As you've likely heard, Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe -- author of "The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future" -- is the Republicans' first choice to head the Senate committee that oversees the country's environmental policy.
Welcome to Washington, new members of Congress. It is a city of museums, statues, self-importance and arcane ways.
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Research finds that felon disenfranchisement laws have influenced the outcomes of both presidential and Senate elections. Such laws disenfranchised almost 6 million voters this year -- most of them poor and people of color.
When I grew up you could walk into a voting booth and just swing a single lever to vote the entire party line. Now, instead, we have entered what I call the Era of Charismatic Politics, where personalities determine elections, rather than parties. This changes the landscape, and helps us understand what is to come.
This is not about President Obama, but about something bigger and deeper. It's about whether there's any real hope for America, and whether specifically there's hope that Liberal America can and will play the role that our nation needs for it to play.
Had Democratic candidates run on the president's record of success, would the election results in some states been different? Probably.
When low income voters turnout at a higher rate, Republicans are more likely to propose voter ID laws. One study finds that the indirect costs of these laws are higher than poll taxes were at the times they were instituted.
In the current issues the U.S. is facing, walls of injustice and fear have been erected. Those who are free, and those who know they need to be free, stand at these walls that we are convinced must come down.
No matter where you stand on the issues, you must concede that there will be extreme gridlock for the next two years: Congress will block President Obama's appointments, while in turn the president will use up a lot of ink with a steady stream of vetoes when Congress passes bills to undermine his agenda.
The new liberal counterpart will be named the State Innovation Exchange, or "SiX." Creative capitalization seems to be their first innovation. But I shouldn't get snarky about their branding, because the basic idea is a good one: counterbalance the impressive inroads Republicans have made in state legislatures.
No one should be surprised that the American people are economically insecure and anxious. Seven in 10 voters said the nation's economy is in bad shape. Voters who said the economy was important to them voted 2 to 1 for Republicans.
The recent midterm elections were downright scary for atheist and humanist Americans, as we saw several political candidates allied with the Religious Right win seats in the U.S. Senate and House.
The one accurate criticism I have of Obama is that he did not clearly and regularly label Republicans as obstructionists. In the end I blame Obama for not blaming anyone but himself. But at the same time, not evading personal responsibility is one of his greatest strengths. Go figure.
Voter suppression cost the Democrats some votes, but not nearly as many as their failure to be a true progressive alternative did.
Insurers know the president won't allow the law to be repealed or even altered substantially, which will be good for future profits, and they also know they can count on the Republicans to push through legislation to get rid of the health plan tax and let them sell low-value policies again.