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Partisanship

Misdirection Used to Sway Crowds

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

When fast talk and slight of hand are combined with poor science education, the real effects of public policy are missed. This trickery does not feed hungry children, nor create jobs, nor strengthen America's global competitiveness.

Local Races Could Swing Congress

The Philadelphia Inquirer | Jonathan Tamari and Chris Palmer | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the Philadelphia suburbs, where congressional incumbents swept to victory in 2012, change is coming. Three of the area's members of ...

Chris Christie, the Republican Party and Political Vendettas

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

The rap on Chris Christie's aides in Bridgegate is that they crossed the line when they put ordinary citizens at risk for the sake of a petty politica...

Primaries Predict Partisanship, But Only For Democrats

Jarryd Willis | Posted 03.02.2014 | Latino Voices
Jarryd Willis

A majority of laws are passed after July in the second year of House terms. It has become conventional political wisdom that House Republicans will be open to compromising on immigration reform in the last few months before the 2014 midterms.

Resolving to End Obstruction

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

The Republican party's government shutdown that lasted 16 days and cost the economy $24 billion offered a clear illustration of the dysfunction in Washington. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Avoiding Symmetric Polarization: Autopsy of the GOP Autopsy vs. Occupy Third Way

Jarryd Willis | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Jarryd Willis

The asymmetric polarization we have in Congress today can only become symmetric in two ways: Republicans becoming more moderate or Democrats becoming more ideological.

Women Who Have Had Abortions Take the Lead

Aspen Baker | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
Aspen Baker

Women who have had abortions, along with our allies, are taking the lead, showing that even in the midst of increasing hostility, polarization, and politicization, it's possible to nurture human connection and empathy.

Where the Buffalo, Jackalopes and Presidents Roam

Jason A. Atkinson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Jason A. Atkinson

Luck should never be a factor in visiting America's greatest national assets, and chance should never be part of living next door to public land.

Here's A Dramatic Reminder Of Just How Partisan The Senate Has Become

The Huffington Post | Ethan Klapper | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics

We know that the Senate has changed quite a bit in the past few years, with the upper chamber becoming more polarized and more toxic. But now, in ...

Philanthropy Should Help Strengthen American Democracy

Robert Gallucci | Posted 12.22.2013 | Politics
Robert Gallucci

The malaise of representative democracy in this country is not only a betrayal of American ideals and principles. It has real and negative effects on our economy, the health of our institutions, and our standing in the world. Why should we in philanthropy get involved?

The Only Upside to the Shutdown: Realizing We Need a New Political System

Rich Tafel | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Rich Tafel

This breakdown -- striking proof that America's win-lose, two-party system no longer serves our needs -- is only the beginning of what will be a series of jolts and shocks to the American public.

The Deeper Issues in the Shutdown Crisis

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

As the partisan warfare in Washington continues over the government shutdown and looming debt ceiling, it is important to examine some of the deeper i...

Their Real Goal: To Make Us All So Cynical About Government, We Give Up

Robert Reich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

As average Americans give up on government, they pay less attention to what government does or fails to do -- thereby making it easier for the moneyed interests to get whatever they want.

The Republican Shutdown and Time Magazine's False Equivalency

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

Scherer and Altman leave Time readers with the impression that somehow Nancy Pelosi is equally responsible for the Republican Tea Party crazies in the House who are driving the country into the ground to win concessions from the president they despise.

The Partisan Paradox

Selina Wang | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Selina Wang

Although it is easy, we cannot just blame politicians for our broken political system. Like the elected officials we castigate, voters often blindly follow their party even when they disagree with the party line on policy.

Standing on Political and Religious Principle -- That Doesn't Stand on Us

Robert Hall | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Robert Hall

It is high time to stand on the principle of relationship -- loving what unites us more than we hate what divides us.

Everyday Utopias: Local Music and/or Political Hope

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Jedediah Purdy

Our economy does a lot of sorting. It creates winners and losers, over and over, and it comes dressed in ideas, about the rationality of markets and the merit of merit, that tell the winners they are winners and the losers they are losers. In this way, our economy destroys solidarity.

Why the Anger?

Robert Reich | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Why is there more anger, vituperation, and political polarization now than even during Joe McCarthy's anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s, the tempestuous struggle for civil rights in the 1960s, the divisive Vietnam war, or the Watergate scandal?

The Silenced Majority: Mutts Need a Home

Matthew Dowd | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

As we approach the 2014 midterms and an open presidential race in 2016, it might be a good idea for leaders of both political parties to understand they are out of step with the country and build a winning coalition, which starts where the majority sits.

Crisis of Self-Government

William E. White | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
William E. White

Today, We the People are losing confidence in our institutions. But the treasure of American self-government is too precious to take for granted, and far too precious to discard.

New Americans: A Hope for the Future

Dan Glickman | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Dan Glickman

I recently had the opportunity to observe a U.S. citizenship naturalization ceremony. The hope and optimism of these new Americans, some of whom will start businesses or join the military, is so refreshing and yet incongruous with the tone of the debate within Washington.

Think Again: The Nonexistent 'Center' Folds

Eric Alterman | Posted 10.01.2013 | Media
Eric Alterman

The notion of "the center" has grown to be ridiculous. Today, while the Democratic Party has a liberal and a not-so-liberal wing, the Republicans have only hard-line and almost-as-hard-line conservatives.

Obamacare and the 2014 Midterms

Nathaniel P. Morris | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Nathaniel P. Morris

For the average voter, sorting through this mess can be an impossible task. Still, in the next year, the majority of the law goes into effect and, with the 2014 midterm elections on the horizon, this partisan cherry picking will soon kick into overdrive.

Why Republicans Are Disciplined and Democrats Aren't

Robert Reich | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

As we head toward renewed battles over the debt ceiling, sequester, and government funding, it's important to understand why Republicans are disciplined and Democrats aren't. The difference has to do with the kind of personalities the two parties attract.

Dear Congress: Where Is the Love?

Brent Roske | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
Brent Roske

Way back when, some ambitious lawyers built this country, some smart people started talking about how bad it would be if political parties were afforded too much power. Yet here we are.