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2014 Midterm Elections

The 2015 Authorization of Military Force (AUMF) and America's Military Kings

Heather Gautney | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

In the weeks to come, Americans will bear witness to congressional hearings and debates over presidential war powers. And despite the lack of proof that ISIS poses a direct threat to the homeland, we'll hear a lot of talk about emergent dangers and military necessity.

A President Against Himself

Ladan Rafii | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Ladan Rafii

Yes, the latest polls may indicate that the President's popularity among Americans has increased by a few percentage points, but that won't make up for all the goodwill he's lost in the corridors of Capitol Hill.

Arthur Delaney

The Official Biggest Losers Of 2014

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sometimes one's best effort is just not good enough. It's at those times that one is a loser. In no particular order, here are the b...

Republicans Poised To Expand Senate Majority

Reuters | Gabriel Debenedetti & Jonathan Kaminsky | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON/NEW ORLEANS, (Reuters) - Republicans appear poised to expand their Senate majority with a runoff election in Louisiana on Saturday that wou...

The Incredible Shrinking Democratic Party

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The internal sniping and bickering has already begun among Democratic ranks but it's their own damn fault. The internal debates following the 2014 midterm elections highlight the ideological schizophrenia that continues to plague the Democratic Party.

6 Reasons to Feel Hopeful About Climate Change in Light of the Recent Election

Kelly Chang | Posted 01.26.2015 | Green
Kelly Chang

Despite the transition in leadership in the senate committee on environment and public works, the overall political shift in congress, and rapidly falling oil prices, there are some silver linings. Here are six major reasons to remain hopeful about the future of our planet and our kids...

Election 2014: Seven Wins for Women

Barbara Lee | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Barbara Lee

Women were major players in Senate races from New Hampshire to Georgia to Iowa and Kentucky. They were key contenders for governor's seats in at least nine states. They brought their unique perspectives to the political and policy debates from state legislatures to the U.S. Senate.

Rep. Jim Costa Re-Elected In California

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics

Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) has defeated Republican Johnny Tacherra in the race to represent California's 16th Congressional District. Costa served f...

Ex-Congressman Loses House Race

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics

Former Rep. Doug Ose has lost his bid to represent California's 7th District. Ose challenged freshman Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.) with the backing of...

The Elections Are Over, But the Fight for Mental Health Funding Has Not Yet Begun

Carolyn Reinach Wolf | Posted 01.18.2015 | New York
Carolyn Reinach Wolf

Leading up to the 2014 midterm elections and in their immediate aftermath, we did not hear anything about initiating, increasing, pushing for or even looking into the possibility of addressing the poor state of mental health services in our country.

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.

McConnell Brings Republican Hypocrisy to a New Low, and That's Saying Something

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Now, according to McConnell, is the time to listen to the American people. After 2008? Not so much.

Notes for Next Time: From Turnoff to Turnout

Robert Kuttner | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The voting turnout in this year's congressional and gubernatorial elections was the lowest since 1942. Much of the story was in young people, poor people, black and Hispanic citizens who tend to support Democrats voting in far lower numbers than in 2008 or 2012. The Democrats just weren't offering them very much. But the other part of the Election Day story was older voters and the white working class, especially men, deserting the Democrats in droves -- again, because Democrats didn't seem to be offering much. Republicans, at least, were promising lower taxes. Turnout on average dropped from 2012 by a staggering 42 percent. But as Sam Wang reported in a post-election piece for the American Prospect, the drop-off was evidently worse for Democrats. The two parts of this story seem to create an impossible conundrum for Democrats.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Obama's Message To GOP After Elections: I'm Still The President

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's party may have taken a beating at the polls last week, but that hasn't stopped him from taking an aggressive se...

Given How Much Americans Dislike Congress, It's Shocking Anyone Got Elected At All

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

Only 9 percent of Americans approved of Congress in the weeks leading up to the midterm elections, which may explain why the election drew the lowest ...

Matt Ferner

Marijuana Was More Popular Than Many Victorious Politicians

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

In the three states and the District of Columbia that had marijuana legalization measures on the 2014 ballot, ending some prohibition on a plant was m...

Same As It Ever Was: The GOP's Post-Election Plans for Social Security and Medicare

Max Richtman | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Max Richtman

Congress' new leadership may want to give former President George Bush a call. Not so many years ago, he believed his "voter mandate" cleared the way to privatize Social Security -- cutting benefits and putting workers' guaranteed benefits at risk on Wall Street. That didn't turn out so well for the President.

The GOP and the Seven "D"s

Brian Ross | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Brian Ross

Democrats need to combat the seven "D"s. They need better long-term planning. They must get their message into the news streams ahead of GOP fear mongering. Most of all, they need to address the imbalances in the news media.

3 Things We Could Do With the Money Spent on the 2014 Midterm Elections

Claire Standley | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Claire Standley

So, imagine for a minute that all those corporate donations, Super PACs, individual contributions and public money wasn't spent on persuading us why one politician is better than another -- what could $4 billion buy?

Get Ready for the Craziest Senate in Years

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

The recent midterm elections were downright scary for atheist and humanist Americans, as we saw several political candidates allied with the Religious Right win seats in the U.S. Senate and House.

The Death of Polling: Can We Trust the Polls in 2016?

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

Inaccuracies and errors are part of the nature and essence of election polling, it will be off almost as much as it's on. But that said, we can do a better job reporting results and putting them into context.

Why Democrats Lost Big in the 2014 Midterm Elections

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

Elections are moving targets. Nonetheless, absent dramatic irregularities in the election context, polls focused on high visibility races are usually robust predictive tools. Obviously, this was not the case in this year's midterm elections.

The Left Has a Radical Agenda and Democrats Should Embrace It

Mike Mennonno | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Mike Mennonno

Democrats are adrift again. Liberal and progressive commentators have been saying we're winning the culture war for years now, and yet even when Democrats manage to win elections (which is rare enough these days) it doesn't translate into political victory.

Here Is What Happens When You Take 3-Year-Olds to the Polling Booth

Natasha Tynes | Posted 01.10.2015 | Parents
Natasha Tynes

My son grabbed the card and ran away with it. I chased him across the room and managed to insert the card while trying to hold on to both kids. My democratic endeavor took less than two minutes. That was how long I was able to restrain two wriggly preschoolers.

Veterans Day: The Mission Must Merit the Sacrifice

William Bradley | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Obama is far too smart a man to remain in denial. And far too smart not to know, for this Veterans Day, the consequences of his decisions with regard to U.S. military and covert interventions around the world.