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Fighter or Deal Maker?

Bill Schneider | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Bill Schneider

We may see a demand for a deal maker in 2016. For Democrats, that's Hillary Clinton. For Republicans, that's Jeb Bush. If the 2016 election turns out to be a choice between them, it's likely to be close.

The New American Order

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Based on developments in our post-9/11 world, we could be watching the birth of a new American political system and a way of governing for which, as yet, we have no name. The evidence of this is all around us, and yet it's as if we can't bear to take it in or make sense of it.

Trail To The Chief: The CPAC Effect on the GOP Field Edition

The Huffington Post | Lauren Weber and Jason Linkins | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics

The CPAC Effect Edition This week, the field of hopefuls on the Republican side of the 2016 nomination circus faced a critical acid tes...

Lauren Weber

Trail To The Chief: Hollywood For Ugly People Edition

HuffingtonPost.com | Lauren Weber | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics

HOLLYWOOD FOR UGLY PEOPLE EDITION In this early stage of the 2016 presidential election season, most of the people tasked with covering...

GOP Off to the Races Early

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Republican Party and the political media world are already off to the 2016 horse races. It is way too early for any real analysis of the public's mood, but that doesn't stop the oddsmaking within the Beltway. After all, the Democratic nomination race is setting up to be a snoozer, so why not get started obsessing over the Republican race?

Lauren Weber

Trail to the Chief: What's In A Name ~ PAC Edition

HuffingtonPost.com | Lauren Weber | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics

What's In A Name ~ PAC Edition There are many reasons to believe that starting a presidential election season some 600 days before elec...

Lauren Weber

Trail To The Chief: The 'Mitt, We Totally Knew Ye' GOP-Only Edition

HuffingtonPost.com | Lauren Weber | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics

The 'Mitt, We Totally Knew Ye' GOP-Only Edition Campaign World –- the hermetically sealed universe of media and politicos who talk mo...

Lauren Weber

Trail To The Chief: Ultra-Premature VP Edition

HuffingtonPost.com | Lauren Weber | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics

Ultra-Premature VP Edition When we started "Trail To The Chief," the first question we got was: "Are you sure it's not too soon to star...

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.

Lauren Weber

Trail To The Chief: Dirty Dozen Donor Edition

HuffingtonPost.com | Lauren Weber | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics

The Dirty Dozen Donor Edition Our inaugural Trail to the Chief ranked presidential candidates. Now we’re free to focus on the real st...

Lauren Weber

Trail To The Chief: Inaugural Edition

HuffingtonPost.com | Lauren Weber | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics

The Inaugural Edition Hi there, and welcome to Trail to the Chief, HuffPost’s weekly trip through the folds of time-space to the pecu...

Democrats Need to Coalesce Around Hillary Clinton Early

Jeza Belle | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Jeza Belle

While a host of progressive issues are dear to many of us, none of these should cloud our judgment in getting behind the one person who could not only win, but effectively govern this country and keep the conservative dogs at bay...Hillary Clinton.

We Should Be Protesting, Too

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

This week, tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents turned out to protest China's plan for bringing democracy to that city. Rather than letting voters pick the candidates that get to run for chief executive, Beijing wants the candidates selected by a 1,200 person "nominating committee." Critics charge the committee will be "dominated by a pro-Beijing business and political elite." Hong Kong's students have started that struggle -- for them, there. But their ideals are ours too, as is the flaw in the system they attack. We should be demanding the reform for which they are now fighting: an unbiased election, at every important stage.

Kate Sheppard

Fight Brews In Arizona Over Dark Money, Solar Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

Arizona Public Service, the largest utility in the state, is facing scrutiny over whether it is secretly funding a campaign against two Republican can...

The Problematic Primacy of Primaries

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Glenn C. Altschuler

The defeat of Eric Cantor, the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, by David Brat, a little known professor of economics at Randolph-Macon...

Tea Party Candidates Try To Build On Cantor Loss

AP | BILL BARROW and THOMAS BEAUMONT | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — Conservative insurgents rallied Wednesday to capitalize on the downfall of their party's House majority leader, whose loss to a...

How Much Does Your Vote Cost?

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

How is it that two states with such important primary campaigns in which large amounts of money were spent failed to attract more voters? How much are campaigns spending to get voters to the polls these days?

Tea Party v. Old Line

Jeff Danziger | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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The Tea Party Is Dead! Long Live the Tea Party!

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Tea Party groups have evolved over time. Initially, they were supposed to be grassroots, libertarian, and spontaneous; but there were many who almost immediately attempted to grab the Tea Party mantle and turn it into their own giant political machine.

Seat-Bleeding: A Side Effect of a Too-Small Congress

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

You can say we have a Congress that is too small. Just listen to them and you can hear how they talk to the half of the country who doesn't buy into their set of opinions. But it is too small in another way. The number of congressional seats is too small.

Deportations, Hunger Strikes and an Uncertain White House

Ryan Campbell | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Ryan Campbell

With immigration, everything begins and ends with family. Until we see a solution to the record-setting family separations, the Administration can expect to see demonstrators on their front step with heartbreaking stories.

GOP's Post-Mortem Post-Mortem

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's tempting for Democrats to dismiss the post-mortem of the post-mortem as nothing short of celebrating abject failure. But before we get to that, it is worth examining the structural changes happening in the Republican Party, because Democrats really can't afford to ignore such things.

Tea Party Primary Problems

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This year, several Tea Party challengers seem to be crashing and burning early in the process. This could be very good news for the Establishment Republican wing of the party. Rather than have a candidate implode in the general election, when candidates self-destruct before the primary then they never become the nominee in the first place.

Schumer Pitches Ploy To Undercut Tea Party

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 3 Senate Democrat says a two-party primary would undercut the tea party movement. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer says a numb...

Football and Political Campaigning

Aristotle Tziampiris | Posted 11.19.2013 | Sports
Aristotle Tziampiris

Football does impart crucial lessons for political campaigning. It implores politicians to stay focused on winning, advises them to discount all pre-election noise, pay attention to all parts of their organization and always think before they act.