Let's get on with the remaining 2016 best and worst awards. One warning: it's a very long column, so we encourage readers to pace themselves.
Trade deals are one subject (one of the very few left) which do not break down on party line. Both the Republicans and the Democrats are split over the issue, so it's not a repeat of the usual partisan battle lines. But it is a clear defeat for Obama, who lobbied hard to very little effect.
When it comes to the 2016 field of Republican presidential candidates, the rule of thumb this time around is obviously going to be "the more, the merrier!" The number of officially-announced Republican candidates actually doubled this week.
The number one goal of Democrats looking to reform the Iowa presidential caucuses should be simple: Don't mess up a good thing.
I'm as happy as the next person to see the underused adjective, frothy, have a resurgence. Too bad it's due to Rick Santorum's strong showing in Tuesday's Iowa straw poll.
Well forget all of that ballot integrity stuff for Illinois. It's now official. The Illinois straw poll is for sale to the highest bidder. They're not even pretending anymore.
"Have you heard? Susie Cooper is running for High School class president -- and she's giving out free cupcakes in the hall!". A winning strategy for a...
In the last week, three things have happened in the race for the Republican nomination for president. While none of these developments involved him directly, all three collectively were a victory for Mitt Romney.
The Iowa Straw Poll shook up the Republican primary contest this Saturday, handing Michele Bachmann her first toutable campaign victory and knocking T...
Mr. President, the country we all love is hurting enormously, with huge unemployment. You can still win back the support of the public by publicly setting forth in detail your plan to address these enormous problems.
The Crazy Party took a step closer to nominating a presidential candidate who makes even moderate Republicans' skin crawl.
The estimated effect for winning Ames is not statistically significant, and in fact is estimated to have a negative effect, if any at all.
The Ames straw vote of 2011 is now in the books and it gives us some indication of where this presidential race may now be heading. There are some interesting takeaways, some of which feel a little Shakespearean.
The only thing dumber than the Iowa caucuses is the Iowa straw ballot. In the past three decades no GOPer other than George W. Bush became president a...
Minnesota Nice, a much admired tradition of civilized debate and discourse that characterized the North Star State's political system for much of the 20th century, died this week.
Walking amid the good folk and food booths and rides at the Iowa State Fair, it's hard to get a sense people are fixated on politics in the aftermath of the Republican debate and before the important straw vote in Ames.