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The Long Exhale

Sasha Abramsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sasha Abramsky

The tears running down my face last night and this morning were of something so much more than happiness, so much more than simple relief. They were an exhalation.

A New Deal for America? Yes We Can!

Matthew Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Matthew Stein

It has been estimated that we could fund the changes necessary to turn our world around by shifting just 1/6th of the world's military budget into programs that support energy efficiency.

What Do We Do Now?

Avi Sinensky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Avi Sinensky

For the first time in my life I got a glimpse into what it must have felt like for my grandparents in 1948: to witness with their own eyes the realization of an impossible dream.

What We Will Remember: Obama's Victory Speech and McCain's Concession

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Obama and McCain accomplished two very different objectives last night: Obama unified and inspired; McCain departed with grace. Here's what history will remember of the speeches of November 4, 2008.

Obama's Branding Genius

John Tepper Marlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Tepper Marlin

AdAge announced today that yesterday, November 4, is the most significant day for marketers in the history of the world.

Looking Forward: What Comes After the New Deal and the Raw Deal?

Drew Westen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Drew Westen

The task facing President-elect Obama is to articulate the role of government in the 21st century just as FDR articulated its role in the 20th.

A Plea to President-elect Obama: Adoption is the Option

Richard C. Thompson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Thompson

During your acceptance speech last night, which was a great and compassionate one, you told your daughters that you are getting them a puppy for the White House. Adoption is the option.

Nomination for Best Image of Election Night 2008

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Sirota

For best image of the night, I nominate this image juxtaposing Newsweek's recent cover entitled "America the Conservative" next to 2008's electoral map showing a landslide for the "socialist."

Why Obama Will Lose Today....

Richard Grenell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Grenell

Since Obama's problems from the Democratic Primary have not been resolved, nor reported by the national media, the Electoral College map signals trouble for the media's main man.

America Elects 'A Rock Star'

David A. Andelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Andelman

The all but unanimous conclusion from my time taking calls from folks on Radio France was a simple one: "Barack Obama is 'le rock star.'"

Election Day Liveblog

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

I am sitting with a number of the biggest players in American politics and they are gasping for air. This is a big night. Change, but it will come with crisis.

Finally, A President Who Looks Like Me!

Evan Handler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Evan Handler

Barack Obama is the first president in my lifetime who resembles me and the people I know.

So Far in 40 Years

Logan Nakyanzi Pollard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

When my mother got married, my grandfather said he'd shoot my dad with a shotgun (an inauspicious but common beginning for an interracial marriage).

My Letter to Barack Obama

George Stevens, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Stevens, Jr.

I wrote to Barack several days later. Here's the letter. Looking back, it seems as if today was somehow written in America's destiny.

Election Night, Do Not Concede: Open Letter Signed By Gore Vidal & Others

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Milazzo

It is reasonable to once again expect further manipulation on election night by some Republican officials, as in 2004; should we also expect Democrats to once again concede in the face of fraud?

Wondering What Will Be

Richard Schiff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Schiff

As we stand on the verge of a shifting earth I wonder is this the Big One, the epiphany that leads us to brilliance in real time, or is this one of the aftershocks.

Obama's Springfield Connection: 'Whatever He Says You Can Take To the Bank'

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Now that Illinois is offering a second President to the United States, it seemed fitting to spend the night watching Senator Barack Obama with the Democratic County Chair in Springfield.

Who's Watching?

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

When we vote, there will be many by our side we can't see, but they'll be watching us. Whitman wrote that for all we know, he may be standing looking over our shoulders now. He may be right.

Tonight, Tonight Was Not Just Any Night

Alison Rose Levy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alison Rose Levy

As a member of the sixties generation, whose vision of America was shattered by the three assassinations of that time, it was bitter indeed to witness the devolution of the last eight years.

Penn State: 1000 Youth in Line to Vote at 7am

Jake Brewer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jake Brewer

The youth vote is likely to make up 25% of the electorate today and is a powerful national voice that is demanding green jobs and clean energy to reinvigorate and re-power our economy.

American Elections: A True Opportunity for Change, or Just Plastic Surgery?

Gilbert Doumit | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gilbert Doumit

As a foreign observer, I am amazed by the level of political engagement and the turnout of the American citizens to the voting ballots - these things reflect their commitment to a better world.

Big Think Presents: What's Your Plan?

Sean McManus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sean McManus

If the election of 2000 reminded us that every vote counts, 2008 has provoked a wholesale political awakening. Across the globe, US politics is, as Tina Brown might say, the big fat story.

"Politics of Change" Just Changed More Than You Think

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

Obama ran a campaign that began with a speech that proclaimed, "We aren't Red States. We aren't Blue States. We are the United States." And that is how he won. That is the politics of change.

The Forgotten Legacy of Environmentalism

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

The time has come to shift the discussion about environmental protection to green economics, forever burying the notion that resource protection diminishes growth.

Republican Steals All of Neighborhood Obama Signs

Philip G. Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip G. Baker

Our neighborhood has had many more Obama lawn signs than McCain, by a a ratio of almost 10:1. Today someone drove through this part of the town and stole all of the Obama signs.