Many people might be overestimating the ability of the president's advocacy arm, Organizing for America -- stocked with former campaign staff, target-data lists and tactics honed in 2012 -- to effect change in Washington.
Clearly there are a lot of questions about Twitter's impact. But how we even define Twitter is as yet unclear. Is Twitter a public sphere, representing citizen voices, or is it simply an extension of political and corporate hegemony?
The second inauguration of President Barack Obama proved many things. For all the men who have had a misstep that they could not recover from, seeing Obama defy those obstacles yet again was a revelation in itself.
What does this all mean for Latinos? If President Obama is truly interested in improving their situation, he cannot only focus on immigration reform, nor on school reform.
After we just completed an election season where democracy was under attack across the country, a movement has sprung up in New York City that seeks to strengthen rather than subvert involvement in the democratic process. It's called participatory budgeting.
People have responsibilities to children, family, and friends, which makes Tuesday a difficult day to go to the polls. In fact, that makes any day a difficult one to go to the polls. How can we encourage voter turnout and reduce disenfranchisement while preserving the quality and integrity of voting systems?
Members of Congress, entrusted to represent the best interests of the average American, instead play out a stilted, ineffective soap opera on our TV screens, complete with phony discussions of fiscal cliffs and debt ceilings which take the place of real proposals for meaningful change in the country.
Will Jennifer Lawrence's joke about "beating Meryl Streep" be like Romney's "binder of women" quip and take her down? We'll see. Treat Entertainment Tonight like Hardball.
It's time to take legislative action to place regularity constraints on the shapes of districts; this would work better to combat gerrymandering than the current requirements for contiguity and population balance.
As President Obama prepares for his State of the Union address, there are some critical issues he must confront not only using the bully pulpit of the world's stage, but also through concrete policy development during his second term .
The 2012 elections showed just how broken our elections are, with millions discouraged from voting due to antiquated registration laws, voter intimidation and misinformation, and the manipulation of voting laws for political gain.
Candidates for the U.S. Senate this election got nearly 64 percent of the money they raised from individuals in contributions of at least $1,000 -- from just four one-hundredths of one percent of the population.
When Obama is sworn in on Monday, the encore will elicit one last acknowledgement of our personal and collective accomplishments. Afterward, thousands of volunteers will fan out, returning to their respective corners of the nation, fired up and ready to keep moving forward.
Overall, 29 percent said social media was moderately to extremely influential in their opinions of the candidates and issues.
Americans -- and especially Americans of color -- are questioning whether our voices can be heard over the noise of massive corporate and special interest political spending in the wake of Citizens United.
Surely this is one issue on which red state and blue state lawmakers can agree. It's time to make waste as un-American as it is uneconomic.
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