Father of the Bride

Father of the Bride

Steve Hochstadt: My daughter Mae got married this weekend. That gave me a special status as father of the bride. But exactly what that means is not so clear.

Why Nixon Matters 40 Years Later

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Stanley Kutler: Nixon endures. He stands as the commanding figure of American political life since the end of World War Two. His style, achievements and failures range over the political landscape and persist nearly two decades after his death.

Politics Are Not That Important

politics and daily life

Steve Hochstadt: For most people most of the time, the political controversies which so agitate television news reporters, internet bloggers and radio screamers, are merely background noise.

Whom Do You Trust? 

Trusting Public Leaders

Frank Fear: It’s anybody’s guess when the public’s trust began eroding. There were instances, here and there, starting years ago. For many in my generation it began with the Nixon Years, especially “Watergate.” Today there’s a clear pattern of trust being debased.

Time to Do Something Massive

Voting Required by Law

Larry Wines: It all comes back to the same thing: If we can’t fix our own House, how can we have the credibility to fix anyone else’s?

Blame the Black Guy

Blaming President Obama

Tom Degan: Of all of their paranoid hallucinations regarding this boringly moderate president, the one that tickles me the most is the right’s perception of him as this wild-eyed, borderline socialist.

Stone Age Politics in Cyberspace

Stone Age Politics

Charles Hayes: One of life’s biggest mysteries, in my view, is why, once people realize the arbitrary nature of how beliefs are constructed, it doesn’t give them pause to examine some of their own hard and fast assumptions.

Snakes and Ladders at Netroots Nation

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RJ Eskow: When it comes to influencing the presidential campaign, this year’s Netroots Nation was a missed opportunity. Ready for Warren had an extraordinary impact on the convention, however, and there will be other opportunities.

Sarah Palin Rolls Out the “I” Word

Impeach Obama

Tom Degan: The fact that this blabbering nincompoop was once selected for the second spot on a national ticket defies any sense of rationality. Gee, we do live in wonderful times, don’t we?

4th of July Racist Parade Float Creates Outrage

Racist Parade Float

Larry Wines: We were prepared to heap shame on Norfolk, Nebraska, and opine that it’s little wonder they are a backwater in a fly-over state. But not so fast.

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