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Inside Hillary's Head

David Edmund Moody | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
David Edmund Moody

After watching Hillary Clinton debate Bernie Sanders one more time, we must sooner or later ask ourselves, what is actually going on in this woman's head? At a strictly intellectual level, she is polished and knowledgeable, highly skilled in the art of articulating policy positions. The transcript of her remarks must be impressive.

Contradictions from Across the Aisle: Hillary vs. Sanders

Nora Dunn | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Nora Dunn

Now that Sanders' campaign has picked up steam, the rhetoric of democratic unity is taking its gloves off. Senator Sanders says that Mrs. Clinton cannot be both progressive and moderate. Well, that's campaign talk.

Why Sanders Won by Losing in Iowa

David Edmund Moody | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics
David Edmund Moody

Let's look at exactly what happened in Iowa. By virtue of its peculiar caucus system, Iowa's two hundred thousand Democratic votes were reduced to 14...

Iowa Showed That Obama's Legacy Is at Stake

Ben LaBolt | Posted 02.02.2016 | World
Ben LaBolt

Ironically, Sanders, Cruz and Trump all make similar arguments: the system is rigged against average Americans; special interests and political "cronies" are reaping the rewards; and nothing short of a massive overhaul is in order. Extreme populism has been on the rise in Europe, and these candidates are attempting to foment a similar sentiment in the U.S.

Bernie Sanders' Playbook Is Straight Out of Canada

Diane M. Francis | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Diane M. Francis

Sanders proposes a health care system like Canada's, where health care for everyone is just as good at half the price because the middleman, Big Insurance, has been cut out of the picture. Even Donald Trump has said the Canadian health care system is good but that it may be too late to do in the U.S.

Against NY Times Endorsement of Clinton

David Edmund Moody | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
David Edmund Moody

On the eve of the Iowa caucuses, the editors of the NY Times have declared their endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President. The endorsement is fundamentally disingenuous, for two reasons.

Paul Krugman Misunderstands Bernie Sanders

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

Krugman is one of the few prominent writers on economic and political issues who has, on a number of occasions, admitted when he was mistaken, and forthrightly changed his position. I hope that he will reconsider his ideas in this case.

Rallying Iowa: Notes From a Small College

Aaron Lurth | Posted 01.29.2016 | Arts
Aaron Lurth

Living in Iowa during election season is a bit like being the unpopular kid at school who just won two all-expense paid tickets to Disneyland: all of ...

With the Elections Looming, The Supreme Court Approaches Judgment Day

Bill Blum | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Bill Blum

[This post was originally published by] I know you've heard this before, but this time the future of the Supreme Court really is up for ...

U.S. Economic Outlook and the IMF Managing Director Appointment

Peter Doyle | Posted 01.22.2016 | World
Peter Doyle

With the U.S. Congress having just authorized funds to double the U.S. equity contribution to the IMF, one might expect that an American should be given a fair chance to get this key job. But, as things stand, no Americans need apply.

Let's Cut to the Chase: Sanders vs. Trump

David Edmund Moody | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
David Edmund Moody

So hold onto your horses. It's going to be a wild ride from here until November. But in the process, the whole psychology of the 2016 voting public will be exposed, and the opportunity for fundamental change will be up for grabs.

Sanders: Education is far more important than incarceration

Matt Trovalli | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Matt Trovalli

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders promised to prioritize education and employment over incarceration. "I believe we should be investing in education and jobs, not just more jails and incarceration," Sanders (D-Vt) said to the public in a town hall meeting in this west central Iowa city 90 miles northwest of Des Moines.

Baby Boomers Feel the Bern

Emma Weaver | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Emma Weaver

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has attracted an enormous following of millennials - the diverse group of millennials who sat on stage behind Sanders at his town meeting in Carroll, Iowa on Tuesday showed as much. But surprisingly, the audience facing Sanders at noon Tuesday was mainly made up of older generations.

Hillary Sputters, Sanders Rocks

David Edmund Moody | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
David Edmund Moody

Hillary Clinton went full throttle in her debate with Bernie Sanders last night. She tried her very best to emulate the passion and authenticity of her opponent. But therein lies the rub. Hillary tried to be authentic.

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.

Shunning Hillary Is the Prescription for a Trump-Cruz White House

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The damage from the relentless Hillary bashing has been on full display. Polls supposedly show that her stock with every segment of Democrats has eroded. With the biggest and most worrisome of the drop-offs from women, especially white women.

Rackets Science: Obama's Omnibus, or the Influence Peddlers Protection Act of 2015 (Pt 1)

Rob Hager | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Rob Hager

Political scientists need a new sub-specialty to describe the end-of-year extravaganzas that influence peddlers and special interests have combined to make a Capital Christmas tradition: the racket of wholesale plundering of the government's treasury. Paraphrasing Willie Sutton, that's where the (tax-farmed and public-debt) money is.

Trump Paves the Way for Bernie Sanders to Win

Diane M. Francis | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics
Diane M. Francis

Conventional wisdom is that Trump and Hillary will get nominations, but the numbers currently show that Sanders is the main contender.

Hillary Clinton Is Pro Gun Control, But She's Also Big on Arms Deals

Dieter Holger | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics
Dieter Holger

While touting her gun control record and lambasting rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' firearm policy, Hillary Clinton keeps under wraps her heavy-handed involvement in the arms trade during her time as America's top diplomat.

Presidential Candidates on Supporting Women in the Workforce

Rana Florida | Posted 11.19.2015 | Business
Rana Florida

I see it happening all the time -- women who went to Ivy League schools and who held highly-demanding, high-status, high-pay jobs -- deciding to stay at home after they have a baby. They all thought carefully about their decisions, weighing the pros and cons. Instead of the prison of a 9 to 5 work culture, they preferred to keep their brains sharp and stay connected by volunteering and sitting on boards.

Why Senator Sanders Won the Second Debate

David Edmund Moody | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
David Edmund Moody

Let's face it: the criteria by which the media and most people judge winners and losers in the presidential candidate debates are superficial and misleading.

To Those Of You Who Feel the Bern

Laura J. Akers | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Laura J. Akers

Support your candidate. Sing his praises to the sky. But remember that the primary is not the whole game. In fact, remember that this is not a game. That this is not about your guy winning. This is about making our country -- all of it, in a lot of different arenas -- a better place.

For Clinton, Leaving Lessig out of the Debates Would Be Dumb

Brian Boyko | Posted 10.25.2015 | Politics
Brian Boyko

There's a case to be made that the sooner she deals with these issues, the less likely they are to hurt her. More than that, would Lessig be able to parlay two hours of TV time into a credible threat to her campaign? Especially with Bernie Sanders also still in the race? The chances of that are slim to none.

What Can Joe Biden Do Now? He Can Endorse Hillary

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

It now appears there is little rationale left for Joe Biden to enter the Democratic primary. The question of how Hillary would do with the attacks on her from Republicans over her emails and Benghazi are all being answered in her favor.

Why Sanders Won the Debate

David Edmund Moody | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
David Edmund Moody

Bernie Sanders won the Democratic Presidential debate before the first question was even asked. He won it in the first ten minutes, when the five candidates were each asked to introduce themselves.