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2012 Presidential Election

Democrats Still Need Jews, and Vice-Versa

Shai Franklin | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Shai Franklin

Jewish Democrats have their work cut out for them, within both the Democratic Party and the Jewish community. But the work remains useful to the former, critical to the latter, and indispensable to the Jewish State.

Laid-Off Employee Of Bain-Owned Company To Attend SOTU

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

A laid-off employee from a company owned by Bain Capital will join Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) as her guest at the State of the Union address on Tuesda...

Not All Republicans Support Electoral College Rules Change

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 01.25.2013 | Politics

Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford (R) spoke out against the GOP's latest attempt at strategizing for 2016, saying that his state would not go alo...

Aaron Bycoffe

LOOK: How The GOP Would Redraw The Electoral Map | Aaron Bycoffe | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics

Republicans have a new strategy for 2016: Change the rules of presidential elections in order to swing the Electoral College in the GOP's favor. On...

Building America Forward -- An Open Letter to the President

Lisa Mae Brunson | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
Lisa Mae Brunson

This is your defining moment, Mr. Obama. How do we move forward now? I don't envy your position and I find it to be the most difficult job in the world right now. I support you on this journey and I am ready to move Forward.

Racism and Obama: The Dog That Didn't Bark (Twice)

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

It suggests quite strongly that a generic non-white candidate for president starts out on at least an even footing with a generic white candidate. Why?

End of Year Reflections on American Culture and Politics

Paul Stoller | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics
Paul Stoller

It is clear that lists of events are sometimes indicative of social and political change, but do they tell us anything about the state of contemporary American culture and politics? Here is my anthropological take.

Cliff Hanger: The President's Unnecessary and Unwise Concessions

Robert Reich | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Hands off Social Security. If the Republicans are willing to raise tax rates on high earners but demand more spending cuts in return, the president should offer larger cuts in defense spending and corporate welfare.

The Efficient Use of Money

Theodore R. Daniels | Posted 02.18.2013 | Money
Theodore R. Daniels

While most people would not enjoy the process of analyzing and budgeting expenditures it is something that must be done. The inefficient and useless expenditure of money can be major impediments to accomplishing your financial goals.

Top 10 PR Blunders of 2012

Rich Robinson | Posted 02.17.2013 | Media
Rich Robinson

If we're talking about the biggest PR blunders of 2012, than the list is the exclusive purview of the Republican Party and its standard-bearer, Willard "Mitt" Romney.

Notes on London Theater

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.18.2013 | Arts
Carla Seaquist

As a playwright, I relish the abundance of serious drama on offer in what many consider the theater capital of the world; I also admire how seriously Londoners take their theater.

Post-Election Analysis: Change the Game in Colorado

Peg Perl | Posted 02.09.2013 | Denver
Peg Perl

As a much-hyped swing state, Colorado is on the brink of a constant cycle of struggles over control of elections subject to national scrutiny.

Double Jeopardy in Egypt: Why You Should Care

Seth Engel | Posted 02.06.2013 | World
Seth Engel

Though nominally a domestic issue, Egypt is facing a similarly vexing threat to international justice. This threat should be followed closely the world over.

Governmentality, Inc.

David Theo Goldberg | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics
David Theo Goldberg

Mitt Romney's candidacy represented the bid to complete the corporatization not just of American political life but of its logics of governing, its ways of thinking and doing in politics and administration, what I will call in short its governmentality.

The Bellwether Belt

Jacopo della Quercia | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics
Jacopo della Quercia

When Missouri's electors convene on Dec. 17 to cast their electoral votes, it will mark the second presidential election in a row their state voted for the losing candidate. What are the state's proudest, most nostalgic citizens to do?

Jon Ward

Mitt Romney Campaign Manager Laments Hard Shift Right On Immigration During Primary | Jon Ward | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics

BOSTON –- Mitt Romney's campaign manager admitted regret that the Republican challenger took such a hardline stance on immigration during the GOP pr...

Race and American Politics

The New York Public Library | Posted 11.29.2012 | New York
The New York Public Library

It's been just over three weeks since voters took to the polls, but here at the Library, one of the issues we've been discussing is how race played a role in this year's election and the future of American politics.

A Second-term Mission for Obama: Strengthen Ties Across Racial Lines

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Of course, he cannot do this alone. The voices of reason on the right must speak out and indeed shout down those who employ paranoid rhetoric designed to inflame division among Americans of different backgrounds.

GOP Rehash: Six Theories Republicans Are Advancing for Why They Lost

Martin Carnoy | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics
Martin Carnoy

The rehash is still under way and fingers are pointing every which way. But as Republican pundits and politicians emerge from the wood shed, six theories for the debacle are coalescing.

The 10 Things That Led to Legalized Marijuana in Colorado

Rob Kampia | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics
Rob Kampia

In the wake of our victory in Colorado good people are understandably clamoring to pass similar measures in their states. So let's move forward in other states, but let's do so patiently and strategically.

Clashing Mandates and the Role of Voting Structures

Rob Richie | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics
Rob Richie

Obama won the presidency relatively decisively, yet a majority of House members are Republicans who represent a district where Obama in fact lost to Romney.

Three Ways to Fix Our Democracy

Erik Opsal | Posted 01.26.2013 | New York
Erik Opsal

America is the world's leading democracy, but that doesn't mean there aren't improvements to be made. By modernizing registration, ending government dysfunction and combating Citizens United, we can put the people back in charge.

The Republicans Never Asked Me to the Dance

Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

I still have some moves and I haven't put my dancing shoes away just yet. I'm just waiting for the right person to ask me to dance. Maybe Hillary or Jeb 2016?

Reappraising Obama

Bob Burnett | Posted 01.23.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Obama's reelection was remarkable considering the sluggish economy, the $1 billion plus spent to defeat him, and the fact that at the beginning of his campaign many Democrats were unenthusiastic. Obviously voters reappraised the president.

Won Direction

Bill Maher | Posted 11.21.2012 | Comedy
Bill Maher

I have been mostly holding my tongue about the president this past season, because I didn't want to muddy the waters in a country where you only get two choices, but Mr. President, there's no third term. So you may as well throw caution to the wind.