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What England Can Teach Us About Getting Elections Right

Keli Goff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Keli Goff

It seems with each passing election the campaigns get longer and longer, sort of like a bad recurring nightmare. The duration of England's last round of elections? One month.

The Lone Ranger Danger

Terry Newell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

We need leaders who step back and make us do more of the work. As the Lone Ranger rode off into the sunset, he left it to the town -- as he should have -- to deal with the future, trusting that they were up to it.

The Unsung Heroes of Gov 2.0

Kety Esquivel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Kety Esquivel

In 2003, I left a corporate job in management to work on a presidential campaign. I took a two-thirds pay cut. Why? I was inspired by the promise of an accountable and open government by, for and of the people.

The Secret Superdelegate War Revealed

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

It was one year ago today that Hillary Clinton announced plans to suspend her campaign for the Democratic nomination, and urged her supporters to unite behind Barack Obama.

Obama Can't Shake It Up Baby, Doug

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Former Virginia Governor Doug Wilder is the latest to scream at President Obama to shake it up baby, before it's too late. Wilder can save his breath.

Palin's Uncomfortable Racism

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Recent events don't type Palin as a racial bigot. They do type her as the latest in the long train of right-side GOP politicians who calculate that they can score big with a subtle play of the race card.

Sarah Palin: Going Rogue to the White House Or Someplace Else?

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Bamberger

When people dismiss Sarah Palin out of hand, I keep thinking one thing -- remember the last politician we scoffed at as not even close to being competent enough for the White House?

NYT: Court May End Ban On Corporate Spending In Presidential Races

The New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With a little-noticed order last week, we fear the Supreme Court has set the stage for dismantling the longstanding ban on corporate spending in elect...

Sarah Palin, Preparing to Run

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

After reading Palin's interview in Runner's World, I doubt she'll be off the political stage anytime soon. A presidential campaign is a long race that requires a lot of endurance.

Newt Gingrich Openly Talking About 2012 Run

Richmond Times-Dispatch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Newt for president? ... "Callista and I will look seriously and we'll probably get our family totally engaged, including our two grandchildren, prob...

Worst Week Ever: Republicans Unhinged

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

This week, just like the stock market (funny how that goes), Republicans hit yet a new low.

George W. Is No Martyr

Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas Frank

Let me be blunt. Let me be blunt like Harry Truman was blunt: Comparisons between Truman and Bush are nonsense.

An Entirely Different Inauguration Day

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

Eight years ago, the country was experiencing an entirely different sort of Inauguration Day. On January 20, 2001, people were outraged.

Rumors For The Next Campaign

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Shaffer

To those who are already planning for the 2012 elections: if challenged by a reporter to back up your claims, simply say, "The issue isn't about facts. It's about starting a necessary discussion."

New Faith-Based Initiatives Report: 'Serving People in Need, Safeguarding Religious Freedom'

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

I have long supported effective partnerships between government and faith-based organizations. Unfortunately, during the Bush years these partnerships were often used for political ends.

Barack Obama's Personal Aide Reggie Love Speaks

Graham Bensinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Graham Bensinger

"The most stressful moment is definitely the moments when he asks me for something and I know before I even start looking for it that I don't have it. But I still give a good search around for it."

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: Masterstroke, Mousetrap, Or Both?

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Potential Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Is it a masterstroke by President-elect Obama? A mousetrap for the Clintons? Is it even happening at all?

Ten Chumps Who Helped Elect Barack Obama

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

With the post-election analysis season almost over, it's worth taking one final look at some of the characters who ensured President-elect Obama would make it to the White House.

The America That Can Be/The America That Has Been

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

In Barack Obama and John McCain, we representatives of an emerging set of values and an enduring tradition. But we didn't get the sort of constructive debate between these traditions showing the value of each.

Supposedly Safe GOP House Seat in CA Too Close To Call

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

Despite voting with George W. Bush 94.4% of the time, this fall Calvert distributed mailers without a single mention that he belonged to the Republican party, proclaiming himself "An Independent."

Yes We Can, Said Barack Obama, And We Did

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

Obama's victory does not spell the end of racial disparity in America, but it is a ringing sign of progress, a triumph on the road to greater equality and realizing the Dream that Martin Luther King, Jr. revealed to us.

The TV Ad Wars Conclude

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William Bradley

Despite John McCain's pledge this spring not to make Rev. Jeremiah Wright an issue in the campaign, at least one official organ of the party he now heads is running a hit spot on Wright.

Early Voting Flood in Swing States Predicts Obama Tsunami

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

Banking base voters early is now allowing the Obama campaign to focus its energy in the home stretch on independent and undecided voters.

A Letter to Sarah Palin from God

Ellis Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellis Weiner

You are a disappointment to Me, Sarah. You seem to think that what you profess to believe -- and, indeed, what you may actually in fact believe -- is more important than what you do.

Obama & Biden Rally Sunrise

Tracy Russo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tracy Russo

5th grade reporter Damon Weaver was the most popular person in the arena before the rally started. Congressman Wexler made a beeline for him to congratulate him on his now famous Biden interview.