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Obama Job Approval Falls Even Lower

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 08.29.2011 | Business

With a little over a year until the presidential election, Barack Obama's hopes for a second term increasingly depend on how Americans view his handin...

Political Parties Restrict Americans' Freedom

Dinkar Jain | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics
Dinkar Jain

Consider three Americans: a gay businessman who wants to lower taxes; a scientist who teaches evolution but opposes amnesty for the illegal; an agnost...

DTS Voters: A Return to Nonpartisan Normalcy?

Edward Headington | Posted 05.30.2011 | Los Angeles
Edward Headington

The average Angeleno does not live, eat and breathe politics. Partisanship is the last thing on their minds, and it is probably easy to understand why registration for independent voters is climbing.

Democracy and the Institutions of Democracy

Harry Kresky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Kresky

Significantly, the first institution the pundits call for in Egypt is political parties. But here in America the people are fed up with the role the parties are playing in our democracy.

Independents to Obama: Show Me Don't Tell Me

Michael Maslansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Maslansky

Independents are not back on the president's team. But they are willing to listen -- and watch. If he wants to continue to earn back their trust and, more importantly, their votes, he's going to have to deliver.

Redefining "the Center" to "the New True Center"

Norman Goldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Goldman

To democrats, "the center" means being the same as corporatist Republicans: explicit, actual Republicans, but just slightly less so. This is not "the center;" this is mimicry.

WTF Is an Independent Voter?

Mike Larsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Larsen

Campaigns are misguided to think they can reach these disparate types by adopting some middle of the road, wishy-washy, one-size-fits-all position. Instead, the groups need to be marketed to in different ways.

111th Congress Ends With Bang, Not Whimper

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Pundits are now beginning to say Obama is on a comeback, which is a stunning turnaround from less than two months ago, when the president sheepishly began using the word "shellacking" for the midterm results.

Elected Officials Launch Group To Combat Partisanship

AP | BETH FOUHY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK — Elected officials and activists from around the country gathered Monday to bemoan the excesses of political partisanship and seek way...

My Declaration of Independents

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

I used to imagine the president was playing 11-dimensional political chess with Republicans, a strategy I was too dim to grasp. I've begun to wonder whether his negotiating is his way of dog-whistling to Independents that he's their guy.

The Parties are Over

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

The parties are so deeply embedded in government and in the structure and design of America's electoral process that they never have to justify their existence to voters. But shouldn't they have to?

Independents Swung This Election: What We Want

Francine Hardaway | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Francine Hardaway

When the Number One policy of one political party is simply to make the President fail, how can anyone take our government seriously? I don't care if ...

High-Tech Offers a Genuine Opportunity for Bipartisanship

Dean Garfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Dean Garfield

Regardless of party affiliation, Tuesday's election result offers a clear and incontrovertible message for Washington's power corridors: voters expect...

Takeover Takeaways

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

Congressional Republicans who think the outcome of this election is a mandate for their view of governance are overstating the case and run the risk of the kind of overreach some say the hurt the Democrats.

Democrats Stung by Huge Losses With Faith Voters

Eric Sapp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Sapp

It's politics 101. If you don't spend time talking to a group of voters, engaging them, or showing them they matter, you tend to struggle with them on election day.

New Left Media at the Rally to Restore Sanity (VIDEO)

Chase Whiteside | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chase Whiteside

For the most part, the rally represented a congenial gathering of center to center-left people who are opposed to ideological purity tests and uncompromising dogmas, and who focused their blame on the divisive media coverage of political issues.

Finding a Better Way to Talk About the US Electorate in 2010

Simon Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Rosenberg

Those who try to argue that the key to 2010 was what happened with the independents are not in touch with reality. It doesn't capture the complexity of an electorate that is going through profound demographic change every two years.

WATCH 'Fear Or Sanity?': Arianna Works Talks To Rally Audience

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"Fear or sanity?" Arianna went into the crowd at Rally To Restore Sanity and asked attendees which sentiment most resonated with them. WATCH: Camera...

When Independents Turn Stupid (and Vote for Republican Extremists)

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

There are a number of reasons why Republicans will win next Tuesday, likely taking back the House (if not the Senate) and doing very well at the state...

How Independents Can Save the Country

Jim Worth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Worth

Never in our history has the Independent vote been so crucial.

GOP Moderates Spearheading a Third Party Option

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

Stomach-punched into depression by that bruising Republican primary for Delaware's open U.S. Senate seat, Rep. Mike Castle (R) chewed on an independen...

Maidgate: Meg Whitman's Tea Bag Moment

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, a woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water. Maidgate is Meg Whitman's tea bag moment.

Virtual President Announces Coalition Cabinet

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

My fellow Americans, I am honored to present to you my thoughts on restructuring and down-sizing the federal government along with a proposed Coalition Cabinet. Many of these names, while stellar, are conventional.

Car Talk

August J. Pollak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
August J. Pollak

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No Retreat on Health Care

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

It's only taken six months for President Obama's landmark health reform bill to go from stupendous historic achievement to political blunder.