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2010 Midterm Elections

Everyone Talks About the Weather

Kate Clinton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Clinton

The mid-term auction kicked my ass. The gushers of money, the belly-up Dems, the betadyned Reps, the gloating media, my bummin' friends. At first I ...

D-Day in the Class War

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Both "bipartisan" bodies claim that "tough decisions" must be made. Yet their policies are only really tough if you happen to belong to America's struggling working middle class.

The Single Most Important Thing

Colin St. John | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Colin St. John

It took decades to get a health care bill through the Senate and just because the provisions haven't come to fruition, yet, shortsightedness and fear should not trump constructive progress.

Melissa Bean Concedes To Tea Party Favorite Joe Walsh

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATED 1:51 p.m. CT Two weeks after the midterm elections, Republicans have scored another win. Illinois Democrat Melissa Bean conceded to Tea Part...

Midterm Election Postmortem: Mike Bloomberg, Sarah Palin and Alvin Greene

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Bloomberg is a lot more viable than people in the Northeast would like to think. If he is running because he thinks he can pull the Republicans back or make a viable third party movement, he poses a major threat to the Democrats.

Americans Want Health Care Reform to Go Forward

John Bouman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Bouman

Polls consistently confirm that when the public hears truthful facts (as opposed to the other kind of "facts") about the health reform law, they want the benefits and support health reform.

Sarah Palin's Alaska: Agenda Pushing Sad Reality

Valerie Frankel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Valerie Frankel

This is supposed to be a travel/celeb show, but it came off like an agenda-pushing political ad for the Tea Party.

What Does Obama Want?

Andrew Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Levine

If anything worthwhile is to be salvaged from Obama's presidency, the time is past due for his supporters, still in denial, to face reality, and to respond accordingly.

No More Rage Against the Machine?

Mark Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Levine

Dishearteningly unsurprising. This somewhat awkward phrase is, to my mind, the best description of the emotional and moral impact of Wikileak's relea...

It Takes A Movement: Moral Centering And Political Recalibration

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

An election like this one always calls for both moral centering and political recalibration. Leaders of both parties were talking the morning after the election about cooperation to solve the nation's problems. That will likely also take a movement.

Meeting America's Challenges

Rick Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Sloan

If President Obama leads with an intensity, imagination and integrity imbued with his own ideals, America will follow. And so will a recalcitrant and semi-Republican Congress.

The Daily Show, the Sudden Start to the 2012 Elections, and the Distinct "Yee-Haw" Feeling That Might Have

Phil West | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Phil West

In the days following the midterms, The Daily Show followed its typical course -- send-ups of politicians, spoofs of the media, and interviews having very little to do with politics at all.

Elections, Change, and Short-Term Amnesia

Erica Daigle | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Erica Daigle

I don't mean to sound all Nancy Negative, and I think some people probably disagree with me on this, but I don't think that the recent midterm electio...

Trapped in a Mine

Rep. John Yarmuth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. John Yarmuth

Yes, elections are about winning power, but there is far more at stake. In this darkness, Republicans are rejoicing, basking in their recent wins. But where is the victory for Americans?

NYCity Snapshot: Issues and Impact

NYCity News Service | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
 NYCity News Service

Amid the backdrop of the midterm elections, NYCity News Service reporters fanned around the city, video and audio recorders in hand, and asked scores ...

Happy 90th Birthday...Radio

Sheila Shayon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sheila Shayon

Ninety years ago last week, 100 people heard that first KDKA broadcast that Warren G. Harding defeated James M. Cox. Happy 90th birthday Radio, the original Wi-Fi, and thanks for the roots, the memories, and the lessons learned.

A Transformational Election? Not Likely

Alan Abramowitz | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
Alan Abramowitz

The GOP message machine is wrong about the significance of the midterm elections. Two years from now we can expect voter turnout to increase dramatically, especially among younger voters and minorities.

GOP: Masters of Message

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

When it comes to taking credit for tilting the pre-election playing field so smoothly in their direction, the GOP is the very picture of modesty.

Democrats Could Fare Even Worse Next Time if They Don't Fix Economy

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

The latest conventional wisdom is that another, more adequate stimulus package is off the table now that the Republicans control the House. But the president and his party had better find a way around that.

Melissa Bean Hanging On In 8th District As Absentee Ballots Narrow Gap

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Though Republican Joe Walsh has already declared victory in llinois' 8th Congressional District, absentee ballots have helped Democrat Melissa Bean's ...

Power Shifts

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Governing by cooperation is complicated but not impossible. Governing by confrontation is doomed to fail and guarantees stalemate as far into the future as anyone can see.

Why Nancy Pelosi Should Continue to Lead Democrats in the House

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

There is little question that Speaker Pelosi will be elected House Minority Whip. The reason is simple: She is absolutely the best choice to lead House Democrats through the tough two years that lie ahead.

What "Center?"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Any pundit who advises Obama to "move to the center" must be required to define exactly what he or she means by "center." The political "center" of American politics is a moving target.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Arianna Huffington

This is the first year I tweeted my way through a long Election Night and Election Morning After. I started things off before the polls closed: "Going to be a long night. I'll stay awake by practicing saying 'Speaker Boehner,' 'Senator Rubio,' and 'Senator Paul' with a Greek accent." As the GOP wave rolled across the country: "Haven't heard a single GOP winner say he/she would touch defense spending. Good luck with that budget deficit." When the wave stopped in Nevada: "I guess we'll never find out what Sharron Angle thinks of the two wars we're fighting." Then, sifting through the post-election ashes: "28 Blue Dogs lost. I wonder if they're now reconsidering their efforts to trim the stimulus and make it less effective." and "Sen. DeMint to Tea Party: 'you must now overcome determined party insiders.' Good luck, Mitch McConnell!" 140 characters never felt so shellacked. Thank God there are 730 days left until the next Election Night!

Gobs of New Jobs, but Gobs of Questions

Dan Dorfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Dorfman

In the face of the creation of 151,000 jobs, more than double the general expectation, the market acted like it had been hit by a bulldozer. Stocks should have soared on that kind of news.