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Sotu 2011

Export Promotion Is Not the Same as Building Markets Abroad

Ben Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Leo

It sounds like there may be confusion in the Obama administration over a basic, yet fundamental issue -- understanding the difference between export promotion and development mandates.

House GOP Cuts Are Theologically Immoral

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

Theologically, these proposed cuts are a sin. They would harm the most vulnerable among us and endanger the planet. There is no getting around it: the House GOP budget is an immoral document.

Irreconcilable Differences

Robert Hoopes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Hoopes

Historically, the budget process ultimately has resolved without too much controversy or consequence for either side of the political aisle. That is about to change.

Mourning the Silence of True Liberalism

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Byron Williams

Somewhere between the civil rights movement and the anti-Vietnam protest, liberalism lost its voice. And by tangible indicators it has yet to regain its voice -- at least not in any comprehensible way.

Both Sides Now w/ Huffington & Matalin: On Egypt, Climate, Obama's New Narrative, Sex and Food

HuffPost Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2010-06-28-bothsides_pull.jpgArianna and Mary come to a consensus on Egypt, but clash over whether the science behind man-made global warming is prophetic or merely profitable.

A State of the Union Address for Today's Labor Market Realities

Andrew Sum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Andrew Sum

Last week's State of the Union message by the President left out any substantial references to today's labor market realities. Here's what should have been delivered to our nation.

Speeding Up Innovation and Entrepreneurship With the White House's Startup America Initiative

Marc Ecko | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marc Ecko

We must embrace opportunities to forge public-private partnerships, which have proven a successful model for building momentum to renew America's reputation for greatness.

Does the State of the Union Address Put Our Nation at Risk?

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

There are so many things to react to in the president's speech, so I'll separate my comments out into different posts. The State of the Union Address...

Notes of an Ex-Pat 2: Democrats Abroad

W. Hunter Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
W. Hunter Roberts

Democrats Abroad Hungary is a motley crew. We each have our own story. A few are students, here for a term or two. There are those who came for a job ...

State of the Union Taboo: Women's Poverty

Linda Basch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Basch

President Obama's State of the Union address was heartening for its forward looking focus on collaboration, innovation, and sustainable growth but the...

The Joe Cool Comeback Rally: Inside Barack Obama's Call to Charm

James Campion | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Campion

This has been a rough twelve months for the president. But in defeat, he has registered a certified victory, unfurling a humbled exterior that was absent in his first two years in office.

Are We Ready to Respond to the President's Call for Innovation and Universal Access?

Navarrow Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Navarrow Wright

President Obama's State of the Union showed that the president has realized that wireless broadband access is the key to having a country that is truly connected.

Where's the Protest at Home?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The next time I cross paths with a robust protest march, I'd like to see citizens protesting the wreckage of American prosperity by Wall Street and the too feeble response by our government.

Can't Forget About the Present as We Look to Future

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Byron Williams

The president sought to galvanize the nation around a single vision by using a metaphor from a time when the United States was losing the race to space. But is this really America's "Sputnik moment"?

Boffo Smash or Miserable Flop?

Will Durst | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Will Durst

There were fleeting moments of mad genius as the president flashed his trademark Messianic zeal, but all momentum fizzled whenever he tap-danced around specifics in wooden numbers that reeked of the familiar.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Arianna Huffington

At this week's State of the Union, President Obama succeeded in shifting the tone from "You Lie!" to what HuffPost's Howard Fineman called a "'Love Train' Moment." Hollywood should take note because no sooner were this year's Oscar nominations announced than the dirty politicking began, with charges that The King's Speech is historically inaccurate and that the sympathetic stuttering monarch at its center was actually a dim-witted Nazi appeaser. It used to be that we had to wait until an election year for negative campaigning, rumor-mongering, mud-slinging, and win-at-all-cost consultants. But, now, we get to be treated to these unseemly political staples every year come Oscar time. In past years, we saw similar mud being slung at A Beautiful Mind, and The Queen. What's next, rumors that Woody and Buzz from Toy Story 3 are secret lovers? The Academy clearly didn't get The New Civility memo.

Obama, Incorporated

David Bromwich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Bromwich

There are two traits conspicuous in Obama no matter what the pressure of the occasion: He rarely explains complex matters with a complexity equal to the subject matter; and he hates to be a bearer of bad news.

Centrism Wins! Media Marvel at Obama's Move to the Right

Peter Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Peter Hart

There is little evidence that Obama's current approval ratings have anything to do with a rightward shift, and the entire conversation rests on the premise that Obama was governing from the left in the first place.

Obama's Soulless Obsession With Science and Math

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Yes, Mr. President. We need better schools and more accountable teachers. But more than anything we need new values that undergird the schools, the parents, and the teachers.

Obama Schools Nation on Technology and Changing Economy

Judy Lubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judy Lubin

In this new world, Americans must embrace technology or risk being left behind in an age of new demands and global competition. And Obama noted that by recognizing the value of technology.

The New Obama Narrative

George Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Lakoff

For the first two years of his administration, Obama had no overriding narrative, no frame to define his policymaking, no way to make sense of what he was trying to do. As of his 2011 State of the Union Address, he has one: Competitiveness.

Obama Wins Round One

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The president's stirring speech contrasted with the tepid Republican responses delivered by Representatives Paul Ryan and Michele Bachmann and established the ideological battle lines for the next election.

State of Our (Mobile) Union

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

When we envision winning the future, mobile broadband is leading the way. But these leading-edge technologies won't make their way to consumers without more wireless capacity.

A Hidden Prescription for Jobs: Global health R&D

John Edward Porter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
John Edward Porter

Global health research and development is not only in the health interest of Illinoisans -- it has also become a hidden engine for new jobs and economic growth.

Saving Salmon Is No Joke

Leda Huta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Leda Huta

Currently, all runs of salmon on the Snake River are either extinct or listed under the Endangered Species Act. The current salmon plan is inefficient and costs us money and good jobs -- the very pitfalls Obama says he wants to avoid.