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Presidential Leadership: "The Future Does Not Belong to Fear"

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Obama's priorities are spot on. Nuclear threats are growing. The previous administration's military approach to the problem failed.

"Overexposed" Obama In Danger Of Rising Poll Numbers

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chris Weigant

Even if Obama has turned things around and starts posting approval numbers between 55 and 60, don't expect the media to realize that their entire "overexposed" story has been turned on its head.

Kanye West's Full-Length Video Music Awards (VMA) Speech Revealed

Ben Berkon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Ben Berkon

Even though Kanye West did successfully interrupt Taylor Swift's modest and grateful acceptance speech, he later admitted that he actually had a full-length speech that he unfortunately did not have enough time to give.

Obama Wall Street Speech To Focus On Regulation

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to use the first anniversary of Lehman Brothers' collapse to talk about plans to wind down the governm...

Friday Talking Points [93] -- Lies, Lies And Propaganda

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Political discussions in America are fast becoming solely theological in nature.. Each side has their beliefs. Each has their tenets which they fervently defend. Much of this is done on faith.

How To Write A Eulogy | Dr. Roberta Temes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

It is an honor to commemorate the life of a person who has recently died. Are you preparing a eulogy? Here's some help from Dr. Roberta Temes, who s...

Daily Pulse: Obama to Outline Vision for Health Care Reform

Lindsay Beyerstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lindsay Beyerstein

This is Obama's last chance to recapture the momentum that Democrats lost to corporate-backed town hall hooligans and misinformation during the August recess.

Throwing Women Overboard -- Again

Martha Burk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martha Burk

As the debate heats up in the coming days, we must paraphrase the question from our foremothers -- Mr. President, how long must women wait for equality?

Obama: Addressing the Healing Crisis

James S. Gordon | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
James S. Gordon

If every older person were guaranteed a physician with time to talk about life and ways to live it more fully, as well as to discuss the best ways to deal with the inevitability of death, debates about "death panels" would wither.

Did Obama's Speech Change The Game?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Stylistically, the speech was reminiscent of Obama on the campaign trail. But the bar for him is so high that this was only remarkable because it has been so absent of late from Obama.

Taking Things Off the Table

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama absolutely loves the phrase "everything's on the table." But the time for piling "everything" on "the table" is over. Everything being on the table means that no decisions have been made.

The Audacity of Obama

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Claudia Ricci

Tragically, it's almost as though President Obama and his handlers don't get it. They don't see what we saw as he was swept into office on a groundswell of grass roots support in January.

Friday Talking Points [92] -- The End Of Silly Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Sadly, Obama's speech to school children has become mired in manufactured controversy from the right, with typical sky-is-falling rhetoric about the evil, evil man who occupies the Oval Office.

Five Vital Points the President Must Make in His Upcoming Speech On Health Care Reform

Zack Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zack Cooper

Americans lost sight of why healthcare reform was vital in the first place. President Obama needs to paint a vivid, emotive picture of the need for healthcare reform.


Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The following is the transcript of Senator Edward Kennedy's speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Obama's Second Hundred Days

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Our look back at Obama's second 100 days will begin with a short overview, and then move on to the categories: "the best of times," "the worst of times," and "the age of (media) foolishness."

Spin vs. Topspin

Jerry Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Weissman

While spinning can escalate to distortion or even to outright deception, topspin is the direct approach you can use to get the advantage.

Taking Our Seat at the Table

Aram Khayatpour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aram Khayatpour

After having to deal with the idiotic thugs of the last 8 years who wielded military might as if they were overcompensating for their own insecurities, we now have a president who seems to get it.

Friday Talking Points [80] -- Parsing Obama's Cairo Speech

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

This is an interesting and refreshing subtext in Obama's entire speech -- he says things are "facts" and not opinions. Considering the lunacy that passes for "political debate" on American television screens -- where there are always two points of view, and every "fact" is subject to spin from one side or another -- it is a breath of fresh air.

Why Limbaugh Is Right to Oppose Obama's Economic Policies

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Stranahan

Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh wants Barack Obama's economic policies to fail. He said it, he said it again, and he said it again at CPAC. Limbaug...

Reflections on "The Speech"

Ben Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ben Rosen

There was no part of "the speech" that will live in history. Nothing Obama said comes close to the emotional impact of the opening line of his Iowa caucus victory speech.

Strange Bedfellows: Bush Bids Farewell to Ex-Con

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Papa

Former drug-war prisoner Julio Medina opened Exodus Transitional Community in East Harlem, New York, to assist formerly incarcerated men and women as they integrated back into the community.

The Speechless Speech

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Brian Ross

People in the crowd stood there in joyous tears, in shock. What was interesting was that there were invited guests, nearly 70,000 of them, but no VIP area. Jessie Jackson stood huddled in the crowd in tears. Oprah was out there, a citizen like you and me, in tears.

On Wordiness, Godliness and Truthiness: The McCain-Palin Assault on Language

Caryn James | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caryn James

The McCain-Palin campaign is demonizing language and not just using it with that politics-as-usual slipperiness. But denigrating language is easy after all these years of George "Malapropism" Bush.

RNC Green Screen Challenge: Make McCain's Speech Exciting

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Tucker

Was the convention director asleep? For the first few minutes of the big McCain speech, the candidate looked like an entry in Stephen Colbert's "Make John McCain Exciting Green Screen Challenge!"