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Midterm Election

Senate Election Overview

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Senate races are about as close as they can be. When we get closer to the election, perhaps the picture will clear up a bit more, but for now it's anyone's guess what will happen.

Campaign Shifts to Immigration

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

My guess is that by the time everyone votes in November, the Republican anti-Obamacare strategy is hardly going to cause a ripple, while the debate over immigration reform is going to be the main event.

Tea Party's Influence on the Wane?

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Over the course of the next two months, the Tea Party movement may become to be seen (to mix a few metaphors) as more of a paper tiger than the tail that wags the Republican dog. To put it a little more concretely, the Tea Party may be losing some of its outsized influence over the Republican Party.

The Budget Deal's Crass and Craven Politics

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

To me, the most appropriate headline from the new budget deal should really be: "Democrats And Republicans Agree To Remove Budget Negotiations From 2014 Campaign, Out Of Fear."

Zach Carter

GOP Senator Gives $500,000 To Corporate Welfare Recipient's Super PAC | Zach Carter | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) on Tuesday led a conservative Senate bloc opposing a government loan program on the grounds that it functioned ...

It Takes A Movement: The Next Steps

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Neither the left nor the right has the answers to our most pressing problems, though each will continue to say that it does. So we have to focus on the spiritual and moral values that bring us together.

Post-Midterm Elections' 'Moment of Truth'

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

The White House is stuck in some parallel universe disconnected from reality. They still think the president's problem was one of developing a more effective way of communicating his message. The problem is the message, not it's communication.

It Takes a Movement: Why a 'Movement' Is Necessary -- Part 3

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Social change does not ultimately rest on who is in the White House, but a movement outside D.C. What we need to re-learn now is the choreography of the "outside/inside dance" that real social change always requires.

The Lame Duck Window

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats have the choice of making a final push to see some of their agenda items pass before Republicans take over the House, or they can shrug their shoulders and not even try.

Could We Have Predicted What Happened Last Tuesday?

Drew Westen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Drew Westen

The president once again illustrated three interrelated hallmarks of his presidency: his ability to endorse nearly every side of an issue, his inability to articulate any core principles that inform his decisions and his allergy to leadership.

Midterm Stimulus Program: Campaigns Shower Billions On Companies

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The 2010 election season was good for Design Cuisine of Arlington, which took in more than $500,000 in catering fees. The Bighorn Golf Club in Palm De...

A Sixteen Year Old's Hopeful Frustration

Ami Fields-Meyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ami Fields-Meyer

I can't vote; I'm only sixteen. Sure, I spend my time writing on my friends' Facebook walls and suffering through my cross-country meets, but I'm not completely caught up in the present. Like other high schoolers, I'm anxious about the future.

Progressives Battle Pundits, White House Over Next Steps for Dems

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

Yesterday, the battle for the future of the Democratic Party really began. The opening volleys focused around the wildly conflicting narratives and lessons about the meaning of the GOP drubbing of Democrats.

Explaining the Landslide

Shan Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Shan Wells


Who Voted in 2010, and Why It Matters for 2012

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

It's obvious that the candidates who get the most votes will win. But there's an important kernel of wisdom there: Who wins elections depends heavily on who shows up to vote.

Dan Froomkin

So Much For The Prime Minister Routine, It's Time To Act Like The President | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If President Obama wants to pursue a progressive agenda in the next two years, there are plenty of ways he can do that even without any help from Capi...

We Need to Create Trust

Michael Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Roth

Our frustration with Obama's leadership has not just been disappointment with specific policies that haven't worked. The frustration and the anger seem also to come from a feeling of betrayal -- feeling that we trusted the wrong guy.

Arthur Delaney

Sitting This One Out: Colorado Woman Says 'Why Even Bother? Us Working Stiffs Don't Stand A Chance' | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Linda Cooks of Aurora, Col. is feeling unenthusiastic about voting Tuesday after a year in which she said her hours were cut, her bank burned her when...

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.

The First Election Results Are in!

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

The most important thing the Republican Party wants to accomplish is making President Obama a one-term president. That's what America faces in the next two years, whatever happens in today's election.

Ten Reasons Why I'm Spending This Election Day on the Phones

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Loeb

It's tempting to spend every spare moment watching the projected results, but that changes nothing. Whatever the results, at the end of the day, I want to be able to say I did what I could.

Ballot Box Blues: The Most Dispiriting Election of a Lifetime (Mine)

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

By the time you read this, I'll already have voted -- the single most reflexive political act of my life -- in the single most dispiriting election I can remember. As I haven't missed an election since my first vote in 1968, that says something.

From Combat to Capitol Hill: The New Vet 27

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

Today marks the end of an epic campaign season that has given us an election cycle of firsts. But there's one first no one is talking about: the surge of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans running this year.

Election Set to Reiterate the Almost Famous Message: 'I Know What's Going On'

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

The media on election night will insist that any Republican gains are the product of a spontaneous electoral conflagration -- one that ignited in the two years of Obama. But nothing could be further from the truth.

Ending America's Polish Paralysis

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Pope

President Obama needs to remind the American people that allowing a minority to block action, so that nothing can be decided, is a formula for national weakness.