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When Bad Things Happen to Good Republicans

Kenneth Kales | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics
Kenneth Kales

This is not a new story. It's actually one that has been developing for decades. As the Republican party has gradually ceded territory to extremist views, with each concession they have shifted further out of touch.

Daniel Marans

George Pataki Announces Presidential Run | Daniel Marans | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) announced he'll run for president in 2016. "The system is broken. The question is no longer about what our g...

The Logic of the 'Moderate' Mindset

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion
Ali A. Rizvi

In gauging the responses to my writing, I have a personal rule: don't just look at what is being written, but why it is being written.

An Open Letter to Moderate Muslims

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 12.06.2014 | Religion
Ali A. Rizvi

Islam needs reformers, not moderates. Yes, it's wrong and unfair for anyone to judge a religion by the actions of its followers, be they progressive Muslims or al Qaeda. But it is appropriate and intellectually honest to judge it by the contents of its canonical texts.

Dire Data: When Voters Begin to Act Like Politicians

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 11.02.2014 | College
Noah Fitzgerel

Politicians like data. But trends are a different story -- harder to confuse and more difficult to misapply, trends can spell out dire predictions for even the most data-toting politicians. And today's trends reveal a most moribund frontier in congressional deal-making: the end of moderate politics.

Declaring War on Cultural War

Robert Hall | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Robert Hall

The upcoming 2014 congressional elections and the 2016 Presidential/congressional elections are a time of opportunity. The majority in this country are tired of cultural warfare. The vocal minority may be ruling but they have failed at governing. Sometimes war is necessary but it is always destructive and never sustainable.

Opening Doors of Dialogue, Closing Tunnels of Revenge

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 09.28.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

We have different options, but not to lose our humanity and our hope for the future, the future that we all have in our minds and hearts, of safety and security for all, we only have one resolution and one way forward: harder, but essential: peace.

Not All Christians: How the Progressive Agenda Might Benefit From 'Judging Not'

Ryan Chapin Mach | Posted 09.15.2014 | College
Ryan Chapin Mach

Mocking Christians for living in the past doesn't just alienate Christians; it alienates moderates, independents and future millennial voters. Trying to defame and decry social liberalism backfired for conservatives, so what's to stop the same tactics from backfiring on us?

The Stupid Party? Which One?

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Dr. Sten Odenwald

It seems to be a growing belief that the Republican Party has been hijacked by anti-science ideas and that somehow the Democratic Party is the party of scientific sanity, but the distinction may not be as clear cut as out might think. Or is it?

How to Rationally Read and Write Like a Moderate (Even if You're Not One)

Troy Campbell | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Troy Campbell

If you have an intelligent opinion, and don't mind the fact that someone will probably call you a racist/bigot/traitor for saying it, then share it or blog it.

Lawmakers Increasingly Realize Fast Track Is a Fraud

James P. Hoffa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

The Teamsters for years have been an outspoken critic of fast-track trade authorization which allows bad proposed trade agreements to move through Congress on just a quick up-or-down vote. And in the last week, we were joined by 185 House lawmakers who feel the same way.

GOP Moderates In Tough Spot Amid Shutdown

AP | STEVE PEOPLES | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

BRISTOL, Pa. -- BRISTOL, Pa. (AP) — Republican Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick had been expected to face a tough re-election fight. Then he sided with GOP le...

Double THUD: The Legislative Debacle Before the August Congressional Recess Hurts Budget Prospects for Fiscal Year 2014

Scott Lilly | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics
Scott Lilly

Nothing illustrates the utter dysfunctionality of the 113th Congress more than the failure of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, or THUD, appropriations bills to pass in both houses right before Congress left for its August recess.

Gun Measures Put Moderate Democrats In Bind

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's push for tougher gun measures and expanded background checks has placed several moderate Senate Democrats ...

King Busting Rubio's Cahones: Coming Out of His Corner to Redefine the GOP

Steven Kurlander | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

In order to take the White House in 2016, the GOP must win traditionally blue states like New York and New Jersey to amass the electoral votes necessary to win the presidency. Only a guy like Christie, not Miami's Rubio or Louisiana's Jindal, can achieve this.

Cantor Cautions Both Parties Against Fighting 'Fire With Fire'

Reuters | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics

By Scott Malone CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 11 (Reuters) - Both U.S. political parties need to do a better job connecting with moderate A...

Can Eric Cantor Redeem The Republican Party?

The New Yorker | RYAN LIZZA | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics

The Speaker of the House, John Boehner, has often shown a willingness to compromise, but for more than two years he has been stymied by a small and un...

"Moderate" Politicians, "Defense" Spending and Other Orwellian Nonsense

Norman Solomon | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

"Pro-life" values? Not a label that abortion-rights advocates should use for opponents of a woman's right to choose an abortion. One of the main reasons those opponents keep calling themselves "pro-life" is they want to imply that supporters of abortion rights are anti-life. Why help?

John Celock

'The National GOP Is A Mess' | John Celock | Posted 12.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A national moderate Republican leader is urging fellow party members to stop donations to the Republican National Committee until their ...

Hillary: The Next FDR

Brent Budowsky | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

It is time to resume discussion about the possibility of a political realignment that would make Democrats the leading national political party for a generation.

Moderate Republican To Leave Office Next Year

Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) will retire from Congress in February, the Southeast Missourian reported Monday. The moderate congresswoman, who was el...

The Power of Moderate Voices

Dina Moroz | Posted 01.27.2013 | College
Dina Moroz

It takes a lot for someone to take a step back, assess what they know and admit that they aren't in a position to make an informed opinion on an issue. Unfortunately, people do not take the time to do this.

How The Republican Party Can Get Its Groove Back

Jane Devin | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Jane Devin

In order for the Republican party to get its groove back, it's going to have to stop clinging to the extreme right-wing fringes and find its center again.

High Anxiety, Low Information, Moderate Expectations: The Importance of Voter Psychographics in Elections

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Frequently, citizens' votes have more to do with who they are as opposed to who the candidates are or what their ads say. That's why when it comes to winning elections in close races understanding psychographics trumps demographics.

Romney's Foreign Policy: About Face or Two-Faced?

James Zogby | Posted 12.27.2012 | Politics
James Zogby

Listening to this "kinder and gentler" Romney, two questions came to mind. Was all this a tactical ploy to sway undecided voters? Or was this the candidate's declaration of independence from his neo-conservative advisers (three-quarters of whom are George W. Bush alumni)?