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The Limits of American Power: A Letter to the Left

Robert Kuttner | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

When I was young, a mantra among progressives was that America had to stop operating as global policeman. Vietnam was the signal episode of arrogant and ultimately self-defeating American overreach. But there were plenty of other cases of the U.S. government doing the bidding of oil companies and banana barons, and blithely overthrowing left-democratic governments as well as outright communists (or driving nationalist reformers into the arms of communists.)

This Is Where You Don't Want Your Tax Dollars Going

Danielle Higgins | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Danielle Higgins

Though I surely did not become more conservative with age or my first paycheck, I found a few things that I do not want my tax dollars funding. Unless we stand up for our values and make an attempt to have some say in where our tax dollars are going, we are complicit in the very types of oppression to which we are ideologically opposed.

5 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Is the Best Person for the Job

Erin McKelle | Posted 07.16.2014 | College
Erin McKelle

Hillary Clinton is without question, the most talked-about woman in politics right now.

Conservatives Blame the Wrong People for Economic Problems

Fred Lundgren | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

Too often, hard working and well meaning conservatives fall into the "blame trap" set by their rich and powerful brethren, who blame the powerless, instead of themselves for the economic woes of society.

The Tea Party Should Split From Republicans and Form America's Third Political Party

H. A. Goodman | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

When analyzing the words of Tea Party candidates and Tea Party websites, it's obvious there's only one solution to the dilemmas passionate conservatives now face: A third political party in the United States.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Report Highlights Issues Where Partisan Stalwarts Stand Alone | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics

The GOP's base stands conspicuously apart from the American public on issues including global warming, the fairness of the economic system and the nee...

An Angry Tea Party and Vocal Ted Cruz Prove America Is Becoming More Liberal

H. A. Goodman | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Even if they break away from the GOP and form their own party (which would help liberals immensely), the Tea Party won't be able to stop the country from becoming more liberal with every generation.

Anthony Weiner for President?

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

That got your attention. But I'm not being entirely facetious. Having watched Weiner kick some serious butt twice on one of my favorite bleeding heart liberal talk shows, I'm beginning to like this guy.

The Troubling Rise of Thoughtcrime on College Campuses

Michael Shammas | Posted 06.09.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

I wish I could have expressed surprise at the Class of 2014's immature reaction to the possibility of hearing conservative opinions at their commencement addresses last month; but my own college experiences taught me otherwise.

Being Humane and Being Fair

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

The richest and most powerful nation that the world has ever known can certainly design a social support system that is both humane and fair. The richest and most powerful nation that the world has ever seen can certainly afford to feed, house and cloth all its citizens.

'We Negotiate with Terrorists Now': Social Media and Ideology

W. Scott Poole | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics
W. Scott Poole

After a social media fast, I made a tentative return to Facebook. I returned mostly aware of what I would find. A complete archival record of every c...

God Gave Duck Dynasty Phil Robertson to Democrats. Thank You, Lord, for This Gift.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The camouflaged, bearded duck hunter in the sky, in his infinite wisdom and vendetta against mallards, gave liberals everywhere a gift. His name is Phil Robertson and his controversial comments on homosexuals, Satan in politics and God are well-documented.

Spiritual Friendship on Facebook: In Commemoration of Artie Lee

Steven Kurlander | Posted 07.20.2014 | Impact
Steven Kurlander

Friendship has changed in our social-media age. We used to maintain long-distance friendships with letters and the occasional long-distance phone call. Today we sustain old friendships and establish new ones through emails, instant messaging, blog posts, tweets and Skype.

The National Review's Mistranslation of Privilege

Alex Hayden DiLalla | Posted 07.09.2014 | Media
Alex Hayden DiLalla

Mr. Fortgang is white; I am white; and our successes have both been bolstered by our white privilege and our socioeconomic status -- whether or not both of us will admit to that fact.

Luxurious Stigma: The Plight of Liberal Arts Conservatives

Jay Dodd | Posted 07.07.2014 | College
Jay Dodd

Not being able to share why you love guns or question immigration policy in public spaces is an iota of the discomfort marginalized people feel on this campus with systems erasing and devaluing of our experiences.

Top Liberal Donors Seek To Nudge Hillary Clinton Toward Elizabeth Warren

Politico | Posted 04.24.2014 | Politics

Some of the country’s biggest Democratic donors — including Tom Steyer and Jonathan Soros — are huddling behind closed doors next week in Chicag...

Poll Finds Generational Gap On Social Issues Among Conservatives

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 06.04.2014 | 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 06.01.2014 | 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 05.29.2014 | 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 05.16.2014 | 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 05.10.2014 | 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 05.10.2014 | 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 05.01.2014 | 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...