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Putin or Obama for Lunch?

Ana Garcia | Posted 11.24.2014 | Travel
Ana Garcia

Pushkin, Russia is a long way to go for a bowl of beef stroganoff, but if you want to eat a meal fit for a Russian President, it's the place to go.

Did Bush, Obama Squander Their Presidencies?

Matthew Dowd | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

Americans have voted for two presidents in a row whose main campaign message was they were going to bring the country together, fix the divisiveness in D.C., and build consensus across the aisle. And in the aftermath of Obama and Bush, the country is coming away more polarized and governance more dysfunctional.

5 Reasons Liberals Tired of War Should Vote for Rand Paul Over Hillary Clinton.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Red, blue, liberal, and conservatives should mean nothing when 3,000 American soldiers were just sent back to a war that we lost.

Democratic National Committee Needs a Shake-up -- Who Does the Shaking?

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

The issue isn't what Wasserman Schultz said with regard to a 'top to bottom assessment' but rather who will do the assessment. If it is the same people who planned the mid-terms' non-message we are in for the same problems next time around.

The End of Shared Sacrifice Set in Stone: Yale As Metaphor

Paul Gunther | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Paul Gunther

It behooves Americans not only to pause and consider their war dead, even if just doing so by pondering the anonymous tale of a single lapidary name, but also to think about a contemporary society where the whole concept of such binding sacrifice is equally dead.

College Football and Tuesday's Elections

Glen Browder | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

Three of my political science colleagues conducted research showing that winning/losing that Saturday game could boost or cost the incumbent party and its gubernatorial candidate an average of 10 percent in the Tuesday election.

We Laughed. We Cried. We Met Hillary Clinton.

Joanne Spataro | Posted 10.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Joanne Spataro

The experience of meeting Hillary is even more special because I did it with my old partner-in-crime. Ben, I can't wait until Hillary invites us for brunch in the Diplomat Room someday.

The Importance of a Nonpartisan Surgeon General

Richard H. Carmona, M.D. | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Richard H. Carmona, M.D.

We should act to strengthen the Office of the Surgeon General by protecting it from political manipulation. In our hyper-partisan political world characterized by gridlock and great political poetic license in the interpretation of science to support preconceived political biases, who will have the responsibility to speak scientific truth to power?

This Message from Hillary Clinton Could Win the Senate

Paul Abrams | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

This message has the virtue of being, well, true, a vanishing quality in American politics. But, it is also optimistic, future-oriented, and provides the context for voters' choices.

Obama Should Appoint a Surgeon General Right Now

Jerry Lanson | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Jerry Lanson

Congress is in recess. The American public is freaking out about Ebola. Sen. John McCain is leading a growing cadre of Republicans calling for an "Ebola czar." So what's wrong with this picture? CBS News got it right when it wrote, "As calls for Ebola 'czar' grow, where's the surgeon general?"

Hillary Rodham Clinton Represents the Unfinished Business of Our Democracy

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

This is the Hillary Rodham Clinton who, if she runs and is elected president in 2016, will move us another giant step toward forming a "more perfect union" and finishing the business of our democracy.

Profiles In Cowardice

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The United States Congress is currently abdicating one of its most solemn duties: declaring when America is at war, and with whom. This is nothing short of disgraceful, and every member of Congress who didn't actively push their leadership to hold a vote should be ashamed of themselves right now.

Constructing a Black President

Craig Carpenter | Posted 11.25.2014 | Arts
Craig Carpenter

The similarities between Barack Obama and Louis Ortiz extend beyond being a parent, and struggling in a new job. The most obvious similarity, and the most life altering for Mr. Ortiz, was his physical resemblance to the former freshman Senator from Illinois.

How to Fix America's Gridlock

Diane M. Francis | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Diane M. Francis

The midterm elections loom but everyone knows what the outcome will be: gridlock, gridlock and more gridlock. That's because the U.S. system is based on a 227-year-old prototype (circa 1787) that badly needs a refresh to match the efficiency and transparency that characterizes other, superior government systems.

Even First Ladies Have to Deal With Red Tape

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 11.12.2014 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

With the Ken Burns docu-series The Roosevelts: An Intimate History airing shortly on PBS, this seems a good time to share a snippet of their family history. Specifically, the pages that follow are excerpts from Edith Kermit Roosevelt's file regarding a widow's pension for the service of her husband, Theodore Roosevelt.

Get Bland for Rand?

Kevin Price | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Kevin Price

In the end, will a more pragmatic Rand Paul build a coalition that can win a national election? Will his core constituents tolerate a more mainstream Rand? Will they become "bland for Rand"?

The Value and Importance of the Arts and the Humanities in Education and Life

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 11.09.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

We challenge our students to develop life-long skills such as analytical thinking, clarity in written and spoken expression, collaboration, and creativity.

Rick Perry's Indictment Could Make Him Tea Party Poster Child

Kevin Price | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Kevin Price

Many see Perry's 2012 presidential campaign as laughable. Many more believed he could never be taken seriously again after his poor performance (particularly in debates). However, there is nothing more persuasive in moving voters than empathy.

The Disease Of American Democracy

Robert Reich | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

No wonder Americans feel powerless. No surprise we're sick of politics, and many of us aren't even voting. But if we give up on politics, we're done for. Powerlessness is a self-fulfilling prophesy.

What Would Jesus Say?

Nuri Kino | Posted 10.04.2014 | World
Nuri Kino

I recently published an Op-Ed in Fox News about the Assyrians' struggle for protections and why I saw myself forced to start a worldwide Campaign call...

The First Gay President

Richard Alther | Posted 09.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard Alther

Although such things are happening slowly but surely, will being queer continue to inhibit the likelihood of the first gay president?

Ingenious Compromise: Reason for Hope

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

Does a sharply divided America necessarily mean that no meaningful legislation can emerge from our political leaders on both sides of the aisle? I don't think so! What many people describe as the greatest political agreement in the history of the world came out of a deeply divided America -- the US Constitution.

Perry For President

Jeff Danziger | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton

Marianne Williamson | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Marianne Williamson

In the final analysis, we really do love democracy -- and watching it dismantled as it's being dismantled, and corrupted like it's being corrupted, has taken a lot of us from denial to real depression to a collective "Hell, no!" that will have electoral consequences in 2016.

Who Will Qualify for Obama's Executive Order?

Ryan Campbell | Posted 09.15.2014 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

Removing the age cap and changing the criteria to allow more DREAMers to qualify may be the easiest thing that Obama could do.