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Democrats Cheer Kansas Ruling

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The chances of Greg Orman defeating Senator Pat Roberts in Kansas just got a whole lot better. A lawsuit which tried to force the Kansas Democratic P...

Richard Fale: The Wrong Choice in Hawaii Senate District 23

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 10.01.2014 | Hawaii
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

Like a kid with Tourette Syndrome, Fale just canʻt seem to help himself from impulsively lashing out - not the best strategy for winning friends or influencing people.

Profiles In Cowardice

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The United States Congress is currently abdicating one of its most solemn duties: declaring when America is at war, and with whom. This is nothing short of disgraceful, and every member of Congress who didn't actively push their leadership to hold a vote should be ashamed of themselves right now.

How Your Vote in November Could Harm or Help Children

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Christopher A. Brown

As we approach the culmination in November of yet another election cycle, I decided to stake stock of what so many people these days are voting against -- marriage.

Constructing a Black President

Craig Carpenter | Posted 09.25.2014 | Arts
Craig Carpenter

The similarities between Barack Obama and Louis Ortiz extend beyond being a parent, and struggling in a new job. The most obvious similarity, and the most life altering for Mr. Ortiz, was his physical resemblance to the former freshman Senator from Illinois.

What a Wonderful Day That Will Be

Lisa Longo | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

The real revolution happens every year on election day. And one day, I'm going to see millions of American's finally realize that we had the power all along and act accordingly. What a wonderful day that will be.

Our Great Democracy

Karl Wilder | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Karl Wilder

"The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight." ~ Theodore Roosevelt ...

Friday Talking Points -- Slouching Off to War

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Congress needs to vote on this war. They need to vote not just on a budget item to move some money to some rebels, they need to vote on a clear Authorization for Use of Military Force resolution.

Sam Stein

Dems, For Now, Keep Distance From Kansas' Suddenly Hot Senate Race

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Almost as quickly as Democrats grew giddy over the prospects of an out-of-nowhere win in the Senate race in Kansas, the dream took a hit...

The Impending Showdown

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If Obama does announce immigration changes, Republicans may decide the issue is bigger than any competence issue, and go right ahead and shut the government down. But this doesn't automatically make the issue a winner for Democrats everywhere in the midterms, of course.

Hillary Clinton And Frank Underwood Plan Bill's Birthday

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 08.18.2014 | Entertainment

Frank Underwood is ruthless, especially when it comes to birthday presents. In this "House of Cards" parody, made in honor of former president Bill...

In 49 Years, Some (But Not Enough) Progress

Rep. Joe Garcia | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Rep. Joe Garcia

Today marks the 49th anniversary of the passage of a monumental law which forever changed our democracy. While some argue that the issues addressed by the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were long ago resolved, for the communities of South Florida, the law still plays a prominent role in our lives.

Not Just Whistling 'Dixie': Peroutka Stands Up for Southern Secession

Jonathan Hutson | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Hutson

Peroutka has been under fire for months for his involvement in and leadership of the League of the South, a white nationalist group that advocates conservative, Christian theocracy and secession to form a Southern Republic. Top Democratic and Republican leaders had called for him to resign from the group.

Poll results show Rauner's lead over Quinn growing

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.29.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner holds a 14-point lead over Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn in a new Reboot Illinois/We Ask America...

Chalking Up Montana As A Democratic Loss

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The revelations that John Walsh plagiarized a major paper in college have now completely torpedoed his chances for retaining the seat. To be fair, there was little chance that Walsh was going to win in any case. But the difference between "little chance" and "no chance" can be measured in hope. There is now no hope for Democrats in Montana, this year.

Obama's Immigration Dilemma

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

But what is pretty clear is that if Obama does act, it is going to help Democrats in the 2016 presidential contest. The whole immigration reform issue is a gigantic trap for Republicans, and they will likely be unable to resist the urge to walk right into it.

10 Things to Know About Bruce Rauner's Budget Plan for Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.17.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The third installment of Rauner's "Bring Back Blueprint" outlined the candidate's "Jobs and Growth Agenda" and followed up on previous sections that f...

Erdogan's Presidential Campaign Bears a Logo

Alparslan Akkuş | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
Alparslan Akkuş

Turkey's first directly elected presidential race dominates the political climate. There are three nominees but only one has a campaign logo, so only ...

Marijuana Legalization Update

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This year may see some progress on legalization, but it will be limited. But there are five state-level efforts where news is being made on the legalization front.

Immigration Legislation Is Dead -- Now What?

Ryan Campbell | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Ryan Campbell

You don't need a crystal ball to see that immigration-reform legislation is dead. It is consistently one of the most difficult topics for any country to tackle, and we have the most dysfunctional, do-nothing Congress in U.S. history.

Tea Iced!

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last night, Senator Thad Cochran pulled off an upset of sorts, by defeating his Tea Party primary challenger in the rematch atmosphere of a "top two" runoff election. His chance of victory had been seen by many (at least before the election results began coming in) as increasingly unlikely -- which is why the political world is abuzz over what just happened down in the Magnolia State.

Where's Saddam Hussein When the U.S. Needs Him?

Robert Scheer | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

From Egypt, it was off to Baghdad for John Kerry to see whether Iraq's bold effort in democratic nation building could be resuscitated in the face of imminent collapse. The problem there is that Kerry will have trouble locating a military strongman to back.

The Aftershocks of Cantor's Loss

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The message this sends to other Republicans in Congress (both House and Senate) is that this can happen to anyone. The fear this is going to create may become all-encompassing in the House, and possibly even the Senate (if Republicans win control of the chamber this November). The Tea Party sword hanging over their heads is now plain to see.

Four Takeaways From Cantor's Defeat

Howard Schweber | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Howard Schweber

Eric Cantor was not a sufficiently hardcore fundamentalist? Eric Cantor?

Alaska Senate Candidate Joe Miller Says Abortion Is Bankrupting Social Security

John Aronno | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
John Aronno

Choice is hard. Life is hard. But Joe Miller has abandoned complexity in lieu of irresponsible soundbites. To make such a wildly inaccurate policy statement, purposefully and solely for short-term political gain, is a reprehensible breach of ethics and is beneath even the basement level of politics we associate with the modern day campaign.