Autiello: Will True Christianity Please Stand Up?

Nick Autiello, Contributor

The notion that homosexuality is a sin and un-Christian is one that is less than a hundred years old. It is wrong, and has no basis in scriptural or historical reality.

SASSO: The Coming New Year

James Sasso, Associate Editor

As the tumultuous 2011 comes down to its final day, this column could contain an obnoxious summary of the year’s extraordinary events. Rather than once again discussing the protests around the world, the death of Osama Bin Laden, Fukushima, America’s political ineptitude, Europe’s demise or the increasingly frightful weather patterns, here I attempt to predict what 2012 holds in store.

SASSO: Kicking the Can

James Sasso, Associate Editor

For one of the first times in his tenure as Speaker, John Boehner has made a statement with which every American, Republican or Democrat, should fully agree; the two-month Senate bipartisan extension of the payroll tax cut fails to fix the nation’s problems sufficiently. Providing a short-term band-aid to a long-term dilemma contradicts what a responsible government should accomplish, but fits the pattern of contemporary American politicking.

CIOCCI: A Foolish Consistency

Mitt Romney is guilty of serial hypocrisy, Newt Gingrich is guilty of being a public intellectual constantly scrutinized by the media and others, and Ron Paul never ceases to remind me about one of my favorite quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Essays: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”

AKMAN: Jon Huntsman’s Meaningless Campaign

Josh Akman, Columnist

Jon Huntsman did not participate in the CNN Debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday night. Short of his family and small (and getting smaller) campaign staff, no one really noticed. In a bizarre and counterproductive effort to impress New Hampshire voters Huntsman skipped the debate to protest Nevada moving its caucus ahead of New Hampshire’s, which has always been the nation’s first primary. It’s bizarre because no one else skipped the debate. It’s counterproductive because right now, Jon Huntsman is polling 6% in New Hampshire.

SASSO: The 99% Rising

James Sasso

Associate Editor

For the past month a movement has grown out of Zuccoti Park in New York with the potential to grab at the very heart of America’s problems. “We are the 99%” is not simply a catchy phrase used by frustrated jobless Americans , but a commentary on the disgraceful economic inequality that has arisen in the United States since the 1970s.

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MCNAMARA: Cap and Trade to Conserve and Protect

Lindsay McNamara, Columnist

It is time to create a unified U.S. cap and trade program so that our carbon footprint decreases as much as it needs to. The longer it takes to implement a cohesive cap and trade program, the more drastic the cuts would have to be to make up for lost time and the subsequent amounts of carbon emitted into the atmosphere.

LIFSON: Republicans Make the Center a Moving Target

Matthew Lifson, Columnist

If Democrats want moderate bills, they must make liberal arguments and then move to the center only though debate and negotiations. Otherwise, Republicans will just continue to choose new, more conservative positions and move the center with them.

SIEFF: Energy Innovation and America’s Future

Adam Sieff, Columnist

The coming weeks are an opportunity to present a comprehensive energy plan that frames the toughest issues the country currently faces as components of a single problem facing all Americans: dependence on foreign carbon-based energy.

ROGERS: Obama Gets His Own Patriot Act

Conor Rogers, Editor

Pushing for ideological policies during a crisis sounds familiar. President Obama and Cap-and-Trade aren’t too far different from President Bush and the Patriot Act.

Phillips: A Prank on the US Chamber of Commerce

Through a prank, an activist group draws attention to the US Chamber of Commerce’s conservative stance on climate change.

PHILLIPS: This Week, There Was “HOPE” for the Environment

Obama speaks on energy at MIT and activists demonstrate on climate change internationally.

JACOBS: Eight Months is Long Enough

When is it ‘okay’ for Republicans to start criticizing the President? A year? Two Years?

WALK & ROGERS: Scenes From the DC Tea Party

Michele Walk, Associate Editor Editorial Conor Rogers, Editor-in-Chief Photography Over the weekend, the largest protest by political conservatives ever descended on the nation’s capital in an outpouring of rage over [...]

WALK: In Defense of Moderates

Michele Walk, Associate Editor Ideology: Moderate | Writing From: George Washington University Discussions of liberalism and conservativism are popular and frequent topics for pontification in the political arena. Moderates, however, [...]

PHILLIPS: National Security & Climate Change

Stephanie Phillips, Staff Writer Ideology: Environmentalist | Writing from: Portland, OR In the scientific community, there is little disagreement about that climate change is not only man-made but upon us. [...]

ROGERS: The Dems Blew It

The minute “Yes, We Can” became “Maybe, We’ll See” the Democratic Party should have expected nothing less than plunging poll numbers, a fractured party and negative media coverage.

PHILLIPS: Bring Back Nuclear Energy?

Is nuclear energy a viable solution for our green energy future?

EDWARDS: What Obama Financial Plan?

Raising the minimum wage and cap-and-trade legislation may sound like good ideas to President Obama, but ultimately those two issues, and the national debt, might spell further disaster for the American economy.

PHILLIPS: We Need Energy Efficiency

Billions of dollars are needlessly wasted on energy costs every year, and government intervention is necessary to save our environment and, transitively, the economy.

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