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Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump: Religion and Presidential Politics

Carla Gardina Pestana | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
Carla Gardina Pestana

The United States has always been religiously diverse, with the scoop of that diversity steadily expanding over the last 240 years. Yet with an electorate drawn from an increasing array of faith traditions, presidents over those decades have not reflected the general population.

Sorry Sarah Palin, Holy Rollers and Rock 'n Roll Don't Often Mix

Carla Gardina Pestana | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
Carla Gardina Pestana

Whether Palin coupled the two terms knowing she swam against the current of her own religious tradition is probably beside the point: she aims to appear part of particular religious milieu, but feels no apparent obligation to be well-informed about it.

Michele Bachmann Tells The Story Behind THAT Newsweek Cover

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the summer of 2011, then-Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) had improbably started to gain traction in her run for the Republican nomina...

Marco Rubio's Pathetic Excuse For His Terrible Voting Record

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

For Marco Rubio, a U.S. Senator who is setting his sights towards a higher office on the opposite end of Pennsylvania Avenue, there is a lot more to the job than simply casting a vote and walking back to your office.

Feelin' the Bern: Why Hillary Really Didn't Win That Debate

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

The pundits went coo-coo for Clinton after the first Democratic debate. But the public, according to lots of data, "felt the Bern," to borrow a catch phrase from Sanders supporters.

Trump's War on 'Anchor Babies' Ignores the Law

Bill Blum | Posted 09.03.2015 | Entertainment
Bill Blum

In the face of the overwhelming legal authority against them, you might expect Trump and his minions to let anchor babies off the hook and declare a truce in the war against them. Don't count on it.

Politics on a Stick

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics
Allen Schmertzler

I continue to be fascinated at the powerful allure of food-on-a-stick mentality and how it correlates as a predictive quality of an America that insanely seems to have evolved into a politics-on-a-stick nation.

Donald Trump Means Business

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

I keep thinking that people, fellow Republicans, Democrats, Independents and the general populace - ought to quit signing Donald Trump off as a fluke in the upcoming presidential election. Like it or not, he is a real contender and he will continue to be.

Report from Purple America: Can the Top 'Values Candidates' Predict Who Will Be the Next President?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

Many Republican politicians call themselves "values candidates." What does that really mean? Is there another way to talk about "values" that expands the definition and lends more predictability to the success of the 2016 presidential election?

As the GOP Debates Begin, Three Factors Explain This Year's Presidential Clown Car

Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics
Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D.

Today, Republicans' love of crown princes hasn't entirely disappeared: runners-up from two prior primary battles -- Rick Santorum from 2012 and Mike Huckabee from 2008 -- have joined this year's fray. And, of course, the field also includes the next-in-line member of the Bush family and the son of another previous contender, Rand Paul.

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?