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Gaston Caperton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Gaston Caperton

With the economy increasingly dependent on highly educated workers, education, now more than ever, is a crucial link between personal well-being and national strength.

Just Whose Economic Recovery Is it, Anyway?

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Pearl Korn

The American people need not be sacrificed as the cost of promoting corporate growth. Both can coexist. It is time to seek a balance, Mr. President.

It's Time to Friend the SOTU Salmon on Facebook...

Stephanie Moura | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Stephanie Moura

A simple anecdote in the State of the Union has advanced the dialog and solutions to the very real challenges facing our ocean-based economies.

Obama Poll Watch -- January, 2011

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

When taken month-to-month, January, 2011, was Obama's best month of his entire presidency. Not only did he finally get his bump -- but it was a truly significant bump.

Race to Clean Energy Heats Up After President's Address

Jake Schmidt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Other countries are already seeing the benefits of making smart investments in the clean energy future. So as President Obama hinted, the U.S. better get in the game.

The 2011 SOTU: A Report Card (Not a Very Good Grade)

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo Hindery, Jr.

The sad state of our economy today and the specificity of President Obama's campaign promises across the entirety of issues justify a rigorous examination of his new promises last week.

This Generation's Sputnik Moment

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marc Van Ameringen

Around the world, food prices are surging, with protests breaking out across Northern Africa. And against this backdrop, the scourge of malnutrition continues to ravage more than one billion people.

WATCH: Michele Bachmann Gives Her Rebuttal Another Shot

The Huffington Post | Katla McGlynn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Last week's State Of The Union address provided more than enough fodder for comedians, but "Saturday Night Live" had to wait until yesterday to give u...

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.

Weekly Mulch: Can Clean Energy Curb Climate Change? Probably Not.

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger During the State of the Union address earlier this week, President Barack Obama spoke at length about clea...

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.

Friday Talking Points [153] -- SOTU-palooza

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The past week in politics was, quite obviously, dominated by President Obama's "State Of The Union" speech to Congress. For those of you who may have...

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.

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.

Green News Report: January 27, 2011 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: From the ...

SOTU: Obama's Innovation Economy

Mike Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Green

The nation is nervous, yet outwardly calm. President Obama has set the stage for a vision of America's new Innovation Economy and forward-looking anti...

Winning the Future: Can Americans Put Their Passions to Work?

Curtis Valentine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Curtis Valentine

Winning the future may not only begin with our children asking themselves what they want to be when they grow up, but also making sure America can actually work to make it so.

When "Socialism" Meant Something

Jonathan Rabb | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jonathan Rabb

That socialism's ideals are alive and well in the US today -- on both the left and the right -- makes it so amazing that they should continue to be so badly misrepresented.

Why Sputnik?

Bill Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Schneider

I was around for the launching of Sputnik in 1957. It created a huge wave of shock and paranoia. Obama was trying to create a mood of crisis in the country, and for a reason: That's the only way we get things done.

Comedians Tweet The News: Rahm, Bachmann, Oscars & More

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

How can we get through the week without professional joke-tellers making a few cracks about current events? Here are some of this week's funniest twee...

Independents to Obama: Show Me Don't Tell Me

Michael Maslansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Maslansky

Independents are not back on the president's team. But they are willing to listen -- and watch. If he wants to continue to earn back their trust and, more importantly, their votes, he's going to have to deliver.

Michele Bachmann's Brilliant Move

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Michele Bachmann's idea of giving a second Republican reply to the State of the Union was politically brilliant. Democrats, progressives and real populists would be well-advised to understand why.

The Speaker Is Orange, Can the President Be Green?

Joshua Keyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joshua Keyak

Is this our Sputnik moment? I hope so because it will take nothing less that an Apollo-esque program to accomplish Obama's clean energy goals.