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Midterm Elections

Alaska Senate Race Finally Ends

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

Republican Dan Sullivan was victorious over incumbent Democrat Mark Begich in the Alaska Senate race. The Associated Press announced the decision earl...

Tough It Out, Valerie Jarrett

Evan Wolfson | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Evan Wolfson

The Valerie Jarrett I have come to know and work with has had vision, skill, patience, and passion -- and has been a key engine of this administration's getting important, life-changing, legacy-shaping things done.

Post Election: The Good, The Bad and the Future

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 01.11.2015 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

The President has a vision of what he wants the world to look like for his daughters and their children -- and it isn't B-Roll from Interstellar. Oh, and just in case he falters, there are those at the grassroots level who will remain vigilant... because they don't want future generations to be living in a science fiction movie.

What Berlin Taught Us About Bringing Walls Down

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 01.11.2015 | Religion
Sarah Thebarge

In the current issues the U.S. is facing, walls of injustice and fear have been erected. Those who are free, and those who know they need to be free, stand at these walls that we are convinced must come down.

Progressives Have a Winning Economic Narrative -- and Democrats Who Used It Won

Richard Kirsch | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

The point of a narrative is to give people an explanation of what they are experiencing that includes what is wrong, who is responsible, and what we can do about it. Take a look at two explanations of what's happening that are very similar but different in important ways.

What Explains the Election Results? It's (Still) the Economy

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Dennis M. Kelleher

No one should be surprised that the American people are economically insecure and anxious. Seven in 10 voters said the nation's economy is in bad shape. Voters who said the economy was important to them voted 2 to 1 for Republicans.

Is Big Money Being Used to Bully Judges?

Ben Cohen  | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

When corporations with a private agenda can selectively barrage our airwaves with attack ads, they can shape the national conversation, destroy reputations or curry favor with politicians. They can even influence our judiciary system.

Jobless Rate Falls to 5.8 Percent -- Why Be So Unhappy?

Harlan Green | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics
Harlan Green

Job creation in October marked the ninth straight month the economy has added 200,000 jobs or more, a feat last accomplished in 1994. The U.S. has created some 2.3 million jobs this year and is on track for the biggest gain in almost a decade.

The Death of Polling: Can We Trust the Polls in 2016?

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

Inaccuracies and errors are part of the nature and essence of election polling, it will be off almost as much as it's on. But that said, we can do a better job reporting results and putting them into context.

Election Results: Better Cover for Dems, More Distractions for Progressives?

Michael Goldstein | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Michael Goldstein

Voter suppression cost the Democrats some votes, but not nearly as many as their failure to be a true progressive alternative did.

Recalling Hope, Fear and Race in America

Cody Lyon | Posted 01.10.2015 | New York
Cody Lyon

On the sunny, crisp and final Monday of October 2008, three friends met at around 1 p.m. in Downtown Manhattan's financial district for lunch where buildings inspired by finance touch the sky.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, America went to the polls. Despite much breathless post-election chatter about "mandates" and "midterm waves," the really big story was not who people voted for but how many people sat this one out. With only 37 percent of eligible voters heading to the polls, turnout was the lowest it's been since 1942 -- when voters were understandably distracted. The disconnect between the governed and the government has grown to historic proportions. Why? Perhaps because of the disconnect between a "recovering" economy and people's daily lives. This might explain why initiatives increasing the minimum wage were passed by huge margins in all four states where they appeared on the ballot, even as candidates opposing a long-delayed increase at the federal level won. People want change, but they've lost hope in the ability of national leaders to bring it. Those celebrating having their ticket to Washington paid for by lost faith and disillusionment should not miss this actual mandate.

Dem Challenger Ro Khanna Defeated By Longtime Rep. Mike Honda

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics

Ro Khanna, the attorney and former U.S. trade representative, was defeated by Rep. Mike Honda in the race to represent California's 17th District. ...

Carl DeMaio Loses To Scott Peters In Contentious House Race

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics

Republican Carl DeMaio has lost the race to represent California's 52nd Congressional District, according to the Associated Press. DeMaio, who sou...

Dems Did It to Themselves

Rick Horowitz | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Hey, Candidates: How'd that whole "Abandoning Obama" thing work out for you?

The Democrats Should Come Out Swinging

Andy Schmookler | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

Now the Democrats have been rebuked. The people are not happy, and understandably so. But what has made the people unhappy is mostly the result of deliberate Republican choices to sabotage our political process.

Midterm Results: We All Lose

Alyona Minkovski | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Alyona Minkovski

Let's face it, the status quo is sustained -- and the media should know better, that the more things "change," the more they stay the same.

Here's Why Life Would Be Way Better If You Were In Charge

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 11.07.2014 | Comedy

You had us at Diet Oreos. Since we just went through Midterm Elections, Jimmy Fallon made this week's hashtag #IfIWasInCharge to see what you would...

Fear of Barack Planet

James Campion | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
James Campion

Poor old Mitch McConnell. He's so happy, for now. The Republican Party takes control of the U.S. Senate. Thus, as minority leader, he suddenly becomes majority leader. Just like that.

Election 2014: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Lisa Maatz | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Lisa Maatz

The midterm election results produced some good, bad and truly ugly news for women and families. For better or for worse, women voters (and the women who stayed home) were instrumental in all three outcomes.

Republicans Get Wake-Up Call: And This Time They Answer It!

Carl Jeffers | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Carl Jeffers

There are essentially three primary reasons why Republicans enjoyed such an impressive victory on election night.

Week to Week News Quiz for 11/7/14

John Zipperer | Posted 01.07.2015 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Whether you were deflated or elated by Tuesday's election results, the news goes on. So see what's happening with our latest Week to Week news quiz. ...

Jimmy Kimmel Roasts Media, Politicians With 'Unnecessary Censorship'

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 11.07.2014 | Media

With the midterm elections on Tuesday, this past week has been particularly ripe for ridicule in the worlds of politics and cable news. So ABC lat...

Election 2014: Here's What You Missed

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The campaigns and the media coverage were all about polls, attacks, and sound bites. The Republican campaign message was simply: vote against President Obama. Here's what we should be talking about.

None Dare Call It Treason: Why Republicans Won

Bob Burnett | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

In 2014 Republicans bullied Democrats. Republicans proved, once again, they will say and do anything to win. Republicans don't care if they scuttle our democracy along with the fragile economy, to them winning is all that matters.