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Obama's Book List: What Has The President Read So Far?

The Daily Beast | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

With the Obama family vacation just around the corner, we'd like to offer a refresher to anyone who is behind on their Barack Obama reading list. When...

So Much Heat, So Little Light

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Larry Gellman

What I continue to find shocking is that the message, tactics, and unrelenting anger of the Republican Party are becoming echoed and displayed by so many Americans who call themselves "pro-Israel."

Whose Moral Hazard Is It Now?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Kathleen Reardon

Despite the recent shot across the bow of Goldman Sachs, you have to wonder how far the Obama administration and leading Democrats are willing to take this. Experts say: not far.

Laying the Foundation for a High-tech, Pro-Growth Economy

Dean Garfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Dean Garfield

The high-tech sector is playing a lead role in laying the foundation for a new pro-growth economy.

Israel and the Flotilla: On the Dangers of a Binary View

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Qanta Ahmed, MD

When will we understand that Israel's security problem is everyone's security problem, that a threatened Jew is a threatened Muslim?

Capitalist Free Markets Can Successfully Provide Healthcare - If the Playing Field is Leveled

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

When I caught up with Phil a few days later I abruptly greeted him saying, "Let's chat about situations where health care services can be optimized by...

The Lesson of BP: Too Much Greed? Too Little Guts?

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

Let our takeaway from the BP nightmare be that we as a people get serious about removing the power of private wealth in our nation's governance.

California's Model "Newocrat": David Crane's Crusade for Pension Reform and High-Speed Rail

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathan Gardels

Those who inhabit a paradigm of fiscal responsibility combined with investment in infrastructure and education are "newocrats." California has such a model "newocrat" in the person of David Crane.

The Pulitzer Debacle?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Hoyt Hilsman

Rather than simply dismissing the Pulitzers as old-fashioned or irrelevant, isn't it worth a further discussion of how the Committee goes about making its choices -- especially when it ignores the nominees of its own Jury?

New York Times Does Not Understand Main Street

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Don McNay

Reporting that Main Street was complicit in the financial meltdown is like blaming a murder victim for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Have We Bottomed Out Yet on Coarseness?

Anne Butterfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Anne Butterfield

It's not just the parade float of political speech from which the wheels have fallen off. Culture has also shifted hard toward coarseness.

In Defense of Israel

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Ostroy

There is no quick fix in the Mideast. And as demonstrated by the world's swift, harsh and uniform condemnation of Israel's actions Monday, Israel and it's people are once again alone in this not-very-Jew-friendly world.

Can Anyone Explain This Offshore Drilling Decision?

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Winston

I'm completely confused by the decision on offshore drilling, or at least by its timing. I can only come up with a few plausible reasons the President would support this, but none make real sense to me. Here are some lines of logic that some may support...

A Cloud in Every Silver Lining: The New Obstacle to a Green-Tech Revolution

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Rare earth elements are essential to many of the green technologies we're betting on to launch the new low-carbon economy. But while demand for rare earths has grown, their production has not.

Regime Change Redux? Reading Tom Friedman in Sao Paulo

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

In a recent Op-Ed, Friedman claims that Iran refuses to put its (low-enriched) uranium stockpile under IAEA inspection, but this assertion is verifiably false -- and the New York Times should publish a correction.

Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Sponsors House Hearing on Child Trafficking

Conchita Sarnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Conchita Sarnoff

In order to undertake the darker side of immigration reform, such as child trafficking, lawmakers must create a sustainable budget and measurement system that collates factual data and statistics.

Friedman Asks: Where is the Plan? Maybe it's Waiting on the Outrage

Jamal Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jamal Simmons

While we news junkies watch oil gush into the Gulf, the impact of the problem is still a bit remote for most citizens. Sadly, the visible destruction caused by this crisis is coming.

HuffPost Spotlight Series: Let's Innovate!

Jose Antonio Vargas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jose Antonio Vargas

Leading through innovation is what the 15 "Featured Doers" in HuffPost's inaugural Spotlight Series are all about. Some are recognizable names. Others are not. But they're all innovators and trend-setters in their respective fields.

Death-Defying Institutional Brands

Barry Eisler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barry Eisler

I'm increasingly intrigued by the ability of certain brands to outlast the loss of their underlying substance. For example, the GOP as the party of small government.

Friedman's Failures Remain Relevant

Barrett Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barrett Brown

There is so much to mock in Friedman's attempts to understand and convey the world and its workings that even his celebrated foolishness in regards to the Iraq War makes up just a small portion of his mock-worthy output.

Featured Doer: Thomas L. Friedman

Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The three-time Pulitzer winner is arguably the most influential newspaper columnist today, explaining the meaning of globalization, the impact of tech...

Dear Vinod Khosla and Tom Friedman: No Amount of Sequestration Will Make Coal "Clean"

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

Even if a coal-fired power plant sequestered 100 percent of its carbon pollution, it would not be "clean."

In Search of the Moderate Muslim: It Takes an Ummah

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Until moderate Muslims find each other, 'find the other hand,' and start a global response, nothing less than a cacophony of figurative clapping, we will remain as we are now: voiceless.

Thomas Friedman: LAX As Metaphor For America

nytimes.com | THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

(Found via LA Observed) I was traveling via Los Angeles International Airport -- LAX -- last week. Walking through its faded, cramped domestic termin...

Feeding the Beast--Our Addiction to Anger and Fear

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Larry Gellman

If you ask most people what they want the most for themselves the vast majority would say "happiness." So why do so many people spend every moment watching and reading things that are designed to make us angry or afraid?