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The U.S. Government -- Bad Joke or Just Bad?

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

A broken government does not mean presidents are powerless to act. Whether or not the 2001 and 2002 authorizations to use military force apply to waging war on the Islamic State, American men and women are in combat in Iraq and over Syria.

6 Lessons From the Government Shutdown

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

How did we get to this point? How we can avoid being in this position in the future? We don't yet have the perspective necessary to answer these questions fully.

The Joys of Third Party Voting, or How I Learned to Love the Electoral College

Tung Yin | Posted 01.02.2013 | College
Tung Yin

If enough people vote for third party candidates, then the winner of the election can well find himself (or herself, in a future election) with less than 50 percent of the popular vote, as has happened numerous times, and therefore much less of a claim to any sort of mandate.

Jordan Howard

Obama And GOP Face Angry Electorate | Jordan Howard | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A poll by a Democratic firm reveals the precarious situation facing incumbents of both parties heading into the 2012 election. The po...

"Say It Ain't So, O!"

Stanley Kutler | Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

When Barack Obama began his quest for the presidency more than three years ago, admirers and many opponents alike conceded he was smart, tough and articulate. Well, we are left with one out of three.

The Misleading Story of Harry Truman's Comeback

Brendan Nyhan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan Nyhan

The dramatic narrative of Truman's victory and what it tells us about "the American character" doesn't hold up to scrutiny. Truman's comeback was fueled by three consecutive quarters of rapid economic growth preceding the election.

Ending Divided Government, Bringing Back Checks and Balances

Peter M. Shane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

The end of the George W. Bush Administration will mark the end of a 40-year period during which, for thirty of those years, the White House and at lea...