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Supreme Court's Theory of 'Independent' Outside Money Is No Longer Operative

Taylor Lincoln | Posted 01.01.2013 | Politics
Taylor Lincoln

The final numbers are not in yet, but we already have more than enough information to make one call in the 2012 elections: The U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United vs. FEC decision can be deemed a failure based on the very rationale that the court used to justify it.

WATCH: The Most Negative Political Ad Of All-Time?

Posted 08.17.2012 | Media

The barrage of negative ads of the 2012 election season had CNN's John Berman doing a double take on Thursday. President Obama and Mitt Romney hav...

Campaign Negativity Is Nothing New

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While they may have a point about the magnitude of cash flowing into negative ads this time around, and while they may indeed have a point about the insidiousness of corporate money in American political campaigns, the nastiness itself is really nothing new.

Obama the Bogeyman: Scaring the Crap Out of America

Sandip Roy | Posted 06.03.2012 | Politics
Sandip Roy

The Republicans cannot seem to make up their mind about which Hollywood remake they want to cast Barack Obama in. Luckily, they have several villainous genres to choose from.

Primary Season Quantifiably Much Nastier Than In Years Past

The Washington Post | Dana Milbank February 21, 2012 | Posted 02.21.2012 | Politics

If you thought you were living through a particularly nasty presidential primary season, turns out you were right. Four years ago, just 6 percent o...

In Defense of the Indefensible: The Value of Truthful Negative Ads

Jonathan_Miller | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics

Unless the declining trend of the daily newspaper is dramatically reversed so that journalists can adequately police political dialogue, truthful negative political ads can play a valuable educational role for inattentive voters.

It's Time to Turn Down the Volume on Elections That Polarize

Judy Patrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Judy Patrick

For two months we've been inundated by unprecedented spending on angry campaign ads, and an unbelievable number of robocalls. So much noise made it hard for people to examine their own hearts.