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1948 Election

Would a Third Party Hurt or Help Obama in 2012?

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics
Dr. Philip Neches

Conventional wisdom doomed Harry Truman's re-election bid in 1948 by not one, but two third party challenges. But a deeper look at history suggests that those challenges might actually have helped Truman win.

Weather the Storm: Blame Congress

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 06.06.2011 | Politics
Dr. Philip Neches

To counter the perfect storm -- a bad domestic economy, overseas troubles, and a charismatic opponent -- that he may face this election cycle, candidate Obama should take a page from Harry Truman's playbook.

Sixty Years After Desegregation, Ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Being gay should be no more of a barrier to serving the United States military than being black now is. My guess is that sixty years from now, people will wonder what took us so long.

Sam Stein

Gordon Smith Defends Lott's Segregationist Comments | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday morning, Sen. Gordon Smith, R-OR, offered a passionate defense of the pro-segregationist comments made by his col...