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2010 Midterm Elections

Power in Words

Marge Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Marge Baker

Berry and Gottheimer put each speech of Obama's speeches in the context of his ultimate journey toward the presidency, while also revealing details about the behind-the-scenes thought and preparation.

Shameless liberal bloggers vote to extend tax cuts for the rich

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

It's really been cracking me up to witness the extent denialists are willing to go to blame the House Democrats' defeats on liberal bloggers -- as if ...

Congressional Black Caucus Chair Barbara Lee Says Democrats Will Fight On

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

"The public did not reject the Democrats. This was a referendum in part for change and in part out of anger and frustration over the economy and the job situation."

Waiting for Rights Never Works

Waymon Hudson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Waymon Hudson

The LGBT community has been blamed, cajoled, insulted, courted, and ignored depending on whether our votes and dollars are needed, yet when it comes time for real leadership on issues that matter to basic, day-to-day rights, we are told to wait.

They Heard You Loud and Clear (Moreorless)

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

What the people said on Tuesday night completely squares with what I've been saying all along: "It's time to get rid of the designated-hitter rule."

Exit Poll Blues

Frank Dwyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

Some seniors now look forward to the exit of their generation....

Oops, He Did It Again: Obama Already Caving in to Republicans on Tax Cuts for the Rich

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

If Obama won't put up a fight on his keystone campaign promise, when will he ever put up a fight? And if he won't fight for the interests of 98% of Americans, why should they reelect him?

Hu Jintao, Barack Obama's Chinese Counterpart, Named World's Most Powerful Person

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Chinese President Hu Jintao has unseated President Barack Obama as the most powerful person in the world, according to Forbes' annual list. The news...

As the Dust Settles

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nigel Hamilton

So it's over. No good crying over spilt milk. Except that we never seem to learn. It happened in 1994, and although President Clinton pulled himself ...

Did Gallup Get It Right?

Alan Abramowitz | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
Alan Abramowitz

The answer is a loud and clear, no. They should be trying to figure out how their generic ballot poll went so badly wrong, not pretending that everything was just fine.

Obama Could Still Heal America

Sol Erdman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sol Erdman

With the current political stalemate, President Obama cannot possibly succeed in his ambitious agenda. But there is something he can do, long-term, to give us a Congress actually intent on resolving our problems.

Infrastructure as Monument

Chris Matthews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Matthews

Yes, Lincoln spoke well, Mr. President, but he also built the intercontinental railways. Kennedy spoke well, but he also got us to the moon! What are you going to leave as your monument?

Illinois Election Results: Pat Quinn Defeats Bill Brady In 2010 Governor's Race

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Election results still trickling in Thursday made it clear Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn won his extremely close bid for a full term, allowi...

What Obama Can Learn From the Giants (PHOTOS)

Dan Fost | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Dan Fost

Obama called Giants manager Bruce Bochy to congratulate him on the team's World Series victory. The conversation was no doubt perfunctory, but the sports-minded president would have done well to ask the Giants skipper for advice.

No One Hit the Mark With Young Voters

Andy Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Bernstein

I think what was really missing this year was getting young America talking about the election via social media. 2010 was the year of the double rainbow and a two-year old smoking, not the midterms.

US Education Chief Upbeat Despite Election Blow

AP | ANGELA CHARLTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

PARIS — President Barack Obama's education secretary is hopeful that this week's Republican election victories won't derail his ambitious school...

Message to Democrats: Don't Worry, Be Happy!

Lawrence D. Bobo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence D. Bobo

The result of this election is not an endorsement neither of a right-wing agenda. The Democrats actually did much better than they should have if the talk of an electorate that has turned against a "big government" agenda is really accurate.

The People Have Spoken... Well, at Least Some of Them

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Milewski

Everyone has a story to tell about why the midterm elections went the way they did, and it's not surprising that in most cases the narrative presented affirms the storyteller's particular world view.

The Reverse Tsunami in California

Trudi Loh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Trudi Loh

When the postmortem is finished, don't be surprised if it looks like California survived the Republican wave because its candidates remembered to talk to the voters who were likely to vote for them in the first place.

Beware Context-Free Election Analysis

Brendan Nyhan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan Nyhan

Since the polls closed on Tuesday night, we've seen a rash of analysts focusing on a single vote or characteristic shared by a group of House candidates, without considering the context of those members' districts.

Women in Congress -- Don't Sweat the Numbers

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Peggy Drexler

The arrival of a new crop of generally young, seemingly bright and overwhelmingly Republican women raises a question. Are we seeing a shift in women as a reliably progressive bloc on social issues?

Enough Already With "The American People"

Norman Lear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Lear

Our experiment in democracy depends, the founders told us at the beginning, on an informed citizenry. Fat chance, American people!

Stop Shooting at Obama

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Barack Obama has sometimes "disappointed," but he has not "failed." And only those who confuse politics and magic, regretting that he did not transform his country and the world in the wink of an eye, can speak of "failure."

PHOTOS: Fierce Opponents Bury The Hatchet At Billy Goat Beer Summit

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The race for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by President Obama was a rough one. The negative ads seemed endless and harsh words were relentless--b...

Angry Voters Choose Government Gridlock, Investigations and Shutdown

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

We typically like the idea of two sides locking horns and compromising on the matters of the day. But the era when Republicans would compromise with a Democratic president is long gone. Welcome, everyone, to the suck that never ends.