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Forgiving Bill Clinton

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 05.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

When the former president last week urged the Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act that he signed into law in 1996, some cheered while others slammed his revisionism and failure to apologize.

Presidential Signatures On Display

Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky. | Angela Oliver | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

As Nancy Bradshaw looked through the Owensboro Museum of Science and History's collection, she stumbled upon many documents, she said. "These needed ...

Remembering the Voting Rights Act

Murray Fromson | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Murray Fromson

I find myself disgusted by the southerners and Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia who continue to nitpick at the legitimacy of the historic legislation that ensures African Americans the right to vote.

Robert Caro Awarded $50,000 Prize

AP | Posted 02.22.2013 | Books

NEW YORK -- Robert Caro has won yet another literary prize, this one worth $50,000. The New-York Historical Society announced Thursday that Caro had ...

Endless War: Becoming 'the Evil That We Deplore'

Norman Solomon | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Beyond the worthy goal of repealing the Authorization for Use of Military Force is a need for Congress to cut off appropriations for the "war on terror." A prerequisite: repudiating the lethal mythology of righteous war unbounded by national borders or conceivable duration.

About 1 in 10 Homeless Kids Live in Texas

Pat LaMarche | Posted 04.21.2013 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

Kids without homes -- more than a million according to the U.S. Department of Education -- present unique challenges.

Obama's "We Can't Wait" Moment on Climate Disaster

William S. Becker | Posted 04.15.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

Barack Obama is very likely the last American president who can keep us from plunging helplessly off the climate cliff. Judging by his Inaugural and State of the Union speeches, he gets that. It has been a long time coming.

Edward I. Koch: 'I Don't Do Cinematography'

Tom Allon | Posted 04.06.2013 | New York
Tom Allon

If Martians landed on our planet and demanded I teach them what a New Yorker is, I'd go no further than show them the hours and hours of videotape of Edward I. Koch jousting at press conferences in the 1980s.

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.