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The President's Game Changing Speech

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

Obama's compelling rhetoric rekindled hope and provided needed direction, energizing supporters of reform. It was a "game changer." Here's why.

In Defense of Rep. Joe "You Lie" Wilson

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

People across America were stunned that Rep. Joe Wilson could be so rude, so thoughtless, so disrespectful. Not me. I just figured he thought he was at a Democratic town hall meeting.

The Health Care Debate: Expecting of Ourselves What We Demand From Our Children

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Milewski

Representative Joe Wilson shouted at the president in a manner usually reserved for town hall meetings. But this was no town meeting, but instead a formal gathering of Congress.

Game On

Suzanne Langlois | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Suzanne Langlois

Thank you Joseph Wilson. Last evening, your socially inappropriate phonic tic put a fine point on the bare knuckle brawl that has been raging in the public square.

Despite Fears, Health Care Overhaul Is Moving Ahead

New York Times | Sheryl Gay Stolberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The conventional wisdom, here and around the country, is that the centerpiece of President Obama's domestic agenda -- remaking the healt...

Blockbuster News of Summer 2009

B. Jeffrey Madoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
B. Jeffrey Madoff

The summer's biggest news.

End of Life Consultations: Adults Only

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

Some leaders prefer to confine us in childhood, so we need never acknowledge, grieve over or plan for our own deaths. A childish approach to end-of-life issues permeated the August recess.

ABC-TV, Why Do You Hate Amurika?

Edward Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Edward Murray

I am writing this letter to you, ABC-TV bulk mail paper shredder, because I demand that you erase this encounter from my memory with your classified alien technology.

Just Listen -- Obama's Education Speech to Children

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Over and over again, we see the right wing steadfastly digging their heels in before gathering, listening to and evaluating all the facts regarding going to war, education and health reform.

Crunch Time for the Democrats

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

Leaders of the liberal wing of the party -- not necessarily the elected leadership of the House -- must use their powers of persuasion and their skills in compromise to sway the debate in favor of change, most critically with progressive voters.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Arianna Huffington

The GOP's desperate attempts to demonize President Obama reached new heights this week. Leading the charge was Sen. James Inhofe who, at a town hall meeting, claimed Obama is "obsessed with turning terrorists loose in America." That doozy was topped by the conservative firestorm over the president's upcoming speech to America's school kids, in which he plans to urge kids to work hard. Heaven forbid. (The administration's ill-conceived suggestion that kids write a letter "to themselves about what they can do to help the president" gave the crazies all the opening they needed). The last sitting president to address students across the nation was George H.W. Bush. During that speech, he issued a challenge to "revolutionize American education" and conduct "a crusade for excellence." Can you imagine what Glenn Beck would do with "revolutionize" and "crusade" coming out of Obama's mouth?

The Republican Death March on Health Care

Susan J. Demas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan J. Demas

Thanks to the town hall turmoil from bigots, birthers and assorted miscreants, Republicans can savor a sugar-high on health care -- a decadent and ultimately short-lived victory.

Keeping Obama on Message

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

"Actually, Mr. President..." "David?" "One more thing before we move off the logistics."

The Many Flavors of Kool-Aid®

Suzanne Langlois | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Suzanne Langlois

Last night I went to a town hall meeting in West Hartford hosted by representative John Larsen. I planned to sit in on the health care reform debate inside, but the real story was happening outside.

Right Like Me

Steven Weber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Weber

I used the unnaturally plentiful gifts that made me arguably the greatest actor in modern times, gifts which propelled me to the highest level of achievement, to assume the guise of a Right Winger.

It Is an Issue of Trust

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lance Simmens

How is it that a certain segment of the population is perfectly content to resist even the notion of questioning whether or not we can make things better?

Dionne: TV Over-Covering The Right-Wing Fringe

Washington Post | E.J. Dionne Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Health-care reform is said to be in trouble partly because of those raucous August town-hall meetings in which Democratic members of Congress were bes...

The Big Elephant In The Room Of Health Care Reform

Deborah Rozman Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deborah Rozman Ph.D.

Health care costs will keep going up, up, up, regardless of the plan adopted, unless incentives are provided for reducing lifestyle risk factors.

Health Care Reform: It's About Community, Stupid

Nathan Hegedus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathan Hegedus

Here in Sweden, forsaking your neighbor is the unforgivable sin. Even if you let the state do the caring, even if you never smile at them, you do not forsake them.

If We Get This Wrong...

Mary Ann West | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Ann West

What will be catastrophic is if we continue as we are, with only those who are healthy, wealthy, employed with a really great insurance plan or with Medicare coverage reaping the benefits.

Civility on Display at Massa Town Hall

Tim Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Ellis

It is always easier to make a story out of the sensational, as we've seen time and again over the past. But steady, solid yet passionate democracy in action - this, too, is a story worth telling.

Health Care & Town Halls

George Mitrovich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Mitrovich

There was fear in the middle school gym Saturday, palpable fear; fear of what the government might do to impose by fiat health care on the nation -- but it was driven by lies and distortions.

Minorities and Health Care: What's the Real Story?

Francesca Biller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Francesca Biller

While health care is in need of radical reform for millions of Americans, minorities and especially blacks have historically suffered disproportionately from poor or non-existent health care.

Health Care & Town Halls

George Mitrovich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Mitrovich

I drove to a middle school in the Spring Valley area of San Diego to moderate a "town hall" meeting on health care.

With New Strategy White House Plays Last Card on Health Care: Lead a Bipartisan Bill or Risk a Defining First Year Failure

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jennifer Donahue

The public option has to be minimized and renamed. Co-op is now a loaded a term; try 'non-profit optional choice for those who have no insurance' instead.