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Poll Finds Generational Gap On Social Issues Among Conservatives

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Elwood D. Watson

The recent Pew study confirmed that millennials are the most diverse, pluralistic group of people in American history. What was most interesting, (at least to me), was the apparent positions that many young Republican millennials harbor on social issues.

#CancelColbert? Beyond Dichotomies

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 04.01.2014 | Media
David Palumbo-Liu

When something that we like, something that is usually in line with our "progressive" sentiments, reveals that the ethics of race and racism aren't as tidy as we had assumed, that structure begins to crumble. We become defensive.

Book of Odds Looks at the 2014 Boston Marathon

Amram Shapiro | Posted 03.31.2014 | Crime
Amram Shapiro

Boston is the home of Book of Odds, and in memory of those killed and wounded, and in honor of the bravery and solidarity displayed by so many, we use our tools to look at the odds of this horrific attack.

Battleground Constituents Can't Count on Winning Buffett's Billion Dollar Bracket

John Murray | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
John Murray

Middle-class Americans feel the same way about government; they don't want to be left out in the cold, but they also recognize that the government should create an environment that encourages hard work.

Selection Sunday's Optimism: What Our Economy Lacks

John Murray | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
John Murray

We deserve health care policy that expands their opportunities, not restricts them. When a law causes a pay cut, as the Unite Here report demonstrates, a hardworking person loses an opportunity to pay for electricity bills, gas or groceries.

The Idiot's Guide To Talking To Smart People About Politics

The Huffington Post | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

Talking politics with smart people can be tough. Fortunately, Above Average released a fool-proof guide to talking politics with your smartest frie...

If Paul Ryan Is a 'Moderate,' I'm the Easter Bunny

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

It is a sign of how far right the Republican Party has moved that New York Times columnist Ross Douthat describes Rep. Paul Ryan as a "moderate." In any rational look at the spectrum of American political views, it is hard to imagine attaching the word "moderate" to Ryan on any issue.

Mr. President: The Middle Class Deserves More Than Political Stunts

John Murray | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
John Murray

Sadly, the American middle-class has recently suffered some major setbacks in its attempt to regain economic stability. Still struggling in today's e...

Disincentivizing Work and Hurting Seniors: The Reality of Obama's Agenda

John Murray | Posted 03.01.2014 | Politics
John Murray

As we enter March, the nightmare that is Obamacare continues to seek and destroy the pocketbooks of hardworking Americans. Just recently, Americans h...

Arizona's 'Hate Bill:' A Defense?

Paul Schwennesen | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics
Paul Schwennesen

Well Arizona, we've dodged a nasty little squabble. Our governor has dealt a blow to SB 1062, what CNN helpfully dubbed the "Anti-Gay" bill and other...

Liberals Face a Hard Day's Knight?

Michael Winship | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

If Hillary Clinton decides not to run, a strong progressive candidate could emerge for 2016, although doomsayers point to the failed candidacies of liberals George McGovern in 1972 and Walter Mondale in 1984. One hope for Democrats is that, like the old joke about the two curmudgeonly brothers, the other one is worse.

America Is in Transition -- and So Is Its Foreign Policy

Xenia Dormandy | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Xenia Dormandy

America is changing. So too is the rest of the world. But will America's internal changes carry broader implications for its role in the world, the influence and power it wields, and the foreign policy choices it makes?

Growing Up Liberal

Bob Burnett | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

I thought about my path to liberalism when I read the recent interview between President Obama and Bill O'Reilly. O'Reilly mouthed the classic conservative trope: liberals love the "nanny state" and think big government can solve all of America's problems.

Why Comprise Is a Flawed Model

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Lisa Earle McLeod

This isn't just a political problem; it's a human problem.

4 Reasons Not to Threaten Friendships Because of Political Differences

Kevin Goodman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Kevin Goodman

It may sound counterintuitive but we shouldn't want our party to be the only party because the other party (or parties) helps keep us in check and that ultimately helps protect our liberty. This is rooted in our history.

That's How the Light Gets In: I Wish I Was American

Amalia Negreponti | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Amalia Negreponti

Some may consider 2014's State of the Union speech heavy on domestic policy but too light on foreign policy. For any European, it struck an ideal balance.

Mr. President: Americans Want More Than a Pen and Phone -- They Want Jobs

John Murray | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
John Murray

Here we are in the sixth year of President Obama's tenure, and as he prepares to deliver yet another State of the Union address, people are paying attention to the White House's recent messaging shifts.

How Your Body Responds to This Image May Predict Your Political Views: Surprising New Explanations for Political Differences

John R. Hibbing | Posted 03.12.2014 | Science
John R. Hibbing

Where people sit socioculturally often does not indicate where they stand politically. But maybe their biology does.

Am I the Only Libertarian Democrat in America?

Fred Lundgren | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

My friend finally growled out, "I know what you are, you're a Libertarian Democrat." Had he labeled me correctly? Has my world view devolved into conflicting combinations of Liberalism and Libertarianism? If so, must these "brands" be mutually exclusive?

CNN Ratings, 11 Months Into the Year It's Still Fox and the Fogies

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 02.16.2014 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

In the demos you get paid for Fox had 297,000 while the combine had 532,000. Fox News continues to dominate the fogies while MSNBC, CNN and Headline garner the middle aged.

Liberals' Charles Dickens Fallacy

Ron Cebik | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
Ron Cebik

Todayʼs liberals and progressives still believe the American conservative who espouses a free market-I got mine-you get yours philosophy can be changed if only shown the damage such a viewpoint engenders. This Charlie Brown naivete pervades the political establishment on the left.

Obama and the Harsh Reality Check

Mark Morford | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
Mark Morford

In short, the guy accomplished the unimaginable. We are now is as stable and strong as can be for a fractured, deeply corrupt, post-9/11 nation on the verge of perpetual economic and environmental apocalypse. Miraculous? Damn straight.

Immigration Reform Power Tweeters: Part 2

James Witte | Posted 02.08.2014 | Technology
James Witte

When it comes to the immigration reform discussion, one may be tempted to treat the cluster of influential Tea Party tweeters as a tempest in a teapot.

What Do We Have Government For?

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 02.02.2014 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

As frustrating as it is, the ongoing Washington stalemate on health care, immigration and almost any other essential issue should not be surprising. It is not politics as some claim. It is a deep ideological rift among Americans.

Pope Francis, Liberal Populist

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Politically the moral leadership of the pope is bad news for those Republicans, conservatives, Tea Party advocates and libertarians who politically worship at the altar of the unbridled and unregulated excesses of capitalism that Francis deplores.