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Exercising Freedom on 9/11

Maya Mathias | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Maya Mathias

On September 11th 2001, the TV show I was watching cut abruptly to two tall, shining towers that I didn't recognize. One tower had a deep burning hole in its side. Then a news journalist's voice pierced the eerie silence.

Trump Excels at Business, But He Has No Business in International Politics

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Shammas

Business isn't simple; foreign policy isn't either. If Trump wants to be taken seriously by the general electorate, he should demonstrate the nuanced understanding of foreign policy exemplified by candidates ranging from Jeb Bush to Hillary Clinton.


Chris Weigant | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Jeb Bush could wind up being America's next president. That's a statement that my fingers would actually refuse to type for several other Republicans, just because attempting to substitute "Donald Trump" or "Carly Fiorina" in that sentence would be so downright laughable.

Toughening Up Hillary

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I write today to challenge what is fast becoming conventional wisdom in the political world -- in particular, the notion that Hillary Clinton really needs a strong primary challenge to "toughen her up" for the upcoming race with whomever the Republicans decide upon. When you deconstruct the logic behind this idea, however, it falls apart.

Jeb Bush's Pros and Cons

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If Jeb does run, he may face Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side. Now, a "Clinton vs. Bush" contest doesn't exactly thrill many people who are looking for perhaps a little more variety (and a little less dynasty) in our presidential choices, but it is indeed worth contemplating at this point, at least if Jeb is serious about running.

Michelangelo Signorile

The Biggest LGBT Political Moments Of The Year | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 12.21.2012 | Gay Voices

The year 2012 will go down in the history books as among the most pivotal in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights movement. ...

Share Your Voice in Our Future by Voting Tuesday

Benny Napoleon | Posted 11.02.2012 | Detroit
Benny Napoleon

The future of our nation, Michigan and Wayne County rests with you and other voters. Do not give up your right to vote! I encourage you to become familiar with your ballot by reviewing it online and deeply considering each candidate and issue.

Voting YES on Prop 2 Supports Public Service Workers Who Protect Our Kids

Benny Napoleon | Posted 12.29.2012 | Detroit
Benny Napoleon

Proposal 2 to protect collective bargaining rights for public sector employees is not a one-sided worker argument. Passage of Proposal 2 provides the mechanism for public sector workers to protect their professional training from getting cut.

Hello Citizens United, Goodbye CFPB: Consequences of the Wisconsin Recall

Adam Levin | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Adam Levin

If the recall vote in Wisconsin is any hint of what is to come in the next few months, caveat emptor will be the catch phrase of the marketplace and government will go from being our protector to being a supplicant of the one tenth of one percent.

Jason Linkins

The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For April 27, 2012 | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.27.2012 | Politics

Everyone knows that the curtain came down on the 2012 GOP Primary a few weeks ago, but it wasn't until this week -- after Rick Santorum had taken his ...

Jason Linkins

The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For April 20, 2012 | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.20.2012 | Politics

For as long a time as your Speculatroners have been dutifully cataloguing the damage that the primary process has been doing to Mitt Romney's brand, w...

Jason Linkins

The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For April 13, 2012 | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.13.2012 | Politics

This week, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum decided that the time to quit his upset bid had finally come. He shuttered a campaign that had risen...

Two Romney Problems Clash: Elitism Versus Tin Ear Syndrome

Martin Long | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics
Martin Long

If Mitt Romney could only learn to show a little bit of the normal humanness that he lets out of the lock-box for his Hannity banter, perhaps he could actually communicate with people.

It's Not Game Over, but a Decisive Night for Romney in Illinois

Dominic Carter | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics
Dominic Carter

Another problem, as the moderate Romney tries to move back towards the middle to compete in battleground states and for independent voters, how does he get away from the "far right" hole he has deeply dug for himself?

Lila Shapiro

AFL-CIO's Obama Endorsement Brings More Bodies And New Risks | Lila Shapiro | Posted 03.13.2012 | Business

On Tuesday, the AFL-CIO started off its campaign season in a familiar way: endorsing the Democratic candidate Barack Obama. What's shifting, though, i...

Why the Long Primary Slog Is So Much Worse for GOP in 2012 Than for Democrats in 2008

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics
Robert Creamer

While there is a case to be made that the long Democratic 2008 Primary battle actually benefited the ultimate Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, there are four reasons why this year's battle will inflict lasting damage on this fall's GOP contender.

A More Representative Democracy: The Rise Of The Hispanic Super PAC

Kristian Ramos | Posted 05.04.2012 | Latino Voices
Kristian Ramos

As the political machine of the 2012 election season churns forward, it is becoming increasing clear that this year may be known for two things, the proliferation of Super PACs and the rise of the Hispanic vote.

Friday Talking Points -- Run It Up the Flagpole

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The "right to privacy" goes back further than Roe v. Wade. It actually stretches back to another Supreme Court case -- Griswold v. Connecticut. Remind people what this means.

Philip Gould, a Tribute

Peter Kellner | Posted 01.14.2012 | UK Politics
Peter Kellner

Sometimes Philip used to be bracketed with spin-doctors, and criticised as a master of the darker arts of election campaigning. The truth is that he was the exact opposite. If today's politicians, journalists and, er, pollsters wish to pay his life proper tribute, it would be to speak as truthfully and candidly as he always did.

Advice for the Candidates: Some Trouble for President Obama?

David Helfenbein | Posted 11.11.2011 | Politics
David Helfenbein

Campaigns are dynamic. But elections can be predictable. The Republican candidate will be either Perry or Romney. I do not see a way for Sarah Palin to enter this race anymore.

The Elegant Revolution

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

Capitalism and democracy seem to be suffering from a strong crisis of identity, of declining importance and decadency. The once upon a time happy exis...

September 14 Election Results: Tea Party Candidates Crush GOP Establishment

AP | NORMA LOVE and DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the last turn of a tumultuous primary season, former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte narrowly won her state's Republican Senate primary...

The Tea Party's Joe Miller May Lose To Alaska's Lisa Murkowski

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski may well have done what few thought she could do: make history. She could become the first U.S. senator since 1954 to win a c...

Andrew Romanoff Fundraising: Would He Be Able To Raise Enough For A General?

Politico | David Catanese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

He's sold his home and swore off PAC money, so surging Colorado Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff faces a tricky question if he's able to knock off Sen...

The Truth About Spain's Politics

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

I am ashamed by those who claim to be Spain's political leaders, by the lack of ambition in our civil society, and by our collective inability to foster the emergence of new paradigms. Yet I remain in love with this country. Where shall thou go, beloved Spain?