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Rand Paul's Anti-Foreign Aid Policy Attacked By Fellow Republican

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- GOP speechwriter Michael Gerson argued Sunday that Republican Sen. Rand Paul's position against foreign aid could create heavy humanitar...

Ask Not! JFK's Legacy Denied. Ask Why Not! JFK'S Legacy Defended.

Frank Islam | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

Yes, as we come to the end of this "Kennedy Half Century," let us make the commitment to carry on his legacy, to assume our own responsibility for the future, and to ask why not. Why not keep America the land of dreamers and doers rather than deniers and defilers?

Friday Talking Points [278] -- ...And the Law Won

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This week will be seen as a turning point in the future. Ted Cruz and his band of merry Tea Partiers fought the Obamacare law, with every ounce of energy they could muster. And the law won.

At Aspen Ideas, GOP Has No Idea Whatsoever

Michael Conniff | Posted 08.27.2013 | Denver
Michael Conniff

ASPEN, COLORADO--In a panel here devoted to the "Future of the Republican Party," the skeptical might have at least expected the Know Nothings to know...

Gerson and Wehner: GOP Wins In 2010 'Now Seems More Like An Aberration'

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

Former Bush White House advisers Mike Gerson, who was W's top speechwriter, and Pete Wehner, who worked on policy and strategic initiatives, are out t...

The Republicans' League of Their Own: Reasons, Responses, Recommendations

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

It's important because a vibrant two-party system makes our republic stronger. It provides the basis for compromise, forward momentum and progress. If the Republicans continue to play in a league of their own, they and our democracy will be worse off for it.

The Romney Campaign's Situational Demagoguery

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 09.24.2012 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

Worse than Swift Boating and worse than Willie Horton, Mitt Romney is running the most craven, dishonest, and hypocritical campaign we've seen in contemporary American politics.

America Has a Class Problem

Peter Edelman | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Peter Edelman

Gerson calls for improved educational opportunities beginning with early child development, and that's all good. But markets have two dimensions: supply and demand. We certainly need to improve the quality of the supply and do that inclusively across the population.

Does the Invisible Hand Really Know Best?

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 06.24.2012 | Books
Jeffrey Abelson

Is the free market really free? Or does it come at the expense of civic values we neglect at our peril? That's one of many questions I found myself pondering after reading What Money Can't Buy by Michael J. Sandel.

Out Come The Knives: Conservative Pundits Slam Gingrich

Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

As Newt Gingrich's surge in the polls continues, the backlash against his campaign for president has begun. Prominent conservatives like Ann Coulter, ...

The Disappearance of the Compassionate Conservatives

Jim Wallis | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The compassionate conservative space is vital to the health of the nation and the future of the poor, and therefore preserving it is essential. Republicans returning to it might further open up the space for the kind of bipartisan cooperation we desperately need.

Arianna Discusses The American Dream At The 'Opportunity Nation' Summit

Posted 11.25.2011 | Politics

On November 4th, Arianna participated in the "Opportunity Nation" Summit in New York City. Fareed Zakaria, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and o...

Both Sides Now: On Abortion, Labor and Frontrunner Fumbles

HuffPost Radio | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-07-bothsidesnow.jpgArianna and Kellyanne Conway preview next week's ballot initiatives on abortion and labor rights in Mississippi and Ohio, respectively, and then review the GOP frontrunners' Weak Week.

Season Opener for Reproductive Health

Carol Peasley | Posted 12.01.2011 | Women
Carol Peasley

Let us all hope that the first falling leaves and signs of optimism emerging from FedEx Field don't encourage our lawmakers to once again make international family planning a political football.

Sam Stein

Chris Christie 'Actively.. Considering Getting In This Race': Bush Aide

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 11.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The speculation simply won't die. On Sunday, former George W. Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson said that New Jersey Governor Chris Chris...

"Pro-Family Planning" Republicans?

Robert Walker | Posted 10.30.2011 | Politics
Robert Walker

While their numbers have shrunk rather dramatically, a fair number of Republicans, particularly among the rank-and-file, still care about various "liberal" causes.

Woe to You, Legislators!

Jim Wallis | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The president's fiscal message this week was on point, and will have to be repeated over and over again in the months ahead against all the pressures to compromise.

Christians Lament "Debt Crisis," Call For "Intergenerational Justice"

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jonathan Merritt

Biblical Justice is more than a private virtue or moral platitude. Justice is a commitment to care for those who are powerless, to speak for those who lack a voice.

Bushwhacking Obama: Conservatives Call for "Fixing" Social Security

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Former Bush policy advisor Michael Gerson echoes a growing chorus of conservative pundits in offering up "Social Security reform" as "the answer to Obama's problems." The advice is illogical on its face.

Interview with Bush Speechwriter Gerson on Tea Party, Religious Right, Bush Legacy

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jonathan Merritt

Michael Gerson is something of a political anomaly. On the one hand, Gerson is a conservative Christian who served as George W. Bush's chief speechwri...

Religious Right At A Crossroads?

Christian Science Monitor | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

While marveling at the iconoclastic wit of H.L. Mencken, what many forget about the Scopes Monkey Trial is that Clarence Darrow did not sway the judge...

The Success and the Failures of the Religious Right

Michael Gerson | Posted 05.26.2011 | Books
Michael Gerson

The religious right has made notable achievements, but could it have done things better, and is a different model of social engagement needed for the future? We believe the answer to both questions is yes.

Newt and Nazis: Aiding and Abetting bin Laden

Philip Smucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Smucker

When Americans vilify Muslims en masse by considering them as enemies or potential enemies, al Qaeda's recruiting efforts are made easy.

Former Bush Aides Bash GOP's New Stance On 14th Amendment As 'Offensive,' 'Embarrassment'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former aides to the George W. Bush Administration are retaliating against a recent flurry of Republican calls for a repeal or readdressing of the 14th...

Jason Linkins

Fourteenth Amendment Reform Prompts Strange Bedfellows In Opposition

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Last week, riders on the political crazy train stopped off in Iowa to create a whole new insane plank in the Iowa GOP's official platform -- the resto...