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What's So "Public" About the Public Option?

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

The shifting definition of "public option" is not accidental, but is emerging from the perception by Democrats in the House that the August recess caused them great damage.

Remembering Ted Kennedy

Murray Fromson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Murray Fromson

None of my colleagues covering Ted Kennedy's early emergence on the national horizon in the 1960s bet on him as a promising young star.

Just One More Example of Edward Kennedy's Service to His Country

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Kennedy's role in ending the Vietnam War should be honored and remembered as a unique contribution he made to serving his country in a very difficult and polarized time.

Command Decision

Tony Blankley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tony Blankley

Obama owes it to both himself and the many service members who soon may be shipping out to make a new, cold calculation of whether he believes that he can succeed in Afghanistan.

The Afghanistan Gap: Press vs. Public

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Norman Solomon

Increasingly, public opinion is not cooperating. While the media establishment and the political establishment appear to belong to the same pro-war affinity group, the public is shifting to the other side of a widening credibility gap.

Why Barack Can't Do What Lyndon Would Have: An Essay on Living in the Past

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

There's been a major power shift in the United States over the past forty years. Power has devolved from the Russells, Kerrs and Johnsons to the lobbyists.

Applying Historical Lessons to Health Care Reform

Bill Cunningham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Cunningham

In the health care fight, perhaps Rahm Emmanuel and Company might have benefited from looking at President Lyndon Baines Johnson's approach to the various Civil Rights bills that passed on his watch.

LBJ Created Canada's Superior Health Care System

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Diane Francis

Now that the Americans appear to have blown another chance to fix their health care system, it's time for Canadian physicians and others to ratchet up the industry offering selective services to Americans.

40 Years After Woodstock: An Extraordinarily Different America

Brent Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Brent Green

Woodstock means little until you place it in larger context of a society unraveling around the newest generation of young adults, a dominant and dominating cohort of malcontents.

Gulf of Tonkin Resolution: a Somber History Lesson

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth C. Davis

The 45th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution should serve as a sobering reminder of the costly war that America was dragged into based on lies and shadowy misinformation.

Why Can't Obama Be More Like LBJ?

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanton Peele

We are unlikely to ever again see the likes of LBJ -- or of the huge changes he crafted in our society -- and we are just now starting to understand what we have lost.

They Opposed Medicare Too

Rep. Rush Holt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Rush Holt

Although Medicare now is widely seen as a successful program for helping Americans access health care, it was very controversial when it was passed. The same arguments against health care reform today were made then.

Honduras: Term Limits When Governments Benefit People

Nelson P. Valdes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nelson P. Valdes

Congress and Courts belong to the rich and powerful who also control the military in cooperation with the Pentagon. Washington provided aid.

Beer Metaphor Becomes Frosty-Cold Reality

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Barack Obama is the first president to not just accept the premise of the "having a beer" test, but to embrace it and turn it into reality.

Walter Cronkite and the Player Piano

Karen Ocamb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karen Ocamb

Cronkite was so important because he was about the only person in this intensely divided America that both sides could trust. He was our no-frills common bond.

Cronkite and Vietnam: Beyond the Hype

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Norman Solomon

Despite the posthumous praise for Cronkite's February 1968 telecast that dubbed the war "a stalemate," the facts show that the broadcast came only after Cronkite's protracted support for the war.

Remembering History, Powell, and McNamara

Stanley Kutler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

Colin Powell and Robert McNamara exemplify the ever-loyal, unquestioning subordinate. McNamara self-righteously invoked Dean Acheson's quiet departure from the New Deal as his model, but Acheson's silence did not assure him a place at the World Bank. If McNamara had denounced the war, would it have made a difference? What if the very popular Colin Powell had expended some of his political capital and denounced the dubious rationalization for war against Iraq? Perhaps their dramatic gestures would have been wasted. But Archibald Cox's forceful stand against Nixon in October 1973 is instructive, showing that public resistance to a superior can make a difference.

Escalation Scam: Troops in Afghanistan

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The president has set a limit on the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. For now. That's how escalation works. Ceilings become floors. Gradually.

McNamara's Evil Lives On

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Whatever his better nature, it was the stark evil he perpetrated as secretary of defense that must indelibly frame our memory of him.

Robert McNamara and America's Tragic Memory Loss

Will Bunch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Bunch

Even after McNamara spelled out everything that went so horribly wrong in Vietnam, he lived long enough to see a new generation of the self-appointed "best and brightest" in Washington pay absolutely no mind to the lessons of our recent past.

Why Obama Will Not Have a 'We Shall Overcome' Moment on Gays

John R. Bohrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John R. Bohrer

While the Obama administration blames their dallying on the press or the political situation, they should be reminded that that didn't stop Johnson.

The GOP Shall Rise Again! (Or Not)

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

Republicans must not take comfort from 1968. They must take it as a warning sign.

Obama's First 100 Days: What's a Presidency For?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Obama has repeatedly declared that he would govern as a consensus builder. He wasn't lying. However, there are two ways of achieving consensus.

Obama: Beyond Savior or Trickster

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

When Obama takes a progressive step, it has been made possible by progressive activism. When Obama takes an anti-progressive step, it has been facilitated by progressives muting their criticism.

Bailing Out the Neo-Cons

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

We're now witnessing the neo-carnage that has resulted from neo-cons Newt Gingrich and his "Contract on America," and Ronald Reagan's buyout by Barry ...