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Top Ten Signs Your Country Has Become a Democracy

James Napoli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
James Napoli

2011-03-11-moose.jpgAt last, you have cheap crap you absolutely must have.

The Art of the Mapmaker

Ray Suarez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Suarez

In 2012 tens of millions of Americans will head to the polls, and their mailboxes, to cast votes for President, the US Congress, and thousands of stat...

Why Do So Few of Us Vote?

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

Last week I arrived in the Los Angeles City Hall parking lot to visit a high-ranking, elected City official. When I told the parking attendant who I was there to see, she had absolutely no idea who I was talking about.

Really, Agents? You Call That Talent?

Tim Mihalsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tim Mihalsky

Talking with Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran, I asked him what he thinks has changed in the music industry. He was quick to answer: Rather than using talent, kids now turn to reality TV.

How to Talk About Citizens United

Ryan Clayton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ryan Clayton

You probably already know most of the story of Citizens United and know that it's a bad thing for our democracy. The question is how to talk about Citizens United in a way that convinces other people to realize this too.

Wisconsin Throws Up Hurdles to Voting -- Where's the Democracy?

Eric Zoberman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Zoberman

Last week, Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin introduced a bill in the state legislature that would require all voters to present a state-issued ID at ...

Gov 2.0 Comes to Singapore

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

Singapore Govcamp shows the Global Growth of Gov 2.0 and Open Government Governments and the people they serve around the world ...

Vote for Me?

Cody Brotter | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Cody Brotter

No seriously, like, as a favor. As if I had asked you to get a "sandwich for me." I'm just always super tired on Tuesdays. In the November 2010 elect...

2011 Resolutions and Evolutions

Christine Bork | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Christine Bork

As I think about my goals, I'm also thinking about resolutions all of us can have for 2011 to benefit women and girls.

Bloomberg, Elections Board Critic, Reports Smooth Voting

WSJ | Michael Howard Saul | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Mayor Michael Bloomberg famously called the Board of Election's handling of the September primary a "royal-screw up." On Tuesday, however, the mayor w...

Bloomberg Says: Tweet Your Election Day Complaints | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

MANHATTAN -- Got a problem with your ballot? Get on Twitter or call 311. That's the advice of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who announced Thursday via T...

Will Redistricting Lead to A Great Disappearing Act?

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

Will Republicans be able to legally cause Democrats to disappear? Just maybe.

Illinois Democrats Pick Up The Pace On Campaign Trail

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — With 10 days go to until the election, Illinois candidates picked up the pace on the campaign trail Saturday, trying to round up suppo...

To Vote or Not to Vote

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

The wisdom of elections in fragile places is questioned by those who fear they will exacerbate tensions and provoke violence.

Weld County Will Post Deputies At High Volume Voting Sites To Keep Peace

The Denver Post | Monte Whaley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

GREELEY -- Weld County will post deputies at four high-volume voting centers for the Nov. 2 election to help keep the peace, say county officials. ...

Chicago's Civic Health Needs Resuscitation

Shawn Healy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Shawn Healy

The 2010 Chicago Civic Health Index measures democratic participation among regional residents.

Bloomberg Embarrassed By Out-Dated Voting Laws

| Jill Colvin | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

CITY HALL -- Voting in your living room could be a reality next Election Day if Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Rev. Al Sharpton get their way. Bloomberg...

New York Ranked LAST In Voter Turnout

The Huffington Post | Jonah Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Looks like all the wild, eccentric characters in the recent New York election really had an effect on voter turnout -- for the worst. City Room is r...

The Sun Rose from California

Javier Sierra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Javier Sierra

A certain Harvard professor years ago predicted that solar energy would be made readily available the day that Exxon owned the sun. In this election ...

Election 2010 Images from Pine Ridge & Rosebud Reservations

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephanie Woodard

Here a few photographs I shot during the 2010 election on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations. To find out why I was there and how the Oglala Lako...

What's an Underemployed Gal to Do? Run For Office.

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Tucker

The experience of running convinced me that women have a tremendous natural ability for politics. We just have to get over our fear of it and go for the brass ring.

Silly Season Is Over, So Now What?

Josh Sawislak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sawislak

Ah, election season. What a joy. It's a time when your television is full of ads about who is going to ruin your life faster, (pre-recorded) phone cal...

Disillusionment & Consequences: Moving Equality Forward After Setbacks

Waymon Hudson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Waymon Hudson

It's easy to give up, throw up our hands, and retreat to our everyday lives, especially when faced with an uphill battle like we have the next two years. But the fight for equality is never easy and never over.

Making Voting Easier for Every American

David Vines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Vines

Job creation should be priority number one for the president, but there is another issue that Democrats should champion: nationwide automatic voter registration.

Anger Management

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

The GOP won the 2010 election by prioritizing fiscal concerns above public health. Sure, money is important, but is that all that America is about?