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Anti-Incumbent Fervor Could Be Deciding Factor In Arkansas Senate Race

AP | RON FOURNIER and ANDREW DeMILLO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Heads up, tea partiers. You're not the only angry outsiders making waves. In state after state, voters are taking out their...

Fundraising Quarter Ends in THREE Days!

Senate Guru | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Senate Guru

{First, a cheap plug for my blog Senate Guru.} As we continue to celebrate the historic vote on health care reform (and continue to lament the right-...

When the Leaders Lead, the People Have Sorrow

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

What happens when people enable leaders to follow the dictates of the powerful? These days, the answers are arriving in the form of a news drumbeat that's apt to seem like a dirge.

Bank Brawl Continues: Now It's Lincoln vs. Obama

Mary Bottari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mary Bottari

This week, the U.S. Senate passed a strong financial reform bill. Now it's time to hold President Obama's feet to the fire to ensure the strongest possible bill.

Friday Talking Points [124] -- How's That Libertarian Thingie Workin' Out For Ya?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We certainly have a lot of ground to cover this week, so let's dig right in. I'd like to start with a declaration, though: Bristol Palin is now fair g...

Congress Gets a Kick in the... Pants

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

Beyond the inchoate and diffuse anger of the Tea Party faction there is a real and reasoned discontent in the land. It's not so much against incumbents themselves as it is anti-establishment.

It's About Standing Up to Special Interests

Gene Karpinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gene Karpinski

The frustration we're seeing is real. Voters are looking for politicians to put the public interests ahead of the special interests and to support clean energy policies over bailouts for Big Oil.

Primary Victory Over Conventional Wisdom

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats had better relish their victory in PA 12 while they can, because this weekend a special election in Hawaii is likely to elect a Republican in a very Democratic district.

Don't Lament a Crumbling Establishment: Praise a Reinvigorated Democracy

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

My advice to incumbents is: choose to embrace asymmetrical politics; choose the courageous politics of bridge building over the vapid politics of personal destruction. In the months ahead, I'm hoping for the former and bracing myself for the latter.

Jason Linkins

Primary Night: A Great Night For Schadenfreude, A Bad Night For Media Narratives | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The first big primaries of the 2010 campaign season are in the books and if you're a fan of schadenfreude and watching well-heeled political titans hit the skids, it was a particularly sweet night.

Progressives Get Clean Sweep on Election Night

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Obama endorsing establishment candidates who were more right-wing than their challengers was his problem, not the Democrats'. Maybe he should learn something from that.

How Blanche Lincoln Tempted Fate -- And Lost

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

Over and over again, the Senate plays a game of "rotating villains", then manipulates the rules so that their big business contributors always win. People aren't stupid. They understand what's happening.

Sam Stein

AFL-CIO: Election A 'Real Condemnation' Of Lincoln, Runoff Not 'Problematic' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The nation's largest union conglomerate predicted on Wednesday that it has the enthusiasm and momentum to defeat Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) in the ...

Eight Lessons From Tuesday's Primaries

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

First and foremost, the results from Tuesday night were very bad news for the Republican leadership. Lesson #2: Dance with the ones that brung ya. Voters don't like people who they think have abandoned their core beliefs.

The DNC, DCCC and DSCC Need Makeovers

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

An emerging coalition of new and traditional progressive power is placing the "old guard" in the Democratic establishment on notice that the status quo is no longer acceptable, and they had best adapt or face the consequences.

Arkansas Senate Primary RESULTS

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Follow the latest news and discussion about the 2010 Arkansas Senate race below. Email if you know someone who shou...

Election 2010: "Lefty Insurgents" and the Phony Revolution

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

No matter who you vote for, they have to be pushed for every inch of progress, every last line of policy. We can force an end to this bloody and expensive war in Afghanistan. But it takes a lot more than voting to achieve it.

Jason Linkins

Blanche Lincoln's Mix-Up At The Polls | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Blanche Lincoln's campaign hit a bit of a snag today when it momentarily forgot that she'd requested an absentee ballot in advance of today's primary ...

The Social Web, Insurgent Candidates and Rallying the Base

Jose Antonio Vargas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jose Antonio Vargas

Does the social Web -- the blogging, tweeting, Facebooking Internet -- work better for insurgent candidates? The answer, of course, is not that simple. If it were, Ron Paul would be president by now.

Arkansas Primary Preview

Ben Tribbett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ben Tribbett

Because of the large interest in the Lincoln-Halter race, I thought it would be good to share a quick preview of what to watch for tonight as the returns start coming in.

Primary Results In Kentucky, Arkansas, And Pennsylvania Will Have National Significance

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Party-switching Sen. Arlen Specter fell to a younger and far less experienced rival in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, and pol...

Tomorrow's Primaries Could Chart Destiny for 2010

Paul Hogarth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Hogarth

If Blanche Lincoln and Arlen Specter survive the Democratic primary, it will only get worse. There is no guarantee Specter or Lincoln would beat their Republican challengers in November - in fact, odds are against it.

Bill Halter Vs. The Bill Halter

Daniel Cluchey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cluchey

Blanche Lincoln is being challenged by a man named Bill Halter. Has there ever been a more apt name for an upstart candidate running against a legendary obstructionist in the history of politics?

Onetime-Longshots Sestak, Halter May Unseat Incumbent Senate Democrats

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

EDITOR'S NOTE: The story below includes references to polling conducted by the firm Research 2000. The reliability and accuracy of Research 2000's pol...

Sam Stein

SEIU To Sit Out General Election If Preferred Candidate Doesn't Win Primary | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a bold warning shot to Democratic lawmakers, the new president of the powerful Service Employees International Union says that members are prepared...