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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.

Obama's and America's Remarkable Evolution on Gay Rights

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Peter Dreier

Historians will no doubt view President Obama's announcement favoring same-sex marriage as an historic statement, parallel to those of FDR on workers' rights and LBJ on civil rights. But like FDR and LBJ, Obama's endorsement was due to a combination of personal belief and political opportunity.

LBJ, Two Stories

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

It would be a colossal bit of hubris to suggest that Robert Caro needs any help from me in researching Lyndon Johnson's presidency from 1964-68, but I have two good stories about that period, and I'd like to get them on Huffington before the book comes out.

Robert Caro: Lyndon B. Johnson's Climb To The Top

Posted 05.01.2012 | Books

From Zoë Triska, Huffington Post: The following is an excerpt from Chapter One of Robert Caro's fourth volume on Lyndon B. Johnson, "The Passage of P...

Robert Caro On His New Lyndon Johnson Volume

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 06.30.2012 | Books

NEW YORK — Robert Caro receives the most interesting mail. "I get letters, constantly, saying, `I see your book's coming. I hope you're going t...

The Greatest Biographer Who Has Ever Lived

Esquire | Posted 04.13.2012 | Books

Robert Caro has spent thirty-eight years writing the biography of one man. The fourth volume of that work, like its three predecessors a giant achieve...