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Al Franken Realizes Mid-Sentence That He's Endorsing Hillary Clinton

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, even if he didn't realize it at first. "I think...

Midterm Election Lessons, One Month Later

Bob Cesca | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Bob Cesca

When voters pass minimum wage hikes in four of the reddest states--Alaska, South Dakota, Nebraska, Arkansas--but still reject Democrats nationally and, perhaps more troublesome, even locally, that should tell you something. It also provides more clarity in terms of the lessons of this election.

Guns and Cigarettes: How We Measure Liberty

Richard Brodsky | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

Both guns and tobacco are intrinsically dangerous. Either might have redeeming value to be sure (defense and social pleasure, respectively), but an imaginary world in which there were no guns and no tobacco would be, well, safer. And neither should be the focus of the debate on American liberty.

Bernie Sanders: Approving Keystone XL 'Makes No Sense To Me'

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics

As the Senate prepares to vote on the Keystone XL pipeline this week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) reiterated his position that he doesn’t want it to...

Why Election Day Should Be a National Holiday

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

The goal of making Election Day a national holiday is not only to make it easier for people to vote, but to increase attention on the need for us to move toward a vibrant democracy.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Americans Are Surprisingly Ready To Bring On 2016 | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics

The 2014 midterms are barely over, yet most Americans are apparently ready to do it again, a HuffPost/YouGov poll finds. Fifty-four percent of Amer...

Can Lisa Simpson Become President?

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

So who do I mean by a real-life "Lisa Simpson"? I mean someone who is super bright, hard-working, ambitious, with an unshakeable moral core, but who is from a working class family who doesn't have any natural political connections, like being named Kennedy or Bush.

Why the Democrats Are Poised to Recover in 2016

Richard Brodsky | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

The results were brutal, but expected and not out of line with other second-term midterm elections. That being said, there are a few silver linings that bode well for Dems and progressives.

Paul Krugman: How About A Clinton-Warren Ticket Instead Of A Matchup?

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

Nobel Prize-winning New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has an interesting vision of the 2016 Democratic presidential ticket: Hillary Clinton for pr...

Super PAC Really Wants Elizabeth Warren To Run For President

MSNBC | Alex Seitz-Wald | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics

Ready for Warren, the super PAC formed to draft Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren into the 2016 presidential race, is expanding its team and hiring org...

Sanders Slams 'Pathetic' Dem Strategy

Salon | Thomas Frank | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics

Senator Bernie Sanders sits down with Salon to talk inequality, the GOP, and whether or not he'll run for president....

Christie's The Latest Potential 2016 Contender To Visit This Key State

AP | By BRUCE SMITH | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chis Christie stayed coy Tuesday about any presidential plans as he raised campaign cash for GOP candidates ...

Getting Ready for Hillary

Courtney Sokol | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Courtney Sokol

In just about every interview former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton does, she is pressed on the issue of running in 2016. She wrote the book, she...

Dem Governor Laying Groundwork In Iowa

AP | KEN THOMAS and THOMAS BEAUMONT | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Martin O'Malley's latest foray into Iowa began, appropriately, in a place called Clinton. The Maryland governor is filling ...

The 2012, 2014, 2016 Elections -- What About the Moms?

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Linnie Frank Bailey

During the 2012 election cycle, the online gathering place for mothers, CafeMom, attended the national conventions of both the Republican and Democrat...

Why Scott Walker Will Never Be President

The Nation | John Nichols | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics

Scott Walker, an ardent Ronald Reagan fan from his youth, was never likely to follow Reagan’s footsteps to the White House. The Wisconsin governor l...

Kate Sheppard

Podesta Says White House Is Ready To Spar Over Power Plant Rules | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House senior counselor John Podesta challenged the assumption that new rules on carbon emissions from power plants, which the admi...

Rand Paul Thinks Ted Cruz Would Be A 'Friendly' White House Rival

AP | By WILL WEISSERT | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says he and Texas counterpart Ted Cruz will be "friendly competitors" should both run for p...

God Gave Duck Dynasty Phil Robertson to Democrats. Thank You, Lord, for This Gift.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The camouflaged, bearded duck hunter in the sky, in his infinite wisdom and vendetta against mallards, gave liberals everywhere a gift. His name is Phil Robertson and his controversial comments on homosexuals, Satan in politics and God are well-documented.

Fox News Jumps On Board The New Birther Meme: Hillary's Brain

Bob Cesca | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Bob Cesca

It'll be Brain-Damage-Gate and Benghazi-Gate. If they're not flogging either of those topics, it'll be a journey through the space-time continuum to the jolly old '90s, with all of the Bill Clinton-era conspiracy theories re-emerging like a zombie apocalypse.

Is a Female President Only a Pipe Dream?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Before women candidates can even begin to make their arguments and present their platforms, they must face frequent verbal attacks intended to take them down a peg or more -- merely for being women. Is it too much to hope that more people grow aware of just how female candidates' behaviors are marked? Are political observers and journalists at last advanced enough to recognize when certain actions are being disparaged simply because a woman is taking them? Or do we remain suckers in a land of sophists, buying into innuendo, believing whatever's implied -- even if it has nothing whatsoever to do with the truth?

I'm Done With Women's Issues

Morra Aarons-Mele | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Morra Aarons-Mele

Since when is defending more than half of the world's population from violence, poverty and disease a "soft" issue? Since when is helping women achieve personal bodily autonomy a "nice-to-have?"

Is America Ready for Another Bush-Clinton Campaign?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

A Clinton-Bush election would be competitive, but would end in a victory for the political establishment. Whoever won that election would be well-prepared to govern and extremely familiar with Washington, the presidency and partisan politics, but bereft of any innovative approaches or comprehensive critiques of the political system.

Dole Criticizes 'First-Termers' Like Paul, Cruz

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics

Former Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole doesn't think "first-termers" like Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) or Ted Cruz (R-Texas)...

Hillary Clinton and Our Separation of Powers: A Law Student's Perspective

Skyler Gray | Posted 06.17.2014 | College
Skyler Gray

Presidential candidates with Hillary's governmental experience do not come around everyday, and we need her profound insight to work towards breaking though the partisan standoffs that seem to characterize current U.S. politics.