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Illinois Governor Candidates Focus On, Clash Over Jobs, Violence at Debate

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

At Tuesday's Illinois gubernatorial debate, candidates Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner clashed about issues important to the African-American community, such as jobs, education and dealing with violence in communities.

How the Internet Has Changed the State of Political Debate

Rand Strauss | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
Rand Strauss

The 2008 political campaign undoubtedly changed how politicians view the importance of the Internet. Some have said that without the Internet, President Barack Obama wouldn't have been elected.

The Hybrid Halloween Witch of 2012

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 12.25.2012 | Women
Nancy Rubin Stuart

Today, black magic is out, replaced by blogs and picket lines where the Halloween witch can express her complaints about social injustices without the risk of being burned at the stake.

Get Active! Get Engaged! Get Informed!

Ivanley Noisette | Posted 10.23.2012 | Media
Ivanley Noisette

The 24-hour news cycle is not always conducive to objective truth-seeking. Instead, it is often more proficient at focusing on surface generalizations and reaching premature and sometimes baseless conclusions.

How To Stay Poised In Political Debates, From Donna Brazile (WATCH)

Posted 08.20.2013 | MarloThomas

It must be so frustrating to partake in a debate where you know your opponent is lying! So how do you maintain composure? Donna Brazile, Vice-Chair of...

National Ignorance

William E. White | Posted 12.09.2012 | Education
William E. White

American ideas are important, an essential element for charting our future. Unfortunately, we may be losing our ability to discern quality debate.

An Educated Voter Is Our Democracy's Best Citizen

Matthew Tolliver | Posted 09.15.2012 | Media
Matthew Tolliver

Are the citizens of this country, by virtue of our general lack of political fluency, the cause of this lackluster discourse? The numbers support the idea. We need to set a new standard for our political leaders' fluency in policy.

From the Home of the 2012 Vice-Presidential Debate

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 08.11.2012 | College
Benjamin Knoll

Centre is honored once again to host the only vice presidential debate of 2012. Now is a good time to consider the effect that this debate, and the other three debates between President Obama and Gov. Romney, might have on this year's election.

Shocking New Study Ties Conservatism To 'Low-Effort' Thinking

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 04.09.2012 | Science

Conservatives and liberals don't seem to agree about much, and they might not agree about recent studies linking conservatism to low intelligence and ...

My Secret Weapon: One Simple Rule Destroys Brainless Political Banter

Edward Muzio | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Edward Muzio

I hope you see that brainless banter is powerless against my secret weapon. If you're intent on starting it, please do us both a favor and don't choose me.

Week to Week: Because the News Matters

John Zipperer | Posted 05.28.2012 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Everyone complains about shouting heads on cable TV and the sorry state of our political discourse, but few people seem to realize that we can do something about it.

This Progressive Will Miss Conservative Tom Roeser

Robert Creamer | Posted 08.06.2011 | Chicago
Robert Creamer

Last week Chicago lost a legend. Conservative radio host Tom Roeser died at the age of 82. I'm not the only one who will remember Tom as one of those unforgettable, iconic figures that don't come along often.

Religious Themes In The Budget Debate

Brad Reid | Posted 06.20.2011 | Religion
Brad Reid

Our modern questions about the role of government and the allocation of social resources are truly ancient questions that are not resolved by sound bites on television.

Let's End Bi-Partisan Hatred by Changing the National Language to French

James Napoli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
James Napoli

Let's face it, once the language is absorbed into the culture, even if things do get ugly, doesn't merde sound nicer than the alternative?

The Inescapable Sadness of Political Violence in America

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Cohen

We are all desperate for an explanation of this horrific act of violence and for a rational analysis of an irrational act. It will, of course, never come, and we are left with a feeling of deep and inescapable sadness.

"Your Life Hasn't Changed By The Man Who's Elected"

Richard Laermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Laermer

"I think anybody who's occupied...office has to remember that success is determined by an intersection in policy and politics and that you can't be ne...

The "Nanny State" Question

Frank A. Weil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

We are facing a conundrum in how to break the vicious cycle of misunderstanding that can lead to perverse government policy action and mistakes.

"Democratic Discourse": Reflections in the Pakistani Mirror

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

Thankful That Obama Has Helped Make Dissent And Debate Patriotic And Safe Again

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Of all things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving -- I'm thankful that challenging the government's course and trying to put better ideas on the table are unabashedly patriotic again.

"Build, Baby, Build": How Dems Can Counter GOP Lies and Restore Political Debate

Bennet Kelley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

Democrats have to respond to "Gingrich speak" by calling it for what it truly is -- propaganda, lies, and an attempt to deliberately mislead the American people.

The Triumph of Symbolism over Substance

Tom Morris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tom Morris

To favor symbolism over substance is to allow the proverbial tail to wag the aphoristic dog. And that's never a good idea.

Avoiding Turkey-Time Misery

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
SaraKay Smullens

If you know you are anticipating a meal laced with digs and putdowns, subtle and overt, either political, personal, or a combo practice changing the subject.

HuffPost Readers: You Write This Blog on Obama. Read How.

Joyce McFadden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joyce McFadden

Instead of posting a comment to my writing as you usually would, simply write your own thoughts on Obama and submit them, and my next blog will feature the 10 most interesting submissions.