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The Quantum Theory of Presidential Politics

Marty Kaplan | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Our 44th president wanted to be No Drama Obama. But that hasn't stopped us from turning our experience of him into a story -- a melodrama -- whose future keeps changing its past, whose ending we don't know and whose reality will continuously be remade until, inevitably, no one who's around now will be left to find out what happens next.

Should Hillary Clinton Be Blamed For Libya's Mess? The Short Answer: Not for All of It

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

As in all matters of war and peace, the buck stops at the president's desk: it wasn't Hillary, but Barack Obama who ultimately gave the orders.

Hillary Clinton and the Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy

Paul Alexander | Posted 05.25.2015 | Media
Paul Alexander

At her recent press conference at the United Nations, the first question posed to Hillary Clinton, asked by a Turkish reporter, had to do with whether she felt she was being treated differently because she was a woman.

Cruz Warfare

Jonathan Richards | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


Mitt Romney Slapped Around By His Fellow Republicans

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Ever since Mitt confided to his friends and mega-donors in a fancy New York apartment a little over a week ago that he is "seriously considering" a third bid for the presidency, Romney 3.0 is all anyone is talking about.

Rand Paul's Message on Foreign Policy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Whether you love him or hate him, Rand Paul is succeeding in doing something that other Republican candidates have not done in a very long time: broaden the foreign policy debate within the Republican Party in order to encompass a growing libertarian streak among younger Americans.

Gary Hart's Waking Nightmare Marked Media Devolution

William Bradley | Posted 09.24.2014 | Media
William Bradley

The storyline has long been that Hart challenged the press to follow him around and, in the post-Watergate spirit of enterprising investigative journalism, the press did just that, fearlessly uncovering, well, er, what?

Can Hillary Break the Clintons' Iowa Jinx?

William Bradley | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

In 2008, as you'll recall, the overwhelming frontrunner finished third in Iowa behind Barack Obama and John Edwards. She ended up just a weekend of furious Bill Clinton campaigning in New Hampshire away from being stampeded from the race at its very beginning.

Gaza and Obama's Castigation of Israel: A Sign of the Growing Insignificance of the 'Jewish Vote' in American Politics

Steven Kurlander | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

Despite the fact that 98 percent of Jewish voters go to the polls, Israel is not a primary concern to American Jews -- and the White House and powerful liberal lobbies know it.

New Poll of Cuban Americans Confirms Growing Support for Engagement With Cuba

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
William M. LeoGrande

A bold U.S. president now has an opportunity to establish a legacy no less historic than Nixon's opening to China, and to do so at relatively little political cost.

Can Hillary Clinton Run on Her Foreign Policy Record?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

If Hillary does in fact run for President a second time, she will no doubt push her tenure as Secretary of State to buttress her credentials as a strong leader who is both willing and able to make hard decisions. Still, she is not entirely immune on the foreign policy front.

On Libido

Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Daniel N. Nelson

Right-wing Republicans are obsessed with sex. Perhaps that says more than we want to know. Freud did not know he would have such an effect in 2014. ...

An Odd, Intriguing Year Ahead

William Bradley | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

President Barack Obama's vacation schedule reflected the reality of this holiday season in which Christmas and New Year's Day each fell upon a Wednesday, with long weekends bleeding into long weekends. Now he's back and so is the working new year, at last functionally upon us, which will be odd and intriguing.

Time to Revive JFK's 'Ask Not' Call

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

Central to the Kennedy ideal is the idea of self-sacrifice for the greater good. In this day of political intransigence and not only inter-party, but also intra-party strife, blame seems to supplant earnest dialogue, and Kennedy's call appears long forgotten.

2016 Score Sheet: Shutdown Edition

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

The presidential election is three years away, but the recent government shutdown and the way aspirants responded to it will be a key metric for partisans choosing their next nominee. So how did they fare?

Former Presidents' Opportunities Expand

AP | NANCY BENAC | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — In the first 200 years of the republic, just three presidents survived more than two decades after leaving office: John Adams, Mart...

Analysts Report America Added 1.1 Million New Millionaires During Obama's First Three Years

Posted 02.22.2013 | Business

Debate over the strength of the U.S. economy has been at the heart of much of this year's presidential election. Mitt Romney has continually slammed P...

Hating the President

Keith Gaby | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Keith Gaby

The important truth is that a significant minority is almost always going to hate whomever is president. And before we get nostalgic, it happened to Jefferson, Lincoln and FDR, too.

Your Obnoxiously-Political Facebook Friends: 5 Tips for Dealing With Them

Andrea Bonior | Posted 11.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Andrea Bonior

We've all got them, no matter how left or right you lean. They're the Facebook friends who can't post a single status update without making it political, or who seem to share every last bit of oversimplified propaganda they come across.

Why I'm Finished With Presidential Politics

Stanley K. Sheinbaum | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics
Stanley K. Sheinbaum

I must sound like a grouchy old man. Well, sometimes I am a grouchy old man. But if I am grouchy, it's because it seems so obvious to me that a functional democracy needs involved citizens and that these citizens need to care about each other rather than tear each other down.

Jon Ward

Election 2012: The War Over Women Voters Heats Up In Ohio | Jon Ward | Posted 07.25.2012 | Politics

COLUMBUS, Ohio -– The war over women is on. The Obama and Romney campaigns both reached out Tuesday to women voters, the key voter demographic th...

Why the Clintons Need Obama to Win: Uncertainty as Hillary Pushes the Big Geopolitical Pivot

William Bradley | Posted 09.12.2012 | World
William Bradley

If Hillary Clinton is to have the option of running for president in 2016, she needs a strong legacy as secretary of state, by far the most important post she's ever held.

Occupy Wanes, Ignoring 'Regime Change'

Arthur Bruzzone | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
Arthur Bruzzone

Occupy protesters have held Obama blameless. That's not the case for Occupy's distant cousin, the Tea Party movement. They actively opposed Republican candidates across the nation -- which gave way to campaign politics. They found an end game.

At 'Big Tent' Politics, Lincoln Was the Best

Grant Calder | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Grant Calder

Succeeding at "big tent" politics requires a sense of timing and flexibility. Some refer to the latter as "flip-flopping," but only when their opponents do it.

Have Scientific Questions? There Are No 'Answers in Genesis'

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.04.2012 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

When we permit theology to define our science, we end up with gibberish, but not even consistent gibberish.