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Connecticut's Nutty and Spicy Senatorial History

J. Bradley Jansen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
J. Bradley Jansen

Without descending into the Washington parlor game of conventional wisdom about Sen. Dodd's announcement signifies for the horse race of who's up and who's down, I would like to reflect on the matter.

'Tea Party Express II: Rise of the Tea Bags' - The Movie!

Brad Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brad Friedman

So we went out to Griffith Park out here in L.A. on Sunday to check out the kick-off day for the new "Tea Party Express II" national tour. Thought we ...

Pollster Analysis: Obama Not Losing Support From Independents

Pollster | Charles Franklin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

...support for Obama has not plummeted among independents, and that needs to be clarified before it becomes erroneous conventional wisdom. It especial...

The Year's 9 Best Books From Small Publishers

Kevin Sampsell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kevin Sampsell

I see a lot of cool stuff from authors before anyone else has even heard of them. 2009 was no exception. Here are the highlights from my own personal reading list.

How Important Are These Off-Year Races?

New York Times | ADAM NAGOURNEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

At the very least, the results in the governors' races, if not predictive, are quite likely to drive the political narrative, bolstering or diminishin...

Arianna On The Problems Posed By Tea Party Activists In 2010 Elections (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Huff TV

Democratic National Committee Chairman, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine recently weighed in on the Tea Party movement, saying that Democrats stand to gain fro...

Most Independents Aren't All That 'Independent'

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

My column for this week takes up the cause of GWU Professor John Sides and looks at how the definition of "independent" used most often tends to exagg...

Obama: Worst First Year Ratings Ever?

Steve Lombardo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Lombardo

The merits of this weekend's health care reform legislation can be debated elsewhere; our focus here is on its potential political impact. And while ...

Before Subprime There Was ACORN

Jerry Chautin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Chautin

Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, known as ACORN, is in the news again and conservative politicians are going for the jugular vein.

Tea Party Protester: "We Think The Muslims Are Moving In And Taking Over" (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE (8:43 p.m. EST): NBC has replaced this woman's comment about Muslims with a less inflammatory comment: "I'm scared to death for my country. I ...

NJ Watch (Friday) Plus an Automated vs. Live Interviewer Bonus

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

The most recent polling in New Jersey shows an excruciatingly close race between incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine and Republican challenger Chris Christ...

Daggett vs Ventura

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

My column makes an early appearance this weekend -- Friday when filed rather than the usual Monday morning -- because it covers the very timely topic ...

An Open Letter On The Public Option To David Axelrod

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

As a lifelong FDR Democrat, I won't support any health care bill that doesn't have a robust public option. I'd much rather see a bill without one go down to defeat, than have a bill pass without one.

It's Time for Native Americans to Start Thinking Independent

Tim Giago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Giago

The advantages of becoming an Independent are many and the detractions few. It is something I encourage all Native American voters to look into, to thoroughly research, and to openly consider.

The GOP: Conservatism's Empty Vessel

Andrew Sargus Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Sargus Klein

There will be plenty of battles in and outside the Democratic Party in the months to come; what is evident now is the very real and uncertain shift toward to left's slightly more pluralistic platform.

The Republican Party's Death Wish

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

We have yet to hear a single realistic scenario from a top Republican that would outline how and when the country could move forward from its current meltdown.

How the Independent Movement Went Left by Going Right

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

Gone are the days when independent voting was the province of the "conservative white male." It's estimated that more than 20% of the independents who voted for Obama are people of color.

Dont You Get It? We Need a President of All the People!

Stephen H. Baum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen H. Baum

The pressure on Obama from self-centered, single-Issue constituencies has started. Don't you get it? We have an opportunity unlike any other for dec...

A Plea From My Dad to Independents

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

My dad was a lifelong Republican. He's exactly the kind of small business owner that the Republicans pretend to care so much about -- he's the original Joe the Plumber, but now he is Dogan the Independent.

Political Tourists and Out-of-State Obama Activists in Indiana

Gail McGowan Mellor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Gail McGowan Mellor

Red and blue state Obama supporters are putting their weight on the see-saw state of Indiana, crossing state lines to help. Political tourists from ot...

Undecideds On CNN Ticker More Interesting, And Disturbing, Than Debate

Sari Levy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sari Levy

All I can say is, praise the Lord I was in a Boulder Bar when it happened. I don't usually like crowds of any kind, ever, because basically I can't s...

Obama Should Beg Bill to Help Him

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

McCain runs strong among white male independents and could make inroads among disgruntled Hillary Democrats. Bill could be Obama's trump card to make sure that doesn't happen.

Obama Should Implore Bill to Campaign for Him

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Though Obama has kept his distance from Bill, he hasn't distanced himself from his winning strategy.

Poll: Independent Voters Split Between Candidates

Washington Post | Dan Balz and Jon Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Buoyed by a public mood favoring Democrats, Sen. Barack Obama begins the general-election campaign holding a narrow advantage over Sen. John McCain, w...

Obama: Wheels Down In Missouri And Fortunes Rising

Beverly Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Beverly Davis

Mike Roberts, the "Donald Trump of St. Louis," explains why Obama will win a landslide victory in Missouri, one of the top battle states for November. "He'll kill McCain!"