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Bouteflika for Now -- But What's Next?

Charlotte Florance | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Charlotte Florance

If Algeria is not opened-up to moderate multiparty democracy and the free-market system, it will become a breeding ground for religious extremism. Algeria needs political change, and it needs it quickly.

Ted Cruz Chimes In On 2016

AP | BRUCE SMITH | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says it's too early to be thinking about 2016 and that he's working right now to make sure his part...

Love Is the Engine -- Knowledge Is the Power

Bill Couzens | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Bill Couzens

Knowledge is power -- it is the power in all our choices, from the food we choose to put on our tables to who we vote for in our local and national elections. Less Cancer must be everyone's priority, and I am grateful to the many people who have joined the fight.

Don't Let the Veteran Voting Support Act Die Again

Jon Sherman | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Jon Sherman

Surely the will can be found to ensure our wounded warriors have access to accurate information on voting and are given every measure of assistance to register and cast a ballot that will count.

Review Exposes Trouble With State's 2012 Elections

AP | BY RYAN J. FOLEY | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — At least 12 Iowa residents wrongly had their ballots rejected in the 2012 presidential election because of inaccuracies in th...

Improving the Voter Experience

Nancy LeaMond | Posted 04.11.2014 | Fifty
Nancy LeaMond

With so many important issues facing the electorate this fall and in 2016, voters have a lot at stake. If recent elections are any indication, we can expect older voters to turn out in droves. We want to make sure that these voters -- indeed, voters of all ages -- have a quality experience and an opportunity to exercise their civic responsibility.

Democrats Must Run Against Obamacare Repeal. Not Just for Obamacare. Against Repeal.

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Republicans thought they were going to hang the Affordable Care Act around Democrats' necks like a millstone come November. Not gonna happen.

Most States Improve Election Performance: Report

AP | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new report by a nonpartisan public policy group says Americans spent an average of three minutes less standing in line to vo...

The GOP Needs an Obamacare Strategy

Kevin Price | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Kevin Price

After a long period in the political winter, it appears that the GOP finally has something to be excited about -- the Obama administration's health care debacle.

Women's Political Participation on the Rise in Turkey

Melis Figanmese | Posted 04.07.2014 | World
Melis Figanmese

In southeastern Turkey, a region where 45 percent of women cannot read or write, women are making unprecedented gains. The first woman mayor of Hakkari, Dilek Hatipoglu, was elected and Fatma Toru became mayor of Konya's Meram district.

Eyes Off the Afghan Election

Adam Cohen | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Adam Cohen

Just because the odds are against a successful outcome in Afghanistan does not mean the United States should wash its hands of it now.

Running Political Campaigns in Slovakia

John Feffer | Posted 04.07.2014 | World
John Feffer

The campaign against Vladimir Meciar in 1998 launched many young Slovaks into politics. Young people were instrumental in the 1998 elections -- as election observers, media monitors, and civil society activists -- that broke Meciar's authoritarian hold over the Slovak political system.

Modi, Energy and the Indian Elections

Justin Guay | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Justin Guay

With the coal-gate scandal defining the politics of corruption, the fact that Modi's chief ministership has overseen this laundry list of impacts associated with some of the world's largest coal projects will undoubtedly darken the saffron candidate's image.

Big New York Win for National Popular Vote Drive to Reform (Not Abolish!) Electoral College

Rob Richie | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Rob Richie

If Gov. Cuomo signs the NPV bill, New York will become the 11th jurisdiction to join the compact. He has good reason to act, given the resounding legislative vote and calls for him to do so from influential entities like the New York Times.

"How Prabowo and Gerindra Will Get Indonesia Back on Track"

Hashim Djojohadikusumo | Posted 04.03.2014 | World
Hashim Djojohadikusumo

Continual injustice, inequality and corruption is resulting in a loss of confidence and trust in Indonesia's leaders, institutions, and the government as a whole. This breach of trust and confidence is opening the door for extremists.

Dark Money Fueling a Dark Agenda

Brad Woodhouse | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Brad Woodhouse

For over thirty years, the Koch agenda has remained strikingly consistent: dismantle vital government programs, protect corporate tax breaks, and rig the system for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.

The Rent Is Too Darn High: An Obscure D.C. Primary Race with Big Consequences

Joan Shipps | Posted 04.01.2014 | DC
Joan Shipps

In D.C.'s Democratic primary on April 1, voters will have the opportunity to choose candidates for mayor, the D.C. Council, and the D.C. Democratic St...

Voter Rights Groups Appeal Kansas Citizenship Ruling

AP | ROXANA HEGEMAN | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Voting rights groups filed an appeal Friday of a judge's order that federal election officials must help Kansas and Arizona enf...

Repairing Democracy

Rep. Jared Huffman | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
Rep. Jared Huffman

We believe there are several reforms needed to fight back against the scourge of unlimited and secretive campaign spending, bring transparency and accountability to the system, and, more importantly, support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

Rejecting Keystone XL is Good Politics As Well As Good Policy

Gene Karpinski | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics
Gene Karpinski

Despite all the bluster and spin you're hearing from the fossil fuel industry, Keystone XL likely won't be the determining factor in a single congressional race this year.

Elections for Dummies: Why Do We Let Elections Legitimize Tyrants?

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics
Rebecca Tinsley

Every year the international community (meaning the developed Western nations, the UN and the European Union) spends millions of dollars bankrolling ballots in profoundly undemocratic places. Why do we bother?

Optimism on Myanmar's Transition

Nehginpao Kipgen | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Nehginpao Kipgen

While there is a common interest to addressing the long-standing issues of ethnic minorities, evidently there are also military hardliners who would like to retain their inherent power and influence for as long as possible.

Political Entrepreneurship and 'The Fear Factor'

Kahlil Byrd | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Kahlil Byrd

Political entrepreneurs, fighting every day to improve the republic, are wrestling with a particular and ever-present bruiser: our own fear.

It's Up to You, Millennials

Trey Grayson | Posted 03.25.2014 | College
Trey Grayson

Campaigns always seem to care more about what the senior citizens say. Why? Because they vote.

Harry Reid Reimburses For Gifts Made By Granddaughter

AP | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada has reimbursed his political campaign for more than $16,000 in holiday gifts made by h...