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Hawkeyes and Granitoids

Will Durst | Posted 02.11.2016 | Comedy
Will Durst

It's the Tinder of electoral politics and places an emphasis on the art of hygienic schmoozing. A pleasantly odiferous group of followers holds a distinct advantage. People still talk about the delicious cookie smell that emanated from John Edwards' supporters back in 2004.

What's So Bad About an Open Convention?

Newton N. Minow | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
Newton N. Minow

Success in Iowa and New Hampshire translates into more publicity and more money. But it shouldn't. The primary system that was originally intended to make elections more democratic has made them far less so.

The GOP Created Donald Trump

The New York Times | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics

The betting markets now say that the most likely Republican nominee for president is a man who mocks women, insults Latinos, endorses war crimes like ...

GOP Race Heads To South Carolina, Known For Dirty Tricks And Brawls

The Washington Post | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics

BLUFFTON, S.C. — One of the first signs that the presidential campaign had arrived in the wild and woolly political state of South Carolina came...

A Lot Of People Just Realized Donald Trump Could Become President

The Huffington Post | Nick Baumann | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics

"Oh my god, I just realized that Donald Trump could become the actual president," Fusion's Kevin Roose, who doesn't normally cover politics, wrot...

Hillary Clinton and the Kissinger Wing of the Democratic Party

Pierre Guerlain | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
Pierre Guerlain

In a recent debate with Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton bragged about getting the approval of Henry Kissinger: "I was very flattered when Henry Kissinger said I ran the State Department better--better than anybody had run it in a long time," she said. Now it boggles the mind how a candidate claiming she is a progressive can even mention Kissinger as a source of pride.

Trump Just Proved That Being Famous Is Enough To Win A Primary Election

The Huffington Post | Howard Fineman | Posted 02.09.2016 | Politics

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Is this the dawn of the age of tyranny by celebrity? That’s what the dyspeptic but very smart former New Hampshire Gov. Joh...

FOLLOW LIVE RESULTS FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE

The Huffington Post | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.09.2016 | Politics

Anti-establishment candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump lead New Hampshire polls. See how each candidate performed as results come in. ...

There Is Only One Issue Worth Voting on in 2016

Lila Nordstrom | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Lila Nordstrom

Here's a bold declaration: Despite the rancor accompanying this year's races and last year's congressional session, there is only one issue worth voting on. It's a deceptively simple issue too; massively important, but, oddly, still one a vast majority of Americans agree on.

20 Things Candidates Absolutely MUST Do During Presidential Primaries

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 02.01.2016 | Comedy

Based on the low voter turnout in the United States, it's a good bet that most people don't know how political primaries work. Well, there are things ...

Primary Party

T Statman | Posted 02.01.2016 | Teen
T Statman

It's time for Iowa! Can you believe it? It is my first election season, and I cannot explain how excited I am to vote in the primaries and then in the...

The Honest 2016 Presidential Primary Stump Speech

Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 02.01.2016 | Comedy
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

From what I've been hearing from the 2016 presidential primary candidates there seems to be little true hope and change on the horizon for the rest of us. To help those voters that still haven't made up their minds, I've taken the liberty of writing the below stump speech that they would be giving if they were being honest about their intentions.

Ignore the Noise: Hillary Will Win

Judith Barnett | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Judith Barnett

With just hours left until Campaign 2016 finally leaves the Incessant Talking Heads status and goes to the voters, there is one data point that is as clear today as it was 10 months ago -- Hillary Clinton is the only candidate who is qualified and prepared to be president.

My Hillary Problem -- And Yours

William O'Rourke | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
William O'Rourke

Eight years ago Iowa signaled Clinton's likely electoral downfall. It showed white folks would vote for the African-American candidate. In that way, it was the most important primary in presidential election history.

The Idiocy of the Iowa Caucuses

Marty Kaplan | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

If we're lucky, the day will come when we look back at the Iowa caucuses and the quadrennial carnival they inaugurate with the same embarrassed horror we now feel for duck-and-cover as a safety drill for nuclear war.

Winning Iowa and New Hampshire Won't Do Much if Bernie Can't Win the Black Vote

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 01.24.2016 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The brutal, political reality is that numbers and, in this case, tradition, are against Sanders in the states that will determine the Democratic presidential nominee. In the space of three weeks after the New Hampshire primary, eight out of the next 13 open Democratic primaries are in the South. South Carolina kicks off that run. Black voters in that state make up nearly 50 percent of the voters.

Friday Talking Points -- Conservatives Are Revolting!

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A full 22 conservative thinkers (although, with the likes of Glenn Beck and William Kristol in the mix, we do of necessity use that term quite broadly) all weighed in on why Donald Trump is a terrible candidate for Republicans to consider making their presidential nominee, and why Trump is an all-around terrible human being.

Poll Dancing: Things Worth Knowing About Public Opinion

Kirby Goidel | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Kirby Goidel

Americans are buried in an avalanche of public opinion poll results. As a service to Huffington Post readers, we've assembled a list of things worth knowing and remembering when dealing with polls and opinion data presented in the media.

Let's Talk About Love -- Seriously

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

If being hateful, or at least fearful, is core to our public discussion, then love should be, too. Every ying deserves its yang, especially one that works. After years of working on poverty and inequality, I know that love works.

On the Republican Primaries and the Presidential election on this MLK holiday evening

Peter Doyle | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics
Peter Doyle

Such treatment of these deeper currents is not just mistaken; it is dangerous, in part because if left unchallenged, it may triumph in the Presidential election by default.

Sanders Versus Trump, Revisited

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Bernie Sanders versus Donald Trump in the general election? How preposterous an idea! Of course, when writing one of these articles a good rule of thumb is to always point out how speculative the concept all is, which I dutifully did.

Clinton Not Inevitable Nominee

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There is no guarantee that the name on that ballot will be Hillary Clinton. She's already vulnerable in at least two of the first four states to vote, and if she loses both Iowa and New Hampshire then the rest of the country (including the media) will start paying a lot more attention to Bernie.

Clinton Campaign Hopeful For A 'Comeback Kid' Boost From Bill

The Guardian | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.02.2016 | Politics

“New Hampshire tonight has made Bill Clinton the comeback kid.” So said Bill Clinton himself in February 1992, when a second-place finish ...

America, Where Are You?

Rabbi Abraham Unger, Ph.D. | Posted 12.28.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Abraham Unger, Ph.D.

Is this crop of presidential candidates really the best we can do? The leading Democrat represents the interest of corruption while the leading Republican represents the interest of vulgarity. It's a new low.

The Nature of Growth

Edward Flattau | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

A dialogue is needed to focus the spotlight on the unsustainability of our current economic growth and what it would take to put us on the path to sustainability.