Continue to Put Politics Ahead of the Nation

Bill Shireman | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Bill Shireman

We all know that Islamic and other religious fundamentalists need to stop trying to destroy each other. But so do conservatives and liberals. We need to stop feeding our own fundamentalist movements.