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50 Years From the War on Poverty -- Win or Lose?

Martha Burk | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

The truth is that as a country, we're getting stingier, not more generous with the poor. And the difference between the very rich and the rest of us has grown astronomically since President Johnson declared his war.

Health Care Law Is Not The First New Program With Launch Woes

AP | TOM RAUM | Posted 12.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Although multiple problems have snarled the rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health care law, it's hardly the first t...

A Tale of Two Roll Outs

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

The United States today is confronted with a crisis that endangers perhaps even more immediately the welfare of the American polity. And that is the lamentable state of health care in the United States.

Did President Obama Just Realize Income Inequality Is a Problem?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Five years into his presidency, with the Republicans in control of the House of Representatives, Obama has almost no possibility of passing meaningful legislation addressing income inequality. In a strange way, this is why he is speaking about it now.

When Presidents Die, Power Transfer Can Be Fraught

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — As President John F. Kennedy lay dying 50 years ago at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Vice President Lyndon Johnson was hurri...

Ask What You Can Do For Your Country

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I hope, as we remember a young President, that we will renew our commitment to building with urgency and persistence a just America where every child is valued and enabled to achieve their God given potential regardless of the lottery of birth.

November Days of Drums

Michael Winship | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

While many will recall the sound of muffled drums as Kennedy's horse-drawn funeral caisson was moved through the streets of Washington, I'll remember Friday, 2 p.m., and the echo of drums in a dark and empty school auditorium.

The 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (Part Three): Legacies

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

One of the reasons why the Kennedy assassination continues to affect millions of people the way it does, even fifty years later, is the sense that we are still fighting the same battle today.

A Muckraker and a President Go to the Dark Side

Robert Miraldi | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Robert Miraldi

The attempt to tackle the sexual legacy of John Kennedy was an unmitigated disaster for Sy Hersh, the low point of an otherwise illustrious career. Why would Hersh, the man obsessed with public policy, tackle this sordid tale in the way that he did?

Jack Mirkinson

What Our Presidents Can Teach Us About How To Live Our Lives

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Teen

Hi everyone! It's time for another edition of your favorite Presidential History Series, "President's Korner"! What, you say you've never heard of ...

LBJ and Veterans Day

Doug Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Doug Bradley

It was a week before the November 3 presidential election but, quite honestly, since I couldn't even vote and, I could have cared less. My sights were set on attending college the following fall and eventually becoming a lawyer. The world was going to be my oyster. Or so I thought.

The 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (Part One)

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Given its epic flaws and omissions, it's little wonder that the Warren Report, which the Commission presented to President Johnson with great fanfare on September 28, 1964, has been over the years widely condemned as a monumental government fraud.

Why Was Your Health Insurance Plan Cancelled and Not Upgraded?

Robbie Gennet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

Regardless of your general disposition toward the president, let's make sure your anger isn't just a little bit misguided.

On the Culture Front: Celebrity Charades, Arguendo, All the Way, Eric Bogosian and more

Chris Kompanek | Posted 11.06.2013 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Cranston, just off of Breaking Bad relishes the duality of character. While there aren't many connections to draw between Walter White and Lyndon Johnson, both are tenacious in their pursuit of creating a meth empire and a more just society respectively.

JFK's Last 100 Days

Tom Alderman | Posted 11.06.2013 | Books
Tom Alderman

Whichever assassination theory you subscribe to, Thurston Clarke's JFK's Last Hundred Days will fill you with a tantalizing sense of what might have been -- had November 22 not happened.

If Medicaid Is 'Broken' in Florida, Who Broke It?

Gary Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

The federal government may have established Medicaid, but it gave the states the job of running it. Each state has its own individualized program, with different rules and regulations, making federal oversight difficult, if not impossible.

Kennedy, Dallas, and 50 Years

Mary Buffett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mary Buffett

50 years have come and gone but as a nation, we have still not come to grips with what happened on that weekend; we may never do so until the last one of us passes away.

The President Needs a New Bag -- Motivational Interviewing

Stanton Peele | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Stanton Peele

People don't change their behavior and attitudes because you tell them to. Instead, they react to being told what to do by erecting defensive barriers and hunkering down.

Debt-Ceiling Austerity

Charles Kolb | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics
Charles Kolb

Has anyone thought that the current position of House Republicans on the debt-ceiling issue is really NOT a bluff? That it might be more than a short-term negotiating ploy?

Random Notes and Fripperies

Tom Alderman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Entertainment
Tom Alderman

Alarming concept: a TV series starring Flo, the Progressive Insurance lady. Matt Damon is having Jimmy Stewart's career. The Kardashians are having...

Food Stamps Cuts: A Vivid Symbol In The Poverty Debate

AP | CONNIE CASS and MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Food stamps have figured in Americans' ideas about the poor for decades, from President Lyndon Johnson's vision of a Great Society to Pr...

For What It's Worth: Time to Stop the Drumbeats for Syrian Action

Jim Moore | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
Jim Moore

There are too many drumbeats building up behind some form of military action in Syria, and the tempo of those drums is reaching a nearly hysteric level. That incessant thundering drive is drowning out the public's sensible questions.

Why Innovation Can Shape Health Care Just as Much as Politics

Oliver Kharraz, M.D. | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Oliver Kharraz, M.D.

There is good news for patients. When we engage with the health care system, we no longer have to rely on the public sector. I believe we are seeing the blossoming of an exciting new era, where innovation, just as much as politics, can shape health care.

WATCH: The Week's Best Throwback Pics, Style And Cocktails

The Huffington Post | Michelle Manetti | Posted 08.29.2013 | HuffPost Home

It's Thursday and it's time to throw it all back. This week's best nostalgia posts included a look back at Pee-Wee Herman's stylish living room, Lyndo...

Happy Birthday, LBJ!

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics

President Lyndon B. Johnson would have turned 105 today. Born in central Texas, Johnson rose quickly through the political ranks, beginning with a suc...