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Overcoming the Six Year Jinx

Robert Kuttner | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

It is a staple of American history that the president's party loses seats six years into his term. Voters are weary of the incumbent and receptive to change. In the past century, even the beloved Franklin Roosevelt lost seats in his sixth year, 1938, before going in to win two more terms. What are the odds that Barack Obama and the Democrats will beat the odds, and what might they do to improve their chances?

Scuttle the 'Bully Pulpit' Metaphor

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

As it is often said that "elections have consequences," in fact so do words. Therefore, let us assign and bury the "bully pulpit" to the archives of linguistics.

Ethics is Leadership Work

Terry Newell | Posted 12.31.2013 | Politics
Terry Newell

Pressed in recent days on his reaction to the revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying on the personal phone calls of the l...

Challenges Ahead for Suu Kyi's Political Ambition

Nehginpao Kipgen | Posted 08.31.2013 | World
Nehginpao Kipgen

It now clears any lingering doubt about Suu Kyi's political ambition. The question now is how can she assume the highest executive office. What are the available options, if any at all?

Can Ted Cruz Be a 'Legitimate' President and From Canada? The Tea Party Argument Says No

Dee Evans | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Dee Evans

Barack Obama's mother was born in Kansas... Ted Cruz's mother was born in Delaware. Barack Obama's father was born in Kenya... Ted Cruz's father was born in Cuba. See a pattern?

Romney 'Shellshocked' By Loss

The Huffington Post | Daniel Lippman | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Republicans search for reasons why they came up short in Tuesday's elections, anonymous Mitt Romney advisers have described what it w...

How President Obama Can Now Govern

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Obama's reelection has effectively shaken the ghost away of having to look over his shoulder at every turn to appease and conciliate the avowed enemies of social and political progress and reform. His reelection won't make them totally go away.

Why Vote Fraud Is Possible and What To Do About It

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Cynthia Boaz

The consensus is that this presidential election may all come down to Ohio and a few other "swing" states, as it did in 2000 and 2004. If there are any voting irregularities to be found this time around, Ohio will be the place to look first.

Do You Think President Obama Truly Wants a Second Term, Or Is He Just Running Because He Feels Like It's His Duty?

Quora | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Ian McCullough, Consultant for Consumer-Facing Startups, Armchair Policy Wonk, and Quora User Since ...

It's the (Electoral College) Math, Stupid

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

If the Obama campaign can deliver the ground game and turn in victories in at least one of the three major states -- or wins in the smaller swing states -- then the numbers will add up to a victory.

Growing Up to Be President

Grant Calder | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics
Grant Calder

Today's students seem less influenced by their parents' experiences than by the fact that the nation has been at war in Iraq and Afghanistan for almost as long as they can remember, and by years of recession and fitful recovery.

Economic Dice Rolling Against Romney

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The proverbial "it's the economy, stupid" is a glaring fact of presidential elections. But it's still the luck of the roll for the incumbent on the economy when it's up, or perceived up, or down.

Onward to the Stars!

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 11.19.2012 | College
Zoe P. Strassfield

Last week was my first full week of my sophomore year of college and thus, as you can probably imagine, pretty busy. As busy as I was, though, I still found the time to honor two prominent historical anniversaries.

Mitt Romney: Unfit to Be President

Ethan Rome | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics
Ethan Rome

You can't be president of the United States if you don't want to be the president of everyone, but that's what Republican candidate Mitt Romney said in a remarkably arrogant speech to a closed-door high-donor fundraiser -- all captured on video.

Politico Bombshell Exclusive: Empty Chair and Empty Suit Tell All

Mark Steinberg | Posted 11.04.2012 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

After Romney had departed and the lights were turned off, hidden microphones picked up the following exchange.

Job No. 1 for Romney: Tell Why He Cares

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

With the addition of Paul Ryan to the ticket, Romney has made a bold statement that the fiscal cliff is an issue of paramount importance. This was a prudent move. Now as we enter convention week, Romney's campaign must fully develop his life stories that give meaning to his convictions.

Romney's Safety Net

Sasha Abramsky | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics
Sasha Abramsky

It's not every day that a major national political candidate commits himself, on air, to fixing all the holes in the frayed safety net. If only he meant what he so glibly said.

Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton Ticket Can Sweep the Presidency, House, and Senate

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

If Obama puts Clinton on the ticket, enthusiasm surges. Voters register. Organization mobilizes. Turnout soars. The base rallies. Main Street will be reassured.

The Irish Presidential Race Becomes a Gripping Soap Opera

Niall O'Dowd | Posted 12.19.2011 | World
Niall O'Dowd

The strangest Irish presidential election ever just got a whole Twilight Zone twist when the husband of Dana, alias Rosemary Scallon, a former gospel singer once based in America, claimed she had been the target of an assassination attempt.

Tyler Kingkade

'The President Doesn't Dispute Any Of It'

HuffingtonPost.com | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama pushed his administration to break up Citibank early during his tenure but was thwarted by Treasury Secretary Tim...

George Clooney: 'I Get To Hang Out With Very Seductive People'

AP | COLLEEN BARRY | Posted 11.01.2011 | Entertainment

VENICE, Italy — Idealism loses out to cynicism in George Clooney's political drama "The Ides of March," which opens the Venice Film Festival. C...

Obama Reconsidering Second Run

Mark Steinberg | Posted 07.29.2011 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

At a press conference today, President Barack Obama shocked reporters when he said he might not run for a second term because he lacks fire in the bel...

Jon Meacham: Allow U.S. Citizens Not Born In America To Run For President

PBS | Jon Meacham | Posted 06.15.2011 | Politics

Donald Trump made me do it. Those are not words I ever expected to say, but, as Margaret Thatcher once observed, it’s a funny old world. For severa...

Howard Fineman On The Race For The 2012 Republican Nomination

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Huff TV

The Huffington Post's Howard Fineman was on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, discussing the race for the Republican nomination in the 2012 presid...

The Outlook for Egypt and the Middle East Is Grim

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert K. Lifton

While the world watches the events in Egypt play out, we should recognize a disturbing reality: No matter what the results of the uprising, Egypt will be a volatile nation,