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Midterm Elections

Outdated, Outnumbered, and Out of Time: The Coming Demise of the Republican Party

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

Until the Republicans alter their beliefs and adjust their priorities, their empty gestures towards minorities will continue to be rejected. Even on the issue of immigration reform, the GOP's stance hardly gives the Latino population a reason to feel respected or included.

'GOP Leadership': Oxymoron

David Peck | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
David Peck

Between killing innovation and beating a dead horse, the phrase 'GOP leadership' has stamped its walk-of-shame footprints in oxymoronic cement, to join the likes of 'jumbo shrimp' and 'political science.'

Amid IRS Probe, Conservative Conference Highlights Murky Laws

AP | STEVE PEOPLES | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was called the "Road to Majority" conference, a not-so-subtle reference to winning control of Capitol Hill in the 2014 midterm electi...

Obama 2.0: Breaking the Impasse

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics
Aiko Stevenson

Within the first quarter of his final term, Barack Obama has chalked up two frustrating defeats: the sting of across the board budget cuts, followed by the bite of failed gun sales reform. And, now the specter of a triple faced scandal threatens to engulf his presidency.

David Axelrod On 2014: "Odds Are Republicans Will Retain Control Of The House"

92nd Street Y | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics
92nd Street Y

Former senior adviser to President Obama David Axelrod sat down with PBS's Jeff Greenfield on April 28, 2013. In this clip, Axelrod gave his thoughts ...

Obama Efforts May Not Lead To Election Win

AP | TOM RAUM | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Presidents like to take credit for economic recoveries, just as President Barack Obama is angling to do now. He and his allies in ...

Former Goldman Sachs VP Named Dems' Finance Chair

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), a former Wall Street executive, will serve as the national finance chairman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Commit...

Bloody-Minded 2014

Craig Crawford | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Craig Crawford

I can't think of a midterm election that has mattered more. Next year's congressional races will determine President Barack Obama's legacy. And that's what his Inaugural speech was all about.

GOP Wants More Seats: Seven Democrats Marked As Vulnerable

National Journal | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics

Vowing to expand their majority, House Republicans have identified seven Democrats they consider top targets for the midterm elections, according to a...

What Voting, Sex and Exercise Have in Common

Penny Love | Posted 01.05.2012 | Women
Penny Love

"You might not want to take the time to do it but you always feel better after you do" -- and 14 other things voting, exercise and sex have in common.

Delaware's African American Voters Changed the Political Map

David C. Wilson | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
David C. Wilson

A changing racial-ethnic composition in the U.S. suggests that candidates should not fear, or be uncomfortable, going into predominately racial-ethnic communities to communicate their ideas about how to fix problems.

Using "Mandate Gap" to Measure Fault in the Event of a Government Shutdown

Peter M. Shane | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

In deciding who may be at fault for causing a government shutdown, it might be worthwhile to consider that less than 41% of eligible voters cast a ballot in the 2010 elections.

The Nation May Benefit From GOP Victory

nytimes.com | JEREMY W. PETERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Despite all the gloom, could last week's Democratic pummeling actually have a silver lining for The Nation, once home to writers like Henry James, Ezr...

Obama's Story

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

Creative writers and artists who spend their lives crafting narratives have long understood that we do not so much create a story as discover it. As President Obama demonstrated over the last month, the narrative of politics is not very different.

North Side Family Basement Used As Polling Place

Chicago Sun-Times | Chris Abraham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicagoans vote in a lot of strange spots -- funeral parlors, tavern back rooms, burrito joints, pancake houses, the Drake and Sox Park, to name few. ...

Youth Comprised 9 Percent Of Voters In Midterm Elections

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Nine percent of voting age youth headed to the polls yesterday, down from 18 percent in 2008, CBS reports. 58 percent of voters age 18 to 29 went f...

Clinton: Election Won't Change Foreign Policy

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says a shift in congressional power won't greatly affect U.S. fo...

Obama: Agenda 'All At Risk' If GOP Has Elections Romp

AP | MARK S. SMITH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Scrapping for votes to the end, President Barack Obama campaigned from behind his Oval Office desk Tuesday, dialing in to urban rad...

Could Defeat For Democrats Be Good For The World?

The Global Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration ushered in a new era that sought for America to re-engage with the world. Two years later it still stands i...

Chicago Election Day Rock Block: Songs To Vote To

WXRT Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

f you vote early and often like we do here in Chicago, you're gonna need some tunes to rock the booth. Here's some non-partisan suggestions: "Polit...

Univision Rising In Political Power

nytimes.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Obamas' twin appearances on "Piolín por la Mañana," heard across the country on Univision Radio, are a testament to the ballooning political pow...

Nation's Governor Candidates Vague On Deficits

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The next governor of Illinois will walk into office and find himself staring at a budget deficit that could top $15 billion. In Califo...

College Students Feel Neglected By Obama

nytimes.com | DAMIEN CAVE | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

MIAMI -- Two years ago, the University of Miami could not get enough Barack Obama. The campaign rally he held here felt like a rock concert, his face ...

Obama To Chicago Crowd: 'I Need You To Keep On Believing'

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Schoolteacher Jamie Worsek headed to President Barack Obama's get-out-the-vote rally on Saturday, but it wasn't because she's enthusia...

Unfinished Business

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ed Koch

Looking back on 2010 and the Great Recession, I continue to be enraged by the lack of accountability for those who wrecked our economy and brought the US to its knees.