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June Jobs Blues

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 09.07.2011 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

We are moving closer to the jobs market as it will inform perceptions of the economy in the primaries and eventual general election cycle 2012. Monthly jobs numbers are now economically and politically influential. And they don't look good.

NEA Endorses Obama's Bid for Second Term

The Wall Street Journal | Stephanie Bancero | Posted 09.03.2011 | Education

CHICAGO —The nation's largest teachers union voted Monday to endorse President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election bid, despite teachers' widespread unh...

'A Fight Within The Family'

Posted 09.03.2011 | Education

In an address to members of the National Education Association Sunday, Vice President Joe Biden sought the union's support in the upcoming presidentia...

WATCH: Where Education And Immigration Stand Politically In 2012

Posted 09.02.2011 | Education

Amid a burgeoning political arena for discussions surrounding education and immigration reform leading up to the 2012 presidential election, the oval ...

WATCH: Colber Can Haz Super PAC

Posted 08.31.2011 | Comedy

Yesterday, Stephen Colbert's request to open a Super PAC capable of receiving unlimited funds from Viacom was approved by the FEC. Under the ruling, n...

Gay Marriage Advocates Fight Back In Maine

AP | DAVID SHARP | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics

LEWISTON, Maine — Gay marriage supporters began laying the groundwork Thursday for another referendum on the issue, hoping to build on momentum ...

Michele Bachmann Is on a Path to Peak Too Soon

David Helfenbein | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics
David Helfenbein

Michele Bachmann is rising in the latest New Hampshire poll and the most recent Iowa poll shows her nearly dead even with Mitt Romney. This might seem...

Poll Brings Palin Bad News

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics

Sorry, Sarah. A new poll shows President Obama beating Mama Grizzly in her homestate. When asked if they preferred Obama or Palin, 42% of responder...

WATCH: Sarah Palin's Biggest Fan Does Street Interviews

Posted 08.24.2011 | Comedy

Sarah Palin's number one South Carolinian supporter, a young lady named Betsy, took to the streets recently to see if her neighbors are as excited abo...

House Republicans: After Winning Comes the Losing

Margie Omero | Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics
Margie Omero

Republicans have not turned their 2010 electoral success into popularity. Only a few polls since last October show Republicans with a higher net approval than Democrats. And in fact, the gap has widened since April.

Advice for a President Hoping for No Change

Frank Dwyer | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

Get troops down to Bush levels by 2012, and then run against Bush!...

Newt, as in Loot

Rick Horowitz | Posted 08.22.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

Because everything about "Gingrich 2012" is going precisely according to plan.

FEMA Denies Aid to Black Tornado Victims in Minneapolis

Debbie Hines | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics
Debbie Hines

The Federal Emergency Management Agency ("FEMA") established to provide federal emergency aid to those in need in times of disaster, is refusing to provide individual aid to help black families living in the north side of Minneapolis, hit hardest by the tornado on June 5.

The 40-Year War On American Families: It's Time To End This Madness!

Russell Simmons | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics
Russell Simmons

40 years ago today, President Nixon declared America's "War on Drugs," a failed war that continues to have a devastating impact on the lives of millions of Americans. On this day, let's work harder to end the madness of ineffective drug policies.

Why Ideology Won't Matter In The GOP Primary

nationaljournal.com | By Eliza Newlin Carney | Posted 08.15.2011 | Politics

GOFFSTOWN, N.H. - The world will little note nor long remember much (any?) of what happened at the first full-scale Republican presidential debate her...

Surely You're Joking, Gov. Pawlenty!

Carl Pope | Posted 08.14.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Pawlenty manages to keep coming up with the most outrageous proposals of this year's Republican presidential field, and now he's tacking way to the right on government protection of the public's health and safety.

Deregulate? So Easy to Forget

Rick Horowitz | Posted 08.14.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

I can nearly remember a time when there was growth, when there were jobs. But for the life of me -- it's the amnesia sticks, still working their magic -- I can't remember how many rules and regulations there were back then.

Canaries in the Coalmine of Obama Reelection

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 08.06.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

There are valuable "canaries" whose singing may be more valuable in providing guidance for Obama in his reelection campaign than the president and his advisers fully understand and appreciate.

"Nobody" Is a Very Tough Political Opponent

Jared Bernstein | Posted 08.05.2011 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

In politics, "nobody" is a tough opponent. Like my old boss the VP used to say, "don't compare me to the Almighty, compare me to the alternative." This is especially germane on the economy. Obama's potential opponents will inevitably be singing from an economic policy songbook that's no different from the one that got us into this mess. More tax cuts, less regulation. These ideas tickle the base, no doubt. But it's hard to imagine this policy set resonating with the independents who may ultimately decide the next election. This is ultimately good news for the president.

Memo to 2012 Candidates: Thanks (But No Blanks) for the Memories

Michael Sigman | Posted 08.04.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

How can politicians and their consultants expect voters to "re-remember" reality? Perhaps because they know that's how the brain works.

Rebecca Black to Join Sarah Palin on "Friday Morning in America" Tour

Ben Ritz | Posted 08.03.2011 | Comedy
Ben Ritz

As part of the contract, Rebecca will be required to teach Palin the days of the week, in order, as well as decide where to sit on the bus to minimize any last minute confusion over which seat she can take.

Obama: No More Mr. Nice Guy?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Republicans have had a tough go of it lately, and a large chunk of it comes from the dashing of those sweet Obama expectations. They thought they could say anything about him and he wouldn't push back.

Seeking the Divine Endorsement

Jonathan Richards | Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

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Game Change: Following Obama's Strong Moves, Republicans Need to Play by New Rules

Chris Benson | Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics
Chris Benson

As Republicans continue to play musical chairs with their presidential preferences, they seem to be missing a beat. Clearly, the Obama administration'...

The Republican Party -- Abandoning the Center

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The Republican Party's decision to focus almost all of its attention on the party's base created political energy that brought it back from the brink of irrelevancy, but is now beginning to haunt it as they seek to appeal to the center.