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The Contagion of National Anger

Terry Newell | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Terry Newell

Emotional contagion is not always bad. But when it seeks to generate anger merely to criticize, condemn, and push ends for which no compromise is sought and no valid claims of others are acceptable, it propagates hate and despair

Like Bob Marley? Pandora Thinks You're A Democrat

Posted 02.18.2014 | Entertainment

Listen to Bob Marley on Pandora recently? Then Pandora assumes you're a Democrat. Using an algorithm influenced by election results and the musica...

Listeners Are Entitled to Know by Whom They Are Being Persuaded

Meredith McGehee | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Meredith McGehee

The torrent of unidentifiable, but generously funded spending on our elections unleashed by Citizens United decision is destined to grow in 2014 and beyond.

What Ted Cruz Doesn't Want You to Know

Timothy Karr | Posted 12.28.2013 | Politics
Timothy Karr

By now it seems pretty clear that Sen. Ted Cruz has a plan to occupy the White House. But he doesn't want people to know too much about it. And he definitely doesn't want you to know about the special interests that have already begun to bankroll his political ambitions.

Why I Won't Tell My Daughter Who I Am Voting for

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 01.05.2013 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

At dinner, my daughter Katie asked, "Mommy, who are you voting for?"

Protecting Our Future

David Orr | Posted 01.02.2013 | Chicago
David Orr

Regardless of who wins next week's election, we have a problem. The stampede of money, ads and anti-democratic laws unleashed this election compromise the promise of equality between rich and poor, employer and worker, black, brown and white.

More Than 1 Million Ads Aired In 2012 Campaign: Report

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics

If you feel like you're seeing a lot of political ads this time around, you're right. Mitt Romney, Barack Obama and the groups that support them have ...

Jason Linkins

The Final Week Of 2012 Political Advertising, And Its Effects

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.01.2012 | Politics

Yesterday, I found myself curious about what the world of political science had to say about the final week of the campaign and the last-minute advert...

WATCH: Stanley Hauerwas: The Roman Circus

Travis Reed | Posted 12.23.2012 | Religion
Travis Reed

"Elections are coercive ... 51 percent get to tell 49 percent how to live. So, elections are not in and of itself the character of democratic life ... Elections in America have so little to do with people -- we elect commercials."

Overfed Local TV Watchdogs Fed So Well With Campaign Ads They Can't Bark

Edward Wasserman | Posted 12.12.2012 | Media
Edward Wasserman

Some of the same media that should referee political discourse and oversee the process by which a sovereign electorate selects its leaders are in thrall to the backroom players whose mission it is to manipulate and game that discourse.

Joy Resmovits

Maryland Casino Law Plays 'Shell Game' With School Dollars, Say Critics

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.12.2012 | Politics

NEW YORK -- In the latest chapter of the Maryland gambling fights, it's casino vs. casino. A group called "Get the Facts Vote No on 7" will air an ...

Twitter Promoted Trends: Taking Political Advertising to the Next Level

Ericka Andersen | Posted 11.27.2012 | Technology
Ericka Andersen

What costs over $100,000 and lives for only a day? It must be something pretty valuable for that kind of cash -- something political investors would consider essential in driving their message.

The Culture of Deceit

Patricia McGuire | Posted 11.26.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Politicians do it. Journalists do it. Even Harvard students do it. Dissembling, stonewalling and outright lies all pass for political discourse these days. The culture of deceit appears to be not only pervasive, but quite acceptable as a way of doing business.

Dear Daughter: Romney Seems To Hope I Vote With My Hormones

Lisa Belkin | Posted 11.19.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

This ad seems based on the assumption that addressing women -- specifically mothers -- by name, is the same as addressing their needs.

Presidential Ad Campaign To Swell

AP | BETH FOUHY | Posted 11.08.2012 | Politics

NEW YORK — Now the campaign ad crush and TV spending spree really begins in the presidential race. The TV ad campaign, with total spending expe...

How Politics Became a Television Product

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 09.02.2012 | Media
Jeffrey Shaffer

It's a system that resists any notion of serious regulation. Can you imagine the outcry that would erupt if some government agency tried to screen the content of campaign commercials for accuracy before they went on the air?

A Sense of What Can Be

Bob Jeffrey | Posted 08.28.2012 | Business
Bob Jeffrey

It's interesting to me that both of our presidential candidates had fathers who were born in foreign lands, one in Kenya, one in Mexico. They ultimately both found themselves in America because our nation truly is a land of limitless possibilities.

Hispanic Media Calls For More Spanish-Language Political Spending

AP | SUZANNE GAMBOA | Posted 08.17.2012 | Latino Voices

WASHINGTON -- Just a month after Forbes Magazine recognized the Hispanic television market as "the next media jackpot," some are complaining that Hisp...

Sam Stein

Facing Super PAC Onslaught, Democrats Take Solace In 1970s Campaign Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As he assesses the electoral landscape, in which Democratic candidates will be pummeled with hundreds of millions of dollars in attack a...

Public Asks for Political Inspiration, but Responds to Negative Attacks

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

There are two people running against me in the Republican primary for New Jersey's Ninth district and recently I had an interesting lesson in politics...

Political Ads May Be Coming To A PBS Station Near You

Reuters | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics

* 9th Circuit says FCC political ad ban too broad * Dissent fears for future of public broadcasting * FCC ban on ads for...

Dan Froomkin

Do Koch Bros. Have A Master Plan?

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 03.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Anyone wondering why the ultra-conservative billionaire industrialist Koch brothers are trying to seize control of the libertarian Cato ...

The Fear Of Citizens United: Easily Avoided

Richard Greener | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics
Richard Greener

If, as many believe, representative democracy is threatened by super PAC mega-money, then the media can save our democratic system of representative politics by refusing to sell them ads.

Is the Dollar Mightier Than the Vote?

Scott Warren | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Scott Warren

If the 2012 election involves way too much money and way too little substance, we have no one but ourselves to blame.

Paul Blumenthal

How Money Helped Romney's Florida Comeback

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fresh off a triumphant victory in the South Carolina primary, former Speaker Newt Gingrich came to Florida with the wind at his back. Wh...