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The Long Game for Health Reform

(6) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 1:45 PM

By Matthew La Rocque

"Mr. Chief Justice, and may it please the court..."

So began each day of last month's oral argument in Florida v. Department of Health and Human Services , the Supreme Court's review of the Affordable Care Act (or if you like, "Obamacare"). But as the nation's...

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A New Name for Occupy

(4) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 5:22 PM

By Cassandra Nelson

As Occupy activists take stock at the six-month mark and look for ways to make their movement sustainableby appealing to a wider audience, I offer one concrete suggestion: change your name.

The Bush administration was smart enough to stay away from it. The war...

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Are Republicans Fielding a "Delegate" When America Wants a "Trustee?"

(2) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 6:44 PM

By Zachary Rosenfeld

With the GOP nomination contest limping toward its inevitable conclusion, voters (particularly those who consider themselves Independents) will need to start asking themselves an important question: Do they prefer their president to be a delegate or a trustee?

The "delegate vs. trustee" problem is one almost as...

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What's So Super About Tuesday?: How Mid-week Elections Are Damaging American Democracy

(6) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 8:05 AM

By Katie Frost

Today is an exciting day for democracy. With ten states and 466 delegates up for grabs, it may be the deciding factor in the Republican primary. There are sure to be stirring victory speeches, cheering crowds, and more than a few sweater vests. It's democracy at its...

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Will the Next Celebrity Scientist Please Stand Up?

(17) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 2:58 PM

By Todd Schweitzer

Earlier this month President Obama shot a marshmallow out of an air cannon, splattering the wallpaper of the elegant State Dining Room. The device was built by Joey Hudy, an eighth grader with Asperger's syndrome who was invited to the president's second annual celebration of the country's...

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The Republican Approach To Foreign Policy: Less Is More

(9) Comments | Posted January 27, 2012 | 9:36 PM

In November 2008, President Obama's election was celebrated not just in the United States but around the world. Crowds in Berlin cheered in the streets while Kenya declared a national holiday after Barack Obama. The president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, sent his congratulations, saying it was "time...

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Democracy Is Not a Spectator Sport

(2) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 10:43 AM

"They're counting our votes!"

At 2:00 a.m. on election night in 2008, my brother was ecstatic that our absentee ballots, sent to North Carolina weeks before, might have an impact. Neither of us had felt engaged by the political debate or believed that our voices mattered in...

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If They Only Had A Brain: Republicans and Anti-Intellectualism

(2) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 1:36 PM

Two months ago, Jon Huntsman Jr., observing a clear trend of climate change denial among his fellow presidential hopefuls, warned that the Republican Party should avoid becoming the "anti-science party" lest it find itself on the "wrong side of science, and, therefore, in a losing position." Yet Republicans appear to...

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Defining Our Democracy, One Budget at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2011 | 12:26 PM

"Budgets are moral documents." These words from the Rev. Jim Wallis reflect a simple yet powerful fact about our democratic process: where we put our money reveals how we define our values.

If House Republicans succeed in making drastic cuts to job training, scientific research, and vital public services,...

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