Senior Nat'l Correspondent at the Huffington Post, covering health care, social welfare, and other policy issues. Writing about Washington, living in Ann Arbor.

Obama Offers Sweeping Indictment Of Donald Trump, Vision Of American Unity — President Barack Obama on Wednesday night told Americans they face a stark choice in November ― an unusual election that has raised "fundamental" questions "about who we are as a people," and pitted one of the most qualified candidates in history, Hillary Clinton, against an untrustworthy con man, Donald Trump.

Guns Were A Big Focus At The Democratic Convention, And That Tells You Something — PHILADELPHIA - Guns were a major focus of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday , culminating in an appearance by former Rep. Gabby Giffords. This is a bigger deal than it might seem at first blush. Yes, President Barack Obama has made curbing gun violence one of his top priorities.

Auto Destruct | New Republic — The tragic nobility of Detroit. It's been more than a month since the auto industry came to Washington, begging for a rescue. And, since that time, it's become clear just how dry Detroit's reservoir of goodwill has run. For conservative opponents of bailout legislation, like Alabama Senator Richard Shelby, the U.S.

Obama's Speech Wednesday Is About More Than Electing Hillary Clinton — PHILADELPHIA ― Barack Obama has said on many occasions that he wants his presidency to leave the kind of mark on America that Ronald Reagan's did. As far back as early 2008, before Obama was even his party's nominee, he described Reagan as a "transformational" figure ― somebody whose impact on policy and politics endured for many decades.

Clinton Campaign Touts Children's Health Law, But Obamacare Is Her Legacy Too — PHILADELPHIA ― A video at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night highlighted Hillary Clinton 's work on health care issues, with particular focus on her efforts to make sure children have health insurance and to reduce the price of prescription drugs. It was a truthful recitation of Clinton's accomplishments.

How Michelle Obama Turned Donald Trump's Vision Of America Upside Down — PHILADELPHIA ― Monday night at the Democratic National Convention featured two of the party's most electric and accomplished speakers: Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. But the star of the evening was Michelle Obama, who gave a speech destined to go down as one of the best in this campaign cycle and maybe, as several analysts suggested, in recent political history.

That Was A Very Scary Speech Donald Trump Just Gave — That was the essential message of the Republican National Convention this week and it was the same essential message that Donald Trump conveyed to the American people on Thursday evening, when he formally accepted his party's nomination for president. Maybe it isn't surprising.

Donald Trump Promises Not To Lie, Right Before Lying A Bunch Of Times — CLEVELAND ― Donald Trump made a solemn vow near the beginning of his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday evening, promising to "present the facts plainly and honestly. ... There will be no lies." Fittingly, that statement was a lie.

In GOP Convention's Shadow, Obamacare Is Paying Big Dividends — CLEVELAND ― The Republicans gathering inside the Quicken Loans Arena don't care too much about the nitty-gritty of policy. But if there's one substantive issue that generates passion among convention delegates and party leaders, it's Obamacare. They think it crushes freedom. They think it's a handout. And they think it's a policy disaster.

Scott Walker Doesn't Repeat The 'Lock Her Up' Taunt, But He Comes Close — Republican Party leaders have mostly avoided repeating or endorsing the taunt that convention delegates have been making about Hillary Clinton: "Lock her up." But one top Republican kinda, sorta went there tonight. It was Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin who was once considered a top contender to be the Republican presidential nominee.
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Jul 28, 2016

RT @FranklinFoer: Two competing communitarian arguments at the conventions: cosmopolitan vs exclusionary.

Jul 28, 2016

RT @DouthatNYT: A speech to make Republican elites feel sickened (as they should be) by what their party has nominated.

Jul 28, 2016

RT @aterkel: Obama: If you don’t agree w/ Hillary on every issue, don't just stay home. Get in the arena with her. Democracy not a spectator sport

Jul 28, 2016

RT @ClaraJeffery: One more time: Those fighting for Obamacare and/or single payer should not dismiss someone who won seminal victories against redlining.

Jul 28, 2016

RT @mviser: Perhaps tonight, and tonight alone, President Obama will enjoy an eighth almond.

Jul 28, 2016

RT @jbendery: Biden: "The world breaks everyone. And afterward, many are strong at the broken places. I've been made strong at the broken places." :(

Jul 28, 2016

RT @Indira_L: ICYMI Leon Panetta who served 9 presidents, R & D. He credits her instincts on bin Laden raid, calls her smart, principled, t…

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