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Midterm Elections

American Girl Heartbreak

Brooke Bastinelli | Posted 11.11.2016 | Women
Brooke Bastinelli

Look at the heartbroken American girl in the eye.

I Don't Even Care If You're Voting for President Anymore

Lee Lee | Posted 11.03.2016 | Politics
Lee Lee

In a casual conversation with a friend yesterday, I asked if he had voted already. He shook his head and said, "No, I'm not voting." I stared at him b...

Test Your Patriotism With The Red, White, And You Quiz

Samuel C. Spitale | Posted 06.27.2016 | Comedy
Samuel C. Spitale

Sure, it feels patriotic to BBQ on our day off and light fireworks we hope won't start a brush fire, but it's little more than consumerism wrapped in the seasonal marketing of nationalism. But fear not! If you wanna put your patriotism to the test, we've got just the thing for you.

On This Anniversary of Rwandan Genocide, Bill Clinton's Words Ring Hollow

Alice Gatebuke | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
Alice Gatebuke

While our lives were being slaughtered, at least somewhere in the United States, elections were being won. And in exchange, 800,000-1,000,000 casualties of black lives that apparently did not matter more than mid-term elections were lost.

The Ghosts of Midterms Past

Capri S. Cafaro | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics
Capri S. Cafaro

Undoubtedly, much is at stake every four years as presidents set the tone and, theoretically, the policy agenda in Washington. But what is occurring in the intervening time? We still have elections. And those elections are much more important than you think.

Dispelling Mexico's Mid-Term Myths

Rodrigo Aguilera | Posted 06.18.2016 | World
Rodrigo Aguilera

One has to give it to the PVEM; its gamble to break the rules from day one paid off handsomely in the face of an ineffective INE. But the MC proved that you can do as well without such blatant disregard to the law.

Mexico's Midterm Elections: The Unanswered Questions

Rodrigo Aguilera | Posted 06.05.2016 | World
Rodrigo Aguilera

This will be the first time that voters will have the opportunity to express their frustration against a government that has been mired in an ongoing political crisis following the Ayotzinapa kidnappings in September 2014 and the corruption scandals that shortly followed.

Dear Senators: A Note to Five Who Lost

Toby Moffett | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Toby Moffett

It's time to start letting go of the senator, and reacquaint yourself with that person you really are.

A President Against Himself

Ladan Rafii | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Ladan Rafii

Yes, the latest polls may indicate that the President's popularity among Americans has increased by a few percentage points, but that won't make up for all the goodwill he's lost in the corridors of Capitol Hill.

Obama's Indulgent Victory Lap

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Adam Kirk Edgerton

I can't help but think it's too late for this Obama to show up now. 2015 isn't the second debate with Romney. Obama should have had the guts to stand up back during the midterms when it would have mattered to Democrats struggling to defend his record.

'Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest Stories of 2014'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 03.09.2015 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

These are not goofy little news items dealing with such inconsequential matters as health care, the midterm elections and various conflicts around the world. Rather, they are the kind of important, socially significant and absolutely true stories that are the lifeblood of this column.

113th Congress Officially Ends

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.02.2015 | Politics

The 113th Congress officially ended on Friday. A resolution ending the 113th Congress sine die, meaning there will be no further meetings, was pass...

Arthur Delaney

The Official Biggest Losers Of 2014 | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sometimes one's best effort is just not good enough. It's at those times that one is a loser. In no particular order, here are the b...

My 2014 'McLaughlin Awards' [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Loath as we are to admit it, there was no single Biggest Winner Of 2014, because the award must be handed, collectively, to the Republican Party. A case could be made for Mitch McConnell, since he will win the biggest prize of any Republican next year: control of the United States Senate.

We May Finally Get a Senate Worthy of Being Called "Great"

Sean Theriault | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Sean Theriault

Is this passage of a $1.1 trillion bill a sign of what we can expect from the Republican-led Senate that will take charge Jan. 3?

Ron Barber Loses To Martha McSally In Arizona

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) was defeated by retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally (R) in the state's 2nd District, bringing the nation's last uncalled m...

Who Runs the Democratic Party?

Bob Burnett | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

There must be a national Democratic strategy comparable to that developed by Karl Rove for the GOP. This is more than a compelling populist message.

Millennials Need to Turnout Every Day, Not Just Election Day

Joelle Gamble | Posted 02.08.2015 | College
Joelle Gamble

Millennials are not just looking to be brought to the polls; we want to be involved in the process.

In Clean Energy, Macro Trends Trump Midterm Political Winds

Clint Wilder | Posted 02.06.2015 | Green
Clint Wilder

Without a doubt, the midterms were not good news for U.S. clean energy and climate action.

Mary Landrieu Abandoned

Center for Public Integrity | Dave Levinthal | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics

This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washingto...

Where Are the Democrats and Their Values?

Gerry Myers | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

A red state cannot turn purple without the addition of blue. This last election, only one-third of the country spoke. The majority were vocal, passionate conservatives who always come out to vote... rain or shine.

Contradictions and Confusion

Edward Flattau | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Americans need to be reminded that labeling environmentalists as "socialists, extremists", or "radicals" is nothing more than sheer demagoguery. That lesson learned, a major impetus for contradictions and confusion recedes.

The Week When a Woman Wanted to Ban the Word Feminist and Other Misogynistic Musings

Tina Issa | Posted 01.21.2015 | Women
Tina Issa

If my ability to vote and have equal pay and control my body emasculates a man, well the issue is with him, not feminists. I don't see any of these anti-feminists willing to throw away the accomplishments of feminists, and herein lies the irony.

5 Lessons From the Midterm Elections

Bob Burnett | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Democratic partisans spread the blame around: President Obama, party leaders, lethargic blue voters, and a hostile media. Nonetheless, there are five elementary lessons to be learned from the debacle.

2014 Midterm Lessons for Republicans: Ostensible GOP 'Inroads' With Latino Voters in 2014 Are Misleading, and Won't Be Repeated in 2016

NCLR Action Fund | Posted 01.20.2015 | Latino Voices
NCLR Action Fund

If the supposed successes of 2014 cause the GOP to become complacent in its Latino outreach, Republicans will fail to recapture the White House in 2016, and possibly lose the Senate as well.