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Lyndon Johnson

150 Years Later, Time to 'Fix It'

Amb. Andrew J. Young | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Amb. Andrew J. Young

May God be with you Mr. President and Mrs. Obama as you continue to fulfill my dear friend Martin's dream, a dream he shared with two of the greatest presidents in history, a dream that must be made an enduring reality once and for all.

Martin Luther King Was a Radical, Not a Saint

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

It is easy to forget that in his day, in his own country, King was considered a dangerous troublemaker. He was harassed by the FBI and vilified in the media. In fact, King was radical. He believed that America needed a "radical redistribution of economic and political power."

Zach Carter

New Senator Takes Cue From Elizabeth Warren

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Freshman Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) joined Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) this week in the fight to rein in the financial establishment....

LBJ Presidential Library Writes Second Draft of Great Society

Jason Stanford | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

It's easy to interpret the 2012 election as a ratification of Barack Obama's first term. But down in Austin, the LBJ Presidential Library is making a strong case that the legacy voters cemented in November was Lyndon Johnson's.

Gun Lovers, as 'Normal' Now as Segregationists Once Were

Jim Sleeper | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

Do we really have the courage to stop the marketing of the culture of death that only brightens the fatal allure of its instruments? Not unless we can curb not only gun abuses but also our gladiatorial diet of doom.

5 Modern Presidents Over 200 Pounds

Posted 12.12.2012 | Healthy Living

When Barbara Walters asked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie whether he is too fat to become president, Christie dismissed the question as "ridiculous," ...

Jack Brooks, Who Served 42 Years In Congress, Dies

AP | By MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics

HOUSTON (AP) — Jack Brooks hounded government bureaucrats, drafted President Richard Nixon's articles of impeachment and supported civil rights bill...

Harry Reid Soars, Elizabeth Warren Shines

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

This column is about four senators who will have extraordinary roles to play in the coming hours and years, and what they tell us about the state of the union as 2012 comes to a close.

Memo to Republicans: Give Up the Fight Against Marriage Equality

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 01.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Aaron Zelinsky

Here's some free advice to Republicans: starting right now, get off the "traditional marriage" bus as fast as you can. If the election showed anything, it's that the demographic tide is turning against you. Big time.

The Democrats Are the True Pro-Life Party

Robbie Gennet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

This election, the stakes are higher than ever and I'd like to encourage you to vote pro-life: vote for Democrats.

Why This Grateful Woman Is Voting for Obama

Lea Lane | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Lea Lane

People of a certain age and a certain means often "vote their pocketbooks." To them I say, I am "voting my granddaughters."

Dan Rather In His Own Voice

Tom Alderman | Posted 12.22.2012 | Books
Tom Alderman

We seem to iconize certain newsies which is maybe why we have two new biographies in audio and print about veteran television newsfolk: Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather.

Mitt Romney, You're No Jack Kennedy

Don McNay | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics
Don McNay

As the vice presidential debates take place this week near my home in Kentucky, one thought keeps going through my head. Mitt Romney would have a better chance of winning if he had chosen Senator Rob Portman as his running mate.

What LBJ Taught Me About Medicare, and Why Everyone Should Have It (Video)

Bill Moyers | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics
Bill Moyers

I read a news story this week that sent me on a nostalgic trip down memory lane. This past Monday, July 30th was the 47th anniversary of Medicare.

Obama-Clinton Wins Big

Brent Budowsky | Posted 09.25.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Barack Obama would bend the curve of history by bringing the first woman to the vice presidency, thrilling countless women across the nation and around the world while reassuring voters, male and female, young and old, from Florida to Ohio.

From "Change" to "Fear": Team Obama, You Need a "Bear in the Woods" to Win

David Helfenbein | Posted 09.06.2012 | Politics
David Helfenbein

If the Obama campaign wants to win in November, it must strike fear in the electorate about what would happen if Mitt Romney were elected.

The Unfinished War

Richard C. Leone | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Richard C. Leone

The United States has proven over several decades to be more tolerant of poverty and of homelessness and other associated ills than is the case in other industrialized countries.

Gene Demby

The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 And Obama's White Voter Problem

HuffingtonPost.com | Gene Demby | Posted 07.03.2012 | Black Voices

In the year after the bill that would become the Civil Rights Act was introduced into Congress, the president who stumped for it would be killed, his ...

Well, What the Hell's the Presidency For? From LBJ and Civil Rights to Obama and Health Care

Richard Kirsch | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

Looking back, ObamaCare will be seen as a fundamental turning point in America's health care system, toward both greater equity and a focus on the quality of care more than the quantity of care.

Persecution Or Precaution? More Cities Use Tactics To Ban Homeless From City Spaces

Joel John Roberts | Posted 08.13.2012 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

Cities nationwide are using tactics to battle the encroachment of homelessness on their streets and public spaces.

45 Years of Israeli Military Occupation and No End in Sight

Josh Ruebner | Posted 08.05.2012 | Politics
Josh Ruebner

President Johnson was right to be concerned that Israel's military conquests would threaten the prospects for Arab-Israeli peace and degrade the human and national rights of Arab populations falling under its rule.

Caro Is Right About LBJ: I Know, I Was There

Newton N. Minow | Posted 07.22.2012 | Politics
Newton N. Minow

Simply put, the LBJ I knew hungered for power, and knew he knew how to use it. The Kennedy I knew grudgingly but genuinely admired LBJ's ability. Robert Caro's book reminded me of a sad conversation I had with LBJ during the time he was languishing in the vice presidency.

The One Book Review Robert Caro Cares About

Al Eisele | Posted 07.18.2012 | Books
Al Eisele

Robert Caro says he doesn't pay much attention to what reviewers write about his books, but he paid plenty of attention to what one reviewer wrote about The Passage of Power, the fourth and latest volume of his monumental biography of Lyndon Johnson.

Carroll Shelby Dies at 89

Steve Parker | Posted 07.15.2012 | Business
Steve Parker

Carroll Shelby, who directed the effort in which Ford beat Ferrari at LeMans in 1965 and shocked the automotive world has died at 89. Shelby was one of the world's longest-living heart transplant patients and there's a transplant foundation for kids in hs name.

Obama: The Black LBJ

Jason Stanford | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Johnson rose through the legislative ranks as a segregationist Southerner, so when he ended a speech to a joint session of Congress with the phrase "We shall overcome," Johnson fundamentally changed the American political landscape.