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Where Is the Inflation?

Harlan Green | Posted 08.22.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

It's a pity more of those "inflationistas," who cry wolf at the slightest hint of rising prices, haven't visited the FDR Memorial where some of his most telling words are engraved, such as: "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."

Another Bend of the Arc Towards Justice

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

While it doesn't carry any legal weight, only the power of symbolism, the most touching moments for me in the president's presentation were his fluency with the word "transgender."

Memorial Day: Honor the Peace Seekers

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

Our highest patriotism on this Memorial Day should not simply be to mourn those Americans who have died fighting in the uniform of our country, but more importantly, we should all vow that unnecessary wars -- like Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan -- will never, ever happen again.

Karski's Story of a Secret State -- A Primer on the Polish Ethos

Alex Storozynski | Posted 05.28.2014 | Books
Alex Storozynski

First published in 1944, Karski's book reads like a spy novel on steroids. But you can't make this stuff up. The truth is indeed more horrible than fiction.

What The Left Can Learn From The Lego Movie

Sean McElwee | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Lefties have harangued Barack Obama, even suggesting that Richard Nixon was more liberal. By doing this, the left has has succumbed to right-wing ideas about social change -- that it comes from great men, rather than collective action.

Even the Shutdown Can't Kill Old Republican Fallacies

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Since the government started collecting economic data around World War II, we have accumulated plenty of evidence to measure each party's success at "dealing with the economy" -- and none of it makes Republicans look good.

Freedom From Fear, Redux

Jim Moore | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Jim Moore

There is almost nothing to which a person aspires that can be gained without compromise. The American people do not need to be made afraid of contrariness, or impassioned dissent, or of cooperation. That is a fear that will surely scuttle our democracy from within.

Ne'er the Twain?

Ian Williams | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Ian Williams

Xi Jinping's grand tour, which began in California and a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on June 7, is a debut rather than a consolidation. It is, perhaps wisely, more economic in its theme, brandishing investments rather than waving big sticks.

The IRS Scandal, and Hoover's Brutalist Legacy

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Any time a federal agency decides to intimidate those in the political arena in any way, large or small, it should be seen as a scandal by everyone -- no matter your political leanings. Because we've seen what happens when this sort of thing is allowed and encouraged, and it isn't a pretty sight.

Hollywood Bomb: The Unmaking of 'The Most Important Movie Ever Made'

Greg Mitchell | Posted 06.30.2013 | Entertainment
Greg Mitchell

My fascination with the making and unmaking of the MGM film took me to the Truman Library, where I was the first to consult key documents.

How to Reduce Our Big Fat Deficit? Romney's Austerity Diet vs. Obama's New Deal 2.0 Work Out

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 12.06.2012 | Politics
Lisa Kaas Boyle

When Americans vote this November we are choosing between two plans to get America back in shape: a safe and proven 'work out' plan or an extreme diet that could leave the 1 percent fat while the rest of us starve.

Who Did Mark Twain Think Was The Worst U.S. President?

Philip McFarland | Posted 09.17.2012 | Books
Philip McFarland

Back then I had begun researching a book on Mark Twain, and early on came across an opinion that America's great humorist set down in 1906 about the then president, Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt, Twain wrote, was "far and away the worst president we have ever had."

Re-Re-elect FDR! Make 2012 the New 1936!

Harvey J. Kaye | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Harvey J. Kaye

What he and his generation of progressive Americans made sure of was that America concretely deepened and strengthened its democratic institutions, broadened individual liberties and rendered America freer and ever so much more aligned with its historic promise.

Owner Adopts, Outfits Disabled Dog In Pooch 'Wheelchair'

Posted 05.07.2012 | Impact

Remaining active and optimistic, despite being confined to a wheelchair, Roosevelt-the-dog has proven to live up to his presidential namesake. Aft...

Think Again: How Classical Liberalism Morphed Into New Deal Liberalism

Eric Alterman | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Eric Alterman

Classical liberalism is synonymous with a faith in reason, which had arisen out of the Enlightenment as a reaction to claims of divine rule by the clergy and royalty of the late Middle Ages.

Quote/Unquote

John O'Toole | Posted 06.25.2012 | Home
John O'Toole

My favorite quote remains Deep Throat's "follow the money" because it not only explains Watergate. It explains everything. Except possibly love and sex, and they really shouldn't be explained. Or studied. Or worse yet, turned into a how-to book or a documentary.

Was FDR Given Cocaine?

Steven M. Gillon | Posted 03.04.2012 | Books
Steven M. Gillon

While researching my new book I came across circumstantial evidence that FDR was treated on December 7, 1941, and perhaps on a regular basis throughout much of his presidency, with cocaine.

Roosevelt Explains It All to You, and to Obama

Jonathan Schmock | Posted 11.04.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Schmock

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Sputnik? New Frontier? Where Is the Historical Analogy for Green?

Michael Kanellos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Kanellos

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama said the U.S. had recently experienced a Sputnik moment in clean energy. That officially marked the 537th Sputnik moment of the last ten years.

Democracy's Drawback

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

America is a strong supporter of democracy worldwide. Except, of course, when we aren't. That piece of doublethink is the heart of the conundrum in which we now find ourselves in Egypt.

What Do Sondheim, Roosevelt And Vonnegut Have In Common?

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"APOLLO'S ANGELS: A History of Ballet" by Jennifer Homans The New York Times Homans's accomplishment is akin to setting the most delicate and beautifu...

George W. Bush and Thanksgiving

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nigel Hamilton

Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness, and gratitude. I'm grateful that the "Bush Years" came to an end in January 2009, and a president took over wh...

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Dirtiest Race Ever Reaches Its Peak

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Greg Mitchell

The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce today virtually ordered all member businesses to close up shop on Election Day and get out the vote for Merriam against Upton Sinclair in the California gubernatorial race.

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: When FDR Sold Out Upton Sinclair

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

An official at one movie studio posted this sign next to a time clock: "If You Expect to Punch This a Week from Now Don't Vote for Sinclair."

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Kate Hepburn, FDR, Against Upton Sinclair

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

So far at this part in the '34 California gubernatorial race, Katharine Hepburn had refused to comment on the district attorney's investigation of political intimidation in Hollywood. But that didn't stop her father from speaking for her.