-Steffen Schmidt , on the power that the Iowa Caucuses hold.
-Solomon Kleinsmith, on why torture should be allowable.
The first time I saw Mitt Romney on the national stage I thought what everyone invariably thinks: He's straight out of central casting to play the role of president.
Unfortunately for Mitt in 2008, presidential aspirations were only skin deep.
That's partially the problem, of course, that Mitt Romney is, as the old expression goes, great from far but far from great.
Ron Paul is running for president.
Paul has been coming to Iowa for many years and has visited numerous times this year alone. I’ve been to Paul events. Many of my college students love him for the same reason they loved Ronald Reagan and their grandpa. He simplifies things to the bare bones and he represents personal freedom. He’s also bona fide “Mr. Budget Cutter” so he jibes with fiscal conservatives of many stripes. Here are some of his strengths as he heads again for Iowa in chase of the elusive and valuable Iowa caucus victory.
-Steffen Schmidt, on the tough road ahead for 2012 GOP hopeful Newt Gingrich
-Justin Krebs, on President Obama's next priorities.
-Karol Markowicz, on the clamor for NJ Gov. Chris Christie to enter the 2012 race.
When President Obama made the announcement this week that U.S. Navy Seals had killed Osama bin Laden, the first question everyone asked was, How can he be so sure?
The answer: DNA.
As a criminal defense attorney, legal analyst and journalist who covered the innocence movement from its inception, I ...
You're an ambitious, high-profile Republican governor of a state in chronic budget crisis and in a nation with a sputtering recovery. The state's corrupt "pay to play" politics, left you a two-million-square-foot mall monstrosity named Xanadu that's yet to open. Its exterior is violently ugly and it is built on state land so close to the Big Apple that its value is through the roof. Worse yet, in just three years, the eyes of the world will be on the monstrosity because your brand new NFL stadium next door is hosting the Superbowl in 2014.
-Solomon Kleinsmith, on the failures of the Obama administration to live up to its transparency promises.
-Karol Markowicz, on Rick Santorum's planned appearance at the GOP debate in S.C.
-Jami Floyd, on the reactions to the news of Osama bin Laden's death.
-Justin Krebs, on the death of Osama bin Laden
- Solomon Kleinsmith describes why partisans love a good conspiracy.
The Ryan budget proposal is a political IED. In the last couple of days we’ve seen angry mobs at town hall meetings with GOP congress folks back in their districts. This year and 2012 will be a very bad year for billionaires and millionaires politically - I guarantee it. They have gone too far in their bonus excesses; the politicians that lap out of their money bowls have gone too far in shifting the burden of the military, medical and other programs to the middle class.
-Steffen Schmidt, on the changing political tides.
I still want Donald Trump off the national stage, and he's a ridiculous person to represent any conservative opinion, but anyone who doesn't agree that Trump won today is not paying attention.
-Karol Markowicz, on President Obama's remarks about the origin of his birth certificate.
When President Obama ran for president he took President Bush to task for his lack of a nuanced strategy when it came to the global war on terrorism. Why with the election of a President Obama, we were told, we would have a leader who would engage the Muslim world in a productive dialogue.
Scroll forward a few years. What we have is an Obama Presidency even more reliant on the use of predatory drones in the never ending "war on terror." And according to well-respected experts, this growing reliance on targeted killings in countries we are not at war with may put the current president and our nation on the wrong side of international law.
As society continues to move in the direction of acceptance, older folks will likely shift that way slowly, older generations that are less accepting will (pardon the frankness) die off, and younger generations that are even more accepting will grow up and assert their beliefs more aggressively on the political stage. By the looks of things, this may take a generation, but there is no sign that this trend is abating.
— Solomon Kleinsmith on gay marriage momentum.
The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival is in full swing, here in New York, celebrating it’s tenth year with a bevy of science fiction, drama and even horror films to capture the imagination. But the genre in which I am most interested, this time around, is a love story - disguised as a documentary.