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This Is Why Americans Hate Washington

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

When you hear the common refrain about Americans hating Washington, they aren't talking about the city in general. Rather, they are referencing the politicians, lobbyists, campaign staffers, and the black-and-white, us-versus-them partisanship of U.S. politics.

How We Arrived At The Current State Of Our Politics

Harry Shearer | Posted 01.12.2015 | Media
Harry Shearer

We've now arrived at the era of "feeding the base," telling the most likely voters what they've told consultants they most want to hear -- the clanging echo chamber that passes for modern American political discourse. Just as advertisers' wishes have merged with (if not driven) technological change in the media universe, so in politics: speaking to the larger mass audience is a rare event, limited to special ceremonial occasions like inaugurations. The rest of the messaging is targeted, if not dog-whistled, to specific tranches of the desired constituency, sliced as finely as the mortgages (pre-2008) or the auto loans in modern financial "securities."

We Laughed. We Cried. We Met Hillary Clinton.

Joanne Spataro | Posted 12.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Joanne Spataro

The experience of meeting Hillary is even more special because I did it with my old partner-in-crime. Ben, I can't wait until Hillary invites us for brunch in the Diplomat Room someday.

There's a New World Superpower -- And 4 Other Things I Learned at Netroots Nation

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
Ruairí McKiernan

I had barely touched down in California when it was time to take off again. This time, to Detroit, to attend Netroots Nation, billed as the United States' biggest annual gathering of progressive activists, organizers and online social justice innovators.

On Street Photography

Heather Hummel | Posted 12.31.2013 | Arts
Heather Hummel

A photographer in the field who isn't directing their subject on how to pose, where to sit, or which way to tilt their head, has to anticipate the person's next move and be ready to capture it in that 1/250 of a second. Therein lies the art of being a street photographer.

Democratic Mockpocalypse

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Obesity is an American plague -- and no, I'm not talking about overweight Americans. I'm talking about Big Election, the thing that's moved into our homes and, especially if you live in a "swing state," is now hogging your television almost 24/7.

WATCH: 'The Daily Show' On How To Campaign When The President's On Twitter

Posted 09.12.2012 | Comedy

Campaigning is tough -- there's the slogan-writing, the baby-kissing, the endless speeches and photo ops at local pizzerias -- but with computers and ...

Twitter, Facebook and Mobile Ads: Why They Matter

Alex Palombo | Posted 11.10.2012 | Technology
Alex Palombo

People are watching television differently, and mobile social technology is growing in importance in current events.

Conventional Wisdom and the 'Chemistry of Community'

David Adler | Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics
David Adler

Political campaigns demand levels of trust and commitment that are best generated face-to-face. Humans respond deeply and profoundly to the unique chemistry of community that arises when we gather together.

Faster, Better, Stronger Campaigning: How Technology Will Eliminate the Need for As Much Money in Politics

Nomiki Konst | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Nomiki Konst

Somewhere along the way, the terms "campaigning" and "fundraising" have become inseparable. But can we imagine it any other way?

Social Change Via Social Media: How Modern Campaigners Are Making Noise on the Net

Belinda Parmar | Posted 10.24.2012 | Impact
Belinda Parmar

When I launched Lady Geek in 2010 it was an incredibly daunting prospect. I had a cause that I believed in -- making the technology industry more accessible to women -- but when it came to getting our voice heard I had to start completely from scratch

"But The Real Thing Is the Supreme Court"

Jon (Bowzer) Bauman | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
Jon (Bowzer) Bauman

My favorite political activity by far is called canvassing, which means actually knocking on doors to get out the vote. Admittedly, being "Bowzer" is part of the fun of canvassing for me.


Richard C. Leone | Posted 08.24.2012 | Politics
Richard C. Leone

Overall, Republicans will have a big edge in the no limits contribution game this year and are likely to warp Congressional races in their direction. But at the presidential level will outspending be the key to swamping the campaign effort of President Obama?

Winning in 2012: How to Mobilize Donors, Voters and Volunteers with Online Tools

Colin Delany | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics
Colin Delany

But to get someone to act, first you almost always have to ask -- and their answer determines whether or not you've succeeded. Therein lies the complexity -- how, when and what do we ask of people to help them realize their true political potential?

Time for the Final (Etch-A) Sketch

Abby Huntsman | Posted 06.09.2012 | Politics
Abby Huntsman

For instance, yesterday I found that when you type "Romney" as a search term on Google, one of the first auto-complete suggestions is "Romney attacking President." Could a consistently negative tone be part of his messaging problem?

"Toothless Rednecks" (Part Two): Hard History and Flawed Democracy in the South

Glen Browder | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

It's a continuing game of racial politics -- now played by both blacks and whites in more sophisticated manner without traditional perversities -- in a regional system still struggling with historic black-white disparities and tensions.

Covering Campaigns -- The Media's Testosterone Problem

Terry Newell | Posted 03.12.2012 | Media
Terry Newell

Campaigning, media coverage would have us believe, thrives on creating differences. There is clearly much truth in this. But governing, in the end, succeeds when it fosters agreement. Yet we don't learn much about the candidates' abilities to do this through media coverage of campaigns.

'Rick Santorum Is The Best-Kept Secret In The Campaign'

AP | By THOMAS BEAUMONT | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics

URBANDALE, Iowa -- In a presidential campaign marked by sharp rises and falls, Republican Rick Santorum has experienced neither. "I'm counting on the...

Unlimited Contributions Is Not the Answer to Unlimited Contributions

Nick Nyhart | Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics
Nick Nyhart

Our elections are increasingly funded and controlled by too few special interests. With super PACs and other outside groups taking in and spending unlimited checks, often from anonymous sources, the voices of everyday people are already being drowned out by wealthy special interests.

Campaign Reform

Harry L. Langer | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics
Harry L. Langer

Campaign Reform Key to Governing and Recovery Campaign reform is essential to enable public officials to focus on the peoples business and interests ...

Lessons for Politicians From YouTube's Viral Stars (or, What Candidates Can Learn From the Old Spice Guy)

Ramya Raghavan | Posted 11.14.2011 | Technology
Ramya Raghavan

Billions of eyeballs are right now looking for the most compelling video to watch -- make sure it's yours, and not your opponent's, that shapes your campaign.

Honor in Politics

Matthew Dowd | Posted 08.09.2011 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

Politics would be much better served if we approached it in the same manner that we approach life and our relationships -- that we should communicate in campaigns in the same way that we operate in our personal lives.

Taking Back Our Government

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 06.18.2011 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

Limiting spending in campaigns would give the senator time to listen. Lobbyists and special interests would be limited. There would be time to debate rather than fundraise. And the people would recoup their government.

Politicians Can't Govern if They're Endlessly Campaigning

Amy Gutmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Gutmann

The capacity for compromise has long been one of American democracy's greatest natural resources, which we are now squandering. As the 112th Congress convenes, its conservation has never been more needed.

What England Can Teach Us About Getting Elections Right

Keli Goff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Keli Goff

It seems with each passing election the campaigns get longer and longer, sort of like a bad recurring nightmare. The duration of England's last round of elections? One month.