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Partisanship

Declaring War on Cultural War

Robert Hall | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Robert Hall

The upcoming 2014 congressional elections and the 2016 Presidential/congressional elections are a time of opportunity. The majority in this country are tired of cultural warfare. The vocal minority may be ruling but they have failed at governing. Sometimes war is necessary but it is always destructive and never sustainable.

Less Divided than We Look

Will Friedman, Ph.D | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Will Friedman, Ph.D

Are we becoming a more polarized people? Media coverage generally reinforces what is most conflicted about our politics. This adds up to a highly polarized and dysfunctional national politics.

An Open Letter to Obama's Speech Writer

Sybil Adelman Sage | Posted 07.22.2014 | Comedy
Sybil Adelman Sage

It seems as if every day, regardless of what's going on in the world, Obama (or "this president" as he is commonly called) is charged with pretty much the same things. So I will simplify the job.

Soccer's Teamwork: Something That Works (When So Much Doesn't)

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

So much in American life these days doesn't work. But soccer does work -- magnificently. I am not looking forward to returning to dysfunction and snafu.

The Hypocrisy of Extreme Partisanship

Paul Heroux | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Sure, one can argue that access to guns is a Constitutional right protected by the Second Amendment. But one could also argue that access to welfare is a Constitutional right protected by extension of the Tenth Amendment and even Fourteenth Amendment.

WATCH: After The Gavel: The Supreme Court, The Future And You

Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 2:40 - 3:40pm MDT (4:40 - 5:40pm EST). As the Supreme Court wrap up its term, a team of legal experts debates the big decisions, part...

Sabrina Siddiqui

The Senate Is Fighting Over The Keystone XL Pipeline. Again.

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate is engaged in a fruitless battle over a pair of ill-fated energy bills. Again. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-...

Harry Reid Should Call Kevin McCarthy's Bluff: A Vote for a Vote

Paul Abrams | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Newly-minted House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) blamed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for the gridlock in Congress.

John Kerry Laments 'Toxic' Partisanship In Washington

AP | By MATTHEW LEE | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare display of bipartisan civility, Democrats and Republicans came together on Wednesday to honor former Secretary of State ...

America's Polarization Reaches New Peak

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics

Americans are increasingly polarized, ideologically divided, and hostile toward those they disagree with, according to a wide-ranging Pew Research rep...

A Moderate's Manifesto

Robert Strong | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Robert Strong

I know that I am a moderate because I can't stand to watch Fox News or MSNBC for more than a few minutes at a time. I can say "bipartisan" without gagging. I try not to let consistency get in the way of a good idea.

Benghazi v. Beirut

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

For Republicans who believe that patriotism ends with lapel pins and cowboy costumes, it might be useful to consider some historical examples of true patriotism by a political party.

The Perpetual Frustration of the Political Vanquishment Fantasy

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

We all suffer because we imagine how wonderful the world will be when we vanquish the opposition and are finally able to achieve our political goals and enjoy the benefits of a society that lives by our values -- but this is a fantasy.

Election-Year Posturing From Congress Defines Campaigns

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Congress is now doing what it normally does, in an election year. This is not intended to sound cynical, as I actually think it is a good thing for a divided Congress to stand up for its divided beliefs -- even while knowing that almost none of the bills it now votes on have a prayer of becoming law before the election.

Post-Party Democracy Can Restore the Rule of the Many Over Money

Nathan Gardels | Posted 06.08.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

Now legally for sale to the highest bidder, multi-party representative democracy may well be compromised beyond repair. When elected officials increasingly represent their contributors instead of constituents, voting becomes a form of disenfranchisement disguised as consent of the governed. The more things get out of hand, the less radical the alternatives appear. To restore the rule of the many over money, we need to go way beyond the same old campaign financing debate and start thinking about reforming our system of democratic governance itself. It's time to open up the political imagination and think outside the conventional ballot box.

TV: What the Media and Politicians Are Talking About and What They're Not

David Helfenbein | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
David Helfenbein

The media is spinning around theories of what happened to Malaysia Flight 370. Nobody seems to know the truth as of yet. Instead, seasoned pilots and security experts appear to be the best narrators on TV of any stories that we hear.

Partisanship Plagues Congress' Effort To Avoid Doctor Pay Cuts

Reuters | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics

(Updates throughout new sourcing, details and background) By David Morgan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reute...

A Multiple Independent Discovery

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Salit

We are building a broad and diverse coalition of organizations and voters who believe that no American should have to join an organization or party in order to exercise full voting rights.

Congressional Self-Inflicted Wounds

Newton N. Minow | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Newton N. Minow

Current systems of voting in the Senate and House are not required by law or the Constitution. They are rules and policies which senators and representatives have imposed upon themselves to set their own agendas.

Jason Linkins

In What World Is Bernie Sanders Only The 37th Most Liberal Senator?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics

National Journal, as is its wont, has released its latest round of rankings in an effort to determine who are the most liberal and most conservative m...

All The Way With NPP

Seth M.M. Stodder | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Seth M.M. Stodder

Why should America's political system be immune to this wave of innovation?

Remembering When A Less Partisan Congress Actually Worked

The Daily Beast | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics

The hyper-partisanship that’s earned Congress abysmal approval ratings could be fixed by restoring committee powers, says veteran legislator David P...

Misdirection Used to Sway Crowds

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

When fast talk and slight of hand are combined with poor science education, the real effects of public policy are missed. This trickery does not feed hungry children, nor create jobs, nor strengthen America's global competitiveness.

Local Races Could Swing Congress

The Philadelphia Inquirer | Jonathan Tamari and Chris Palmer | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the Philadelphia suburbs, where congressional incumbents swept to victory in 2012, change is coming. Three of the area's members of ...

Chris Christie, the Republican Party and Political Vendettas

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

The rap on Chris Christie's aides in Bridgegate is that they crossed the line when they put ordinary citizens at risk for the sake of a petty politica...