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Arthur Delaney

Paul Ryan's Office Calls Cops On Jobless Protesters

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics

Staffers for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called police on Thursday evening to disperse unemployed protesters staging a sit-in at his Kenosha, Wis., office...

GOP Town Halls Hit With Progressive Messages

Firedoglake | David Dayen | Posted 10.16.2011 | Politics

Two years ago, a concerted effort by a corporate-funded Tea Party movement to get conservatives out to town hall meetings changed the dynamic in Washi...

After Months of Tea Party Attacks on the Environment, Glimmers of Sanity Emerge

Frances Beinecke | Posted 10.09.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

A growing number of GOP lawmakers are starting to question the Tea Party's reckless overreach. They realize that anti-environmental efforts do not reflect the wishes of the American people.

Representative Moran (and 25 Others): Conned by Concord Coalition

Eric Lotke | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics
Eric Lotke

Concord is an honest advocacy group and entitled to advocacy towards its ends. But our elected officials should not dress it up in government clothes and present it to constituents as a town hall forum.

What the World Needs Now: Obama's Town Hall Twitter?

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

The President yesterday conducted a town hall meeting by Twitter. For the many people who do not tweet, including me, this "tweet meet" was a curious ...

Ryan Grim

Obama Quizzed On 14th Amendment At Twitter Town Hall

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During a Twitter town hall Wednesday, President Obama was asked whether he would consider invoking the 14th Amendment to pay government ...

Why Barack Obama Loves the War on Drugs

Stanton Peele | Posted 08.03.2011 | Politics
Stanton Peele

Do you remember the scene when Barack Obama opened the government to suggestions from the audience (the American public) in the first ever Internet To...

The Tea Party's 10 Ways to Survive Town Hall Meetings

Andy McDonald | Posted 07.31.2011 | Comedy
Andy McDonald

A Tea Party group known as FreedomWorks has provided new GOP congressmen and women with talking points that will help them survive budget-focused town hall meetings which have recently been very confrontational for conservatives.

Medicare, Other Issues Have Republicans Suppressing Social Media

Hal Donahue | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

Congressmen Barletta and Marino are adopting the tactics of former Egyptian President Mubarak: no electronic media will be allowed during town hall and public meetings except by recognized press.

Stop, Think and Contemplate: BP Anniversary, Fukushima Disaster & Fracking... Are Our Lives in Jeopardy?

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 07.20.2011 | Green
Mitchell J. Rabin

I'd rather stop, think and contemplate a beautiful sunrise really, a powerful, yellow ball rising above the horizon by the shore. Or a sunset with a ...

Jason Linkins

Anti-Ryan Town Hall Rage Suffers From A Hype Deficit

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.22.2011 | Politics

As noted earlier, House Republicans have lately had to contend with a taste of the town hall rage and bitterness that roiled throughout the summer of ...

Jason Linkins

GOP Reps Host Town Halls, Get Yelled At

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics

During 2009's long summer of angry town halls, it was very common for Democrats touting the benefits of health care reform to constituents to be met w...

Riots, Jobs, and Innovation

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

With the people of Egypt in open defiance of a corrupt autocratic regime, using new tools of social media to foment a resistance to government tyranny, it's important to understand that innovation isn't just about iPads. It's about freedom.

Ted Brassfield's Camelot is Still Alive

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

During last week's Washington town hall meeting about the economy, Ted Brassfield, a recent Indiana University Maurer School of Law graduate asked Pre...

Coming Face to Face with Obama and the Vanishing American Dream

Daphne Wysham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Wysham

An invitation to participate in Barack Obama's Town Hall forum arrived in my inbox; I was to show up at 9 AM sharp. But afterward, I couldn't help but feel sad and a bit used. And I imagined Obama felt the same way.

Why Doesn't Obama Love Us Anymore, Mommy?

Edward Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Edward Murray

Don't pretend your kids' educations or your small business loan would be paid for if Obama was doing a better job or if McCain/Palin won. Think you're exhausted now? Imagine how tired you'd be from being so pissed off if Obama lost.

Jason Linkins

Dems Skipping Town Halls? Not Really

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Jeff Zeleny reported that Democrats were avoiding town hall appearances to avoid "voter rage." Is it true? Well, your definition of "avoiding town hall meetings" would have to be "holding a lot of town hall meetings." So: no.

Big Daddy's Rules for the 2010 Campaign Trail

Burns Strider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Burns Strider

I'm all about winning. And I live for hardball politics. I get it naturally. But, dividing and angering voters; displacing the common ground of being American from under their feet in order to win has catastrophic consequences.

Tea Party Movement Split On New Town Hall Push

CQ-Roll Call | Ambreen Ali | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The town halls are back but with far less hype. The fiery outbursts that replayed on national media during last August's town hall meetings on heal...

Jason Linkins

Feingold Opponent Resurrects Town Hall Meetings, Claims Senator Is 'Not Listening' (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over at TPM, Eric Kleefield reports that one of Senator Russ Feingold's (D-Wisc.) would-be Republican opponents, Terrence Wall, is resurrecting the me...

Favorite Moments from the State of the Union Address

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Obama was fantasizing about bringing civility and bipartisanship back to Washington. Poor guy probably believes in the Tooth Fairy too.

Obama Talks About the Rights of Children

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alexia Parks

Of the 193 countries who have signed the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, only two countries in the world, the United States and Somalia, have refused to ratify it.

What A Real Town Hall Looks Like

Alex Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alex Green

Can this be done anywhere? Yes. Is it without difficulty? No. But is it easier than we think to organize 25 political figures over four weeks with a small group and no money? Yes.

Republicans' 2010 Campaign Message: Vote For Us Because Obama Can't Magically Fix in a Year What it Took Us Eight Years to Destroy

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

So, what's the real 2010 Republican campaign message gonna be?: "Watch out Democrats, we're gonna be nastier, dirtier, more unethical and deceptive than ever.

Getting the Government We Seem to Want

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Gary Hart

The current turmoil in Colorado politics and beyond, marked by resignations of senior elected officials, has many lessons. First among these is: "It isn't fun anymore."