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The Gingrich Revolution and the Roots of Republican Dysfunction

Steven M. Gillon | Posted 10.12.2016 | Politics
Steven M. Gillon

Republicans are now searching for a new leader, but personality and charisma will not heal this deep divide between politics and governance that has plagued the party for more than two decades. It may be the greatest unintended consequence of the Gingrich revolution.

Amanda Terkel

Bill De Blasio Takes Page From Conservative Playbook To Fight Income Inequality | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday unveiled a progressive agenda to combat income inequality that he hopes will unify support...

Obama Makes Conservative Case Against Term Limits

Kevin Price | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Kevin Price

I have long argued that term limits were a treatment of the symptoms of government's problems, rather than the causes. The reason you cannot get politicians to leave office is the benefits of power. Address that issue and politicians might leave voluntarily.

Renewing the Spirit Behind Gingrich's 'Contract With America'

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

As the 2016 presidential election approaches, I feel uninspired by the Republican candidates who appear most likely to be pursuing the nation's highest office. With Democrats having at least one candidate who will likely be able to unite their base, I fear that Republicans may once again be without a visionary leader.

Friday Talking Points -- Democrats' 'Middle Class Jumpstart' Agenda

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The biggest political event of the week (for Democrats, at any rate) was Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats rolling out a new campaign agenda -- the "Middle Class Jumpstart" -- in the tradition of Newt Gingrich's "Contract With America."

John Celock

Dem Gov. Blames Republican Failure To Legislate For Sequester | John Celock | Posted 02.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) is placing blame for the looming sequester firmly at the feet of Republicans in Congress, saying legisl...

How Conservatives Took Out a Contract on America

Lisa Longo | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Lisa Longo

The GOP put forth a doctrine that was, and is still today, a contract on America, the goal of which is the privatization of our public education, health & welfare system.

Resolutions, Political Resolutions and Damned Lies

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.03.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Democrats called the latest formal list of Republican promises the "Pledge to Destroy America." The destruction was done by the damned lies that denigrated trust in political institutions. It was deliberately done to diminish America's democratic government.

Jason Linkins

Still A 'Man Of Ideas'? | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics

For as long as anyone can remember -- which, given the current state of our attention spans, is probably "Tuesday" -- Newt Gingrich has been touted as...

GOP Candidate Unveils Plan To 'Fundamentally Change The Trajectory Of America'

Luke Johnson | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich announced a "21st Century Contract With America" Thursday in Iowa, as his campaign runs low on cash, is stru...

Newt Gingrich To Unveil A New 'Contract With America'

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich will unveil a "21st Century Contract With America" next week in Iowa, reports the Des Moines Register. ...

GOP Overreach: The Mess That Greed and Ignorance Made

David A. Love | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

Republican overreach is in the air. You can see it, smell it, taste it everywhere, as you have in years past. And the only surprise is that is that it happened so quickly this time around.

Ethiopia: Broken Contract, Broken Faith, Broken Country

Alemayehu G. Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Alemayehu G. Mariam

It isn't clear what Zenawi means in his repeated use of the word "contract" to describe the relationship between the people of Ethiopia and his party.

Back to the Nineties With Newt

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Gingrich's chance to become president, to some extent, rests upon finding a potent if offbeat idea through which he can capture the imagination of his party's base.

Voters Turn Their Backs On Both Democrats, Republicans As Election Nears

The Washington Post | Chris Cillizza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an Associated Press poll released last week, 38 percent of respondents approved of the job Democrats in Congress are doing, while 60 percent disapp...

Peaceful, Rational America? Know ThySelf as a Nation of Violence and Fear

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

The "Rally to Restore Sanity" and videos of a Move-On supporter being stomped are prompting calls for rational political discussion and a restoration ...

Midterm-Shmidterm: Democratic White House Déjà Vu

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

The polls are humming with Nate Silver much of the polling community predicting about a 50 vote Republica...

Post-Midterms Foreign Policy: Will They Make a Difference?

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Leon T. Hadar

Do not expect the change in the balance of power on Capitol Hill to have any dramatic effect on foreign policy.

Bill Clinton's Secret Advice to Barack Obama

Robert Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Robert Brenner

It's what people believe you are that matters.

The New Newt

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

At least one of Newt's wives would tell us that Newt is a man who "played a wonderful con" in connection with his marriages and is "authentically dishonest."

How About a Nobel Prize for Political Alchemy?

Dennis Jett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis Jett

If there were a Nobel Prize for political alchemy, there would be no doubt about who this year's winner would be. The Republican Party is about to turn a very large lump of steer manure into electoral gold.

Obama Poll Watch -- September, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last month I rashly wrote that since Obama was starting the month on an upswing, he had a good chance of posting largish gains in September. This didn't happen.

Friday Talking Points [140] -- Pledging Nonsense

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The White House has been in the news this past week, mostly for who will be leaving it soon. One is tempted to insert the old "will the last to leave...

After the 'Contract with America' Republicans Sell Snake Oil Again with the Pledge to America

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

John Boehner's hard-tack hardware store pitch should have started with "I pledge allegiance to power." Fool me once with the Contract with America, sh...

Pledge to America

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger