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2012 Presidential Election

We've Come a Long Way, But The Struggle Continues

Edieth Wu | Posted 03.17.2016 | Women
Edieth Wu

Women in America are indeed phenomenal; they continue to make amazing contributions to our beloved Country. Women have moved from being classified as...

Solidarity, Sadly Out of Style

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 02.22.2016 | Women
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

I have been feeling like an old feminist trying to come to a brand new understanding about why so many -- but especially young women -- think my generation's feminism has no relevance, not just in the presidential campaign, but in their lives.

Bullies, Nerds and Why Trump Is Winning

Christian Piatt | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
Christian Piatt

If you're like me, you were baffled at first by Donald Trump's success in his presidential bid, but I think it get it now: He's a bully in a room full of nerds.

A Tale of Two Des Moines

Doug Levitt | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics
Doug Levitt

While it's true that anger associated with financial insecurity is feeding both the right and left this election year, it seems there is a place beyond anger, a place where powerlessness makes anger feel irrelevant, such is the dissociation with the political process.

Former Disney Star's Endorsement Not Magical Enough

Aimee Schnebeck | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Aimee Schnebeck

Pop singer Demi Lovato endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Thursday night at the University of Iowa. Lovato was pretty 'Confident' in Clinton, "I truly believe there is nobody more qualified to run this country," Lovato said. But, not everyone in the U of I crowd was as 'Confident.' "All we got was I think a five minute kind of celebratory speech and that was it," said Eric Dirth, 24, an U of I law student. He was just one of many who were left with a bad taste after the night.

Here's What You Should Ask the Presidential Candidates About the Military

Justin Constantine | Posted 01.05.2016 | Politics
Justin Constantine

For the next few months the people who are vying to be our next president will be amazingly accessible. If you happen to live in a state like Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina you can very easily find an event featuring one of the presidential candidates at which you could ask them a direct question. When the moment comes, what would you ask?

Hillary Clinton Is Nothing Like My Abuela

Barbara Sostaita | Posted 12.23.2015 | Latino Voices
Barbara Sostaita

Dear Hillary: Your post also troubles me. You cannot intersperse a few words in Spanish and a couple references to what your staff assumes to be a Latinx culture, and then call yourself our abuela.

Benghazi Blues: Political and Media Non-Seriousness on Dramatic Display

William Bradley | Posted 10.25.2015 | Media
William Bradley

What a great dozen-day stretch Hillary Clinton has just had. First a very impressive performance in the first Democratic presidential debate. Followed...

I Respect Joe Biden For Not Running

Keisha Sutton-James | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
Keisha Sutton-James

I love Joe even more today because he made this most consequential decision from a position of strength. He did not let his ego get the best of him. Many a weaker man would have given it the college try.

Haven't We Done Enough? Must We Have Winners and Losers Even in Education?

Arthur Camins | Posted 10.15.2015 | Education
Arthur Camins

You're fired and other such coldhearted winners and losers competitions are poor excuses for entertainment, but far more dangerous prescriptions for our children's education.

Presidential Hopefuls Exclude Gen Y in White House Race

Kelsey Clark | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Kelsey Clark

When it comes to actually including Gen Y in any meaningful political discourse, both parties fail with flying colors.

Why a fake presidential candidate is taking over the election

Josh Silver | Posted 10.10.2015 | Politics
Josh Silver

Two weeks ago, America's first "honest politician" Gil Fulbright announced his bid for the White House. Fulbright is a satirical candidate cashing in on the flood of money in politics by doing whatever his donors want.

The Digital President

GVH Live | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
GVH Live

Even before he took office, the president recognized the political value of social media tools. His 2008 election team is often credited as waging the first digitally-focused campaign, using Twitter, Facebook and even their own original platform to get voters excited about the candidate.

Hillary's Emails

Mike Smith | Posted 09.05.2015 | Politics
Mike Smith


Why Trump Could Win the GOP Nomination

Robert Creamer | Posted 08.26.2015 | Entertainment
Robert Creamer

Trump is not a political clown. He is a very talented right wing populist demagogue. And he has brought into full relief many of the radical policies of the entire GOP field -- especially when it comes to immigration.

The Perception Primary

Maguire Mealy | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Maguire Mealy

The public's perception of a candidate -- as a flip-flopper or as a Socialist, as a nervous wreck or as a statesman -- matters more in elections than those substantive characteristics and beliefs which define the president that candidate will become.

Donald Trump: There He Goes Again

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 07.19.2016 | Entertainment
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Trump's whole agenda is provocation, which isn't to say he doesn't believe what he's saying. But he's also so over the top, so almost unbelievably bold, that he's become something of a parody of himself. And it feels as if he's fully in on the joke, which he may be. We could use a little provocation.

The Donald Speaks

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 07.10.2016 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

When it comes to other important issues facing America, Trump speaks as a man who is never in doubt, although he is frequently wrong. For instance, he has claimed he has a plan to defeat the terrorist group ISIS, which now controls oil fields in Iraq.

Baltimore Left Behind by Capitalism

Cody Cain | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Cody Cain

If we wish to get serious about helping the poor underclass instead of just policing it, then we must be honest about what is causing it. We must be willing to face our own imperfections as a society. It's time. And we can handle it.

Marco Rubio Enters the Presidential Race

Mike Smith | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Mike Smith

Marco Rubio Enters the Presidential Race

Scott Walker Ain't Dumb

Neal Wooten | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Neal Wooten

Having a college degree, once thought of as a necessity for most upper-level careers, including holding the most powerful office in the world, might suddenly seem like a cross to bear as Scott Walker attempts to demonstrate how that little document has screwed up our country for over two decades.

The New GOP Congress Americans Do Not 'Wish They Had'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Midterm elections are not intended to neuter a president. They are midcourse corrections intended to make government work better for the people who elect their representatives; to -- in fact -- transform the government we have into the government the people wish they have.

What's Gone Wrong for/with Barack Obama?

William Bradley | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

The mid-term election is still days away, but it sure isn't looking good fro President Barack Obama and Democrats. With his job approval rating down precipitously since his strong 2012 re-election performance, Democrats are on the ropes and on the run.

More Drama from the Polls: What Have We Really Learned?

David Belk | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
David Belk

What can we learn from the mess of the 2012 election? Could someone who isn't Nate Silver use past polling errors to make predictions for this next election? It's time to start looking at the old polling data to see what might have gone wrong.

Hillary's Lesson: Defending a Criminal

Joel Cohen | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Joel Cohen

Let's not talk about Hillary Clinton specifically -- let's examine, instead, the role of the run-of-the-mill criminal lawyer who chooses to, or is appointed to, represent an extremely unpopular defendant, or a defendant counsel believes is truly guilty.