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Green Shoots, Urban Policy Edition

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Though this is less robust a beginning than urban policy advocates might have liked, Obama will address the Urban and Metropolitan Policy Roundtable, which demonstrates his continued commitment to cities.

The Republican Party is a Mess

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

The GOP is simply out of touch with the rest of the country and has a very long way to go to regain relevance in American politics.

The Health Care Polling Deluge

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

My NationalJournal.com column for this week, on the deluge of new polls on health care reform and how to make sense of them, is now posted. Since fili...

Lessons from Virginia and the Google Blast

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

My NationalJournal.com column for this week looks at lessons learned from last week's Democratic gubernatorial primary in Virginia. Unfortunately, I h...

Polling Low Turnout Primaries

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

My NationalJournal.com column for this week is now posted. It picks up where last weeks' left off, with more thoughts on what media pollsters can do t...

Re: Incumbent Vulnerability and Primaries

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

One reader emailed to take strong exception to my use of the word "misleading" in the following sentence from my column posted yesterday on NationalJo...

About That New Banner

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

Hopefully, you have already noticed something a little different about our site today. As of this morning, a *National Journal* banner now sits atop ...

More on Those Virginia Polls

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

After a long absence (thank you, recession), my NationalJournal.com column returns. Today's topic: Picking up where last week's item left off on those...

This Week in Magazines: A Remarkably Resilient Progressive Turns 100, Eliot Spitzer Gropes to Turn a Corner

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

Newsweek has the most vivid rollout so far of Spitzer's obvious image rehab -- he goes jogging around Central Park with a reporter as his shame and ego continue their internal battle.

A Bipartisan Road to Health Care Reform?

Eileen McMenamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eileen McMenamin

The President is right to signal we need to spend money on health care. We can't afford not to do it. The most expensive thing is to do is to just sit and do nothing at all.

Change Congress -- We're Bringing Sexy Back

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Change Congress is bringing sexy back... to the campaign finance reform debate. The donor strike will make sure politicians are well aware of how much money they're losing if they oppose reform.

Republicans Fiddle with Abortion While America Burns

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

The Republican strategy sounds like the demon child of Mao's Cultural Revolution and Stalin's five-year plans: a criminal intolerance of social differences combined with an outrageously failed economic policy.

The Media's Liberal Reverse Bias

J. L. Ballinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
J. L. Ballinger

Obama could pick almost anybody for his cabinet and it would represent something new from the current lame ducks.

This Week in Magazines: Tone Deaf Republicans, Rock Stars, and Subprime Wolves

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

It's unclear whether the GOP will convince itself that its panacea is a plug-in hybrid of a politician, and here's a question to jumpstart a boring dinner party: why don't we take perfumes seriously?

This Week in Magazines: What's at Stake in the Election, Atlantic's Redesign and The New Yorker's Brainiacs

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

What's really at stake in Tuesday's election? Many usual suspects are opining in the cable universe, so for a cerebral alternative there's "A Fateful Election" in the Nov. 6 New York Review of Books.

NJ Column: Pollster Performance

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

My NationalJournal.com column for the week, looking back on how the pollsters did, is now posted online. We will have much more on pollster performan...

Hidden McCain Vote?

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

My NationalJournal.com column, which looks at specualtion over the Bradley Effect and whether the undecided vote will "break" to McCain from a differe...

The Evidence on Cell Phone Only Voters

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

My NationalJournal.com column for the week looks at what we know about whether the rise in cell-phone only households is causing any skew in polling r...

Polling's Perfect Storm

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

My NationalJournal.com column this week reviews the three big sources of worry among pollsters and others about the accuracy of polling this fall: the...

Weighting by Party...and the CBS/New York Times Poll

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

My NationalJournal.com column for the week on the continuing debate over party identification, how pollsters measure it and what they should do when t...

Internals of the McCain-Palin Bump

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

My NationalJournal.com column, on the "internals" of the McCain-Palin post-convention bounce, is now online. In the column, I quote from a conversatio...

Scoring the Veepstakes

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

Interrupting my "vacation" for this special announcement: My NationalJournal.com column, on the potential for a running-mate "bump" and whether we wi...

The Many Flavors of the Favorable Rating

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

As I was laboring over last week's column, I received a one-line e-mail from a respected journalist: "Can you please rail against the NYT for their 'n...

Ready To Be Chief?

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

My NationalJournal.com column, on perceptions of Barack Obama's experience and readiness to be president and their importance to the outcome of the ra...

Measuring Nader and Barr

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

My Nationaljournal.com column, on the challenge posed to pollsters by third party candidates like Ralph Nader and Bob Barr, is now online. The topic i...