One Year Later

When my mother died, I lost a chunk of my heart. I do not think I will ever get it back. Your mother is your home. She gave you life. Unsurprisingly, life isn't the same without her. It loses meaning. In this crazy time of transition for me I have found that I have lost all courage, conviction, and confidence.
In the midst of utter disappointment and abandonment there are many nonprofits still working to slowly rebuild Haiti.
Haitians didn't ask for the task of rebuilding their country, but they are bound together by it. We are lucky to get to support their vision and to build strong foundations for future generations.
With a litany of crises to deal with, now more than ever, President Obama needs his army of advocates once more to continue the fight for change.
Obama's goal seems to be to appeal to a reasonable group that can talk to, rather than past, each other about abortion. If he's going to succeed, he has to confront those who perceive common ground as a threat.
In looking at Obama's first year, we must not fall into the typical trap that pits idealism against pragmatism, where the virtuous line up against the effective, and the purists fight the negotiators.
We cannot shortchange the shift in consciousness that Obama's election stands for and that his Presidency continues to inspire. The left is always caught between moral righteousness and legislative reality.
Last November, the United States elected a president who campaigned on the promise of change. Critics called President Obama's
A year has passed since President Obama was elected. On many opportunities and so many speeches, Obama emphasized the need
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As part of HuffPost's One Year Later series, we're looking back at many of the significant moments since Obama was elected
As part of HuffPost's One Year Later series, we're looking back at the significant events since Obama was elected. Though
Over the last few months, a number of prominent political columnists have pointed to historian and social critic Richard Hofstadter to explain what is happening to the Republican Party. Here's why they shouldn't.
Those presidents who are both remembered by history and re-elected have been those who stuck their necks out to fight for the rights of the vulnerable. The gay community is still waiting for Obama.
The real conversation on race, like it or not, is still pending. Barack Obama's win was a profound public testimony to American decency. But in numerous areas, blacks remain severely disadvantaged.
What puts this first year in perspective for me is that: Obama may not be smarter than all of us, but he sure is smarter by a long shot than McCain would have been. And that, for now, is enough for me.
Obama is a man of exceptional grace. But the grace misleads; this is a politician of intense ambition, discipline and grit. He understands and wields the power of the word.
It's been exactly one year since Barack Obama was elected, and it's becoming increasingly clear that the president hasn't fixed the whole world yet. Then again, he never promised such a thing.
There was never going to be a revolution. Obama ran on change, but he's always been a centrist and an institutionalist. He believes in making things work, in practical results; not starting from scratch.
The euphoria of last November has turned to disappointment for many of those who celebrated so raucously on campus. This is no longer the time for dancing, but it is the time to work for progressive change.